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Burke County,
North Carolina History & Facts

Burke County, North Carolina History

When was Burke County, NC Created?
Burke County was created on April 8, 1777 from Rowan County. This county was named for Thomas Burke (1747–1783), a member of the Continental Congress and governor of North Carolina.

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

What counties are adjacent to Burke County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Caldwell County (north), Catawba County (east), Cleveland County (southeast), Rutherford County (southwest), McDowell County (west), Avery County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Burke County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include ConnellysSprings, Drexel, GlenAlpine, Hildebran, Morganton, Rhodhiss, RutherfordCollege, Valdese.

Burke County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Burke 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

Burke County, NC Census Records

What Burke 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.

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

Burke County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Burke County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Burke County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Burke County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1865 by fire, some records were destroyed.

Burke County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Burke Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Burke Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Burke Co. NC General and History Websites

Burke Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Burke Co. NC Military Records

Burke Co. NC Schools & Directories

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