Columbus County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Columbus County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Columbus County, North Carolina
Map
Map of North Carolina highlighting Columbus County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1808
County Seat Whiteville
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Columbus County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1913
1851
1913
1810
1807
1808

Columbus County Courthouse
612 North Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: 910-640-6225

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage records from 1867 and  land records
Clerk  Superior Court  has divorce and court records from 1868
prorobate records from 1817[1]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 1086
Whiteville, NC. 28472
Telephone: 910-640-6625
Fax: 910-640-2547
Website

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 1587
Whiteville, NC 28472
Telephone: (910) 641-4400

History

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Columbus County was named for Christopher Columbus. It was formed in 1808 from land that was originally part of Bladen and Brunswick Counties. Bordering counties are Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Robeson, Dillon County, SC and Horry County, SC.

The county has several important geographical features including Lake Waccamaw, the largest natural lake between New York and Florida, the Waccamaw and Lumber Rivers which link this area to South Carolina and the coastal town of Georgetown, and the Cape Fear River which provides access to the port city of Wilmington.

Parent County

1808--Columbus County was created 15 December 1808 from Bladen and Brunswick Counties.
County seat: Whiteville [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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

Church Records

Baptist
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Dulah
  • Tabor City Branch
  • Whiteville Branch

Court

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
Bibliography

Land

Register of Deeds
125 Washington St. Suite B
P.O. Box 1086
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 640-6625

The Register of Deeds Office records all land transactions, birth, deaths, and marriages that occur in Columbus County.

Online Real Estate Lookup Search

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Columbus County, North Carolina Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Columbus County, North Carolina Genealogy:

- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain David Callihan's Company
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Neill McNeill's Company
World War I
World War II

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Marriage
Deaths
Divorce

Societies and Libraries 

Old New Hanover Genealogical Society
PO Box 2536
Wilmington, NC 28402-2536
Website
Website

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Columbus County, North Carolina. Page 507 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. Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at archive.org; George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:319, 326. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.