Burke County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 661
Morganton, NC 28680-0661













Membership is open to all who express an interest
in the genealogical and historic aspects of Burke County, NC

Dues are as follows:
- Individual membership: $20.00;
- Family membership: $25.00;
- Contributing Membership: $30.00.

All extra contributing membership money goes to purchase books or microfilm for the North Carolina Room in the Morganton Branch of the Burke Library.  One Journal per family address is sent but husband and wife each have voting rights.

Membership dues are on a calendar year basis from January 1 to December 31. New mid-year memberships will receive all the journals for that calendar year. Those who join after October 1, should indicate if they wish their membership to begin with the coming year or if they wish to receive all the present year's journals.

An application brochure may be obtained from the Society's address
 or you may fill in the membership FORM.

New members should include the Burke County surnames they are
 researching. The Society publishes a membership list annually,
 including the surnames  being researched and contact information.

Journals are published on a quarterly basis. Material for publication is solicited from the membership for consideration for publication in the Journal. Queries are free to members.


The Society does not have researchers, but limited research is done,
for a small fee, by the Curator of the NC Room.
They may be contacted at
Burke County Public Library, 204 South King St., Morganton, NC 28655

Visit them on their web site


Meetings are quarterly at 6:30 pm the third Mondays
of February, May, August and November in the meeting room of the
Burke County Public Library in Morganton
unless otherwise noted in the program description.

In an ongoing effort to create informative, quality programming for our library community, the
Ancestors In the Attic series of genealogy programs was created through the combined efforts of the
Burke County Genealogy Society and the Burke County Public Library, Inc.

for all individuals with an interest in family history. This workshop
series is free to the public but pre-registration is requested.
Contact the Morganton Public Library for more information.


Burke County Genealogical Society Quarterly Meeting

Monday, May 16, 2016, 6:30 pm at the Broughton Hospital

Avery Conference Room,  Avery Building, Morganton NC



Presented by

Dr. Suzannah K. McCuen

Staff Psychiatrist                 Broughton Hospital


Between 1883 and 1953 over 1,600 patients were buried on the grounds of Broughton Hospital. Dr. McCuen believes all of them have a story to tell. She has been researching those stories, and now the hospital has information to give to family members.  She has photographed each grave and posted her memorials on Findagrave.com.  Dr. McCuen will conduct a tour of the cemetery after the meeting, weather permitting.


The cemetery is on the hospital campus just off Enola Road which runs between Sterling Street and Interstate 40, at exit 104. Exiting I-40 at Exit 104 turn toward the State Employees' credit union (away from Chic Fil A) and travel approximately 3/4 mile over the crest of a hill. On your right is Healthy Petz veterinary and the Tobacco Barn. Turn left there into the hospital campus and make an immediate left to climb a hill past the barns. At the top of the hill you will find the cemetery on the left and parking available in several places nearby.

Call (828) 764-9266 for more information or directions.

This meeting is free & open to the public.

Refreshments will be served. Registration

required at the Operations Center on first floor.   

Handicap parking available behind Avery Bldg. off Caper Smith Circle.


NOTE from webmaster: If you are not familiar with photo-documenting a cemetery of this size, a tour of the cemetery will give you an idea of the magnitude of this project. Dr. McCuen has done a magnificent job and her talk should reflect the scope wonderful project.


All BCGS sessions will be held at the
Morganton Public Library

204 S. King St
Morganton, NC 28655 (828
) 433-9266
unless otherwise noted on the Schedule of programs.

Sponsored By:
Burke County Public Library, Inc. and
The Burke County Genealogical Society


See the Burke Co. Public Library North Carolina Room site

Burke County Public Library
204 South King Street
Morganton, NC 28680
Expert help can be obtained from Genealogical Librarian
Laurie Johnston 
V: (828)-764-9266
F: (828)-433-1914

From Interstate-40 take Exit 103; go North on Burkemont Ave. 1 1/2 miles until it dead-ends into West Union Street.
Turn right and go two more traffic lights (1/2 mile) to intersection of Meeting and King Streets.
Turn right and the library will be on the right, at the corner of S. King and W. Concord Streets.


Monday & Wednesday 9 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday - 12 PM - 6 PM
Saturday - 9 AM - 5 PM
Closed Sunday



The Executive Board meets monthly. If anyone has questions about
the Genealogical Society and would like answers by e-mail,
 please e-mail our journal editor at
Others may write the Society at our address given above.
Burke County Genealogical Society


These books are available in the North Carolina Room of the Burke County Library or by mail from the
Burke County Genealogical Society (PO Box 661, Morganton, NC 28680-0661).
NC residents, please add 6.75% tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges

$ 0 through $19


$20 through $39


$40 through $79


$80 through $110


$111 through $149


$150 and over

8% of order


All orders must be PREPAID.


BURKE CO. 1880 FEDERAL CENSUS - includes Mortality Schedule.
Soft cover, stapled and taped, 279 pp,  $30.00 + S&H*

BURKE CO. 1900 FEDERAL CENSUS - includes Mortality Schedule.
Soft cover, stapled and taped, 331 pp,  $35.00 + S&H*

Compiled by Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG.
Abstracted from the minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.
Softcover, stapled and taped,85 pp.
$12.00 + S&H*

BURKE CO. DEED BOOK 'A' (2nd printing)
Abstracted by Joseph S. Momier, Jr. Soft-cover, stapled, 78 pp with full-name index.
Covers the period 1866-1869 when many Burke deeds were being re-entered due to the loss of earlier books.

$12.00 + S&H*


VOL. I - VOL. III - VOL. IV EACH - $10.00 + S&H
VOL. II - EACH - $25.00 + S&H
(Vol. II was reprinted. Due to the expense involved, we must charge $25 for this volume. Sorry!)

INDEX of the 4-Vol. --First & Last names -- $5.00 + S&H

This is a series of tombstone inscriptions including
nearly 270 Burke County cemeteries and burial plots.

A list of cemeteries and the corresponding volume.

VOL. I (1911-19) & VOL II (1919-24) Combined
This volume lists the information from death certificates in years noted.
Soft cover, stapled and tape binding
$30.00 + S&H*

Free digital index courtesy of Ray A. Yount

(Digital copy offered elsewhere on this poge, courtesy of Ray A. Yount)

 INDEX TO MARRIAGE REGISTERS - 1867-1908 (2nd printing) Burke Co., NC
Contains listings from five volumes of Black and White marriages during the time period.
Separate listings for bride & groom; some marriages are listed for which there are no extant certificates,
Soft-cover, stapled and taped, 218 pp.
$24.00 + S&H*

A record of the Burke County financial transactions for the years 1875-1878.
The genealogical value of this record lies in the disbursements from the
general funds and poor fund. Local names, especially the indigent who
received county funds appear in this book. This is important as they often fail to appear elsewhere.
Soft cover, saddle stitched, 58 pp.
$10.00 + S&H*

A Comprehensive Alphabetized Table of Contents
BCGS Journal 1983-2014

By Margaret C. Richards
<click here>

Topical Index to the Journal of the BCGS
Volumes I to XVI (1983-1998)

By Ray A. Yount
<TEXT version>    <PDF version


Available for sale in limited quantities. (See order form)

For your convenience, a mail-in order form is available to order all BCGS materials


HELP SUPPORT THE BCGS - The Society derives a large portion of its operating
budget from the sale of publications. Your purchase of a Society
publication helps fund further transcriptions and enhanced
knowledge of the history and genealogy of Burke Co.

Please Note:
The Burke County Genealogical Society, at P O Box 661, Morganton, NC 28680-0661
The Burke County Historical Society at PO Box 151 Morganton, NC 28680-0915
are two different organizations.

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