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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Carolina Genealogy|North Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Craven County'''  
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Guide to '''Craven 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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[http://www.cravencounty.com/ Craven County Courthouse&nbsp;]<br>406 Craven Street<br>New Bern, North Carolina 28560<br>Phone: 252-636-6617<br><br>Register of Deed has birth and death from 1914<br>Marriage and land records from 1700<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1915;<br>City Clerk&nbsp;has burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Craven County, North Carolina. Page 508 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.cravencounty.com/ Craven County Courthouse&nbsp;]<br>406 Craven Street<br>New Bern, North Carolina 28560<br>Phone: 252-636-6617<br><br>Register of Deed has birth and death from 1914<br>Marriage and land records from 1700<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1915;<br>City Clerk&nbsp;has burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Craven County, North Carolina. Page 508 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
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'''For wills and estate records contact:'''<br>  
 
'''For wills and estate records contact:'''<br>  
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'''For Vital Records (births, deaths, marriages) and Land Records contact:'''<br>  
 
'''For Vital Records (births, deaths, marriages) and Land Records contact:'''<br>  
  
[http://www.cravencounty.com/departments/reg.cfm Craven County Register of Deeds]<br>226 Pollock Street<br>New Bern, NC 28560<br>(252) 636-6617<br>Online indexes available at [http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx]  
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[http://www.cravencounty.com/departments/reg.cfm Craven County Register of Deeds]<br>226 Pollock Street<br>New Bern, NC 28560<br>(252) 636-6617<br>[http://www.cravencountync.gov/departments/reg.cfm Website]
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'''Clerk of Superior Court''' <br>
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PO Box 1187 <br> 
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New Bern, NC 28563 <br>
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Telephone:  (252) 639-3000 <br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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1.) Craven County one of three counties (Albemarle and Clarendon being the others) set up in 1664 by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. Its territory embraced what later became South Carolina. 2.) Craven County was established in 1705 as Archdale Precinct of Bath County, although there is evidence that an Archdale County existed as early as 1696. The name was changed to Craven County about 1712. 3.) Craven County included the Ashley River settlement known as Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina).  
 
1.) Craven County one of three counties (Albemarle and Clarendon being the others) set up in 1664 by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. Its territory embraced what later became South Carolina. 2.) Craven County was established in 1705 as Archdale Precinct of Bath County, although there is evidence that an Archdale County existed as early as 1696. The name was changed to Craven County about 1712. 3.) Craven County included the Ashley River settlement known as Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina).  
  
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'''1722'''--[[Carteret County, North Carolina|Carteret County]]&nbsp;was formed from Craven in 1722, with several boundary changes through the 1880s.<br>'''1729--'''[[New Hanover County, North Carolina|New Hanover County]] was formed from Craven in 1729. <br>'''1746--'''[[Johnston County, North Carolina|Johnston County]] was formed from Craven in 1746. <br>'''1757--'''Part of [[Beaufort County, North Carolina|Beaufort County]] was annexed to Craven in 1757 and 1801. <br>'''1764--'''Part of Craven was annexed to Dobbs County in 1764. <br>'''1778--'''[[Jones County, North Carolina|Jones County]] was formed from Craven in 1778. <br>'''1787--'''Parts of Craven were annexed to [[Pitt County, North Carolina|Pitt County]] in 1787; [[Lenoir County, North Carolina|Lenoir County]] in 1798, 1804 and 1819; and [[Greene County, North Carolina|Greene County]] in 1801. <br>'''1872--'''[[Pamlico County, North Carolina|Pamlico County]] was formed from parts of Craven and Beaufort Counties in 1872, and part of Craven was annexed to Pamlico in 1875.<ref>David L. Corbett, ''The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943'' (Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1950), 74-79.</ref>  
 
'''1722'''--[[Carteret County, North Carolina|Carteret County]]&nbsp;was formed from Craven in 1722, with several boundary changes through the 1880s.<br>'''1729--'''[[New Hanover County, North Carolina|New Hanover County]] was formed from Craven in 1729. <br>'''1746--'''[[Johnston County, North Carolina|Johnston County]] was formed from Craven in 1746. <br>'''1757--'''Part of [[Beaufort County, North Carolina|Beaufort County]] was annexed to Craven in 1757 and 1801. <br>'''1764--'''Part of Craven was annexed to Dobbs County in 1764. <br>'''1778--'''[[Jones County, North Carolina|Jones County]] was formed from Craven in 1778. <br>'''1787--'''Parts of Craven were annexed to [[Pitt County, North Carolina|Pitt County]] in 1787; [[Lenoir County, North Carolina|Lenoir County]] in 1798, 1804 and 1819; and [[Greene County, North Carolina|Greene County]] in 1801. <br>'''1872--'''[[Pamlico County, North Carolina|Pamlico County]] was formed from parts of Craven and Beaufort Counties in 1872, and part of Craven was annexed to Pamlico in 1875.<ref>David L. Corbett, ''The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943'' (Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1950), 74-79.</ref>  
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For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/northcarolina/ "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/nc-counties.html#courthouse North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== African American<br>  ====
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[[Image:Nccraven.png|thumb|right|400px]]
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==== African American ====
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Mobley, Joe A. James City, A Black Community in North Carolina, 1863-1900. -Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1981. FHL '''975.6192/J1 H2m '''<br>
  
 
*[http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/aares.html Craven County African American resources] - via the Craven County Public Library<br>
 
*[http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/aares.html Craven County African American resources] - via the Craven County Public Library<br>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158404 Asbury Church Cemetery] BillionGraves. Between Cove City and Route 55.
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158404 Asbury Church Cemetery] BillionGraves. Between Cove City and Route 55.
  
==== Census<br>  ====
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==== Census ====
  
 
*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/craven/records/census Craven County census records] - via Craven County NCGenWeb
 
*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/craven/records/census Craven County census records] - via Craven County NCGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/craven/cravencourt.htm Craven County court records] - various transcriptions from the NCGenWeb Archives<br>
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/craven/cravencourt.htm Craven County court records] - various transcriptions from the NCGenWeb Archives<br>
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==== Ethnic and Religious Groups ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/NCmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.
 
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/NCmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.
 
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====== Civil War Confederate units  ======
 
====== Civil War Confederate units  ======
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:-[[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
 
:-[[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
:-[[5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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:-[[5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
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:- [[1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery.|1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery]], Company B<br>:- [[1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery.|1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery]], Company I<br>:- [[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company F<br>:- [[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company I<br>:- [[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company K<br>:- [[3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery|3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery]], 1st Company H<br>:- [[3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery|3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery]], 1st Company K<br>:- [[41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry|41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry]], Company E<br>:- [[5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company D<br>:- [[3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery|3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery]], Company F<br><br>
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*1861 - 1865 {{RecordSearch|1932376|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*1861 - 1865 {{RecordSearch|1932416|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*The [http://newbern.cpclib.org New Bern-Craven County Public Library] also has a list of many New Bern newspapers based on the above list from the North Carolina Newspaper Project. That list is available at [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/newspapers.html http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/newspapers.html].<br>  
 
*The [http://newbern.cpclib.org New Bern-Craven County Public Library] also has a list of many New Bern newspapers based on the above list from the North Carolina Newspaper Project. That list is available at [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/newspapers.html http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/newspapers.html].<br>  
*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization&nbsp;Project], North Carolina State&nbsp;Archives.&nbsp; Search&nbsp;full text historical&nbsp;newspapers published in New Bern.&nbsp;<br>  
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*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project], North Carolina State Archives.Search full text historical newspapers published in New Bern.<br>  
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=North+Carolina&county=Craven&city=&year1=1690&year2=2010 Craven&nbsp;County newspapers] - a listing of newspapers published in the county; via the Library of Congress
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=North+Carolina&county=Craven&city=&year1=1690&year2=2010 Craven County newspapers] - a listing of newspapers published in the county; via the Library of Congress
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
Birth and death records from 1913 can be found at the Register of Deeds Office for Craven County at 226 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560. An online index is available at [http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx]. Uncertified copies can be ordered for a small fee.&nbsp; Please see Register of Deeds website for more information. <br>  
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Birth and death records from 1913 can be found at the Register of Deeds Office for Craven County at 226 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560. An online index is available at [http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx]. Uncertified copies can be ordered for a small fee. Please see Register of Deeds website for more information. <br>  
  
 
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===== Births  =====
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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 <br>
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*1800 - 2000 {{RecordSearch|1949336|North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1866 - 1964 {{RecordSearch|1675484|North Carolina Births and Christenings 1866-1964}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
*[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&nbsp;; via FamilySearch <br>
 
  
 
===== Marriages  =====
 
===== Marriages  =====
 
 
*Marriage registers from 1858 to the present and marriage licenses from 1904 to the present are also available at the Register of Deeds Office. An online index to marriages from 1909 is available at [http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx].<br>  
 
*Marriage registers from 1858 to the present and marriage licenses from 1904 to the present are also available at the Register of Deeds Office. An online index to marriages from 1909 is available at [http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx].<br>  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675484&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979 ] - via FamilySearch; images included <br>  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675484&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979 ] - via FamilySearch; images included <br>  
*Wake County marriages are included in 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 searcheable. Available on the [http://goo.gl/FsJlh North Carolina Digital Collections website]. <br>
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*Craven County marriages are included in 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 [http://goo.gl/FsJlh North Carolina Digital Collections website]. <br>  
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*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/craven/records/marriages Craven County Marriage Bonds] at USGenWeb - free.
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*'''1892-1930''' - Craven County Marriage Index 1892-1930 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf]].</ref>
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*1741 - 2004 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8909 North Carolina Marriage Index 1741-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1759 - 1979{{RecordSearch|1675514|North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1762 - 1969{{RecordSearch|1726957|North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1969}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
 
===== Deaths  =====
 
===== Deaths  =====
 
 
*An index to obituaries listed in New Bern newspapers from 1751 to the present (not complete) is available at the [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research Kellenberger Room] of the [http://newbern.cpclib.org New Bern-Craven County Public Library]. The site for the obituaries is [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/obituary.html http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/obituary.html]. <br>  
 
*An index to obituaries listed in New Bern newspapers from 1751 to the present (not complete) is available at the [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research Kellenberger Room] of the [http://newbern.cpclib.org New Bern-Craven County Public Library]. The site for the obituaries is [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/obituary.html http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/obituary.html]. <br>  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?nametype=decedent&county=craven Craven County deaths] - list of county area deaths reported in various newspapers; dates range from late 1700s to 1900s.  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?nametype=decedent&county=craven Craven County deaths] - list of county area deaths reported in various newspapers; dates range from late 1700s to 1900s.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/craven/cravenobits.htm Craven County obituaries] - transcribed for the NCGenWeb Archives<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1609799&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Death Certificates, 1906-1930 ] - via FamilySearch; images included <br>  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/craven/cravenobits.htm Craven County obituaries] - transcribed for the NCGenWeb Archives<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1609799&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Death Certificates, 1906-1930 ] - via FamilySearch; images included <br>  
 
*[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 ] - via FamilySearch <br>
 
*[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 ] - via FamilySearch <br>
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*1898 - 1994{{RecordSearch|1675510|North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*1908 - 2004 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8908 North Carolina Death Indexes 1908-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1909-1975 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1121 North Carolina Death Certificates 1909-1975] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*1931 - 1994{{RecordSearch|1584959|North Carolina Deaths 1931-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1958 - 2004[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1115 North Carolina Divorce Index 1958-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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Craven County Genealogical Society<br>  PO Box 1344<br>  New Bern, NC 28563-1344<br>
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[http://www.cravengenealogy.org/ Craven County Genealogy]<br><br>
  
 
*[http://www.cravengenealogy.org/ Craven County Genealogical Society of North Carolina, Inc.]  
 
*[http://www.cravengenealogy.org/ Craven County Genealogical Society of North Carolina, Inc.]  
 
*[http://www.newbernhistorical.org New Bern Historical Society]  
 
*[http://www.newbernhistorical.org New Bern Historical Society]  
*[http://newbern.cpclib.org New&nbsp;Bern-Craven County Public Library]; Kellenberger Room website: [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research http://newbern.cpclib.org/research]  
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*[http://newbern.cpclib.org New Bern-Craven County Public Library]; Kellenberger Room website: [http://newbern.cpclib.org/research http://newbern.cpclib.org/research]  
 
*[http://www.cravencc.edu/educational/learningresources.cfm Godwin Memorial Library] of Craven Community College  
 
*[http://www.cravencc.edu/educational/learningresources.cfm Godwin Memorial Library] of Craven Community College  
 
*[http://encfamilies.org/FHSofENC/Welcome.html Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina]
 
*[http://encfamilies.org/FHSofENC/Welcome.html Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina]
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[[New Bern North Carolina Family History Center]]
 
*[[New Bern North Carolina Family History Center]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/craven-county/ Craven County, NC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/craven Craven County NCGenWeb] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project.  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/craven Craven County NCGenWeb] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project.  
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Craven|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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Guide to Craven 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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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Craven County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1913
1740
1913
1790
1707
1700

Craven County Courthouse 
406 Craven Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
Phone: 252-636-6617

Register of Deed has birth and death from 1914
Marriage and land records from 1700
Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1915;
City Clerk has burial records[1]

Craven County Courthouse.jpg

For wills and estate records contact:

Estates Division
Craven County Clerk of Court
302 Broad Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 639-9004

For Vital Records (births, deaths, marriages) and Land Records contact:

Craven County Register of Deeds
226 Pollock Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 636-6617
Website

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 1187
New Bern, NC 28563
Telephone: (252) 639-3000

History

1.) Craven County one of three counties (Albemarle and Clarendon being the others) set up in 1664 by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. Its territory embraced what later became South Carolina. 2.) Craven County was established in 1705 as Archdale Precinct of Bath County, although there is evidence that an Archdale County existed as early as 1696. The name was changed to Craven County about 1712. 3.) Craven County included the Ashley River settlement known as Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina).

Parent County

1705--Craven County was created 3 December 1705 from the Archdale Precinct of Bath County. Bath County was abolished in 1739.
County seat: New Bern [2]

Boundary Changes

1722--Carteret County was formed from Craven in 1722, with several boundary changes through the 1880s.
1729--New Hanover County was formed from Craven in 1729.
1746--Johnston County was formed from Craven in 1746.
1757--Part of Beaufort County was annexed to Craven in 1757 and 1801.
1764--Part of Craven was annexed to Dobbs County in 1764.
1778--Jones County was formed from Craven in 1778.
1787--Parts of Craven were annexed to Pitt County in 1787; Lenoir County in 1798, 1804 and 1819; and Greene County in 1801.
1872--Pamlico County was formed from parts of Craven and Beaufort Counties in 1872, and part of Craven was annexed to Pamlico in 1875.[3]

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

For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Bridgeton (2001 population: 201)
  • Cove City (2001 population: 425)
  • Dover (2001 population: 443)
  • Havelock (2001 population: 22,463)
  • New Bern (2001 population: 23,415)
  • River Bend (2001 population: 2,918)
  • Trent Woods (2001 population: 4,186)
  • Vanceboro (2001 population: 892)[4]

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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African American

Mobley, Joe A. James City, A Black Community in North Carolina, 1863-1900. -Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1981. FHL 975.6192/J1 H2m


Cemeteries

Individual cemeteries:

Census

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


Church Records

Baptist
Church of England
  • Craven Parish, New Bern, N.C. Later called Christ Church Parish. Established 1715.[8] Official website.

Court

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Land

Local Histories

Maps

  • Craven County maps - more than 40 maps from the North Carolina State Library's NC Maps website

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Craven County for European settlers included:[9]

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Craven County.

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.
Civil War Confederate units

Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company B
:- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company I
:- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
:- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company I
:- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company K
:- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, 1st Company H
:- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, 1st Company K
:- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company E
:- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
:- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company F

Newspapers

The first newspaper in North Carolina was published in New Bern, N.C., by James Davis in 1751. The North Carolina State Archives has microfilmed copies of many New Bern newspapers. A list of North Carolina Newspapers, including Craven County can be found at the North Carolina Newspaper Index page of the North Carolina Newspaper Project. Craven County newspapers begin on page 37 of the index.

Probate

Vital Records

Birth and death records from 1913 can be found at the Register of Deeds Office for Craven County at 226 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560. An online index is available at http://deeds.cravencounty.com/default.aspx. Uncertified copies can be ordered for a small fee. Please see Register of Deeds website for more information.

Births


Marriages
Deaths
Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Craven County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1344
New Bern, NC 28563-1344
Craven County Genealogy

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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Craven County, North Carolina. Page 508 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. David L. Corbett, The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943 (Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1950), 74-79.
  4. The Directory of Municipal Officials and Buyers' Guide, 2004 (Raleigh, N.C.: NC League of Municipalities, 2004).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at St Paul's Seminary website.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:317, 490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  7. Morgan Edwards, Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia (1772), 148. Digitized by SCDL Collections - free.
  8. Lawrence Foushee London and Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, The Episcopal Church in North Carolina, 1701-1959 (Raleigh, N.C.: The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1987), 24. FHL Book 975.6 K2e; 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), 500. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr; "Christ Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. 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.
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.


 

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