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Bertie County, North Carolina

Bertie County was created on 1722 from Chowen Precinct and Albemarle County. This county was named for James or Henry Bertie, two Lords Proprietor of colonial North Carolina.

The Bertie County Seat is located in Windsor also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Bertie County are Hertford County (north), Chowan County (east), Washington County (southeast), Martin County (southwest), Halifax County (west), Northampton County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Bertie County include Askewville, Aulander, Colerain, Kelford, LewistonWoodville, Powellsville, Roxobel, Windsor, Merry Hill.

Townships located in Bertie County include Colerain, Indian Woods, Merry Hill, Mitchells, Roxobel, Snake Bite, Whites, Windsor, and Woodville.

Bertie 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.

You can search online for Bertie 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

Bertie 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.

Bertie Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bertie Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bertie 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.

Bertie County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Bertie County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Bertie County Courthouse and Government Records

Bertie County Courthouse

Genealogist typically forget about the importance of Bertie County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy information.

Buried away in North Carolina courthouses and archives everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of the many North Carolina men and women.

The possibilities are excellent that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some elements of their lives in the Bertie County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bertie County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county.

Please make sure to call the clerk's dept to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other facts just before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of staff will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to undertake the basic research.
  • Bertie County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 108 Dundee St, Windsor, NC 27983
    • Phone: (252) 794-6800
  • Bertie County Register of Deeds holds land and vital records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Land records may include deeds, grants, plats, and other miscellaneous items. houses most birth and death records and marriage licenses for Bertie County.
    • Phone: (252) 794-5309
    • Birth Records:1913
    • Marriage Records: 1762
    • Death Records:1913
    • Land Records: 1721
  • Bertie County Clerk of Court holds probate records and court records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Probate records include not only wills, but also loose estates records. Court records may include apprentice bonds, bastardy bonds, and officials' or constables' bonds in addition to dockets, fee and account books, and court minutes and orders. They also have Divorce Records.
    • Phone: 252-794-3030
    • Probate Records: 1728
    • Court Records: 1724
    • Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
  • Bertie County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Bertie Co. North Carolina County Health Department

Bertie County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Bertie County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is just a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite genealogy or family history related sites.

Bertie Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bertie Co. NC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bertie Co. NC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bertie Co. NC Census Records

Bertie Co. NC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Bertie Co. NC Church & Bible Records

Bertie Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bertie Co. NC General and History Websites

Bertie Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bertie Co. NC Military Records

Bertie Co. NC Schools & Directories

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