Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives
The 2009 publishing of the Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives is the twelfth revision of this book since 1963. This guide to the Archives holdings include state agency records, county records, private manuscript collections, and Civil War material. This edition covers more than “13,000 bound volumes and 22,000 boxes of loose records, as well as over 24,000 reels of microfilm, all of which are available to researchers in the State Archives, as of March 1, 2009.”
This latest edition adds a new list of records to each county, noted as CRX. These are records that were outside of the individual county’s possession until they were transferred to the State Archives for permanent preservation. This latest edition also adds a table of contents, an index, and a glossary. Finally, a map had been added showing which counties have experienced record losses.
Each county starts with a date of establishment and a note regarding record loss. For example, Johnston County was “established in 1746 from Craven County. No record of fires, but many records missing.”
Typical records, both original and microfilm sources, listed for each county include:Bonds Court Records Election Records Estate Records Land Records Marriage, Divorce, and Vital Statics Military and Pension Records Miscellaneous Records Officials, County Roads and Bridges School Records Tax and Fiscal Records Wills CRX Records