North Carolina

In the heart of America’s south, the state of North Carolina has a very long history. It was one of the first states to be settled, it has Native American populations, it was heavily involved in the Civil War, it has a large amount of African American heritage, and much more. These are all reasons that so many people look for North Carolina genealogy data, and why so much is available.

In 1585 ad 1587 groups of colonists from Great Britain were sent to Roanoke Island by Sir Walter Ralegh (often misspelled “Raleigh”). However, those attempts at building settlements in the area were not successful. Nevertheless, the first child of English parents born in America was born at Roanoke Island in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.

After the monarchy was restored in 1660, Charles II of England took power. On March 24, 1663, he gave rewards to 8 people who tried to help him regain his power. Those people, known as Lords Proprietor, were given the land that was at that time known as Carolina. It was named after his father, Charles I. From 1663 until 1729 Carolina was a British colony. Then South Carolina and North Carolina became separate provinces.

English colonists established permanent settlements near the Chowan River and the Roanoke River in 1653. From 1663 to 1665 the area had the status of being an English proprietary colony. It was also the site of several battles, rebellions, and raids, which included: Culpepper’s Rebellion (1677), The Quaker-led Cary Rebellion (1708), The Tuscarora Indian War (1711 to 1713)

There was not much fighting in North Carolina during the American Revolution. However, several people from North Carolina fought in the American Revolution in other areas. During the Civil War, many North Carolina residents were against slavery, but the state as a whole was on the side of the Confederacy.

The State of North Carolina entered the union as the 12th state on November 21, 1789. It has 100 Counties with Avery County being the newest.

As you begin to look for North Carolina genealogy information you will need to understand that your resources will be found both online and offline. There are not a lot of smaller town or local archives that have been converted into online digital entities, and that means your first step in researching North Carolina genealogy information is to develop a list of the different records that you will explore. This begins with some background information about the basic locations for finding genealogical materials.

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State Records – these offer probate information including birth certificates, deeds, death records, estate information, marriage details, military or veterans information, land records, state census information, surname lists, genealogical folders, maps, private manuscripts, newspapers, cemetery information, and more. These are available as online and offline resources for North Carolina genealogy.

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