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


Tyrrell County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1729
County Seat Columbia
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County Courthouse

Tyrrell County Courthouse
403 Main Street PO box 417
Columbia NC 27925
Phone: 252-796-2901

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage records 1862 and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce records, probate records from 1730
and court records from 1900[1]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 449
Columbia, NC 27925
Phone: 252-796-2901
Fax: 252-796-0148

Clerk Superior Court
PO Box 406
Columbia, NC 27925
Phone: (252) 766-6540


County seat history - Courthouse on Kendricks Cree (1751); Home of Bejamin Spruill (1774-1776); Courthouse on Scuppernog River (1777-1799); and present Columbia.

Parent County

1729--Tyrrell County was created from Bertie, Chowan, Currituck, and Pasquotank Counties.
County seat: Columbia [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

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NCGenWeb (WPA Cemetery Records Index) WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.


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

Church Records

  • Morratuck Creek. Constituted 1791.[3]
  • Scuppernong River. Established by 1784.[3]
  • South Lancaster. Constituted 1793.[3]
Church of England
  • St. Andrew's Parish aka South Shore Parish. Established 1729.[4]



Local Histories



Civil War


Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Vital Records


Societies and Libraries 

Tyrrell County Gen. & Historical Society
P.O. Box 686
Columbia 27825
Phone: 252-796-2361

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 Center 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), Tyrrell County, North Carolina. Page 513 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 3.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490; 2:569. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. Robert J. Cain, ed., The Church of England in North Carolina: Documents, 1699-1741 (Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1999), xxxiii. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.


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