Pender County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Pender 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: Burgaw
Organized: 1875
Parent County(s): New Hanover[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bladen  • Brunswick  • Columbus  • Duplin  • New Hanover  • Onslow  • Sampson
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Pender County is located in the southeastern portion of North Carolina and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, Duplin and Onslow counties. The land area is 870.76 square miles (2,255.3 km2). The county was named for William D. Pender of Edgecombe County, a Confederate General mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pender County Courthouse
300 East Freemont Street
PO Box 43
Burgaw, NC 28424
Phone: 910-259-1225
Pender County Website

Registrar of deeds has birth, marriage and death and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records.[3]

Pender County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1875 1913 1875 1875 1875 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1875 Pender County was established from New Hanover County.
  • County seat: Burgaw[5]

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 Places[edit | edit source]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Burgaw
  • Canetuck
  • Caswell
  • Columbia
  • Grady
  • Holly
  • Long Creek
  • Rocky Point
  • Topsail
  • Union

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

The county commissioners were ordered to hold their first meeting at Rocky Point. The act provided for the establishment of the town of Cowan as the county seat. In 1877 an act was passed repealing that section of the law relative to the town, and another law was enacted whereby the qualified voters were to vote on the question of moving the county seat to South Washington or any other place which the majority of the voters designated. Whatever place was selected, the town should be called Stanford. In 1879 Stanford was changed to Burgaw, which was by that law incorporated. It is the county seat.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Pender 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


Many Pender cemeteries have been surveyed and photographed. Pender County Cemeteries:

  • Antioch Church Cemetery
  • Armstrong Cemetery
  • John P Bannerman Cemetery
  • Bear Branch Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Bell Cemetery
  • Brown Family Cemetery
  • Carroll - Filyaw Cemetery
  • Crews Family Cemetery
  • Harrell Cemetery
  • Henry Cemetery
  • Herring Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Hocutt Family Cemetery
  • Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery
  • James Cemetery
  • Johnson Family Cemetery
  • Jordan Chapel
  • King- McClammy Cemetery
  • Larkin Cemetery
  • Lewis Cemetery
  • Lillington Cemetery
  • Long Creek Loop Road Cemetery
  • Malpass Family Cemetery
  • Maurice A. Moore Cemetery
  • McMillan Cemetery
  • Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Oak Tree Road Cemetery
  • Oak Tree Road Cemetery 2
  • Page Cemetery
  • Peterson- Malpass Cemetery
  • Riley Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Rileys Creek Community Cemetery
  • Rochelle Cemetery
  • Rocky Point United Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Scott Cemetery
  • Shepard Cemetery
  • Sidbury Cemetery
  • Simpson Cemetery
  • Slocumb Cemetery
  • St. Paul AME Church Cemetery
  • Vernon-Keith Cemetery
  • Wells-Debose Cemetery
  • Williams Cemetery
  • Wilson Cemetery
  • Wilton Cemetery

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 12,468
1890 12,514 0.4%
1900 13,381 6.9%
1910 15,471 15.6%
1920 14,788 −4.4%
1930 15,686 6.1%
1940 17,710 12.9%
1950 18,423 4.0%
1960 18,508 0.5%
1970 18,149 −1.9%
1980 22,215 22.4%
1990 28,855 29.9%
2000 41,082 42.4%
2010 52,217 27.1%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

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

  • Hampstead

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

  • Pender County Registrar of Deeds
    Howard Holly Building
    300 East Fremont Street
    Burgaw, NC 28425
    Phone: 910-259-1225
    Has copies of birth, marriage and death records as well as land and deed records. Most originals of the older records have been transferred to the State Archives, and the records contained at the County level are usually hand-copied into the County Books. Check first with the County Registrar, as it may be more cost effective at the County level rather than at the Archives.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Pender County for European settlers included:[7]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]


Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Pender County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Pender County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Pender County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

Pender County Museum and Historical Society
200 West Bridgers St.
P. O. Box 1380
Burgaw, NC 28425
910 259 8543
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Historical Society of Topsail Island
720 Channel Boulevard
P.O. Box 3653
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
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Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pender 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Pender County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 23 February 2020.
  7. 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.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at