Within North Carolina and the South in general, it is much more difficult to trace the genealogy of blacks than whites. This is because of the scarcity or nonexistence of the records needed to properly trace a lineage. This is even more apparent when the lineage in question comes from the descendants of slaves. When this is the case, researchers must look at the black family records as well as the white family which were the slave owners. It is much easier to trace the lineage of a free black family.