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Northeast North Carolina Family History - The Internet (continued)... By: Irene Hampton - nencfamilyhistory@gmail.com In August, I joined over 80,000 volunteers in a worldwide indexing event sponsored by FamilySearch. Over 12 million records were indexed and my effort involved South Carolina death records in the 1950’s. Not even a drop in that huge bucket, but a contribution none the less. FamilySearch is the free website for genealogy research provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). On that site you can create your tree and add photos, create an album, add stories, documents or audio. After starting your tree, when you select a person to look at, Research Helps will appear on the right side of your screen with Records Hints that list records that person appears in, like census or vital records. These can then be added to that individual’s record as documentation. To quote the site: “FamilySearch Family Tree is a collaborative pedigree that enables people to work together.” Their tree allows families across the world to share and build their genealogy. But be warned that this also allows others to “change” information they feel is incorrect which can get interesting. One great benefit is that pictures of family members you didn’t know existed may be added by someone. I’ve not had that experience yet, but know others who have. The site’s Learning Center has hundreds of genealogy courses, including 21 “5 Minute Genealogy episodes”. The site also offers research information in 14 languages. Many local researchers have been dismayed as county records, particularly early will books, have been sent to Raleigh. I would ask my class to follow these instructions to find digitized versions of many county records. On the FamilySearch website, click the Search link, under the map to the right, click on the Browse All Published Collections link and scroll through over 2000 alphabetical listings to the North Carolina Probate records, 1735-1970 link. Don’t be afraid to click on the Browse through 1,147,259 images link as it will then give you a list of North Carolina counties. Chose the county of your interest and you will see various records: bonds, orders and decrees, will indexes and will books. As each image, not just page is numbered, be aware that images numbers and page numbers will be slightly different. The US Census from 1790 through 1840 is available and it is indexed - in fact, volunteers got the 1940 census indexed here before Ancestry.com did! A camera image to the left of a collection indicates digitized images are available. If Browse Images appears to the right of a collection, the records are available but not yet indexed. There are over 150,000 digitized family history publications available under the Books tab on the home page. There is a blog and a wiki (over 80,000 articles) with additional helps for beginners or advanced researchers. As I stated previously, this is my favorite free site and it continues to grow daily. Let me know what you think. I’ll list a number of great internet links to other helpful sites in the not too distant future. Stay tuned. Irene Hampton earned a Certificate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851- 1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”. You may contact her at nencfamilyhistory@gmail.com. 26 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

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