Vance County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Vance 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: Henderson
Organized: 1881
Parent County(s): Granville, Warren, and Franklin[1]
Neighboring Counties
Franklin  • Granville  • Mecklenburg (VA)  • Warren
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Vance County was formed in 1881 from parts of Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren County. The county was named after the U.S. Senator Zebulon Baird Vance.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Vance County Courthouse
122 Young Street, Suite F
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-438-4155
Vance County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records.
Register of Deeds has marriage and land records.[2]

Vance 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 1881 1913 1881 1849 1881 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Adcock Crossroads
  • Bearpond
  • Bobbitt
  • Brookston
  • Bullocksville
  • Carlton
  • Cokesbury
  • Dabney
  • Drewry
  • Epsom
  • Faulkner Crossroads
  • Flint Hill
  • Floytan Crossroads
  • Gill
  • Gillburg
  • Greenway
  • Greystone
  • Harris Crossroads
  • Hicks Crossroads
  • Knotts Crossroads
  • Mobile
  • Steedsville
  • Townsville
  • Tungsten
  • Vicksboro
  • Watkins
  • Weldons Mill
  • West End
  • Williamsboro
  • Williamsborough
  • Woodworths
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 Vance 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.
1890 17,581
1900 16,684 −5.1%
1910 19,425 16.4%
1920 22,799 17.4%
1930 27,294 19.7%
1940 29,961 9.8%
1950 32,101 7.1%
1960 32,002 −0.3%
1970 32,691 2.2%
1980 36,748 12.4%
1990 38,892 5.8%
2000 42,954 10.4%
2010 45,422 5.7%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England

  • St. John's Parish, Williamsboro, N.C. Historical church building, established 1746, church building completed in 1773.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Vance County's Court system is in the District 9 jurisdiction.

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]

The Vance County Register of Deeds maintains land records back to the formation of the County in 1881. To obtain copies of these records:

  • Land Records, searchable online database for land records dating back to 1881.

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

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

Wills and Estate Records are maintained by the County Clerk of the Superior Court. Copies may be obtained by contacting their office at the following:

School Records[edit | edit source]


Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1771 Tax Lists, Vance County, 1771 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2 at Ancestry $

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vance County has a number of marriage records missing, reason unknown. They have Marriage Registers that cover 1881-1962; Marriage Licenses for 1897, 1902, 1911-1968; there is an Index to the Marriage Register, 1963-1969. North Carolina began requiring Birth and Death records in 1913; there are a number of Delayed Birth Certificates that were filed by those born prior to that date, and there are a few Death Certificates that go back as far as 1909.

Copies of Birth, Death and Marriage records can be obtained from:

Online Records

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 Vance 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 Vance County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Perry Memorial Library
205 Breckenridge Street
Henderson, NC 27536
Telephone 252-438-3316

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Vance County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

Vance County Historical Society
PO Box 2284
Henderson, NC 27536-2284

Websites[edit | edit source]

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. 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), Vance 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, "Vance County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 29 February 2020.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at