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.
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 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.
The vast majority of glitches created with the recent software upgrade have been corrected. We are pleased that the NCGS Store seems to be operating correctly, as well as the internal links within the website. The Societies/Libraries/Archives menu item is back in action. The historical data for membership purchases has not yet been migrated, so if you receive a 30-notice about renewing your membership, and you know you have already done this in the past month, please contact the NCGS Administrator or the Webmaster.
The Membership menu item is still acting a little strangely. Links on the page have been corrected.
If you need to renew your membership, log in and select the Account Profile drop-down from the Membership menu item. When that page opens, click on the Subscription tab at the lower left of the page. Within that section, you can renew or upgrade your membership.
There may still be some issues we haven't yet discovered, so please contact the Webmaster about any problems you encounter. The main unresolved issue we are aware of is that the emailer component is not yet working correctly, and the internal NCGS contact email links are non-functional at this time. Corrected - email links within web pages now operational.
(The two email links above work.)
We thank you for your continued patience while we strive to create a better website for the North Carolina Genealogical Society.