Freedmen’s Bureau Records Now on Ancestry – North Carolina Genealogist Should See This One!

Ancestry has announced the addition of the Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman Bank Records available for free! This is 3.5 million records that is a huge benefit for those researching their African American and poor or indigent white ancestors in the post Civil War era. The Freedmen’s Bureau created numerous records in many subsets from land, bank, school, pension, correspondence and more records. The cool part is that these records are now searchable and hint-able on Ancestry. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO NORTH CAROLINA RESEARCHERS!

North Carolina Genealogical Society Fall Conference 2021

2021 NCGS Fall Conference

Friday, October 29 2:30 pm – Saturday, October 30 4:30 pm EDT

The NCGS Fall Conference is back!

This year is a hybrid conference. You can be there in-person at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center, Raleigh, North Carolina or from the comfort of your home on a virtual live-stream for the 2021 NCGS Fall Conference.

The conference commences on Friday with two optional in-person workshops. Saturday includes four classes available in-person and live-streamed. This year’s featured speaker is Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv., known internationally for his expertise on English and Scottish records.

As an extra bonus, all attendees registered for either the in-person or live-streamed sessions will have access to four additional pre-recorded lectures, which will be available online for 90 days following the conference.

Saturday’s classes will only be available in-person and live-streamed. They will not be recorded for future viewing.

Meet the Speakers

Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv., a native of northern England is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He teaches week-long English and Scottish research tracks at IGHR, SLIG and the British Institute. He is the author of six how-to books for English and Scottish researchers. Follow Paul on his blog at

Renate Yarborough Sanders is an experienced genealogy educator, who descends from formerly enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color, all of whom hail from North Carolina. Renate authors two blogs, a funeral program database, belongs to several genealogical/historical organizations, and co-hosts a North Carolina genealogy platform.

A professional researcher since 2004, Diane L. Richard, focuses on the records of North Carolina and southern states. She is author of 500+ articles and current NCGS Journal editor. When speaking, she explores the availability and richness of southern records, the enslaved, genealogical research techniques, tools and strategies, and under-utilized resources. Find Diane at

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA, describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years through YouTube, Webinars, and Institutes. Find Mark at

David McCorkle specializes in land mapping and records, especially land grants. He has been writing software since 1974 and created the free website NC Land Grants. He is a native of North Carolina with deep roots dating back to the 1700s, and is founder and President of NC Historical Records Online.

Click here for more information and registration.

USGenWeb for North Carolina

NC GenWeb Project


Learn about hyperlocal resources at the Project.  Taneya Koonce is our guest on this Footnotes episode. She is the Assistant Coordinator for the State of North Carolina version of USGenWeb.  The North Carolina site can be found at

Social Security Death Index, Applications, & SS-5 Updated 2021

Today I’m updating a previous episode about the Social Security Death Index, a.k.a. the SSDI, this is a valuable set of records. Also… a deeper dive into the Social Security Applications & Claims Index , what you get when you send off for the original Social Security Application (SS-5) and how you can expand your family tree as you do your genealogy research.

📃 You can find this HANDOUT at All handouts can be found HERE.

This is a production of Genealogy TV’s (episode 201) that originally aired there in April 2021.

NC Summer Series is Returning Starting June 6th, 2021

NC Summer Series

Renate & Taneya are returning again this summer for season 2 of the North Carolina Summer Series on their YouTube Channel.  The first episode is on NC Land Grants by David McCorkle.  I have seen him present before. If you are researching NC ancestors, you should see this one on June 6th at 2:00 PM (Eastern).

For more information, see their video trailer here.

Find the NC Summer Series YouTube Channel Here.

To sign up for Renate & Taneya’s Email Notification go here.


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