New Categories Now Open for Research by Correspondence

Today’s blog post comes from the Correspondence Unit:

The North Carolina State Archives is pleased to announce that three new record categories are now open for research by correspondence: World War I service cards (1917-1919); N.C. Selective Service registration cards (1940-1953); and marriage registers and or licenses post-1868.

From the records of the Adjutant General’s office, the North Carolina State Archives is now able to research via correspondence the World War I service cards (1917-1919). These cards prove record of service for officers, enlisted men, and nurses in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. These cards were prepared by the United States War Department for use by the North Carolina Adjutant General. Restrictions previously closed these important records of service to researchers, but now the records are open for research.

North Carolina, following federal guidelines, registered men of military service age during the period from 1940 to1953. These records were microfilmed from the originals in the U.S. Selective Service System and are now available as a research category from the Archives. A few North Carolina counties lost records due to fires in the county Selective Service office, but even in those cases there may still be minimal information available on a registrant. These cards do not indicate military service but may include valuable vital information about the registrant (date of birth, place of birth, next of kin, for example).

North Carolina does not have a statewide index to marriage records created after the constitutional change of 1868. However, county records do include a marriage register. Though not a true index, these registers can often function as an index. Typically arranged in a loose alphabetical order by name of the groom and then chronologically, marriage registers do provide the date of marriage. In order for the Archives to assist you by researching this category you must at least provide the county where the marriage occurred, the name of the groom, and a date of marriage (within a ten-year time frame).

The Correspondence Unit of the Archives is excited about offering these new categories for our patrons. See our web page for the revised request forms. Good luck in your research!