Between 2013-2015, one of the side projects I started was to create a master index of names that appeared in Loose Estate Files of North Carolina. The North Carolina Genealogical Society partnered with FamilySearch to help index the names that appeared in the files so that they could then become searchable on the FamilySearch website.
Well, I then started my own project – I created an index of names by county as a way to make it easier to identify people based on a geographic location. I also did it to make it easier to locate names with alternate spelling variations. I thought doing so would make great additions to the NCGenWeb county websites; another way for me to contribute as an NCGenWeb volunteer. I worked on the project over the course of two years and donated it to the NC Genealogical Society, who agreed it had value and they posted it on their website. I indexed 48 counties.
Back in 2015, I had to stop given a roadblock with FamilySearch, but today I am pleased to share that the NC Genealogical Society has updated what I started! They indexed another 45 counties and updated the index now that all the counties are posted to FamilySearch. If you have research interests in NC, you absolutely MUST check this out! Hat tip to Katherine Benbow, a fellow volunteer in the NCGenWeb Project, for alerting me to the update!