Swain County, North Carolina

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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Swain_County,_North_Carolina|Swain County]]''  
  
== History and Tidbits  ==
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=== Incorporated Cities and Towns  ===
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Swain County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption NCGenWeb
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| custom_text = <center>County Coordinator<br>'''[http://www.ncgenweb.us/swain/ Swain Co. NCGenWeb]'''</center>
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| county_map = Nc-swain.png
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| state = North Carolina
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| founded year = 1871
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| seat wl = Bryson City
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=== Townships ===
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== County Courthouse ==
  
=== Unincorporated Communities  ===
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[http://www.swaincountync.gov/ [[Image:Swain-county-courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Swain-county-courthouse.jpg]] Swain County Courthouse]<br>1 Mitchell St P O box 417<br>Bryson, NC 28713<br>Phone: 828-488-9273
  
=== County Government Site  ===
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== Neighboring Counties  ==
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Register of Deeds has birth and death records&nbsp;from 1913<br>marriage records from 1907 and land records<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1900 and probate records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Swain County, North Carolina. Page 513 {{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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European settlement began soon after the Cherokee Indian cession of 1798. These Europeans settled in the areas along the Oconaluftee and Tuckaseegee Rivers. The Cherokees surrendered the remainder of the land in a treaty on February 27, 1819. In 1871 the North Carolina General Assembly passed an act making Swain a North Carolina county, taking land from Jackson and Macon county. It was named for David L. Swain a former governor of North Carolina and president of the University of North Carolina.
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The first court was held at Cold Spring Meeting House. Commissioners were to select a site for the courthouse and lay out a town named Charleston, to become the county seat. Charleston was renamed Bryson City in 1889 in honor of Colonel Thad Dillard Bryson.
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Swain County began probating wills in 1876.
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==== Parent County  ====
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'''1871'''--Swain County was created from [[Jackson County, North Carolina|Jackson]] and [[Macon County, North Carolina|Macon]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Bryson City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1879--'''Courthouse fire destroyed many records.
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'''1908'''-- Swain County Courthouse in Bryson City burned by rioters, January 7, 1908.&nbsp; No records were saved. <ref>GenDisasters.com Bryson City, NC Courthouse Burned by Rioters, Jan 1908 http://www3.gendisasters.com/north-carolina/17868/bryson-city-nc-courthouse-burned-rioters-jan-1908</ref>
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== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Blount County, Tennessee|Blount County, Tennessee]]
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*[[Cocke County, Tennessee|Cocke County, Tennessee]]
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*[[Graham County, North Carolina|Graham]]
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*[[Haywood County, North Carolina|Haywood]]
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*[[Jackson County, North Carolina|Jackson]]
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*[[Macon County, North Carolina|Macon]]
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*[[Sevier County, Tennessee|Sevier County, Tennessee]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Ncswain.png|thumb|right|400px]]
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/swain/cemetery.html List of Cemeteries] - at Swain Co. NCGenWeb site
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*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/swai/cem001.htm Birdtown Cemetery]&nbsp; - at Cemetery Census
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=29&CScnty=1737 Swain County Cemeteries] - at Find-a-Grave
  
=== Land Records ===
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==== Census ====
  
=== Probates  ===
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{{Census|North Carolina}}
  
== References ==
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==== Church ====
  
=== Bibliography ===
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==== Court ====
  
=== Genealogy and History Websites ===
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==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
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[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NC/County/swain.htm 1895 Map of Swain County, North Carolina]
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==== Military  ====
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
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==== Newspapers  ====
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==== Probate  ====
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*'''1873-1966''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books 1 to 2 (1873-1966)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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==== Taxation  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncscghs/ Swain County Genealogy Society]
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Swain|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/swain/ Swain County, NCGenWeb ]
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County Seat Bryson City
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County Courthouse

Swain-county-courthouse.jpg
Swain County Courthouse
1 Mitchell St P O box 417
Bryson, NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-9273


Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage records from 1907 and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1900 and probate records[1]

History

European settlement began soon after the Cherokee Indian cession of 1798. These Europeans settled in the areas along the Oconaluftee and Tuckaseegee Rivers. The Cherokees surrendered the remainder of the land in a treaty on February 27, 1819. In 1871 the North Carolina General Assembly passed an act making Swain a North Carolina county, taking land from Jackson and Macon county. It was named for David L. Swain a former governor of North Carolina and president of the University of North Carolina.

The first court was held at Cold Spring Meeting House. Commissioners were to select a site for the courthouse and lay out a town named Charleston, to become the county seat. Charleston was renamed Bryson City in 1889 in honor of Colonel Thad Dillard Bryson.

Swain County began probating wills in 1876.


Parent County

1871--Swain County was created from Jackson and Macon Counties.
County seat: Bryson City [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1879--Courthouse fire destroyed many records.

1908-- Swain County Courthouse in Bryson City burned by rioters, January 7, 1908.  No records were saved. [3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Ncswain.png

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

1895 Map of Swain County, North Carolina

Military

Civil War

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

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Swain 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. GenDisasters.com Bryson City, NC Courthouse Burned by Rioters, Jan 1908 http://www3.gendisasters.com/north-carolina/17868/bryson-city-nc-courthouse-burned-rioters-jan-1908