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NGS Research in the States Series

Revised Editions: Research in Tennessee and Research in North Carolina



NGS is pleased to introduce two updated and revised editions in our Research in the States series. These guides are two of 26 U.S. states released so far. Each guide book covers research in a specific state. Our latest revised editions are Research in Tennessee and Research in North Carolina.

Research in Tennessee, 3rd Edition

By Charles A. Sherrill

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Tennessee was the gateway west through the Appalachians. By the tens of thousands, migrants—primarily from the Carolinas, Virginia, and Pennsylvania—poured into and through this long slice of frontier. In Research in Tennessee, descendants of those who stayed and those who pushed further westward will discover a comprehensive guide to a myriad of records that will help them trace their ancestors. The book notes that a preponderance of records can be found at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville but it also provides up-to-date information about online sources and records found in libraries nationwide. In his discussion of the records, the author weaves in the historical context as an added aid to family historians. The records covered include atlases, gazetteers, and maps; court, land and church records; state, county and tax records; and military and pension records from the Revolutionary War through World War II. Readers will also find discussions of records on women and ethnic groups, including American Indian, African American, and Melungeon (a multi-racial group from Appalachia whose origins can be traced to the colonial era), and much more. This guide book can be purchased in our online store in either a print or PDF version beginning 10 May. Shipment of the book will begin 22 May 2017.

About the Author

The first edition of Research in Tennessee was written by Gale Williams Bamman, a certified genealogist emeritus and past trustee and president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The second edition in 2009 and this newest edition were updated and revised by Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee. A genealogist and author of twenty books on Tennessee history and genealogy, Sherrill directs operations at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. He is the editor of the Middle Tennessee Journal of History and Genealogy.

Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition

By Jeffrey Haines, CGSM

North Carolina has been home to American Indians and those who trace their heritage back to Europe and Africa. Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition, introduces family historians to the Tar Heel state's records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies.

Researchers will find helpful charts outlining the changes in inheritance law and taxable age limits for the poll tax. North Carolina has been home to numerous ethnic groups such as the Scots Irish and Germans, which are covered in this guide book. Ethnic records focus on the two largest groups in North Carolina, African American and American Indian. Record repositories, resources, and publications for Baptists, Moravians, and Quakers as well as religious groups that appeared later in the state's history are described. An extended discussion of the North Carolina court system helps the researcher plow through the maze of overlapping courts, appeal court jurisdictions, and federal-level courts. Other topics covered include military records, both state and federal, from the colonial period through the World Wars; land records, vital statistics, and the major manuscript repositories and their collections, including Duke and East Carolina universities and the University of North Carolina. This guide book can be purchased in our online store in either a print or PDF version beginning 10 May. Shipment of the book will begin 22 May 2017.

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Haines, CG, is a professional genealogist who specializes in the study of the families of the Carolinas and British West Indies. A graduate of Duke University, he has completed several courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Haines is a former editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and has written articles for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Board for Certification of Genealogists' OnBoard, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications. He has lectured at national and regional conferences and workshops. A former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, he currently serves as president of its North Carolina Chapter.

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