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A selection of county records container lists are available in PDF format. As records series are arranged and described, additional container lists will become available. Since 1760, original wills were under the jurisdiction of the county in which it was probated. Prior to 1760, wills were filed with the Secretary of State and are maintained with these records.  When an individual died without a will, the probate of their estate is maintained in separate Estate files.

Samuel Ashe, 1795-1798, calendar and finding aid.

Estate records are legal documentation of the disposition of a deceased person’s property sometimes including records of orphans and legal proceedings that occur after an estate is closed.

Guardian records are records surrounding the appointment and legal administrations of a guardian of an individual, most often a minor, who has inherited property but is unable to handle it due to age or infirmity. In the case of orphaned children, these records are often included in Estates. 

Miscellaneous Records contains a variety of records including those that do not fall easily into the main record categories as well as those that were in too small of a quantity to be catalogued separately. Examples are records of slaves and free persons of color; bills of sale; promissory notes; canal and drainage records; shipping and fishing records; mill records; mining records; timber records; powers of attorney; grand jury records; and witness tickets. Many box and volume titles may be peculiar to one or two counties.

A selection of county records container lists are available in PDF format. As records series are arranged and described, additional container lists will become available. Since 1760, original wills were under the jurisdiction of the county in which it was probated. Prior to 1760, wills were filed with the Secretary of State and are maintained with these records.  When an individual died without a will, the probate of their estate is maintained in separate Estate files.

Charles B. Aycock, 1901-1905, finding aid.

Verifiable data transfer is a critical component of the State Archives Digital Repository. When data is transferred to the State Archives for preservation in the Digital Repository, the data should be transferred using Bagger or the BagIt command line tool. By transferring data with these tools, we can document that the files you transfer have arrived intact and unchanged.

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