A growing list of Eastern North Carolina counties now have their deeds and other records online. From now on links to all of the following Register of Deeds databases can be found via the Research Databases link in the top menu of this site.

Interestingly, some counties also have Slave and Co-Habitation Records, as well as detailed land grant plats.

Happy searching! 😀

  • Beaufort County – Index to real estate conveyances, 1696-1959; deeds & mortgages, 1700-1960
  • Craven County – Index, Deeds, and Land Grants from 1739
  • Duplin County – Deeds, Land Grants, Maps, Marriage Records, Slave Records, Co-Habitation Records
  • Edgecombe County – Sign in as guest, then click on Online Index Books. That will let you search index for 1759-1920.
  • Johnston County – Index, Deeds, Co-Habitation records
  • Martin County – Index, Deeds, and Land Grants from 1771 (Index books mention date range beginning with 1762, but county wasn’t formed until 1774)
  • Onslow County – Index, Deeds and Land Grants from 1734
  • Pitt County – Old Index Books and Deeds dating back to 1762

Hopefully, we’ll see the following counties have their Register of Deeds historic content available online in the near future.


  1. Becky

    Pitt County Old Index Books are now searchable back to 1762. Also New Hanover, Sampson, Nash, Pamlico, Cumberland, Wake, and Harnett all have historic record searches available.

    • Sara Whitford

      Oh, fabulous! Thank you so much for commenting about this. I went to the site earlier this week and didn’t see the deed index through the regular search methods. For everyone’s benefit, here’s a link directly to the Pitt County ROD: https://www.pittcountync.gov/249/Register-of-Deeds

  2. Becky

    Jones County now has an historic deeds search available. Also, Currituck, Chatham, Robeson, Pender, Pasquotank, and Rowan. Fingers crossed for Beaufort and Hyde.

    • Sara Whitford

      Wow! Thank you so much for this comment, Becky. I hadn’t heard those counties were posted yet, but I’ll take a look and try to get the updated links up right away. 🙂

  3. John Speight

    The link to Craven County is not working. So how do we access the deeds?

  4. Becky

    Hi,Sara. Beaufort County deeds are now available through FamilySearch. Just do a Catalog Search for United States, North Carolina, Beaufort, then click Index to real estate conveyances, 1696-1959; deeds & mortgages, 1700-1960. FIrst, they have the Grantor/Grantee Indexes. Further down, you’ll find the deed books.

    • Sara Whitford

      Oh happy day! What a great Christmas present for us genealogy nerds! 😄 Thank you for sharing this information!

      • Becky

        You are quite welcome! I was so excited when I discovered this. I’ve also found you can do this for Edgecombe, Carteret and Perquimans. But, alas, not Hyde. I’m sure there are others, but these are the ones I’ve checked.


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