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Caldwell County, North Carolina History

When was Caldwell County, NC Created?
Caldwell County was created on January 11, 1841 from Burke County and Wilkes County. This county was named for Joseph Caldwell (1773–1835), the first president of the University of North Carolina.

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

What counties are adjacent to Caldwell County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Watauga County (north), Wilkes County (northeast), Alexander County (east), Catawba County (southeast), Burke County (south), Avery County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Caldwell County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Lower Creek, Lovelady, Little River, Hudson, Kings Creek, Johns River, Lenoir, Globe, Mulberry, North Catawba, Patterson, Wilson Creek, Yadkin Valley.

Caldwell County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Caldwell 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

Caldwell County, NC Census Records

What Caldwell 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 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Caldwell County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Caldwell County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Caldwell County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Caldwell County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also North Carolina Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Caldwell County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Caldwell Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Caldwell Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Caldwell Co. NC General and History Websites

Caldwell Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Caldwell Co. NC Military Records

Caldwell Co. NC Schools & Directories

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