Hyde County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Hyde 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: Swan Quarter
Organized: December 3, 1705
Parent County(s): Bath[1]
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Hyde County is located in the eastern portion of North Carolina and was named for Edward Hyde, to whom King Charles II granted tracts of land in the New World called "Carolina".[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hyde County Courthouse
264 Business Hwy
PO Box 297
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
Phone: 252-926-3011
Hyde County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, death and burial records from 1913, marriage records from 1850, land records from 1736, marriage bonds 1735-1867 and delayed birth records from late 1800s.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1868, probate records from 1774.[3]

Hyde 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 1850 1913 1868 1736 1774 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • 1789, 1827 Fire burned courthouse

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1705 Hyde County was formed 3 December 1705 from Wickham Precinct of [[Bath County, North Carolina Genealogy|Bath County]. Bath County was abolished in 1739.
  • County seat: Swan Quarter[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
  • Scranton
Census-designated places
  • Fairfield
  • Lake Landing
  • Ocracoke
  • Swan Quarter
Unorganized territories
  • Mattamuskeet

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 Hyde 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 4,204
1800 4,829 14.9%
1810 6,029 24.8%
1820 4,967 −17.6%
1830 6,184 24.5%
1840 6,458 4.4%
1850 7,636 18.2%
1860 7,732 1.3%
1870 6,445 −16.6%
1880 7,765 20.5%
1890 8,903 14.7%
1900 9,278 4.2%
1910 8,840 −4.7%
1920 8,386 −5.1%
1930 8,550 2.0%
1940 7,860 −8.1%
1950 6,479 −17.6%
1960 5,765 −11.0%
1970 5,571 −3.4%
1980 5,873 5.4%
1990 5,411 −7.9%
2000 5,826 7.7%
2010 5,810 −0.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Mattemuskeet River. Constituted 1783.[7]

Church of England

  • St. George's Parish. Established by 1741.[8]

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 Hyde 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 Hyde County:

- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company B

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Hyde County at Our Family Tree
  • 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/hyde
  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), Hyde 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, "Hyde County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_County,_North_Carolina#Communities, accessed 17 February 2020.
  7. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:565. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  8. Robert J. Cain, ed., The Church of England in North Carolina: Documents, 1699-1741 (Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1999), 414. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.
  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.