December, 2013 Electronic Magazine – Genealogy Tuesday, May 20 2014 

Did you know the North Carolina library has a digital family records area?

http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/digital/ncfamilyrecords/

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March 2003, V2#3: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Though it is real easy, don’t fall into a “parent trap”.  While getting oral history including stories, dates, relations is an invaluable tool for the beginning genealogist (indeed, a great book starting activity), always take the time to obtain records for all information gained in this manner.  This record search can be something you do with the relative providing the information or independently.

February 2003, V2#2: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

For lost ancestors, have you tried looking in alternate church records?  While a family may be or have been devoutly a particular religion, especially during frontier settlement, they may have been a part of a different congregation.

November 2002: V1#3: Genealogy Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Have you checked in adjoining counties and/or states (depending on where they were) for some record of lost ancestors?  In the past, it was common to go to the nearest (or in the case of mountains, rivers, etc.) place to record records, not necessarily the “correct” place.  In addition, what may be one county in this century, may not have been the same county in the time period you are looking in.