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Research in Yadkin County

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In honor of this week’s North Carolina County of the Week for Yadkin County I want to share information about the county that may help you with your research in the county.

Yadkin County was created in 1850 from Surry County and was named for the Yadkin River. Counties that border present day Yadkin County are (clockwise from N to W): Surry, Forsyth, Davie, Iredell, and Wilkes Counties. In 1927, the south-eastern board of Yadkin was gained by Forsyth county, but otherwise, the county’s borders have remained unchanged.

The closest early major migration route to the area that became Yadkin County is the Upper Road. The Upper Road broke off from the King’s Highway in Fredericksburg, VA and traveled southwest to Charlotte, NC and passed through what became the southern part of Davie County.

The county seat is Yadkinville, founded in 1857 and named after the county.

Many of the original records for Yadkin County are located in the State Archives of North Carolina.  The Government and Heritage Library has some books and microfilm for Yadkin County – view the catalog to see what books and microfilm our library has. Although our books do not circulate, our microfilm can be loaned to NC residents through their local libraries. Please contact your local public library about borrowing microfilm through Inter-library 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 Yadkin County Register of Deeds office. Yadkin County Register of Deeds office also has another website 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 Yadkin County at NCpedia.

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