Camden County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Camden 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: Camden
Organized: 8 April 1777
Parent County(s): Pasquotank[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chesapeake County, Virginia  • Currituck  • Gates  • Pasquotank
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Camden County is located in the Eastern portion of North Carolina and shares a border with Virginia. It was named for Sir Charles Pratt, Earl of Camden, in gratitude for the support he gave to the colonists[2].

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Camden County Courthouse
Hwy 343 P O Box 190
Camden, NC 27921
Phone: 919-335-4077
Camden County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce Court records from 1896
Probate Recordsfrom 1912;[3]

Camden 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
1913 1848 1913 1896 1739 1912 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Several records destroyed in fire with many others missing.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1777-Camden County was created 8 April 1777 from Pasquotank County.
  • County seat: Camden[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
Census-designated places
  • Courthouse
  • Shiloh
  • South Mills

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Camden County was formed in 1777 from the northeastern part of Pasquotank County. It was named for Charles Pratt, 1st Lord Camden, who had opposed the Stamp Act. The county is the site of the southern terminus of the Dismal Swamp Canal and was the location of the Battle of South Mills on April 19, 1862 during the American Civil War which brought a minor victory to the Confederacy.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • Bible Records at North Carolina Digital Archives - index and images

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Camden 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 4,022
1800 4,191 4.2%
1810 5,347 27.6%
1820 6,347 18.7%
1830 6,733 6.1%
1840 5,663 −15.9%
1850 6,049 6.8%
1860 5,343 −11.7%
1870 5,361 0.3%
1880 6,274 17.0%
1890 5,667 −9.7%
1900 5,474 −3.4%
1910 5,640 3.0%
1920 5,382 −4.6%
1930 5,461 1.5%
1940 5,440 −0.4%
1950 5,223 −4.0%
1960 5,598 7.2%
1970 5,453 −2.6%
1980 5,829 6.9%
1990 5,904 1.3%
2000 6,885 16.6%
2010 9,980 45.0%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Camden. Constituted 1757.[7]
  • Sawyer's Creek. Established by 1790.[7]
  • Shiloh, Camden, N.C. Established 1729.[7][8] Formerly located in Pasquotank.


  • McBride Church. Originally Church of England (since 1733); obtained by Methodists in 1792.[9]

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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Camden 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 Camden County:

- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company M

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battle was fought in Camden County:

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

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]

County Records

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 Camden County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Albemarle Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 2931
    Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2931
  • Family Research Society of Northeastern NC
    410 E Main St. #204
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909
    (252) 333-1640

Websites[edit | edit source]

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), Camden 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, "Camden County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 9 February 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:487, 492; 2:562. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  8. J.R.B. Hathaway, "The Earliest Baptist Congregation Organized in North Carolina," The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr. 1900):283. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  9. "McBride Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at