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New Hanover County,
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New Hanover County, North Carolina History

When was New Hanover County, NC Created?
New Hanover County was created on 1729 from Craven County.

What is the County Seat of New Hanover County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Wilmington also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to New Hanover County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Pender CountyBrunswick County.

New Hanover County, NC Vital Records

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

You can search online for New Hanover County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for North Carolina Birth CertificateDeath, 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

New Hanover County, NC Census Records

What New Hanover 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 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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

New Hanover County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

New Hanover County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the New Hanover County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of New Hanover 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 New Hanover 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 Courthouse Records Research Guide.

New Hanover County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

New Hanover Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

New Hanover Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

New Hanover Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

New Hanover Co. NC General and History Websites

New Hanover Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

New Hanover Co. NC Military Records

New Hanover Co. NC Schools & Directories