Pitt County can present some challenges for genealogy researchers. It was one of the North Carolina counties that suffered destruction of records by fire — in this case, the courthouse was burned in 1857.

Still, there are some wonderful resources if you know where to look!

Aside from the obvious internet places like Ancestry.com and FamilyTree.org, another of my favorite resources are the Pitt County Genealogical Quarterlies. Volumes through 2013 can be found online and you can subscribe via regular postal mail by sending a check for $30 to PCFR, P. O. Box 2608, Greenville, NC 27836.

In addition, I have found Index and Abstracts of Deeds of Record of Pitt County, North Carolina by Judith DuPree Ellison, a 4-volume set that was printed in 1968 to be an invaluable resource. Up until recently, I’ve been dependent on visiting the library to access their copies, but I’ve just learned that the family of Judith DuPree Ellison still has some original sets of these books and sells them online for only $55/set.

If you’ve purchased many genealogy books, you know this is a very reasonable price for such a thorough and well-done resource.

I’m not sure how many sets they have available, so if I were you, I’d snap this up now while the price is reasonable.

Click here to see the item listing at Amazon.com.