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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Vance_County,_North_Carolina|Vance County]]''  
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[North Carolina Genealogy|North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Vance_County,_North_Carolina Genealogy|Vance County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Vance County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:NC_ORP.png|North Carolina Online Genealogy Records}}
  
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.nccourts.org/County/vance/Default.asp Vance County Courthouse]<br>122 Young St Suite F<br>Henderson, NC 27536<br>Phone: 252-438-4155<br><br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records<br>Register of Deeds has marrriage&nbsp;and land<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vance County, North Carolina. Page 513 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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'''Register of Deeds'''<br> 122 Young Street, Suite F<br> Henderson, NC 27536<br> Phone: 252-738-2110<br> Fax: 252-738-2117<br> [http://www.vancecounty.org/ Website] <br>
  
[http://www.nccourts.org/County/vance/Default.asp Vance County Courthouse]<br>122 Young St Suite F<br>Henderson, NC 27536<br>Phone: 252-438-4155<br><br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records<br>Register of Deeds has marrriage&nbsp;and land<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vance County, North Carolina. Page 513 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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'''Clerk Superior Court'''<br> 156 Church St Ste 101 <br> Henderson, NC 27536<br> Phone: (252) 430-5100<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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The county was formed in 1881 from parts of Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren County. According to the 1955 book, Zeb's Black Baby, by Samuel Thomas Peace Sr., "The formation of Vance County was accomplished largely as a political expediency. It was in 1881 when Blacks in large numbers were voting solidly Republican. Granville and Franklin Counties were nip and tuck, Democratic or Republican. From the Democratic standpoint, Warren County was hopelessly Republican. But by taking from Granville, Franklin and Warren, those sections that were heavily Republican and out of these sections forming the new county of Vance, the Democratic party could lose Vance to the Republicans and save Granville and Franklin for the Democrats (see gerrymandering). [U.S.] Senator [Zebulon Baird] Vance was a Democrat. He took kindly to this move and thanked the [North Carolina] Legislature for honoring him with naming the new county after him. At the same time Vance showed his humor by always referring to Vance County as 'Zeb's Black Baby.'&nbsp; In the 1890 Census, Vance County was more than 63 percent African American.  
 
The county was formed in 1881 from parts of Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren County. According to the 1955 book, Zeb's Black Baby, by Samuel Thomas Peace Sr., "The formation of Vance County was accomplished largely as a political expediency. It was in 1881 when Blacks in large numbers were voting solidly Republican. Granville and Franklin Counties were nip and tuck, Democratic or Republican. From the Democratic standpoint, Warren County was hopelessly Republican. But by taking from Granville, Franklin and Warren, those sections that were heavily Republican and out of these sections forming the new county of Vance, the Democratic party could lose Vance to the Republicans and save Granville and Franklin for the Democrats (see gerrymandering). [U.S.] Senator [Zebulon Baird] Vance was a Democrat. He took kindly to this move and thanked the [North Carolina] Legislature for honoring him with naming the new county after him. At the same time Vance showed his humor by always referring to Vance County as 'Zeb's Black Baby.'&nbsp; In the 1890 Census, Vance County was more than 63 percent African American.  
  
• [http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/name.html Formation and Naming of Vance County]
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• [http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/facts.html Vance County Quick Facts]
 
 
 
• [http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/henderson.html Henderson in the 1920s]
 
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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'''1881'''--Vance County was created from [[Granville County, North Carolina|Granville]], [[Warren County, North Carolina|Warren]], and [[Franklin County, North Carolina|Franklin]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Henderson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1881'''--Vance County was created from [[Granville County, North Carolina|Granville]], [[Warren County, North Carolina|Warren]], and [[Franklin County, North Carolina|Franklin]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Henderson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes [http://www.mapofus.org/northcarolina/ "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries<br>  ====
 
==== Cemeteries<br>  ====
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/vance/vancecemeteries.html Vance County USGenWeb Archives: Cemeteries]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/vance/vancecemeteries.html Vance County USGenWeb Archives: Cemeteries]
 
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*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/vanc/index.htm Vance County Cemeteries from Cemetery Census]  
*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/vanc/index.htm Vance County Cemeteries from Cemetery Census<br>]  
 
 
*[http://www.interment.net/data/us/nc/vance/plank/chapel.htm Plank Chapel Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.interment.net/data/us/nc/vance/plank/chapel.htm Plank Chapel Cemetery]  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1741 Vance County Cemeteries from Find-A-Grave<br>]
 
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/cemetery/kitconcem.htm Kittrell Confederate Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/cemetery/kitconcem.htm Kittrell Confederate Cemetery]  
*[http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/cems.html NC Vance: Cemeteries]<br>
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=29&GScnty=1741&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|466617|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=29&CScnty=1741 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/data.htm NCGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=kw%3Acemetery+Vance+County+North+Carolina&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#cemetery_name=a&lim=0&num=10&action=search_cemetery&country=United%20States&state=North%20Carolina&county=Vance Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/vance/vancecemeteries.html NCGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/vance.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/vanc/index.htm North Carolina Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Vance%20County%20North%20Carolina%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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==== Census  ====
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
The Vance County Register of Deeds maintains land records back to the formation of the County in 1881. You will want to contact them for more details on how to obtain copies of these records.<br> [http://www.vancecounty.com/registerofdeeds.htm Vance County Register of Deeds] <br>122 Young Street, Suite F<br>Henderson, NC 27536<br>Phone: 252-738-2110  
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The Vance County Register of Deeds maintains land records back to the formation of the County in 1881. You will want to contact them for more details on how to obtain copies of these records.<br> [http://vancencrod.org/ Vance County Register of Deeds] <br>122 Young Street, Suite F<br>Henderson, NC 27536<br>Phone: 252-738-2110  
  
 
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There is a searchable online database for land records dating back to 1881 available here:  
 
There is a searchable online database for land records dating back to 1881 available here:  
  
[http://vancencrod.org/Opening.asp Land Records]  
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[http://vancencrod.org/Opening.asp Land Records]
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Local Histories ====
  
*[http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/henderson.html Life in Henderson in the 1920s], by Frances Parker Woodlief
 
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/research/famcoll.htm Historical Family Collections]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/research/famcoll.htm Historical Family Collections]  
*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/NC/Vance/state.html Vance County from National Register of Historical Places<br>]  
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*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/NC/Vance/state.html Vance County from National Register of Historical Places]  
 
*[http://www.faulknerfamilies.com/index.htm Faulkners of Sandy Creek]  
 
*[http://www.faulknerfamilies.com/index.htm Faulkners of Sandy Creek]  
 
*[http://www.angelfire.com/nc/yourday/reavis.html The Reavis Family of Vance County]  
 
*[http://www.angelfire.com/nc/yourday/reavis.html The Reavis Family of Vance County]  
*[http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/o/n/Sabrina-J-Jones-North-Carolina/index.html Ealie Grissom Family of Kittrell<br>]
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*[http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/o/n/Sabrina-J-Jones-North-Carolina/index.html Ealie Grissom Family of Kittrell]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/ncmaps/browse_location.html North Carolina Maps],&nbsp; collaborative digitization project by the North Carolina State Archives, the Outer Banks History Center, and the University Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.<br>
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*[http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/ncmaps/browse_location.html North Carolina Maps],&nbsp; collaborative digitization project by the North Carolina State Archives, the Outer Banks History Center, and the University Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.
*[http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/maps/index.html NC Vance: Maps]
 
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/military/vet-1890.htm 1890 Vance County Veterans Schedule]
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===== Revolutionary War =====
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*'''1779 - 1782''' - {{RecordSearch|1498361|North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.  
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''Online Records''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932376|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932416|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1885 - 1953''' - {{RecordSearch|1911763|North Carolina, Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
  
<br> The following sites have Vance County military pages:
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=====World War II=====
  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/military/vet-1890.htm 1890 Vance County Veterans Schedule]
 
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/military/wwii-cas.htm World War II Vance County Casualties]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/military/wwii-cas.htm World War II Vance County Casualties]
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*'''1940 - 1948''' - {{RecordSearch|2053639|North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
Wills and Estate Records are maintained by the County Clerk of the Superior Court. Copies may be obtained by contacting their office at the following:<br>
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''Online Probate Records''
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*'''1660 - 1790''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4197 North Carolina Will Abstracts 1660-1790] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1663 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1911121|North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1665 - 1998''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9061 North Carolina Wills and Probate Records 1665-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1735 - 1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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*'''1760 - 1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3945 North Carolina Will Abstracts 1760-1800] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images
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Wills and Estate Records are maintained by the County Clerk of the Superior Court. Copies may be obtained by contacting their office at the following:  
  
 
[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Vance/Default.asp Vance County Clerk of the Court]<br>156 Church St., Suite 101<br>Henderson, NC 27536<br>252-738-9000  
 
[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Vance/Default.asp Vance County Clerk of the Court]<br>156 Church St., Suite 101<br>Henderson, NC 27536<br>252-738-9000  
  
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The following online sites have indexed lists of the Will Books:
  
The following online sites have indexed lists of the Will Books:  
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*'''1881 - 1916''' - [http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/wills/wba-idx.htm Index to Will Book A, 1881-1916]
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*'''1904 - 1916''' - [http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/wills/wbb-idx.htm Index to Will Book B, 1904-1916]
  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/wills/wba-idx.htm Index to Will Book A, 1881-1916]
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There are transcribed copies of Vance County Wills below:  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/wills/wbb-idx.htm Index to Will Book B, 1904-1916]
 
  
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/data.htm Vance County Data Index]
  
*'''1881-1916''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A and B (1881-1916)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1881 - 1916''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A and B (1881-1916)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.  
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1911121 North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1964]
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A free Master Index to All of the North Carolina Estate Files with direct links to the files can be accessed here:
  
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*[http://www.ncgenealogy.org/menu-resources/loose-estates-index North Carolina Loose Estates Records Index]
  
 
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Copies of Birth, Death and Marriage records can be obtained from the Register of Deeds office. <br>  
 
Copies of Birth, Death and Marriage records can be obtained from the Register of Deeds office. <br>  
  
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.vancecounty.com/registerofdeeds.htm Vance County Register of Deeds] <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 122 Young Street, Suite F<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Henderson, NC 27536<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Phone: 252-738-2110  
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:[http://www.vancecounty.com/registerofdeeds.htm Vance County Register of Deeds] <br>122 Young Street, Suite F<br>Henderson, NC 27536<br>Phone: 252-738-2110  
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===== Birth Records =====
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*'''1800 - 2000''' - {{RecordSearch|1949336|North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1866 - 1964''' - {{RecordSearch|1675484|North Carolina Births and Christenings 1866-1964}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1881 - 1969''' - Vance County Birth Index 1881-1969. Batch {{IGI|C752019}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.</ref>
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===== Death Records =====
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*'''1898 - 1994''' - {{RecordSearch|1675510|North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1906 - 1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1609799|North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1908 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8908 North Carolina Death Indexes 1908-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1909 - 1975''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1121 North Carolina Death Certificates 1909-1975] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1931 - 1994''' - {{RecordSearch|1584959|North Carolina Deaths 1931-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
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===== Divorce Records =====
 
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*'''1958 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1115 North Carolina Divorce Index 1958-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
There are Birth, Marriage and Death records for Vance County on a few places online, the following databases are free:<br>
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===== Marriage Records =====
 
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*'''1741 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8909 North Carolina Marriage Index 1741-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675514 North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979]
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*'''1759 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1675514|North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957 North Carolina Marriages 1762-1979] (includes images)
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*'''1762 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1726957|North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/marriages/mar-a.htm Vance County Marriages 1900-1929] (currently A-K)  
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*'''1763 - 1868''' - {{RecordSearch|2524877|North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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*'''1900 - 1929''' - [http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/marriages/mar-a.htm Vance County Marriages 1900-1929] (currently A-K)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/vance/vancemarriages.html Vance County USGenWeb Archives]-Marriages  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/vance/vancemarriages.html Vance County USGenWeb Archives]-Marriages  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/births/a-brth-1920.htm Vance County Birth Index Prior to 1920]&nbsp; (currently A-G)  
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*'''Pre  1920'''&nbsp;&nbsp; - [http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/births/a-brth-1920.htm Vance County Birth Index Prior to 1920]&nbsp; (currently A-G)  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/marriages/mar-reg-a.htm Vance County Marriage Register 1881-1898] <br>  
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*'''1881 - 1898''' - [http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/marriages/mar-reg-a.htm Vance County Marriage Register 1881-1898] <br>  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1609799 North Carolina Death Records 1906-1930] (includes images)  
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*'''1881 - 1962''' - Vance County Marriage Index 1881-1962 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.</ref>
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1584959 North Carolina Death Records 1931-1994]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1675510 North Carolina Deaths &amp; Burials 1898-1994]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1675484 North Carolina Births &amp; Christenings 1866-1964]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1949336 North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000]
 
  
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
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'''Vance County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 2284<br>Henderson 27536<br><br>
Vance County has an active Historical Society and a new Genealogical Society which is an offshoot of the Historical Society.  
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'''Tar River Connections Genealogical Society'''<br> 101 Wildwood Avenue<br>Rocky Mount 27803<br> [http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/vance-county/#sthash.j80VkJCk.dpuf Website]<br><br>
  
 
[http://www.perrylibrary.org/ H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library]  
 
[http://www.perrylibrary.org/ H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library]  
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
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== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/vance-county/ Vance County, NC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/index.htm Vance County, NCGenWeb]<br>  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/vance/index.htm Vance County, NCGenWeb]<br>  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/vance.htm Vance County, USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/vance.htm Vance County, USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/ Vance County History &amp; Genealogy]
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*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Vance|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}<br>  
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Vance|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>  
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*[http://www.vancecounty.org/ Vance County Government]  
*[http://www.vancecounty.com/ Vance County Government]  
 
 
*[http://ci.henderson.nc.us/ City of Henderson] (Vance County seat of government)
 
*[http://ci.henderson.nc.us/ City of Henderson] (Vance County seat of government)
*[http://home.comcast.net/~teylu/ncvance/ NCVance]
 
  
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Guide to Vance County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Vance County, North Carolina
Map
Map of North Carolina highlighting Vance County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1881
County Seat Henderson
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Vance County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1913
1881
1890
1849
1881


Vance County Courthouse
122 Young St Suite F
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-438-4155

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records
Register of Deeds has marrriage and land[1]

Register of Deeds
122 Young Street, Suite F
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-738-2110
Fax: 252-738-2117
Website

Clerk Superior Court
156 Church St Ste 101
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: (252) 430-5100

History

The county was formed in 1881 from parts of Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren County. According to the 1955 book, Zeb's Black Baby, by Samuel Thomas Peace Sr., "The formation of Vance County was accomplished largely as a political expediency. It was in 1881 when Blacks in large numbers were voting solidly Republican. Granville and Franklin Counties were nip and tuck, Democratic or Republican. From the Democratic standpoint, Warren County was hopelessly Republican. But by taking from Granville, Franklin and Warren, those sections that were heavily Republican and out of these sections forming the new county of Vance, the Democratic party could lose Vance to the Republicans and save Granville and Franklin for the Democrats (see gerrymandering). [U.S.] Senator [Zebulon Baird] Vance was a Democrat. He took kindly to this move and thanked the [North Carolina] Legislature for honoring him with naming the new county after him. At the same time Vance showed his humor by always referring to Vance County as 'Zeb's Black Baby.'  In the 1890 Census, Vance County was more than 63 percent African American.


Parent County

1881--Vance County was created from Granville, Warren, and Franklin Counties.
County seat: Henderson [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Cemeteries


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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

Church Records

Church of England
  • St. John's Parish, Williamsboro, N.C. Historical church building, established 1746, church building completed in 1773.

Court

Vance County's Court system is the District 9 jurisdiction. More information about their Court system can be found on their website.
Vance County District Court
156 Church St., Suite 101
Henderson, NC 27536
252-738-9000

Land

The Vance County Register of Deeds maintains land records back to the formation of the County in 1881. You will want to contact them for more details on how to obtain copies of these records.
Vance County Register of Deeds
122 Young Street, Suite F
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-738-2110


There is a searchable online database for land records dating back to 1881 available here:

Land Records

Local Histories

Maps

  • North Carolina Maps,  collaborative digitization project by the North Carolina State Archives, the Outer Banks History Center, and the University Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

World War II

Newspapers

The Daily Dispatch (Henderson, NC)

Probate

Online Probate Records

Wills and Estate Records are maintained by the County Clerk of the Superior Court. Copies may be obtained by contacting their office at the following:

Vance County Clerk of the Court
156 Church St., Suite 101
Henderson, NC 27536
252-738-9000

The following online sites have indexed lists of the Will Books:

There are transcribed copies of Vance County Wills below:

A free Master Index to All of the North Carolina Estate Files with direct links to the files can be accessed here:

Taxation

Vital Records

Vance County has a number of marriage records missing, reason unknown.  They have Marriage Registers that cover 1881-1962; Marriage Licenses for 1897, 1902, 1911-1968; there is an Index to the Marriage Register, 1963-1969.

North Carolina began requiring Birth and Death records in 1913; there are a number of Delayed Birth Certificates that were filed by those born prior to that date, and there are a few Death Certificates that go back as far as 1909.

Copies of Birth, Death and Marriage records can be obtained from the Register of Deeds office.

Vance County Register of Deeds
122 Young Street, Suite F
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-738-2110
Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries 

Vance County Historical Society
PO Box 2284
Henderson 27536

Tar River Connections Genealogical Society
101 Wildwood Avenue
Rocky Mount 27803
Website

H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


Yearbooks


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vance County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.

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