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Research Guides
Western Carolina University


This guide lists and describes resources that can be used for genealogical research. Use the tabs to navigate.

Why Vital Records?

Vital records most commonly refer to records such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees, wills and the like. They provide valuable information necessary for doing genealogy research.  These records are created by local authorities, and with possible exceptions for events overseas, in the military, or in the District of Columbia. (National Archives and Records Administration)

Vital Records - Online Resources

Vital Records - Print Resources

The following print resources are available in Hunter Library and pertain to the state of North Carolina.