North Carolina County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period  ==
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These records cover the years 1793 to 1968.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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*Estates (1854-1968)
 
*Estates (1854-1968)
  
Most of the records are either handwritten or handwritten on preprinted forms.  
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Soon after they were formed, counties began recording vital records, court records, and land transactions. The records are generally well preserved. The records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. Most of the records are either handwritten or handwritten on printed forms. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1916185/waypoints Browse]&nbsp;link from the collection landing page.
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
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Image:North Carolina County Records (11-0136) Coroner's Bond DGS 4727585 _43.jpg|Coroner's Bond
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Image:North Carolina County Records (11-0136) Guardianship DGS 4751234_155.jpg|Guardianship
Image:North Carolina County Records (11-0136) Voter Registration DGS 4727588_243.jpg
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Image:North Carolina County Records (11-0136) Voter Registration DGS 4727588_243.jpg|Voter Registration
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*The name of the individual or individuals, such as the bride and groom, infant, or deceased
 
*The name of the individual or individuals, such as the bride and groom, infant, or deceased
  
'''Identify the record to be searched'''
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (voter registration, wills, guardianship, etc.) and click on the title link to select it.
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To search the collection:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "County" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images
  
'''Find the image'''
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
Start searching individual images or pages that you have listed. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
'''Using the Information'''
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==== Using the Information ====
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
  
 
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
 
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.  
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*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.  
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==== Using the Information  ====
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
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'''Tips to Keep in Mind'''
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== Record History ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
Soon after they were formed, counties began recording vital records, court records, and land transactions. The records are generally well preserved.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[North Carolina County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
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=== Why this Record Was Created  ===
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The records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes.
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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[[North Carolina|North Carolina]]  
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*[[North Carolina|North Carolina]]  
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*[[North Carolina Land and Property|North Carolina Land and Property]]<br>
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*[[North Carolina Probate Records|North Carolina Probate Records]]<br>
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*[[North Carolina Voting Registers|North Carolina Voting Registers]]<br>
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1916185/waypointsNorth Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970]  
  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
  
"North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970,"; 'FamilySearch' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 23 June 2011). entry for R; Sloan Dixon, estate probated January 28, 1929; citing County Records, Gaston, Estates, vol. 39, 1909-1962, Dixon, P.M. - Dyson, Elnora Goins, Image 26; Gaston County Courthouse, Gastonia, North Carolina, United States.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->“North Carolina County Records, 1833-1970,” database, "FamilySearch" ([http://familysearch.org]); from various county offices throughout North Carolina. FHL digital images, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970."  Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.}}

Revision as of 21:34, 26 December 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection includes the following various county records:

  • Coroner's Inquests (1793-1905)
  • Voter Registration Books (1888-1896)
  • Wills (1821-1968)
  • Guardianships (1849-1967)
  • Estates (1854-1968)

Soon after they were formed, counties began recording vital records, court records, and land transactions. The records are generally well preserved. The records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. Most of the records are either handwritten or handwritten on printed forms. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

The records generally include the following information:

  • Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
  • Names of individual, witnesses, family members, sometimes neighbors
  • Ages
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Signature or mark
  • Amount of any money exchanged

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The type of event
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals, such as the bride and groom, infant, or deceased

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.

Using the Information

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records

"North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.