Proving Parentage with Probate Records: North Carolina Inheritance Laws and Customs

Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS

Proving Parentage with Probate Records is the sixth in a series of webinars on North Carolina land, its beginnings as property available for settlement, geographic genealogy, laws, records, and record locations. This webinar 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.

(Image source: “Land Warrant, Henry Beasley, 1751”, scanned photocopy from microfilm, State Archives of North Carolina, Public Domain)

Additional information on probate and land records can be found in chapters 2, 12, and 13 of North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series, available in the NCGS online store.

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