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Newspapers publish marriage, divorce, death, and funeral notices, and obituaries. Beginning about 1900, newspapers also published birth notices. Notices include names, dates, and places. Marriage and death notices may contain maiden names and names of parents and other living relatives.  
 
Newspapers publish marriage, divorce, death, and funeral notices, and obituaries. Beginning about 1900, newspapers also published birth notices. Notices include names, dates, and places. Marriage and death notices may contain maiden names and names of parents and other living relatives.  
  
 
Newspapers also publish articles of local interest that often cover religious and social events in the community and include the names of people involved. Some newspapers serve several communities and devote columns to the everyday happenings in the area. Newspapers also include legal notices, estate sales, and advertising for local businesses.  
 
Newspapers also publish articles of local interest that often cover religious and social events in the community and include the names of people involved. Some newspapers serve several communities and devote columns to the everyday happenings in the area. Newspapers also include legal notices, estate sales, and advertising for local businesses.  
  
Since 1959 the North Carolina Division of Archives and History has been microfilming newspapers in the state. Their collection of newspapers is the state’s largest. Many public and university libraries in North Carolina have copies of these microfilms. Copies can often be obtained by other libraries in the United States through interlibrary loan.  
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See [[United States Newspapers]] and [[United States Obituaries]] for help in locating other newspapers published in North Carolina.  
  
=== Inventory on the Internet ===
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=== Resources for North Carolina Newspapers ===
  
Over 7,100 North Carolina newspaper titles (3 million pages) are cataloged in:
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==== Libraries and Archives  ====
  
''North Carolina Newspapers''. In the State Library of North Carolina [database on-line]. Raleigh, North Carolina: State Library, 4 October 2005 [cited 7 December 2007]. Available at:
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'''North Carolina Division of Archives and History'''  
  
[http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/tss/newspape.htm '''http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/tss/newspape.htm'''][http://statelibrary.dcr.state. nc.us/tss/newspape.htm]  
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Since 1959 the [http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/ North Carolina Division of Archives and History] has been microfilming newspapers in the state. Their collection of newspapers is the state’s largest. The [http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/reference/newspapers.html State Library of North Carolina] and many other public and university libraries in North Carolina have copies of these microfilms. Copies can often be obtained by other libraries in the United States through inter-library loan.
  
This site briefly lists the newspaper title, town, and life span so researchers can obtain microfilm copies through interlibrary loan.  
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More recently the State Archives of North Carolina has completed a project of [http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html digitizing newspapers] from its microfilm collection and began with the earliest known newspapers; ''The Western Carolinian'' and the ''Carolina Watchman.'' The project was completed in 2009 and the collection is now available [http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html online] and is keyword searchable. The collection includes papers dating from 1752 - 1890 from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1798-1795), Hillsboro (1786), new Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1790-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816).  
  
=== Published Inventories  ===
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'''Newspaper Directory'''
  
Several inventories of North Carolina newspapers are:
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The [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] is a national directory from the Library of Congress of over 140,000 newspaper titles. The directory provides a list of libraries from around the country that have the newspapers in their collections.
  
Jones, Roger C., comp. ''Guide to North Carolina Newspapers on Microfilm: Titles Available from the Division of Archives and History''. 6th ed. Raleigh, North Carolina: Division of Archives and History, 1984. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+A3g 975.6 A3g].) This guide is arranged alphabetically by city and covers newspapers from 1751 to the 1950s. The list of newspapers on the Internet site above updates this inventory and includes all titles filmed since 1991.
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==== Inventory on the Internet ====
  
Jones, H. G., and Julius H. Avant. ''Union List of North Carolina Newspapers, 1751–1900''. Raleigh, North Carolina: State Department of Archives and History, 1963. (Family History Library  book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+B3n 975.6 B3n].)
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{{wikipedia|Wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}
  
=== Birth, Marriage, and Death Notices in Newspapers  ===
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*[http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/reference/newspapers.html ''North Carolina Newspapers''. In the State Library of North Carolina] Over 7,100 North Carolina newspaper titles (3 million pages) are cataloged. This site briefly lists the newspaper title, town, and life span so researchers can obtain microfilm copies through interlibrary loan.
  
Many birth, death, and marriage notices have been copied from North Carolina newspapers and published. For example:  
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*The [http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project] from the North Carolina State Archives is a collection of digitized newspapers from some North Carolina cities. A list of [http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/included.html newspapers included] is provided on their website.
  
Broughton, Carrie L. ''Marriage and Death Notices in Raleigh Register and North Carolina State Gazette, 1799–1855''. 4 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1949–. (Family History Library<br>book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+V2b 975.6 V2b]; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=873831 873831] item 2 [vol. 2 only].)
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*[http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/ncc/1851_1875.cfm North Carolina Newspapers 1851-1875] - a list of newspapers published in the state organized by year. This is especially helpful if you have a specific event in mind and would like to figure out where it may have been covered. Provided by the Joyner Library of Eastern Carolina University.
  
Fouts, Raymond Parker. Abstracts from the North Carolina Gazette of New Bern, North Carolina. 2 vols. Cocoa, Florida: GenRec Books, 1983. (Family History Library&nbsp; book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6192%2FN1+B3f 975.6192/N1 B3f].) Volume 1 has abstracts for 1751–1759 and 1768–1790, volume 2 for 1791–1798. This is an important source for finding information about marriages, deaths, slave runaways and sales, dead letters, land sales, vessel arrivals and sales, Revolutionary War activities, estate settlements, elections, businesses, Indian attacks, emancipations, powers of attorney, rental advertisements, and relief of the poor. Each volume is well indexed.  
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=68 NewspaperArchive.com] ($) has a collection of digitized North Carolina newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name Access NewspaperArchive.
  
Fuller, Marian Camper. ''Obituaries and Marriage Notices from the Carolina Watchman, 1832–1890: An Index''. Greenville, South Carolina: A Press, 1981. (Family History Library&nbsp; book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+V22fm 975.6 V22fm].) This book usually give names, marriage date or death date, newspaper issue, and date.
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*[[North Carolina Newspaper Extracts Bibliography|North Carolina Newspaper Extracts Bibliography]] page for a more comprehensive list of books that include abstracts from NC Newspapers.  
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*[http://digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers North Carolina Newspapers]: A collection that includes a selection of student and community news[a[ers from schools and towns around North Carolina: Courtesy of the DigitalNC Collection
  
Neal, Lois Smathers. ''Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers, 1799–1839''. 3 vols. Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Co., 1979–1995. (Family History Library&nbsp; book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.655%2FR1+V28n 975.655/R1 V28n].) This book lists name, county, date of event, and issue and date of newspaper. It often gives age, and may also state relationships.
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==== Published Inventories  ====
  
=== Availability  ===
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*Jones, Roger C., comp. ''Guide to North Carolina Newspapers on Microfilm: Titles Available from the Division of Archives and History''. 6th ed. (Raleigh, North Carolina: Division of Archives and History, 1984.) {{WorldCat|10243484|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|457947|item|disp=FHL book 975.6 A3g}} This guide is arranged alphabetically by city and covers newspapers from 1751 to the 1950s. The list of newspapers on the Internet site above updates this inventory and includes all titles filmed since 1991.
  
The Family History Library has copies of very few North Carolina newspapers. There are a few nineteenth century newspapers for Guilford, Orange, and Wake counties.  
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*Jones, H. G., and Julius H. Avant. ''Union List of North Carolina Newspapers, 1751–1900''. (Raleigh, North Carolina: State Department of Archives and History, 1963.) {{WorldCat|14011337|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|176355|item|disp=FHL book 975.6 B3n}}
  
See [[United States Newspapers]] and [[United States Obituaries]] for help in locating other newspapers published in North Carolina.  
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===== Birth, Marriage, and Death Notices in Newspapers  =====
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Many birth, death, and marriage notices have been copied from North Carolina newspapers and published.
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*Broughton, Carrie L., ''Marriage and Death Notices in Raleigh Register and North Carolina State Gazette, 1799–1855''. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1949–.) {{WorldCat|28997498|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|182178|item|disp=FHL film 873831 item 2, book 975.6 V2b}} Volume 2 only.
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*Broughton, Carrie L., ''Marriage and Death Notices in Raleigh Register, North Carolina State Gazette, Daily Sentinel, Raleigh Observer and News and Observer''. 4 vols. (Raleigh, North Carolina:North Carolina State Library, 1951.) {{WorldCat|10601725|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|182182|item|disp=FHL film 896909 items 8-9, book 975.6 V2b}}
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*Fouts, Raymond Parker, ''Abstracts from the North Carolina Gazette of New Bern, North Carolina.'' 2 vols. (Cocoa, Florida: GenRec Books, 1983.) {{WorldCat|10387080|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|334834|item|disp=FHL book 975.6192/N1 B3f}} Volume 1 has abstracts for 1751–1759 and 1768–1790, volume 2 for 1791–1798. This is an important source for finding information about marriages, deaths, slave runaways and sales, dead letters, land sales, vessel arrivals and sales, Revolutionary War activities, estate settlements, elections, businesses, Indian attacks, emancipations, powers of attorney, rental advertisements, and relief of the poor. Each volume is well indexed.
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*Fuller, Marian Camper. ''Obituaries and Marriage Notices from the Carolina Watchman, 1832–1890: An Index''. (Greenville, South Carolina: A Press, 1981) {{WorldCat|7458363|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|85569|item|disp=FHL book 975.6 V22fm}} This book usually give names, marriage date or death date, newspaper issue, and date.
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*Neal, Lois Smathers. ''Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers, 1799–1839''. 3 vols. (Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Co., 1979–1995.) {{WorldCat|4956887|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|170330|item|disp=FHL book 975.655/R1 V28n}} This book lists name, county, date of event, and issue and date of newspaper. It often gives age, and may also state relationships.
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==== Family History Library  ====
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*The Family History Library has copies of very few North Carolina newspapers, but there are a few nineteenth century newspapers for Guilford, Orange, and Wake counties.
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To find resources for local North Carolina newspapers in the Family History Library Catalog use a Place-names Search for:
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:NORTH CAROLINA- NEWSPAPERS
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:NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY]- NEWSPAPERS
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:NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- NEWSPAPERS
  
Many periodicals publish information from newspapers. They are referenced in the "Places" search of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) described in [[North Carolina Periodicals]]. See also [[North Carolina Obituaries]] for help in finding obituaries.
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==== PERSI ====
  
You can find more resources for local North Carolina newspapers in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
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*Many periodicals publish information from newspapers. They are referenced in the "Places" search of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) described in [[North Carolina Periodicals]]. See also [[North Carolina Obituaries]] for help in finding obituaries.
  
NORTH CAROLINA- NEWSPAPERS
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY]- NEWSPAPERS
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[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project], North Carolina State Archives
  
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- NEWSPAPERS
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{{North Carolina|North Carolina}} {{U.S. Newspapers}}
  
 
[[Category:North_Carolina|Newspapers]]
 
[[Category:North_Carolina|Newspapers]]

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Newspapers publish marriage, divorce, death, and funeral notices, and obituaries. Beginning about 1900, newspapers also published birth notices. Notices include names, dates, and places. Marriage and death notices may contain maiden names and names of parents and other living relatives.

Newspapers also publish articles of local interest that often cover religious and social events in the community and include the names of people involved. Some newspapers serve several communities and devote columns to the everyday happenings in the area. Newspapers also include legal notices, estate sales, and advertising for local businesses.

See United States Newspapers and United States Obituaries for help in locating other newspapers published in North Carolina.

Contents

Resources for North Carolina Newspapers

Libraries and Archives

North Carolina Division of Archives and History

Since 1959 the North Carolina Division of Archives and History has been microfilming newspapers in the state. Their collection of newspapers is the state’s largest. The State Library of North Carolina and many other public and university libraries in North Carolina have copies of these microfilms. Copies can often be obtained by other libraries in the United States through inter-library loan.

More recently the State Archives of North Carolina has completed a project of digitizing newspapers from its microfilm collection and began with the earliest known newspapers; The Western Carolinian and the Carolina Watchman. The project was completed in 2009 and the collection is now available online and is keyword searchable. The collection includes papers dating from 1752 - 1890 from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1798-1795), Hillsboro (1786), new Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1790-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816).

Newspaper Directory

The U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present is a national directory from the Library of Congress of over 140,000 newspaper titles. The directory provides a list of libraries from around the country that have the newspapers in their collections.

Inventory on the Internet

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • North Carolina Newspapers 1851-1875 - a list of newspapers published in the state organized by year. This is especially helpful if you have a specific event in mind and would like to figure out where it may have been covered. Provided by the Joyner Library of Eastern Carolina University.
  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized North Carolina newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name Access NewspaperArchive.

Published Inventories

  • Jones, Roger C., comp. Guide to North Carolina Newspapers on Microfilm: Titles Available from the Division of Archives and History. 6th ed. (Raleigh, North Carolina: Division of Archives and History, 1984.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 975.6 A3g This guide is arranged alphabetically by city and covers newspapers from 1751 to the 1950s. The list of newspapers on the Internet site above updates this inventory and includes all titles filmed since 1991.
Birth, Marriage, and Death Notices in Newspapers

Many birth, death, and marriage notices have been copied from North Carolina newspapers and published.

  • Fouts, Raymond Parker, Abstracts from the North Carolina Gazette of New Bern, North Carolina. 2 vols. (Cocoa, Florida: GenRec Books, 1983.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 975.6192/N1 B3f Volume 1 has abstracts for 1751–1759 and 1768–1790, volume 2 for 1791–1798. This is an important source for finding information about marriages, deaths, slave runaways and sales, dead letters, land sales, vessel arrivals and sales, Revolutionary War activities, estate settlements, elections, businesses, Indian attacks, emancipations, powers of attorney, rental advertisements, and relief of the poor. Each volume is well indexed.
  • Fuller, Marian Camper. Obituaries and Marriage Notices from the Carolina Watchman, 1832–1890: An Index. (Greenville, South Carolina: A Press, 1981) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 975.6 V22fm This book usually give names, marriage date or death date, newspaper issue, and date.
  • Neal, Lois Smathers. Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers, 1799–1839. 3 vols. (Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Co., 1979–1995.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 975.655/R1 V28n This book lists name, county, date of event, and issue and date of newspaper. It often gives age, and may also state relationships.

Family History Library

  • The Family History Library has copies of very few North Carolina newspapers, but there are a few nineteenth century newspapers for Guilford, Orange, and Wake counties.

To find resources for local North Carolina newspapers in the Family History Library Catalog use a Place-names Search for:

NORTH CAROLINA- NEWSPAPERS
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY]- NEWSPAPERS
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- NEWSPAPERS

PERSI

Web Sites

North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project, North Carolina State Archives