Genealogy can be a consuming, lifetime hobby. There is no "easy" way to get back to the Mayflower. The deeper you go into it, the more leads there are to follow. This guide is just a starting place, for certainly resources, especially Web sites, appear daily.


Resource provides 11 million digitized records of immigrants arriving in Castle Garden, New York between the years of 1820 and 1892.

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Cyndi's List

A good beginning point, both for "how to" and websites of genealogical information. Be sure to look at the "Are you new to Genealogy" page.

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Ellis Island

Free registration allows you to search passenger lists for the 22 million people arriving at Ellis Island, 1892-1924.

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Family Search

Genealogy website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. "How do I get started" is a great link for an overview of the research process.

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Family Tree Searcher

Provides a metasearch of genealogy sites using detailed data on your ancestor.

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Find A Grave

Find the graves of millions of people. records contain information from gravesites with many including photos of tombstones. Can link to other family member graves. Information is uplaoded by volunteers.

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Genealogy: Advice for Effective Searches

Leads you through a variety of questions to provide appropriate specific advice.

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Part of MyFamily, Inc., who also produce the subscription service Some information is provided free of charge and it provides links to the most popular member websites.

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North Carolina State Library - Genealogical Services

North Carolina State Library in Raleigh has a genealogy library with many excellent resources. The Archives Search Room is located in the same building

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North Carolina Family Records Online

North Carolina Family Records Online digital collection currently contains nearly 220 family Bible records (lists of birth, marriage, and death information typically written inside of North Carolina family Bibles) from the State Archives, and the six-volume Marriage and Death Notices from Raleigh Register and North Carolina State Gazette: 1799-1893, an 1,100-page compendium of marriage announcements and obituaries.

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Source for researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies. Index collected from over 1,000 institutions in the United States.

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HeritageQuest presents a varied and in-depth set of data for genealogists and historians. Includes data from all of the U.S. Censuses until 1940, an index of 6,500 local history and genealogy periodicals (PERSI), a database of Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant, plus the full text of 25,000 local histories and family histories.

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Using the Library Catalog

This library has a good amount of information in printed and microfilmed sources. Our concentration is mostly the Southeastern North Carolina region, Our focus is: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Sampson Counties. The collection also contains some resources from other North Carolina areas, and other states.

Search the library catalog under the Subject "Genealogy" or "United States Genealogy Handbooks" for how-to guides. Several of the titles found are e-books (indicated by the logo of NetLibrary). UNCW students, faculty and staff may access these books from off-campus by first setting up a registration from an on-campus PC. Other North Carolina residents can contact their local public library for access information.

Search the catalog, looking for the following subject subheadings:

Type of Record Subject subheadings
Birth Registers of birth;
Birth certificates
Marriage Marriage records
Divorce Divorce records
Death Cemeteries;
Death--Proof and certification;
Death notices;
Statistics, Vital;
Other Church/Temple Records Church records and registers
Wills & Probate Wills;
Probate records
Deeds & Land grants Deeds;
Land grants;
Land titles
Taxes Tax assessment;
Other Court Records Court records;
Collecting of accounts;
Executors and administrators;
Guardian and ward;
Voting registers
Immigration Emigration and immigration; Passenger lists;
Naturalization Naturalization records
Slave African Americans--[state]--[county]--Genealogy;
Slave records;
Military Military discharge;
Muster rolls;
Registers, lists, etc.;


Browse both the Reference and General Collections in these call numbers:

Call Number Subject
CS Genealogy
F251 - F259 North Carolina
F262.B45 Bladen County
F262.B9 Brunswick County
F262.C6 Columbus County
F262.D77 Duplin County
F262.N5 New Hanover County
 F262.O5  Onslow County
 F262.P37  Pender County
 F262.S3  Sampson County
 HA557  Census Records

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