Harnett County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Harnett 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: Lillington
Organized: February 7, 1855
Parent County(s): Cumberland [1]
Neighboring Counties
Chatham  • Cumberland  • Johnston  • Lee  • Moore  • Sampson  • Wake
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Harnett County is located in the central portion of North Carolina and was named for Cornelius Harnett, Revolutionary War patriot and delegate to the Continental Congress.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Harnett County Courthouse
729 S Main Street
PO Box 279
Lillington, NC 27546
Phone: 910-893-7540
Harnett County Website

Register of deeds has birth, marriage and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1920.[3]

Harnett 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 1892 1914 1920 1855 1854 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1892, 1894 Courthouse fires destroyed court records and many of the land records.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1855 Harnett County was created 7 February 1855 from Cumberland County.
  • County seat: Lillington[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 MapofUS.org 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

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 Harnett 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.
1860 8,039
1870 8,895 10.6%
1880 10,862 22.1%
1890 13,700 26.1%
1900 15,988 16.7%
1910 22,174 38.7%
1920 28,313 27.7%
1930 37,911 33.9%
1940 44,239 16.7%
1950 47,605 7.6%
1960 48,236 1.3%
1970 49,667 3.0%
1980 59,570 19.9%
1990 67,822 13.9%
2000 91,025 34.2%
2010 114,678 26.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Barbecue, near Olivia, N.C. Founded 1757.[7] Previously located in Cumberland.

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

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Harnett 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 Harnett County:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 10th Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery, Company B
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company F
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company D
- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company A
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Isaac William's Company
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Neill McNeill's Company

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

  • March 16, 1865 Averasborough, also known as Taylor’s Hole Creek, Smithville, Smiths Ferry, or Black River[8]
  • 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]

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 Harnett 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 Harnett 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 Harnett County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

  • Harnett County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 219
    Buies Creek, NC 27506-0219

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NCGenWeb: Harnett County - part of the USGenWeb Project
  • 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.
  2. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/harnett
  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), Harnett 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, "Harnett County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harnett_County%2C_North_Carolina, accessed 16 February 2020.
  7. "Barbecue Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.