Civil War Records: Southern Claims Commission

Civil War Records: Southern Claims Commission
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Civil War Records – Southern Claims Commission – This “footnotes” episode on Genealogy TVs YouTube channel is about the Civil War records known as the Southern Claims Commission. This episode talks about what they are, what is in them for genealogists, and where they can be found.

This Genealogy TV program discusses the 80 questions asked of the Union soldier who was making a claim for property lost during the Civil War. Within these 80 questions can be a goldmine of information for family history.

Christine Cochran, professional genealogists, shares with us these Post Civil War records and specifics about the questions that were asked of the Southern Claim Commission applicants, including questions about the applicant’s family and about slavery. It’s the answers to these questions that can be a very valuable for genealogists researching for ancestors between 1860 to about 1880. Researchers looking for African American ancestry, should see this video.

Update to the NC Ancestry Website

Update Today 4-20-19

Today I was able to add custom county maps (similar to this one) to all of the county pages (shown in red) along with some brief county formation information referencing The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt.

Also updated were books of interest to North Carolina researchers located in the Book Nook.

Newly added videos are located on the Edgecombe, Cumberland, and Guilford county pages.

Newly added county pages, along with minor updates to many of the existing pages.  See the “NC by County” tab at the top of the page to see what counties are available, its a growing list.

As always, this website is an ongoing project and is updated as I’m able to dig out the resources.

I’m always on the look out for experts in each county willing to do a video chat about the resources in the area.  See the Edgecombe or New Hanover county pages for examples of videos I create on the county level.  Please email me at, if you’re one willing to do a video interview to help researchers understand what’s available in your county.

Be sure to check out both YouTube channels, NC Ancestry and Genealogy TV.



NC Land Grants Website

Just a quick note… Found this on the NC Genealogy Facebook page and felt it was worth sharing here. It also has won an award from the North Carolina Genealogical Society for Excellence in Web Presence. Kudos to David M. McCorkle and his website.

Here is a snippet from the NC Land Grant Website ( and what he has is on his website. 

* Searchable data for 216,000 land grants including names, dates and locations for years 1663 through 1960. 
* Included in the total are 10,000 grants issued by North Carolina in what is now Tennessee 
* Images of all 205 existing Land Patent Books with complete metes and bounds for each patent 
* Images of loose documents (surveys, warrants, receipts) for Caswell, Mecklenburg, Orange, Person, Wake, and Wilkes Counties”

Go Here to North Carolina LAND GRANTS


Randolph County, North Carolina – Genealogy Resources

Randolph County Resources – Updated 4-14-2019


Book Randolph County, 1779-1979 is on the Internet Archive located here. For this one, I recommend going to the index in the back of the book to find your surnames indexed.  This navigates just like a book.

Excellent Book “Reminiscences of Randolph County,” by J.A. Blair in 1890.


Nannie Watson Winslow Henley – A Gold Star Mother


Back Creek Monthly Meeting Cemetery Images


Randolph County Registrar of Deeds

Older Land Records – Before searching this site, make sure to click on the Old Index Books tab in the upper right corner.  It takes a little practice to figure out how the index works, but once you figure it out, you can drill into the actual images, if they’re available for the year you are researching.


Soil Survey Map from 1915 overlay on modern day map.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Randolph County, North Carolina

Also see Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness for Randolph County.


MILITARY RECORDS for men from Randolph County… Be sure to check out the FamilySearch Wiki for Randolph County… scroll down and find Confederate units from Randolph County.



The Hearts of the People – An Oral History of Tarboro and Edgecombe County, North Carolina

The Hearts of the People – An Oral History of Tarboro and Edgecombe County, North Carolina. This video is a celebration of 200 years of the Blount-Bridgers House.

This video was produced in 2008 by Farrar Martin & Maureen O’Neill.

A film directed and edited by Jeremy Dean

Music composed and performed by Arnold Worsley