Rutherford County, North Carolina Genealogy
Guide to Rutherford County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Rutherford County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Rutherford County Court
229 N Main Street P O Box 551
Rutherforton, NC 28139-0630
Courthouse burned in 1857
Clerk Superor Courtt has birth records from 1917
death records from 1913
marriage dirvorce probate court and land records from 1779
tax lists and voter registration
After Rutherford County's initial creation in 1779, there have been some distinct changes made to the boundaries.
In 1791, a small portion of the west sides of Rutherford and Burke County created Buncombe County.
In 1841, about a third of the county on the east side, as well as western side of the neighboring Lincoln county, were formed into Cleveland County.
The year following that, 1842, a small portion of the northern side of Rutherford county and half of the neighboring County of Burke was taken to make McDowell County.
In 1855, the southwestern side of the county was formed into Polk County.
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.
1907--Courthouse fire destroyed many court records. For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses
- Cherokee County, South Carolina
- Spartanburg County, South Carolina
For tips on accessing Rutherford County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.
- Bill's Creek. Constituted 1782.
- Buffalow Creek. Constituted 1777.
- Green River. Constituted 1778.
- Mountain Creek. Constituted 1789.
- Sandy Run. Constituted 1788.
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
Early migration routes to and from Rutherford County for European settlers included:
- Old Cherokee Path pre-historic
Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
- Pre-1790 - Pre-1790 Rutherford County, North Carolina Genealogy Wills stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. Website tips.
- 1780-1784 - Minutes of the Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1780 to 1784. (mentions wills filed, inventory lists, sales, administratrators, orphans, deeds proved, etc. If you cannot find a will in the will book, this is where to search) North Carolina Pioneers ($)
- 1782-1964 - Will Books 1 to 3 and A to N (1782-1964) have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
- 1851-1965 - Rutherford County Marriage Index 1851-1965 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Rutherford County, NC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy (Genealogy Inc)
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- North Carolina Pioneers ($)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rutherford County, North Carolina. Page 512 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:568. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
- "Brittain Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
- 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.
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.