Wilson County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Wilson 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: Wilson
Organized: February 13, 1855
Parent County(s): Edgecombe, Nash, Johnston, and Wayne[1]
Neighboring Counties
Edgecombe  • Greene  • Johnston  • Nash  • Pitt  • Wayne
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Colonel Louis D. Wilson, U.S. Volunteers, who died of fever while on leave from the state senate during the Mexican–American War. It is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wilson County Courthouse
115 E. Nash Street
PO Box 1608
Wilson, NC 27894
Wilson County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records.
Clerk of Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1868 and probate records from 1855.[3]

Wilson 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 1855 1913 1868 1836 1855 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Some of the early records are missing.

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

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 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
  • Rock Ridge
  • Black Creek
  • Cross Roads
  • Gardners
  • Old Fields
  • Saratoga
  • Springhill
  • Stantonsburg
  • Taylors
  • Toisnot
  • Wilson

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • Bible Records at North Carolina Digital Archives - index and image

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Wilson 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 9,720
1870 12,258 26.1%
1880 16,064 31.0%
1890 18,644 16.1%
1900 23,596 26.6%
1910 28,269 19.8%
1920 36,813 30.2%
1930 44,914 22.0%
1940 50,219 11.8%
1950 54,506 8.5%
1960 57,716 5.9%
1970 57,486 −0.4%
1980 63,132 9.8%
1990 66,061 4.6%
2000 73,814 11.7%
2010 81,234 10.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


First Christian

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]

African American[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Scuffalong: Lineage of Lisa Y. Henderson's ancestors, Wilson County, North Carolina

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Nash CountyEdgecombe CountyPitt CountyGreene CountyWayne CountyJohnston CountyNC WILSON.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Wilson 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 Wilson County:

- 1st Regiment, Heavy Artillery (African Descent)
- 1st Regiment, Infantry
- 1st Regiment, Infantry (African Descent)
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 2nd Regiment Mounted Infantry
- 2nd Regiment Infantry (African Descent)
- 3rd Regiment Infantry (African Descent)
- 3rd Regiment Mounted Infantry
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 4th Regiment5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company E
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company B
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company H
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company H
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G

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

Wilson County Library
Two branch locations:

East Branch Library
1006-C Ward Blvd
Wilson, NC 27893
Telephone 252-237-2627

249 Nash Street W
Wilson, NC 27893
Telephone 252-237-5355

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Black Wide Awake
Email blackwideawake@gmail.com

Wilson County Genealogical Society
PO Box 802
Wilson, NC 27894-0802

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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_County,_North_Carolina on 3/27/2019
  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), Wilson 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, "Wilson County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 2 March 2020.
  7. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990; "Toisnot Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. "Toisnot Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.