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Lincoln County,
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Lincoln County, North Carolina History

When was Lincoln County, NC Created?
Lincoln County was created on April 14, 1779 from Tryon County. This county was named for Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), a major general during the American Revolutionary War who participated in the Siege of Yorktown.

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

What counties are adjacent to Lincoln County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Catawba County (north), Iredell County (northeast), Mecklenburg County (southeast), Gaston County (south), Cleveland County (west), Burke County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Lincoln County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include BogerCity, Denver, IronStation, Lincolnton, Lowesville, Westport.

Lincoln County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Lincoln 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

Lincoln County, NC Census Records

What Lincoln 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.

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

Lincoln County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Lincoln County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lincoln County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lincoln County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some County Courthouse records may have been destroyed by fire in private home in 1797

Lincoln County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Lincoln Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Lincoln Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lincoln Co. NC General and History Websites

Lincoln Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lincoln Co. NC Military Records

Lincoln Co. NC Schools & Directories

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