New Hanover County, North Carolina
Genealogy and Facts

New Hanover County was created on 1729 from Craven County. This county was named for the royal family of England, members of the House of Hanover.

The New Hanover County Seat is located in Wilmington also, the county government website is www.nhcgov.com.

Areas bordering to New Hanover County are Pender County (north), Brunswick County (west).

Cities and towns located in New Hanover County include Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach.

Townships located in New Hanover County include Cape Fear, Federal Point, Harnett, Masonboro, and Wilmington.

New Hanover 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 New Hanover 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

New Hanover 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.

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

New Hanover County Societies and Family History Resources

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

New Hanover County Courthouse and Government Records


New Hanover County Courthouse

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


Old New Hanover County Courthouse

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 New Hanover 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 New Hanover County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1789, 1819 & 1840 by fire, all 3 courthouse fires may have destroyed some records, Records Fragmented.

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.
  • New Hanover County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 316 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • New Hanover 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 New Hanover County.
    • Address: 216 N. 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
    • Phone: (910) 798-4530
    • Birth Records: 1879 
    • Marriage Records: 1741 
    • Death Records: 1879 
    • Land Records: 1729
  • New Hanover 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: (910) 772-6610
    • Probate Records: 1732
    • Court Records: 1738
    • Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
  • New Hanover County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • New Hanover Co. North Carolina County Health Department

New Hanover County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to New Hanover 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 New Hanover County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

New Hanover Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

New Hanover Co. NC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

New Hanover Co. NC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

New Hanover Co. NC Census Records

New Hanover Co. NC Cemeteries & Graveyards

New Hanover Co. NC Church & Bible Records

New Hanover Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

New Hanover Co. NC General and History Websites

New Hanover Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

New Hanover Co. NC Military Records

New Hanover Co. NC Schools & Directories

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