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Chowan County, North Carolina History

When was Chowan County, NC Created?
Chowan County was created on 1668 from Albemarle Precinct (Formed as Shaftsbury Precinct about 1681, it was renamed Chowan Precinct about 1681 and declared a Chowan County in 1739.). This county was named for the Chowan Native American tribe which lived in the northeastern part of the Colony.

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

What counties are adjacent to Chowan County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Gates County (north), Perquimans County (east), Washington County (west), Bertie County (west), Hertford County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Chowan County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Edenton, Rockyhock, Selwin.

Chowan County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Chowan 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

Chowan County, NC Census Records

What Chowan 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.

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

Chowan County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Chowan County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Chowan County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Chowan County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some early County Courthouse records was destroyed by acting clerk in 1848.

Chowan County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Chowan Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Chowan Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Chowan Co. NC General and History Websites

Chowan Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Chowan Co. NC Military Records

Chowan Co. NC Schools & Directories

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