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

North Carolina Information

North Carolina is a state located in the eastern portion of the United States. It is divided into 100 counties. North Carolina was the 12 state to join the Union on November 21, 1789. It was formed from the Crown Colony of North Carolina. The State Capital is Raleigh. [1]

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Getting Started with North Carolina Research

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North Carolina Research Tools

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North Carolina Clickable Map

Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Cherokee CountyClay CountyGraham CountyMacon CountySwain CountyJackson CountyHaywood CountyTransylvania CountyHenderson CountyBuncombe CountyMadison CountyYancey CountyMitchell CountyMitchell CountyMcDowell CountyRutherford CountyPolk CountyCleveland CountyGaston CountyLincoln CountyCatawba CountyCaldwell CountyAvery CountyWatauga CountyAshe CountyAlleghany CountyWilkes CountyBurke CountyAlexander CountyIredell CountySurry CountyStokes CountyYadkin CountyDavie CountyRowan CountyCabarrus CountyMecklenburg CountyUnion CountyStanly CountyDavidson CountyForsyth CountyRockingham CountyGuilford CountyRandolph CountyMontgomery CountyRichmond CountyScotland CountyAnson CountyCaswell CountyAlamance CountyOrange CountyPerson CountyDurham CountyGranville CountyWake CountyChatham CountyLee CountyHarnett CountyCumberland CountyHoke CountyBladen CountyColumbus CountyBrunswick CountyNew Hanover CountyPender CountyDuplin CountySampson CountyJohnston CountyFranklin CountyVance CountyWarren CountyNash CountyWilson CountyWayne CountyOnslow CountyJones CountyCraven CountyCarteret CountyPamlico CountyBeaufort CountyHyde CountyDare CountyTyrrell CountyWashington CountyLenoir CountyGreene CountyPitt CountyEdgecombe CountyHalifax CountyNorthampton CountyHertford CountyGates CountyPerquimans CountyPerquimans CountyPasquotank CountyPasquotank CountyCamden CountyCurrituck CountyChowan CountyBertie CountyMartin CountyRobeson CountyMoore CountyNorth-carolina-county-map.gif


Extinct or Renamed Counties: Albemarle | Bath | Bute | Cherokee Reservation | Clarendon | Dobbs | Glasgow | Tryon

Counties gone to Tennessee or Virginia:  State of Franklin · Blount · Caswell (TN) · Davidson (TN) · Fincastle (VA) · Greene (TN) · Hawkins · Sevier · Spencer · Sullivan · Sumner · Tennessee · Washington (old) · Wayne (TN)

North Carolina Migration Routes

Atlantic Coast Ports · Black Fox Trail  · Catawba and Northern Trail  · Catawba Trail  · Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad  · Fall Line Road Southern Road  · Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, and Wilmington Trail  · Great Valley Road  · Jonesboro Road  · King's Highway  · Lower Cherokee Traders' Path  · New River and Southern Trail  · Occaneechi Path  · Old Cherokee Path  · Rutherford's War Trace  · Secondary Coast Road  · Unicoi Trail  · Upper Road  · Wilmington, Highpoint, and Northern Trail

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Additional Resources


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 09/18/2016.