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Guide to Cherokee County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Cherokee County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1839
County Seat Murphy
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Cherokee County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Cherokee County Courthouse, Murphy, N.C.

Cherokee County Courthouse
53 Peachtree
Murphy North Carolina 28906
Phone: 282-837-2613

Clerk Superior Court has divorce records,
Registrar of Deeds has land records[1]


Proud, resourceful people -- many descended from the Cherokee Indians who once lived in the region now known as Cherokee County -- welcome visitors to share their peaceful spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains, if only for a little while. It is no wonder why the Cherokees made the area their home or why they hid in the mountains when the Indian removal took place in 1838.

Hundreds of waterfalls and creeks, forests filled with wildflowers and tall pines wrapped in mountain breezes invite strangers to stay awhile and enjoy one of Mother Nature's finest creations.

Descendants of hearty Scottish and English settlers who married fine young Indian maidens carry on traditions from generations past. Descendants who never lived in Cherokee County venture back "home" to find their roots. Murphy, the county seat, offers a wealth of history at its courthouse, library and the Cherokee County Historical Museum which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Travelers passing through the small communities surrounding the town of Murphy such as Hanging Dog, Culberson and Grape Creek may want to stay and experience the warmth of the people at the spring festival or the Christmas parade in Murphy or the fall festival at the John C. Campbell Folk School in nearby Brasstown.

Parent County

1839--Cherokee County was created 4 January 1839 from Macon County.
County seat: Murphy [2]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

1865, 1895, 1926--Courthouse fires have destroyed many court records.

For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





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




Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company A
:- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G




Vital Records



Societies and Libraries 

Buncombe County, North Carolina
128 Bingham Road, Suite 950
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
Old Buncombe Genealogical Society

Cherokee County Historical Society
205 Peachtree Street
Murphy 28906
Cherokee County Web page

Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Enrollment Office
(828) 497-7000, fax: (828) 497-2952
or write Eastern Band of the Cherokee
P.O. Box 455
Cherokee, NC 28719.
Cherokee Reservation Genealogy

To be eligible for enrollment with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian requirements must be met. see website for more information

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cherokee County, North Carolina. Page 507 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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