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Genealogy is an exciting but exacting and time-consuming pursuit. Our local history specialist will be happy to help you get started as you begin the process of tracing your ancestors in Edgecombe and surrounding counties. She will show you the resources we have available for particular families and / or counties, and she can answer questions about how to use these resources. If you reach an apparent roadblock, she can make suggestions as to other possible sources of information. North Carolina History Room materials may not leave the library, but you may make copies for 15 cents a page.
Although we have materials that may contain births, marriages and deaths in the area, we do not have birth, marriage or death certificates. We have abstracts of deed records, estates and wills, but not the full documents. For full versions of these materials you must write to the following agencies:
Register of Deeds Office
The mission of the
Edgecombe County Register of Deeds is to record and maintain births, deaths,
marriages, service discharges, notaries, maps and all consolidated real estate
We are governed by
three state agencies: the Legislature, the Secretary of State and North Carolina
Vital Records. The Institute of Government advises us with any questions that
We assist attorneys, land surveyors, realtors, ministers, funeral homes, genealogists, and the general public. Our goal is to always provide prompt, professional service with a smile!
North Carolina State Archives
The North Carolina State Archives, Archives and Records Section is part of the North Carolina Division of Historical Resources. Some of the primary functions of the section include collecting, preserving, and making available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Most of the records housed in the Archives are available for use only in the Search Room. Many collections are searchable through the MARS (Manuscript and Archives Records System) catalog, at least to the collection and series level, and a limited amount of indexed material can be searched for mail inquiries.
Researchers interested in North Carolina history are invited to visit the Search Room and to make use of the records in the Archives. These documents are valuable for historical and evidential purposes and usually are the only copies in existence. It is therefore essential that they be used with care. Reference archivists are on duty at all times in the Search Room and are responsible for assisting all researchers.
State and local government officials, as well researchers interested in records management topics, should visit the Government Records Branch web site. The primary mission of the Government Records Branch is to provide and administer records management services to state government agencies, local government agencies, and state-supported institutions of higher education in North Carolina in accordance with General Statutes 121 and 132 and the mandate provided in these laws for the preservation of the historical record of this state.
In an effort to assist as many people as possible, the local history specialist must limit her time spent answering specific research questions to those coming from people who do not live in this area and / or are unable to come to the library to access to our materials. For these people she will provide an answer to specific queries, one question at a time. Please provide as much information as possible about your request in order to expedite its handling. Copies related to these queries will be provided at a cost of 15 cents per page copied.
We hope that you enjoy browsing through our materials and that you find the information you need to document your North Carolina roots.
The local newspaper, The Daily Southerner, is not indexed but a lookup can be done if you have an exact date and will be limited to two dates.
Queries may be sent via email, phone, or regular mail - click here for contact information.