Columbus County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Columbus County, North Carolina
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Founded 1808
County Seat Whiteville
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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 [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

Register of Deeds
125 Washington St Ste. B
Whiteville, NC 28472

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1086
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone # 910 640 6625

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.

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
P.O. Box 1086
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.

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites


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