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  • Alamance County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 14, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Orange County.
    Established:  29-Jan/Apr-1849
    County Seat:  Graham, North Carolina

    County history - Alamance County is named for The Battle of Alamance which was derived from the local Native American word meaning "blue clay" found in the Great Alamance Creek.

    Alamance Courthouse
    GHLL Alamance County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alamance County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Alamance County, NC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Alamance County Genealogical Society / Burlington, NC)
    6. US/NCGenWeb site - Alamance County Archives
    7. US/NCGenWeb - Alamance County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Alamance Register of Deeds, 118 West Harden Street, P.O. Box 837, Graham, NC 27253.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Caswell County (north), Orange County (east), Rockingham County
             (northwest), Chatham County (south), Randolph County (southwest),
             Guilford County (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue
              are linked.

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    Census Information:
  • 1860 Mortality Schedule - (T)

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  • Alleghany County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 1, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Ashe County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1859
    County Seat:  Sparta, North Carolina

    County history - Alleghany County is derived from a corruption of the Delaware Indian name for the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers and is said to have meant "a fine stream".

    Alleghany Courthouse
    GHLL Alleghany County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alleghany County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Alleghany County, NC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Alleghany County Historical ~ Genealogical Society & Historical Museum / Sparta, NC)
    6. US/NCGenWeb site - Alleghany County Archives
    7. US/NCGenWeb - Alleghany County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Alleghany County Register of Deeds, P.O. Box 186, Sparta, NC 28675.
               Note:  Alleghany County was formed in 1859 from Ashe County. Land records, as well as marriage records, prior to 1859 may be found in the Ashe County Register of Deeds office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Grayson County, Virginia (north), Surry County (east), Wilkes County
             (south), Ashe County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Alleghany County, (listed townships) (Text: several pages for each town).

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  • Ashe County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 10, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Wilkes County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1799
    County Seat:  Jefferson, North Carolina

    County history - Ashe County is named in honor of Samuel Ashe (1725-1813), a Revolutionary patriot, superior court judge, and governor of North Carolina.

    Ashe Courthouse
    GHLL Ashe County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Ashe County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ashe County, NC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ashe County Historical Society / township, NC)
    6. US/NCGenWeb site - Ashe County Archives
    7. US/NCGenWeb - Ashe County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - or try Ashe County Register of Deeds, 150 Government Circle, Suite 2300, NC 28640.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
              Grayson County, Virginia (north), Alleghany County (east), Wilkes County
             (southeast), Watauga County (southwest), Johnson County, Tennessee
             (west).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                 linked.


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    Census Information:
    1810 Federal Census (I) and (T)
  • 1820 Federal Census (search)
  • 1920 Federal Census (T)

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  • Beaufort County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 14, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [an original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1712
    County Seat:  Washington, North Carolina

    County history - Beaufort County is named in honor of The Duke of Beaufort in the Peerage of England was created by Charles II in 1682 for Henry Somerset, 3rd Marquess of Worcester, a descendant of Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset, a Lancastrian leader in the Wars of the Roses. The name Beaufort refers to a castle in Champagne, France (now Montmorency-Beaufort). It is the only current Dukedom to take its name from a place outside the British Isles.



    Beaufort Courthouse
    1. Beaufort County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Beaufort County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Beaufort County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Beaufort County Genealogical Society / Washington, NC)
    4. Beaufort County - US/NCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Beaufort County - US/NCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Beaufort County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Beaufort County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Beaufort County Vital Records - Beaufort County Register of Deeds, P.O. Box 514, 112 W. 2nd Street, Washington, NC 27889.


  • Buncombe County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 15, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Burke County and Rutherford County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1791
    County Seat:  Asheville, North Carolina

    County history - Buncombe County is named in honor of Edward Buncombe (1742- 1778) was a plantation owner from the Province of North Carolina who served as a colonel in the Continental Army (the army of the Patriot side) in the American Revolutionary War. He is the namesake of Buncombe County in western North Carolina. In 1820, his surname (in its status as the name of that county) became the source of the derogatory American slang term, "bunkum" and its shortened form, "bunk" in consequence of the U.S. representative for the county, Felix Walker, invoking the county during a poorly received speech delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Buncombe Courthouse (left)
    GHLL Buncombe County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Buncombe County, NC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society / Asheville, NC)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Buncombe County Historical Society / Asheville, NC)
    7. US/NCGenWeb site - Buncombe County Archives
    8. US/NCGenWeb - Buncombe County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Buncombe County Register of Deeds, 35 Woodfin Street, Suite 226, Asheville, NC 28801.
               Note:  The Buncombe County Register of Deeds has birth records and death from 1913, and marriage records from 1891. The actual marriage licenses are incomplete, but most original records are in the Register of Deeds Office. In addition, there are Marriage Registers, which give the name of the groom and the name of the bride, sometimes the ages of both and the place of residence as well as the date of marriage and the place of the marriage.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Madison County (north), Yancey County (northeast), McDowell County
             (east), Rutherford County (southeast), Henderson County (south),
             Haywood County (west).

        Ashville twp. - National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Burke County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 14, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Rowan County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1777
    County Seat:  Morganton, North Carolina

    County history - Burke County is named in honor of Thomas Burke (c. 1747  December 2, 1783) was an American physician, lawyer, and statesman from Hillsborough, North Carolina. He represented North Carolina as a delegate to the Continental Congress and was the third Governor of the state.

    Burke Courthouse
    1. Burke County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Burke County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Burke County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Burke County Genealogical Society / Morganton, NC)
    4. Burke County - US/NCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Burke County - US/NCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Burke County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Burke County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Burke County Vital Records - Burke County Register of Deeds, 201 South Green Street, P.O. Box 219, Morganton, NC 28680.

      Census Information:
    9. 1800 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Burke County (Index: 1 File / Text: 2 Files).


  • Cabarrus County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 17, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Mecklenburg County.
    Established:  29-Dec-1792
    County Seat:  Concord, North Carolina

    County history - Cabarrus County is named in honor of Stephen Cabarrus (1754 1808) of Edenton, member of the legislature and four times Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons.

    Cabarrus Courthouse
    1. Cabarrus County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Cabarrus County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Cabarrus County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Cabarrus Genealogy Society (Concord, NC)
    4. Cabarrus County - US/NCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Cabarrus County - US/NCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Cabarrus County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Cabarrus County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Cabarrus County Vital Records - Cabarrus County Register of Deeds, PO Box 707, Concord, NC 28026.

    9. Cabarrus County Genealogy - North Carolina Genealogy.


  • Caldwell County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  May 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Burke and Wilkes Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1841
    County Seat:  Lenoir, North Carolina

    County history - Caldwell County is named in honor of Joseph Caldwell, presiding professor and the first president of the University of North Carolina.

    Caldwell Courthouse
    1. Caldwell County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Caldwell County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Caldwell County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Caldwell County Historical Society & Museum (Lenoir, NC)
    4. Caldwell County - US/NCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Caldwell County - US/NCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Caldwell County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Caldwell County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Caldwell County Vital Records - Caldwell County Register of Deeds, 905 West Avenue NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

    9. Caldwell Heritage Museum - The Caldwell Heritage Museum was opened in 1991
               and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Caldwell County,
               North Carolina.


  • Carteret County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Craven County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1722
    County Seat:  Beaufort, North Carolina

    County history - Carteret County is named in honor of John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, 7th Seigneur of Sark, (22 April 1690  22 January 1763), commonly known by his earlier title as Lord Carteret, was a British statesman and Lord President of the Council from 1751 to 1763.

    Carteret Courthouse
    1. Carteret County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Carteret County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Carteret County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Carteret County Historical Society / Morehead City, NC)
    4. Carteret County - US/NCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Carteret County - US/NCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Carteret County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Carteret County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Carteret County Vital Records - Carteret County Register of Deeds, Courthouse Square Adm Bldg, Beaufort, NC 28516.


  • Caswell County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 10, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Orange County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1777
    County Seat:  Yanceyville, North Carolina

    County history - Caswell County is named in honor of Richard Caswell (August 3, 1729 - November 10, 1789) was born in Harford County, Maryland. He was a member of the first Continental Congress and first governor of North Carolina after the Declaration of Independence, (the first and fifth governor of the U.S. State of North Carolina, serving from 1776 to 1780 and from 1784 to 1787.

    Caswell Courthouse
    GHLL Caswell County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Caswell County, NC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Caswell County Historical Association / Yanceyville, NC)
    6. US/NCGenWeb site - Caswell County Archives
    7. US/NCGenWeb - Caswell County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Caswell County Register of Deeds, P.O. Box 98, 139 E. Church Street, Yanceyville, NC 27379.
               Note:  Some records weresaid to have been destroyed during occupation by militia troops during Reconstruction.
               Most Original Records are held in the North Carolina Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Danville, Virginia, Independent City (north), Pittsylvania County, Virginia
             (north), Halifax County, Virginia (northeast), Person County (east), Orange
                County
    (southeast), Alamance County (southwest), Rockingham County
             (west).
               Note:  County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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  • Cleveland County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 21, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Rutherford and Lincoln Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1841
    County Seat:  Shelby, North Carolina

    County history - Cleveland County is named in honor of Benjamin Cleveland (1738 1806), a colonel in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

    Cleveland Courthouse
    1. Cleveland County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cleveland County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Cleveland County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Cleveland County - US/NCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Cleveland County - US/NCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Cleveland County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Cleveland County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Cleveland County Vital Records - Cleveland County Register of Deeds, P.O. Box 1210, Shelby, NC 28151-1210.
    9. Cleveland County - Genealogy Trails
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Broad River Genealogical Society (Shelby, NC)


  • Craven County, North Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  May 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of the Archdale Precinct of Bath County, 1705.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1712
    County Seat:  New Bern, North Carolina

    County history - Craven County is named in honor of William Lord Craven, one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

    Craven Courthouse
    1. Craven County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Craven County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Craven County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Craven County Genealogical Society (New Bern, NC)
    4. Craven County - USGenWeb/NCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Craven County - USGenWeb/NCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Craven County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Craven County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Craven County Vital Records - County of Craven Vital Records - Craven County Register of Deeds, 226 Pollock St., New Bern, NC 28560.

    9. New Bern Township - Obituary Index 1752-1872 (newspaper)
    10. Piedmont Township - Piedmont Historical Society (serving several counties)


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