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NCGS Mission Statement

Our Mission is:
1. to increase interest in and raise the standards of research and compilation by means of educational programs and publications.
2. to acquaint members with research sources and materials in North Carolina and elsewhere.
3. to serve as a medium of exchange of genealogical information.
4. to promote the collection, preservation, and utilization of manuscripts, documents, and other materials of genealogical and historical value.
For more detailed information, please view our short slideshow about the North Carolina Genealogical Society.


NCGS Donations

Please consider helping support the NCGS Mission by making a donation.

More information is on our Giving Opportunity page. 

Member Benefit: Magazine Discounts

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a renewal of two great member benefits - discounts on two great genealogy publications - plus a discount on all purchases through the publisher's online store!

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle) and Internet Genealogy are offering NCGS members a 20% discount on all purchases, including magazine subscription.

To receive this benefit, log as a Member into the NCGS website, then visit our NCGS Members Magazine Discount page.

Member Benefit: FindMyPast Discount


The North Carolina Genealogical Soceity has partnered with Findmypast to provide a members-only reduced rate on subscriptions. To receive this benefit, log into the NCGS website, then visit our Find My Past Discount page.

For questions about the North Carolina Genealogical Society, and it’s participation in the program, contact Lisa Lisson.

NCGS News, Vol. 35, No. 2 Published

The spring issue of the NCGS News is now available as a download. Paper copies of the newsletter will arrive in members' mailboxes during the beginning of April.

The summer issue of NCGS News will be published in early July 2011 (and will be available here in early June). News items for inclusion in the summer issue can be sent to Phyllis Matthews Ziller, NCGS News Editor, at ncgsnewseditor@ncgenealogy.org by 15 May 2011.

Loose Estates Project Update

NCGS is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with FamilySearch on the Loose Estates Records Project.

The Loose Estates Records Project is using volunteer efforts to create a decedent surname index 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 new partnership with FamilySearch will streamline the indexing process through on online interface that should be in place by mid-summer. The microfilm rolls will be digitized by FamilySearch and will be freely accessible to everyone online.

Volunteers have made great progress over the past six months completing indexes of the estate records that were microfilmed at the North Carolina State Archives in the 1980s. The following counties have been indexed from film: Avery, Camden, Cleveland, Edgecombe, Macon, Davie, McDowell, and Wilson.  Pasquotank and Union counties should be completed by May. These counties represent 359 reels of film, or 10% of the microfilmed series. Local volunteers are needed to complete the second phase of this project, which is to verify these indexes against the current holdings at the North Carolina State Archives.  There have been a number of accessioned estates records since this collection was filmed, and we hope to identify all those that are currently available through the county records series.

We need you! Additional volunteers will help move this project closer to completion. Whether you have an hour or two, or five, your efforts will help other researchers gain access to this valuable resource.

Contact Vickie Scott to volunteer or to ask a question about the project.

Officers and Directors

Contact the North Carolina Genealogical Society through the Administrator at info@ncgenealogy.org who will forward your query to the person who can best respond to it. Questions about the website may be made directly to the Webmaster.

To receive e-mail announcements about the Society, create an account on this site. We are no longer maintaining the NCGS-L list at Rootsweb. We also invite you to join our group on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

To contact us via US Mail, use the following address:

           The North Carolina Genealogical Society, Inc.
           6300 Creedmoor Road, Ste 170-323
           Raleigh, NC 27612

Names below in green have email addresses attached. Click on the name to send an email to that person. 

Name Role
Victoria P. Young President
Laurel Sanders 1st Vice President; Programs Chair
Jennifer Crowder Daugherty 2nd Vice President; Publicity Chair
Ginger Renee Smith, MLS Secretary
Lisa Marley Treasurer; Budget and Finance Chair
Ann C. Hilke, CG Past President; Nominating Chair
Terry Moore, CG Administrator
Pam Toms Director; Awards Chair
Lisa Lisson Director; Membership Chair/Society Liaison
Sharon Gable Director, Publications Chair
Linda Lawson Director; Programs Co-Chair
Crystal Burton Director
Kathy Ruse
Director; Volunteer Chair
Maryann Stockert Tuck Director; Webinar Chair
Mark Beasley, MScIT Webmaster
Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA Editor, NCGS Journal
Cassandra "Sandi" Shaw Book Review Editor, NCGS Journal
Phyllis Matthews Ziller, MLIS Editor, NCGS News

North Carolina County Road, Bridge, Ferry, and Mill Petitions

During my research of the Revolutionary War in North Carolina, I was gently nudged into the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. There, in the county records, all of the original county petitions reside. However, they are un-indexed other than by county and era (year range). Researching Orange County seemed like a hike up Mount Everest. It quickly became apparent that I was not going to have time to read every piece of paper while searching for names and locations without many visits to the archives. Therefore, I opted to photograph the papers and read them at home at my leisure.

It didn’t take long before I realized there was a lot of information embedded in these records such as names of people residing near the roads, bridges, or mills; names of neighbors; former owners of land; creek names; distances from towns; crops grown; distance to the nearest railroad station; and the list goes on. Not every slip of paper had this type of information and very few drawings or maps were included with these petitions. Nevertheless, these records are a rich source of information for historians and especially genealogists.

Read more: North Carolina County Road, Bridge, Ferry, and Mill Petitions

General Information & Membership

About the North Carolina Genealogical Society

(Latest update 7 December 2016)

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. 

All members are encouraged to check their profile to make sure their contact information is correct. The email address is especially important to ensure proper delivery of the NCGS News newsletter.

A slide show is available for more information about the NCGS.

How to Become a Member

To become a member of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, you can do one of the following:

  1. Order a membership in Your Subscriptions or at one of the specific links below.
  2. Print out the NCGS membership form (PDF file), fill it in, and return it to the address at the end of the form with your annual dues payment.

All annual memberships for 2011 expired on 31 December 2011. In January 2012, NCGS begins a new membership system based on the date new members join the society or current members renew. New memberships and renewals will expire one year (12 months) from the date payment is received.

North Carolina Genealogical Society membership dues are:

  • Individual Membership — $40 — Join Now!
  • Family Membership — $45 — Join Now!
  • Patron Membership — $100 — Join Now!
  • Institutional or Society Membership — $40 — Join Now!

To Renew Your Membership

1. Visit Your Subscriptions. From that page, you can renew or upgrade your membership.

2. Visit the Account Profile page, and click on the Subscription tab found there. You can view your current membership subscription, and renew or upgrade your membership here, as well.

If you wish to renew by mail, please print and fill out the Membership Form (link above under "How to Become a Member"), and mail it with your remittance to NCGS. The address is on the form. If you do not have a printer, please contact the NCGS Administrator at info@ncgenealogy.org and ask for one to be mailed to you.

Membership Brochure

You may download a printable Membership Brochure, or you may request a free membership brochure from the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Simply e-mail us your mailing address along with a request for the NCGS membership brochure, and we will send one out to you.

Society Benefits

When you join the North Carolina Genealogical Society you join a group of people who share a common interest in the genealogy and history of the "Old North State." You will receive two award winning publications. The quarterly publication North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal contains well-researched articles of genealogical value and numerous abstracts of unpublished records relating to North Carolina. The NCGS News will introduce you to local societies across the state, and provide you with upcoming genealogical events in North Carolina and across the nation. Members of the Society may submit two free queries per year (four with family memberships) to be published in the Newsletter. You will be invited to attend, at a discount, the NCGS annual meeting and workshop, as well as any other NCGS sponsored programs.

The NCGS News is offered bi-monthly (6 issues annually) in electronic format, via email. This method not only reduces cost to NCGS and its members, but is a more eco-friendly way to provide this service.

NCGS has partnered with other organizations to provide member discounts. Both Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines offer discounted rates to our members. Findmypast.com now offers NCGS members a reduced rate (50%) on subscriptions. (If you are currently logged in as a member, see the NCGS Members Magazine Discount page, or the Find My Past Discount page.)

Meetings and Programs

NCGS sponsors an annual meeting and workshop in the Raleigh area each year. Throughout the year the Society co-sponsors, with local societies, special workshops across the state. Local Societies should contact the Program Committee if interested in a joint program.

NCGS sponsors a number of video webinars throughout the year. All are made available to the public for three days of free viewing. After the free viewing period, all videos are available only to NCGS members who are signed in to the NCGS website, or by purchase of the audio/video CD from the NCGS online bookstore.


Since 2006, NCGS has sponsored two or three workshops a year. This includes "The Speaker's Forum," where researchers and archivists from North Carolina to have a forum, allow new local speakers a venue to share their experience and knowledge.

Publications & Sales

Besides the NCGS Journal and NCGS News, the Society is involved in an active publication program. To request a complete listing of the NCGS publications, write to North Carolina Genealogical Society Book Sales, c/o Vickie Young, 6300 Creedmoor Road, Ste 170-323, Raleigh, NC 27612. Current issues of the NCGS Journal are available to members only. Current and back issues of the NCGS News are freely available on the website.

"Members Only" Web Site

The Society has established this website as a benefit of membership.The site includes the ability to create your user profile and enter your own queries. The NCGS Journal, 1975-2010 is placed here for viewing. We encourage members to add their own genealogical publications, which must be approved by the NCGS Board of Directors.  Additionally, non-institutional members can publish their research and findings for the benefit of other members and can publicize events and news by submitting articles directly to the website. Members can access members-only content and features on the site using the login form. If you are a member, but do not have website login information, contact the Webmaster.

Society Goals

The North Carolina Genealogical Society, chartered in 1974, is open to all who are interested in genealogical or historical research and in these goals:

  • to increase interest in and raise the standards of research and compilation by means of educational programs and publications;
  • to acquaint members with research sources and materials in North Carolina and elsewhere;
  • to serve as a medium of exchange of genealogical information; and
  • to promote the collection, preservation, and utilization of manuscripts, documents, and other materials of genealogical and historical value.

While not maintaining a library of its own, the Society promotes and encourages the development of the many fine research centers across the state. Books given to the Society for review purposes in the Journal are donated to the Genealogical Branch of the State Library of North Carolina located in Raleigh, NC.

Correspondence with NCGS

Please include your email address on each correspondence sent to NCGS. The Society is cutting expenses by answering letters, emails, workshop confirmations, etc. by email. Also include your member number on NCGS forms, applications, and correspondence. The member number should be on the label of the NCGS News and NCGS Journal. NCGS appreciates the help and support of our members. We are actively recruiting new members.

For general information,
including memberships, and workshop registrations you may write us at:

North Carolina Genealogical Society
6300 Creedmoor Road, Ste 170-323
Raleigh, NC 27612

For book orders, you may contact us at:

North Carolina Genealogical Society Book Sales
c/o Vickie Young
6300 Creedmoor Road, Ste 170-323
Raleigh, NC 27612

For submission of publications for review in the NCGS Journal, please see our Submit Publications for Review page.

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