Randolph County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Randolph 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: Asheboro
Organized: 1779
Parent County(s): Guilford[1]
Neighboring Counties
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Randolph County is located in the central portion of North Carolina and was named for Peyton Randolph, the first president of the Continental Congress.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Randolph County Courthouse
176 East Salisbury St, Suite 201
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone: 336-328-3000
Randolph County Website

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913, marriage records from 1800 and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records, and probate records from 1786.

Randolph 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1800 1913 1786 1799 1786 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Many court records are missing.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1779 Randolph County was created from Guilford County.
  • County seat: Asheboro[4]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Archdale
  • Asheboro
  • Back Creek
  • Brower
  • Cedar Grove
  • Coleridge
  • Columbia
  • Concord
  • Farmer
  • Franklinville
  • Grant
  • Level Cross
  • Liberty
  • New Hope
  • New Market
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Providence
  • Randleman
  • Richland
  • Tabernacle
  • Trinity
  • Union

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Randolph 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 7,318
1800 9,234 26.2%
1810 10,112 9.5%
1820 11,331 12.1%
1830 12,406 9.5%
1840 12,875 3.8%
1850 15,832 23.0%
1860 16,793 6.1%
1870 17,551 4.5%
1880 20,836 18.7%
1890 25,195 20.9%
1900 28,232 12.1%
1910 29,491 4.5%
1920 30,856 4.6%
1930 36,259 17.5%
1940 44,554 22.9%
1950 50,804 14.0%
1960 61,497 21.0%
1970 76,358 24.2%
1980 91,728 20.1%
1990 106,546 16.2%
2000 130,454 22.4%
2010 141,752 8.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


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]

  • [German] German, John L. "Finding the Father of David German of North Carolina and Shelby County, Indiana," The American Genealogist, Vol. 68, No. 2 (Apr. 1993):87-94. Digital version at American Ancestors $

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The Randolph County, North Carolina, Register of Deeds has deed records dating back to 1779, viewable online at www.randrod.com There IS an overall index under the tab "Old Index Books" reaching back to 1775.

Preliminaries: The site recommends Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Firefox or any viewer is useable.

Select  “real estate records” then select “View Online Records.” (Or go directly to

Read the system requrements and click to acknowledge disclaimer and enter the site.

A Help tab suggests a tif viewer you may download.

Old records are under the tab “View Images”

In BOOK field enter 1 through 49. In PAGE field enter 0 to see the index, if a volume has one. Subsequent index pages are numbered 000b, 000c, etc. Or advance using the on-screen arrows. While viewing a page use “Open image in new window” to see high definition.

Searching tips:

Book 1: 1779-1793

Book 4: 1787-

Book 5: 1790-

6: 1773-

7: 1795-

8: 1798

9: 1800-1800

10: 1798-1821

11: 1804-1810

12: 1810-1815

13: 1806-1820

14: 1814-1824

15: 1822-1835

16: 1820-1826                    

17: 1826-1829

40: 1877-1878

41: 1878-

49: 1882-

The older books’ dates are orderly within each volume, but the dates of the volumes overlap.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Guilford CountyAlamance CountyChatham CountyMoore CountyMontgomery CountyDavidson CountyNC RANDOLPH.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Randolph 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 Randolph County:

- 2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry
- 1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company F
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company F
- 2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company A
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company D
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company I

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

  • Randolph County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 4394
    Asheboro, NC 27204
    Website Facebook
  • Randolph County Historical Society
    PO Box 4355
    Asheboro, NC 27204

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.
  2. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/randolph
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Randolph 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Randolph County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randolph_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 24 February 2020.
  6. "Sandy Creek Baptist Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:227-228. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.