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Jackson County, North Carolina History

When was Jackson County, NC Created?
Jackson County was created on January 29, 1851 from Haywood County and Macon County. This county was named for Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), the 7th President of the United States .

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

What counties are adjacent to Jackson County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Haywood County (northeast), Transylvania County (east), Oconee County, South Carolina (south), Macon County (west), Swain County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Jackson County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Balsam, Cashiers, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, ForestHills, Glenville, Highlands, Savannah, Sylva, Webster.

Jackson County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Jackson 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

Jackson County, NC Census Records

What Jackson 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 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Jackson Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Jackson Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Jackson Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Jackson County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Jackson County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Jackson County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Jackson County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some County Courthouse records lost when county seat moved in 1913

Old Jackson County Courthouse

Jackson County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Jackson Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Jackson Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jackson Co. NC General and History Websites

Jackson Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. NC Military Records

Jackson Co. NC Schools & Directories

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