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.
Phyllis Matthews Ziller has been awarded first place in the Genealogy Newsletters category in the annual Excellence-In-Writing Competition, sponsored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.
Phyllis edits the NCGS News, the bimonthly newsletter of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, which is published electronically at www.ncgenealogy.org. The award was based on two issues of the newsletter: September and November 2012.
The Loose Estates Records Index has just been updated. Four new counties have been added - Alleghany, Anson, Avery, and Beaufort - for a total of an additional 2706 names.
All decedent surname groups have additional names, many over fifty new names. Even the X-Y-Z group has 5 new names!
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.
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.