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Watauga County,
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Watauga County, North Carolina History

When was Watauga County, NC Created?
Watauga County was created on 1849 from Ashe County, Caldwell County, Wilkes County and Yancey County. This county was named for the Watauga River, which came from a Native American word meaning "beautiful water" .

What is the County Seat of Watauga County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Boone also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Watauga County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Ashe County (northeast), Wilkes County (east), Caldwell County (south), Avery County (southwest), Johnson County, Tennessee (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Watauga County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Boone, Seven Devils, Deep Gap, Sugar Grove, Valle Crucis, Zionville.

Watauga County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Watauga 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

Watauga County, NC Census Records

What Watauga 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 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Watauga County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Watauga County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Watauga County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Watauga County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1873 by fire, some early records were destroyed and fragmented .

Watauga County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Watauga Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Watauga Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Watauga Co. NC General and History Websites

Watauga Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Watauga Co. NC Military Records

Watauga Co. NC Schools & Directories

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