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Moore County, North Carolina Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Carthage
Organized: 1784
Parent County(s): Cumberland[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chatham  • Cumberland  • Harnett  • Hoke  • Lee  • Montgomery  • Randolph  • Richmond  • Scotland
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County InformationEdit


Moore County is located in the south-central portion of North Carolina and is bounded by Harnett, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Montgomery, Randolph, Chatham, and Lee counties. The county was named for Alfred Moore, a Revolutionary War captain who later served as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Moore County Courthouse
102 Monroe Street
PO Box 936
Carthage, NC 28327
Phone: 910-947-2396
Moore County Website

Clerk of Superior Court has wills, estate records, and estate settlement records starting from 1783.
Register of Deeds has land records starting from 1787, and birth, death, and marriage records.

Moore 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1889 1913 1784 1784 1783 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

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

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1784 Moore County was created from Cumberland County.
  • County seat: Carthage[4]

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 website.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Bensalem
  • Carthage
  • Deep River
  • Greenwood
  • Little River
  • McNeill
  • Mineral Springs
  • Ritter
  • Sandhill
  • Sheffields

History TimelineEdit

Moore County was formed in 1784 from Cumberland. 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.


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Moore 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

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

  • Cameron

Court RecordsEdit

The Clerk of the 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.

Transcribed court records:


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit


  • [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).


Land and Property RecordsEdit

  • Moore County Register of Deeds
    100 Dowd Street
    PO Box 1210
    Carthage, NC 28327
    Phone: 910-947-6300
    Has land records starting from 1787; website includes a searchable database.

Transcribed deed and land records:

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

NC Moore
  • Over 1000 upper Moore County Land Grants mapped out and plotted on present day map


Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Prisoner of War Records

Veteran and Burial Records

Regiments. Men in Moore 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 Moore County:

- 1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company E
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company E
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company I
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company H
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company I
- Jarrett B. Graham, 30th Infantry Company H

Civil War Battles

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

Transcribed copies of wills or estate records:

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit





Research FacilitiesEdit


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.




  • Moore County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 1183
    Pinehurst, NC 28374-118
  • Moore County Historical Association


Research GuidesEdit


  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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Moore 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Moore County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 22 February 2020.