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Swain County, North Carolina History

When was Swain County, NC Created?
Swain County was created on 1871 from Jackson County and Macon County. This county was named for David Lowry Swain (1801–1868), a governor of North Carolina and president of the University of North Carolina.

What is the County Seat of Swain County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Bryson City also, the county government website is www.swaincountync.gov.

What counties are adjacent to Swain County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Sevier County, Tennessee (north), Haywood County (east), Jackson County (southeast), Macon County (south), Graham County (southwest), Blount County, Tennessee (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Swain County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bryson City, Cherokee, Whittier.


Swain County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Swain 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


Swain County, NC Census Records

What Swain 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.

Swain Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Swain Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1880. Swain 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


Swain County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Swain County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Swain County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Swain County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1879 by fire. some earlier records were destroyed. On January 7, 1908 the Courthouse was burned by rioters. No records were saved.


Old Swain County Courthouse

Swain County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Swain Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Swain Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Swain Co. NC Military Records

Swain Co. NC Schools & Directories

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