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Dare County, North Carolina History

When was Dare County, NC Created?
Dare County was created on February 3, 1870 from Currituck County, Tyrrell County, and Hyde County. This county was named for Virginia Dare (b. 1587), the first child born of English parents in America.

What is the County Seat of Dare County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Manteo also, the county government website is www.darenc.com.

What counties are adjacent to Dare County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Currituck County (north), Hyde County (southwest), Tyrrell County (west).

What cities and towns are in Dare County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include KillDevilHills, KittyHawk, Manteo, NagsHead, SouthernShores, Duck, MannsHarbor, Hatteras, Buxton, Avon, Rodanthe, Salvo, Wanchese, Waves, Colington.


Dare County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Dare 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


Dare County, NC Census Records

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

Dare Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Dare Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Dare Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide


Dare County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Dare County Courthouse

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


Old Dare County Courthouse

Dare County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Dare County, NC?
A list of Dare County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Dare County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

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