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Transylvania County, North Carolina

Transylvania County was created on 1861 from Henderson County and Jackson County. This county was named for the Latin words, trans meaning across and sylva meaning woods.

The Transylvania County Seat is located in Brevard also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Transylvania County are Henderson County (east), Greenville County, South Carolina (southeast), Pickens County, South Carolina (south), Oconee County, South Carolina (southwest), Jackson County (west), Haywood County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Transylvania County include Balsam Grove, Brevard, Pisgah Forest, Rosman.

Townships located in Transylvania County include Boyd, Brevard, Catheys Creek, Dunns Rock, Eastatoe, Gloucester, Hogback, Rosman ,and Little River.

Transylvania 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 Transylvania 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

Transylvania County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Transylvania Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Transylvania Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Transylvania Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Transylvania County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Transylvania County Courthouse and Government Records

Transylvania County Courthouse

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

Please make sure to call the clerk's dept to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other facts just before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of staff will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to undertake the basic research.
  • Transylvania County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 7 East Main St, Brevard, NC 28712
  • Transylvania 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 Transylvania County.
    • Phone: 828-884-3162 
    • Birth Records: 1913 
    • Marriage Records: 1861 
    • Death Records: 1913 
    • Land Records:1861
  • Transylvania 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.
    • Phone: 828-884-3120
    • Probate Records:1861
    • Court Records:1861
    • Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
  • Transylvania County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Transylvania Co. North Carolina County Health Department

Transylvania County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Transylvania 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 Transylvania County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Transylvania Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Transylvania Co. NC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Transylvania Co. NC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Transylvania Co. NC Census Records

Transylvania Co. NC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Transylvania Co. NC Church & Bible Records

Transylvania Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Transylvania Co. NC General and History Websites

Transylvania Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Transylvania Co. NC Military Records

Transylvania Co. NC Schools & Directories

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