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From: "Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG" <sully1@...>
Subject: North Carolina Estates Papers Indexing Project
> North Carolina researchers have a magnificent gift coming their way
> thanks to a partnership between the North Carolina Genealogical Society
> and FamilySearch (Church of the Latter-day Saints).
> Can you imagine being able to sit comfortably at home and, with a simple
> click and save, access any estate file held at the North Carolina State
> Archives? In a short while, it will be a reality.
> The estates indexing project is managed by Victoria "Vickie" Burns
> Scott, second vice president of the NCGS, and is fueled by volunteers.
> Eventually, an index and digital images for all loose estates held by
> the North Carolina State Archives in the county record series and in
> Secretary of State colonial records and in district courts papers will
> be available. When completed, the index will contain approximately
> 500,000 estates. The index and digital images will be accessible /free/
> at the North Carolina Genealogical Society website
> <http://www.ncgenealogy.org/> and at FamilySearch <www.familysearch.org
> Vickie Scott and her volunteers are working untold hours daily to bring
> the project to completion. More volunteers are needed!
> On 31 July 2011, Vickie responded to some frequently asked questions.
> Do we have to wait until all the files are digitized and indexed before
> having access?
> Answer: No. As each county's files are digitized, indexed, and verified,
> the index and images are uploaded and accessible.
> How soon will the index and digital images be available?
> Answer: Three counties are already online! In seven weeks, volunteers
> completed 183 films (out of 3,200). This was accomplished by only 22
> volunteers. There are over 50 volunteers enrolled, but it is summertime,
> and I hope that once folks return from vacations and other distractions,
> the pace of indexing will increase. If 100 volunteers do 10 reels a
> month, the project will be completed in four months.
> Which counties will be available initially?
> Answer: Avery, Catawba, and Currituck counties are indexed and available
> online _now_. Brunswick, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Warren are close to
> How do researchers access the index and digital images?
> Answer: For free at www.familysearch.org <http://www.familysearch.org>
> and soon at www.ncgenealogy.org <http://www.ncgenealogy.org>.
> For now, go to USA historical records at www.familysearch.org:
> Scroll down and click on "North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1917"
> A search box is available for the surname of interest or another option
> is to view all images by clicking on "Browse through images," which
> brings up a screen of county choices.
> Choose the county of interest; then choose the alphabetical category of
> Also, don't forget that the NCGS website already includes lots of
> information available to everyone, members and non-members---check us out!
> Must indexers be North Carolinians?
> Answer: No. We have volunteer indexers in over nine states---including
> Illinois, Kansas, Washington, and Texas---and some indexers live in
> Must indexers be members of the NCGS?
> Answer: No.
> Can indexers choose their county of interest?
> Answer: Yes and No. They may select from counties currently digitized
> and ready for indexing. As current digitized films are indexed, they
> rotate to online and additional images become available for indexing.
> Current counties digitized and ready for volunteer indexers are:
> Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bertie, Buncombe,
> Cabarrus, Chatham, Granville, Rowan, Swain, and Wake.
> Is the indexing process difficult?
> Answer: There is a learning curve, but indexing goes quickly after an
> initial orientation, and an online video tutorial is scheduled to be
> available within the week. The program is not yet Mac compatible.
> How do I volunteer?
> Answer: Contact Victoria "Vickie" Scott at