Proving Parentage with Probate Records: North Carolina Inheritance Laws and Customs

probate smithThere is a great looking webinar happening over at North Carolina Genealogical Society webpage.    The webinar is free to view between March 21-23.  Here is the lowdown from their site:

In this webinar, Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, details where to look for land records and why they are important. North Carolina inheritance law and probate are explained. Ms. Leary also discusses the process of land acquisition and transfer including the interpretation of deeds and grants. Analysis of the evidence found in these documents can yield clues to your ancestor’s prior location and familial relationships. These may be the solution you have been looking for to solve your genealogical brick wall.

New Genealogy Webinar and More NC Loose Estate Records are Indexed


Over at the North Carolina Genealogical Society there is going to be a great looking new webinar entitled

“The Goodliest Soyle”

Finding, Reading, & Interpreting North Carolina Land Records

Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG

This webinar will be available for viewing for free (if you are a member) on January 17-19 and will be available on CD from the NCGS store after January 19.

Also, Bertie, Brunswick, Bute, Camden, and Catawba Counties were added to the Loose Estate Records index over at Family Search.

I have found the Estate Records at Family Search to be one of my most invaluable resources in helping patrons overcome brick walls.   But unfortunately the Loose Estate Records for Wilson County have yet to be indexed.  So anyone with time on their hands and interested in volunteering go to this link!