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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Surry_County,_North_Carolina|Surry County]]''
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Guide to '''Surry 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]]  [[Surry_County,_North_Carolina|Surry County]]''  
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== Surry County, North Carolina Courthouse  ==
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== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.co.surry.nc.us/ Surry County Courthouse]<br>114 W Atkins St<br>Dobson, NC 27017-0345<br>Phone: 336-401-8150<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage death, burial and land records<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce court&nbsp;and probate records from 1771 1771<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Surry County, North Carolina. Page 513 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== History  ==
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== Surry County, North Carolina History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
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==== Brief History  ====
 
==== Brief History  ====
  
Surry County, North Carolina is said to have been named after Surrey County, England.
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Surry County, North Carolina is said to have been named after Surrey County, England. The county's northern boundary is the Virginia state line.
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Surry County was originally formed from [[Rowan County, North Carolina|Rowan]] County in 1771. Rowan had been formed from [[Anson County, North Carolina|Anson]] in 1753, and Anson was formed from [[Bladen County, North Carolina|Bladen]] in 1750. The act to form Surry County was proposed to the assembly of North Carolina in December 1770, and was passed the following month, January 1771. This act became effective 1 Apr 1771.<br>
  
Surry County was originally formed from [[Rowan County, North Carolina|Rowan]] County in 1771. Rowan had been formed from [[Anson County, North Carolina|Anson]] in 1753, and Anson was formed from [[Bladen County, North Carolina|Bladen]] in 1750. The act to form Surry County was proposed to the assembly of North Carolina in December 1770, and was passed the following month, January 1771. This act became effective 1 Apr 1771.<br>
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[[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County was formed in 1777 from Surry County and, according to some sources, Washington District, also known as the District of Washington. Evidently, however, the District of Washington was created in the same legislative session. Washington District is, today, Washington County, Tennessee.&nbsp;[[Stokes County, North Carolina|Stokes]] County was formed ten years later, in 1789, from the eastern section of Surry County.  
  
[[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County was formed in 1777 from Surry County and, according to some sources, Washington District, also known as the District of Washington. Evidently, however, the District of Washington was created in the same legislative session. Washington District is, today, Washington County, Tennessee.&nbsp;[[Stokes County, North Carolina|Stokes]] County was formed ten years later, in 1789, from the eastern section of Surry County.
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Surry County records dated from the 1770s and 1780s cover parts of present-day Ashe, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes, Wilkes, and Yadkin Counties.  
  
In 1790, the county seat of Surry County became Rockford.
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In 1790, the county seat of Surry County became Rockford.  
  
 
Yet another division took place in 1851, as [[Yadkin County, North Carolina|Yadkin]] County was formed from the area south of Yadkin River. &nbsp;In 1853, the county seat was moved from Rockford to the new town of Dobson, and has remained there to this day. Dobson is named for William Polk Dobson, a prominent citizen. The Registrar of Deeds Office in Dobson welcomes visitors to its very user-friendly collection of vital records.  
 
Yet another division took place in 1851, as [[Yadkin County, North Carolina|Yadkin]] County was formed from the area south of Yadkin River. &nbsp;In 1853, the county seat was moved from Rockford to the new town of Dobson, and has remained there to this day. Dobson is named for William Polk Dobson, a prominent citizen. The Registrar of Deeds Office in Dobson welcomes visitors to its very user-friendly collection of vital records.  
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Other prominent familes were Marion, Creed, McKinney, Moore, Dudley and McCraw.  
 
Other prominent familes were Marion, Creed, McKinney, Moore, Dudley and McCraw.  
  
Present-day Surry County is southern living at its best. Because of being somewhat isolated at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia, it has been able to retain the long-held traditions of the families lines that have remained there for over 220 years. Some have clung to the old Elizabethan English and many have strong roots in their Primitive Baptist upbringing. Most of these second-generation Americans were born in [[Virginia|Virginia]] and migrated to [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] looking for the fertile land that had been advertised and scouted.
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Present-day Surry County is southern living at its best. Because of being somewhat isolated at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia, it has been able to retain the long-held traditions of the families lines that have remained there for over 220 years. Some have clung to the old Elizabethan English and many have strong roots in their Primitive Baptist upbringing. Most of these second-generation Americans were born in [[Virginia|Virginia]] and migrated to [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] looking for the fertile land that had been advertised and scouted.  
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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== Surry County, North Carolina Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
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*Yadkin River
 
*Yadkin River
  
== Resources  ==
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== Surry County, North Carolina Genealogy Resources  ==
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[[Image:Ncsurry.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/libertyunionpbcem.htm Liberty Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery] (online list, New River Notes)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/libertyunionpbcem.htm Liberty Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery] (online list, New River Notes)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/wolffcem2.htm Stony Ridge, Wolff Family Cemetery] (online list, New River Notes)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/wolffcem2.htm Stony Ridge, Wolff Family Cemetery] (online list, New River Notes)  
*[http://www.interment.net/us/nc/surry.htm Surry County Cemetery Records, North Carolina] (Interment.net)
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/nc/surry.htm Surry County Cemetery Records, North Carolina] (Interment.net)  
 
*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/surr/index.htm Surry County, North Carolina Cemeteries] (online lists, Cemetery Census)  
 
*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/surr/index.htm Surry County, North Carolina Cemeteries] (online lists, Cemetery Census)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/surrycemeteries.html Surry County, North Carolina Cemeteries] (online lists, GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/surrycemeteries.html Surry County, North Carolina Cemeteries] (online lists, GenWeb Archives)  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/northcarolina/surry.htm Surry County, North Carolina Cemetery Transcriptions] (Access Genealogy)
 
*[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:2:::NO::P1_CLASS,P1_STATE,P1_COUNTY:Cemetery,North%20Carolina,Surry USGS: List of cemeteries in Surry County] (USGS)  
 
*[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:2:::NO::P1_CLASS,P1_STATE,P1_COUNTY:Cemetery,North%20Carolina,Surry USGS: List of cemeteries in Surry County] (USGS)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/wolffcem.htm Wolff Family Cemetery] (online list, New River Notes)
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/wolffcem.htm Wolff Family Cemetery] (online list, New River Notes)
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==== Censuses  ====
 
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*1786 State Census for Surry County (incomplete)
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{{Census|North Carolina}}
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*1786 State Census for Surry County; 15 districts were established, but the returns from six are missing.
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/census/1790cens.txt 1790 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (transcription, alphabetical order, GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/census/1790cens.txt 1790 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (transcription, alphabetical order, GenWeb Archives)  
*[http://donchesnut.com/genealogy/pages/nsurry.htm 1790 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (transcription, searchable by surname, Don Chesnut)
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*[http://donchesnut.com/genealogy/pages/nsurry.htm 1790 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (transcription, searchable by surname, Don Chesnut)  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/census/1810_1.txt 1810 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (last name index, GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/census/1810_1.txt 1810 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (last name index, GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/census/1850/imgindx.txt 1850 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (index, GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/census/1850/imgindx.txt 1850 Census, Surry County, North Carolina] (index, GenWeb Archives)
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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*'''Deep Creek.''' Constituted 1781.<ref name="bap">George Washington Paschal, ''History of North Carolina Baptists,'' 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:229; 2:569. {{FHL|561274|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990}}.</ref>
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*'''Hunting Creek.''' Constituted 1781.<ref name="bap" />
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*'''Little Yadkin River.''' Constituted 1785.<ref name="bap" />
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*'''Shallow Fords.''' Founded before 1773.<ref name="bap" />
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*'''Fraternity Church of the Brethren,''' near Clemmons, N.C. Established about 1775.<ref>"Fraternity Church of the Brethren," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref> Later located in [[Stokes County, North Carolina|Stokes]] and [[Forsyth County, North Carolina|Forsyth]] counties.
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*'''Nazareth Church aka Old Dutch Meeting House.''' Organized about 1778 by German settlers.<ref>"Nazareth Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref> Later located in [[Stokes County, North Carolina|Stokes County]] and presently situated in [[Forsyth County, North Carolina|Forsyth County]].
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*'''Friedberg Church.''' Begun 1759; organized 1773.<ref>"Friedberg Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref> Later located in [[Stokes County, North Carolina|Stokes County]] and presently situated in [[Forsyth County, North Carolina|Forsyth County]].
  
 
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*'''[Adamson]''' Dixon Ben F. and Alice L. Dwelle Dixon. ''The Adamson Source Book, a Genealogy of the Descendants of Rachel Williams Adamson, 1776-1850 of Surry County, N.C., Jefferson County, Tenn., and Lawrence County, Ind.: with an Addendum of Miscellaneous Historical Material on the Name Adamson''. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: B.F. Dixon, 1942-1961.&nbsp;  
 
*'''[Adamson]''' Dixon Ben F. and Alice L. Dwelle Dixon. ''The Adamson Source Book, a Genealogy of the Descendants of Rachel Williams Adamson, 1776-1850 of Surry County, N.C., Jefferson County, Tenn., and Lawrence County, Ind.: with an Addendum of Miscellaneous Historical Material on the Name Adamson''. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: B.F. Dixon, 1942-1961.&nbsp;  
 
*Coats, Charlotte, ''Joshua Richardson, Lazarus Tilley, William Mason: The American Revolution and Before'', 2006.  
 
*Coats, Charlotte, ''Joshua Richardson, Lazarus Tilley, William Mason: The American Revolution and Before'', 2006.  
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*[http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/nc/surry/ Combs &amp;c Families of Surry County, North Carolina] (website)
 
*Dunagin, Percy E., ''The Early Dunagins of Surry County, North Carolina'', Family Heritage Publishers, 2007.  
 
*Dunagin, Percy E., ''The Early Dunagins of Surry County, North Carolina'', Family Heritage Publishers, 2007.  
*Heinegg, Paul, ''Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina'', Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005.
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*Heinegg, Paul, ''Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina'', Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005.
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*'''[Whitaker]''' Whitaker-Buck, Ruby M. ''Mark Whitaker, Baltimore County, Maryland (c1670-1729) and Allied Families.'' Sacramento, Calif.: privately published, 1992. Digital version at {{FSbook|1035781}} - free.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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Surry County, North Carolina deed records date from 1771, when the county was formed. In addition to more ordinary deeds, Surry County land records at the Register of Deeds' office also include records involving Lord Granville's agents, and state land grants. Bills of sale for slaves are also included.
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According to the [http://www.co.surry.nc.us/Departments/RegisterOfDeeds/RealEstate.htm Register of Deeds]' web pages in the county government site, the earliest deed index for the county covers 1771 to 1870. This was followed by a second index, which covers the period from 1870 to 1937.
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The office of the Register of Deeds is located at 201 E. Kapp Street in Dobson. More information, including phone number and office hours, can be found in the [http://www.co.surry.nc.us/Departments/RegisterOfDeeds/RegisterOfDeeds.htm Register of Deeds]' web pages.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
 
*Absher, Mrs. W.O., and Mae R. Hayes, ''Surry County, North Carolina Deed Book C (1777-1788)''. Self-published.  
 
*Absher, Mrs. W.O., and Mae R. Hayes, ''Surry County, North Carolina Deed Book C (1777-1788)''. Self-published.  
*[http://juliemorrison.com/surry/sbooks.htm Books About Surry County] (items for sale)
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*[http://juliemorrison.com/surry/sbooks.htm Books About Surry County] (items for sale)  
 
*Boyles, Carolyn, Wilma Hiatt, and Surry County Genealogical Association, ''Surry County'' (Images of America series), Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.  
 
*Boyles, Carolyn, Wilma Hiatt, and Surry County Genealogical Association, ''Surry County'' (Images of America series), Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.  
 
*Columbine, Mary Felts, ''Surry County, North Carolina: Early Settlers and Road Builders, 1771-1850'', 2005.<br>  
 
*Columbine, Mary Felts, ''Surry County, North Carolina: Early Settlers and Road Builders, 1771-1850'', 2005.<br>  
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*Jackson, Hester B., ''Surry County Soldiers in the Civil War'', Dobson, North Carolina: Surry County Historical Society, 1992.  
 
*Jackson, Hester B., ''Surry County Soldiers in the Civil War'', Dobson, North Carolina: Surry County Historical Society, 1992.  
 
*Linn, Jo White, ''Surry County, North Carolina Wills, 1771-1827'', Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1992.  
 
*Linn, Jo White, ''Surry County, North Carolina Wills, 1771-1827'', Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1992.  
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*Snow, Carol Leonard, ''Surry County, North Carolina, Deed Abstracts'', Toast, North Carolina: Self-published, 1995, 3 vols. (FHL)
 
*Thompson, Evelyn Scales, ''Around Surry County&nbsp;''(Black America Series), Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2005. ([http://books.google.com/books?id=Bg8qhvwdFaYC&pg=PA8&dq=%22Surry+County%22+%22North+Carolina%22+%22Civil+War%22&hl=en&ei=OD-WTZ6uJsmjtgfBo5H9Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22Surry%20County%22%20%22North%20Carolina%22%20%22Civil%20War%22&f=false Google Books link] with preview)
 
*Thompson, Evelyn Scales, ''Around Surry County&nbsp;''(Black America Series), Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2005. ([http://books.google.com/books?id=Bg8qhvwdFaYC&pg=PA8&dq=%22Surry+County%22+%22North+Carolina%22+%22Civil+War%22&hl=en&ei=OD-WTZ6uJsmjtgfBo5H9Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22Surry%20County%22%20%22North%20Carolina%22%20%22Civil%20War%22&f=false Google Books link] with preview)
  
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
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:- [[2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry|2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry]]
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:- [[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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:- [[37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate)|37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate)]]. Company D and Company F.<ref>J.L. Scott, ''36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|576978|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24}}.</ref>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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==== 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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*'''1771-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books 1 to 14 (1771-1963)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," ''The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter'', Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at {{FHL|137581|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.vgs.org/newsletter.htm Virginia Genealogical Society] website.
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*Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," ''The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter'', Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at {{FHL|137581|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.vgs.org Virginia Genealogical Society] website.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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*[http://www.fmoran.com/1786a.html 1786 Taxables], Surry County (online lists)  
 
*[http://www.fmoran.com/1786a.html 1786 Taxables], Surry County (online lists)  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/taxlists/1786atk.txt 1786 Taxables, Atkins District, Surry County, North Carolina] (GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/taxlists/1786atk.txt 1786 Taxables, Atkins District, Surry County, North Carolina] (GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/taxlists/1786krou.txt 1786 Taxables, Krous' District, Surry County, North Carolina] (GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/surry/taxlists/1786krou.txt 1786 Taxables, Krous' District, Surry County, North Carolina] (GenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*'''1912-1963''' - Surry County Birth Index 1912-1963. Batch {{IGI|C752291}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.</ref>
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Brent Holcomb, in his book ''Marriages of Surry County, North Carolina 1779-1868'', points out that no Surry County marriage bonds from prior to 1779 are extant. Most bonds are housed in Raleigh, North Carolina at the State Archives, but Holcomb points out that about 120 Surry County marriage bonds were found to remain in the Surry County Courthouse in Dobson.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncsurry/marriages.html Surry County Marriages] at USGenWeb - free.
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*'''1853-1940''' - Surry County Marriage Index 1853-1940 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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.</ref>
  
 
==== Yearbooks  ====
 
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*Surry Community College - various issues between [http://goo.gl/dTx3N 1969-1995]
 
*Surry Community College - various issues between [http://goo.gl/dTx3N 1969-1995]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Surry County, North Carolina Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.bassetthistoricalcenter.com/ Bassett Historical Center], Bassett, Virginia. Website includes descriptions of collections. Excellent resource for family history research in Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia, the city of Martinsville, Virginia,&nbsp;and Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina.<ref>Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: http://www.vgs.org/vgsn2804.pdf.</ref>
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*[http://www.bassetthistoricalcenter.com/ Bassett Historical Center], Bassett, Virginia. Website includes descriptions of collections. Excellent resource for family history research in Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia, the city of Martinsville, Virginia,&nbsp;and Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina.<ref>Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: http://www.vgs.org</ref>  
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*[http://www.nwrl.org/elk.asp Elkin Public Library], member of Northwestern Regional Library system, 111 North Front St., Elkin, North Carolina
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*[http://www.nwrl.org/genealogy.asp Northwestern Regional Library: Genealogy]&nbsp;(links; information regarding the area genealogy holdings at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library, Danbury Public Library, and Yadkin County Public Library.
  
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Mount Airy North Carolina Family History Center]]
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== Surry County, North Carolina Genealogy Websites  ==
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*[http://juliemorrison.com/surry/sbooks.htm Books About Surry County] (items for sale)
 
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Surry|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Surry|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://juliemorrison.com/surry/mam.htm Mt. Airy Museum Happenings]  
 
*[http://juliemorrison.com/surry/mam.htm Mt. Airy Museum Happenings]  
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*[http://www.co.surry.nc.us/ Surry County] (official government website)  
 
*[http://www.co.surry.nc.us/ Surry County] (official government website)  
 
*[http://www.northcarolinagenealogy.net/north-carolina-counties/surry/ Surry County Genealogy] (North Carolina Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.northcarolinagenealogy.net/north-carolina-counties/surry/ Surry County Genealogy] (North Carolina Genealogy)  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/NC/Surry/ Surry County Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/NC/Surry/ Surry County Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
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Guide to Surry County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Surry County, North Carolina Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Surry County, North Carolina Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1913
1780
1913
1790
1771
1771

Surry County Courthouse
114 W Atkins St
Dobson, NC 27017-0345
Phone: 336-401-8150

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage death, burial and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce court and probate records from 1771 1771[1]

Surry County, North Carolina History

Parent County

1771--Surry County was created from Rowan County.
County seat: Dobson [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Brief History

Surry County, North Carolina is said to have been named after Surrey County, England. The county's northern boundary is the Virginia state line.

Surry County was originally formed from Rowan County in 1771. Rowan had been formed from Anson in 1753, and Anson was formed from Bladen in 1750. The act to form Surry County was proposed to the assembly of North Carolina in December 1770, and was passed the following month, January 1771. This act became effective 1 Apr 1771.

Wilkes County was formed in 1777 from Surry County and, according to some sources, Washington District, also known as the District of Washington. Evidently, however, the District of Washington was created in the same legislative session. Washington District is, today, Washington County, Tennessee. Stokes County was formed ten years later, in 1789, from the eastern section of Surry County.

Surry County records dated from the 1770s and 1780s cover parts of present-day Ashe, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes, Wilkes, and Yadkin Counties.

In 1790, the county seat of Surry County became Rockford.

Yet another division took place in 1851, as Yadkin County was formed from the area south of Yadkin River.  In 1853, the county seat was moved from Rockford to the new town of Dobson, and has remained there to this day. Dobson is named for William Polk Dobson, a prominent citizen. The Registrar of Deeds Office in Dobson welcomes visitors to its very user-friendly collection of vital records.

The 1860 census for Surry County shows about 1,200 slaves in the county.

Settlers from Virginia and Pennsylvania who were of the Quaker religion came from the New Garden and other meetings in Guilford County, North Carolina.  Some of those families include Bond, Burcham, Hill, Hiatt, Horton, Love, Pinson, Jackson, Jessup, Simmons, Stanley and Taylor. Many of them moved on to Indiana but numerous descendants are still in the area.

Those of the German Moravian faith who came from other North Carolina settlements include the Brinkley, Hauser, Kiger, Moser and Shouse lines. Families of French descent include Hardin, Poindexter, Lambert, Laurence, and probably Laffoon.

The Riggs family, said to descend from Edward Riggs III who came to Massachusetts in the 1630s and founded Morristown, New Jersey, came to Surry County with the Henson, Jarvis and Wilmoth families.

Families that came from Albermarle County, North Carolina, were Burrus, Cave, Easley, Fleming, Franklin, Ollesby, Perkins, Snow, Taliaferro and Tucker. Those that came from neighboring Stokes County were East, Hill, King, Pratt, Simpson, Venable and Vernon.

Other prominent familes were Marion, Creed, McKinney, Moore, Dudley and McCraw.

Present-day Surry County is southern living at its best. Because of being somewhat isolated at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia, it has been able to retain the long-held traditions of the families lines that have remained there for over 220 years. Some have clung to the old Elizabethan English and many have strong roots in their Primitive Baptist upbringing. Most of these second-generation Americans were born in Virginia and migrated to North Carolina looking for the fertile land that had been advertised and scouted.

Surry County, North Carolina Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Dobson (county seat)
  • Elkin
  • Mount Airy
  • Pilot Mountain

Neighboring Counties

Townships

  • Bryan
  • Dobson
  • Eldora
  • Elkin
  • Franklin
  • Long Hill
  • Marsh
  • Mount Airy
  • Pilot Mountain
  • Rockford
  • Shoals
  • Sloam
  • South Westfield
  • Stewarts Creek
  • Westfield

Major Rivers

  • Ararat River
  • Fisher River
  • Mitchell River
  • Yadkin River

Surry County, North Carolina Genealogy Resources

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Cemeteries

Censuses

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

Church Records

Baptist
  • Deep Creek. Constituted 1781.[3]
  • Hunting Creek. Constituted 1781.[3]
  • Little Yadkin River. Constituted 1785.[3]
  • Shallow Fords. Founded before 1773.[3]
Dunker
  • Fraternity Church of the Brethren, near Clemmons, N.C. Established about 1775.[4] Later located in Stokes and Forsyth counties.
Lutheran
  • Nazareth Church aka Old Dutch Meeting House. Organized about 1778 by German settlers.[5] Later located in Stokes County and presently situated in Forsyth County.
Moravian

Court

Family Histories

  • [Adamson] Dixon Ben F. and Alice L. Dwelle Dixon. The Adamson Source Book, a Genealogy of the Descendants of Rachel Williams Adamson, 1776-1850 of Surry County, N.C., Jefferson County, Tenn., and Lawrence County, Ind.: with an Addendum of Miscellaneous Historical Material on the Name Adamson. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: B.F. Dixon, 1942-1961. 
  • Coats, Charlotte, Joshua Richardson, Lazarus Tilley, William Mason: The American Revolution and Before, 2006.
  • Combs &c Families of Surry County, North Carolina (website)
  • Dunagin, Percy E., The Early Dunagins of Surry County, North Carolina, Family Heritage Publishers, 2007.
  • Heinegg, Paul, Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005.
  • [Whitaker] Whitaker-Buck, Ruby M. Mark Whitaker, Baltimore County, Maryland (c1670-1729) and Allied Families. Sacramento, Calif.: privately published, 1992. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Land

Surry County, North Carolina deed records date from 1771, when the county was formed. In addition to more ordinary deeds, Surry County land records at the Register of Deeds' office also include records involving Lord Granville's agents, and state land grants. Bills of sale for slaves are also included.

According to the Register of Deeds' web pages in the county government site, the earliest deed index for the county covers 1771 to 1870. This was followed by a second index, which covers the period from 1870 to 1937.

The office of the Register of Deeds is located at 201 E. Kapp Street in Dobson. More information, including phone number and office hours, can be found in the Register of Deeds' web pages.

Local Histories

  • Absher, Mrs. W.O., and Mae R. Hayes, Surry County, North Carolina Deed Book C (1777-1788). Self-published.
  • Books About Surry County (items for sale)
  • Boyles, Carolyn, Wilma Hiatt, and Surry County Genealogical Association, Surry County (Images of America series), Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
  • Columbine, Mary Felts, Surry County, North Carolina: Early Settlers and Road Builders, 1771-1850, 2005.
  • Heinegg, Paul, Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005. 
  • Holcomb, Brent, Marriages of Surry County, North Carolina, 1778-1868, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982.
  • Hollingsworth, Jesse Gentry, History of Surry County, or Annals of Northwest North Carolina, W.H. Fisher Company, 1935. (Google Books link, without preview)
  • Jackson, Hester B., Surry County Soldiers in the Civil War, Dobson, North Carolina: Surry County Historical Society, 1992.
  • Linn, Jo White, Surry County, North Carolina Wills, 1771-1827, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1992.
  • Snow, Carol Leonard, Surry County, North Carolina, Deed Abstracts, Toast, North Carolina: Self-published, 1995, 3 vols. (FHL)
  • Thompson, Evelyn Scales, Around Surry County (Black America Series), Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2005. (Google Books link with preview)

Maps

Military

Civil War

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

- 2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate). Company D and Company F.[7]

Newspapers

Probate

Research Guides

  • Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.

Taxation

Tax lists, 1784-1789, are extant.

Vital Records

Births
  • 1912-1963 - Surry County Birth Index 1912-1963. Batch C752291 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
Marriages

Brent Holcomb, in his book Marriages of Surry County, North Carolina 1779-1868, points out that no Surry County marriage bonds from prior to 1779 are extant. Most bonds are housed in Raleigh, North Carolina at the State Archives, but Holcomb points out that about 120 Surry County marriage bonds were found to remain in the Surry County Courthouse in Dobson.

Yearbooks

  • Surry Community College - various issues between 1969-1995

Surry County, North Carolina Genealogy Societies and Libraries

  • Bassett Historical Center, Bassett, Virginia. Website includes descriptions of collections. Excellent resource for family history research in Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia, the city of Martinsville, Virginia, and Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina.[9]
  • Elkin Public Library, member of Northwestern Regional Library system, 111 North Front St., Elkin, North Carolina
  • Northwestern Regional Library: Genealogy (links; information regarding the area genealogy holdings at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library, Danbury Public Library, and Yadkin County Public Library.

Family History Centers

Surry County, North Carolina Genealogy Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Surry County, North Carolina. Page 513 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:229; 2:569. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. "Fraternity Church of the Brethren," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. "Nazareth Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  6. "Friedberg Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. J.L. Scott, 36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.
  9. Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: http://www.vgs.org