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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Burke County'''  
  
== County Courthouse ==
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Guide to '''Burke County North Carolina genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== History  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Burke County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption NCGenWeb
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| custom_text = <center>County Coordinator<br>'''[http://www.ncgenweb.us/burke/ Burke Co. NCGenWeb]'''</center>
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| county_map = Nc-burke.png
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| state = North Carolina
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| state_map = North_Carolina.png
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| founded year = 1777
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| founded date =
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| seat wl = Morganton
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}}
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== County Courthouse  ==
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|-
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for {{PAGENAME}} Government Records'''</center>
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|-
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land|'''Deeds''']]</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate|Wills]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1913</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1781</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1913</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1790</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1794</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1793</center>
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[http://www.co.burke.nc.us/ '''Burke County, North Carolina''']<br>201 S Green Street <br>P O Box 219<br>Morganton, NC 28680<br>Phone: 828-438-5450<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and&nbsp;death records from 1913 <br>marriage, land and military discharge records from 1865;<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1865<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burke County, North Carolina p. 507. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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'''1777'''--Burke County was&nbsp;created 8 April 1777&nbsp;from [[Rowan County, North Carolina|Rowan]] County. '''County seat''': Morganton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1865--'''Many court records and most land records burned by Federal troops.
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Former Burke County Genealogical Society President Betsy Pittman's article can help you discover your Burke County ancestors despite record loss, see:
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*Pittman, Betsy Dodd. "Burke County 'Bypasses,'" ''The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal,'' Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 1989):68-72. {{FHL|41760|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2s v. 15 (1989)}}.
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== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*[[Avery County, North Carolina|Avery]]
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*[[Caldwell County, North Carolina|Caldwell]]
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*[[Catawba County, North Carolina|Catawba]]
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*[[Cleveland County, North Carolina|Cleveland]]
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*[[Lincoln County, North Carolina|Lincoln]]
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*[[McDowell County, North Carolina|Mcdowell]]
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*[[Rutherford County, North Carolina|Rutherford]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Ncburke.png|thumb|right|400px|Ncburke.png]]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1662 Burke County cemetery listings at FindAGrave] -user-submitted burial records
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/burke/cemeteries.htm Burke County cemeteries] - compilation of resources on the Burke County, NCGenWeb site
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/burke.html NC&nbsp;Tombstone Transcription Project] - Burke county cemeteries
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==== Census  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/burke/burkecensus.html Census records on the NCGenWeb Archives]
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{{Census|North Carolina}}
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==== Church Records ====
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===== Baptist  =====
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*'''Catawbo River.''' Constituted 1785.<ref>George Washington Paschal, ''History of North Carolina Baptists,'' 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:562. {{FHL|561274|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990}}.</ref>
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/burke/burkecourt.html Burke County court records at the NCGenWeb Archives]
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==== Education  ====
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*Book:&nbsp;[http://openlibrary.org/works/OL15579783W/The_North_Carolina_School_for_the_Deaf_at_Morganton_1894-1944 The North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton, 1894-1944] (1945) - free online
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*[http://ncgenweb-data.com/ybook/resultlist.php?county=burke&state=NC Burke County students at NC colleges] - list via the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index
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==== Genealogy  ====
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*'''[Plumlee]''' Plumlee, Robert D. ''The Plumlee Family.'' Clearwater, Fla.: Plumlee Systems, Inc., 1969, 1979. Digital version at {{FSbook|82191}} - free.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*[http://rod.co.burke.nc.us/OtherAnthem/SearchEntry.aspx?cabinet=COTT Deeds 1855-1985] -- Search on the Burke County Register of Deeds website
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/burke/burkedeeds.html Deeds of Burke County] -- NCGenWeb Archives
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*Book:&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/catawbavalleyhig00ervi Catawba Valley and highlands&nbsp;: Burke County, Western North Carolina (1896)] - via the Internet Archive
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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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=Burke+County&CISOOP2=exact&CISOFIELD2=collec&CISOBOX2=&CISOOP3=exact&CISOFIELD3=title&CISOBOX3=&CISOOP4=exact&CISOFIELD4=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOBOX4=&c=exact&CISOROOT=%2Fncmaps Burke County Maps] - via NC Maps Digital Collection
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==== Migration  ====
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Early migration routes to and from Burke 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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:*[[Old Cherokee Path]] pre-historic
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:*[[Jonesboro Road]] 1769
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:*[[Rutherford's War Trace]] 1776
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
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:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment.|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.]]
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:-[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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:-[[11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/north_carolina/Burke Burke&nbsp;county newspapers] - a listing of newspapers published in the county &amp; libraries that hold them; via the Library of Congress.
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*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?county=burke Burke&nbsp;County residents in the newspaper] - name listing of people from the county as located in misc. newspaper articles; time span varies. Articles indexed in the NC People in the Papers database.
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*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project] - contains full-text papers from 1752-1890s. Search for your Burke County ancestors.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*'''Pre-1790''' - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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*'''1793-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books 1 to 9 (1793-1963)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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Births
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*[http://rod.co.burke.nc.us/Birth/SearchEntry.aspx Burke County Births] - search on the website of the Burke County Register of Deeds
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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] - search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch
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Marriages
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*[http://rod.co.burke.nc.us/Marriage/SearchEntry.aspx Burke County Marriages] - search on the website of the Burke County Register of Deeds
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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://goo.gl/FsJlh Burke&nbsp;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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*Burke County Marriages 1774-1854 [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://rod.co.burke.nc.us/DEATH/SearchEntry.aspx Burke County Deaths] - search on the website of the Burke County Register of Deeds
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*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?nametype=decedent&county=burke Deaths of Burke County] - list of county area deaths reported in various newspapers; dates range from late 1700s to 1900s.
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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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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
  
== Townships and Cities ==
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*[http://www.bcpls.org/ Burke County Public Library]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/burke/burkegs.htm Burke County Genealogical Society]
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Hickory North Carolina Family History Center]]
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*[[Morganton North Carolina Family History Center]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://ncgenweb.us/burke/ Burke County NCGenWeb] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project
*Family History Library Catalog. Salt Lake City, Utah.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/burke.html Burke County NCGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Burke|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*North Carolina Pioneers [http://www.northcarolinapioneers.com North&nbsp;Carolina Pioneers]
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Guide to Burke County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Burke County, North Carolina Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1913
1781
1913
1790
1794
1793

Burke County, North Carolina
201 S Green Street
P O Box 219
Morganton, NC 28680
Phone: 828-438-5450

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage, land and military discharge records from 1865;
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1865[1]

History

Parent County

1777--Burke County was created 8 April 1777 from Rowan County. County seat: Morganton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1865--Many court records and most land records burned by Federal troops.

Former Burke County Genealogical Society President Betsy Pittman's article can help you discover your Burke County ancestors despite record loss, see:

  • Pittman, Betsy Dodd. "Burke County 'Bypasses,'" The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 1989):68-72. FHL Book 975.6 B2s v. 15 (1989).

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Ncburke.png

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church Records

Baptist
  • Catawbo River. Constituted 1785.[3]

Court

Education

Genealogy

  • [Plumlee] Plumlee, Robert D. The Plumlee Family. Clearwater, Fla.: Plumlee Systems, Inc., 1969, 1979. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Burke County for European settlers included:[4]

Military

Civil War

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

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.
-6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

  • Burke County Marriages - search on the website of the Burke County Register of Deeds
  • North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979 - search this database of marriages from across the state - images included; via FamilySearch
  • Burke County marriages - may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register & State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
  • Burke County Marriages 1774-1854 North Carolina Pioneers
  • North Carolina Marriages to 1799, a database, available to members North Carolina Pioneers

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), Burke County, North Carolina p. 507. 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. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:562. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. 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.