Family Records Collection

A project of the State Library and State Archives of North Carolina


The Family Records Collection is comprised of North Carolina family history materials from the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina and State Library of North Carolina. The searchable online collection currently contains

  • Nearly 1,500 Bible records (lists of birth, marriage, and death information written in North Carolina family Bibles) from the 2000+ copies of various donated family Bibles held by the State Archives of North Carolina
  • Indexed marriage and death announcements from five North Carolina newspapers (Raleigh Register, North Carolina State Gazette, Daily Sentinel, Raleigh Observer, and News & Observer) from 1799 to 1893
  • Photographs of headstones and general views of the Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery and the Hebrew section of Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh
  • Copies of genealogical research donated to the Government and Heritage Library.


The State Library and State Archives have a wide variety of additional genealogical resources not included in the Family Records online collection. See our Digital Collections Help Section for more information about other digital collections that may be good resources for genealogical research. 

The State Library and State Archives would like to extend their sincerest thanks to everyone whose enthusiastic efforts made this project possible:

  • To Hans Scholle and Frank Scholle for transcribing the German Bible records.
  • To Bridget Jakub for creating an Access database that enabled us to build the geo-location map.
  • To Steve Case, Erin Bradford, John Leonard, Kate Kluttz, Sally Adams, Druscie Simpson, Debbi Blake, Larry Odzak, Beth Orcutt, Sarah Rice Scott, Alison Thurman, and Pam Toms for the tireless hours of work you put into transcribing the Bible records by hand.
  • To Robert Grant for scanning and processing all of the Bible records.
  • To Steve Case, Cynthia Jones, and Jennifer Ricker for scanning and processing the thousands of pages that make up the Marriage and Death Notices.
  • To Barbara Freedman, for her photographs.