Burke County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Burke County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1777
County Seat Morganton
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County Courthouse

Burke County, North Carolina
201 S Green Street
P O Box 219
Morganton, NC 28680
Phone: 828-438-5450

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage, land and military discharge records from 1865;
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1865[1]

Burke was formed from Rowan 8 Apr 1777


Parent County

1777--Burke County was created 8 April 1777 from Rowan County. County seat: Morganton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1865--Many court records and most land records burned by Federal troops.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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

Church Records

  • Catawbo River. Constituted 1785.[3]




Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Burke County for European settlers included:[4]


Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.
-6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry




Vital Records



  • Burke County Marriages - search on the website of the Burke County Register of Deeds
  • North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979 - search this database of marriages from across the state - images included; via FamilySearch
  • Burke County marriages - may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register & State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
  • Burke County Marriages 1774-1854 North Carolina Pioneers
  • North Carolina Marriages to 1799, a database, available to members North Carolina Pioneers


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burke County, North Carolina p. 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. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:562. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. 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.