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Pender County, North Carolina

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.

The Pender County Seat is located in Burgaw also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Pender County are Duplin County (north), Onslow County (northeast), New Hanover County (south), Brunswick County (southwest), Columbus County (southwest), Bladen County (west), Sampson County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Pender County include Atkinson, Burgaw, Hampstead, St.Helena, SurfCity, TopsailBeach, Watha.

Townships located in Pender County include Burgaw, Canetuck, Caswell, Columbia, Grady, Holly, Long Creek, Rocky Point, Topsail, and Union.

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.

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

Pender 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.

Pender County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Pender County Courthouse and Government Records

Pender County Courthouse

Genealogist typically forget about the importance of Pender 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 Pender 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 Pender County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county.

  • Pender 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 Pender County.
    • Address: 300 E. Fremont St., P.O. Box 43, Burgaw, NC 28425
    • Phone: 910-259-1225
    • Birth Records: 1913
    • Marriage Records: 1875 
    • Death Records: 1913 
    • Land Records: 1875
  • Pender 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.
    • Address: 100 Wright St, Burgaw
    • Phone: 910-259-1229
    • Probate Records: 1875
    • Court Records: 1875
    • Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
  • Pender County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Pender Co. North Carolina County Health Department

Pender County Links

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. Feel free to furnish your own most popular Pender County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Pender Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pender Co. NC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pender Co. NC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pender Co. NC Census Records

Pender Co. NC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Pender Co. NC Church & Bible Records

Pender Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pender Co. NC General and History Websites

Pender Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pender Co. NC Military Records

Pender Co. NC Schools & Directories

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