Full text and handwritten records: a note about content and condition
Transcriptions which accompany records such as Bible records, Family Histories, and other items with handwritten content were made by staff and volunteers who did their best to decipher sometimes hard-to-read writing.
For the Bible records, most of the scans you'll see online were made from the photocopies or photostats that were created up to 80 years earlier when families brought their Bibles to be copied and stored with the State Archives of North Carolina as part of the larger archive of North Carolina history. Records may include the original records, typescript transcriptions of the originals, or some combination of the two. Some pages are ripped, some have sections cut out, and sometimes information was crossed out or "corrected" by later generations.
Many of the records are quite beautiful, with 18th- and 19th-century children's doodles and drawings, photographs, hand-drawn family trees, and newspaper obituaries. You can sometimes track how literacy levels in a single family changed from generation to generation. The religion, language, type, and publisher of each Bible, which we have recorded for each record, might give insight into a particular family's social, political, and religious views, as well.