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Edgecombe County,
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Edgecombe County, North Carolina History

When was Edgecombe County, NC Created?
Edgecombe County was created on 1741 from Bertie County. This county was named for Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron Edgcumbe (1680–1758), a Lord High Treasurer and Paymaster-General for Ireland .

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

What counties are adjacent to Edgecombe County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Halifax County (northeast), Martin County (east), Pitt County (southeast), Wilson County (southwest), Nash County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Edgecombe County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Conetoe, Leggett, Macclesfield, Pinetops, Princeville, RockyMount, Sharpsburg, Speed, Tarboro, Whitakers.

Edgecombe County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Edgecombe 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

Edgecombe County, NC Census Records

What Edgecombe 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.

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

Edgecombe County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Edgecombe County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Edgecombe County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Edgecombe County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Land records prior to 1759 are among those of Halifax County

Edgecombe County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Edgecombe Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Edgecombe Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Edgecombe Co. NC General and History Websites

Edgecombe Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Edgecombe Co. NC Military Records

Edgecombe Co. NC Schools & Directories

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