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Guide to '''Watauga 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]]  [[Watauga_County,_North_Carolina|Watauga County]]''
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.wataugacounty.org/main/ Watauga County Courthouse]<br>842 W King Street <br>Boone, NC 28607-3531<br>Phone: 828-265-8052<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914<br>marriage records from 1872 and land records<br>Clerk Superior Court has divoce, probate and court records from 1872<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Watauga County, North Carolina. Page 513 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The area that became Watauga and [[Ashe_County,_North_Carolina|Ashe]] counties was part of [[Anson_County,_North_Carolina|Anson]] County during the early period; part of [[Rowan_County,_North_Carolina|Rowan]] County in 1753, [[Surry_County,_North_Carolina|Surry]] County in 1771, [[Wilkes_County,_North_Carolina|Wilkes]] County in 1777 and was briefly part of the [[State_of_Franklin|State of Franklin]] from 1784-89. After Franklin it was claimed as part of [[Washington_County,_Tennessee|Washington]] County (part of the Southwest Territory, and later [[Tennessee|Tennessee]]) until it was annexed back by [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] into [[Wilkes_County,_North_Carolina|Wilkes]] County again in 1792.<ref>Arthur L. Fletcher, ''Ashe County: A History'' (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.</ref> [[Ashe_County,_North_Carolina|Ashe]] was incorporated as a separate entity by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] erected Watauga County primarily from [[Ashe_County,_North_Carolina|Ashe]] County in 1849.  
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The area that became Watauga and [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] counties was part of [[Anson County, North Carolina|Anson]] County during the early period; part of [[Rowan County, North Carolina|Rowan]] County in 1753, [[Surry County, North Carolina|Surry]] County in 1771, [[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County in 1777 and was briefly part of the [[State of Franklin|State of Franklin]] from 1784-89. After Franklin it was claimed as part of [[Washington County, Tennessee|Washington]] County (part of the Southwest Territory, and later [[Tennessee|Tennessee]]) until it was annexed back by [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] into [[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County again in 1792.<ref>Arthur L. Fletcher, ''Ashe County: A History'' (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.</ref> [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] was incorporated as a separate entity by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] erected Watauga County primarily from [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] County in 1849.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
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'''1849'''--Watauga County was created from [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228339022218_579" />]], [[Caldwell County, North Carolina|Caldwell]],[[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]], and [[Yancey County, North Carolina|Yancey]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Boone <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1849'''--Watauga County was created from [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228339022218_579" />]], [[Caldwell County, North Carolina|Caldwell]],[[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]], and [[Yancey County, North Carolina|Yancey]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Boone <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
*Beech Mountain
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*Beech Mountain  
*Blowing Rock
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*Blowing Rock  
*Boone
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*Boone  
 
*Seven Devils
 
*Seven Devils
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Ncwatauga.png|thumb|right|400px|Ncwatauga.png]]
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==== Bibles  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugabibles.html Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Bibles] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County Cemetery Records North Carolina],&nbsp;listings (Interment.net)
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*[http://northcarolina.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,37189.cfm Watauga County Cultural Features: Cemeteries],&nbsp;locations and maps (NC HomeTownLocator)
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*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/wata/index.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Cemeteries], listings (Cemetery Census)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugacemeteries.html Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Cemeteries] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|North Carolina}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Arthur, John Preston, ''A History of Watauga County, North Carolina with Sketches of Prominent Families'', 1915, reprinted 2002. (information in [http://www.genealogical.com/products/A%20History%20of%20Watauga%20County%20North%20Carolina/179.html Genealogy.com])
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*Arthur, John Preston, ''A History of Watauga County, North Carolina with Sketches of Prominent Families'', 1915, reprinted 2002. (information in [http://www.genealogical.com/products/A%20History%20of%20Watauga%20County%20North%20Carolina/179.html Genealogy.com])  
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*[http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/ead2002/224wat.xml/ead2html Watauga County Genealogy Study from the William Allan Papers] (manuscript collection), Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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==== Migration  ====
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Early migration routes to and from Watauga 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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:*[[Great Indian Warpath]] pre-historic
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:*[[Old Cherokee Path]] pre-historic
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:*[[Great Valley Road]] about 1744 (overlapped the Great Indian Warpath)
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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===== Civil War  =====
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/northcarolina/watauga-county-obituaries.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Obituaries] (Newspaper Obituaries)
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*''[http://www2.wataugademocrat.com/ Watauga Democrat]''
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*'''1873-1968''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to E (1873-1968)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugawills.html Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Wills &amp; Estates] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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*[http://www.wataugacountyhistoricalsociety.com/ Watauga County Historical Society], Boone, North Carolina
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Boone North Carolina Family History Center]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.northcarolinagenealogy.net/north-carolina-counties/watauga/ Watauga County Genealogy] (North Carolina Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.northcarolinagenealogy.net/north-carolina-counties/watauga/ Watauga County Genealogy] (North Carolina Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina] (New River Notes)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina] (New River Notes)  
*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/NC/Watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina] (RootsWeb)
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/NC/Watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watauga_County,_North_Carolina Watauga County, North Carolina] (Wikipedia)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watauga_County,_North_Carolina Watauga County, North Carolina] (Wikipedia)  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/northcarolina/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Cemetery Inscriptions] (Access Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/northcarolina/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Cemetery Inscriptions] (Access Genealogy)  
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/nc/watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/NC/Watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/nc/watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/north-carolina/watauga_county_nc_genealogy.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Links] (Genealogy Links)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/nc-county-watauga.html Watauga County, North Carolina History, Records, Facts, Genealogy, and Ancestry] (Family History 101)
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Guide to Watauga County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Watauga County Courthouse
842 W King Street
Boone, NC 28607-3531
Phone: 828-265-8052

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914
marriage records from 1872 and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divoce, probate and court records from 1872[1]

History

The area that became Watauga and Ashe counties was part of Anson County during the early period; part of Rowan County in 1753, Surry County in 1771, Wilkes County in 1777 and was briefly part of the State of Franklin from 1784-89. After Franklin it was claimed as part of Washington County (part of the Southwest Territory, and later Tennessee) until it was annexed back by North Carolina into Wilkes County again in 1792.[2] Ashe was incorporated as a separate entity by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. North Carolina erected Watauga County primarily from Ashe County in 1849.

Parent County

1849--Watauga County was created from Ashe, Caldwell,Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.
County seat: Boone [3]

County histories are available such as:

  • A History of Watauga County, North Carolina : with sketches of prominent families by John Preston Arthur (1915)

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1873--Courthouse fire destroyed all of the land records and most of the court records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Beech Mountain
  • Blowing Rock
  • Boone
  • Seven Devils

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Bibles

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Howard's Chapel

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

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

Military

Civil War

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

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Watauga County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  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.