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Bill Reaves Collection
Family Files

Series I - General Surname Index
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Series II - General
Surname Index

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Series I
African-American
Surname Index
A-Z

Series II
African-American Surname Index
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Contents of the files are NOT online. To examine the clippings, visit the North Carolina Room, Main Library, NHCPL.
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One page Surnames in the Miscellaneous Folders are preceeded with a '-'


Other collated files are indicated in boldface and the number of pages is indicated in []


Files are arranged as Bill Reaves chose to arrange them. Clippings with more than one surname may or may not be cross-referenced. Variations of a name may or may not be in the same folder.


Names are spelled as they appeared in print. Newspapers frequently misspell names and the spelling of some names evolves over time. Consider alternative spellings.



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The Bill Reaves Collection, Family Files
Series II

Clippings from Southeastern North Carolina newspapers dating from the 1860's to 1999. Clipped and collected by Bill Reaves, historian and author.


The loose clippings, each clipping dated, are filed by what Mr. Reaves considered to be the dominant surname. For clippings with more than one surname of importance there may be cross references to other files. Also included are clippings of other material that came to Mr. Reaves attention, such as earlier SE NC historical references, census records, lists of WWII servicemen, Freedman's Bank account holders and medical professionals - and more! In a few cases files include material collected from persons interested in a particular surname who corresponded with Mr. Reaves.

Mr. Reaves had separate files for African-American families because he used these records to help compile his major 1998 work, Strength Through Struggle: The Chronological and Historical Record of the African-American Community in Wilmington, NC, 1865-1950.

Some clippings may mistakenly be in the General files instead of the African -American files, and visa-versa. For the sake of completeness it is recommended that both files be examined.


Approximately 30% of the files have been collated (arranged in order by date of the clipping) and mounted on sheets of paper for copying. Files shown in Bold Print in this index list have been collated; the number of pages is indicated in square brackets [xx pp].

'Miscellaneous' folders, arranged alphabetically by surname group, hold surnames for which there are very few and small clippings, typically 1 to 5; these have been collated, a single sheet per surname.

Files indicating 'major file' are estimated to contain over 200 clippings and cross references, which would typically be over 50 pages when collated.

For information on obtaining copies of these clippings see
How to Order Copies

Remember: All clippings dealing with one surname are in one file.... which therefore may include many unrelated persons - and perhaps NOT the specific individuals or family you are looking for!

Due to the unavailabilty of newspapers for many periods these clipping files are not all inclusive.

The clipping files may or may not contain information that is new to you.

Some files partially or largely duplicate the information in the Reaves Series I publications.

Indexing Completed 19 October 2004 by Pete Ambler

6800+ Surnames

Indexing and organization of the Bill Reaves Family Files Series II
has been made possible by the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society

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