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Effective family history research requires some understanding of the historical events that affected your family and the records about them. Learning about wars, governments, laws, migrations, and religious trends can help you understand political boundaries, family movements, and settlement patterns.  
 
Effective family history research requires some understanding of the historical events that affected your family and the records about them. Learning about wars, governments, laws, migrations, and religious trends can help you understand political boundaries, family movements, and settlement patterns.  
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State, county, and local histories often contain biographical sketches of local citizens, including important genealogical information. This may be one of the best sources of information for some families. {{Adoption NCGenWeb}}  
 
State, county, and local histories often contain biographical sketches of local citizens, including important genealogical information. This may be one of the best sources of information for some families. {{Adoption NCGenWeb}}  
  
== Brief History  ==
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=== Brief History  ===
  
 
The following important events in the history of [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements:  
 
The following important events in the history of [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements:  
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*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.vietnamwar.com/ Vietnam War].
 
*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.vietnamwar.com/ Vietnam War].
  
== Historical Content  ==
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=== Historical Content  ===
  
 
Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:  
 
Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:  
  
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== Local Histories  ==
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=== Local Histories  ===
  
 
Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "[[United States History|History]]" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of North Carolina.  
 
Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "[[United States History|History]]" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of North Carolina.  
  
*''North Carolina Local History: A Select Bibliography'' <ref>Stevenson, George. ''North Carolina Local History: A Select Bibliography''. Rev. ed. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, c1984. (Family History Library book {{FHL|975.6 H23sg|disp=975.6 H23sg}}.) </ref>
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*Stevenson, George. ''North Carolina Local History: A Select Bibliography''. Rev. ed. (Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, c1984.) {{WorldCat|11646183|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|366712|item|disp=FHL book 975.6 H23sg}}
  
*''A Bibliography of American County Histories'' <ref>Filby, P. William. ''A Bibliography of American County Histories''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985. ({{FHL|A Bibliography of American County Histories|title|disp=FHL book 973 H23bi}})</ref> <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12356760&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref>
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*Filby, P. William. ''A Bibliography of American County Histories''. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985.) {{WorldCat|12356760|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|299450|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23bi}}
  
*''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress'' <ref>Kaminkow, Marion J. ''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress''. 5 vols. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76. ({{FHL|252458|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 A3ka}}.) </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page Worldcat] </ref>
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*Kaminkow, Marion J. ''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress''. 5 vols. (Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76.) {{WorldCat|315166|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|252458|item|disp=FHL book 973 A3ka}}
  
<br>In the 1770s, American naturalist William Bartram kept an interesting account of his travels through North Carolina:
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*Bartram, William. ''Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Choctaws''. Philadelphia and London, 1791-1792. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Q35CAAAAcAAJ Google Books].<br>In the 1770s, American naturalist William Bartram kept an interesting account of his travels through North Carolina.
  
*Bartram, William. ''Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Choctaws''. Philadelphia and London, 1791-1792. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Q35CAAAAcAAJ Google Books].
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*To find more books and articles about local history in North use the Family History Library Catalog Place-names Search for:
  
=== The Draper Manuscript Collection  ===
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::NORTH CAROLINA - HISTORY
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::NORTH CAROLINA , [COUNTY] - HISTORY
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::NORTH CAROLINA , [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
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::NORTH CAROLINA , BIBLIOGRAPHY
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==== The Draper Manuscript Collection  ====
  
 
The Draper Manuscript Collection is a significant regional source that includes records of North Carolina.  
 
The Draper Manuscript Collection is a significant regional source that includes records of North Carolina.  
  
*''[http://frontierfolk.org/draper.htm Draper Manuscript Collection]''<ref> Draper, Lyman Copeland. ''[http://frontierfolk.org/draper.htm Draper Manuscript Collection]'' Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Library, 197–?. (On 147 Family History Library films beginning with {{FHL|218462|title-id|disp=889098}}.)</ref> The collection consists of nearly 500 volumes of manuscripts, papers, and books collected by Lyman Copeland Draper about the history of the trans-Allegheny West, a region including the western areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, all the Ohio River Valley, and part of the upper Mississippi Valley from the 1740s to 1830. The collection is divided into 50 series. Some series are titled by geographic area, some by the names of prominent frontier leaders, and some by topic. The bulk of the collection consists of notes from interviews, questionnaires, and letters gathered during Draper’s extensive travels and research to learn about frontier history. Personal papers are much more rare than government or military records.
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*Draper, Lyman Copeland. ''[http://frontierfolk.org/draper.htm Draper Manuscript Collection]'' (Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Library, 197–?.) {{FHL|218462|item|disp=FHL film 889098 (first of 147)}}<br>The collection consists of nearly 500 volumes of manuscripts, papers, and books collected by Lyman Copeland Draper about the history of the trans-Allegheny West, a region including the western areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, all the Ohio River Valley, and part of the upper Mississippi Valley from the 1740s to 1830. The collection is divided into 50 series. Some series are titled by geographic area, some by the names of prominent frontier leaders, and some by topic. The bulk of the collection consists of notes from interviews, questionnaires, and letters gathered during Draper’s extensive travels and research to learn about frontier history. Personal papers are much more rare than government or military records.
  
 
The collection includes many items of a genealogical or biographical nature. For an inventory and partial indexes, see:  
 
The collection includes many items of a genealogical or biographical nature. For an inventory and partial indexes, see:  
  
*''Guide to the Draper Manuscripts'' <ref>Harper, Josephine L. ''Guide to the Draper Manuscripts''. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983. (Family History Library book {{FHL|977.583%2FM1 A3h|disp=977.583/M1 A3h}}.) </ref>This guide gives series and volume descriptions for some of the Draper manuscripts. There are several indexes at the end of the book, including a name and subject index, an additional personal data index, and a list of references to Illinois.
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*Harper, Josephine L. ''Guide to the Draper Manuscripts''. (Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983.) {{WorldCat|9110208|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|147518|item|disp=FHL book 977.583/M1 A3h}}<br>This guide gives series and volume descriptions for some of the Draper manuscripts. There are several indexes at the end of the book, including a name and subject index, an additional personal data index, and a list of references to Illinois.
  
*''Index to Lyman C. Draper Manuscripts.'' <ref>Wolfe, Barbara Schull. ''Index to Lyman C. Draper Manuscripts.'' Logansport, Indiana: B.S. Wolfe, 197–?. (Family History Library book {{FHL|977.583%2FM1 A3w|disp=977.583/M1 A3w}}.) </ref>The name index gives the series and volume numbers, but is not complete.
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*Wolfe, Barbara Schull. ''Index to Lyman C. Draper Manuscripts.'' (Logansport, Indiana: B.S. Wolfe, 197–?.) {{WorldCat|4138442|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|446497|item|disp=FHL book 977.583/M1 A3w}}<br>The name index gives the series and volume numbers, but is not complete.
  
== State Histories Useful to Genealogists  ==
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=== State Histories Useful to Genealogists  ===
  
Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of North Carolina are:
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Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name.  
  
North Carolina histories are available in all major research centers. A good example is:  
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*Lefler, Hugh T., and Albert R. Newsome, ''The History of a Southern State, North Carolina'' Rev. ed. (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, c1973.) {{WorldCat|481477|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|545759|item|disp=FHL book 975.6 H2Lh}}
  
*''The History of a Southern State, North Carolina.'' <ref>Lefler, Hugh T., and Albert R. Newsome.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;''The History of a Southern State, North Carolina.''&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Rev. ed. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, c1973. (Family History Library book {{FHL|975.6 H2Lh|disp=975.6 H2Lh}}, 1973.) </ref>
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*Williamson, Hugh ''The History of North Carolina, Volume 2'' (Philadelphia,1812) [http://books.google.com/books?id=VvExAQAAMAAJ Google Books]
*The History of North Carolina by Hugh Williamson (1812)
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== United States History  ==
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=== United States History  ===
  
 
The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:  
 
The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:  
  
*''The Almanac of American History'', <ref>Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. ''The Almanac of American History.'' Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983. ({{FHL|The Almanac of American History.|title|disp=FHL book 973 H2alm}}) </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9392978&amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref>This provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
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*Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. ''The Almanac of American History.'' (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) {{WorldCat|9392978|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat}}, {{FHL|531408|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2alm}}<br>This book provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
  
*''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed'' <ref>'' Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976. ({{FHL|76529|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 H2ad}}.)</ref> <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2507380&amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref>This includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations. A snippet view is available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Lz9WC9EyF08C&q=9780684138565&dq=9780684138565&ei=F4GxSbisHpDMlQSW3Z36BQ&pgis=1 Google books].
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*''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) {{WorldCat|2507380|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|76529|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 H2ad}}<br>This book includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
  
*''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium'' <ref>'' Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium''. Springfield, Mass.: G&amp;amp;amp;amp;C Merriam, 1971. ({{FHL|Webster%27s Guide to American History%3A A Chronological%2C Geographical%2C and Biographical Survey and Compendium|title|disp=FHL book 973 H2v}}) </ref><ref>Limited view at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MVU6DS6Re8gC&amp;amp;amp;amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;amp;amp;amp;dq=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History:+A+Chronological,+Geographical,+and+Biographical+Survey+and+Compendium%27&amp;amp;amp;amp;ei=Vn-xSeS6FJDUlQSby81v#PPP13,M1 Google Books] </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History&amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search Worldcat] </ref>This includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
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*Van Doren, Charles (editor), ''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium'' (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) {{WorldCat|142893|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|280192|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2v}}<br>This book includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
  
*''Writings on American History'' <ref>''Writings on American History'' By American Historical Association, Library of Congress, United States National Historical Publications Commission, Published by KTO Press, 1921 {{FHL|244514|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 H23w}} </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Writings+on+American+History&amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search Worldcat] </ref>Has the full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=mgEPAAAAYAAJ&dq=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&ei=N3yxSd6pI4K0kATC-qRu Google Books]
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*American Historical Association, ''Writings on American History:1902-1958'' (Washington, District of Columbia:American Historical Association, 1906-1960) {{WorldCat|1770230|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|244514|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23w}}<br>The full text is available at [http://books.google.com/ Google Books]
 
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To find more books and articles about North Carolina 's history use the Internet [http://www.google.com/ Google] search for phases like "North Carolina history." [[Family History Library Catalog Surname Search|Family History Library Catalog Surname Search]] lists many more histories under topics like:
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::NORTH CAROLINA , [COUNTY] - HISTORY
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::NORTH CAROLINA , [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
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== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
 
*[http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/NC/HISTORY/HISTORY.HTM Historical Highlights of North Carolina]  
 
*[http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/NC/HISTORY/HISTORY.HTM Historical Highlights of North Carolina]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina History of North Carolina - Wikipedia]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina History of North Carolina - Wikipedia]
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''<br>
  
*[[North_Carolina_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina Birth and Christenings (FamilySearch Historial Records]]
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*[[North Carolina, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[North_Carolina,_Birth_Index_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[North Carolina Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[North_Carolina_County_Marriage_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina,County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records]][[North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|)<br>]]  
*[[North_Carolina_County_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[North Carolina Davidson County Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina Davidson County Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[North_Carolina_Davidson_County_Vital_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina Davidson County Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[North Carolina Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[North_Carolina_Deaths_and_Burials_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[North Carolina Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[North_Carolina_Estate_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[North Carolina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[North_Carolina_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[North Carolina Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
*[[North_Carolina_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina Probate Records (FamiolySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[North_Carolina_State_Supreme_Court_Case_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Sources  ==
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[[North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|{{North Carolina|North Carolina}}]]
  
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[[Category:North_Carolina|History]]
 
[[Category:North_Carolina|History]]

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Effective family history research requires some understanding of the historical events that affected your family and the records about them. Learning about wars, governments, laws, migrations, and religious trends can help you understand political boundaries, family movements, and settlement patterns.

State, county, and local histories often contain biographical sketches of local citizens, including important genealogical information. This may be one of the best sources of information for some families.
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Brief History

The following important events in the history of North Carolina affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements:

  • 1560s:  The area that is now North Carolina was visited by the Spaniard Pardo and his soldiers. Records are at the North Carolina State Archives.
  • 1650s:  The first permanent settlements were made in the Albemarle Sound area by colonists from Virginia.
  • 1706–1725:  French Huguenot, German, and Swiss colonists founded towns near the coast.
  • 1711-1713: (September 23,) Tuscarora Indian War began with massacre of settlers on Chowan and Roanoke River, North Carolina.  New Bern was abandoned.  White encroachment wihch included the enslaving of Indian children led to the war.
  • 1713: The Tuscarora tribe moved to New York after the war.
  • 1730–1770:  Scottish Highlanders immigrated directly to North Carolina ports. People of Ulster Scottish and German descent arrived from Pennsylvania and Virginia using the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road.
  • 1753:  Moravian colonists arrived.
  • 1760–1768:  Private citizens formed groups to protect law and order. This was known as the Regulation Movement. The participants were known as Regulators.
  • 1768–1771:  The War of the Regulation took place.
  • 1789:  North Carolina became a state and ceded what is now Tennessee to the United States government.
  • 1828-1839: Cherokee removal to Oklahoma known as the "Trail of Tears"
  • 1850:  One-fourth of all native North Carolinians had left the state and were living in other states or territories.
  • 1861:  North Carolina seceded from the Union. It was readmitted in 1868. About 125,000 North Carolina men served in the Confederate armed forces during the Civil War, more than from any other Confederate state.
  • 1862–1907:  Twenty-four counties in southern and western North Carolina suffered major losses of records, mostly due to fire and war.
  • 1898: Over 300,000 men were involved in the Spanish-American War which was fought mainly in Cuba and the Philippines.
  • 1917–1918: More than 26 million men from the United States ages 18 through 45 registered with the Selective Service. World War I over 4.7 million American men and women served during the war.
  • 1930's: The Great Depression closed many factories and mills. Many small farms were abandoned, and many families moved to cities.
  • 1940–1945: Over 50.6 million men ages 18 to 65 registered with the Selective Service. Over 16.3 million American men and women served in the armed forces during World War II.
  • 1950–1953: Over 5.7 million American men and women served in the Korean War.
  • 1950's–1960's The building of interstate highways made it easier for people to move long distances.
  • 1964–1972: Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the Vietnam War.

Historical Content

Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:

  • Parents' names
  • Maiden names of women
  • Place of birth, death, or marriage
  • Occupation
  • Migration
  • Military service
  • Descendants

Local Histories

Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the Family History Library, public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "History" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of North Carolina.

  • Bartram, William. Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Choctaws. Philadelphia and London, 1791-1792. Digital version at Google Books.
    In the 1770s, American naturalist William Bartram kept an interesting account of his travels through North Carolina.
  • To find more books and articles about local history in North use the Family History Library Catalog Place-names Search for:
NORTH CAROLINA - HISTORY
NORTH CAROLINA , [COUNTY] - HISTORY
NORTH CAROLINA , [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
NORTH CAROLINA , BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Draper Manuscript Collection

The Draper Manuscript Collection is a significant regional source that includes records of North Carolina.

  • Draper, Lyman Copeland. Draper Manuscript Collection (Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Library, 197–?.) FHL film 889098 (first of 147)
    The collection consists of nearly 500 volumes of manuscripts, papers, and books collected by Lyman Copeland Draper about the history of the trans-Allegheny West, a region including the western areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, all the Ohio River Valley, and part of the upper Mississippi Valley from the 1740s to 1830. The collection is divided into 50 series. Some series are titled by geographic area, some by the names of prominent frontier leaders, and some by topic. The bulk of the collection consists of notes from interviews, questionnaires, and letters gathered during Draper’s extensive travels and research to learn about frontier history. Personal papers are much more rare than government or military records.

The collection includes many items of a genealogical or biographical nature. For an inventory and partial indexes, see:

  • Harper, Josephine L. Guide to the Draper Manuscripts. (Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 977.583/M1 A3h
    This guide gives series and volume descriptions for some of the Draper manuscripts. There are several indexes at the end of the book, including a name and subject index, an additional personal data index, and a list of references to Illinois.

State Histories Useful to Genealogists

Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name.

  • Williamson, Hugh The History of North Carolina, Volume 2 (Philadelphia,1812) Google Books

United States History

The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:

  • Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. The Almanac of American History. (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) At various libraries (WorldCat, FHL book 973 H2alm
    This book provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
  • Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2ad
    This book includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
  • Van Doren, Charles (editor), Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2v
    This book includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.

Web Sites

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

[[North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|]]



 

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