NCGS Journal Vol. 47 No. 4 is Live

The latest journal issue, “Let’s Explore a Valuable Asset: Land (Part 2)” is now available online for all NCGS Members.

Editor’s Message

Land was often the single most valuable asset that many North Carolinians had. As in Volume 47 #3, we continue to explore land records in some detail.

David McCorkle continues to share some idiosyncracies related to land grant documents via two articles; this contextual information aids our understanding of and effective usage of these records.

In their respective articles, Jeffrey T. Kiser-Paradi (Mecklenburg County) and Vanessa Crews (Duplin County) share how land records benefited their personal research.

Carolyn Gibbons (Cumberland County) has a long history of contributing material to this journal, sharing the named county’s rich records. This time, she focuses on deed records. After a land grant is issued, deeds, probate, sheriffs sales, tax records, etc., tell us the stories of what happened next to any piece of land.

To conclude our discussion of land records, we’ll explore some tax records. In addition to suggesting household composition regarding free males and the enslaved, acreage (or lots) of land ownership is often included. Tax records can help fill in knowledge gaps about our ancestors’ land-holdings and which heirs may have inherited land when other documents don’t survive or cannot be found.

Thanks to the authors of the articles published in Vol 47 #3 and this issue, Vol 47 #4, for generously sharing their knowledge about land records; we all benefited.

Best wishes wherever your genealogical journey takes you.
Diane L. Richard, Editor

Table of Contents

Editor’s Message

There Were No Documents in the Shuck at Time of Filming
David M. McCorkle

North Carolina Land Grants – No County Name Given
David M. McCorkle

Just Who Was It Who Put the Long into Long Creek?
Jeffrey T. Kiser-Paradi

Deeds Reveal the Unnamed in Benjamin Best’s Household
Vanessa Crews

Cumberland Co. Deed Book 13 (1794-98) – Part 1
Carolyn Gibbons

Don’t Skip Tax Records When Researching Land
Diane L. Richard

Bertie Tax, 1785
Kay Bissette

Orange Tax, 1800
Pamelia Toms

Onslow Tax, 1778
Kay Bissette

Onslow Tax, 1781
Betty Lou Hope

Perquimans Tax, 1777 & 1778
Barbara Mansfield

Book and Media Reviews
W. Becket Soule


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