It’s exciting to see the daily growth of North Carolina newspapers and genealogical resources going online.
Here are two key websites you need to be familiar with and rely upon for family history information from the “Tar Heel State”: GenealogyBank and FamilySearch.
Credit: GenealogyBank and FamilySearch
GenealogyBank’s North Carolina Newspapers Collection
GenealogyBank has North Carolina newspapers covered from 1787 to Today.
Our North Carolina newspaper archives contain more than 130 newspapers to cover the history of the Southern state and its people (see the complete list at the end of this article).
Access the North Carolina newspapers with these two links:
Search North Carolina Newspaper Archives (1787 – 1993)
Search North Carolina Recent Obituaries (1988 – Current)
You can also use the nifty map below. Just click on the dots in your NC area of interest to get a popup containing the listing information for that title. Click the hyperlink in the listing to go directly to the newspaper search page. You can also get the full screen version of the map.
Searching through these North Carolina newspapers, you can pull up a news article giving all of the details about special family occasions, such as a wedding. You’ll find information about your family tree that just can’t be found anywhere else.
This 1911 wedding announcement is a good example. It gives a detailed, personal story of the couple’s wedding, as reported that day by the family to the press.
Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), 4 August 1911, page 7
We can learn about their wedding and celebrate it, now that it’s preserved online.
North Carolina Marriage Registers at FamilySearch
FamilySearch is adding to the celebration by putting up the old North Carolina marriage registers from 1762-1979 online. See: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726957
According to FamilySearch’s website, this collection contains the “name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes. This collection is 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.”
These online NC newspapers and marriage registers are powerful genealogy research tools.
It is a great day for North Carolina genealogy!
Here is the complete list of all 133 North Carolina newspapers in GenealogyBank’s online collection.
Discover a variety of genealogy records and news stories in these 26 North Carolina newspapers:
Search recent obituary records for your relatives in these 107 North Carolina newspapers:
Click on the image below to download a printable list of the North Carolina Newspapers in GenealogyBank for your future reference. You can save to your desktop and click the individual titles to go directly to your newspaper of interest. Simply go to the file tab and click print.