Usability Test of NC People in the Papers

The NC People in the Papers website is a database I started for the NCGenWeb Project as a way to more easily search and locate information published in various NC newspapers.  The site is still small, and most of the content comes from Carrie Broughton’s massive work listing extracts from the Raleigh Register newspaper during the 1799-1893 time period.  So far, I’ve entered all deaths in that publication from 1799-1830.  Additional extracts come from indexing of short ranges of a few town newspapers in the state.

To access the site, visit

Here are 5 questions. Please provide your best answers and email them to me along with a link to your profile, at to be entered.  I’ll accept entries between now and 11:00pm CST April 4th, 2011.

1. How many people are indexed from the death notices of Mecklenburg County?

2. When did Archimedes Donoho die?

3. You are researching the HATCH & SIMMONS families of Jones County, North Carolina.   How many individuals from Jones County with those surnames have obituaries/death notices in the database?

4. In what newspaper issues do notices from William Vann appear in the database?

5. An article about Brooks Kernodle was published in 1881 in the Alamance Gleaner newspaper.  What was this article about?

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.  What do you think of the website? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?