Today’s post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources/ North Carolina State Archives/ State Library of North Carolina press release:
Nearly 1,500 of the roughly 2,200 family Bible records in the State Archives collections are now available online through the Family Records Online Collection, a project of the State Archives and State Library. Since 2009, staff and volunteers have transcribed these mostly handwritten records to make them fully searchable in our online database. This recent addition includes family names from A to W, although the bulk begin with the letters M (including Mc/Mac), N, O, and P. In addition, 150 pages of Bible Records from the Daughters of the American Revolution are now available.
The Family Records Online Collection is comprised of Bible records — lists of birth, marriage, and death information recorded in NC family Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries —indexes to marriage and death records in (mostly) Raleigh newspapers, and photographs from Raleigh Hebrew cemeteries. Over time, Archives and Library staff hope to add the remaining Bible records, select genealogy publications, and other records that will assist anyone interested in researching their family’s connection to North Carolina.
The collection has been viewed close to 500,00 times. Visitors come from over 100 countries, every state in the U.S., and 310 cities in North Carolina. New donations have poured in since 2009, including those from Currituck County Public Library, which recently donated 57 records.
Still, the collection has no records from Graham, Madison, Polk, or Richmond Counties, and it is hoped that donations from private citizens or organizations can help fill out the collection. Bible records in which at least one significant family event (birth, marriage, death) takes places in North Carolina prior to 1913 meet the criteria for inclusion. For more information about donating records, see: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/dimp/digital/ncfamilyrecords/fhp_brochure.pdf
This effort would not be possible without the ongoing collaboration of State Archives and State Library staff.