McDowell County, North Carolina Genealogy

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The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.
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As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.
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McDowell County Clerk of the Superior Court<br>(828) 652-7717
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It is generally more cost effective to obtain records at the County level, however, the North Carolina State Archives has originals and/or copies of most older County records.<br>
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[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/records.htm North Carolina State Archives]<br>4614 Mail Service Center<br>Raleigh, NC 27699-4614<br>919-807-7310<br>
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Check their [http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/FindingAids/co_guide.pdf Guide to Research Materials] for what kinds of records are available, and also download their forms to[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/mail.htm request information by mail].
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Revision as of 03:19, 18 February 2011


McDowell 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.
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Founded 1842
County Seat Marion
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Contents

County Courthouse

History

McDowell was formed in 1842 from Rutherford and Burke Counties. It was named in honor of Colonel Joseph McDowell, an officer of the Revolution. It is situated in the west central part of North Carolina, bounded by Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Henderson, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey counties. The court was ordered to be held at the home of Jonathan L. Carson until the county seat could be established. The act also named commissioners to select a site as near the center of the county as possible, acquire land, lay out a town by the name of Marion, and erect a courthouse. Marion is the county seat.

Parent County

1842--McDowell County was created 19 December 1842 from Rutherford and Burke Counties.
County seat: Marion [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

McDowell County Courthouse
21 S Main Street
Marion, NC 28752
(828) 652-7717




Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.

As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.


McDowell County Clerk of the Superior Court
(828) 652-7717

Has probate records starting from 1841, if they haven't been transferred to State Archives. Contact the Clerk of the Court to confirm which records are available at their office. 


It is generally more cost effective to obtain records at the County level, however, the North Carolina State Archives has originals and/or copies of most older County records.

North Carolina State Archives
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4614
919-807-7310

Check their Guide to Research Materials for what kinds of records are available, and also download their forms torequest information by mail.



Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites

References

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