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  • Worth a Thousand Words: How to Find and Use Image-Only Collections on FamilySearch
    By Katy Barnes> If you’ve entered your family names into a genealogy database like or and didn’t find the answer you were seeking, don’t give up hope! Did you know there are millions of pages of digitized records online at that don’t show up when you conduct a general search? FamilySearch runs […]
  • Your 2017 Indexing New Year’s Resolutions
    We want to know what you plan to accomplish with indexing and arbitrating for 2017. Here are a few responses you’ve shared so far. Please share your indexing goals on Facebook or in the comments below.
  • Getting Started with Family History (By Starting at the Beginning)
    Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to buckle down and start working on your family history? Or is family history something you’ve always wanted to do, but you’re just not sure how? Many people have the desire to expand their family tree but find the thought of starting to be overwhelming. If you’re one […]
  • Define Your Dash: Start Writing Your Personal History with the #52Stories Project
    On nearly every headstone, no matter how plain or ornate, is carved one universal symbol. It’s a simple horizontal line—a dash—separating two significant dates. The first marks the day one precious soul entered this mortal life. The second marks his or her inevitable journey onward. A well-known poem by Linda Ellis, “The Dash,” speaks of […]
  • 6 Things to Look for in FamilySearch in 2017
    Worldwide interest in online genealogy services and activities will continue to grow solidly in 2017. And FamilySearch plans to play a major role in creating millions of new, fun family discoveries and online connections. Here are 6 exciting developments to look forward to from FamilySearch in 2017, a global leader in free online family history […]
  • An Intimate Look at Life During the Great Depression
    An Intimate Look at Life During the Great Depression For many Americans, Dorthea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photo is the defining image of the Great Depression. But it’s just one of over 170,000 commissioned by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information during the 1930s and early 1940s. Meant to boost public support Read More
  • DNA Solves a Family Mystery, but Not in the Way You’d Think
    For her entire life, Julie Martini had considered herself German-American, even though she had been born with an Italian family name. Looking to learn more about her family history, Julie joined Ancestry to find records that would uncover her Old World roots in Germany or, perhaps, Italy. Documents and family links Julie found on Ancestry Read More
  • AncestryDNA Surpasses 3 Million Customers in DNA Database
    We are the largest consumer genetic testing company! It took us 11 months to go from 1 million to 2 million customers and just seven months later, we’ve surpassed 3 million customers in our AncestryDNA database. Hear some of the powerful discoveries customers have made with the help of AncestryDNA, Get more of the story here.  With now more Read More
  • 115th Congress’s Famous Faces — Back in Their High School Days
    Can you recognize our U.S. Congress members from their high school yearbook photos? Explore our U.S., School Yearbooks collection for throwback photos of your ancestors with over 372 million records spanning the years 1880 to 2012. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes millions of images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges, and universities.  
  • Writing Stories from the Heart
    We have reached the final month of 2016. Most people are looking forward to the holidays and looking back at what they accomplished this year. We count our blessings and begin creating goals for the new year. For some, the goal of breaking down a brick wall or adding more people to their family tree Read More
NC Archives News  Buncombe Register of Deed News
  • Tax Lists and Records
    With tax season fast approaching, North Carolina State Archives unveils a new digital collection, entitled Tax Lists and Records, drawing from General Assembly, Treasurer & Comptroller and Secretary of State records.  The bulk of the records are from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras, but some lists date from as late as 1853. Lists sent […]
  • Troop Returns Digital Collection Complete
    [This blog post comes from Olivia Carlisle, Digitization Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina.] The Troop Returns Digital Collection is now complete via the North Carolina Digital Collections. This collection includes lists, returns, records of prisoners, and records of draftees, from 1747 to 1893. The majority of records are from the Revolutionary War […]
  • Mecklenburg County Tax Records
    The Imaging Unit of the State Archives of North Carolina has just completed imaging and creating microfilm for some Mecklenburg County tax records.  The twenty-eight new reels of microfilm have been added to the security vault and a reading copy of the microfilm has been placed in the public search room for public use. The material includes […]
  • Archival Documents added to North Carolina State Parks Digital Collection
    In honor of the centennial anniversary of North Carolina’s State Parks in 2016, hundreds of folders of historical documents from the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation records collection at the State Archives have been digitized and added to the North Carolina State Parks digital collection at North Carolina Digital Collections. Earlier this year, […]
  • Weldon Burlison – a North Carolinian at Pearl Harbor
    [This blog post comes from Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.] On December 7, 2016, as the country commemorates the 75th anniversary of the tragic loss of life during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the State Archives of North Carolina’s Military Collection has recently acquired a small set […]

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