Legislative Journals

Created by Mary Grayson Brook

North Carolina Legislative Journals
These journals, kept during sessions of the General Assembly, document the day-to-day business of the Senate and House of Representatives (known as the House of Commons until 1868) and offer a wealth of detailed information for North Carolina historians and genealogists. In addition to session procedures and the names, counties of residence, and votes of each legislator, many of the journals contain governors’ messages, petitions by citizens, tributes to deceased legislators, names of House and Senate pages, names of prayer leaders, and other items of interest. The bills introduced and voted on by legislators, as well as addresses by governors and other officials, give us a better idea of how previous generations of North Carolinians understood and dealt with the issues of their day.

    • Paper availability: 1808-11; 1819-current
    • Microfilm availability: 1785-1850
    • Digital availability: 1822-current
      • Alternate Names: Minutes of the North Carolina House of Commons, Minutes of the North Carolina Senate, Journals of the Senate of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, Journals of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, Journals of the Senate and House of Commons of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, Journal of the Senate, Journal of the House of Commons, House Journal, Senate Journal, Journal of the General Assembly.

 

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