Rutherford County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Rutherford 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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Rutherford County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Facts
Founded 1779
County Seat Rutherfordton
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Rutherford County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1913
1774
1790
1768
1782


Rutherford County Court
229 N Main Street P O Box 551
Rutherforton, NC 28139-0630
Phone: 828-287-6155

Courthouse burned in 1857
Clerk Superor Courtt has birth records from 1917
death records from 1913
marriage dirvorce probate court and land records from 1779
tax lists and voter registration[1]

Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 551
Rutherfordton, NC 28043
Phone: 828-287-6156
Fax: 828-287-6470
Website

Clerk Superior Court
229 N Main St Ste 203
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: (828) 288-6100

History

Parent County

1779--Rutherford County was created from Tryon County. Tyron County was abolished in 1779.
County seat: Rutherfordton [2]

Boundary Changes

After Rutherford County's initial creation in 1779, there have been some distinct changes made to the boundaries.

In 1791, a small portion of the west sides of Rutherford and Burke County created Buncombe County.

In 1841, about a third of the county on the east side, as well as western side of the neighboring Lincoln county, were formed into Cleveland County.

The year following that, 1842, a small portion of the northern side of Rutherford county and half of the neighboring County of Burke was taken to make McDowell County.

In 1855, the southwestern side of the county was formed into Polk County.

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

1907--Fire burned courthouse

Places/Localities

Populated Places

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.

Census

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

Church Records

Baptist
  • Bill's Creek. Constituted 1782.[3]
  • Buffalow Creek. Constituted 1777.[3]
  • Green River. Constituted 1778.[3]
  • Mountain Creek. Constituted 1789.[3]
  • Sandy Run. Constituted 1788.[3]
Presbyterian
  • Brittain Church, Rutherfordton, N.C. Organized 1768.[4] Originally located in Tryon County.

Court

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • "Notes on a Proctor Family of Northeastern Rutherford Co., N.C.," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 38, No. 3 (August 2010):102-110. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 38

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Rutherford County for European settlers included:[5]

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 16th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
- 16th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 16th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company N
- 1st Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B
- 1st Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company C
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G
World War I
World War II

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County
PO Box 938
Forest City, NC 28043


Rutherford County Library
255 Callahan Koon Rd.
Spindale NC 28169
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), Rutherford County, North Carolina. Page 512 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:568. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. "Brittain Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. 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.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.