Brunswick County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Brunswick County, North Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Bolivia
Organized: 30 January 1764
Parent County(s): New Hanover, Bladen[1]
Neighboring Counties
Columbus  • Horry (SC)  • New Hanover  • Pender
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Brunswick County is located in the Southeastern portion of North Carolina and was named for King George I, who was also the Duke of Brunswick and Lunenburg[2].

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Brunswick County Courthouse
P O Box 87
Bolivia, NC 2842-0249
Phone: 910-253-2690
Brunswick County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death, burial & land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce recordes from 1900,
probat records from 1858 and court records from 1882[3]

Brunswick County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1804 1914 1882 1764 1858 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1865--Many court records were destroyed by Federal Troops.
1957--Clerk's office fire

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1764--Brunswick County was created 30 January 1764 from New Hanover and Bladen Counties.
  • County seat: Bolivia[5]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Antioch
  • Ash
  • Batarora
  • Bell Swamp
  • Bishop
  • Biven
  • Bonaparte Landing
  • Boone's Neck
  • Bowensville
  • Brunswick Station
  • Camp Branch
  • Cedar Grove
  • Civietown
  • Clairmont
  • Clarendon
  • Coolvale
  • Doe Creek
  • Eastbrook
  • Easy Hill
  • Lockwood Folly
  • Northwest
  • Town Creek
  • Waccamaw

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Brunswick County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 3,071
1800 4,110 33.8%
1810 4,778 16.3%
1820 5,480 14.7%
1830 6,516 18.9%
1840 6,255 −4.0%
1850 7,272 16.3%
1860 8,406 15.6%
1870 7,754 −7.8%
1880 9,389 21.1%
1890 10,900 16.1%
1900 12,657 16.1%
1910 14,432 14.0%
1920 14,876 3.1%
1930 15,818 6.3%
1940 17,125 8.3%
1950 19,238 12.3%
1960 20,278 5.4%
1970 24,223 19.5%
1980 35,777 47.7%
1990 50,985 42.5%
2000 73,143 43.5%
2010 107,431 46.9%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Livingston Creek. Established about 1765.[7]
  • Lockwood's Folly. Established by 1762.[7]

Church of England

  • St. Philip's Church. Built 1740s. Destroyed in the Revolutionary War.[8]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Shallotte Ward
  • Leland Ward
  • Ash Branch (Historical)

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]


Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Pender CountyNew Hanover CountyColumbus CountyHorry CountyNC BRUNSWICK.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Brunswick County for European settlers included:[9]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Brunswick County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Brunswick County:

- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company A
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company G
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company K
- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Neill McNeill's Company

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]


Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Brunswick County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Brunswick County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Brunswick County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

  • Brunswick County Historical Society

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NCGenWeb: Brunswick County genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project
  • North Carolina Pioneers North Carolina Pioneers
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brunswick County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Brunswick County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina , accessed 9 February 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at; George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:324-325, 491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  8. Lawrence Foushee London and Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, The Episcopal Church in North Carolina, 1701-1959 (Raleigh, N.C.: The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1987), 20. FHL Book 975.6 K2e; "St. Philips Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at