The web site is back in good order, with one known exception. There is an intermittent problem with some PDF files loading slowly, not loading completely, or just timing out without loading, especially the back issues of the NCGS Journal. We are aware of this, and are working to resolve it. We thank the members who took the time to let us know, and we thank everyone for their patience.
As always, any problems encountered with the web site can be addressed in an email to the webmaster.
Upcoming Webinar - Proving Parentage With Probate Records: North Carolina Inheritance Laws and Customs
Free Viewing: 21-23 March 2014 - New NCGS Webinar by Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), F.A.S.G.
PROVING PARENTAGE WITH PROBATE RECORDS: NORTH CAROLINA INHERITANCE LAWS AND CUSTOMS
In this webinar, Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, details where to look for land records and why they are important. North Carolina inheritance law and probate are explained. Ms. Leary also discusses the process of land acquisition and transfer including the interpretation of deeds and grants. Analysis of the evidence found in these documents can yield clues to your ancestor's prior location and familial relationships. These may be the solution you have been looking for to solve your genealogical brick wall.
This webinar may be viewed freely from 21 to 23 March on the NCGS website: www.ncgenealogy.org. A video clip, the beginning of the land series, is also available on the website under the webinar tab.
After the 23rd of March, Proving Parentage With Probate Records: North Carolina Inheritance Laws and Customs will only be available on the website to NCGS members as a member benefit. It may also be purchased as a CD from the NCGS online bookstore. Handouts are included in the member section of the website and with the purchased CD. Handouts are not included with the free webinars.
Additional information on probate and land records can be found in chapters 2, 12, and 13, North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, which is available in the NCGS online store.
The North Carolina Genealogical Society and the New Hanover County Public Library is proud to present Gerald “Jerry” Smith, CG, for a one-day workshop on "The Metes and Bounds of Land Plats in Genealogy: Understanding, Drawing, and Using Land Plats to Solve Research Problems."
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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.