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


  • Abstracts from newspapers of Edenton, Fayetteville, & Hillsborough, North Carolina, 1785-1800 - by Raymond Parker Fouts. [Family History Library| WorldCat
  • Afro-American death notices from eastern North Carolina newspapers - compiled by Barry Munson. Includes notices from Beaufort, Carteret, Granville, Henderson, Hyde, New Hanover, Pasquotank, Pitt and Sampson counties. Spans 1860-1948. [Family History Library| WorldCat]


Alexander County

  • Newspaper obituary index Alexander county, North Carolina 1986-1992 taken from The Taylorsville Times, The Time Advatage ... Statesville Record and Landmark - compiled by Evelina Davis Miller [Family History Library| WorldCat]  
  • Taylorsville index, 8 May 1890-7 May 1891 - by Linda R. Correll. [Family History Library| WorldCat]

Anson County

Beaufort County

  • Abstracts of marriages and deaths of extant Washington, North Carolina, newspapers - by Jim Chauncey. 3 volumes include 1815-1824, 1884-1904, 1887-1906. [Family History Library| WorldCat]

Bumcombe County

Caldwell County

  • Caldwell County, N. C., families newspaper articles - by Linda M. Staley. 3 volume set includes extracts from 1875-1880. [Family History LibraryWorldCat]

Catawba County

  • Excerpts from the Hickory Mercury, 1891-1897; a Hickory, North Carolina, newspaper - by James W. Miller. [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • A trip down memory lane, the first decade of the Enterprise transcripts and abstracts of articles from the Enterprise for Catawba, Mountain Creek, and Caldwell townships, N.C - compiled by James W. Miller. [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • The Newton enterprise, 1881-1888 - compiled by John McAllister et al.; contains photocopied newspaper clippings. [Family History Library| WorldCat]

Chowan County

  • Abstracts from the Edenton Gazette and North Carolina General Advertiser, Edenton, North Carolina - by Raymond Parker Fouts; 4 volumes span 1806-1821. [Family History Library| WorldCat

Craven County

  • Abstracts from the North Carolina Gazette of New Bern, North Carolina - by Raymond Parker Fouts; 2 volumes span 1751-1798. [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Citizens of Craven County, North Carolina and vicinity - by Barry Munson; full name index of the Carolina Federal Republican from 1809-1813. [Family History Library| WorldCat]

Cumberland County

  • Marriage and death notices abstracted from the Fayetteville Observer and predecessor papers - by Bessie R. Hubbard; 2 volumes span 1816-1850. [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Deaths of soldiers from the Fayetteville Observer, Weekly and Semi-Weekly, 1861-1864 - compiled and edited by Irene Singleton Smith [Famiy History Library| WorldCat]
  • Marriages and death notices abstracted from the Fayetteville Observer 1851-1865 - by Myrtle N. Bridges [Family History Library| WorldCat

Edgecombe County

Forsyth County

Guilford County

  • Death records from the files of the Greensboro, N.C. Patriot, 1826-1899 - compiled by the Greensboro Public Library [Family History Library| WorldCat]

Halifax County

Hertford County

  • Hertford edition, town of Ahoskie in early times, 1889-1939 - by the Hertford County Herald [Family History Library ]


  • Newspaper marriage & death notices 1874-1890 from the Landmark, Statesville, North Carolina - compiled by Irene C. Black [Family History Library | WorldCat]
  • Newspaper death notices from the Enterprise, Mooresville, North Carolina - compiled by Irene Clanton Black; covers 1904-1925 [Family History Library | WorldCat]

Lenoir County

Madison County

  • Madison County obituaries Madison County, North Carolina ; reprints for the years, 1904-1935 - compiled and published Jan Plemmons [Family History Library | WorldCat]

Mecklenburg County

  • Death notices from the Mecklenburg Jeffersonian, Charlotte, N.C., 1841-1849 an index - compiled by Rose L. Grantham and Carol Haywood [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Death notices from the Western Democrat, Charlotte, N.C., 1853-1870 an index - compiled by Carol Haywood and Rose L. Grantham [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Marriage notices from the Western Democrat, Charlotte, N.C., 1853-1870 an index - compiled by Carol Haywood and Rose L. Grantham [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Real estate and legal notices from Charlotte, North Carolina, newspapers, 1835-1847 - compiled by Glenn M. Cook [Family History Library| WorldCat]

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]
  • Marriage and death notices in newspapers published in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1797-1842 and marriage contracts of New Hanover County, citizens 1728-1855 - by Ida Kellum Brooks [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]