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New Hanover County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting New Hanover County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Carolina
Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1729
County Seat Wilmington
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County Courthouse

New Hanover County North Carolina
3rd & Princess St Rm 103
Wilmington, NC 28401-4090

Courthouse burned 1798, 1819, & 1840
1810 Census Missing
Reg of Deeds has b, m, d, and land rec
Clk Sup Ct has div, pro & ct rec

New Hanover created from Edgecombe 15 Nov 1777


Parent County

1729--New Hanover was created from Craven County.
County seat: Wilmington [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Courthouse fires have destroyed some records through the years.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Wilmington



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]


Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from New Hanover County for European settlers included:[2]


Civil War

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

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry


North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project, North Carolina State Archives.  Search full text historical newspapers published in Wilmington. 



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 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.