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Guide to Macon 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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Macon County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Macon County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1828
County Seat Franklin
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County Courthouse

Macon County Courthouse
Franklin, NC 28734-3005
Phone: 828-349-2095

Register of Deeds has marriage and land records
Clerk Superior Court has probate and court records[1] Macon County was recreated from Haywood in 1828


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The county is named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837).[2]

Parent County

1828--Macon County was created in 1828 from Haywood County.
County seat: Franklin [3]

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

Many records are missing. For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Many of Macon County's cemeteries have been surveyed, and the surveys placed online. Other helpful sites are Find a Grave and Interment.

The Macon County Historical Society is planning to release a compilation of the county's cemetery surveys in book form.

Western North Carolina and Northeast Georgia Obituaries and Headstones [1]


For tips on accessing Macon 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.

- 16th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company H
:- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company K 
:- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G
:- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry, Company A



State Archives
County Courthouse


Vital Records


Societies and Libraries 

Macon Co Historical Society and Genealogical Society
36 W Main St
Franklin, NC 28734

Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2122
Asheville, NC 28802-2122

Macon County Genealogical Society

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), Macon County, North Carolina. Page 510 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Nathaniel Macon", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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