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One of the great things about looking into North Carolina genealogy is that most government documents are relatively easy to access. Most will go back to around 1913 when the state began requiring registrations for births and deaths.
North Carolina Vital Records
If you are looking for vital records (births, deaths and marriages), then the Vital Records office will be able to help you back to 1913 only for birth records. Death records begin in 1930 and marriage records in 1961. Individual county clerk offices can have their own archives before that, and can sometimes provide documents as far back as the late 1700s. You can also check the State Archives for older records (more on that below).
Getting a copy of any vital record from the government office is simple, though not free. You will have the option of ordering a certified or a non-certified copy. Certified copies are legal pieces of ID and will only be issued to close relatives of the person on the record. But anyone can order a non-certified copy regardless of who you are. This is ideal for North Carolina genealogy studies.
Whichever one you want, you can send in the application forms to the Vital Records office, which is part of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Their website has the forms to download. Once completed, mail them to the Vital Records office in Raleigh. If you are in the area, you can also drop your papers off in person for quicker service. In person, you usually get your records back same-day, though the cost is more. Mailed requests can take up to 3 months to be processed.
As mentioned, there are fees attached to this service you need to know about. Each record will cost $24 each, and if you can't wait 3 months then you can add $15 for rush service. This rush fee will also be applied if you go to the service counter for walk-in service.
North Carolina State Archives
If you are in Raleigh and need more North Carolina genealogy documents than you can get from the Vital Records office, then you should head to the State Archives building. They are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, with shorter morning hours on Saturdays.
There, you can find archives of military records, old newspaper collections, maps, school records, old vital records no longer held at the state office, veteran's files, and a large number of other government-issued documents.
If you're not in Raleigh, you can use their online search engine to do a little further research into some of these document collections. You can usually only search the indexes but at least you can determine if the material you want is there. Also, you can make a request to the staff for some research through the mail (or email). There are additional fees for this and there are some limits to how much research they will do on your behalf.
North Carolina Genealogy Databases
First Regiment of Foot - North Carolina
Roster of the military officers of the First Regiment of Foot from North Carolina mustered under the act of May 13, 1846
Lost Female Ancestors
Post and view queries with North Carolina connections.
North Carolina Attorneys Listed in Graft's Legal Directory 1908 - 09
North Carolina School Superintendents and Normal School Principals 1907
Surname Query Registry
Surnames with North Carolina connections being researched by our visitors.
North Carolina Genealogy Data Sources
North Carolina Genealogy on Other Sites
University of North Carolina Sigma Nu Fraternity 1891-93 New Members
New members in 1891-93 with information about them in college and employment. Some include residence address.
See if they are your NC ancestors.
Obituaries, newspaper articles, and other documents with North Carolina connections submitted by visitors.
With North Carolina connections posted by visitors on GeneaLinks.
Find North Carolina Societies & Biographies
North Carolina Genealogical Societies
Locate North Carolina historical, genealogical and family societies, or add your society
North Carolina Biographies
Biographies with North Carolina ties.
Biographies on Geneabios
View biographies, find links to other online biographies.
North Carolina Genealogy Links
GeneaLinks North Carolina
Links to North Carolina genealogy information.
State Archives Links
North Carolina County Genealogy Resources
Genealogy Sites with Alabama County Genealogy information.
North Carolina on A Surname Site
Links with names and families in North Carolina
Genealogy on All Links
A variety of sites.