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

***This feature is brand-new, 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.

Update: 10 Sep 2013, with four new counties - Alleghany, Anson, Avery, & Beaufort. 2706 new names - every surname group has new entries.

Update: 14 Oct 2013, with five new counties - Bertie, Brunswick, Bute, Camden, & Catawba. The county lists are posted, but the decedent names are not yet in the Decedent Index. This is in the process of being reconfigured to provide shorter lists. Look for changes to the Decedent Index in the coming days.

Update: 24 Oct 2013 - All decedent names from the last 5-county update have been incorporated into the Decendent Index. 6796 new records. The Decedent Index was broken down into smaller groups. The total number of names indexed now stands at 70,272.

Update: 30 Dec 2013 - Five new counties - Gates, Graham, Granville, Jones, and Lincoln. 9673 new names added to the Surname Decendent Index, for a new total of 79,945 names.

*Special notes, 30 Dec 2013:

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. During this update, it became apparent that the redirect for the "B" group of surnames was off by 1 digit, so all the links were offset by one, and the group "Babb-Balcon" was not visible. That has been corrected.

Update: 15 Jan 2014 - The recent softward upgrade renumbered all of the articles, which in effect, broke all the links in the table below. Each of these has been individually edited, and should work now. Any incorrect or broken links should be reported to the Webmaster. 

Decedent Index Links   County Links
Aaren - Aldridge Fagan - Fernham Lewry - Littleton Shepard - Shuford   Alamance Johnston
Alexander - Alston Ferrall - Flentji Littman - Loring Shular - Simpson   Alexander Jones
Altman - Armsworthy Fletcher - Forneyduval Lorre - Lytle Sims - Smiley   Alleghany Lee
Arnett - Ayscue Forrest - Foxhall Mabe - Markland Smith - Smith, Jesse   Anson Lenoir
Babb - Balcon Foy - Frion Smith, Jno - Smith, Zeke   Ashe Lincoln
Baldwin - Barlow Frisbee - Futrell Mast - McCombs Smithdeal - Spaight   Avery Macon
Barnacasel - Bastin Gabard - Garrisson McCommon - McGoun Spain - Sprouse   Beaufort Madison
Batchellor - Bears Garrit - Gibbons McGowan - McNatt Spruil - Staples   Bertie Martin
Beasley - Belk Gibbs - Glover McNaughton - Merreday Stark - Stewitt   Bladen McDowell
Bell - Benson Gobble - Gourley Merrell - Millard Stiers - Stricklin   Brunswick Mecklenburg
Bent - Biscoe Gowan - Greeley Miller - Minter Strikeleather - Surrott   Buncombe Mitchell
Bisher - Blount Green - Gresham Minton - Montfort Sutanna - Syviles   Burke Montgomery
Blow - Boovy Greundler - Grizzard Montgomery - Mooreland Tabb - Tayloe   Bute* Moore
Bordan - Boyden Groce - Gwynn Mooring - Morris Taylor, A - Taylor, Wm   Cabarrus Nash
Boyer - Braxton Haas - Halsey Morriseth - Murden Teaboe - Thigpen   Caldwell New Hanover
Bray - Brinn Halso - Hardesty Murdock - Myriver Thomas - Thomas, Wilson   Camden Northampton
Brinson - Brosher Hardie - Harrell Nadal - Newburgh Thomason - Thomson   Carteret Onslow
Brother - Brownell Harrelson - Harris Newby - Nix Thorburn - Tomkins   Caswell Orange
Browning - Buie Harrison - Hasty Nixon - Nutters Tomlinson - Tucker   Catawba Pamlico
Bull - Burkehead Haswell - Hazlett Oakley - Osborne Tudor - Tyton   Chatham Pasquotank
Burkhart - Bussett Head - Henby Osgood - Ozborn Ulrich - Uzzle   Cherokee Pender
Butcher - Bysinger Henderson - Hertel Vaden - Vurnakes   Chowan Perquimans
Cabaness - Carloss Hesse - Hileman Parkes - Patton Wachecha - Wall   Clay Person
Carlton - Carswell Paul - Peggs Wallace - Ward   Cleveland Pitt
Cartee - Catlick Hinds - Hogshead Pegram - Perritt Warden - Watson   Columbus Polk
Caton - Chappell Hogue - Holston Perry - Pettway Watt - Well   Craven Randolph
Charles - Clapton Holt - Horsens Petty - Piemont Wellington - Wharton   Cumberland Richmond
Clark - Clinch Horten - Howell Pierce - Pleasants Wheadon - Whitcomb   Currituck Robeson
Cline - Cogwell Howelton - Hunsucker Pledger - Pormore White, A - White, Zephemiah   Dare Rockingham
Cohen - Compton Hunt - Hysmith Porter - Powell Whitehart - Wiesel   Davidson Rowan
Conaly - Copening Ibbeken - Izell Power - Prior Wiggins - Willey   Davie Rutherford
Copes - Cowrey Jack - Jarvis Pritchard - Pyrant William - Williams, Joel   Duplin Sampson
Cox - Creekmore Jasper - Johns Quackenbush - Qunby Williams, John - Williams, Zeno   Durham Scotland
Crenshaw - Crunkleton Johnson, A - Johnson, Zilphy Rabb - Ray Williamson - Wilroy   Edgecombe Stanly
Cruse - Cuyler Johnston - Jonas Raybon - Relfe Wilson - Wilson, Zimre   Forsyth Stokes
Dabbs - Davie Jones - Jones, Joel Reminger - Richards Wilton - Wollard   Franklin Surry
Davis - Davy Jones, John - Joneson Richardson - Ritter Womack - Woosley   Gaston Swain
Daw - Denton Joplin - Justin Rivenbach - Robertson Wooten - Wyrick   Gates Transylvania
Depp - Dobson Kagle - Kepley Robeson - Rolfe Yaile - Zoeller   Graham Tyrrell
Doby - Drumwright Roller - Rowlett     Granville Union
Drurey - Dyson Kinnian - Kyle Royal - Rymer     Greene Vance
Eacles - Edney Laboyteaux - Lanham Sabeston - Saunders     Guilford Wake
Edward - Elliott Lanier - Laxton Savage - Scotney     Halifax Warren
Ellis - Estep Lay - Leicester Scott - Setser     Harnett Washington
Estes - Ezzell Leigh - Lewis Sett - Shemwell     Haywood Watauga
          Henderson Wayne
          Hertford Wilkes
          Hoke Wilson
          Hyde Yadkin
          Iredell Yancey
          Jackson  

*Bute County was created in 1764, divided into Franklin County and Warren County in 1779, and ceased to exist. 

Researchers should take this into consideration when searching for records in any of those counties.

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