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County Courthouse

Watauga County North Carolina
842 W King Street
Boone, NC 28607-3531

Reg of Deeds has b & d rec from 1914
m rec from 1872 & land rec
Clk Sup Ct has div, pro & ct rec from 1872
Watuaga County was created from
Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes, Yancey 27 Jan 1849


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.[1] 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 [2]

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.


Populated Places

  • Beech Mountain
  • Blowing Rock
  • Boone
  • Seven Devils

Neighboring Counties





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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Howard's Chapel



Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Watauga County for European settlers included:[3]


Civil War

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




Vital Records


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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.


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