North Carolina Family History Societies (N-O)

This section lists county associations from Old Buncombe to Olde Mecklenburg providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Regional Societies

Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society

The Society was established in 1980 and its aim is to promote and encourage the study of genealogy through workshops, publications and research support.

They have close links to the First Families of Old Buncombe Committee, and their aims are to honour the founding families of the Western North Carolina area, to identify the descendants of those families and to promote research into the genealogical, cultural and social history of the area.

The association has a number of volumes for in-house research, including:

  • Abstracts of Land Entries
  • Abstracts of Land Warrants
  • Census Returns
  • Deeds Abstracts
  • Diaries
  • Divorce Documents
  • Genealogies

Volumes also include:

  • Newspaper Extracts
  • Periodicals and Journals
  • Probate
  • Tax Lists
  • Vintage Irish County Maps
  • Vital Records
  • Will Abstracts

These do not only relate to Buncombe County, but to the State of North Carolina, Countrywide and further afield.

A number of databases are on the site, incorporating:

  • Buncombe Court Minutes
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Family Bibles
  • Marriages from Buncombe, Rowan and Madison Counties
  • Revolutionary War Pensions
  • Testaments

Publications available for sale relating to the area include:

  • Bastardy Bonds
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • Court Documents
  • Deaths
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Marriages
  • Voter Registrations
  • Wills

Publications available for sale relating to Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, Gaston, Cherokee, Old Tryon, Rutherford and Rowan Counties include:

  • Births
  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • Deaths
  • Estate Papers
  • Obituaries
  • Voters Lists
  • Weddings

In addition, they sell volumes relating to Genealogy, Western NC's Revolutionary War Soldiers and other General Historical Resources.  Back Issues of their publication A Lot of Bunkum are also available. 

A list of surnames currently being researched by Society Members is also on the site.

Website:
http://www.obcgs.com


Old New Hanover Genealogical Society

Some databases are on the site, including:

  • Bill Reaves Collection
  • Clarendon Courier 1989-2006
  • Confederate Hospital Records
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Church Registers
  • Yopp Funeral Home Register Index

Some articles from their publication, The Clarendon Courier, are also available:

  • Church and Courthouse Records
  • Finding Your Ancestors in City Directories
  • Maps and Genealogical Research

A number of publications are available for sale, including:

  • Account Books
  • Bible and Church Records
  • Births
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Court Minutes
  • Deeds
  • Funeral Home Registers

Publications available for sale also incorporate:

  • Land Grants
  • Marriage Licences
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • Obituaries
  • Slave Schedules
  • Tax Lists
  • Voter Registrations
  • Wills

The above relate to Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson and Wilmington Counties.

Back Issues of their Journal, the Clarendon Courier, are also available. 

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also on the site.

Website:
http://www.onhgs.org


Old Tryon County Genealogical Society

The association has an number of resources relating to Rutherford, Polk and Cleveland Counties, incorporating:

  • Birth and Death Certificates
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Civil War
  • Colonial and State Affairs
  • Court Proceedings
  • Funeral Home Registers
  • Marriage Bonds
  • Wills and Deeds

They also have resources relating to other North Carolina Counties.

A number of publications are available for sale, including:

  • Census Returns for Rutherford and Cleveland Counties
  • Henderson Co. Marriages 1851-1898
  • Polk Co. Marriage Bonds 1847-1868
  • Rutherford Co. 1790 Census and Tax List
  • Tryon Co. Land Grant Surveys 1768-1784 Index
Website:
http://rutherfordcountync.gov/genealogicalsociety


Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1981.  They have a library where a number of resources are available, which include Family Books and Charlotte/Mecklenburg Books.

They also have books relating to other counties, including:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Censuses
  • Court Minutes
  • Deeds
  • Marriage and Death Notices
  • Marriage Bonds
  • Marriages
  • Will Abstracts

They also have North Carolina Books, which include:

  • Abstracts of Land Patents
  • Early Records of NC: Probates, Administrations, Inventories, Deeds, Wills
  • Marriage and Death Notices from Raleigh Newspapers
  • State Censuses 1784-1787
  • The Colonial Records of North Carolina
  • Wills

In addition, they have:

  • Ancestor Chart Files
  • Family Files
  • Quarterly Journals and Magazines
  • Rosters of Revolutionary and Confederate Soldiers

An online index to articles published in the MGS Quarterly publication is on the site.  These articles include:

  • Bible Records
  • Church Histories
  • Deaths
  • Deeds
  • Genealogies
  • Marriages
  • Research done by Members
  • Taxpayers List
  • Wills
Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncomgs/?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+External