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

     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.

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. 

Update: 15 May 2014 - Four new counties - Chowan, Currituck, Dare, and McDowell. 7943 new names added to the Surname Decedent Index, for a new total of 87, 888 names.
*Special notes, 15 May 2014:
1. 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.
2. In the process of adding the four new counties, with the appropriate links to Family Search, it was discovered that Family Search had changed the URL for all the county files, making ours obsolete. These have all been updated.
3. In updating this page, it was also discovered that the links to the county pages had been broken in the January software upgrade, and gone unnoticed and unreported. These have been repaired.

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 Links   County Links
Aaren - Aldridge Fagan - Fernham Lewry - Littleton Shepard - Shugart   Alamance Johnston
Alexander - Alston Ferrall - Fleshman Littman - Loring Shular - Simpson   Alexander Jones
Altman - Armsworthy Fletcher - Forneyduval Lorre - Lytton Sims - Smiley   Alleghany Lee
Arnell - Ayscue Forrest - Foxworth Mabe - Markland Smith - Smith, Jessie   Anson Lenoir
Babb - Balcon Foy - Frion Smith, Jno - Smith, Zemri   Ashe Lincoln
Baldwin - Barlowe
Frisbee - Futrell Mast - McCombs Smithdeal - Spaight   Avery Macon
Barnacasel - Bastin Gabard - Garrisson McCommon - McGoun Spain - Sprouse   Beaufort Madison
Batchellor - Bears Garrit - Gibbons McGowan - McNatt Spruel - Staples   Bertie Martin
Beasley - Belk Gibbs - Gluck McNaughton - Merreday Starbuck - Stewitt   Bladen McDowell
Bell - Benson Gobble - Goven Merrell - Millard Stiers - Stricklin   Brunswick Mecklenburg
Bent - Biscoe Gowan - Greeley Millen - Minter Strikeleather - Sussdorff   Buncombe Mitchell
Bisher - Blount Green - Gresham Minton - Montfort Sutanna - Syviles   Burke Montgomery
Blow - Boozer Greundler - Grizzard Montgomery - Mooreland Tabb - Tayloe   Bute* Moore
Bordan - Boyden Groce - Gwynn Mooring - Morris Taylor   Cabarrus Nash
Boyer - Braxton Haack - Halsey Morriseth - Murden Teaboe - Thigpen   Caldwell New Hanover
Bray - Brinn Halso - Hardesty Murdock - Myriver Thomas   Camden Northampton
Brinson - Brosher Hardie - Harrell Nadal - Newburgh Thomason - Thomson   Carteret Onslow
Brother - Brownell Harrelson - Harris Newby - Nix Thorburn - Tomkins   Caswell Orange
Browning - Buis Harrison - Hasty Nixon - Nye Tomlin - Tucker   Catawba Pamlico
Bull - Burkett Haswell - Hazlett Oakley - Osburn Tudarey - Tyton   Chatham Pasquotank
Burkhard - 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 - Horser Petty - Piemont Welles - Wharton   Cumberland Richmond
Clark - Clinch Horten - Howell Pierce - Pleasants Wheadon - Whitcomb   Currituck Robeson
Cline - Cogwell Howelton - Hunsucker Pledger - Pormore White   Dare Rockingham
Cohen - Compton Hunt - Hysmith Port - Powell Whitehall - Wiesel   Davidson Rowan
Conaly - Copening Ibbeken - Izell Power - Prior Wiggins - Willey   Davie Rutherford
Copes - Cowrey Jack - Jarvis Pritchard - Pyrtle William - Williams, Joel   Duplin Sampson
Cox - Creekmore Jasper - Johnsen Quackenbush - Qunby Williams, John - Williams, Zillah   Durham Scotland
Crenshaw - Crunkleton Johnson Rabb - Ray Williamson - Wilroy   Edgecombe Stanly
Cruse - Cuyler Johnston - Jonas Raybon - Relfe Wilson   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 - DeOliviria Jonnipce - Justin Rivenbach - Robertson Wooten - Wyrick   Gates Transylvania
Depo - Dobson Kagle - Kepply Robeson - Rolinson Yaile - Zoeller   Graham Tyrrell
Doby - Drumwright Roller - Rowlett     Granville Union
Drurey - Dyson Kinnian - Kyser Royal - Ryson     Greene Vance
Eacles - Edsel Labberton - Lanham Sabeston - Saunderson     Guilford Wake
Edward - Elliott Lanier - Laxton Savage - Scotney     Halifax Warren
Ellis - Estep
Lay - Leicester Scott - Setsor     Harnett Washington
Estes - Ezzell Leigh - Lewitt Sett - Shemwell     Haywood Watauga
          Henderson Wayne
          Hertford Wilkes
          Hoke Wilson
          Hyde Yadkin
          Iredell Yancey

*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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