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[http://www.columbusdeeds.com/node/11 Register of Deeds]<br>125 Washington St Ste. B<br>Whiteville, NC 28472
County records are available from the Columbus County&nbsp;[http://www.columbusdeeds.com/node/11 Register of Deeds].&nbsp;&nbsp;Uncertified copies of records are&nbsp;$.25.&nbsp;
Mailing Address:<br>PO Box 1086<br>Whiteville, NC 28472<br>Phone # 910 640 6625
===== Births =====
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964] - search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch
===== Marriages =====
The Register of Deeds office files all birth certificates for people born in Columbus County. A certified copy of a birth certificate is $10.00. This copy may be used for any legal purpose. A plain copy is $.25.
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675484&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979] - search this database of marriages from across the state - images included; via FamilySearch
*Columbus&nbsp;County marriages - may be included throughout [http://goo.gl/FsJlh Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register &amp; State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893)]. Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
The Register of Deeds office files all death certificates for Columbus County. A certified copy of a death certificate is $10.00. This copy may be used for any legal purpose. A plain copy is $.25.
If you are away from Columbus County and need to receive a certified copy of your birth or an immediate family member's birth or death certificate, please write to us at the following address:
Columbus County Register of Deeds<br>P.O. Box 1086<br>Whiteville, NC 28472
A certifed copy is $10.00 and a copy for genealogy purposes is $.25. Please send money order.
Please send a note with all the information such as name at birth or death, date of birth or death, parents' name with the mother's maiden name, your signature now, and a return address. Please include your phone number if we need to call you if there is a problem.
Please call the Register of Deeds office with any further questions. Our office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Our number is 910-640-6625.
===== Deaths =====
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/columbus/deaths.html Misc. Columbus County Deaths] - on the Columbus County NCGenWeb site
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/columbus/columbusobits.html Columbus County Obituaries] - &nbsp;contributed to the NCGenWeb Archives Project
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/columbus/columbusvitals.html Columbus County Deaths] - contributed to the NCGenWeb Archives Project
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?nametype=decedent&county=columbus Columbus County deaths] - list of county area deaths reported in various newspapers; dates range from late 1700s to 1900s.
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1609799&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D%20 North Carolina Death Certificates, 1906-1930] - search a statewide collection of freely available death certificates - images are included; via FamilySearch
*Columbus County Coroners' Inquest, 1914-1968, 1981 - from the NC State Archives. Available as [http://archives.ncdcr.gov/FindingAids/containerlists/Columbus_Coroners_Inquest_1914_1981.doc Word] or [http://archives.ncdcr.gov/FindingAids/containerlists/Columbus_Coroners_Inquest_1914_1981.pdf PDF] documents.

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


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 [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Dulah
  • Tabor City Branch
  • Whiteville Branch



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]


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






Vital Records

County records are available from the Columbus County Register of Deeds.  Uncertified copies of records are $.25. 


Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).