Court Records Transfers in 2017

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It has already been a busy year for court records transfers to the State Archives. I recently posted about the voluminous records transfer initiated by Moore County’s Clerk of Superior Court (see Moore County Transfer: Court Records) this past June, but we’ve been all over the state in 2017, inventorying and transferring valuable court records for long-term preservation, and we have several more county court records pickups scheduled for August and September.

Caldwell, Duplin, Moore, Randolph, and Robeson counties have recently transferred many different types of court records to the archives. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Caldwell County Civil Case Files (1912-1967), Special Proceedings (1878-1957), Wills (1845-1970, and various Estate Records (1906-1967)
  • Duplin County Estate Papers (1920-1954, 1959, 1965) and Judgment Dockets (1860-1935)
  • Moore County Civil Case Files (1900s-1952), Judgment Dockets, Superior Court (1869-1954), Minute Dockets, Superior Court (1835-1967), and Special Proceedings [including Wills] (1864-1957)
  • Randolph County Index to Judgments (1869-1961), Will Books (1773-1954), and various Estate Records (1886-1970)
  • And Robeson County Civil Case Files (1935-1965)

After each pickup, our staff appraises, arranges, and describes the records to make them available for research at the State Archives. For information about how to access court records from these counties, contact the State Archives of North Carolina Search Room at, or 919-807-7310, or visit (Note that not all of the State Archives’ holdings are stored on-site, so be sure to call ahead before visiting the Search Room.)

The following counties have transfers pending or are in the process of identifying records that are eligible for transfer: Alleghany, Tyrrell, Watauga, Catawba, and Yadkin. We look forward to making their unique records available to public.