Durham County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Durham County

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

This article is about a county in North Carolina. For other uses, see Durham (disambiguation)
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County Facts
County seat: Durham
Organized: February 28, 1881
Parent County(s): Orange, Wake[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chatham  • Granville  • Orange  • Person  • Wake
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County Information

Description

Durham County is located in central North Carolina and was named for Dr. Bartlett Durham who sold 4 acres of land to create the Town of Durham, County seat of Durham, North Carolina.[2]

County Courthouse

Durham County Courthouse
200 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: 919-560-0480
Durham County Website

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records.
Register of Deeds has marriage and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1881.[3]

Durham 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 1881 1913 1881 1881 1875 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 28 February 1881 Durham County was created from Orange and Wake Counties.
  • County seat: Durham[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 Durham County, North Carolina:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Durham 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

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African American

  • Carolina Times . 400+ issues available online from 1937-1950 of this African-American newspaper (DigitalNC)

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Durham County

Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

County Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Yearbooks

Tax Records

Vital Records

  • Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered for a small fee from the Register of Deeds.

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

  • Duke Special Collections Library
    Website

Museums

Societies

  • Durham – Orange Genealogical Society
    PO Box 4703
    Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703
    Website

Websites

  • NCGenWeb: Durham County genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project
  • 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

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/Durham
  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), Durham 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. 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.


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