Vital Events and Records Right from the beginning of your genealogical journey, you’re going to want to start collecting documents surrounding vital events. These are typically birth, marriage, death, and divorce records. As mentioned before, start backwards. Look for an ancestor’s death certificate (or information) before seeking marriage and birth certificates.
Online is a book called Reminiscences of Randolph County, [North Carolina] written by J.A. Blair in 1890. This book is available for free online at the Internet Archive and can be read page by page on the archive.org website. It can be very helpful in researching Randolph County ancestors, especially since