At the National Genealogical Society annual conference in Raleigh last week, a few of us had the opportunity to attend the Librarian’s Day pre-conference event. One of the great resources discussed by the day’s panelists included the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina (CSR), part of UNC’s Documenting the American South project.

The CSR project is a digital collection of a 30-volume set of colonial and early state records originally published between 1886 – 1907. This impressive set (previously available in a few libraries across the United States) is now fully searchable and browseable online through the DocSouth website.

The CSR volumes include administrative records (including census records), correspondence, court records (including wills), descriptive records, financial records, land records, laws, literary and historical works, maps, military records, and public communication (including obituaries) from 1620 to 1919.

Some of the great features of this (free) website include:

  • An index of over 400,000 terms, mostly names
  • Document-type browse feature
  • Volume, date, or creator  browse features
  • Lesson plans for teachers to use CSR in the classroom

This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in North Carolina history and genealogy. What are you waiting for? Go check it out!