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Infobox U.S. County | county = Mecklenburg County | adoption_sign = Adoption NCGenWeb
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Mecklenburg_County,_North_Carolina|Mecklenburg County]]''
  
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Guide to '''Mecklenburg County North Carolina genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
<center>County Coordinator<br>'''[http://www.ncgenweb.us/mecklenburg/ Mecklenburg Co. NCGenWeb]'''</center>
 
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''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[North Carolina]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Mecklenburg_County,_North_Carolina|Mecklenburg County]]'' [[Image:430px-James Buchanan Duke House, 400 Hermitage, Charlotte (Mecklenburg, North Carolina).jpg|right|129x180px]]{{
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Mecklenburg County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption NCGenWeb
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| custom_text = <center>County Coordinator<br>'''[http://www.ncgenweb.us/mecklenburg/ Mecklenburg Co. NCGenWeb]'''</center>
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| state = North Carolina
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| founded year = 1762
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[[Image:John Oliver Cabin, Cades Cove.jpg|thumb|right|John Oliver Cabin, Cades Cove.jpg]] <br>
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.nccourts.org/county/mecklenburg/default.asp Mecklenburg County&nbsp;Courthouse&nbsp;]<br>720 E 4th Street<br>Charlotte, NC 28202-2835<br>Phone: 704-336-2443<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913<br>marriage records from 1850 and land from 1763<br>Clerk Superiro Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1930<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Page 511 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1762'''--Mecklenburg County was created 3 November 1762&nbsp;from [[Anson County, North Carolina|Anson ]]County. It was named for the German homeland of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Streliz, the wife of King George III.&nbsp;<ref>The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, www.cmstory.org</ref><br>'''County seat''': Charlotte <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1762'''--Mecklenburg County was created 3 November 1762&nbsp;from [[Anson County, North Carolina|Anson ]]County. It was named for the German homeland of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Streliz, the wife of King George III.&nbsp;<ref>The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, www.cmstory.org</ref>  
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<blockquote>"In North Germany are two little duchies that go by the name of Mecklenburg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. From Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in the year 1761, went a young princess to be the wife of George the Third and Queen of England, and her name was Charlotte. The marriage was a popular one and there was great rejoicing in England, and after a while the news of it reached the Piedmont section of North Carolina, where the people were just about to make two counties out of one. The name of the old county was Anson, named for Admiral Anson whose good ship carried the young princess, Charlotte, to England. The new county was named Mecklenburg in honor of the queen who had come from old Mecklenburg, in Germany, and to do her still more honor, they called their town Charlotte.”<ref>Daniel Augustus Tompkins, History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte from 1740 to 1903 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1903], 28-32; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/ : accessed 20 April 2013).</ref> </blockquote>
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<br> '''County seat''': Charlotte <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''Parent Jurisdictions''':
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
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According to John Brevard Alexander, much of the boundary of Mecklenburg was marked off in 1762, leaving room to the north for further expansion and growth. In the years following, settlement was primarily from Maryland and Pennsylvania with a few settlers arriving from Ireland and Germany.&nbsp;<ref>John Brevard Alexander, The History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 to 1900 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1902]; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/ : accessed 20 April 2013).</ref>
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In 1768 a bill was proposed and subsequently passed to divide Mecklenburg county into two counties; Mecklenberg County and St. Martin's Parish, and Tyron County and St. Thomas' Parish. In 1792 and 1842, respectively, Cabarrus county and Union county divided from Mecklenburg.<ref>Daniel Augustus Tompkins, History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte from 1740 to 1903 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1903], 28-32; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/ : accessed 20 April 2013).</ref>
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For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/northcarolina/ "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/nc-counties.html#courthouse North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses]
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
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*[http://charmeck.org/Pages/default.aspx Charlotte]  
 
*[http://charmeck.org/Pages/default.aspx Charlotte]  
*[http://www.cornelius.org/ Cornelius]<br>
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*[http://www.cornelius.org/ Cornelius]<br>  
 
*[http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/ Davidson]  
 
*[http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/ Davidson]  
 
*[http://www.huntersville.org/ Huntersville]  
 
*[http://www.huntersville.org/ Huntersville]  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Ncmecklenburg.png|thumb|right|400px]]
  
 
==== African-Americans  ====
 
==== African-Americans  ====
  
*[http://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.familysearch.org%2Fs%2Fcollection%2Fshow%23uri%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fsearch-api%3A8080%2Fsearchapi%2Fsearch%2Fcollection%2F1417695%26hash%3DMrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%25252B82PRagg%25253D&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFFlH4nhQqbTylHYID8t20qJbCVPw Freedman Bank Records, 1865-1874] - search this freely available database for bank records of African-American individuals. This database includes records from all 29 branches of the bank. North Carolina bank locations included Wilmington, Raleigh &amp; New Bern.
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*[http://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.familysearch.org%2Fs%2Fcollection%2Fshow%23uri%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fsearch-api%3A8080%2Fsearchapi%2Fsearch%2Fcollection%2F1417695%26hash%3DMrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%25252B82PRagg%25253D&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFFlH4nhQqbTylHYID8t20qJbCVPw Freedman Bank Records, 1865-1874] - search this freely available database for bank records of African-American individuals. This database includes records from all 29 branches of the bank. North Carolina bank locations included Wilmington, Raleigh &amp; New Bern.  
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*[http://www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/survey/view_collection.php?coll_id=2747 African American Community Photograph Collection] - The North Carolina Room at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Charlotte, NC) houses a collection of over 1500 photographs detailing the African American experience in Charlotte. &nbsp;
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1710 Mecklenburg County Cemeteries] - via Find-A-Grave  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1710 Mecklenburg County Cemeteries] - via Find-A-Grave  
 
*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/meck/index.htm Mecklenburg County Cemeteries] - via Cemetery Census  
 
*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/meck/index.htm Mecklenburg County Cemeteries] - via Cemetery Census  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/mecklenburg.html Meckenburg County Cemeteries] - via the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/mecklenburg.html Meckenburg County Cemeteries] - via the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=72527 Evergreen Cemetery, Charlotte] via BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148570 Morning Star Lutheran Cemetery, Clear Creek] via BillionGraves.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158920 Wilson Grove Baptist Cemetery, Clear Creek] via BillionGraves
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgcensus.html Census Transcriptions] - via the Mecklenburg County NCGenWeb Archives
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgcensus.html Census Transcriptions] - via the Mecklenburg County NCGenWeb Archives
  
==== Church  ====
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{{Census|North Carolina}}
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==== Church Records ====
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===== Presbyterian  =====
  
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bruckner/bethel_meck/menu.html Bethel Presbyterian Church] - family history &amp; genealogy of these church families. Church is located in Cornelius.&nbsp;
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*'''[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bruckner/bethel_meck/menu.html Bethel Presbyterian Church]''' - family history &amp; genealogy of these church families. Church is located in Cornelius.  
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*'''Philadelphia Presbyterian Church,''' Mint Hill, N.C. Organized 1770.<ref>"Philadelphia Presbyterian Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref>
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*'''Steele Creek Church,''' Charlotte, N.C. Organized before 1760.<ref>"Steele Creek Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref>
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgcourt.html Court Transcriptions] - via the Mecklenburg County NCGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgcourt.html Court Transcriptions] - via the Mecklenburg County NCGenWeb Archives  
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*[http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/courts/Pages/default.aspx Mecklenburg County Courts]&nbsp;
  
 
==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Tompkins, Daniel Augustus. ''History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte: From 1740 to 1903'', 2 vols. Charlotte, North Carolina: Observer Printing House, 1903-1904. Available at {{FHL|192976|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital versions of Vol. 1 at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH19,9638 BYU Family History Archives] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=z3IlAAAAMAAJ Google&nbsp;Books] (full-view) and&nbsp;of Vol. 2 at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH19,225 BYU Family History Archives] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=w8olAAAAMAAJ Google Books] (full-view).
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*Tompkins, Daniel Augustus. ''History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte: From 1740 to 1903'', 2 vols. Charlotte, North Carolina: Observer Printing House, 1903-1904. Available at {{FSbook|87554}}; {{FHL|192976|title-id|disp=FHL}}; Vol. 1 and [http://books.google.com/books?id=z3IlAAAAMAAJ Google&nbsp;Books] (full-view) and&nbsp;of Vol. 2 at {{FSbook|87531}}; and [http://books.google.com/books?id=w8olAAAAMAAJ Google Books] (full-view).
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*John Brevard Alexander, The History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 to 1900 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1902]; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/&nbsp;: accessed 20 April 2013).
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.  
 
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, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.]]  
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*[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment.|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.]]  
:-[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
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*[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment.|1st Regiment]][[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
:-[[7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
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*[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment]][[7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
:-[[11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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*[[7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|7th Regiment]][[11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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===== Vietnam War  =====
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*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/mecklenburg/vietnam-war-casualties/ Vietnam War Casualties], via NCGenWeb, indexing by Ron Yates
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgnews.html Misc. Newspaper transcriptions] - various years, user submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgnews.html Misc. Newspaper transcriptions] - various years, user submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
*[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH42&CISOPTR=53651&REC=14 Real estate and legal notices from Charlotte, North Carolina, newspapers, 1835-1847, Vol. 1. 1835-1847]  
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*Real estate and legal notices from Charlotte, North Carolina, newspapers, 1835-1847, Vol. 1. 1835-1847] Digital version at {{FSbook|63848}}
*[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH42&CISOPTR=63746&REC=15 Real estate and legal notices from Charlotte, North Carolina, newspapers, 1835-1847, Vol. 2. 1848-1862]
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*Real estate and legal notices from Charlotte, North Carolina, newspapers, 1835-1847, Vol. 2. 1848-1862; Digital version at {{FSbook|63825}}
 
*Death notices from the Mecklenburg Jeffersonian, Charlotte, N.C., 1841-1849 an index - compiled by Rose L. Grantham and Carol Haywood [[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1209701 Family History Library]| [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/10256679 WorldCat]]  
 
*Death notices from the Mecklenburg Jeffersonian, Charlotte, N.C., 1841-1849 an index - compiled by Rose L. Grantham and Carol Haywood [[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1209701 Family History Library]| [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/10256679 WorldCat]]  
 
*Death notices from the Western Democrat, Charlotte, N.C., 1853-1870 an index - compiled by Carol Haywood and Rose L. Grantham [[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1209704 Family History Library]| [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/10179085 WorldCat]]  
 
*Death notices from the Western Democrat, Charlotte, N.C., 1853-1870 an index - compiled by Carol Haywood and Rose L. Grantham [[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1209704 Family History Library]| [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/10179085 WorldCat]]  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
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*'''Pre-1790''' - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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*'''1763-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to Z and 1 to 28 (1763-1965)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgwills.html Will &amp; Estate records] - transcribed and submitted by volunteers to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgwills.html Will &amp; Estate records] - transcribed and submitted by volunteers to the NCGenWeb Archives  
*[http://archives.ncdcr.gov/records_county.htm Mecklenburg County Wills] - index list of names of wills held by the NC State Library. &nbsp;When you go to the page, scroll down to the list of wills from Mecklenburg County.
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*[http://archives.ncdcr.gov/records_county.htm Mecklenburg County Wills] - index list of names of wills held by the NC State Library. &nbsp;When you go to the page, scroll down to the list of wills from Mecklenburg County.  
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*[https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22462-4673-22?cc=1916185&wc=MM19-9PW:n172693675#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM19-9LB%3An905001435%3Fcc%3D1916185 NC County Records 1833-1970: Mecklenburg]&nbsp; - from FamilySearch, collection includes images of Estate Records and Guardianships
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==== Research Guides  ====
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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/NorthCarolina.pdf Family History Library Research Outline, North Carolina]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964] - search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964] - search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch  
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*[http://meckrod.manatron.com/Birth/SearchEntry.aspx Birth Certificate Search] -- from the Register of Deeds<br>
  
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===== Marriage/Divorces<br> =====
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgmarriages.html Mecklenburg County marriages A-K] &nbsp;- various years; submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgmarriages.html Mecklenburg County marriages A-K] &nbsp;- various years; submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgmarriages2.html Mecklenburg County marriages L-Z] - various years; submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgmarriages2.html Mecklenburg County marriages L-Z] - various years; submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675484&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979] - search this database of marriages from across the state - images included; via FamilySearch  
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*'''1850-1960''' - Mecklenburg County Marriage Index 1850-1960 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.</ref>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1726957 North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979] - search this database of marriages from across the state - images included; via FamilySearch  
 
*[http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOBOX1=N.C.+Family+Records+Collection&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOOP2=all&CISOBOX2=broughton,+carrie+l.,+1879-1957.&CISOFIELD2=creato&CISOROOT=all&t=s Mecklenburg County marriages ]- may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register &amp; State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.  
 
*[http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOBOX1=N.C.+Family+Records+Collection&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOOP2=all&CISOBOX2=broughton,+carrie+l.,+1879-1957.&CISOFIELD2=creato&CISOROOT=all&t=s Mecklenburg County marriages ]- may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register &amp; State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.  
*[http://www.cmstory.org/divorces/ Mecklenburg County Divorces, 1846-1969] - index includes the&nbsp;name of the plaintiff, the defendant and the year of the divorce;&nbsp;created by the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County
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*[http://www.cmstory.org/divorces/ Mecklenburg County Divorces, 1846-1969] - index includes the&nbsp;name of the plaintiff, the defendant and the year of the divorce;&nbsp;created by the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County  
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*Mecklenburg County Marriages 1786-1863. [http://northcarolinapioneers.com/counties/countymecklenburg.html North Carolina Pioneers]&nbsp;($)
  
 
===== Deaths  =====
 
===== Deaths  =====
  
*[http://meckrod.manatron.com/ Death Certificate Search, 1991-present] -- from the Register of Deeds  
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*[http://meckrod.manatron.com/ Death Certificate Search]&nbsp;-- from the Register of Deeds  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgobits.html Obituaries, A-K] - obits submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgobits.html Obituaries, A-K] - obits submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgobits2.html Obituaries, L-Z] - obits submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/mecklenburgobits2.html Obituaries, L-Z] - obits submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives  
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*Johnson C. Smith University: [http://goo.gl/S30Uc 1929-2008]  
 
*Johnson C. Smith University: [http://goo.gl/S30Uc 1929-2008]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ybook/resultlist.php?county=mecklenburg&state=NC Mecklenburg County students at NC colleges] - via the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ybook/resultlist.php?county=mecklenburg&state=NC Mecklenburg County students at NC colleges] - via the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncschgs Steele Creek Historical &amp; Genealogical Society]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncschgs Steele Creek Historical &amp; Genealogical Society]  
 
*[http://www.plcmc.org/ Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County]  
 
*[http://www.plcmc.org/ Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County]  
*[http://library.uncc.edu/ J. Murray Atkins Library] - at UNC-Charlotte
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*[http://library.uncc.edu/ J. Murray Atkins Library] - at UNC-Charlotte  
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*[http://www.meckdec.org/ Mecklenburg Historical Association]
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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== Web Sites  ==
 
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/nc/mecklenburg/ NCGenWeb: Mecklenburg County] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
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Guide to Mecklenburg County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
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Founded 1762
County Seat Charlotte
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County Courthouse

Mecklenburg County Courthouse 
720 E 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2835
Phone: 704-336-2443

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage records from 1850 and land from 1763
Clerk Superiro Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1930[1] 

History

Parent County

1762--Mecklenburg County was created 3 November 1762 from Anson County. It was named for the German homeland of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Streliz, the wife of King George III. [2]

"In North Germany are two little duchies that go by the name of Mecklenburg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. From Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in the year 1761, went a young princess to be the wife of George the Third and Queen of England, and her name was Charlotte. The marriage was a popular one and there was great rejoicing in England, and after a while the news of it reached the Piedmont section of North Carolina, where the people were just about to make two counties out of one. The name of the old county was Anson, named for Admiral Anson whose good ship carried the young princess, Charlotte, to England. The new county was named Mecklenburg in honor of the queen who had come from old Mecklenburg, in Germany, and to do her still more honor, they called their town Charlotte.”[3]


County seat: Charlotte [4]


Parent Jurisdictions:

Boundary Changes

According to John Brevard Alexander, much of the boundary of Mecklenburg was marked off in 1762, leaving room to the north for further expansion and growth. In the years following, settlement was primarily from Maryland and Pennsylvania with a few settlers arriving from Ireland and Germany. [5]

In 1768 a bill was proposed and subsequently passed to divide Mecklenburg county into two counties; Mecklenberg County and St. Martin's Parish, and Tyron County and St. Thomas' Parish. In 1792 and 1842, respectively, Cabarrus county and Union county divided from Mecklenburg.[6]

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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African-Americans

  • Freedman Bank Records, 1865-1874 - search this freely available database for bank records of African-American individuals. This database includes records from all 29 branches of the bank. North Carolina bank locations included Wilmington, Raleigh & New Bern.
  • African American Community Photograph Collection - The North Carolina Room at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Charlotte, NC) houses a collection of over 1500 photographs detailing the African American experience in Charlotte.  

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church Records

Presbyterian
  • Bethel Presbyterian Church - family history & genealogy of these church families. Church is located in Cornelius.
  • Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, Mint Hill, N.C. Organized 1770.[7]
  • Steele Creek Church, Charlotte, N.C. Organized before 1760.[8]

Court

Directories

  • Charlotte Historical Directories - a handful of area directories from the 1800s; provided by the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County
  • Several NC state business directories are available online. Visit this list of directories, open the directory, and navigate to Mecklenburg County. Directories include information on area businesses and citizens.

Family Histories

Bibliography

  • [Morrison] Morrison, Janet and Marie Morrison. "Twelve Things We've Learned While Compiling the Rocky River Morrison Genealogies," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2819. Available at FHL.
  • [Morrison] Morrison, Janet and Marie Morrison. Descendants of John (1725?-1777) & Mary (1732-1781) Morrison of Rocky River. Reviewed in Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2830. Available at FHL.
  • [Morrison] Morrison, Janet and Marie Morrison. Descendants of James (1726-1804) and Jennet (1735-1810) Morrison of Rocky River. Reviewed in Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2830. Available at FHL.
  • [Morrison] Morrison, Janet and Marie Morrison. Descendants of Robert (1728-1810) and Sarah (1739-1816) Morrison of Rocky River. Reviewed in Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2830. Available at FHL.

Land

  • See the real estate books in the Newspapers section below
  • Deeds - various years; transcribed by volunteers; via the Mecklenburg County NCGenWeb Archives

Local Histories

  • Tompkins, Daniel Augustus. History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte: From 1740 to 1903, 2 vols. Charlotte, North Carolina: Observer Printing House, 1903-1904. Available at FamilySearch Books Online; FHL; Vol. 1 and Google Books (full-view) and of Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online; and Google Books (full-view).
  • John Brevard Alexander, The History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 to 1900 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1902]; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/ : accessed 20 April 2013).

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Mecklenburg County for European settlers included:[9]

Military

Civil War

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

Vietnam War

Naturalization

  • Ferguson, Herman W. "Six Applications for Citizenship, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina," [1823-1824] Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2795-2796. Available at FHL.

Newspapers

County Newspapers
Extractions/Transcriptions from the newspapers
  • Misc. Newspaper transcriptions - various years, user submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives
  • Real estate and legal notices from Charlotte, North Carolina, newspapers, 1835-1847, Vol. 1. 1835-1847] Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • Real estate and legal notices from Charlotte, North Carolina, newspapers, 1835-1847, Vol. 2. 1848-1862; Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • Death notices from the Mecklenburg Jeffersonian, Charlotte, N.C., 1841-1849 an index - compiled by Rose L. Grantham and Carol Haywood [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Death notices from the Western Democrat, Charlotte, N.C., 1853-1870 an index - compiled by Carol Haywood and Rose L. Grantham [Family History Library| WorldCat]
  • Marriage notices from the Western Democrat, Charlotte, N.C., 1853-1870 an index - compiled by Carol Haywood and Rose L. Grantham [Family History Library| WorldCat]

Probate

Research Guides

Taxation

Vital Records

Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered for a small fee from the Register of Deeds. Please visit their website for more information.

Birth
Marriage/Divorces
Deaths

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Page 511 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, www.cmstory.org
  3. Daniel Augustus Tompkins, History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte from 1740 to 1903 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1903], 28-32; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/ : accessed 20 April 2013).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. John Brevard Alexander, The History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 to 1900 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1902]; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/ : accessed 20 April 2013).
  6. Daniel Augustus Tompkins, History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte from 1740 to 1903 [Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing House, 1903], 28-32; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com/ : accessed 20 April 2013).
  7. "Philadelphia Presbyterian Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. "Steele Creek Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. 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.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.