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Guilford County,
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Guilford County, North Carolina History

When was Guilford County, NC Created?
Guilford County was created on December 5, 1771 from Rowan County and Orange County. This county was named for Francis North, 1st Earl of Guilford (1704–1790), a British politician and father of Prime Minister of Great Britain Frederick North.

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

What counties are adjacent to Guilford County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Rockingham County ( north), Alamance County (east), Randolph County (west), Davidson County (southwest), Forsyth County (west).

What cities and towns are in Guilford County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Greensboro, HighPoint, Jamestown, OakRidge, PleasantGarden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Whitsett, Colfax, BrownsSummit, Gibsonville, Archdale, McLeansville.

Guilford County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Guilford 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

Guilford County, NC Census Records

What Guilford 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.

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

Guilford County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Guilford County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Guilford County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Guilford County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1781 & 1872 by fire

Old Guilford County Courthouse

Guilford County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Guilford Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Guilford Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Guilford Co. NC General and History Websites

Guilford Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Guilford Co. NC Military Records

Guilford Co. NC Schools & Directories

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