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Bladen County, North Carolina History

When was Bladen County, NC Created?
Bladen County was created on 1734 from New Hanover Precinct and Bath County (originally named as Pelham Precinct, renamed in 1734). This county was named for Martin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade.

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

What counties are adjacent to Bladen County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Cumberland County (north), Sampson County (northeast), Pender County (southeast), Columbus County (south), Robeson County (west).

What cities and towns are in Bladen County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bladenboro, Butters, Clarkton, Dublin, East Arcadia, Elizabethtown, Kelly, Tar Heel, WhiteLake, White Oak.

Bladen County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Bladen County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bladen 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 Bladen County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Bladen County clerk of court.

You can search online for Bladen 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

Bladen County, NC Census Records

What Bladen 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.

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

Bladen County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Bladen County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bladen County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bladen County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1770, 1800 and 1893 by fire, some records were destroyed in the 1800 and 1893 fires.

Bladen County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bladen County, NC?
A list of Bladen 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 Bladen County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bladen County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bladen 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.

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