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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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NC County of the Week: Yadkin County

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The NC County of the Week for September 6-12, 2015 is Yadkin County, NC! 

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Research in Catawba County

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

Catawba County was created in 1842 from Lincoln County and was named after the local Native American tribe. The area was heavily settled by the German, Swiss, and Scot-Irish.  Counties that border present day Catawba County are (clockwise from N to W): Alexander, Iredell, Lincoln and Burke. The borders of Catawba County have remained relatively unchanged since creation.

The closest early major migration route is the Upper Road. The Upper Road broke off from the King’s Highway in Fredericksburg, VA and traveled southwest to Charlotte, NC.

The county seat is Newton, founded in 1855 and named after Isaac Newton Wilson, a member of the General Assembly

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

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NC County of the Week: Catawba County

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The NC County of the Week for August 16-24, 2015 is Catawba County, NC!

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Catawba County was formed in 1842 from Lincoln County and named for the local Native American Catawba tribe.

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Stay with us this week for snapshots of the people, history, culture,  geography, and natural heritage of Catawba County.

We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library, our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources, and other heritage institutions throughout the state.

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