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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 about the North Carolina Genealogical Society, please visit our page on Slideshare.

Save the Pensions!

Preserve the PensionsDonate Now! Join with the NCGS to support the FGS to raise funds to digitize the War of 1812 pension files and make them accessible online – free and forever!

For more information, see the FGS Preserve the Pensions page.

Member Benefit: Magazine Discounts

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a new member benefit: Discounts on two great genealogy publications.

Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy are offering NCGS members a $25 rate for one-year (six issue) subscriptions or renewals to either or both Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. That's a $7.95 savings off the regular rate of $32.95 a year.

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

Web Site Status


This Web site is undergoing maintenance and repairs and will go off-line at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10 January 2014 and will resume operation at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, 12 January 2014. We are apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Indexing the North Carolina Estate Files

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.

UPDATE! NC Loose Estates – 3,371,321 Images!!!

The NC Loose Estates Records indexing project was just updated!  There are now 3,371,321 images that are indexed and freely available!

As of January 29th, 68 out of 100 North Carolina counties have been indexed by decedent, in part or in whole! Currently, there are 138,899 individual estates that are indexed!

Check out this valuable resource for your North Carolina ancestral research:


Also available at our shortened link:


Don't see your county of interest? Please consider joining as a volunteer indexer! All you need is a computer and internet access. The software is provided, and a video tutorial and Wiki page have been created to answer any questions. Will you donate a little of your time?

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Vickie Scott at firstvicepresident@ncgenealogy.org.

NCGS Webinars - Update

Watch this website and the September edition of the NCGS News for release date for the free viewing of the next NCGS webinar.


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.

Two New CD Titles

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.

Upcoming Events


9:15 am Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 5:30 pm Saturday, 10 May 2014
NGS 2014 Family History Conference


Friday, 16 May 2014 - Sunday, 18 May 2014
Free Webinar Viewing - Freedmen’s Bureau Records


Friday, 18 July 2014 - Sunday, 20 July 2014
Free Webinar Viewing: an NCGS Webinar Encore! Tarheels in the Family Tree?, Part I


Saturday, 26 July 2014 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Regional Workshop - Tools for Successful Research

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