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Catawba County,
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Catawba County, North Carolina History

When was Catawba County, NC Created?
Catawba County was created on December 12, 1842 from Lincoln County. This county was named for the Catawba Nation, an Indian tribe which lived in that section of the State.

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

What counties are adjacent to Catawba County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Alexander County (north), Iredell County (east), Lincoln County (south), Burke County (west), Caldwell County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Catawba County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, LakeNormanofCatawba, Maiden, MountainView, Newton, SherrillsFord, Longview, St.Stephens.

Catawba County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Catawba 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

Catawba County, NC Census Records

What Catawba 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.

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

Catawba County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Catawba County Courthouse

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

Catawba County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Catawba Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Catawba Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Catawba Co. NC General and History Websites

Catawba Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Catawba Co. NC Military Records

Catawba Co. NC Schools & Directories

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