Wayne County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Wayne County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1779
County Seat Goldsboro
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County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse
215 S William Street
P O Box 267
Goldsboro, NC 27530-4824
Phone: 919-731-1449

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death burial and land records
Clerk Superior Courth has divoce, probate and court records[1]


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The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[2]

Parent County

1779--Wayne County was created from Dobbs County.  Dobbs County was abolished in 1791.
County seat: Goldsboro [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Some of the early records are missing.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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


  • Black Creek. Established by 1783.[4]
  • Falling Creek. Constituted 1778.[4]
  • Naughunty. Constituted 1791.[4][5]
  • Norhunty Swamp. Constituted 1789.[4]
  • Pleasant Plains. Established by 1808.[5]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Goldsboro
  • Mount Olive



Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Wayne County. 

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

Civil War Confederate units

Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry




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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, North Carolina. Page 514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490-491; 2:569. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at St Paul's Seminary website.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)

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