Catawba County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Catawba County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Newton
Organized: December 12, 1842
Parent County(s): Lincoln[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alexander  • Burke  • Caldwell  • Cleveland  • Iredell  • Lincoln
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County Information

Description

Catawba County is located in the western portion of North Carolina and was named for the Catawba Indians.[2]

County Courthouse

Catawba County Courthouse
100 A Southwest Blvd
POBox 389
Newton, NC 28658-0389
Phone: 828-465-1573
Catawba County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1843.
Register of Deeds has marriage and land records.[3]

Catawba 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 1843 1913 1843 1837 1843 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

Many court records missing.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1842 Catawba County was formed 12 December 1842 from the northern section of Lincoln County.
  • County seat: Newton[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 MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Catawba County, North Carolina:

Newton was divided into 8 townships in 1868. Very few changes have been made in the township boundaries since that date. The townships are: Newton | Clines | Caldwell | Jacobs Fork | Mountain Creek | Bandys | Hickory Tavern (changed to Hickory) | Hamilton (changed to Catawba).

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Catawba 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

Lutheran

  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, near Startown, N.C. Organized before 1797.[6] Originally located in Lincoln.
  • St. John's Lutheran Church, near Conover, N.C. Organized before 1798.[7] Previously located in Lincoln.
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, near Conover, N.C. Organized before 1771.[8] Previously located in Tryon and Lincoln counties.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Catawba County

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Catawba County for European settlers included:[9]

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Catawba 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 Catawba County:

- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company A
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company C
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company E
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

County Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

  • Catawba County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2406
    Hickory, NC 28603-2406
    Website
  • Catawba County Historical Association
    PO Box 73
    Newton, NC 28658
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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/Catawba
  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), Catawba 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. "Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. "St. John's Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. "Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. 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.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.