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Beaufort County, North Carolina History

When was Beaufort County, NC Created?
Beaufort County was created on 1705 from Bath Precinct and named Pamptecough Precinct (renamed Beaufort Precinct in 1712; declared Beaufort County in 1739). This county was named for Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort, who in 1709 became one of the Lords Proprietor.

What is the County Seat of Beaufort County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Washington also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Beaufort County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Washington County (northeast), Hyde County (east), Pamlico County (southeast), Craven County (southwest), Pitt County (west), Martin County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Beaufort County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Aurora, Bath, Belhaven, Chocowinity, Pantego, River Road, Washington, Washington Park.

Beaufort County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Beaufort County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Beaufort County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Beaufort County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Beaufort County clerk of court.

You can search online for Beaufort County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide

Beaufort County, NC Census Records

What Beaufort County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Beaufort Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Beaufort Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Beaufort Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Beaufort County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Beaufort County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Beaufort County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Beaufort County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some early Records fragmented. Delayed birth certificates are available

Old Beaufort County Courthouse

Beaufort County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Beaufort County, NC?
A list of Beaufort County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See also a list of Statewide North Carolina Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Beaufort County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Beaufort County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Beaufort County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Beaufort Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Beaufort Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Beaufort Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Beaufort Co. NC General and History Websites

Beaufort Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Beaufort Co. NC Military Records

Beaufort Co. NC Schools & Directories

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