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Surry County, North Carolina History

When was Surry County, NC Created?
Surry County was created on 1771 from Rowan County. This county was named for the county of Surrey in England, birthplace of then governor William Tryon.

What is the County Seat of Surry County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Dobson also, the county government website is www.co.surry.nc.us.

What counties are adjacent to Surry County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Carroll County, Virginia (north), Patrick County, Virginia (northeast), Stokes County (east), Forsyth County (southeast), Yadkin County (south), Wilkes County (southwest), Alleghany County (northwest), Grayson County, Virginia (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Surry County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Dobson, Elkin, Mount Airy, PilotMountain, FlatRock, Little Richmond, Mountain Park, Shoals, Siloam, State Road, Toast, White Plains.


Surry County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Surry 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


Surry County, NC Census Records

What Surry 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.

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


Surry County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Surry County Courthouse

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


Old Surry County Courthouse

Surry County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Surry County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Surry 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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Surry Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Surry Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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