Moore County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Moore County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1784
County Seat Carthage
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County Courthouse

Moore County Courthouse
102 Monroe St
Carthage, NC 28327

Mailing Address:
PO Box 936
Carthage, NC 28327
Tel: (910) 947-2396

Courthouse burned in 1889
(reg of deeds has b& d rec from 1913)
land rec from 1889 & land grants from 1784
Clk Sup Ct has div, pro & Ct records

Moore County created from Cumberland 18 Apr 1784


Moore County was formed in 1784 from Cumberland County. It was named in the honor
of Captain Alfred Moore of Brunswick, a soldier of the Revolution and
afterwards a judge of the Supreme Court of the United States. Moore County
is in the south central section of the State and bounded by Harnett, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond,
Montgomery, Randolph, Chatham, and Lee counties.
The act establishing the county provided for the erection of the public buildings. In 1795 an act was passed which stated that the location of the courthouse was inconvenient; it named commissioners to purchase land near the center of the county and erect a new courthouse. In 1796 an act was passed establishing Carthage on land where the courthouse was to stand. In 1803 an act was passed naming commissioners to lay out a town and build a courthouse as directed in the act of 1796. In 1806, Carthage was changed to Feaginsville. In 1818, "Feaginsville" was changed back to Carthage, and is now the county seat.

Parent County

1784--Moore County was created from Cumberland County.
County seat: Carthage [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1889--Courthouse fire destroyed most of the land records and many court records.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Cameron


Moore County Clerk of Superior Court

The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.

As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.

Clerk of Superior Court's Office 910-947-2396
910-947-1444 (FAX)

A number of Court Records have been transcribed and are available at the following sites:


The Tidwell family of Moore County, North Carolina is discussed in:

  • [Tidwell] Johnson, Charles Owen. "The Tidwell Family," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1973):3-7; Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1973):114-121; Vol. 17, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1973):181-186; Vol. 17, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1973):295-299; Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1974):35-40; Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1974):129-135; Vol. 18, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1974):175-182; Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1974):257-264; Vol. 19, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1975):39-45. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 17 (1973) - v. 19 (1975).


Moore County Register of Deeds
100 Dowd Street
Carthage, NC 28327

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1210
Carthage, NC 28327

Has Land Records starting from 1787; their website includes a searchable database for their records.

A number of websites have transcribed deed and land records as follows:

Local Histories



Civil War

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



Moore County Clerk of Superior Court
Has wills, estate records, and all transactions having to do with the settlement of estates starting from 1783. Contact their office to verify their records and fees.

The following websites have transcribed copies of Wills or Estate Records for Moore County:


Vital Records

The Moore County Register of Deeds has an online searchable database for their Vital Records, including Birth, Death, and Marriage records.

Search Moore County Vital Records

A number of websites have transcribed Vital Records, here are links to the following:

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).