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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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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.  
 
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 [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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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.}}  
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[[North Carolina County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
 
== 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
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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
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
 
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  
 
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  
  
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:  
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
 
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*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.
*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.
 
*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:  
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*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
 
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== Using the Information  ===
  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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*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.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the FamilySearch Catalog. You may find records listed in the catalog under:
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For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[North Carolina Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[North Carolina Genealogy]].}}
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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*[[North Carolina|North Carolina]]  
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*[[North Carolina Genealogy|North Carolina]]  
 
*[[North Carolina Land and Property|North Carolina Land and Property]]<br>  
 
*[[North Carolina Land and Property|North Carolina Land and Property]]<br>  
 
*[[North Carolina Probate Records|North Carolina Probate Records]]<br>  
 
*[[North Carolina Probate Records|North Carolina Probate Records]]<br>  
 
*[[North Carolina Voting Registers|North Carolina Voting Registers]]<br>
 
*[[North Carolina Voting Registers|North Carolina Voting Registers]]<br>
  
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== Citations for This Collection ==
  
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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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  
  
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.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970."  Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.}} <br><br>
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Latest revision as of 23:28, 29 June 2015

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

Contents

[edit] 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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina County Records, 1833-1970.

[edit] 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

[edit] 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

[edit] 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 each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Known Issues with This Collection

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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.

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[edit] Related Wiki Articles

[edit] How You Can Contribute

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


[edit] Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina County Records, 1833-1970.

 

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