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I was fortunate to find the estate papers for one of my ancestors....who had 8 daughters! Would never have known all their married names without these's now easy to trace them on census reports, etc.

My direct line ancestors did not venture far from their original I am lucky there, also.

And tho I have not been down there in over a year...(have I mentioned I lose interest for months at a time?)the NC Dept. of Archives is about 7-10 minutes from where I live. They have an outstanding collection, and I have had them copy numerous wills and estate files.......

...nothing like holding a copy of a will written in 1823 in your hands.....the worst handwriting took place in the 1900's I think. The penmanship back in the 1800's was beautiful!!

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