New Hanover County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to New Hanover 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: Wilmington
Organized: 1729
Parent County(s): Craven[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brunswick  • Pender
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

New Hanover County is located in the southeastern portion of North Carolina and was named in honor of England's King George I of the House of Hanover.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

New Hanover County Courthouse
3rd Princess Street, Rm 103
Wilmington, NC 28401-4090
Phone: 910-341-7125
New Hanover County Website

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

New Hanover 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
1879 1741 1879 1738 1729 1732 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1789, 1819, 1840 Courthouse fires in 1789, 1819, and 1840 resulted in some record loss.
1810 1810 Census is missing.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1729 New Hanover was created from Craven County.
  • County seat: Wilmington[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]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Cape Fear
  • Federal Point
  • Harnett
  • Masonboro
  • Wilmington

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 New Hanover 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.
1790 6,837
1800 7,060 3.3%
1810 11,465 62.4%
1820 10,866 −5.2%
1830 10,959 0.9%
1840 13,312 21.5%
1850 17,668 32.7%
1860 21,715 22.9%
1870 27,978 28.8%
1880 21,376 −23.6%
1890 24,026 12.4%
1900 25,785 7.3%
1910 32,037 24.2%
1920 40,620 26.8%
1930 43,010 5.9%
1940 47,935 11.5%
1950 63,272 32.0%
1960 71,742 13.4%
1970 82,996 15.7%
1980 103,471 24.7%
1990 120,284 16.2%
2000 160,307 33.3%
2010 202,667 26.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptist

  • Black River. Established by 1758.[7]

Church of England

  • St. James's Parish, Wilmington, N.C. Established 1729.[8] Official website. Church records from 1737 to 1892 have been published.[9] Baptisms 1754-1880 (Batch C712001) and Marriages 1811-1892 (Batch M712001) are included in the International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch
  • St. Philip's Parish. Established by 1741.[10]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records

  • Wilmington

Methodist

  • St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, Wilmington, N.C. Formed 1865. Served the African American community.[11]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Wilmington has been a port since colonial times.[12]

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

African-American

  • Pine Forest Cemetery is a historical African American burial ground dating back to 1860 and the final resting place of many notable citizens. It is located on 15 acres in the city of Wilmington at the north end of 16th Street and Rankin. The Wilmington Journal published an article (May 2012) on the history of the cemetery with contact information for donations towards the preservation and upkeep of the cemetery. Search known burials and contribute information at Find A Grave. Learn more about Pine Forest Cemetery from the Folk Art Society of America.

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]

NC New Hanover

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from New Hanover County for European settlers included:[13]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in New Hanover 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 New Hanover County:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
- 13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company E
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery. Company E
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery. Company I
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company E
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company A
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company B
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company D
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company E
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company H
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, 1st Company A
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, 2nd Company H
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina State Troops, Company D
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina State Troops, Company F
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina State Troops, Company K
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company A
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company C
- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Benjamin J Jacob's Company
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Neill McNeill's Company
- 10th Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery, Company D

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battles were fought in New Hanover County:

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]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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]

  • New Hanover County Public Libraries
    Website
  • Main Library and Law Library
    201 Chestnut Street
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    Phone: 901-798-6301
  • Northeast Regional Library
    1241 Military Cutoff Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28405
    Phone: 910-798-6371
  • Myrtle Grove Library
    5155 South College Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28412
    Phone: 910-798-6391
  • Carolina Beach Library
    300 Cape Fear Blvd
    Carolina Beach, NC 28428
    Phone: 910-798-6385

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • African American Heritage Museum of Wilmington
    PO Box 968
    Wilmington, NC 28402
    Email: info@aahfwilmington.org
    Website
  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
    814 Market Street
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    Phone: 910-798-4350
    Fax: 910-798-4382
    Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • 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.
  • North Carolina Pioneers $

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/new-hanover
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Hanover County, North Carolina. Page 512 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Hanover 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, "New Hanover County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hanover_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 22 February 2020.
  7. Perhaps located in Sampson County, or another name for Bull Tail, see: George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:304-305. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  8. Lawrence Foushee London and Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, The Episcopal Church in North Carolina, 1701-1959 (Raleigh, N.C.: The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1987), 21. FHL Book 975.6 K2e; Robert J. Cain, ed., The Church of England in North Carolina: Documents, 1699-1741 (Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1999), xxxiii. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr; "St. James Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. Ida B. Kellam and Elizabeth F. McKoy, eds., St. James Church, Wilmington, North Carolina: Historical Records, 1737-1892 (1965).
  10. Robert J. Cain, ed., The Church of England in North Carolina: Documents, 1699-1741 (Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1999), xxx, 414. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.
  11. "St. Stephen A.M.E. Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  12. Lawrence Foushee London and Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, The Episcopal Church in North Carolina, 1701-1959 (Raleigh, N.C.: The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1987), 21. FHL Book 975.6 K2e.
  13. 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.
  14. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  15. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  16. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)