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There are numerous free North Carolina history books which have been scanned or transcribed online and available to read.  These e books and transcriptions of books can take some time to read or peruse but are well worth the time to learn how your ancestors lived.  Many of these include biographical sections too which are rich in family connections and can be an aid in genealogy research.

 

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NC History Books

1872 North Carolina Business Directory

Published 1872 by J. A. Jones in Raleigh, NC

1877-1878 North Carolina State Directory

Containing a Business Directory of Merchants, Manufacturers, Mills, Physicians, Lawyers AND List of Principal Farmers.  Containing Useful Information Concerning the State and City Governments and A Complete and Exact Post Office Directory of N.C.  Compiled by W. H. Beveridge.

Abstract of North Carolina Wills (1910)

Original and Recorded Wills

by John Bryan Grimes.

Branson's North Carolina Business Directory

1867-1869 Business Directory for the state of North Carolina broken down by County.

The Colonial Records of North Carolina

by P. M. Hale. Published 1886.

Index to the Colonial Records of North Carolina

Published in 1909.

Indians of North Carolina

O. M. McPherson, United States Department of the Interior. 

Published 1915.

The North Carolina Year Book and Business Directory

Published Every Year by The News and Observer.  Raleigh, N.C.

1902 | 1903 | 1904 | 1905 | 1906 | 1907 | 1908 | 1909 | 1910 | 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916

North Carolina Digital School Yearbooks

The Way We Lived In North Carolina


North Carolina County History Books

Alamance County History Books

Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church, 1849-1981

by Mattie D. Shore and Sarah C. Davis.  Published 1981.

Shiloh, a Methodist Church, 1814-1984, Alamance County, NC

by Rockie D. Troxler. Published 1984.


Albemarle County History Books

In Ancient Albemarle

Published by the North Carolina Society Daughters of the Revolution. 1914.


Alexander County History Books

A History of Alexander County (Word Document)

by William E. White.  Published in the Taylorsville Times in 1926.

Copied from a scrapbook owned by Mrs. Bynum C. Deal of Davidson, NC.


Alleghany County History Books

History of Alleghany County

1859 through 1976 Sparta, North Carolina.

Published by the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society.


Anson County History Books

1762-1773 Henry E. McCulloh Survey Book

Henry E. McCulloh was a landowner, lawyer and agent in England for the colony of North Carolina.  This book is a collection of surveys and plans of lands in Rowan, Guilford and Anson counties, NC belonging to McCulloh and includes lists of lands sold or to be sold in Mecklenburg County, NC.

A History of Hopewell United Methodist Church of Burnsville Township

Anson County, NC. 1992.

by Edna Tarlton Griggs and Randy Harvey Tarleton.


Avery County History Books

The Balsam Groves of the Grandfather Mountain

A Tale of the Western North Carolina Mountains.

by Shepherd M. Dugger. 1907.

A History of Hopewell United Methodist Church of Burnsville Township

Anson County, NC. 1992.

by Edna Tarlton Griggs and Randy Harvey Tarleton.


Beaufort County History Books

Beaufort County: two centuries of its history

With plates, port., & maps.  Published 1962. Wingate C. Reed.

Some Colonial History of Beaufort County

Published 1916.  Francis Hodges Cooper.

The Story of the Methodists in the Port of Beaufort

by Amy Muse.  Published 1921.


Bertie County History Books

Bertie County (N.C.) Account Books, 1833-1849; 1881-1893

A collection of antebellum account books from Bertie County, N.C.


Bladen County History Books

Chronicles of the Cape Fear River 1660-1916

by James Sprunt. Published 1916.


Buncombe County History Books

1883-1884 City Directory of Asheville

1887 City Directory of Asheville

1890 City Directory of Asheville

1890 City Directory of Asheville

1896 City Directory of Asheville

1899-1900 City Directory of Asheville

1900-1901 Maloney's City Directory of Asheville

1906-1907 City Directory of Asheville

1909 City Directory of Asheville

1910 City Directory of Asheville

1912 City Directory of Asheville

1913 City Directory of Asheville

1914 City Directory of Asheville

1916 City Directory of Asheville

1917 City Directory of Asheville

1918 City Directory of Asheville

1922 City Directory of Asheville

 

The Heritage of Old Buncombe County

Published 1981. by Doris Cline Ward; Charles D. Biddix; Old Buncombe Genealogical Society.

Mountain Potters of Buncombe County, North Carolina

An archaeological and historical study.  1995.  by Linda Flowers Carnes-McNaughton.

Western North Carolina, A History (1790-1913)

by John Preston Arthur, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of North Carolina.  Edward Buncombe Chapter, Asheville. 1914.


Bute County History Books

Bute County Land Grant Plats and Land Entries

by Brent H. Holcomb.  Free PDF Download.


Chatham County History Books

A History of Chatham County

With Sketches of a Number of Its Prominent Citizens..

Published in the Chatham News, January - April 1932.


Chowan County History Books

Economic and Social History of Chowan County, North Carolina, 1800-1915

by Warren Scott Boyce.  1917.

History of the North Carolina Chowan Baptist Association, 1806-1881

by James Almerius Delke. 1882.


Cleveland County History Books

The Battle of King's Mountain

Eyewitness Accounts of the battle at Kings Mountain near the border of North and South Carolina. 2007

History of New Hope Baptist Church: Earl, North Carolina (Cleveland County)

by Wilson L. Randall; Gladys H. Hopper. 1983.

Kings Mountain and It's Heroes

History of the Battle of King's Mountain, October 7th, 1780, and the Events which Led to it.

P. G. Thomson, 1881.


Columbus County History Books

1948 Columbus County Directory and Reference Book

Published 1948. Wilmington, NC.

Columbus County, North Carolina, 1946

A review of Columbus County from an historical, agricultural, commercial, industrial, municipal and photographic standpoint / James A. Rogers, Editor.  Whiteville, N.C.

History of Grace Episcopal Church, Whiteville, NC

Published 1960.  Portions of this history taken from an article written in the Mission Herald, 1935 by Reverend Arthur H. Marshall.


Craven County History Books

1880 Chas. Emerson & Co's Newbern Direstory

Edwards, Broughton & Co. Raleigh, N.C.

1893 Business Directory for the City of New Berne, N.C.

Compiled by Hatchett & Watson; Edwards and Broughton Company (Raleigh, N.C.)

1907-1908 City Directory for New Bern, NC

Hill Directory Company.

1916 Official Directory for City of New Bern, NC

by Charles S. Gardiner.

1918-1919 City Directory for New Bern, NC

Hill Directory Company.

1920-1921 City Directory for New Bern, NC

Hill Directory Company.

1937 City Directory for New Bern

by Baldwin Directory Company.

Christoph Von Graffenried's Account of the Founding of New Bern

by Vincent H. Todd, PH.D. 1920.

Battle of New Bern, March 14, 1862, and Confederate centennial:

New Bern-Craven County, 1862-1962.

Confederate Centennial Committee. 1962.

Crown of life; history of Christ Church, New Bern, N.C., 1715-1940

by Gertrude S. Carraway. Published 1940.

Historic New Bern Guide Book

by Gertrude S. Carraway. 1934.

Recollections of New Bern, N. C. fifty years ago

Memoir written in 1872 about life in New Bern, N.C. from 1822 to 1872.  Includes biographical data and historical accounts of happenings in New Bern..


Cumberland County History Books

War Days in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Reminiscences of 1861-1865.

J.E.B. Stuart Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 1910.


Dare County History Books

A Role for Sassafras in the Search for the Lost Colony

Written by Phillip S. McMullan Jr.


Durham County History Books

1887 Directory of the Business and Citizens of Durham City

Published by Levi L. Branson.

1889 and 1890 Turner & Co's Durham Directory

1897 Mangum's Directory of Durham and Suburbs

Including East Durham, West Durham, North Durham, Trinity College, Brookstown, and Hayti with valuable historical data, illustrated (1897).

1902 Directory of Greater Durham, North Carolina

by Samuel L. Adams.

1903-1904 Durham, NC Directory

Published by Hill Directory Company.

1905-1906 Durham, NC Directory

Published by Hill Directory Company.

1911-1912 Seeman's Durham North Carolina Directory

Published by Seeman Printery, Durham, NC.

1915-1916 Durham, NC Directory

Published by Hill Directory Company.

1919-1920 Durham, NC Directory

Published by Hill Directory Company.

A History of Durham County, North Carolina

Written by Jean Bradley Anderson, this second edition provides the histoyr of Durham from the 17th century through the end of the twentieth century.

Durham History Books Online at Duke University

History of the Town of Durham

Embracing biographical sketches and engravings of leading business men, and a carefully compiled business directory of Durham, to which is annexed a compilation of useful information in relation to the cultivation, curing and manufacture of tobacco in North Carolina and Virginia.

By Hiram V. Paul. 1884.

The History of St. Philip's Episcopal Church 1878-1994

Harold T. Parker with Judith Hobart Pearson, Sibyl Powe, Louise Newton,, George Pyne, and Betty Hodges.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina.

 


Edgecombe County History Books

Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church

1906-1995.  Sammy Lee Hopkins

Edgecombe County, North Carolina

her people and resources: the foremost agricultural section of the state.

Edwards & Broughton.  Published 1891. 

History of Edgecombe County, North Carolina

by J. Kelly turner and John L. Bridgers, Jr. 1920.

History of Tarboro First Baptist Church (PDF File)

by Dorothy Brown. 1988.


Franklin County History Books

A History of the Tar River Association

by T. J. Taylor. 1923.

History of War Savings Campaign of 1819 in North Carolina

Winston-Salem, N.C.

by Francis Henry Fries.  Barber Print Co., 1919.


Gaston County History Books

History of Gaston County

by Minnie Stoe Puett, Historian of Gaston County.  1939.


Gates County History Books

Gates County to 1860

Article in Trinity College Historical Society Papers.  Contains a history and profile of Gates County, NC.  1916.


Graham County History Books

Graham County Centennial Book

Published in 1972, the book was crated for the Centennial Celebration and holds accounts of many people and historical events of Graham County and includes photos.


Granville County History Books

Histories and Genealogies of Old Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1800

By Thomas McAdory Owen & Henryetta Walls Vanaman.  Southern Historical Press, 1993.


Greene County History Books

Twelve North Carolina Counties in 1810-1811

by A. R.. Newsome.


Guilford County History Books

1762-1773 Henry E. McCulloh Survey Book

Henry E. McCulloh was a landowner, lawyer and agent in England for the colony of North Carolina.  This book is a collection of surveys and plans of lands in Rowan, Guilford and Anson counties, NC belonging to McCulloh and includes lists of lands sold or to be sold in Mecklenburg County, NC.

The History of Guilford County, North Carolina

by Sallie Walker Stockard.  Published 1902.

North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends (1698-)

The Discipline of Friends, Revised and Approved by the Yearly Meeting Held at New-Garden, in Guilford County, North Carolina, from the 4th to the 7th of the 11th Month, Inclusive 1822.

Hillsborough NC. Printed by Dennis Heartt, 1823.


Haywood County History Books

Centennial of Haywood County

and Its County Seat, Waynesville, NC.

Published 1908 by William Cicero Allen.


Hertford County History Books

The Colonial and State Political History of Hertford County

by Benjamin Brodie Winborne. 1906.


Hyde County History Books

Where to emigrate and why: farms and homes for the people: the North Carolina Hyde Park Settlement

1869.


Lenoir County History Books

1923 Directory for Kinston, NC

Hill Directory Co's city directory.

 

1928 Directory for Kinston, NC

Hill Directory Co's city directory.

 

1936 City Directory for Kinston, NC

Baldwin's and Free Press.

 


Lincoln County History Books

History of Lincoln County - Part 1  |  History of Lincoln County - Part 2

The North Carolina Booklet, Volume IX

The History of Lincoln County

by Alfred Nixon.

 


Macon County History Books

The Blue Ridge Highlands in Western North Carolina

by S. T. Kelsey.  1876.

 


Martin County History Books

The Centennial Celebration of the Church of the Advent

Williamston, N.C. 1950.

 


Mecklenburg County History Books

1875-1876 Charlotte Directory 

By Beasley & Emerson, 1875.

 

Walsh's Directory of the City of Charlotte, NC

1903  |  1905-1906  |  1907  |  1909  |  1909  |  1910  |  1911  |  1912  |  1913  |  1914  |  1915  |  1916

 

Miller's Directory of the City of Charlotte, NC.

Piedmont Directory Company.

1911  |  1912  |  1913  |  1914  |  1915  |  1916  |  1917  |  1918  |  1920  |  1921  |  1922

1923/1924  |  1925  |  1926  |  1927  |  1928  |  1929  |  1930  |  1931

 

Hill's Charlotte (North Carolina) City Directory.

Hill Directory Company.

1932 to 1963

 

The History of Mecklenburg County: From 1740 to 1900 

By John Brevard Alexander, January 1, 1902.


Mitchell County History Books

A brief history of Grassy Creek Baptist Church

Published 1993.


Nash County History Books

A Historical Sketch of the First Colored Baptist Church Weldon, N. C.

by Joseph Baymore. 1887.


New Hanover County History Books

A History of New Hanover County and the lower Cape Fear region: 1723-1800

by Alfred Moore Waddell. 1909.

An Account of the Cape Fear Country

by Hugh Meredith, 1731.

Biographical Sketches of Wilmington Citizens

by R. H. Fisher, 1929.

Chronicles of the Cape Fear River, 1660-1916

by James Sprunt, 1916.

Handbook of the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N.C., 1892-1913

John Hall. 1913.

Illustrated Story of Wilmington North Carolina, 1914

John Hall. 1913.

New Hanover County & Wilmington City Directories, 1860-1922

Located at the New Hanover County, NCGenWeb.

Pictorial and Historical New Hanoveer County and Wilmington North Carolina, 1723-1938

Published by William Lord deRossett, 1938.

Plantation Memories of the Cape Fear River Country

by Fanny C. Watters, 1944.

Reminiscences of Wilmington and Smithville --- Southport, 1848-1900

By Dr. Walter Gilman Curtis, 1905.

Tales and Traditions of the Lower Cape Fear, 1661-1896

by James Sprunt, 1896.

Wilmington, North Carolina to 1861

by Alan D. Watson.

Wilmington; Past, Present & Future

Embracing historical sketches of its growth and progress from its establisment to the present time, together with outline of North Carolina history. 

by J. S. Reilly, 1884.


Northampton County History Books

Footprints in Northampton

1741-1776. Northampton County Bicentennial Committee, 1976.


Onslow County History Books

1948 Jacksonville City Directory

Published 1948 by Hill Directory Company.

1958 Jacksonville City Directory

Published 1958 by Hill Directory Company.

1960 Jacksonville City Directory

Published 1960 by Hill Directory Company.

1961 Jacksonville City Directory

Published 1961 by Hill Directory Company.

1963 Jacksonville City Directory

Published 1960 by Hill Directory Company.

1963 Jacksonville City Directory

Published 1963 by Hill Directory Company.

Onslow's Oldest Church

by Charles Crossfield Ware.  Published 1956.


Orange County History Books

1957 Chapel Hill City Directory

Published 1959 by Hill Directory Company.

1959 Chapel Hill City Directory

Published 1959 by Hill Directory Company.

1961 Chapel Hill City Directory

Published 1961 by Hill Directory Company.

1962 Chapel Hill City Directory

Published 1962 by Hill Directory Company.

A Historical Sketch of New Hope Church in Orange County, NC.

By Reverend D. I. Craig . Published 1891. Reedsville, NC.

Launching of the Chapel Hill Victory

Chapel Hill Historical Society.

Photo album chronicles the building and launching of the S.S. Chapel Hill Victory ship December 4, 1944.


Pamlico County History Books

The Pamlico Section of North Carolina

Published 1886. By Jonathan Havens.


Pasquotank County History Books

Ante-bellum Elizabeth City

Ante-bellum Elizabeth City: the history of a canal town.  by William A. Griffin. 1970.


Pender County History Books

History of Pender County, North Carolina

Published 1947. By Mattie Bloodworth.


Perquimans County History Books

History of Perquimans County as compiled from records found there and elsewhere

Published 1931.  By Mrs. Watson Winslow.


Pitt County History Books

1916-17 The Greenville, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company.

Sketches of Pitt County

1704-1970. Illustrations and Maps.  By Henry T. King. 


Randolph County History Books

Randolph County 1779-1979

Randolph County Historical Society (N.C.), Randolph Arts Guild.

Seagrove Area

Dorothy Cole Auman. 1976. Seagrove, NC History.

Sketches of My Asheboro: Asheboro, North Carolina, 1880-1910

1972. Sidney Swaim Robins.  Published by the Randolph County Historical Society.

The Story of Naomi Wise and the History of Randleman

Published 1962 by the Rotary Club of Randleman, NC.


Robeson County History Books

Enter into his gates: history of the First Presbyterian Church, Maxton, NC, 1878-1958.

Published 1958 by Edward M. LaMotte.

The First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina; one hundred years of Christian witnessing, 1855-1955.

Published 1955 by the First Baptist Church (Lumberton, NC.) Centennial Committee..

The State of Robeson

History / Biography.  Published 1939 by Robert C. Lawrence, Lumberton, NC.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Lumberton, NC.

The order of service for the dedication of Trinity Parish House, Saturday, April 3rd, 1948, 7:30 p.m. Lumberton, NC..


Rowan County History Books

1762-1773 Henry E. McCulloh Survey Book

Henry E. McCulloh was a landowner, lawyer and agent in England for the colony of North Carolina.  This book is a collection of surveys and plans of lands in Rowan, Guilford and Anson counties, NC belonging to McCulloh and includes lists of lands sold or to be sold in Mecklenburg County, NC.

A Colonial History of Rowan County

Published in 1917 by the University, Raleigh under the direction of the North Carolina Historical Society. 


Sampson County History Books

1960 Clinton City Directory

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1960.

1962 Clinton City Directory

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1962.

The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina

Their Origin and Racial Status.  A Plea for Separate Schools.

George Edwin Butler, 1916,


Scotland County History Books

1959 City Directory for Laurinburg

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1959.

1961 City Directory for Laurinburg

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1961.

1962 City Directory for Laurinburg

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1962.


Stanly County History Books

1937 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Baldwin Directory Company. 1937.

1940 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Baldwin Directory Company. 1940.

1947 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Baldwin Directory Company. 1947.

1951 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1951.

1957 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1957.

1958-59 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1958-59.

1960 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1960.

1961-62 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1961-62.

1963 City Directory for Albemarle

Published by Hill Directory Company. 1963.


Surry County History Books

1913-1914 A General Directory of Mount Airy, North Carolina: Rural Ruotes and Suburbs

J. Edwin Carter & A. Kyle Sydnor. 1913, 1914.

1928-29 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1928-1929 Miller's Directory.

1931-32 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1931-1932 Miller's Directory.

1949-50 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1949-1950 Miller's Directory.

1954-55 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1954-1955 Miller's Directory.

1957-58 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1957-1958 Miller's Directory.

1957-58 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1957-1958 Miller's Directory.

1960-61 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1960-1961 Miller's Directory.

1962-63 Mount Airy, N.C. City Directory

Southern Directory Company. 1962-1963 Miller's Directory.


Tryon County History Books

A History of Tryon County, North Carolina

Taken from The History of Lincoln County by Alfred Nixon, 1910.


Union County History Books

Cemetery of Prospect United Methodist Church

6020 Prospect Road, Monroe, N.C. 28110

All marked graves as of March 1, 1988.

Catalogued by: Mary Hinson Whitaker.

Sketches of Monroe and Union County, 1902, Part 1

Sketches of Monroe and Union County, 1902, Part 2

Together with general and individual characteristics of tehir people and a description of the natural resources and business enterprises. By Stack & Beasley. Published 1902. Transcribed at USGenWeb Archives.


Vance County History Books

Scanned Index Books of Vance County Land Plats 1881-1992

Plat and Land data from scanned index books covering the inception of Vance County through 1992.


Wake County History Books

1875-1963 City Directories for Wake County Cities

Includes Raleigh and Fuqua Springs, North Carolina.


Washington County History Books

1960 Plymouth City Directory

Published 1960 by Hill Directory Company.

1962 Plymouth City Directory

Published 1962 by Hill Directory Company.


Watauga County History Books

Watauga County History

1915. By John Preston Arthur.


Wilkes County History Books

Historical Sketches of Wilkes County, North Carolina

by John Crouch. 1902.


Yadkin County History Books

The Eagle 1958

Yadkin High School Yearbook of Boonville, NC.

The Eagle 1957

Yadkin High School Yearbook of Boonville, NC.


Yancey County History Books

A History of the Methodist Church in the Toe River Valley

Published in 1986 by Lloyd R. Bailey, Sr.

Edited by Reverend Donald Lee Shuman, Burnsville, NC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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