Research in NC and Va


Burton Research Services is based out of Raleigh, NC with access to an immense volume of records and collections covering North Carolina and beyond.  The primary repository is the State Archives of North Carolina where state law requires all state, district, and county level records be sent for preservation and research.  The Archives broad collections include documents from the founding of the Carolina colony straight through to the twentieth century.  They have originals or copies of nearly all surviving records created by every county as well as a large number of historical newspapers from the all around the state.  The Government & Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina, offers a vast collection of published genealogical histories as well as indexes and abstracts of records from all over North Carolina and Virginia among several other states and localities.  The Olivia Raney Local History Library is located just outside of downtown Raleigh and is entirely dedicated to the history and genealogy of North Carolina.  The massive collections held by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University are also close at hand, just a short drive away.

The border between North Carolina and Virginia has always been highly porous as families have crossed back and forth over the centuries, which is why the Government & Heritage Library has made so many Virginia records available locally and why Burton Research Services also makes regular trips to certain Virginia repositories.  We have experience researching at several Virginia county courthouses, primarily in the southern piedmont region of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Campbell, and Charlotte Counties, as well as the excellent collections held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.  While the distance is further to these repositories, these regular trips encourage efficiency by combining projects to lower costs and by having the research in both states performed by the same genealogist who is already thoroughly familiar with the family.  Though multiple genealogy projects may be addressed on each trip, a strict research plan keeps research time on schedule and focused on each project in turn to ensure every client receives the attention they deserve.

Contact Burton Research Services today to reserve your research time!