Pender County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Pender 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 1875
County Seat Burgaw
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County Courthouse


Parent County

1875--Pender County was established from New Hanover County.
County seat: Burgaw [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Hampstead



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 Pender County for European settlers included:[2]


Civil War

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



The Pender County Clerk of the Superior Court has copies of Wills, Estate and other Probate records available to the public from their offices and should be contacted to verify which records they have and what their prices are for obtaining them. Note that most of the originals of the older records have been transferred to the State Archives and that the records contained at the County level are usually hand copied into the County Books.

Clerk of the Superior Court
Pender County Courthouse
100 Wright Street
Burgaw, NC

100 Dickerson Street
Burgaw, NC
(910) 663-3900

The North Carolina State Archives have created an Index of Pender County Estates.

A few Pender County Wills or Estate Records have been transcribed and are available as follows:


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.