Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition

North Carolina has been home to American Indians and those who trace their heritage back to Europe and Africa. Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition, introduces family historians to the Tar Heel state’s records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies.

Researchers will find helpful charts outlining the changes in inheritance law and taxable age limits for the poll tax. North Carolina has been home to numerous ethnic groups such as the Scots-Irish and Germans, which are covered in this guidebook. Ethnic records focus on the two largest groups in North Carolina, African American and Native American. Record repositories, resources, and publications for Baptists, Moravians, and Quakers as well as religious groups that appeared later in the state’s history are described. An extended discussion of the North Carolina court system helps the researcher plow through the maze of overlapping courts, appeal court jurisdictions, and federal-level courts. Other topics covered include military records, both state and federal, from the colonial period through the World Wars; land records, vital statistics, and the major manuscript repositories and their collections, including Duke and East Carolina universities and the University of North Carolina.

Published by NGS, Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition, is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


Jeffrey Haines, CG, is a genealogist specializing in the Carolinas and British West Indies. He has written articles for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ OnBoard, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.