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

Pasquotank County was created as a precinct in Albemarle County around 1668. Some sources vary about it it became an actual county – some sources say it became a county in 1668-1670, others say in 1681.  Counties that border present day Pasquotank County are Camden County to the north and east, the Albemarle Sound to the south, and Perquimans  County to the west. Camden County was formed from Pasquotank in 1777.

The closest early major migration route to Pasquotank County is the King’s Highway. The King’s Highway begins north in Boston, Massachusetts and ends in Charleston, South Carolina and runs through present-day Gates County just west of Pasquotank County.

The county seat is Elizabeth City, founded in 1793 as Redding, which changed to Elizabeth Town in 1794, and then Elizabeth City in 1801.

Many of the original records for Pasquotank County are located in the State Archives of North Carolina; however, many early records are missing for an unknown reason.  The Government and Heritage Library has some books and microfilm for Pasquotank 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 Pasquotank County Register of Deeds office. Pasquotank County Register of Deeds office also has another with 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 Pasquotank County at NCpedia.

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