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Women in North Carolina: Family History Resources

A guide celebrating the contributions women have made and continue to make to North Carolina and the United States.

Did You Know?

Gertrude Weil Marker. From the North
Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,
North Carolina Office of Archives & History.

You can discover a number of places of historical statewide significance commemorated by historical markers in the Highway Historical Marker Program. Click here to go to the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program website.

Researching Your Female Ancestors

  • Civil War Women: Primary Sources on the Internet
    This site contains digitized first-person narratives and photographs of women who lived during the Civil War, including Diaries, Letters, and Documents as well as Photographs and Prints.
  • Dear Diary: Discovering Your Female Ancestors
    "Because tradition and law have until recently focused recordkeeping on male heads-of-household, the details of our female ancestors' lives are often more difficult to find. One possibility for research is the diary, and Sharon DeBartolo Carmack shows you how to find and use these precious documents in your family's history."
  • Finding Female Ancestors
    "The hidden half of history: When you can't look up a female ancestor by her maiden name (or you don't know what it is), what do you do?"
  • North Carolina Family Records Online
    A growing joint project of the State Library and State Archives of North Carolina, you can search for your female ancestors from North Carolina within numerous Bible Records, and an index of marriage and death notices.