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Columbus County, North Carolina Genealogy

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

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County Facts
County seat: Whiteville
Organized: December 15, 1808
Parent County(s): Bladen, Brunswick[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bladen  • Brunswick  • Dillon (SC)  • Horry (SC)  • Pender  • Robeson
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

Columbus County is located in the south-central portion of North Carolina and shares a border with South Carolina. It was named for explorer Christopher Columbus.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

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

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, probate records from 1817.[3]

Columbus County, North Carolina Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1867 1913 1868 1802 1817 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1808 Columbus County was created 15 December 1808 from Bladen and Brunswick Counties.
  • County seat: Whiteville[5]

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.

Populated PlacesEdit

The following are locations in Columbus County, North Carolina:

History TimelineEdit

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.

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Columbus County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information

 

Census RecordsEdit

Church RecordsEdit

Baptist

  • White Marsh Established about 1765.[6] Previously located in Bladen.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Dulah
  • Tabor City Branch
  • Whiteville Branch

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

Bibliography

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

  • Columbus County Register of Deeds
    125 Washington St., Suite B
    PO 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.
  • Columbus County Online Real Estate Lookup Search

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Columbus County

MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Columbus County 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 Columbus County:

- 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

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

County Records

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

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.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Old New Hanover Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2536
    Wilmington, NC 28402-2536
    Website

WebsitesEdit

  • USGenWeb Project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • NCGenWeb Columbus County
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/columbus
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Columbus 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.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. 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 archive.org; 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.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.