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Hyde County Courthouse
(Photo donated by Pratt Williamson, Jr.)
The Hyde County Courthouse in Swan Quarter, N.C. was built circa 1854. It has been remodeled and annexes built several times over the years. The original bricks are said to have come from England. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The above photo is as seen through the lens of Pratt Williamson, Jr. in about 1953 when he got his press camera soon after graduating from high school.
What it looked like in 2001
before Hurricane Isabel
(Photo courtesy of Margie Brooks of the Greater Hyde County Chamber of Commerce.)
What it looks like today!
The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 29, 2007; pg. 1
The Hyde County Register of Deeds Office is open for business Monday - Friday from 8 to 5 except for holidays. The Register of Deeds has the following records:
Births from 1913
Commissioners Minute Dockets (Most of these are stored in the courthouse attic. The current docket and the one previous are kept in the courthouse vault and can be viewed.)
Corporation Books from 1867 - June 2001 (now incorporated into the regular Real Estate books)
Delayed Births (includes some birth dates as far back as the 1870's)
Death records from 1913 - Present
from 1735 - 1867
Marriage Records from the mid 1800's - Present
Military Service Discharge Records beginning in the early 1900's
Survey Plats from 1907 - Present (maps of property surveyed for individuals or groups)
** Torrens Records resulted from a short-lived attempt to revise the method of recording and transferring real estate. The system began in 1913 but was never very successful and ended in 1931. These are still transferred today, however, the old title is cancelled and a new deed is recorded in the regular real estate books.
These are the ladies that you will see in the Register of Deeds Office in Hyde County. Please don't hesitate to ask them for assistance.