July 2004

With the final acquisition of New Hanover County reels, the State Library of North Carolina’s Genealogical Services completes its collection of microfilmed North Carolina estates records available for loan TO NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS through their local libraries.  These records, filed first by county and then alphabetically by name of the deceased and date of probate, have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah at the State Archives.  There are NOT microfilmed estates records for the counties of Avery, Dobbs, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Swain, Tryon, and Vance 

North Carolina residents should see their local librarians to request interlibrary loan of this film. The State Library will continue to lend up to six (6) reels per request for each borrower. Name of county and surname must be provided. The loan period is one month. Borrower should expect to receive the film within a week’s time, depending on U. S. Post Office schedules and whether the  reel/s is already out on loan. 

Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: County Records (11th revised edition, 1997; downloadable at is not a reliable source to use in ordering these because many of these records have been microfilmed since its publication. It will, however, indicate the range of years of the original estates records available for each county so that the borrower can learn, for instance, that Anson County though created in 1750 has no surviving records in this record group until 1805.

Listings of the estate folders for some of the North Carolina counties can be found on the State Archives online Finding Aid at At this time, the listings of names do not link to images of the actual documents but serve to indicate what decedents’ folders exist for that county.

Out-of-state researchers may request loan of the microfilm of the North Carolina estates records through local LDS Family History Centers (to find a center nearest you: ( purchased for a specific county or for a specific surname within that county at $12 per reel from Public Services Branch, Office of Archives & History, 4614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4614 or contact by e-mail at

The addition of this microfilm significantly enriches the State Library’s existing Core Collection of circulating North Carolina county records and federal population census schedules for our state. 

Pam Toms
Genealogical Services Supervisor
State Library of North Carolina
4641 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-4641

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