Macon County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Macon County, North Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Franklin
Organized: 1828
Parent County(s): Haywood[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cherokee  • Clay  • Graham  • Jackson  • Oconee (SC)  • Rabun (GA)  • Swain  • Towns (GA)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Macon County is located in the southwestern portion of North Carolina and shares a border with Georgia. It was named for Nathaniel Macon, an early nineteenth-century North Carolina political leader who served as both a U.S. Senator and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Macon County Courthouse
5 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-349-7200
Macon County Website

Register of Deeds has marriage and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has probate and court records.[3]

Macon County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1828 1913 1822 1820 1830 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Many records are missing.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1828 Macon County was created in 1828 from Haywood County.
  • County seat: Franklin[5]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Aquone
  • Cullasaja
  • Etna
  • Gneiss
  • Holly Springs
Townships
  • Burningtown
  • Cartoogechaye
  • Cowee
  • Ellijay
  • Flats
  • Franklin
  • Highlands
  • Millshoal
  • Nantahala
  • Smithbridge (formerly Smith's Bridge)
  • Sugarfork


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Macon County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,333
1840 4,869 −8.7%
1850 6,389 31.2%
1860 6,004 −6.0%
1870 6,615 10.2%
1880 8,064 21.9%
1890 10,102 25.3%
1900 12,104 19.8%
1910 12,191 0.7%
1920 12,887 5.7%
1930 13,672 6.1%
1940 15,880 16.1%
1950 16,174 1.9%
1960 14,935 −7.7%
1970 15,788 5.7%
1980 20,178 27.8%
1990 23,499 16.5%
2000 29,811 26.9%
2010 33,922 13.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


Church Records[edit | edit source]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Macon County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Macon County:

- 16th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company H
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company K
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G
- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry, Company A

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

  • Macon County Students at NC Colleges. Yearbook Index; list of names of students with hometowns in Macon county provided in various yearbooks. (NCGenWeb)

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1843-1936 Macon County Tax Records 1843-1936 (images) at FamilySearch

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Macon County Historical Society and Genealogical Society
    36 W. Main Street
    Franklin, NC 28734
    Phone: 828-524-9758
  • Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2122
    Asheville, NC 28802-2122
  • Macon County Genealogical Society

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Macon County (NCGenWeb)
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/macon
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Macon County, North Carolina. Page 510 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Macon County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Macon County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macon_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 20 February 2020.