Nash County, North Carolina
Genealogy and Facts

Nash County was created on 1777 from Edgecombe County. This county was named for Francis Nash (1742–1777), a brigadier general in the Revolutionary War who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Germantown.

The Nash County Seat is located in Nashville also, the county government website is www.co.nash.nc.us/.

Areas bordering to Nash County are Halifax County (north), Edgecombe County (east), Wilson County (south), Johnston County (southwest), Franklin County (west), Wake County (southwest).

Cities and towns located in Nash County include Bailey, Castalia, Dortches, Middlesex, Momeyer, Nashville, RedOak, RockyMount, SpringHope, Whitakers.

Townships located in Nash County include Bailey, Castalia, Coopers, Dry Wells, Ferrells, Griffins, Jackson, Mannings, Nashville, North Whitakers, Oak Level, Red Oak, Rocky Mount, Spring Hope, South Whitakers, and Stony Creek.

Nash 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.

You can search online for Nash 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

Nash 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.

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

Nash County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Nash County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Nash County Courthouse and Government Records


Nash County Courthouse

Genealogist typically forget about the importance of Nash County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy information.

Buried away in North Carolina courthouses and archives everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of the many North Carolina men and women.

The possibilities are excellent that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some elements of their lives in the Nash County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Nash County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county.

Please make sure to call the clerk's dept to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other facts just before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of staff will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to undertake the basic research.
  • Nash County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 234 W Washington St, Nashville
  • Nash County Register of Deeds holds land and vital records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Land records may include deeds, grants, plats, and other miscellaneous items. houses most birth and death records and marriage licenses for Nash County.
    • Phone: (252) 459-9836
    • Birth Records: 1913 
    • Marriage Records: 1777 
    • Death Records: 1913 
    • Land Records: 1739
  • Nash County Clerk of Court holds probate records and court records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Probate records include not only wills, but also loose estates records. Court records may include apprentice bonds, bastardy bonds, and officials' or constables' bonds in addition to dockets, fee and account books, and court minutes and orders. They also have Divorce Records.
    • Phone: (252) 459-4081
    • Probate Records: 1770
    • Court Records: 1751
    • Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
  • Nash County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Nash Co. North Carolina County Health Department

Nash County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Nash 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. Feel free to furnish your own most popular Nash County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Nash Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Nash Co. NC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Nash Co. NC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Nash Co. NC Census Records

Nash Co. NC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Nash Co. NC Church & Bible Records

Nash Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Nash Co. NC General and History Websites

Nash Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Nash Co. NC Military Records

Nash Co. NC Schools & Directories

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