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Guide to Columbus County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Columbus County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Columbus County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1808
County Seat Whiteville
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Columbus County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Columbus County Courthouse
612 North Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: 910-640-6225

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage records from 1867 and  land records
clerk  superior court  has divorce and court records from 1868
prorobate records from 1817[1]



Columbus County was named for Christopher Columbus. It was formed in 1808 from land that was originally part of Bladen and Brunswick Counties. Bordering counties are Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Robeson, Dillon County, SC and Horry County, SC.

The county has several important geographical features including Lake Waccamaw, the largest natural lake between New York and Florida, the Waccamaw and Lumber Rivers which link this area to South Carolina and the coastal town of Georgetown, and the Cape Fear River which provides access to the port city of Wilmington.

Parent County

1808--Columbus County was created 15 December 1808 from Bladen and Brunswick Counties.
County seat: Whiteville [2]

Boundary Changes

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

For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





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

Church Records

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Dulah
  • Tabor City Branch
  • Whiteville Branch



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]


Register of Deeds
125 Washington St. Suite B
P.O. Box 1086
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 640-6625

The Register of Deeds Office records all land transactions, birth, deaths, and marriages that occur in Columbus County.

Online Real Estate Lookup Search

Local Histories



Civil War

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

- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B
:- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain David Callihan's Company
:- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Neill McNeill's Company




Vital Records

County records are available from the Columbus County Register of Deeds.  Uncertified copies of records are $.25. 


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Columbus 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. 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), 1:319, 326. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.

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