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North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970
This article describes a collection of records at
North Carolina, 
United States
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Location of North Carolina
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1833-1970
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
State Archives of North Carolina

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection includes the following various county records:

  • Coroner's Inquests (1793-1905)
  • Voter Registration Books (1888-1896)
  • Wills (1821-1968)
  • Guardianships (1849-1967)
  • Estates (1854-1968)

Soon after they were formed, counties began recording vital records, court records, and land transactions. The records are generally well preserved. The records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. Most of the records are either handwritten or handwritten on printed forms. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for North Carolina County Records, 1833-1970.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
  • Names of individual, witnesses, family members, sometimes neighbors
  • Ages
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Signature or mark
  • Amount of any money exchanged

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

County Record type Years
Alleghany Assignments of territory to insolvents lists 1862-1928
Alleghany Jury lists to State vs H F Jones 1848-1913
Ashe School census and teachers vouchers 1881-1903
Ashe Wills 1850-1967
Beaufort Wills 1808-1968
Buncombe Accounts for Swannanoa Hotel to child custody 1844-1920
Buncombe Child Custody proceedings 1892-1915
Buncombe Child Custody to commutation of sentence 1860-1946
Buncombe Correspondence to marriage license 1789-1936
Buncombe Election records 1871-1900
Buncombe Memorial for Capt ME Carter to resolution of North Fork Lumber Comp. 1786-1919
Buncombe Schools to slave records 1815-1920
Buncombe Tax-paid withdrawals to United States, Western District 1879-1909
Camden Civil Actions 1816-1902
Chatham Voter registration 1890-1896
Chatham voter registration-canvass book 1888-1890
Chowan Poll books 1875-1910
Chowan Record of election 1878-1904
Chowan Wills 1846-1968
Columbus Civil actions 1869-1914
Columbus Deeds 1741-1917
Columbus Estate files 1812-1968
Columbus List of cases 1851-1913
Cumberland School records B-E 1819-1975
Cumberland School records F-K 1872-1953
Cumberland School records L-R 1874-1960
Cumberland School records S-W 1882-1965
Cumberland School minute books 1878-1911
Cumberland School records, misc. 1885-1957
Currituck Civil action about land 1858-1915
Currituck Civil action 1781-1895
Currituck Criminal action 1858-1902
Duplin Widows year support 1900-1968
Durham Widows dower and years support 1881-1944
Durham Widows year support 1881-1927
Forsyth Bonds 1779-1954
Forsyth Civil Actions 1852-1909
Forsyth Election book 1878-1912
Forsyth Wills 1763-1968
Forsyth Witness Fee book Superior court 1845-1850
Gaston Estates 1839-1971
Gaston Guardianships 1849-1967
Jackson Civil actions 1843-1968
Lincoln Marriage 1892-1916
Lincoln Tax 1868-1924
Mecklenburg Estate files 1880-1952
Mecklenburg Guardianships 1779-1951
Mecklenburg Wills 1855-1968
Northampton Civil actions 1826-1958
Northampton Coroners reports 1793-1905
Northampton Estate records 1766-1940
Northampton Estates 1780-1949
Northampton Guardian 1780-1946
Northampton Wills 1764-1968
Perquimans Criminal action 1861-1940
Perquimans Land sales 1869-1941
Polk Wills 1843-1968
Randolph Affidavit to correspondence 1781-1919
Randolph Declaration to grand jurors 1784-1898
Randolph Grists Mills to Justice of Peace 1780-1922
Randolph Liquor Licenses to Hargrove 1817-1919
Randolph Marsh, Elliott to sample forms 1785-1913
Randolph Miscellaneous undated
Richmond Coroners inquests 1906-1967
Stanly Accounts of Hearne and Davis to criminal docket 1841-1943
Stanly Chattel mortgages to Fred Long 1844-1941
Stanly Coroners inquests 1914-1957
Stanly Insolvent debtors to petitions for restoration of citizenship 1842-1961
Stanly Habeas corpus to Town of Big Lick 1843-1964
Stanly Records of Slaves and free persons of color 1832-1868
Transylvania Apprentice bonds to bridge records 1864-1926
Transylvania Child custody to jury duty 1864-1926
Transylvania Lists to special regulations 1864-1926
Wake Death certificates 1900-1909

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The type of event
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The names of of other family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the names, ages and residence church and census records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the North Carolina Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of North Carolina.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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