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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Alexander County'''
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Guide to '''Alexander County North Carolina genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alexander _County,_North_Carolina|Alexander County]]''
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
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[http://www.alexandercountync.gov/ Alexander County Courthouse]<br>201 1ST SW Ste 1 <br>Taylorsville, NC 28681-2592<br>Phone: 828-632-9332<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death, land records;<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate court records from 1865<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alexander County, North Carolina p. 506. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Alexander was formed in 1847 from Iredell, Caldwell and Wilkes counties. It was named in honor of William J. Alexander of Mecklenburg County, several times member of the Legislature and speaker of the House of Commons.
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Alexander was formed in 1847 from Iredell, Caldwell and Wilkes counties. It was named in honor of William J. Alexander of Mecklenburg County, several times member of the Legislature and speaker of the House of Commons.  
  
Alexander County is located in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in western North Carolina. It is bordered on the south by the Catawba River and Catawba County, on the west by Caldwell County, on the north by Wilkes County , and on the east by Iredell County. Taylorsville, incorprated in 1851, is the county seat of Alexander County. Primary industry includes agriculture, furniture, and textiles. In 2003, the county celebrated its 156th birthday. <br>
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Alexander County is located in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in western North Carolina. It is bordered on the south by the Catawba River and Catawba County, on the west by Caldwell County, on the north by Wilkes County , and on the east by Iredell County. Taylorsville, incorprated in 1851, is the county seat of Alexander County. Primary industry includes agriculture, furniture, and textiles. In 2003, the county celebrated its 156th birthday. <br>  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1865--'''Many court records were burned by Federal Troops.
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'''1865--'''Many court records were burned by Federal Troops.  
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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[[Image:Ncalexander.png|thumb|right|400px|Ncalexander.png]] [http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/ncarchives-alexander.html List of Records available for Alexander County] at the North Carolina State Archives<br>
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==== Cemeteries<br>  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/alexco_cem.html List of Cemeteries with transcriptions]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/alexander/alexandercemeteries.html Alexander County cemeteries] &nbsp;- via the NCGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1652 Alexander County cemeteries] - user-submitted burials to Find-A-Grave
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/alexander.html Cemetery transcriptions] - from the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription project
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==== Census ====
  
*Bentley Cemetery
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*Census records are available from multiple sources for the state. Check the [[North Carolina Census|NC Census Records]] page for links to free &amp; paid resources.&nbsp;
*Jolly Cemetery
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*Lebanon Cemetery
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*Mount Carmel Cemetery
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*Pisgah Cemetery
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/alexco_cem.html List of Cemeteries with transcriptions]
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For some counties the trial Courts have been further subdivided into specialty areas such as Business Court, Family Court, Drug Court, Traffic Court, etc. More information on specialty courts for this county is provided on the left menu.  
 
For some counties the trial Courts have been further subdivided into specialty areas such as Business Court, Family Court, Drug Court, Traffic Court, etc. More information on specialty courts for this county is provided on the left menu.  
  
This web site for the Courts in Alexander County provides specific information on how North Carolina Trial Courts operate within Alexander County  
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This web site for the [http://www.nccourts.org/County/Alexander/Default.asp Courts in Alexander County] provides specific information on how North Carolina Trial Courts operate within Alexander County.
  
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==== Directories  ====
  
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*Several NC state business directories are available online. [http://ncgenweb.us/nc/bookshelf/directories/ Visit this list of directories], and under the "Statewide" category, open the directory and navigate to Alexander County. Directories include information on area businesses and citizens.
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==== Education  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ybook/resultlist.php?county=alexander Alexander County College Students] - a name list of students at various NC colleges with identified hometowns in the county.&nbsp;
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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Alexander County Register of Deeds maintains copies of deed and land records, some of which are available from their website for searching.&nbsp; One must register and then sign in following the instructions on the website.&nbsp;[http://www.alexanderrod.com/searchhelp.html Register of Deeds Online Search instructions]<br>
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Their address is:<br> [http://www.alexanderrod.com/ Alexander County Register of Deeds] <br>75 1st Street SW<br>Suite 1<br>Taylorsville, NC<br>28681-2504
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Phone: 828-632-3152<br>Fax: 828-632-1119
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
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[http://maps.co.alexander.nc.us/gomaps/index.cfm http://maps.co.alexander.nc.us/gomaps/index.cfm]  
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*[http://maps.co.alexander.nc.us/gomaps/index.cfm Maps of Alexander County] - via Alexander County Government
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*[http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail,A,1;title,A,1;displa,A,0;publis,A,0;collec,A,0;30;date,title,none,none,none&CISOBIB=mapid,A,1,N;collec,A,0,N;title,200,0,N;none,A,0,N;none,A,0,N;20;mapid,none,none,none,none&CISOTHUMB=20%20(4x5);mapid,none,none,none,none&CISOTITLE=20;mapid,none,none,none,none&CISOHIERA=20;collec,mapid,none,none,none&CISOSUPPRESS=0&CISOTYPE=link&CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=spatia&CISOBOX1=Alexander+County&CISOOP2=exact&CISOFIELD2=collec&CISOBOX2=&CISOOP3=exact&CISOFIELD3=title&CISOBOX3=&CISOOP4=exact&CISOFIELD4=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOBOX4=&c=exact&CISOROOT=%2Fncmaps Alexander County Maps] - via the NC Maps (NC State Library)
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==== Migration  ====
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Early migration routes to and from Alexander County for European settlers included:<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 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|54678|item|disp=FHL Book 970.1 M992i}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1523234 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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:*[[Catawba and Northern Trail]] pre-historic
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/alexco_civilwar.html List of Alexander County Confederate Soldiers<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/1940_draftees.html 1940 Draftees for Alexander County]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/1940_draftees.html 1902 Confederate Soldiers Reunion<br>]
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/bentleyconfederateservice.html CSA- Bentley Dedication]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/friendship-dedication.html Friendship Dedication-Sons of the Confederate Veterans]
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:-[[7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/alexco_civilwar.html List of Alexander County Confederate Soldiers]<br>  
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/bentleyconfederateservice.html CSA- Bentley Dedication]  
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/friendship-dedication.html Friendship Dedication-Sons of the Confederate Veterans]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/macedonia_cem2.html Macedonia Dedication-Sons of the Confederate Veterans]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/macedonia_cem2.html Macedonia Dedication-Sons of the Confederate Veterans]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/1940_draftees.html 1940 Draftees for Alexander County]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/1940_draftees.html 1902 Confederate Soldiers Reunion<br>]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/alexco_mem3.html World Wars I and II, Veterans Memorials]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/alexco_mem3.html World Wars I and II, Veterans Memorials]
  
 
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*[http://www.taylorsvilletimes.com/v2/content.aspx?IsHome=1&MemberID=1709&ID=9816 The Taylorsville Time]&nbsp;- the current, local newspaper
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/north_carolina/Alexander/ Alexander county newspapers] - a listing of newspapers published in the county &amp; libraries that hold micoriflm copies; via the Library of Congress.
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*<u>Newspaper obituary index Alexander county, North Carolina 1986-1992 taken from The Taylorsville Times, The Time Advatage ... Statesville Record and Landmark</u> - compiled by Evelina Davis Miller [[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F658708 Family History Library]| [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/29392232 WorldCat]] &nbsp;
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*<u>Taylorsville index, 8 May 1890-7 May 1891</u> - by Linda R. Correll. [[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F527929 Family History Library]| [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28659800 WorldCat]]
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
Wills<br>Wills are maintained by<br>the [http://www.nccourts.org/County/Alexander/Default.asp Alexander County Clerk of Court]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F10920471%3Fcc%3D1867501 NC Probate Records 1735-1970:Alexander County ]- online collection from FamilySearch
  
Physical Address: <br>29 W. Main Ave.<br>Taylorsville, NC 28681
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===== Estates  =====
  
Mailing Address:<br>PO Box 100<br>Taylorsville, NC 28681<br>828.632.2215
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*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/FindingAids/Alexander.htm Alexander County Estate Records] - an index of estate records held at the NC State Archives
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMVQ-C61%3A2071055420%3Fcc%3D1911121 NC Estate Records 1663-1964: Alexander County&nbsp;] - online indexed collection with images from FamilySearch
  
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Wills are maintained by&nbsp;the [http://www.nccourts.org/County/Alexander/Default.asp Alexander County Superior Court]
  
<br> The person who makes a will is called the "testator" or "devisee." The folks who get the goodies are “legatees" or "devisees." The fellow who makes sure that the final wishes are carried out is the "executor." If the executor happens to be female, she is an "executrix." "Probate" is the process by which the will becomes official and the written desires are validated. There are usually three copies of a will: the original, the one copied into the county clerk's records, and the one issued to the executor. The copy that is committed to the county clerk's book will often contain probate information: witnesses, executor, probate dates, etc<br>
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Physical Address: <br>29 W. Main Ave.<br>Taylorsville, NC 28681
  
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Mailing Address:<br>PO Box 100<br>Taylorsville, NC 28681<br>828.632.2215
  
The Alexander County Estate Records have been indexed at the North Carolina State Archives; [http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/FindingAids/Alexander.htm Click here ]to view the list of available Estate Records.
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The person who makes a will is called the "testator" or "devisee." The folks who get the goodies are “legatees" or "devisees." The fellow who makes sure that the final wishes are carried out is the "executor." If the executor happens to be female, she is an "executrix." "Probate" is the process by which the will becomes official and the written desires are validated. There are usually three copies of a will: the original, the one copied into the county clerk's records, and the one issued to the executor. The copy that is committed to the county clerk's book will often contain probate information: witnesses, executor, probate dates, etc<br>
  
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*'''1864-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books (1864-1965)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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Alexander County Register of Deeds<br>Mailing Address:<br>75 1st Street SW, Suite 1, Taylorsville, NC 28681-2504<br>Phone: 828-632-3152
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===== Overview  =====
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Alexander County Register of Deeds<br>Mailing Address:<br>75 1st Street SW, Suite 1, Taylorsville, NC 28681-2504<br>Phone: 828-632-3152  
  
 
Records include Vital Statistics, Marriages, Births, and Deaths as well as Veterans Discharge Records (DD-214s).&nbsp; Following is a breakdown of what kinds of records are available:  
 
Records include Vital Statistics, Marriages, Births, and Deaths as well as Veterans Discharge Records (DD-214s).&nbsp; Following is a breakdown of what kinds of records are available:  
  
Birth Certificates<br>1913-current
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Birth Certificates<br>1913-current  
  
 
The state of North Carolina officially began keeping birth certificates in 1913. (In some outlying areas it began a bit later.) Birth certificates tell where a child was born, who the parents were and their age at the time of the birth. Other information is sometimes listed such as occupation of the father, number of children already in the household, etc.  
 
The state of North Carolina officially began keeping birth certificates in 1913. (In some outlying areas it began a bit later.) Birth certificates tell where a child was born, who the parents were and their age at the time of the birth. Other information is sometimes listed such as occupation of the father, number of children already in the household, etc.  
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Death Certificates<br>1913-current<br>  
 
Death Certificates<br>1913-current<br>  
  
North Carolina began keeping Death Certificates in 1913. If an ancestor died before this time, one must turn to such records as wills, tombstones, and family Bibles to find the death date. Death certificates contain the date of death and birth as well as the parents' names and cause of death--and sometimes a good bit more.
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North Carolina began keeping Death Certificates in 1913. If an ancestor died before this time, one must turn to such records as wills, tombstones, and family Bibles to find the death date. Death certificates contain the date of death and birth as well as the parents' names and cause of death--and sometimes a good bit more.  
  
 
One must remember that this information was not supplied by the subject under consideration. All information on a death certificate is supplied by an "informant." Informants are often family members but that does not mean that the information they supplied is 100 percent accurate.  
 
One must remember that this information was not supplied by the subject under consideration. All information on a death certificate is supplied by an "informant." Informants are often family members but that does not mean that the information they supplied is 100 percent accurate.  
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Officially, there were two ways to get married in the state up until 1868. One was through the publication of banns whereby a marriage would be announced on three consecutive Sundays in church. If no one spoke up against the merger, then the couple was free to wed. A certificate stating that this procedure had been followed was supposed to have been created, but, of course, did not have to be placed on file anywhere.  
 
Officially, there were two ways to get married in the state up until 1868. One was through the publication of banns whereby a marriage would be announced on three consecutive Sundays in church. If no one spoke up against the merger, then the couple was free to wed. A certificate stating that this procedure had been followed was supposed to have been created, but, of course, did not have to be placed on file anywhere.  
  
The second method which lasted from 1741-1868 (and overlapped the period of banns) involved the issuance of a marriage bond. The bridegroom obtained these through the Clerk of the County Court. They signified nothing more than that the couple listed intended to marry. It is possible that they changed their mind later and never tied the knot. Originals to all marriage bonds--except those from Granville County which retained its copies--are in the State Archives. Bonds were filed in the County where the intended bride resided. Information on Bonds include bride and groom's names, the bondsman's name and witness (often the clerk of court). Marriage licenses existed for most of North Carolina's history but were not required to be kept until 1851. In 1868, bonds were discontinued and the Register of deeds in each County issued the required marriage licenses.
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The second method which lasted from 1741-1868 (and overlapped the period of banns) involved the issuance of a marriage bond. The bridegroom obtained these through the Clerk of the County Court. They signified nothing more than that the couple listed intended to marry. It is possible that they changed their mind later and never tied the knot. Originals to all marriage bonds--except those from Granville County which retained its copies--are in the State Archives. Bonds were filed in the County where the intended bride resided. Information on Bonds include bride and groom's names, the bondsman's name and witness (often the clerk of court). Marriage licenses existed for most of North Carolina's history but were not required to be kept until 1851. In 1868, bonds were discontinued and the Register of deeds in each County issued the required marriage licenses.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964]&nbsp;- search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch
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====== Marriages  ======
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*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675484&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979] - search this database of marriages from across the state - images included; via FamilySearch
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/alexander/alexandermarriages.html Alexander County marriages] - submitted to the NCGenWeb Archives
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*[http://goo.gl/FsJlh Alexander County marriages] - may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register &amp; State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
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*Alexander County Co-Habitation Records of 1866 [http://www.northcarolinapioneers.com/content/ncmarriages.html North Carolina Pioneers] $
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*North Carolina Marriages to 1799, a database, available to members. [http://www.northcarolinapioneers.com/content/ncmarriages.html North Carolina Pioneers] $
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====== Deaths  ======
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/alexander/alexanderobits.html Alexander County Obituaries] - user-submitted entries to the NCGenWeb Archives
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1609799&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D%20 North Carolina Death Certificates, 1906-1930] - search a statewide collection of freely available death certificates - images are included; via FamilySearch
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675510&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Deaths &amp; Burials, 1898-1994] - search death records from across the state; via FamilySearch
  
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
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*[http://www.alexanderlibrary.org/ Alexander County Library]
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*[http://www.hiddenitecenter.com/ Hiddenite Center] - folk &amp; cultural arts center
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*[http://www.ncgenealogy.org/ North Carolina Genealogical Society]
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/ NCGenWeb: Alamance County] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/alexander/ NCGenWeb: Alexander County] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Alexander|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Alexander|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/alexander.html USGenWeb Archives: Alexander County, NC]
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*North Carolina Pioneers [http://www.northcarolinapioneers.com North Carolina Pioneers] $
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
 
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Beginning Dates for Alexander County, North Carolina Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
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Deeds
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Alexander County Courthouse, Taylorsville, N.C. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
 

Alexander County Courthouse
201 1ST SW Ste 1
Taylorsville, NC 28681-2592
Phone: 828-632-9332

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death, land records;
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate court records from 1865[1]

History

Alexander was formed in 1847 from Iredell, Caldwell and Wilkes counties. It was named in honor of William J. Alexander of Mecklenburg County, several times member of the Legislature and speaker of the House of Commons.

Alexander County is located in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in western North Carolina. It is bordered on the south by the Catawba River and Catawba County, on the west by Caldwell County, on the north by Wilkes County , and on the east by Iredell County. Taylorsville, incorprated in 1851, is the county seat of Alexander County. Primary industry includes agriculture, furniture, and textiles. In 2003, the county celebrated its 156th birthday.

Parent County

1847--Alexander County was created 15 January 1847 from Caldwell, Iredell, and Wilkes Counties.
County seat: Taylorsville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Caldwell | Catawba | Iredell | Wilkes

Resources

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List of Records available for Alexander County at the North Carolina State Archives

Cemeteries

Census

  • Census records are available from multiple sources for the state. Check the NC Census Records page for links to free & paid resources. 

Church

Court 

North Carolina's court system, called the General Court of Justice, is a unified statewide and state-operated system consisting of three divisions: the Appellate Division, the Superior Court and the District Court Division. The Superior Court and District Court Divisions are commonly referred to as the North Carolina Trial Courts.

For some counties the trial Courts have been further subdivided into specialty areas such as Business Court, Family Court, Drug Court, Traffic Court, etc. More information on specialty courts for this county is provided on the left menu.

This web site for the Courts in Alexander County provides specific information on how North Carolina Trial Courts operate within Alexander County.

Directories

  • Several NC state business directories are available online. Visit this list of directories, and under the "Statewide" category, open the directory and navigate to Alexander County. Directories include information on area businesses and citizens.

Education

Land

Alexander County Register of Deeds maintains copies of deed and land records, some of which are available from their website for searching.  One must register and then sign in following the instructions on the website. Register of Deeds Online Search instructions

Their address is:
Alexander County Register of Deeds
75 1st Street SW
Suite 1
Taylorsville, NC
28681-2504

Phone: 828-632-3152
Fax: 828-632-1119


Local Histories

Alexander County was established in 1847, the year of the first sale of land in the county seat (Taylorsville). With the proceeds from the sale, the first courthouse was built on the present site. When the Civil War began, Alexander County was 14 years old. The 1860 population was 5,837; yet Alexander County ranked high per capita in the number of Confederate soldiers serving in the war.The county is named in honor of the Alexander family who were leaders in Colonial North Carolina. Taylorsville is the namesake of either John Louis Taylor, Carolina agriculturist and political philosopher, or General Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States.

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Alexander County for European settlers included:[3]

Military

Civil War

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

-7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry


Other

Newspapers

Online Sources
Published Extracts
  • Newspaper obituary index Alexander county, North Carolina 1986-1992 taken from The Taylorsville Times, The Time Advatage ... Statesville Record and Landmark - compiled by Evelina Davis Miller [Family History Library| WorldCat]  
  • Taylorsville index, 8 May 1890-7 May 1891 - by Linda R. Correll. [Family History Library| WorldCat]


Probate

Estates
Wills

Wills are maintained by the Alexander County Superior Court

Physical Address:
29 W. Main Ave.
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Mailing Address:
PO Box 100
Taylorsville, NC 28681
828.632.2215

The person who makes a will is called the "testator" or "devisee." The folks who get the goodies are “legatees" or "devisees." The fellow who makes sure that the final wishes are carried out is the "executor." If the executor happens to be female, she is an "executrix." "Probate" is the process by which the will becomes official and the written desires are validated. There are usually three copies of a will: the original, the one copied into the county clerk's records, and the one issued to the executor. The copy that is committed to the county clerk's book will often contain probate information: witnesses, executor, probate dates, etc

Taxation

Vital Records

Overview

Alexander County Register of Deeds
Mailing Address:
75 1st Street SW, Suite 1, Taylorsville, NC 28681-2504
Phone: 828-632-3152

Records include Vital Statistics, Marriages, Births, and Deaths as well as Veterans Discharge Records (DD-214s).  Following is a breakdown of what kinds of records are available:

Birth Certificates
1913-current

The state of North Carolina officially began keeping birth certificates in 1913. (In some outlying areas it began a bit later.) Birth certificates tell where a child was born, who the parents were and their age at the time of the birth. Other information is sometimes listed such as occupation of the father, number of children already in the household, etc.

Delayed Birth Certificates (delayed births)
1913-current

If someone, somehow, escaped the notice of a birth certificate registrar or happened to be born before births were listed, they could have applied for a delayed birth certificate. To obtain such a certificate, individuals had to supply documentation, often a family Bible record.

Death Certificates
1913-current

North Carolina began keeping Death Certificates in 1913. If an ancestor died before this time, one must turn to such records as wills, tombstones, and family Bibles to find the death date. Death certificates contain the date of death and birth as well as the parents' names and cause of death--and sometimes a good bit more.

One must remember that this information was not supplied by the subject under consideration. All information on a death certificate is supplied by an "informant." Informants are often family members but that does not mean that the information they supplied is 100 percent accurate.

Marriage Records
1859-current

During the majority of North Carolina's history, most of its citizens got married in any manner that suited them. Ministers and magistrates were nice, but often, one concludes, not necessary. This makes the existence of public marriage records chancy at best, but some do exist.

Officially, there were two ways to get married in the state up until 1868. One was through the publication of banns whereby a marriage would be announced on three consecutive Sundays in church. If no one spoke up against the merger, then the couple was free to wed. A certificate stating that this procedure had been followed was supposed to have been created, but, of course, did not have to be placed on file anywhere.

The second method which lasted from 1741-1868 (and overlapped the period of banns) involved the issuance of a marriage bond. The bridegroom obtained these through the Clerk of the County Court. They signified nothing more than that the couple listed intended to marry. It is possible that they changed their mind later and never tied the knot. Originals to all marriage bonds--except those from Granville County which retained its copies--are in the State Archives. Bonds were filed in the County where the intended bride resided. Information on Bonds include bride and groom's names, the bondsman's name and witness (often the clerk of court). Marriage licenses existed for most of North Carolina's history but were not required to be kept until 1851. In 1868, bonds were discontinued and the Register of deeds in each County issued the required marriage licenses.

Finding Records
Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alexander 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. 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.