A word of advice for using the BMD databases. When you do a death search, don't include a county name,your ancestor may not have died in the county that you think they did. Once you get the results, then you can sort through them by county and descriptions, such as birth year, race, etc. In NC, in particular, many of the deaths occurred at the major hospitals in Durham and Raleigh, while the individual may have lived in another county. The other thing is to also look at the Social Security database as a confirmation of the date info in the "North Carolina Death Collections" because I've noticed that many times the Death Record doesn't include the actual birth date, or is the wrong birthdate. That is probably because the grieving informant gave the wrong birth info at the time of death, while the Social Security info would have been filled out at a much earlier time by the actual individual, and is more likely to have the correct birth info.