This week as part of the learning process I am looking up the major repositories for the mid-South region. I decided to start with North Carolina. One of the cases I am working on is in North Carolina and so it seemed like a logical place to start. It doesn't hurt that some of my ancestors came from there as well. You may have seen some of these in previous blog entries but it doesn't hurt to repeat them. It will help me learning process.
So let's start out with the North Carolina State Archives . If you go to the home page and then click on "State Archives" you will be taken to a page where you can access the "Guide to the Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives" . Or you can just click on the link I have set up here. There are a lot of good things listed available both on microfilm and in boxes and folders. I think it would be great to visit there someday.
Another good place to visit would be the State Library of North Carolina They have a nice listing of links. One that caught my eye was TN Counties (formerly in NC) . Some of my ancestors went from North Carolina to Tennessee and there is a map showing which areas were formerly North Carolina and the corresponding counties they became when Tennessee became a state.
The Family History Library's Research Outline for the state of North Carolina recommends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library . They seem to have some interesting items for southern history research. A good site to know if you're writing a history about your family from North Carolina and want to get some historical background.
The best repository for searching in North Carolina however, is not in North Carolina. The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have one of the largest collections of microfilmed records from the state of North Carolina. On the shelves on the third floor you can find a book The Historical Records of North Carolina by Charles Christopher Crittenden. This three volume set gives background on each of the counties and a listing of their inventories.
If you know of any others, please leave me a comment so I can update this list.