Founding of New Bern

Recently added to the Internet Archive is the 1920 publication “Christoph von Graffenried’s account of the founding of New Bern.”  The book is more than 450 pages long and is in German, French and English. If you’re interested in better understanding the historical context, this may be something to peruse.

Index to Craven County Estate Files, 1663-1979 has an online database of estate records from across the state that span 1663-1979.  Thanks to a collaboration between the NC Genealogical Society (NCGS), the NC State Archives, and volunteer indexers, the database is being made available online at

Use the index below to browse those records specific to Craven County.  Each name in the document below is a hyperlink to the record on the website. 


Craven County NC Loose Estates Index by NCGenWebProject

You can also view the document online at