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Martin County,
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Martin County, North Carolina History

When was Martin County, NC Created?
Martin County was created on March 2, 1774 from Halifax County and Tyrrell County. This county was named for Josiah Martin (1737–1786), the last governor of colonial North Carolina.

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

What counties are adjacent to Martin County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Bertie County (northeast), Washington County (east), Beaufort County (southeast), Pitt County (southwest), Edgecombe County (west), Halifax County (northwest).

Martin County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Martin 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

Martin County, NC Census Records

What Martin 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.

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

Martin County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Martin County Courthouse

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

Old Martin County Courthouse

Martin County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Martin Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Martin Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Martin Co. NC General and History Websites

Martin Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Martin Co. NC Military Records

Martin Co. NC Schools & Directories

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