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Brunswick County,
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Brunswick County, North Carolina History

When was Brunswick County, NC Created?
Brunswick County was created on January 30, 1764 from Bladen County and New Hanover County. This county was named for George I of Great Britain (1660–1727), Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg.

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

What counties are adjacent to Brunswick County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Pender County (northeast), New Hanover County (east), Horry County, South Carolina (southwest), Columbus County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Brunswick County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bald Head Island, Belville, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Calabash, CarolinaShores, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach, Leland, Navassa, Northwest, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Sandy Creek, Shallotte, Southport, St. James, Sunset Beach, Varnamtown, Winnabow, Piney Grove.

Brunswick County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Brunswick 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

Brunswick County, NC Census Records

What Brunswick 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.

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

Brunswick County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Brunswick County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Brunswick County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Brunswick County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1865 from the civil war, and 1957 in a clerk's office fire. Some records were destroyed in the 1865 fire.

Brunswick County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Brunswick Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Brunswick Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Brunswick Co. NC General and History Websites

Brunswick Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Brunswick Co. NC Military Records

Brunswick Co. NC Schools & Directories

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