Bertie County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Bertie County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Bertie County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1722
County Seat Windsor
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County Information


Bertie County is located in the Northeastern portion of North Carolina and was named for James and Henry Bertie to whom King Charles II granted tracts of land in the New World called "Carolina"[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Bertie County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Bertie County, North Carolina
108 W Dundee Street 
Windsor, NR 27983-1208

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records,
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1869
& probate records from 1763[2]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 340
Windsor, NC 27910
Telephone: 252-794-5309
Fax: 252.794.5374

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 370
Windsor, NC 27983
Telephone: (252) 794-6800


Parent County

The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River. It was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or perhaps both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

In 1729 parts of Bertie Precinct, Chowan Precinct, Currituck Precinct, and Pasquotank Precinct of Albemarle County were combined to form Tyrrell Precinct. With the abolition of Albemarle County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became separate counties. In 1741 parts of Bertie County became Edgecombe County and Northampton County. Finally, in 1759 parts of Bertie County, Chowan County, and Northampton County were combined to form Hertford County, and Bertie was reduced to its present size.

1722--Bertie County was created 2 August 1722 from Chowan County. County seat:  Windsor [3]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Bertie County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records

  • Cashie, near Windsor, N.C. Constituted 1771.[4] Minutes vol. 1 (1791-1832) online.
  • Joshua Freeman's, near Wiccacon. Established by 1786.[4]
  • Sandy Run. Constituted 1773.[4]
  • Wiccacon on the Chowan River. Established by 1772.[4]
  • Wickicoan Creek. Established 1789.[4]
Church of England
  • Northwest Parish. Established by 1741.[5]
  • Society Parish. Established 1722.[5]

County Records


Family Histories


  • Boddie Leary, Helen F.M. "The Two William Boddies of North Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Jan. 1991):16-29; Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr. 1991):106-110; Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul. 1991):148-153. Available at FHL.


Local Histories




Early migration routes to and from Bertie County for European settlers included:[6]


Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Bertie County, North Carolina Genealogy 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 Bertie County, North Carolina Genealogy:

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.
-5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company H
- 3rd Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery, Company E
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company D
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company F
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company I
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
World War I
World War II



Online Probate Records



Vital Records 



Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

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  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bertie County, North Carolina p. 506. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:475, 485, 488; 2:561. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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, 501. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at