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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in North Carolina.  
These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in North Carolina.  

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United States Genealogy go to North Carolina go to Archives and Libraries

These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in North Carolina.

National[edit | edit source]

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National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260
Telephone: 770-968-2100
Fax: 770-968-2547
Email: atlanta.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/

Collects federal agency and court records for North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. They have both a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room. There is an extensive microfilm collection of value for genealogy research and general historical interest. Genealogy records include censuses, military service records, pensions and bounty-land, and Gulf Coast passenger arrivals. Subject specialties include the Vice Admiralty Court of South Carolina, Civil War and Reconstruction, organized crime, World Wars, the New Deal, and space exploration. The collection holds about 70,000 cubic feet of archival holdings from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, and photographs.[1]

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Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
Telephone:[2]  Reading Room: 202-707-5537
Fax:[2]  202-707-1957
E-mail:  Ask a Librarian[2]
Internet: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/

Use this library for its outstanding genealogical guides and indexes. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged.[3] [4]

State[edit | edit source]

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North Carolina State Archives
109 East Jones Street(Mail to: 4610 Mail Service Center)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4610
Telephone: 919-807-7310
Fax: 919-733-1354
E-mail: archives@ncdcr.gov
Internet: http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/Home.aspx

Collection of county court records so large it has not all been cataloged.[5] The North Carolina State Archives maintains original records of North Carolina governments on the state, district, and county levels. Includes audio visual material, government records, maps, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars, newspapers, photos, county records, state agency records, veterans records, organization records, private collections, and defunct academic institution records.[6]

State Library of North Carolina
109 East Jones Street
(Mail to: 4641 Mail Service Center)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4641
Telephone:[7]  919-807-7460
Internet: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/index.html

Great collection of books, periodicals, and genealogies for North Carolina.[5] Their collection includes genealogy databases; digital: family Bibles, marriages, deaths, newspapers, and cemetery photos; genealogy guides; county records including wills, deeds, marriages, court minutes, tax lists, and probate records.[8]

Regional[edit | edit source]

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries

Wilson Special Collections Library
200 South Rd. Wilson Library Campus Box #3948
UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890
Telephone: 919-962-1172
Internet: Louis R. Wilson Special Collections Library

The Wilson Library is home to: the famed Southern Historical Collection with strengths in plantations, slavery, the Civil War, Civil Rights, communities, family, race relations, and religious communities[9]; the North Carolina Collection of published works on North Carolina and its people and biographical index[10]; the Rare Book Collection; the Southern Folklife Collection; the Manuscript Department  collection of personal papers, letters, and diaries of early North Carolina residents; and the Map Department.[5]
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Davis Library
208 Raleigh Street Campus Box #3916
UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Telephone: 919-962-1151
E-mail: E-mail a Question form
Internet: UNC Chapel Hill Libraries

Humanities, and foreign language materials, maps, government documents repository, and microforms are found here.[11]

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Duke University Perkins Library
104 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Telephone: 919-660-5800
E-mail: Ask a Librarian e-mail form
Internet: Duke University Libraries

Largest manuscript collection in the South, including newspapers, county records, Bibles, and journals. They also have many census records originally at the National Archives.[5]

Rowan Public Library
201 West Fisher Street
Salisbury NC, 28144
Telephone: 704-216-8253
Fax: 704-216-8237
E-mail: gretchen.witt@rowancountync.gov
Internet: Rowan Public Library

This library has manuscripts, diaries, journals, Bible records, and family folders from the crossroads of colonial North Carolina.[5] Emphasis is on "Old Rowan County," including 150,000 abstracts in the McCubbins Colleciton, 2,000 family histories, and Civil War records[12].

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Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Telephone: 704-416-0150
E-mail: Send an E-mail form
Internet: Main Library: Carolina Room

Virtually a second state archives for the southern part of the state. Emphasis is on Germans, Highland Scots, and Scots-Irish immigrants to North Carolina. Many references to Quakers moving from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. This collection has good indexes, biographies, family folders, and genealogies.[5]

Genealogical Society of Old Tyron County
319 Doggett Road PO Box 938
Forest City, NC 28043
Telephone: 828-247-8700
E-mail: info@rutherfordcountync.gov
Internet: Genealogical Society

Use this library for finding books, periodicals, Bible records, obituaries, biographies and indexes for pre-Civil War people from both North Carolina and South Carolina. [5] Emphasis is on counties of Rutherford, Polk, and Cleveland, but also includes all of North and South Carolina. Immigration data, 500 family histories, 3,000 genealogy books, 60 Carolina county heritage books.[13]

McEachern Library of Local History
Dulpin County Historical Society
314 East Main Street, PO Box 130
Rose Hill, NC 28458
Telephone: 910-296-2180

This library has the largest collection in North America of family folders for immigrants from Scotland, including the highland Scots who came to the Cape Fear River region of North Carolina.[5]

Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
Phone: 919-250-1196
Internet: Olivia Raney Local History Library

The collection of 18,000 items is primarily local and family history oriented including background materials on American, North Carolina and local history. Includes Internet genealogy databases.

Outside North Carolina[edit | edit source]

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Chattanooga Public Library Downtown
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Telephone: 423-757-5317
E-mail: library@lib.chattanooga.gov
Internet: Local History and Genealogy Department

Includes the Upper South's largest family folder collection which is heavy on North Carolina.[5] Internet genealogy databases, census, newspapers, obituary index, county records, 30,000 books, manuscripts, and genealogical periodicals.[14]

Knox County Public Library
Calvin M. McClung Historical Collections
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629
Telephone: 865-215-8801
E-mail: www.easttnhistory.org
Internet: http://www.knoxlib.org/

The McClung Historical Collection includes an index to early North Carolina families. No index in North Carolina can top this one.[5] Internet genealogy databases, more than 75,000 books, 3,000 genealogies, 15,000 First Families of Tennessee, manuscripts, censuses, state and local government records, newspapers, Knoxville city directories, maps, and photos. The same building also houses the Knox County Archives, and the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum.[15]

Bristol Public Library
701 Goode Street
Bristol, Virginia 24201-4199
Telephone: 540-645-8780
Fax: 276-669-5593
E-mail: bplref@yahoo.com
Internet: http://www.bristol-library.org/

They have a relatively small family folder collection. Nevertheless, it is an important resource for settlers coming from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and northern Virginia  along the Great Valley Road into Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.[16]

Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Telephone: 831-427-7707 ext. 5794
E-mail: E-mail reference service form
Internet: http://www.santacruzpl.org/branches/14/

Holds the Genealogial Society of Santa Cruz County's library, including the Tina Brayton Collection which is equivalent to the Draper Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia  families.[5] [17]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Ellen Garrison, Archives in Appalachia: A Directory  (Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 975 A3a. For Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, arranged alphabetically, each entry shows the archive, address, phone, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, subjects, and size of the collection. Indexed by record type, and by subject.

Guides and inventories for collections at archives and libraries can be found in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search  under:


References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 127-28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Contact Information" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/address.html (accessed 12 May 2010).
  3. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reference Services in Library of Congress (accessed 2 February 2014).
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 29.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
  6. Collections in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Contact Us in State Library of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  8. Genealogy Research in State Library of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  9. About the Southern Historical Coillection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  10. Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  11. Davis Library in Libraries and Hours in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2013).
  12. Genealogical Records in Edith Clark History Room in Rowan Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  13. Collections in North Carolina's Rutherford County (accessed 11 February 2014).
  14. Local History and Genealogy Department in Chattanooga Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  15. Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knox County Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.
  17. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).