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Research in Cabarrus County

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This week’s North Carolina County of the Week is Cabarrus County so I wanted to post some information about the county and doing research using county records.

Cabarrus County was created in 1792 from Mecklenburg County. Counties that border present day Cabarrus County are (clockwise from the North to the West) Rowan, Stanley, Union, Mecklenburg, and Iredell Counties.

The closest early major migration route to Cabarrus County is the Upper Road. The Upper Road begins north in Maryland and ends in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County. Some who traveled on the Great Valley Road, which ran from Philadelphia through central Virginia, may have also settled in Cabarrus County area. My own ancestors (the Bradford line) traveled from South-East Pennsylvania to Baltimore County, Maryland and then settled in the part of Mecklenburg County that  became Cabarrus County. Likely they traveled the Upper Road, like many others in the area.

The county seat is Concord, founded in 1798. Gold was discovered near Georgeville in Cabarrus County in 1799 and the Reed Gold Mine was established.

Many of the original records for Cabarrus County are located in the State Archives of North Carolina; a courthouse fire in 1874 caused some record loss.  The Government and Heritage Library has some books and microfilm for Cabarrus County – view the catalog to see what books and microfilm our library has. Microfilm can be loaned to NC residents through their local libraries. Please contact your local public library about borrowing microfilm through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Not all records are located in the State Archives. Many land records and vital records, including birth and death certificates as well as marriage certificates after 1868 are located with the Cabarrus County Register of Deeds office. Cabarrus County Register of Deeds office also has another at This site has many of the land records in a searchable database, but not the vital records. The website gives you information on how to contact them.

Read more about Cabarrus County at NCpedia.

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