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Lenoir County,
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Lenoir County, North Carolina History

When was Lenoir County, NC Created?
Lenoir County was created on December 4, 1791 from Dobbs County. This county was named for William Lenoir (1751–1839), a captain in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

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

What counties are adjacent to Lenoir County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Greene County (north), Pitt County (northeast), Craven County (east), Jones County (southeast), Duplin County (southwest), Wayne County (west).

What cities and towns are in Lenoir County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Grifton, Kinston, LaGrange, Pink Hill.

Lenoir County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Lenoir 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

Lenoir County, NC Census Records

What Lenoir 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 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Lenoir County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Lenoir County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lenoir County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lenoir County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1878 & 1880 by fire, Some early records were destroyed.

Lenoir County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Lenoir Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Lenoir Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lenoir Co. NC General and History Websites

Lenoir Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lenoir Co. NC Military Records

Lenoir Co. NC Schools & Directories

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