NC Live Resources for Genealogy Research

Library Card holders for the state of North Carolina, has access to mass collection of resources that is just a click away!

NCLIVE is an online library, accessed free for NC library card holders. Just think of the genealogy information that is housed in the online database.

Browse through eBooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, journals, maps, articles…..oh my!

After logging in with your library card, under browse (top left of screen), scroll down to find Genealogy & Historical Maps.

Genealogy & Historical Maps has then been divided into the following categories:

  • ArchiveGrid (going away in December 2014)
  • DigitalNC
  • HeritageQuest
  • Sanborn Maps (North Carolina)

Through these categories, you will have access to record information pertaining to births, deaths, cemeteries, history and culture of NC; special collections through NC libraries, archives and museums. A mass collection, all at the tip of your fingertips!

Check it out at NCLIVE and discover the wealth of information!

Notes on N.C. Slavery

This is a snippet of notes that I jotted down while doing some research on Slavery. The source is The James Sprunt Historical Publications, Published under the direction of the North Carolina Historical Society, Vol. 17, No. 1,

Content: The Free Negro in North Carolina; Some Colonial History of Craven County, Published by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1920

Attributed to the origin[1] of the Free Negro, the most common are:

  1. Cohabitation of white women and negro men;
  2. Intermarriage of blacks and whites
  3. Manumission
  4. Military service in the Revolution
  5. Immigration from adjoining States.

A master could renounce ownership of his slave without the courts permission, prior to 1741. After 1741, the law required county court permission and a licensure obtained.[2]

Quakers[3] of Guilford, Chatham and Randolph counties organized the NC Manumission Society in 1816. Some activities of the Society are as follows:

  1. Investigated cases of kidnapping;
  2. Raised money to purchase slaves;
  3. Worked for increase leniency in emancipation laws;
  4. Sent boat loads of slaves to free territories;
  5. Had “certain parties authorized as agents to receive consignments of slaves from owners who wanted to get rid of them”; In the year 1826, the Quakers had approximately 600 slaves

Until 1861, free Negros could not own slaves in NC[4]  In 1860, 55% of the free negro population in NC were considered “mulattoes”[5]

Notes of Carolina History

  • Before 1663, Carolina belonged to Sir Robert Heath. He did not settle the land, so in 1663 the eight Lord Proprietors took over.
  • There are opinions that the Carolinas were settled prior to 1663, as early as 1651[6] near the Currituck Inlet.
  • 1707 marks the first known settlement of French Huguenots in Craven County. The emigrated from a colony that had settled near Manakin Town, Virginia.[7]
  • Two reasons settlers came to NC:  land was fertile & free and freedom to worship.[8]



[1] Page 5 of Introduction

[2] Page 7 of Introduction

[3] Page 9 of Introduction

[4] Page 19 of Introduction

[5] Page 22 of Introduction

[6] Page 29

[7] Page 31

[8] Ibid

Cherry Spring and Jackson Creek Adult Student NewsLetter

My mother, Eunice Davis Burgin told me that the attached Newsletter were students in the adult classes from the Cherry Springs and Jackson Creek sections of McDowell County. Our neighbor Mrs. Alma Gilliam Bradley taught students in one of  these classes.

Pages from the newsletter are below.

Contributed by Jane B. Gouge

Adult Student Letters

James McNeely and the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives of North Carolina website is a treasure chest of information. The site describes the State Archives, a part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, as functioning to collect, preserve and make available for the public to use historical material.

Searchable databases such as the Manuscript and Archives Records System (MARS catalog) are available online. The blog History for All the People, State Archives of North Carolina blog highlights the work of the staff and interesting things they come across during their work. Such as James McNeely of McDowell County, check it out.

One of the many services available is the Archives Information Circulars, introduction to the resources and areas of research written by the people who know them best – the Archive Staff. Such titles as list below are but a few of the circulars available.

Not only is the State Archives of NC located in Raleigh, but two satielite offices are available, the Outer Banks History Center, that is located in Manteo, on North Carolina’s historic Roanoke Island, documenting the growth of the NC Coast.  The Western Regional Archives is located in Asheville on Riceville road. Collections moved from Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives can be found at Collections.

Delayed Birth Certificates

Years ago, births were written in family Bibles, on notes of paper, etc. when the government required birth certificates, then people of all ages applied for delayed birth certificates.

A delayed birth certificate is one that is not filed within a set period of time, in North Carolina this is within a year of the child’s birth.

If you are having trouble finding a birth certificate, check out the links below to see if  your great or great-greatgrandparents filed for a delayed certificate

Delayed birth certificates for McDowell County in the USGenWeb Archives: