Go to www.familysearch.org and scroll down the page and Click on "United States" under "Browse by location.' Then enter the name of the state or any keywords in the search box. There is a handy index for the NC Wills (North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 collection) located on the NCGenWeb site at the following link: http://www.ncgenweb.us/wilkes/wills/idx-a.htm
It not only gives the name of the person who died but also the names of those who inherited. I found that handy for figuring out who the daughters married in the 1800s.
On the home page (www.familysearch.org) you can click on "FamilySearch Centers" at the top to see if there is one located near you. If so, they can send books and microfilm to that location for you to view there. There is a shipping fee (about $7-$8) but I believe you get to keep it at that location for 90 days. I took advantage of that rather than going to the NC State Archives because the Mormon church in Raleigh has evening hours.
On their home page (www.familysearch.org) click on "Catalog" or "Books" and search by keyword seems to work best to see what they have.
VA doesn't appear to have as many resources available online as some other states but FamilySearch does have a few that others don't have.
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