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Guide to Harnett 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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Harnett 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 February 7, 1855
County Seat Lillington
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County Courthouse

Harnett County Courthouse
729 S Main Street P O Box 279
Lillington, NC 27546
Phone: 910-893-7540

Register of deeds has birth, marriage and land land rec
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1920
records from 1855-1920 were destroyed in a fire[1]


Parent County

1855--Harnett County was created 7 February 1855 from Cumberland County.
County seat: Lillington [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1892, 1894--Courthouse fires destroyed court records and many of the land 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 Harnett County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records




Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Harnett County.

  • March 16, 1865 = Averasborough, also known as Taylor’s Hole Creek, Smithville, Smiths Ferry, or Black River[4]
Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

Civil War Confederate units

Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 10th Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery, Company B
:- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company F
:- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
:- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company D
:- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company A
:- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Isaac William's Company
:- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Neill McNeill's Company




Vital Records



Societies and Libraries 

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), Harnett County, North Carolina. Page 509 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. "Barbecue Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.


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