13,000 bound volumes, 22,000 boxes of loose records, and 24,000 reels of microfilm represents the combined holdings of the North Carolina State Archives. Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives is the published guidebook to these collective materials. This guide describes the state agency records, county records, private manuscripts collections, and Civil War materials. Inside you will also find information on CRX records—”county records that came to the State Archives from a source other than an official county custodian.”
The book is organized alphabetically by county. Each county entry tells when the county was established and other important short facts. For example, here is the Anson County beginning entry:
Anson County—Established in 1750 from Bladen County—Courthouse fire of 1868 destroyed many court records
Each county is then broken into two sections, original records and microfilm records. Listings under each are organized alphabetically by record type. Common records found by series, including bonds, court records, election records, estate records, land records, marriages, divorces, other vital statistics, military and pension records, tax records, wills, CRX records, and other miscellaneous records. Each series lists the actual records and years covered, plus the number of volumes or films available. To assist the researcher, the Archives included a detailed index and 20-page glossary of record types and related terminology.
This guide is the twelfth edition of the guide covering all archive records up to 1 March 2009.
Get a copy of Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives from Family Roots Library. Great for home or local library use.
Map of counties with record losses
- Albemarle [defunct]
- Bath [defunct]
- Bute [defunct]
- Dobbs [defunct]
- New Hanover
- Tryon [defunct]