As an aid to researchers, a new project is underway to index the names found in the "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1978".
These can be found by clicking on the Loose Estates Index tab, under the Resources tab on the main menu bar.
The master name index is statewide, and each county index provides a list of all names found in that county.
Four more counties have just been added, for a grand total (so far) of 24 counties and 60,770 names.
Watch this website and the September edition of the NCGS News for release date for the free viewing of the next NCGS webinar.
SOON TO COME:
Some of the upcoming speakers will be J. Mark Lowe, CG; Terry Moore, CG, Craig R. Scott, CG, MA, and three more lectures from Helen F.M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG. These webinars will continue the land and record repositories information from previous webinars, plus how to map a survey, probate records, military records of your North Carolina ancestors, and more.
All released webinars are available, anytime, to NCGS members on the website: www.ncgenealogy.org in the member section. Webinars are available to everyone for the first three days of release, without charge, on the NCGS website. Sign up for event notifications so you don’t miss a single webinar!
Missed some webinars already? Join NCGS and watch them anytime or purchase the CD in the NCGS online bookstore.
30 Aug 2014 - Four new counties have been added to the Index - Ashe, Cumberland, Macon, and Forsyth.
22,921 new names were added to the Surname Decedent Index, with 17,232 names from Forsyth County, alone. This brings the total number of names in the Index to 110,809. All name groups have more names added to them (some more than others, of course).
Who will you find today?
Update: 23 Sep 2014 - Added listing of defunct counties, indicated by an asterisk: *. Added notes to each county regarding county formation date, parent county or counties and, if defunct, the child counties. Some counties have notes about missing records. The index table has been broken down into two separate tables. Links to the tables appear on the main page, rather than the tables themselves. Not all counties have been indexed, but all are now linked to from the main County Index Table, and have the county name on each respective page, in turn, linked to the appropriate FamilySearch page.
Update: 24 Sep 2014 - The reconfiguration of the page apparently scrambled the Decedent Index links. Those have been fixed.
The North Carolina Genealogical Society is proud to announce the release of two new titles in PDF format on computer CDs:
- North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, Editor, Second Edition. This is the revised second edition of the book that set the standard for state research guides with its award-winning 1980 first edition. It is useful for research in nearly every southeastern state that had its legal foundation in common law. This 1996 edition includes a completely revised chapter on research strategies that addresses the needs of both novice and advanced genealogists. The PDF is completely searchable.
- Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, N. C., Newspapers, 1799–1839. The abstracts been scanned and saved on a fully searchable CD (PC and Mac compatible). Lois Smathers Neal (1912-1986) was a founder and charter member of the North Carolina Genealogical Society. A native of Haywood County, North Carolina, she was a graduate of Duke University and received her formal library training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Did you miss Diane Richard's live webinar? This is another opportunity to hear it!
NCGS is proud to provide a recording of Pre-1913 Vital Records - Challenging & Elusive & Not Necessarily Impossible to Find, with Diane L. Richard. This recorded webinar will be available for a free, 3-day public viewing, over the weekend of 6-8 February 2015. This webinar will be accessible from the NCGS website.
Though North Carolina didn’t start officially requiring birth certificates until 1913 and death certificates until 1930, it doesn’t mean that you cannot determine when and where earlier birth, marriage, and death events occurred. So, what can you do when a certain official vital record cannot be found?
You may register any time prior to the free viewing dates (6-8 Feb 2015), or on any day of the free viewing period. Upon registration, an email will be sent to the email address you provide on the registration form, containing a link to the webinar viewing page. This link will not be active until the free viewing period starts. You may wish to add the dates to your personal calendar as a reminder.
The North Carolina Genealogical Society needs volunteers for NCGS webinars coming up in 2012 and 2013. Volunteers will be trained to help facilitate these online events. The only requirement is that you need to have a good internet connection and headphones with a microphone. Because these events are virtual, you do not need to be in the Raleigh area to help. We would like to have 4-8 people on a list who can help with monitoring the meetings, helping with rehearsals, recordings, managing communications. If you have a curiosity about this delivery methodology, please contact Mary Gray (Mary_L_Gray@yahoo.com).