Carteret County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Carteret County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Carteret County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1722
County Seat Beaufort
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  North Carolina  Gotoarrow.png  Carteret County

County Courthouse

Carteret County Courthouse
Cateret Count Courthouse Square
Beaufort, NC 28516
Phone: 252-728-8474

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, Probate and court records[1]


Parent County

1722--Carteret County was created in 1722 from Craven County. County seat: Beaufort [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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

Church Records

  • Hadnor's Creek aka Hadnot's Creek. Constituted 1789.[3]
  • Newport River aka Newport and North River. Constituted 1778.[3]
Church of England
  • St. John's Parish. Established 1742. Vestry minutes begin 1742.[4]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Harker's Island



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


Family Histories

  • [Middleton] Brown, Leslie H. "John Middleton of Hampton, Va., and Onslow County, N.C.," The American Genealogist, Vol. 55, No. 3 (Jul. 1979):161-162. FHL 973 D25aga v. 55


Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Carteret County.

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

Civil War Confederate units

Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry




Vital Records


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Blog Posts


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carteret 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. 3.0 3.1 Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at St Paul's Seminary website; George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:491-492, 2:561-562. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. Robert J. Cain, ed., The Church of England in North Carolina: Documents, 1699-1741 (Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1999), 432. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)