North Carolina Newspaper Extracts Bibliography

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Many researchers have published books & articles that include abstracts from various North Carolina newspapers.  This page serves as a guide for locating books that may include details on your ancestors. Books are roughly arranged by county though some overlap may occur.  

Also keep in mind that a newspaper often included news from more than just the parent county, but also extending into neighboring counties.  As you review this list, it may be helpful to check Google Maps for a better understanding of geographic coverage. 

Bibliography List


  • Afro-American death notices from eastern North Carolina newspapers - compiled by Barry Munson. Includes notices from Beaufort, Henderson, Hyde, New Hanover, Pasquotank, Pitt and Sampson counties. Spans 1860-1948. [Family History Library| WorldCat]


Edgecombe County

New Hanover County

  • Index to semi-weekly messenger - 2 volumes compiled by Bill Reaves. Indexes 1905 and 1906. [Family History Library| WorldCat
  • Index to the Wilmington Messenger - compiled by Bill Reaves. 3-volume set indexes some issues between 1887-1889. [Family History Library | WorldCat
  • Marriage and death notices in newspapers published in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1797-1842 - by the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society [Family History Library| WorldCat
  • Marriage and death notices from Wilmington, North Carolina, newspapers - 3-volumes compiled by Helen Moore Sammons; covers 1847-1870. [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Wilmington, NC and area obituaries including Wilmington morning star and Wilmington journal - 7 volumes by James Edwards; covers 1998-2004. [Family History Library| WorldCat]

Wake County

  • Abstracts of vital records from Raleigh, North Carolina - by Lois Smathers Neal. 3-volume set that spans 1799-1839. [Family History Library | WorldCat]