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.

All sessions will be held at the
Morganton Public Library

204 S. King St
Morganton, NC 28655 (828)437-5638 ext. 9266
unless otherwise noted on the Schedule of programs.

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


 Burke County Genealogical Society
Ancestors in the Attic Workshop

Saturday May 31, 2014  from 9:30am to 4:00pm

United Methodist Church
 200 North King Street
Morganton NC

The Burke County Genealogical Society welcomes the public to its popular “Ancestors in the Attic” workshop which is designed to help participants search for their roots.
 Pre-registration is required.   

Topics will focus on resolving genealogical puzzles, migration and oral histories, and DNA analysis, a relatively new tool for genealogical research. The immigration of Germans into the Catawba River Valley, their religions and parish records in Pennsylvania and NC will also be discussed.  

 Participants will also learn to work with deed and land records, including computer programs such as Deed Mapper,  and the GIS land data storage system used by many governmental jurisdictions, including Burke County, which is accessible on the internet.

Presenter Kathy Gunter Sullivan, a resident of Charlotte, is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).   She is experienced in county court dockets, civil and criminal action papers, estate probates, and historic law. She has published accounts of her German Dellinger immigrant ancestors as well as transcripts of original records for the counties of Burke, Catawba, Lincoln, and Tryon. In 1990 and again in 2003, she received the North Carolina Genealogical Society's Award for Excellence in Publishing. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Magazine, the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and regional genealogical society bulletins.

 Ms. Sullivan is a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust, and an assistant editor of the BCG’s quarterly newsletter On Board. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Presenter Robert C. Carpenter, a resident of Bessemer City NC, earned degrees from Lenoir Rhyne University, Wake Forest University and UNC Charlotte. He retired from Gaston County Schools with 34 years as an educator and school principal.  He is currently an adjunct professor at Belmont Abbey College, teaches genealogy at Gaston College, and is a well known presenter at genealogical conferences.

 Mr. Carpenter is presently the secretary of the Gaston County Historic Preservation Commission, the president of the Gaston Lincoln Genealogical Society and editor of their Footprints in Time newsletter.  He is an active member of numerous genealogical and historical societies. He has published several family and Lutheran church histories, numerous articles in historical journals, and transcripts of census and marriage records from Gaston County. His current project is “Portrait of the Civil War:  Gaston County 1863 Tax List and Narrative.”  In 2009 he was admitted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed by the State of North Carolina.   

 Pre-registration for the workshop is required and must be received no later than Wednesday, May 28th.  The cost is $20 per person and includes a box lunch.  Make checks payable to the Burke County Genealogical Society and mail to the society at P.O. Box 661, Morganton, NC 28680.  Please include your telephone number and email address.

Contact Gale Benfield, curator of the NC Room in the Morganton Public Library, at (828) 764-9266 or email  gbenfield@bcpls.org  for more information. Please fill out and return the REGISTRATION FORM

Click HERE for a map to First United Methodist Church.




See official Burke Co. Public Library site

Burke County Public Library
204 South King Street
Morganton, NC 28680
Expert help can be obtained from Genealogical Librarian
Gale Benfield  <gbenfield@bcpls.org
V: (828)-764-9266
F: (828)-764-9289

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. II - VOL. III - VOL. IV EACH - $10.00 + S&H

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*

The following is a journal index prepared by Ray A. Yount, January, 2001
This is free for the downloading. TEXT version    RTF version

Some back issues of the
are 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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