Catawba County, North Carolina Genealogy

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


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Catawba County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Facts
Founded 1842
County Seat Newton
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Catawba County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1913
1842
1913
1850
1842
1842

Catawba County Courthouse
100 A Southwest Blvd
P O Box 389
Newton, NC 28658-0389
Phone: 828-465-1573


Clerk Superior Courtt has divorce, probate and court records from 1843
Register of Deeds has marriage and land records[1]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 65
Newton, NC 28658
Telephone: 828-465-1573
Fax: 828-465-1911
Website

Clerk of Superior Court
Catawba Co Justice Ctr
PO Box 790
Newton, NC 28658
Telephone: (828) 695-6100t

History

Parent County

1842--Catawba County was formed 12 December 1842 from the northern section of Lincoln County.
County seat: Newton [2]

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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

Many court records missing.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

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).

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Cemeteries

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

The Catawba County Genealogical Society has published several helpful volumes of cemetery records and marriage records. Researchers will find their webpage within the Catawba County NCGenWeb site helpful.

Census

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

Church Records

Lutheran
  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, near Startown, N.C. Organized before 1797.[3] Originally located in Lincoln County.
  • St. John's Lutheran Church, near Conover, N.C. Organized before 1798.[4] Previously located in Lincoln County.
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, near Conover, N.C. Organized before 1771.[5] Previously located in Tryon and Lincoln counties.

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

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

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 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

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Deaths
Divorce
Marriages

Societies and Library

Catawba County Genealogical Society
PO Box 2406
Hickory, NC 28603-2406
Website

Catawba County Historical Association
PO Box 73
Newton, NC 28658
Website


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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Catawba County, North Carolina. Page 507 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. "Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  4. "St. John's Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. "Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.