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Wayne County, North Carolina History

When was Wayne County, NC Created?
Wayne County was created on 1779 from Dobbs County.

What is the County Seat of Wayne County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Goldsboro also, the county government website is www.waynegov.com.

What counties are adjacent to Wayne County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Wilson County, Greene County, Lenoir County, Duplin County, Sampson County, Johnston County.


Wayne County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Wayne 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


Wayne County, NC Census Records

What Wayne 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.

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


Wayne County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Wayne County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Wayne County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Wayne County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in North Carolina courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless North Carolina residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Wayne County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also North Carolina Corthouse Records Research Guide.


Wayne County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

Wayne Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Wayne Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wayne Co. NC General and History Websites

Wayne Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wayne Co. NC Military Records

Wayne Co. NC Schools & Directories

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