Bertie County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Bertie 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 1722
County Seat Windsor
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County Courthouse

Bertie County, North Carolina"<br? 108 W Dundee Street
Windsor, NR 27983-1208

Reg of Deeds has b, m, d & land rec,
Clk Sup Ct has div and ct rec from 1869
& pro rec from 1763

Bertie County was formed from Chowan 2 Aug 1722


Parent County

The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River. It was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or perhaps both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

In 1729 parts of Bertie Precinct, Chowan Precinct, Currituck Precinct, and Pasquotank Precinct of Albemarle County were combined to form Tyrrell Precinct. With the abolition of Albemarle County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became separate counties. In 1741 parts of Bertie County became Edgecombe County and Northampton County. Finally, in 1759 parts of Bertie County, Chowan County, and Northampton County were combined to form Hertford County, and Bertie was reduced to its present size.

1722--Bertie County was created 2 August 1722 from Chowan County. County seat:  Windsor [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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



Family Histories


  • [Boddie] Leary, Helen F.M. "The Two William Boddies of North Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Jan. 1991):16-29; Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr. 1991):106-110; Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul. 1991):148-153. Available at FHL.


Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Bertie County for European settlers included:[2]


Civil War

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

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.
-5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry





Vital Records 



Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 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.