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Hertford County,
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Hertford County, North Carolina History

When was Hertford County, NC Created?
Hertford County was created on December 12, 1759 from Chowan County, Bertie County and Northampton County. This county was named for Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford (1718–1794), who was Lord of the Bedchamber to George II and George III.

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

What counties are adjacent to Hertford County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Southampton County, Virginia (north), Gates County (east), Chowan County (southeast), Bertie County (south), Northampton County (west).

What cities and towns are in Hertford County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ahoskie, Cofield, Como, Harrellsville, Murfreesboro, Winton.

Hertford County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Hertford 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

Hertford County, NC Census Records

What Hertford 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.

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

Hertford County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Hertford County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Hertford County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Hertford County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1830 & 1862 by fire, Some records fragmented

Hertford County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Hertford Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Hertford Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hertford Co. NC General and History Websites

Hertford Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hertford Co. NC Military Records

Hertford Co. NC Schools & Directories

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