This is a reminder that the North Carolina Genealogical Society has a page for contact information about local genealogical and historical societies, libraries, and archives. This page is intended as a resource for members and non-members of the Society, and as a way to connect those interested in North Carolina genealogy with relevant groups and institutions.
Currently, 162 groups and institutions are listed in the directory. Updates to the directory are available via RSS (really-simple syndication) at http://bit.ly/ncgs-directory.
To index and publish an alphabetical surname listing of all extant loose estates found within the North Carolina Archives county record series, in addition to those found within the colonial records of the Secretary of State and District Courts.
The NCGS has expanded its members-only offering of the NCGS Journal on its website.
Previously, members have been able to access PDFs of Journal issues released between the first issue (February 1975) and the November 2000 issue. The Journal is now available up to and including two years prior to the current membership year. This means that as of January 1st, 2010, the issues from 2001 through 2007 have been posted to the website. Every January, another year's worth of issues of the Journal will be posted.
The Journal issues on the web are full-text searchable on a per-issue basis.
To access the Journal, members need to log in, then click on either Publication > NCGS Journal in the top menu, or on NCGS Journal in the members-only side menu. If you are a current member, and are having problems logging into the site, please contact the Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loose Estates Records of North Carolina
Over the pasts four months, the Publications Committee has been working hard to create the database infrastructure to successfully begin utilizing volunteer efforts. Using indexes that were created by staff members at the NC State Archives beginning in 1992, our current database has an alphabetical listing of almost 60,000 estates. These entries are now in the second phase of the project — validation — which must be performed by individuals who can volunteer at the State Archives in Raleigh.
It is estimated that when this project is complete, it will contain an alphabetical surname listing of approximately 500.000 estates! But this cannot happen without your help.
We Need Volunteers
This week, 30 volunteers were given their "first assignment." Most volunteers are borrowing microfilm through ILL and will begin abstracting the name and date of each testator's loose estate record county by county. Each reel requires about 2 volunteer hours to abstract. Won't you consider donating some volunteer hours? The NC State Library has made an exception to their lending program, and these films are being permitted to leave NC on loan. Our current volunteers live in over 9 states — including Illinois, Kansas, Washington, and Texas!
If you are interested in volunteering, or have questions on the project, please contact the Publications Chair Vickie Scott (email@example.com).
The North Carolina Archives has announced the launch of two online digital collections.
See the latest NC Archives blog article for details, North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project. An excerpt of the article follows:
The North Carolina State Archives is very proud to announce a new online collection, the North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project, and the North Carolina State Archives Digital Collections website, which will combine all of our digital collections housed in CONTENTdm. Begun in 2007, the purpose of the newspaper project was to digitize newspapers from our collections that were, up until that time, only available on microfilm. These materials are now available online and include papers dating from 1752-1890s from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1798-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816) - a total of 23,483 digital images that are keyword searchable. The project was made possible by a LSTA grant provided by the State Library of North Carolina.