Camden County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Camden County

Guide to Camden 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: Camden
Organized: 8 April 1777
Parent County(s): Pasquotank[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chesapeake County, Virginia  • Currituck  • Gates  • Pasquotank
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County Information


Camden County is located in the Eastern portion of North Carolina and shares a border with Virginia. It was named for Sir Charles Pratt, Earl of Camden, in gratitude for the support he gave to the colonists[2].

County Courthouse

Camden County Courthouse
Hwy 343 P O Box 190
Camden, NC 27921
Phone: 919-335-4077
Camden County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce Court records from 1896
Probate Recordsfrom 1912;[3]

Camden County, North Carolina Record Dates

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 1848 1913 1896 1739 1912 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

Several records destroyed in fire with many others missing.

Boundary Changes

  • 1777-Camden County was created 8 April 1777 from Pasquotank County.
  • County seat: Camden[5]

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

The following are locations in Camden County, North Carolina:

The County consists of three Townships:

  • Courthouse
  • Shiloh
  • South Mills

History Timeline

Camden County was formed in 1777 from the northeastern part of Pasquotank County. It was named for Charles Pratt, 1st Lord Camden, who had opposed the Stamp Act. The county is the site of the southern terminus of the Dismal Swamp Canal and was the location of the Battle of South Mills on April 19, 1862 during the American Civil War which brought a minor victory to the Confederacy.


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Camden 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

Church Records


  • Camden. Constituted 1757.[6]
  • Sawyer's Creek. Established by 1790.[6]
  • Shiloh, Camden, N.C. Established 1729.[6][7] Formerly located in Pasquotank.


  • McBride Church. Originally Church of England (since 1733); obtained by Methodists in 1792.[8]

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Camden County


Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Camden 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 Camden County:

- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company M

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battle was fought in Camden County:

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records

County Records


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.




  • Albemarle Genealogical Society
    142 Waterlily Road
    Coinjock, NC 27923
  • Family Research Society of Northeastern NC
    PO Box 1425
    Elizabeth City, NC 27906-1425


Research Guides


  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.
  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), Camden 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. 6.0 6.1 6.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:487, 492; 2:562. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  7. J.R.B. Hathaway, "The Earliest Baptist Congregation Organized in North Carolina," The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr. 1900):283. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  8. "McBride Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at