Four new counties have been added to the Index - Chowan, Currituck, Dare, and McDowell. This added 7943 new names to the Surname Decedent Index, for a new total of 87, 888 names.
In the process of adding the latest counties, with the appropriate links to Family Search, it was discovered that Family Search had changed the URL for all the county files, making ours obsolete. These have all been updated.
In updating this page, it was also discovered that the links in the table for the county pages had been broken in the January software upgrade, and gone unnoticed and unreported. These have been repaired.
The latest NCGS Journal, Vol. 40 No. 2, May 2014, is now available online. To access it, you must be logged in as a member. The hard-copy print version should be going out the first week of May.
The Loose Estates Records Index has been updated with 5 more counties - Gates, Graham, Granville, Jones, and Lincoln. This adds 9673 new names to the Decedent Surnames Index, for a new total of 79,945 names. All surname groups increased.
During the update, it became apparent that the redirect for the "B" group of surnames was off by 1 digit, so all the links were offset by one, and the first group, "Babb-Balcon", was not accessible. That has been corrected. If anyone experiences a problem with any of the links, it would be helpful to send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Franklin County, NC Destroys 100 Year Old Records” was the byline of an article posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter last week.1 Along with many who read the account of the herculean efforts of local historian Diane Taylor Torrent and others with The Heritage Society of Franklin County, NC,2 I was appalled and outraged. It seemed a matter that should have come to the attention of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, but it was confirmed that no one on the board had been contacted through official channels. One board member, Jordan Jones, who is also President of the National Genealogical Society, was contacted in his role as a voting member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), a joint committee of NGS, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).3 By the time this communication was received, however, the records had already been destroyed. Although the eventual outcome to this misfortune would likely not have been altered, certainly resources though NCGS’s affiliation with the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies would have had an impact on the public awareness of the evaluation process to facilitate a larger community discussion.
As some may have noticed, the contents of the Societies/Libraries/Archives sub-menu item, under the Resources menu tab, did not make the transition to the upgraded web site.
This has now been rebuilt, and is functioning. Although the entries have not been verified recently, they are the same entries that were on the old site.
Any questions, problems with using this feature, or corrections may be addressed to the Webmaster.
A few weeks ago, 5 more counties were added to the Index - Bertie, Brunswick, Bute, Camden, and Catawba.
All 6796 decedent names from these records have now been incorporated into the Decedent Surname Index.
The Decedent Surname Index has also been reconfigured from 50 or so surname groups to show 174 surname groups, by more finely subdividing the master index. In turn, the lists the surname groups are linked to are about 1/4 the size they were. It is hoped this will make those lists more manageable for our users, as well as help narrow down the search.
The grand total of records indexed here currently stands at 70,272.
To view this index, you can click on the Resources tab on the menu bar, or select "Loose Estate Records Index" from the menu drop-down to go directly to the Index.