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Pender County,
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Pender County, North Carolina History

When was Pender County, NC Created?
Pender County was created on 1875 from New Hanover County. This county was named for William Dorsey Pender (1834–1863), Confederate soldier who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War.

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

What counties are adjacent to Pender County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Duplin County (north), Onslow County (northeast), New Hanover County (south), Brunswick County (southwest), Columbus County (southwest), Bladen County (west), Sampson County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Pender County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Atkinson, Burgaw, Hampstead, St.Helena, SurfCity, TopsailBeach, Watha.

Pender County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Pender 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

Pender County, NC Census Records

What Pender 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 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Pender Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Pender County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Pender County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Pender County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Pender County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county.

Pender County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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