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The North Carolina Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a renewal of two great member benefits - discounts on two great genealogy publications - plus a discount on all purchases through the publisher's online store!

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle) and Internet Genealogy are offering NCGS members a 20% discount on all purchases, including magazine subscription.

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For questions about the North Carolina Genealogical Society, and it’s participation in the program, contact Lisa Lisson.

North Carolina Loose Estates Records Index

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     The NC Loose Estates Records indexing project, carried out by volunteers, assigns names to batches of microfilmed images, which can be accessed at FamilySearch.org. (More information about this project can be found on the Home page.) 
     Taneya Koonce has been creating a master, state-wide index, working one county at a time.  We are working on giving this index more visibility by making it available to the general public though this website. While the Estate Files images hosted at FamilySearch are searchable, it can be tedious unless you already have knowledge of names, a specific county, and dates. We believe this index will be of value to researchers who have limited information at their disposal, and that using these indices as a cross-reference may find relationships that are not otherwise apparent. Use of these indices may also give the researcher a more concrete starting point when exploring the images available at FamilySearch.
     Each index list found here is based on the surname of the decedent as it is listed on each individual folder of loose estate records. It is not a comprehensive listing of all names that may appear within those records.
     The Decedent Index is alphabetical by surname of the decedent, regardless of county, and lists the county that holds each record. Each County Index will have all the names listed for that county. The statewide decedent index is broken into groups to decrease the file size. Click on any grouping to go to that page. To view the entire county, click the appropriate County link.
     If the name you're searching for is not in the list, it may not have been indexed yet. Also remember to try alternate spellings - for example, "Brian" as an alternate of "Bryan", which will be in two different index groups.

     As with any old documents, we are not only subject to less-than-legible handwriting, we are also susceptible to the vagaries of spelling. For example, one of our members has spent time researching the name "Osborne", and found at least 34 variations in spelling:
Asbun, Asburn, Aulbourn, Aursbourn, Ausband, Ausbern, Ausbin, Ausbon, Ausborne, Ausbourn, Ausbourne, Ausburn, Ausburne, Orsborn, Orsborne, Orsbourn, Orsburn, Orzburn, Osben, Osbern, Osbin, Osbon, Osborn, Osborne, Osbourn, Osbun, Osburm, Osburn, Osburne, Ozbarn, Ozborn, Ozborne, Ozbourne, and Ozburn.
     Transcribers, and indexers after them, can only work with what was written, not what might have been intended. The savvy researcher will keep this in mind when looking for names of specific interest.

***This feature is still in progress, thus not yet complete. Keep checking back over the coming weeks as we incorporate the indices Taneya has already created, and as she creates more. Questions, suggestions, or general comments may be made to the Webmaster.

To browse the actual image files, see the North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979 at FamilySearch. When an individual of interest is found in the Decedent Index, make a note of the associated county, and refer to that county at FamilySearch. In addition, the county name on each County Index page is a link to the image collection for that county at FamilySearch.

*Special notes:

1. There is one entry of "Two lists of names, chiefly Robinson, Ledbetter, Tillman & others". This entry is not broken down for the specific names in the Decedent Index, but the entry is found on the Anson County list.

2. There is an entry in the "W" list that was incorrectly indexed. The entry is for "William A, Owens (1859)", Davie County. The name should have been indexed as "Owens, William A". Our list here has not been changed, as that is where you will find the entry at Family Search, but it has been added to the Davie County list, with a note.

Update: 16 Feb 2015 -  The Decedent Names Index has been redesigned, and five new counties have been added - Hyde, Scotland, Stanly, Swain, and Surry. Images for Surry County are not found on Family Search - these were indexed by hand from the original folders at the NC State Archives. 8144 new names have been added, for a current total of 118,953 names.

Update: 30 Aug 2014 - Four new counties - Ashe, Cumberland, Macon, and Forsyth. 22,921 new names added to the Surname Decedent Index - 17,232 names from Forsyth County, alone. This makes a new total of 110,809 names. 

Decedent Index Table

County Index Table

(Image source: "Material in the New Orleans city archives", from Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

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