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

Lurcie Harris Letter

This woman is the mother of 10 children, age 41. Went to day school 3 mo. Wrote this letter alone)

Lurcie Harris Letter 1936
Lurcie Harris


Old Fort, N.C.

Sept. 13, 1936


Dear Sister,

I will write you a letter telling you about my tripe Thursday. Me and my husband went to Lake Lurie to see the President of the United States. We injoyed our trip fine and say several new things. We say an old fashon Loom weaving rugs. We say Chimley Rock that was beautiful. It was cool and pleasant down there, so we hade a nice time.

Yours truly,

Lurcie Harris

1901 Pension Applications Online for McDowell County

History for All the People  is a NC State Archives blog that has recently posted a blog about the 1901 Confederate Pensions project.

Through the Digital Access division of the department, they have begun scanning and uploading the Pension Applications Online.

You can access the site at North Carolina Digital Collections 1901 Confederate Pension Application Online. You can browse all the applications or type in surname of interest or McDowell County for results. (Or any of the 100 NC Counties)

Currently there are approximately 200 images for McDowell County, NC. Remember to bookmark and check back often as this is an ongoing project, only about 4,500 0f the 35,000 are completed.

Tutorial Series: Handling Family Papers

The NC State Historical Records Advisory Board, the State Archives of North Carolina, supported by National Historical Publications and Records Commission have produced a series of videos about the care and handling of family papers.

These are free, run about 10 minutes each and can be accessed below or at UpFront with NGS:

#1, Identifying and Protecting Essential Family Records
#2, General Paper Preservation Tips
#3, Caring for and Sharing Family and Personal Papers
#4, The Care and Preservation of Family Photographs
#5, Managing and Preserving Digital Images

McDowell County in the Digital World

A few resources for McDowell County are available at DigitalNC website. The site is dedicated to the digital history of North Carolina. On the McDowell County page, city directories for the years, as well as  a few of the earlier Marion Newspapers.

Look for Your McDowell County, NC Family in the Surrounding Counties.

Genealogical Societies with contact information. You may find information on McDowell County, NC families at the following locations.

County NCWeb Site





Buncombe Old Buncombe Genealogical Society Mondays: 1p – 4:30pTuesday-Friday: 9:30 – 4:30pSaturday  10:00 AM – 1 PM 128 Bingham Road, Suite 700Asheville, NC 828.253-1894
Cleveland Broad River Genealogical Society, Inc. Open to public:

  • 2nd & 3rd Saturday every month – 9:00 a – 1:00 p.
  • 2nd & 3rd Monday every month – 12:00p. – 4:00 p.
  • Every Tuesday Evening – 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
PO Box 2261, Shelby, NC  28151Location:  1145 County Home Road, Shelby, NC
Henderson Reg. of Deeds M-F: 9-5 200 N. Grove St., Suite 129Hendersonville 828.697.4901
Henderson Gen. & Historical Society M-F: 10 – 4$3 fee/day 400 N. Main St.Hendersonville 828.693.1531
Lincoln West Lincoln Branch Library M: 10a – 8 pTu – Fri: 10a – 6 pSat: 10a – 1 p 5545 West Highway 27Vale, NC 28168 704.276.9946
Lincoln Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System.Carolina Room M, Tu & Th: 10a – 9 p.m.W & Sa: 10a – 6pFr: 10a – 2p 1555 East Garrison Blvd.Gastonia, NC 704.868.2164
Lincoln The Lincoln County Historical Association Online at
Polk Reg. of Deeds M-F: 8:30 – 5 40 Courthouse St, Columbus, NC 828.894-8450
Rutherford Genealogical Society of Old Tryon M, T, Th, F: 9-2W: 9a – 8pSat: 9a -12n 319 Doggett Rd.Forest City 828.247.8700