Durham County, North Carolina
Genealogy and Facts

Durham County was created on 1881 from Orange County and Wake County. This county was named for the city of Durham which was named in honor of Dr. Bartlett Snipes Durham who donated the land on which the railroad station was located .

The Durham County Seat is located in Durham also, the county government website is www.co.durham.nc.us/.

Areas bordering to Durham County are Person County (north), Granville County (northeast), Wake County (southeast), Chatham County (southwest), Orange County (west).

Cities and towns located in Durham County include Durham, Gorman, Rougemont.

Townships located in Durham County include Carr, Durham, Lebanon, Mangum, Oak Grove, and Triangle.

Durham 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.

You can search online for Durham 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

Durham County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Durham Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Durham County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Durham County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Durham County Courthouse and Government Records


Durham County Courthouse

Genealogist typically forget about the importance of Durham County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy information.

Buried away in North Carolina courthouses and archives everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of the many North Carolina men and women.

The possibilities are excellent that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some elements of their lives in the Durham County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Durham County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county.

Please make sure to call the clerk's dept to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other facts just before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of staff will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to undertake the basic research.
  • Durham County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 20 East Main St, Durham, NC 27701
    • Phone: (919) 808-3000
  • Durham County Register of Deeds holds land and vital records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Land records may include deeds, grants, plats, and other miscellaneous items. houses most birth and death records and marriage licenses for Durham County.
    • Phone: 919-560-0480
    • Birth Records:
    • Marriage Records: 1881 
    • Death Records:
    • Land Records: 1881
  • Durham County Clerk of Court holds probate records and court records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Probate records include not only wills, but also loose estates records. Court records may include apprentice bonds, bastardy bonds, and officials' or constables' bonds in addition to dockets, fee and account books, and court minutes and orders. They also have Divorce Records.
    • Phone: 919-564-7070
    • Probate Records: 1875
    • Court Records: 1881
    • Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
  • Durham County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Durham Co. North Carolina County Health Department

Durham County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Durham 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. Feel free to furnish your own most popular Durham County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Durham Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Durham Co. NC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Durham Co. NC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Durham Co. NC Census Records

Durham Co. NC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Durham Co. NC Church & Bible Records

Durham Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Durham Co. NC General and History Websites

Durham Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Durham Co. NC Military Records

Durham Co. NC Schools & Directories

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