Greene County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Greene 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: Snow Hill
Organized: November 18, 1799
Parent County(s): Glasgow [1]
Neighboring Counties
Lenoir  • Pitt  • Wayne  • Wilson
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Greene County is located in the eastern portion of North Carolina and was named for Revolutionary War commander Nathanael Greene.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse
2nd and Greene
PO Box 68
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Phone: 252-747-3620
Greene County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death, and land records from 1876.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and probate records from 1876.[3]

Greene 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
1876 1876 1876 1876 1876 1876 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1876 Courthouse fire destroyed many court records and all land records.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1799 Greene County was renamed 18 November 1799 from Glasgow County.
  • County seat: Snow Hill[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
  • Bull Head
  • Carrs
  • Hookerton
  • Jason
  • Olds
  • Ormondsville
  • Shine
  • Snow Hill
  • Speights Bridge

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

The old Greene County now in Tennessee was created in 1783 from Washington County. Greenville became the county seat. This was a part of the Territory ceded by North Carolina in 1789 to the Federal government, and became part of Tennessee in 1796.

The newer Greene County in North Carolina was created in 1799 by renaming Glasgow County which had been created from Dobbs County in 1791.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • Bible Records at North Carolina Digital Archives - index and images
  • Bibles at Greene County, NC USGenWeb Archives

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Greene 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.
1800 4,218
1810 4,867 15.4%
1820 4,533 −6.9%
1830 6,413 41.5%
1840 6,595 2.8%
1850 6,619 0.4%
1860 7,925 19.7%
1870 8,687 9.6%
1880 10,037 15.5%
1890 10,039 0.0%
1900 12,038 19.9%
1910 13,083 8.7%
1920 16,212 23.9%
1930 18,656 15.1%
1940 18,548 −0.6%
1950 18,024 −2.8%
1960 16,741 −7.1%
1970 14,967 −10.6%
1980 16,117 7.7%
1990 15,384 −4.5%
2000 18,974 23.3%
2010 21,362 12.6%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • Church of Christ (Greene County), 1843-1860
  • Freewill Baptist Church (Hookerton), 1830-1869
  • Oak Grove Church of Christ (Greene County), 1834-1875


  • Little Contentaley aka Little Contentney aka Meadow Meeting House. Constituted 1785.[7]

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 Greene 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 Greene County:

- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company A
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina State Troops, Company A
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (63rd Regiment Volunteers), Company B
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry (Partisan Rangers), 5th 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 Greene 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 Greene 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 Greene County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

  • Greene County Arts and Historical Society
    107 Northwest 3rd Street
    Snow Hill, NC 28580

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • 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), Greene 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, "Greene County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 15 February 2020.
  7. 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