Duke University Special Collections Library  
East Carolina University's Joyner Library
State Library of North Carolina
State Library of North Carolina reference via email 
State Library Genealogical Research 
State Library of North Carolina Genealogical Research
North Carolina State University Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library Manuscripts Department
The Library of Virginia Digital Collections

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) is a cataloging program organized by the Library of Congress.  RLIN is an online card catalog that make it possible to find out where information is.  Select the RLIN AMC search -- you can search a family name and other terms.  For example, you might be interested in the WINDSOR family; type "Windsor Family." 

North Carolina  

North Carolina Resources at Roots-L: Databases and files online  
North Carolina Division of Archives and History
The folks here will check records and report back with results and price for any found documents. They take e-mail requests for document searches at:  The address is:
   NC Div. of Archives and History
   Archives and Records Section
   109 East Jones Street
   Raleigh, NC 27601-1807
   You may also use their rather clunky TelNet to do a lookup yourself through their MARS system. Check the page at: 
North Carolina Genealogical Society 
North Carolina Vital Records
- birth, death, marriage, divorce -- how and where to get them  
North Carolina Center for Health Statistics - birth, death, marriage records   
Everton's Genealogy in North Carolina
- just about everything you need to get started researching your NC roots.  
American Local History Network -- NC State Homepage  
North Carolina Birth, Marriage and Death Database
North Carolina Gravestone Inscriptions Database  Searches may be done by county or last name.  You may add your gravestone inscriptions.
North Carolina Migrations Database - track the movement of people into and out of North Carolina
Registers of Deeds by county many with e-mail addresses  
NC listings in the National Register of Historic Places, by county    

North Carolina newspapers, TV stations, and radio stations (a list)   
North Carolina governors 1776 - present   


Southeastern Genealogy Home Page 


Map links are now located on the Maps page of this site.  


USGenWeb Project  
USGenWeb Archives
- steadily growing archive of public record files and indexes.
Search the USGenweb Archives
Searchable online databases includes marriages, cemeteries, military records, death records.     
USGenWeb Census Project
Tombstone Transcription Project 
The Way We Were - An Unauthorized History of the USGenWeb Project:


The Roots Surname List (RSL)  just passed the half-million surnames mark and is searchable online. It is a list or registry of surnames that have been submitted by over 60,000 net.genealogists, with additional names arriving at the rate of over 600 a day.  Associated with each surname are dates and locations, and information about how to contact the person who submitted the surname. 
Free BDM  The Free Births-Marriages-Deaths project's objective is to provide free Internet access to the Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild <>

American Wars

Revolutionary War

North Carolina in the Revolutionary War
The National Society Children of the American Revolution
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

War of 1812
War of 1812 Records:  Where and How do I get them?
Military history: War of 1812 (1812-1814)

Civil War

A Brief Introduction to Genealogy and the American Civil War   
American Civil War Era Genealogy  
Camp Humes' Calvary Division newspaper article In the Field, Wayne County, NC April 3, 1865
Civil War Diaries; Location of Women's Diaries
Civil War Genealogies
 Fredericksburg Civil War Cemetery List .  Confederate soldiers buried around Fredericksburg,
    Virginia. Listed in state order and also alphabetically by surname.

North Carolina Civil War Home Page  
North Carolina Union Volunteers  
Researching People of the Civil War Era   
Selected Civil War Photographs
The American Civil War Homepage 
The US Civil War Center - LSU's list of info available on the Internet 
Union Civil War Prison at Elmira, NY  
United States Colored Troops in the Civil War   
United States Colored Troops Formed in North Carolina During the Civil War
War of the Rebellion.  Cornell University has placed online all volumes of the War of the Rebellion.  Included are scanned images of reports, correspondence, seizures of Southern property, etc. sent to the War Department during the Civil War (also known as the War of the Rebellion, the War of Northern Aggression, the War between the States, and the War).  It includes both Union and Confederate accounts. It is in chronological order but there is no online index.  Many libraries have the index.  Find  the volume and page number for your subject in the index at the library, then read the actual pages at 
A Guide to Military Organizations and Installations North Carolina 1861-1865 

Spanish-American War

The Spanish American War Centennial  
Spanish-American War Page 

World War I
About World War I Draft cards 

World War II 

North Carolina in World War II

Order forms for military service and pension and other family history records

A "pension" record is not the same as a "military" record.  It's important which one you order.

The "pension" record is the one that contains the most genealogical information.  This contains a man's (or widow or dependent's) application, giving identifying information about the applicant and the military service performed:  usually complete date of birth, place of birth, date and place of entry into service, military unit designation.  Often contains questionnaires filled out by the pensioner with name of spouse and children, date and place of marriage.  When the pensioner is dropped from the pension roll because of death, the complete death date is often given in the "drop report".

Ordering the "military" record can be disappointing.  It may contain little biographical information - possibly only the man's name, age and residence at enlistment, where he entered the service, unit designation, rank attained, where and when discharged.  Sometimes they show where the man was born.  Shows the man's whereabouts during his period in the service.  May give details on temporary duty assignments, illnesses or wounds received and show where and when hospitalized.

Papers are "selected" from a file to be copied and sent to you, and there is no guarantee that you'll receive those that may be of most importance to you.  You'll never know exactly what treasures are in a pension record unless you order the entire file.  Depending on the size of the file, it may be expensive to order.  My understanding is that effective September 1, 2000, the entire file will be sent when ordering, and the fee at that time for copies will be $17.50.

Family Homepages  

Dot's Genealogy Page - Information on the Edwards and Hage families from Goldsboro, NC  
Ancestors of James Timmothy Bennett
- Some of the Sampson County families are Bennett, Best, Hill, Jackson. (includes some Wayne County connections)
Roberts Family
data can be found at 
Holland Family History and Tree
is online at  
Barnes Family History 
Pate Family at

Other Helpful Links  

A Genealogy Primer - - general advice on how to start your genealogy research. 
African Ancestored Genealogy   
American Colonist's Library, The  Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History at  
Ancestry Home Town
- - provides genealogical information, techniques, links, computer products, and searchable databases  
American Local History Network, NC pages 
Cemetery Locator for off-the-beaten-path cemeteries   
Cemetery Records Online 
Census Central This site is a meeting place where researchers can meet with volunteers who are willing to look up information in copies of the Federal Census which they may have for the entire US. 
Census Online     
Census Online and Other Important Databases, The
Christine's Genealogy Web Site
including Slave Entries In Wills on the Web.  This is a wonderful, not-to-be-missed site of Black genealogy.
Cindi Howells' List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
- over 30,600 links in over 60 categories 
Cindi Howell's List of North Carolina Genealogy Sites on the Internet  
England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa  Lesson in finding and links.
Family Search The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Fate of the 1890 Census, The
GENDEX -- WWW Genealogical Index
Genealogical Riches in the American State Papers 
Genealogy CD List - CD's of genealogy info and the owners who have volunteered to do lookups. 
Genealogy Helplist - a nationwide list of folks who have volunteered to do lookups and the resources they have. 
Genealogy Is...  - - an incredibly rich source of family history homepages and other helpful sites
GenForum county query boards for North Carolina counties 
Holland Family History and Tree contains 2,400 individuals and 350 related families from Wayne and neighboring counties.  
I Found It! 
Genealogy Search Engine
Immigrant Ship Lists 
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild transcribing passenger lists and making them free on the Internet.  
Index to Irish Genealogy Guide
Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish Ancestors.  Lesson and links.
Latter Day Saints search page 

National Archives and Records Administration  
Native American Resource Center 
North Carolina Gen Exchange  
Obituary Central   Search more than 290,000 full-text 19th and 20th century obituaries    
Open Directory: Genealogy  links  
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness  
Links to sites that offer free Scottish genealogy lookups at
Shelia's Links to Ship's Passenger Lists on the Net 
Ships Passenger Lists - includes Overland Trails lists
State Gen Sites
United States Bureau of Land Management
. A searchable database.
Vintage North Carolina postcard tour
Victoria's Vade Mecum
  This is a "how to get started in genealogy" page. 
Writing your family biography This page is a series of questions; the answers will make a short biography. You can use them to interview your older relatives, or to write your autobiography.

Copyright Information
U.S. Copyright Office:
U.S. Copyright Statute:
For the UK:
The Patent Office (UK):
Her Majesty's Stationery Office:
Copyright at the Public Record Office: UK Data Protection Act of 1998:
Public Domain & Intellectual Property Issues for Genealogists:

 Search and ye Shall Find

At a loss as to how to get started?  To help get you started on your search, following list is offered as template for doing a search on all of RootsWeb's search engines. To use it, simply click on the URLs listed below.

Free Birth, Marriage and Death Index Search (England and Wales)

GenSeeker (Web sites on RootsWeb)

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild Search (ship passenger lists)

Mailing List Finder Search (specific Mittelstadt mailing list)

Mailing List Interactive Search (mailing list archives)
This tool allows one to search individually named mailing lists. If there is no specific mailing list for the name you are searching, chose various nationality-related lists, such as German, Alsace-Lorraine, Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Brethren, Bundesland, Deu-Ladbergen, Deutschland, GermanRussian, German-Kingdoms, Hesse, Hessenland,
Niedersachsen, Ostfriesen, Pfalz, Posen, Prussia-Roots, Schleswig-Holstein-Roots, Surnames-German, and Trier-Roots.

Mailing List Threaded Archives Search (most RootsWeb lists)
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Roots-L Mailing List Archive Search

UseNet Newsgroup Archives
o fr.rec.genealogie
o soc.genealogy.computing
o soc.genealogy.french
o soc.genealogy.german
o soc.genealogy.medieval
o soc.genealogy.methods
o soc.genealogy.misc
o soc.genealogy.slavic
o soc.genealogy.surnames

Obituary Daily Times Search (obituaries)

RootsLink Search (genealogy links)

Roots Location List Name Finder Search (researchers by location)

RootsWeb Surname Helper (surname registries and Web sites)

RootsWeb Surname List (surname researchers)

Social Security Death Index Search (government-created database)

USGenWeb Archives National Search (large variety of material, including census records)
(One can also search the USGenWeb Archives on a state-by-state basis.  <>

U.S. Town and County Database Search (location research)

WorldConnect GEDCOM Search

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