North Carolina Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.


Guide to research materials in the North Carolina State Archives. Section B: county records. 9th revised edition. Raleigh, N.C.: N.C. Division of Archives and History, c1979. Call No. CD3424.N67 (2nd floor open shelf).

Leary, Helen F.M. North Carolina research: genealogy and local history. 2nd ed. Raleigh, N.C.: N.C. Genealogical Society, 1996. Call No. F253.N67 (2nd floor open shelf).

Source Materials and Local Histories

An Index to marriage bonds filed in North Carolina State Archives. Call No. Microfiche 296. Covers years 1741-1868.

Mitchell, Thornton W. North Carolina wills: a testator index, 1665-1900. Corrected and revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Call No. Local History Ref F253.M575 (2nd floor open shelf). In most cases one can proceed from a citation in this work to a request for photocopies of the original records in the North Carolina State Archives. In many instances, the Newberry will hold published abstracts for such records as well.


Roster of soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution. Durham, N.C.: N.C. Daughters of the American Revolution, 1932. Call No. Local History Ref E263.N8D17 (2nd floor open shelf).

Muster rolls of the soldiers of the War of 1812 detached from the militia of North Carolina. Originally published 1851. (Reprint) Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976. Call No. Local History Ref E359.5.N7N7 (2nd floor open shelf).

Clark, Walter, editor. Histories of the several regiments and battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-'65. (Reprint) Wendell, N.C.: Broadfoot, 1982. Call No. E573.4.C59 1982. No rosters. Regimental histories and officers only.

Manarin, Louis H. and Jordan, Weymouth T. (Jr.). North Carolina troops 1861-1865: a roster. Raleigh, N.C.: Dept. of Archives and History, 1966-. Call No. Local History Ref E573.3.M3 (2nd floor open shelf). Multi-volume series. Indexing in each volume.


Microfilm census holdings complete 1790-1850 and for 1870. 1860 slave schedules complete, though holdings for general population schedules are minimal. Printed indexes for 1790-1850 and 1870. CD-ROM index for 1860. No holdings past 1870.


North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. 1975 (Vol.1) to date. Call No. Local History Ref F251.N67 (2nd floor open shelf).

Special Topic: Quaker Research

Hinshaw, William Wade. Encyclopedia of American Quaker genealogy. Ann Arbor, 1936. Call No. Local History Ref E184.F89E5 (2nd floor open shelf). Volume 1 contains record abstracts for 24 N.C. monthly meetings.

Special Topic: African American Research

Reaves. Bill. North Carolina Freedman's Savings & Trust Company records. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1992. Call No. Local History Ref F253.N64 (2nd floor open shelf). Transcriptions of signature registers for New Bern, Raleigh, Wilmington.

White, Barnetta McGhee. Somebody knows my name: Marriages of freed people in North Carolina. Athens, Ga.: Iberian, 1995. Call No. E185.96 .W53.