Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy
|Watauga 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
Watauga County Courthouse
842 W King Street
Boone, NC 28607-3531
Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914
marriage records from 1872 and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divoce, probate and court records from 1872
The area that became Watauga and Ashe counties was part of Anson County during the early period; part of Rowan County in 1753, Surry County in 1771, Wilkes County in 1777 and was briefly part of the State of Franklin from 1784-89. After Franklin it was claimed as part of Washington County (part of the Southwest Territory, and later Tennessee) until it was annexed back by North Carolina into Wilkes County again in 1792. Ashe was incorporated as a separate entity by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. North Carolina erected Watauga County primarily from Ashe County in 1849.
County histories are available such as:
- A History of Watauga County, North Carolina : with sketches of prominent families by John Preston Arthur (1915)
1873--Courthouse fire destroyed all of the land records and most of the court records.
- Beech Mountain
- Blowing Rock
- Seven Devils
- Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Bibles (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Watauga County Cemetery Records North Carolina, listings (Interment.net)
- Watauga County Cultural Features: Cemeteries, locations and maps (NC HomeTownLocator)
- Watauga County, North Carolina Cemeteries, listings (Cemetery Census)
- Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Cemeteries (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
For tips on accessing Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
- Howard's Chapel
- Arthur, John Preston, A History of Watauga County, North Carolina with Sketches of Prominent Families, 1915, reprinted 2002. (information in Genealogy.com)
- Watauga County Genealogy Study from the William Allan Papers (manuscript collection), Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
Early migration routes to and from Watauga County for European settlers included:
Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
- 1873-1968 - Will Books A to E (1873-1968) have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
- Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Wills & Estates (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Appalachian State University: 1923-2006
- Watauga County students at NC colleges - via the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index
Societies and Libraries
- Watauga County Historical Society, Boone, North Carolina
Family History Centers
- NCGenWeb: Watauga County - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project
- Family History Library Catalog
- Watauga County Genealogy (North Carolina Genealogy)
- Watauga County, North Carolina (New River Notes)
- Watauga County, North Carolina (RootsWeb)
- Watauga County, North Carolina (Wikipedia)
- Watauga County, North Carolina Cemetery Inscriptions (Access Genealogy)
- Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Links (Genealogy Links)
- Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Watauga County, North Carolina History, Records, Facts, Genealogy, and Ancestry (Family History 101)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Watauga County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- 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.