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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Watauga_County,_North_Carolina|Watauga County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina Genealogy|North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Watauga_County,_North_Carolina|Watauga County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Watauga 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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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.wataugacounty.org/main/ Watauga County Courthouse]<br>842 W King Street <br>Boone, NC 28607-3531<br>Phone: 828-265-8052<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914<br>marriage records from 1872 and land records<br>Clerk Superior Court has divoce, probate and court records from 1872<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Watauga 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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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land|'''Land''']]</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1914</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1873</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1850</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1830</center>
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[http://www.wataugacounty.org/main/ Watauga County Courthouse]<br>842 W King Street <br>Boone, NC 28607-3531<br>Phone: 828-265-8052<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914<br>marriage records from 1872 and land records<br>Clerk Superior Court has divoce, probate and court records from 1872<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Watauga 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> 842 W. King Street, Courthouse, Suite 9<br> Boone, NC 28607 <br> Phone: 828-265-8052<br> Fax: 828-265-7632<br> [http://www.wataugacounty.org/ Website]<br>
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'''Clerk Superior Court'''<br> 842 W King St <br> Boone, NC 28607-3560<br> Phone: 828) 268-6600<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The area that became Watauga and [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] counties was part of [[Anson County, North Carolina|Anson]] County during the early period; part of [[Rowan County, North Carolina|Rowan]] County in 1753, [[Surry County, North Carolina|Surry]] County in 1771, [[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County in 1777 and was briefly part of the [[State of Franklin|State of Franklin]] from 1784-89. After Franklin it was claimed as part of [[Washington County, Tennessee|Washington]] County (part of the Southwest Territory, and later [[Tennessee|Tennessee]]) until it was annexed back by [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] into [[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County again in 1792.<ref>Arthur L. Fletcher, ''Ashe County: A History'' (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.</ref> [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] was incorporated as a separate entity by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] erected Watauga County primarily from [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] County in 1849.  
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The area that became Watauga and [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] counties was part of [[Anson County, North Carolina|Anson]] County during the early period; part of [[Rowan County, North Carolina|Rowan]] County in 1753, [[Surry County, North Carolina|Surry]] County in 1771, [[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County in 1777 and was briefly part of the [[State of Franklin|State of Franklin]] from 1784-89. After Franklin it was claimed as part of [[Washington County, Tennessee|Washington]] County (part of the Southwest Territory, and later [[Tennessee Genealogy|Tennessee]]) until it was annexed back by [[North Carolina Genealogy|North Carolina]] into [[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]] County again in 1792.<ref>Arthur L. Fletcher, ''Ashe County: A History'' (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.</ref> [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] was incorporated as a separate entity by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. [[North Carolina Genealogy|North Carolina]] erected Watauga County primarily from [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]] County in 1849.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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'''1849'''--Watauga County was created from [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228339022218_579" />]], [[Caldwell County, North Carolina|Caldwell]],[[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]], and [[Yancey County, North Carolina|Yancey]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Boone <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1849'''--Watauga County was created from [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228339022218_579" />]], [[Caldwell County, North Carolina|Caldwell]],[[Wilkes County, North Carolina|Wilkes]], and [[Yancey County, North Carolina|Yancey]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Boone <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
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==== 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  ====
  
'''1873--'''Courthouse fire destroyed all of the land records and most of the court records.  
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'''1873--'''Courthouse fire destroyed all of the land records and most of the court records.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
[[Image:Ncwatauga.png|thumb|right|400px]]
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[[Image:Ncwatauga.png|thumb|right|400px|Ncwatauga.png]]  
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==== Bibles  ====
 
==== Bibles  ====
  
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*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/wata/index.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Cemeteries], listings (Cemetery Census)  
 
*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/wata/index.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Cemeteries], listings (Cemetery Census)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugacemeteries.html Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Cemeteries] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugacemeteries.html Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Cemeteries] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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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=1745&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|466624|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=1745 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.ncgenweb.us/watauga/watauga_cem.htm NCGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=kw%3Acemetery+Watauga+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=Watauga Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugacemeteries.html NCGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/watauga.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/wata/index.htm North Carolina Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Watauga%20County%20North%20Carolina%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[North Carolina Cemeteries|North Carolina Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*Arthur, John Preston, ''A History of Watauga County, North Carolina with Sketches of Prominent Families'', 1915, reprinted 2002. (information in [http://www.genealogical.com/products/A%20History%20of%20Watauga%20County%20North%20Carolina/179.html Genealogy.com])  
 
*Arthur, John Preston, ''A History of Watauga County, North Carolina with Sketches of Prominent Families'', 1915, reprinted 2002. (information in [http://www.genealogical.com/products/A%20History%20of%20Watauga%20County%20North%20Carolina/179.html Genealogy.com])  
*[http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/ead2002/224wat.xml/ead2html Watauga County Genealogy Study from the William Allan Papers] (manuscript collection), Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
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*[http://collections.library.appstate.edu/findingaids/ac224 Watauga County Genealogy Study from the William Allan Papers] (manuscript collection), Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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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] — 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
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry|1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry]], Company D<br>
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:- [[5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves|5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves]], Company G<br>
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===== World War II =====
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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
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
 
*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/northcarolina/watauga-county-obituaries.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Obituaries] (Newspaper Obituaries)  
 
*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/northcarolina/watauga-county-obituaries.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Obituaries] (Newspaper Obituaries)  
*''[http://www2.wataugademocrat.com/ Watauga Democrat]''
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*''[http://www.wataugademocrat.com Watauga Democrat]''
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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''Online Probate Records''
  
*'''1873-1968''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to E (1873-1968)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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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] — 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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*'''1873 - 1968''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to E (1873-1968)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugawills.html Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Wills &amp; Estates] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/wataugawills.html Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives: Wills &amp; Estates] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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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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===== 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 $
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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 $
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*'''1759 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1675514|North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1762 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1726957|North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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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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*'''1873 - 1954''' - Watauga County Marriage Index 1873-1954. Batch {{IGI|M869955}} 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>
  
 
==== Yearbooks  ====
 
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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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'''Genealogical Society of Watauga County'''<br> PO Box 126<br> Boone, NC 28607<br><br>
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'''Watauga County Historical Society'''<br> E. Mast, 253 Wm. Hardy Mast Road<br> Sugar Grove, NC 28679-9707<br>[http://www.wataugacountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
*[http://www.wataugacountyhistoricalsociety.com/ Watauga County Historical Society], Boone, North Carolina
 
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/watauga-county/ Watauga County, NC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/watauga/ NCGenWeb: Watauga County] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/watauga/ NCGenWeb: Watauga County] - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Watauga|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Watauga|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.northcarolinagenealogy.net/north-carolina-counties/watauga/ Watauga County Genealogy] (North Carolina Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.northcarolinagenealogy.net/north-carolina-counties/watauga/ Watauga County Genealogy] (North Carolina Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina] (New River Notes)  
 
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina] (New River Notes)  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/northcarolina/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Cemetery Inscriptions] (Access Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/northcarolina/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Cemetery Inscriptions] (Access Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/NC/Watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/NC/Watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/nc/watauga/ Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
 
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/north-carolina/watauga_county_nc_genealogy.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Links] (Genealogy Links)  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/north-carolina/watauga_county_nc_genealogy.htm Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Links] (Genealogy Links)  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga.htm Watauga County, North Carolina GenWeb Archives] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/nc-county-watauga.html Watauga County, North Carolina History, Records, Facts, Genealogy, and Ancestry] (Family History 101)
 
  
 
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Guide to Watauga 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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Watauga County, North Carolina
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1914
1873
1850
1830
1858


Watauga County Courthouse
842 W King Street
Boone, NC 28607-3531
Phone: 828-265-8052

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914
marriage records from 1872 and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divoce, probate and court records from 1872[1]

Register of Deeds
842 W. King Street, Courthouse, Suite 9
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-265-8052
Fax: 828-265-7632
Website

Clerk Superior Court
842 W King St
Boone, NC 28607-3560
Phone: 828) 268-6600

History

The area that became Watauga and Ashe counties was part of Anson County during the early period; part of Rowan County in 1753, Surry County in 1771, Wilkes County in 1777 and was briefly part of the State of Franklin from 1784-89. After Franklin it was claimed as part of Washington County (part of the Southwest Territory, and later Tennessee) until it was annexed back by North Carolina into Wilkes County again in 1792.[2] Ashe was incorporated as a separate entity by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. North Carolina erected Watauga County primarily from Ashe County in 1849.

Parent County

1849--Watauga County was created from Ashe, Caldwell,Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.
County seat: Boone [3]

County histories are available such as:

  • A History of Watauga County, North Carolina : with sketches of prominent families by John Preston Arthur (1915)

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

1873--Courthouse fire destroyed all of the land records and most of the court records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Beech Mountain
  • Blowing Rock
  • Boone
  • Seven Devils

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Bibles

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 Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Howard's Chapel

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Watauga County for European settlers included:[4]

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Watauga County, North Carolina Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company D
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G
World War II

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

Genealogical Society of Watauga County
PO Box 126
Boone, NC 28607

Watauga County Historical Society
E. Mast, 253 Wm. Hardy Mast Road
Sugar Grove, NC 28679-9707
Website


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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Watauga County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.