Lincoln County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Lincoln County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1778
County Seat Lincolnton
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  North Carolina  Gotoarrow.png  Lincoln County

County Courthouse

Lincoln County Courthouse
115 W Main Street P O Box 218
Lincolnton, NC 28093
Phone: 704-736-8534

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and burial and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1920
and probate records from 1869[1]Lincoln was formed from Tyron Count 14 Apr 1778


Parent County

1778--Lincoln County was created 14 April 1778 from Tryon County. Tryon County was abolished in 1779.
County seat: Lincolnton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Many records are missing, reason unknown.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Lincoln County for European settlers included:[3]


Civil War

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

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




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lincoln County, North Carolina. Page 510 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. 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.

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