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Richmond County, North Carolina History

When was Richmond County, NC Created?
Richmond County was created on 1779 from Anson County. This county was named for Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond (1735–1806), a firm supporter of the American colonists and advocated removal of British troops .

What is the County Seat of Richmond County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Rockingham also, the county government website is www.richmondnc.com.

What counties are adjacent to Richmond County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Montgomery County (north), Moore County (northeast), Scotland County (southeast), Marlboro County, South Carolina (south), Anson County (west).

What cities and towns are in Richmond County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Dobbins Heights, EastRockingham, Ellerbe, Hamlet, Hoffman, Norman, Rockingham.


Richmond County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Richmond 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


Richmond County, NC Census Records

What Richmond 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.

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


Richmond County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Richmond County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Richmond County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Richmond County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also North Carolina Corthouse Records Research Guide


Richmond County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Richmond County, NC?
A list of Richmond County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Richmond County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

Richmond Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Richmond Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Richmond Co. NC General and History Websites

Richmond Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Richmond Co. NC Military Records

Richmond Co. NC Schools & Directories

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