Rutherford County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Rutherford County, North Carolina
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Founded 1779
County Seat Rutherfordton
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County Courthouse

Rutherford County, North Carolina
229 N Main Street P O Box 551
Rutherforton, NC 28139-0630

Courthouse burned in 1857
Clk Sup Ct has b rec from 1917
d rec from 1913
m, div pro, ct & land rec from 1779
tax lists & voter registration
Rutherford was formed from Tryon 14 Apr 1779


Parent County

1779--Rutherford County was created from Tryon County.  Tyron County was abolished in 1779.
County seat: Rutherfordton [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1907--Courthouse fire destroyed many court records.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • "Notes on a Proctor Family of Northeastern Rutherford Co., N.C.," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 38, No. 3 (August 2010):102-110. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 38


Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Rutherford County for European settlers included:[2]


Civil War

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




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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 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.