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Known Issues

Question #1: In some cases there are pages located within an estate file that belong to a different individual’s file. Is it possible to find where they belong?
Answer #1: It is most probable that the pages were misfiled prior to the filming of the records. The correct location can sometimes be found by doing a search for the name of the individual. But there may be instances where the records will not be associated with the correct name because of the misfiling. For instance, the folder John Hellard (1799) in Rowan County contains records for John Hildebrand (1799) and a search will not find John Hildebrand.

Question #2: I can’t find an ancestor I believe should have files in this collection. Is it possible there are missing files in some of these counties?
Answer #2: Occasionally there are pages located within an estate file that belong to a different person. Sometimes you can find a misplaced file in a folder close by alphabetically.

Question #3: I am finding two search results for William Pigott in Carteret County (1855) that are linked to the same browse point, but start on different images. They appear to have some duplicate images. Can you explain this?
Answer #3: These images come from two difference microfilms. The first 19 images were on the end of a film with a notation that the file would be continued on the next film. The file was them completely refilmed on the next microfilm. The two films were both indexed resulting in two search results. The 19 duplicate pages from the first film and the 37 pages from the second film were then linked to the same William Pigott browse point. This resulted in a browse point of 56 images when the folder only contained 37 pages/images. Images 1-19 are from the first film. Images 4-41 begin the images again and have the full file.

Question #4: I am looking for the surname “A” in Person County. Can you tell me where I can locate these records?
Answer #4: The files with surnames from Adcock, Burges to Baird, William from Person County, have been inadvertently added to the records in Pender County.

Question #5: I am looking for an ancestor from Richmond County. Are there additional records for Richmond County?
Answer #5: There are many records from Richmond that were incorrectly indexed from Randolph County. You could look at that browse point for additional records.

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