Author Archives: Taneya

Lenoir County Business Advertisements

The following ads are gleaned from old newspapers.  If you would like to keep up-to-date as new ads are added you can subscribe to the Advertisements RSS feed.

Posted in Business.

Individual Cemetery Listings

Posted in Cemeteries.

Births, Marriages & Deaths

To order photocopies of birth, marriage and death records, visit the website of  the Lenoir County Registrar of Deeds.




Posted in Vital Records.

Wills & Estate Records Available on Microfilm

The following microfilm resources may be helpful for locating wills & estate records in Lenoir County

To access materials from the Family History Library, contact your nearest Family History Center.

Posted in Probate.

Searching Online Newspaper Repositories for Lenoir County News

Checking databases of digitized newspapers may lead to information relevant to your research, even if a newspaper from your specific county is not included. Often, the larger city papers ran columns with details on individuals and events from smaller communities.  Additional free sources for searching historical newspapers include:

  • NC Newspaper Digitization Project – earch the full-text of several different NC newspapers from the mid 1700s – late 1800s.  Though no papers from Lenoir county are included, newspapers often included information from other areas in the state.  There are several papers from nearby Craven County.
  • Google News Archive – includes some free and some paid content
  • Library of Congress: Historic American Papers – search the full-text of many different papers across the county, including several from the Southeast.  Covers late 1800s-early 1900s.
  • New York Times Archives – free full-text of the newspaper from 1851-1922.  You can search later articles, but those from 1922-1981 require payment.
Posted in Newspapers.

Lenoir County Residents in North Carolina Newspapers

The NCGenWeb Project features a database called NC People in the Papers.  This database is a collection of items extracted from newspapers and includes births, marriages, deaths, & general news items.   The time coverage varies, but in addition to clicking below to see a list of names associated with Lenoir County, you can also search the entire database for a last name of interest and perhaps find family members in other parts of the state.

The NC People in the Papers database includes many extracts from the Kinston Free Press newspaper, so there are numerous individuals from Lenoir County mentioned.  Click on the graphic below to access the list.

Surnames you may recognize include: Croom, Fordham, Grainger, Griffith, Hardy, Harper, Hooten, Jones, Moseley, Outlaw, Rouse, Wooten and more.

Posted in Births, Newspapers.

List of Newspapers Published in Lenoir County

The following newspapers were published in Lenoir County.  Each hyperlink takes you to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website which includes details on libraries that hold each paper.   The current website for the Kinston Free Press is at

You will also wish to check the holding of the NC State Library.  Go to page 90 of this PDF to see which papers they hold.


Posted in Newspapers.

Personal Websites with Lenoir County Families

This page is for listing websites & webpages of persons with Lenoir County roots.

  • Allen J. Barwick Family
  • Bright Family Puzzle
  • Croom Families & other surnames
  • Family Orchard – Dekle, Loops, Loveall & Young family genealogies
  • Koonce Family Genealogy – the family genealogy website of  Taneya Koonce – information about the African-American Kilpatrick, Lawhorn, Koonce, Holloway, Cox and Harvey families of Kinston, Ft. Barnwell, Dover, etc area. Includes links to census records, vital records, pictures, etc.
  • Kornegay Family
  • SSNeuse – site by Patricia H. Armor for families south of the Neuse in the Trent, Neuse, Woodington, Wouthwest, Pink Hill & Sand Hill townships
  • Woodpile Genealogy Project – shares genealogical information about the Batten, Dail, Dale, Fail, Lee, Massengill, Mooring, Sasser, Talton, Tart, Wood, and other families from Eastern North Carolina
Posted in Families.

Lenoir County Students at North Carolina Colleges

Did you know that the NCGenWeb Project hosts a NC Yearbook Index.  This Index lists (mostly) graduating seniors at colleges and schools across the state.  Currently, the index largely focuses on pre-1931 graduates but there are some exceptions.  Each index entry links to the full digitized yearbook online.

List of students that put a Lenoir County city as their hometown


Since hometowns were not always included, it is a good idea to also search the entire database.

Posted in Schools.

1872-1916 Directories Online

Directories can provide interesting & useful information on the businesses and people of the area.  The link will take you directly to the Lenoir County section of the freely available online directory.

  • 1872 – NC Business Directory
  • 1890 – Branson’s NC Business Directory
  • 1903 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1904 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1905 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1906 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1910 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1911 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1912 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1913 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1914 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1915 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1916 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
Posted in Directories.