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Wilson County, North Carolina History

When was Wilson County, NC Created?
Wilson County was created on 1855 from Edgecombe County, Nash County, Johnston County and Wayne County. This county was named for Louis D. Wilson, a state legislator from Edgecombe County who died of fever at Veracruz during the Mexican-American War.

What is the County Seat of Wilson County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Wilson also, the county government website is www.wilson-co.com.

What counties are adjacent to Wilson County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Nash County (north), Edgecombe County (northeast), Pitt County (east), Greene County (southeast), Wayne County (south), Johnston County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Wilson County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Black Creek, Elm City, Lucama, Saratoga, Sims, Stantonsburg, Wilson.


Wilson County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for Wilson 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


Wilson County, NC Census Records

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

Wilson Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wilson Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wilson Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide


Wilson County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Wilson County Courthouse

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


Wilson County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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