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Transylvania County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Transylvania 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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Transylvania County, North Carolina
Map
Map of North Carolina highlighting Transylvania County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1861
County Seat Brevard
Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Transylvania County is located in the Southwestern portion of North Carolina and shares a border with South Carolina. Representative Joseph P. Jordan, who was born on a farm in Transylvania, introduced a bill to the North Carolina House of Commons to establish a new county and he chose the name Transylvania from Latin words meaning "over the trees" or "across the woods"[1].

Transylvania County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1861 1913 1861 1861 1861 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.


Transvylvania County Courthouse
12 E Main St P O box 417
Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: 828-884-3162

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage and land records from 1861 and military records
Clerk Superior  Court has divorce, probate and court records[3]

Register of Deeds
20 East Morgan Street, Suite 2
Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: 828-884-3162
Fax: 828-877-3118
Website

Clerk Superior Court
7 E Main St
Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: (828) 885-3000

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1861--Transylvania County was created from Henderson and Jackson Counties.
County seat: Brevard [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

From 1789-1820, there was a boundary dispute between North Carolina and Georgia for a county known as Walton County. It was located in what is now Transylvania County, North Carolina, and the dispute was serious enough that the two states  dispatched their militias in what was known as Walton's War. See copy of Map under below collections. Read more about Walton's War.

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[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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
Internment
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Church[edit | edit source]

County Records[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • Several NC state business directories are available online.  Visit this list of directories, open the directory, and navigate to Transylvania County.  Directories include information on area businesses and citizens.

Education[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company A
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company H
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]

Transylvania Genealogical Society
189 West Main St.
PO Box 2347
Brevard, NC 28712
Website

Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society
PO Box 2122
Asheville, NC 28802-2122

Transylvania County Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 2061
Brevard, NC 28712
website



Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.main.nc.us/transylvania/history.html
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Transylvania 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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Transylvania County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.