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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.
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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.

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NCGS Journal (Members Only Content)

NCGS Journal The complete North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal (more than 11,000 pages) is available online as a member benefit.

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NCGS Journal Index

About the NCGS Journal IndexNC Journal-no date

(Quoted sections here are from the "Annual Index for Vol I", published in October 1975, compiled by Ransom McBride.)

Beginning with the first NCGS Journal in 1975, a yearly index was included at the end of Issue No. 4. This index is actually composed of three different indexes - the Ancestral Name Index, the Contemporary Name Index, and the Place Name and Topic Index.

The Ancestral Name Index lists all the names found in the pertinent volume not considered 'contemporary'.

The Contemporary Name Index was defined as generally people who were still living as of the year 1900, and included names of NCGS members, and "current authors, compilers and editors". This is not included in our current project.

The Place Name and Topic Index "...is primarily concerned with geographic place names and topic categories...." In our current project, we have limited ourselves to place names.

Article titles are already indexed in "The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal Index of Journal Articles, 1975-2013", compiled by Crestena Jennings Oakley, Nov 2006; revised and updated by Jordan Jones, Jul and Sep 2010; revised by Larry W. Cates (the current Journal editor), Oct 2012 and Nov 2013.

Beginning in 1994, indexes were included at the end of each issue, rather than a single, annual index appended to Issue No. 4.

Use of the Asterisk *

"An asterisk following a name denotes a black or mulatto as shown in the records. If the surname is underliend, it indicates the name of the owner, and the black is a slave; more than one such surname underlined indicates previous owners in order from left to right as known. Where a surname has been asterisked but not underlined, the person is regarded as a 'free black' as far as the records so indicate.
"In some cases, especially in the colonial tax lists, households with slaves may have more than one adult male living in the household, and the identified owner or owners of the slaves is not known."
- From the 1975 NCGS Journal Index

We have included asterisks with names in this context. Underlining was also included, but for technical reasons, the underlining did not carry over. Researchers can still identify people of African descent by the asterisk, but will have to look in the original Volume/Issue to see whether the person in question was slave or free, and if the surname given was that of a slave owner.

Journal IndexThe NCGS Journal Index Project

This project was conceived in the fall of 2013, with the first volunteers starting about the 1st of the year, of 2014. Volunteers are assigned a particular Volume, or part of a Volume, to index - either Ancestral Names, or Place Names, or both. They transcribe from the original index to a pre-formatted spreadsheet. The individual spreadsheets are imported into a Microsoft Access database. (This is where the transfer of underlining breaks down.) This allows all records to be compiled into a single, alphabetized list. Duplicates entries are removed, the master list is broken down into more manageable groups of names, and reports based on those groups are exported to PDF format, then uploaded to our server for viewing on the NCGS website.

It is important to note that our project is not a re-indexing of the NCGS Journal - everything is based on the original indexes. Our goal is to bring all the disparate indexes to one easily accessible and easily searchable location, as an aid to researchers.

Past Journals were indexed by a number of individuals over the years, and by and large they did a great job. As with any human endeavor, mistakes can, and probably did, occur. This project is being carried out by a number of individuals, and they are doing a great job, as well. And they are also human. With all that in mind, it is possible that a name may have been missed or a page number mislabeled, but we are confident John Hathorne Court Document March 7 1665 - NARA - 192936those will be the rare exception.

(It is also worth noting that the original content depended on still other people correctly interpreting the handwriting in old records, which is in itself a difficult undertaking.)

If the researcher notices an obvious error, or an entry that seems questionable, please contact the NCGS Webmaster.

Index Organization

This is a compilation of all NCGS Journal Indexes, from its beginning. Entries are sorted by name, then by Journal volume number, then by Journal issue number. Page numbers are generally sequential, as they were listed in the original printed index. As it is likely that most people would not know off-hand that Volume VII was published in 1981 (for example), the year of publication has also been included to help the researcher.

Volume VII will not appear in any entry, as such. Roman numerals have been converted to decimal numbers for accurate sorting. For a database, VII comes after IX, alphabetically. Use of decimal numbers allows us to accurately list 7 before 9.

The names from NCGS Journal Indexes are listed here alphabetically (see notes on Special Characters). An identical name is listed only once, but may be found in multiple volumes, and even multiple issues within one or more volumes. Multiple entries for this are made for the single name entry. For example, "Walden, Michael" appears on the list once, but under his name is a separate entry for Vol 1, Issue 3, and another for Vol 2, Issue 4, along with the relevant page numbers for each.

The number of entries for a single name may be much greater for more common names. For example, "Smith, John" has twelve different entries under his name. (As of 15 Aug 2015 - this will most likely increase over time.) There are also entries for "Smith, John - Justice", "Smith, John Carpenter", "Smith, John Esq.", "Smith, John Sr.", etc. Note that these latter names are all different from each other, as well as different from "Smith, John".

It is important to note that although the name "Smith, John" has multiple appearances in the Journal, it is not necessarily the same person. That applies to all entries in the index.

Place Names follow the same organization. "Albermarle Co. NC" precedes "Albermarle Co. VA" in the list.

Special Characters and Alphabetization

A simple last name with no first name always comes at the top of the list.

A last name with a trailing asterisk (typically indicating African descent, as noted above) will come after a last name with no associated first name, but before last names without an asterisk. For example, this sequence: "Graves -Capt.", "Graves*, Lewon", "Graves, Betsy". Captain Graves does not have a first name listed, Lewon Graves has an apostrophe, and the first entry for "Graves" alphabetically, with a first name and no asterisk, is Betsy Graves.

An apostrophe used in a name comes last, alphabetically. For example, "Boyd's Co. Mecklenburg Co. NC" (a census record) comes after "Boyd, William".

Digital Zeroes-388075 150In some instances, special characters are used to denote a 'best guess'. For example, the name "W[ill]iams, Samuel". The reader can easily understand this, but in sorting alphabetically, a computer doesn't. The special character [ comes before A, so this name appears at the top of the list of names that start with "Wa...", and won't appear in the list that has all the "Williams" surnames. Another example: "S[c]arbrough, Nathaniel" will be listed before "Sadler, Anderson", and will not appear in the list that has all the "Scarbrough" surnames.

The use of parentheses with a question mark also takes a name out of strict alphabetization. For example, the name "D(e?)ary, Samuel" comes before names that start with "Da...", in the same list group. The left parenthesis moves it up the list, regardless of what comes after it.

Please Consider Volunteering to Help

This is a massive project - we have only just begun, and already have almost 30,000 Ancestral Names and over 3,000 Place Names indexed. This is from only five volumes (or just parts of volumes), and the NCGS Journal is currently at Volume 40!
Please visit the Volunteer! page of our website for more details about helping with this project.
We could most certainly use more volunteers!Helping hands 500x172

Image sources:

The North Carolina Genealogical Society

"John Hathorne Court Document....", from NARA via Wikimedia, Public Domain

"Digital Zeros..." by geralt, from Pixabay, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (Public Domain)

"Helping Hands" by Antonella Beccaria, from Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0

NCGS Journal Index - Ancestral Names

Index of Ancestral Names from the NCGS Journal.

This is an ongoing process. The individual documents will grow as more Journal indexes are transcribed, and the inclusive names on each document (e.g., Aaron-Alemberte) may change.

An editing note: the 'dash' between the names was lost somewhere in the translation from one system to another. This will be corrected as these lists are updated, but meanwhile, consider each pair of names to have "to" between them. E.g., "Aaron to Alemberte".

Each list will open in a new browser tab, without affecting the tab currently open to the NCGS website.

NCGS Journal Index - Geographical Places

Index of geographical place names from the NCGS Journal.

This is an ongoing process, barely in its infancy. These documents will continue to grow as more Journal indexes are transcribed.

Places are entered exactly as in the original printed indexes. For example, "Buckhoms Creek, Orange Co., NC" is listed just so - it will not be found in the "O" list under Orange County. We hope to eventually expand our online index to include separate lists for individual counties in North Carolina and individual states.

Each list will open in a new browser tab, without affecting the tab currently open to the NCGS website.

NCGS Member Publications

As a benefit of the NCGS, members may publish research, transcriptions, and other documents of genealogical interest on the website to share with other members of the Society.

Creative Commons LicenseMember-submitted contributions to the North Carolina Genealogical Sociery website by North Carolina Genealogical Society, Inc. are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and remain the copyrighted works of their authors.


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Issues of NCGS News for the current year are listed at the bottom of the page. Clicking on the link will take you to a download page. To open, click on the blue "Download" button on the right of that page.

After opening an issue of the NCGS News, it is permissable to print a copy for your own use. Re-use of this material requires adherence to the conditions of the Creative Commons license.

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