Compiled between 1900 and 1903, James Hathaway’s 1,700-page North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register is widely regarded as the supreme collection of genealogical source materials on the Old Albemarle region of North Carolina. Although a substantial amount of data appearing in the Register was arranged in alphabetical order from the outset–the marriage bonds and lists of Revolutionary soldiers, for example–and is therefore not covered by this index, it was left to Worth S. Ray to prepare an index to the remainder of the Hathaway work. More important, Ray’s indispensable subject and name index to the Register is a compendium of information in its own right, providing new as well as extended family data, citations to other published authorities, and copious notes and extrapolations. The main entries in the Index and Digest alone pertain to over 5,000 persons.
“This valuable contribution to North Carolina genealogy is much more than just an index to Hathaway’s monumental work. . . .It is a remarkable mine of information.”–Journal of North Carolina Genealogy, Vol. VIII, No. 4.
(NOTE: This is Part I of Worth Ray’s famous Loose Leaves from “The Lost Tribes of North Carolina.” Like the other parts, it stands on its own and is always published separately.)