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Wilkes County, North Carolina History

When was Wilkes County, NC Created?
Wilkes County was created on 1777 from Surry County. This county was named for John Wilkes (1725–1797), an English radical, journalist and politician .

What is the County Seat of Wilkes County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Wilkesboro also, the county government website is www.wilkescounty.net.

What counties are adjacent to Wilkes County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Alleghany County (north), Surry County (northeast), Yadkin County (east), Iredell County (southeast), Alexander County (south), Caldwell County (southwest), Watauga County (west), Ashe County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Wilkes County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Elkin, North Wilkesboro, Ronda, Wilkesboro, Cricket, Fairplains, Hays, Millers Creek, Moravian Falls, Mulberry, Pleasant Hill, Roaring River.


Wilkes County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Wilkes 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


Wilkes County, NC Census Records

What Wilkes 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.

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


Wilkes County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Wilkes County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Wilkes County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Wilkes County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also North Carolina Corthouse Records Research Guide


Old Wilkes County Courthouse

Wilkes County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Wilkes Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Wilkes Co. NC Military Records

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