Login

To access members-only content or purchase items from the NCGS Store, please log in.

NCGS Mission Statement

Our Mission is:
1. to increase interest in and raise the standards of research and compilation by means of educational programs and publications.
2. to acquaint members with research sources and materials in North Carolina and elsewhere.
3. to serve as a medium of exchange of genealogical information.
4. to promote the collection, preservation, and utilization of manuscripts, documents, and other materials of genealogical and historical value.
 
For more detailed information, please view our short slideshow about the North Carolina Genealogical Society.

 

NCGS Donations

Please consider helping support the NCGS Mission by making a donation.

More information is on our Giving Opportunity page. 



Save the Pensions!

Preserve the PensionsDonate Now! Join with the NCGS to support the FGS to raise funds to digitize the War of 1812 pension files and make them accessible online – free and forever!

For more information, see the FGS Preserve the Pensions page.

Member Benefit: Magazine Discounts

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a new member benefit: Discounts on two great genealogy publications.

Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy are offering NCGS members a $25 rate for one-year (six issue) subscriptions or renewals to either or both Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. That's a $7.95 savings off the regular rate of $32.95 a year.

To receive this benefit, log into the NCGS website, then visit our NCGS Members Magazine Discount page.

North Carolina Loose Estates Records Index

Stack of books
     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 less than a year old, and is currently under construction, 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. This link is also available on each individual decedent index page. The county name on each County 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 "Surnames William - Williams, Joel" 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: 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. 

Update: 22 Sep 2014 - Added listing of defunct counties, indicated by an asterisk: *. Added notes to each county regarding county formation date, parent county or counties and, if defunct, the child counties. Some counties have notes about missing records. The index table has been broken down into two separate tables, linked to below. Not all counties have been indexed, but all are now linked to from the County Index Table, and have the county name linked to the appropriate FamilySearch page. (The reconfiguration of the page apparently scrambled the Decedent Index links. Those have been fixed.) 

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)

Upcoming Events

NOV
15

Saturday, 15 November 2014 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
NCGS Annual Meeting & Workshop

NOV
21

Friday, 21 November 2014
Live Webinar!

DEC
5

Friday, 5 December 2014 - Sunday, 7 December 2014
Webinar Free Viewing

Product Search

Shopping Cart

 x 
Cart empty

NCGS Newsletters

Please sign up for one or more of our mailing lists.

News about NCGS



Share this post

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn