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Haywood County, North Carolina History

When was Haywood County, NC Created?
Haywood County was created on December 15, 1808 from Buncombe County. This county was named for John Haywood (1754–1827), a North Carolina State Treasurer.

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

What counties are adjacent to Haywood County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Cocke County, Tennessee (north), Madison County (northeast), Buncombe County (east), Transylvania County (southeast), Jackson County (southwest), Swain County (west), Sevier County, Tennessee (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Haywood County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Canton, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, West Canton.

Haywood County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Haywood 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

Haywood County, NC Census Records

What Haywood 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 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Haywood County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Haywood County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Haywood County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Haywood County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some County Courthouse records destroyed in move to new courthouse.

Haywood County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Haywood Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Haywood Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Haywood Co. NC General and History Websites

Haywood Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Haywood Co. NC Military Records

Haywood Co. NC Schools & Directories

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