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Brunswick County, North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1764
County Seat Bolivia
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County Courthouse

Brunswick County North Carolina
P O Box 87
Bolivia, NC 2842-0249
Phone: 910-253-2690

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death, burial & land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce recordes from 1900,
probat records from 1858 and court records from 1882[1]

Brunswick County was from from New Hanover and Bladen 30 Jan 1764


Parent County

1764--Brunswick County was created 30 January 1764 from New Hanover and Bladen Counties. County seat: Bolivia [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1865--Many court records were destroyed by Federal Troops.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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

Church Records

  • Livingston Creek. Established about 1765.[3]
  • Lockwood's Folly. Established by 1762.[3]
Church of England
  • St. Philip's Church. Built 1740s. Destroyed in the Revolutionary War.[4]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Shallotte Ward
  • Leland Ward
  • Ash Branch (Historical)



It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Brunswick County for European settlers included:[5]


Civil War

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




Vital Records 



Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brunswick County, North Carolina p. 506. 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. 3.0 3.1 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; George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:324-325, 491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. Lawrence Foushee London and Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, The Episcopal Church in North Carolina, 1701-1959 (Raleigh, N.C.: The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1987), 20. FHL Book 975.6 K2e; "St. Philips Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. 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.


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