The North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:
Diane L. Richard
“Pre-1913 Vital Records - Challenging & Elusive & Not Necessarily Impossible to Find”
LIVE Webinar 16 January 2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
(Free Viewing Period of the recorded webinar: 6-8 February 2015)
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
Well, you can search for the next best thing—what we call a substitute record. This means that we have to be more creative in our pursuit of this information.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please sign the "Declaration of the Rights of Genealogists" before December 31st!!
Click here: Genealogists' Declaration of Rights to view, and print or submit electronically (opens in a new browser window).
The Declaration affirms America’s long history of open public records, which has been threatened the last few years over concerns about identity theft and privacy.
We need 6,000 more signatures before the end of this month!
For more information, please visit the Records Preservation and Access Committee
Update - 13 Nov 2014: over 10,000 more Names and over 2,000 Places have been added. The structure of how these indexes are accessed has been changed, using a table format rather than a page with a list of downloadable documents. Each entry in the table will open a pdf file in a new browser window. It is hoped this will make it less cumbersome for researchers. (The previous method is still available on the main Publications page.)
Access the online index from the main menu, under Publications > NCGS Journal > NCGS Journal Index. Currently, the total is 40,342 Name entries and 5,154 Place entries.
The latest issue of the NCGS Journal (Vol. 40, No. 4) is now available. Remember, you must be logged in as a member to access it. The print edition should be mailed out early in November.
Interested in contributing content to the NCGS Journal?
Journal Editor Larry W. Cates has written an article providing insights and guidelines on doing just that. This article appeared in the September NCGS News, and is now available on its own page on the website. Look under Publications>NCGS Journal on the top menu bar, and click on "Contributing to the NCGS Journal".
If you would like to contribute, please visit our Volunteer! page to complete the form sent to our Volunteer Coordinator.
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.