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ExploreNC: October is Family History Month!

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October is all about family history! Whether you’re just starting out with your North Carolina genealogy research, or you’re a seasoned pro, check out the guide to family history on ExploreNC, freshly updated by our Genealogy Reference Librarian Erin Bradford.

Family History page

Click image to visit ExploreNC Family History page

Click image to visit ExploreNC Family History page

You’ll find information on:

  • How to start your search
  • Oral Histories
  • Vital Records
  • NC Bibles & Obituaries
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
  • NC County & State Records
  • NC Map Collections
  • Periodicals & Newspapers
  • Military Records
  • Immigration & Migration
  • DNA & Genetics
  • Special Collections
  • Genealogical resources on North Carolina’s Scottish, Scots-Irish, German, and Swiss settlers
  • Native American Genealogy
  • African American Genealogy
  • Jewish Genealogy
  • Family History for Kids
  • . . . and more!

Family History Fair Vendors, Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Genealogy Methodology: Researching County Court Records

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Franklin county Courthouse

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Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about different research methods and different types of records, but I never really talked about court records and how they can be especially useful in genealogy. Quite a few people overlook the wealth of information in court records because they may associate court records with crime, but many court records deal with day to day issues, such as land and property conveyance, wills and estates, orphans and guardians, bastardy bonds and apprentice bonds as well as other common topics in genealogical research.

Many counties have a County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions as well as a county Superior Court and in some cases and Inferior Court. I spent some time in the Archives last week researching this topic in Franklin County Court of Pleas and Quarterly Sessions, which are often simply referred to as the County Court records. I looked at the records of March 1798 session to highlight a specific case that appeared in the county court minutes, the appearance docket, and the execution docket.


NC County of the Week: Washington County

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The NC County of the Week for September 28, 2014  through October 4, 2014 is Washington County, NC! 

 Map of NC showing where Washington County is

Washington County was formed in 1799 and named for U.S. President George Washing, who died in 1799.

For more information on this county located along the NC coast this week, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board for Washington County where we’ll showcase a range of historic images!

Stay with us this week for snapshots of the people, history, culture,  geography, and natural heritage of Washington County.

We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library, our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources, and other heritage institutions throughout the state.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #nccotw.


This blog is a service of the State Library of North Carolina, part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. Blog comments and posts may be subject to Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.