How to Research your
North Carolina
Foster Family

North Carolina: Resources

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Research coordinator
William L. Foster Jr.,
DNA Group 7

Participant #109

McFarlan, North Carolina

Personal Website

  1. State Library of North Carolina Genealogy Collection - Website

    Genealogical Services of the State Library of North Carolina, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, holds extensive published materials for genealogical and historical research. Beginners and researchers needing books (family histories, published abstracts, county, state and federal records), periodicals, and census indexes and microfilms to trace families in North Carolina and the states from which and to which they migrated should begin their research in the Library. State Library Genealogical Services are located on the west mezzanine floor at 109 East Jones Street (come in the Jones Street entrance and turn left in the lobby).  The mailing address is: 4641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-4641.

    The State Library shares the building with the North Carolina State Archives. The Archives Search Room is located on the 2nd floor at 109 East Jones Street.  The mailing address is: 4614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh  NC 27699-4614.

  2. North Carolina Genealogy - Website
    Free North Carolina Data and Links of African American Genealogy, Biographies, Cemetery Records, Census Records, County Maps, History, Genealogy Lookups, Military Records, Native American Records, Vital Records and Will Abstracts 1760-1800.

  3. North Carolina Genealogy on GeneaSearch - Website
    North Carolina genealogy look ups, NC genealogy & historical societies, genealogy publications available from NC genealogical societies and individuals, lost female ancestors queries, and related links for NC genealogy research in North Carolina.

  4. Genealogy Today - Website
    StateGenSites, launched on October 7, 1999, is one of the most popular directories for U.S. genealogy. Here are the resources available for North Carolina.

  5. The USGenWeb Project North Carolina - Website

    • A brief history of each county, including if appropriate a link to the home page for the parent county from which it was formed.
    • A map showing the location of the county within the state.
    • A link to the appropriate county page in the NCGenWeb Archives Project
    • Links to other NCGenWeb special projects pages, and/or to our consolidated list of North Carolina resources (
    • Addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information for the local county courthouse, public library, historical or genealogical society
    • Lists of researchers for specific surnames in your county
    • Names of volunteers who will do lookups in local resources
    • Links to the home pages for neighboring counties
  6. FamilySearch Catalog - Website
    North Carolina Place Search Results in hundreds of references to microfilm, fiche & books located in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or available for viewing at thousands of Family History Centers located throughout the world.
  7. Davie County, North Carolina Genealogy - Website
    This website is one of William Foster's favorite resources.  It has a lot on the 1790 and 1850 Census.  The 1790 Census is a listing of Head of Household and the 1850 is a listing of every household member (wife & children's names, age, birth place, etc).
  8. Comments from William Foster to assist you in Carolina Research -

    In the Carolinas studying the Foster family lines can be like a puzzle connecting the lines who many times do not appear related. Unlike some Families who came Ashore ( Immigrated ) to the Carolinas via Charleston or Wilmington or Savannah into the Carolina Piedmont and Mountains:

    Most Fosters moved South into North Carolina and South Carolina after the Immigrants arrived in Virginia , Maryland , Penn, and yes up North in Mass. Then most Fosters immigrated "voluntarily" to the Colonies in the 1600s -1700s to become the East Coast Pioneers**** then Migrated to The Carolinas later.  I do not know if Sir Walter Raleigh's ( Now Lost Colony ) had a Foster in it, but one of The Leaders of The Carolina's Albemarle Colony was a Richard Foster who immigrant to Tidewater, Virginia.  The Carolinas thus became a Foster Family distribution area for migration West or Southwest.

    Thus the Foster Family Line Puzzles in regions of Rowan County, NC and up state South Carolina. The confusion is  all of these Fosters weren't of the same Family (Clan ) from England. Some of them Scot- Irish  immigrants who blended in with their English Foster Cousins.  Not all Fosters we found in the Carolinas have the same immigrant but appear to have different immigrant ancestors who possibly were of the same Foster Family in the generations before immigration or are related 6 generations back in Northumberland on the English Scottish boarder.  There are a few whose Haplo DNA group puts them no where related to Group 7 for the past 2000 years.  Thus, when researching the Foster's in the Carolina's, the best genealogy tool we can use or guide us is the Foster Family DNA identification for our most recent common ancestor.

  9. Research Wiki: Portal: North Carolina - Website
    Welcome to North Carolina - a Wiki research tool of articles, links and references of great value to the North Carolina researcher found in one place on the web.
  10. "Black Sheep" Ancestors: Virginia - Website
    Search for your Blacksheep Ancestors in Free Genealogical Prison and Convict Records, Historical Court Records, Executions, Insane Asylum Records and Biographies of Famous Outlaws, Criminals & Pirates in the United States.

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