The North Carolina State Archives website has many facets, but its Manuscript and Archives Reference System index to important documents is a must for anyone checking North Carolina ancestors.
The information is abstracted from land grants and other early documents, some with images attached. MARS is reached through the Search the Catalog tab at ncdcr.gov/archives/Home.aspx.
Click on Collections and you’ll see the links to the digital collections, the MOSAIC index that you can search by county, the link to North Carolina newspapers online, and much more.
North Carolina deeds have been digitized and placed online for many counties via the county clerks; to access these you have to go to each county’s official website and check the Register of Deeds section. If digitized, it’s a great resource to use.
Also, familysearch.org and ancestry.com have many county records digitized. On FamilySearch, check for North Carolina, and then note the various groupings like Probate Records or search for Estate Records for loose estate papers. Ancestry has the North Carolina death certificates.
The journals of various genealogical societies, starting with the North Carolina Genealogical Society at ncgenealogy.org, are always worth checking at libraries with major genealogy collections for information not easily found in county records.
Finding a Lincoln quote
David B. Parker, professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will speak at the Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn at noon Nov. 14 on “Fooling the People: Tracking down an Abraham Lincoln Quotation.” It’s free; bring your own lunch. The Georgia Archives is at 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. For further information: 678-364-3710, georgiaarchives.org.
The Georgia Genealogical Society has launched a revised website at gagensociety.org. It contains information and links for the public as well as material for members only. Quarterly magazine back issues are posted for members, while back issues of the Scribe newsletter are open to all. Check often to keep up with free monthly webinars and quarterly meetings.
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Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. at P.O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or gagensociety.org.