DATABASES & LINKS
BOOKS AND OTHER RESEARCH ITEMS
Lincoln County Residents in NC College Year Books
Post a query if you are searching for a lost relative or parent. Enter
your query something like this to get results: Surname you are searching
for, Date Of Birth, Place, and add any leads you may know of, including
poss. parents names.
List of Cemeteries located in Lincoln County, NC
The Reinhardt Cemetery Restoration Project
North Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project
UsGenWeb Tombstone Project
Preserving Cemetery Data..the North Carolina
Cemetery Survey and Protective Legislation
- WPA Cemetery Index, North Carolina State
A printed index for a portion of NC can
also be found in the Lincoln County Library,
Genealogy Room, but is not available without asking. I don't believe it
is specifically for Lincoln County, but is a neighboring county.
- NC UDC Confederate Soldier Burial Index,
North Carolina State Archives
- Cemetery Records of NC, Genealogical
Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1947-1961, 8 volumes
The Political Graveyard
Information on Dead Politicians, where they are buried, how they died,
cemetaries and their locations, etc. Very helpful to determine who was
in office when your ancestors were living. Information on the entire
Lincoln County Ancestors buried in other
lots of familiar surnames here
Lincoln County Census Records
Register of Deeds
Church Records -- how to find them
Lincoln County Classifieds
Family Web Sites and Family Records
- Land Grants 1669-1729 Land
transfers from the proprietary, colonial or state government to a
private owner, from one of the eight proprietors of Carolina.
1729-1776 Land granted by the Crown Colony of NC and the agents
of Lord Granville, a proprietor who refused to sell to the Crown.
See Lord Granville Index, Land Grant Office, NC Secretary of State, New
Legislative Bldg., Raleigh NC.
In 1663 state land surveyed in indiscriminate metes and bounds,
amended in 1665. Divided among eight proprietors all lands between 29
degrees and 36 degrees 30' with the latter being the NC-Va. line. George
II bought seven of the eight shares in 1729 which resulted in the colony
becoming a royal colony. This included North Carolina, South Carolina
and later in 1732, Georgia. The Lord Cateret owned the eighth share. He
later became the Earl of Granville. The northern boundary of the
Granville District was laid off using the present Va. line, and the
southern boundary was the present counties of Rowan-Davidson-Randolph
east to the ocean. This area became known as the Granville District.
Lord Granville could only grant lands and collect quitrent. He did not
have rights to govern.
1778-present Land granted by the state. Process involved the
individual made an application or land entry to a land office for a
property. The Land Office issued a warrant for the land, the warrant was
the application for a surveyor to survey and describe the land. The
surveyor survey and drew a plat or map of the land. Copies were sent to
the land officer. Land Officers were: Secretary of State (1669-1776),
Granville's agents for the Granville district (1729-1776), or the County
Entry Taker (1778-present).
After 1777, the new owner registered with the Register of Deeds
in the county.
Master Card File Index to NC Land Grantsis found in the
Land Grant Office, Secretary of State, New Legislative Bldg., Raleigh,
NC, 27603. Some of the Granville Grants are also recorded here. Index
arranged by first letter of the surname, then under that letter,
alphabetically by county. Remember to check the No County Name
Given Index. The file number on the index card will be to a
folder containing the warrant and the surveyors's plat.
Eastern Public Land State...Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan,Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
Ohio, Wisconsin. Bureau of Land
Management, General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site.
Providing live database and image access to more than two million
federal land title records for the Eastern Public Land States,dating
back to 1820. You can find information on the initial transfer of land
title from the federal government to individuals. In addition to
verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to
place an individual (Patentee)at a specific location (legal land
description) in time.
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Marriages from Lincoln
- Short, short, history of NC's early
A few records can be found as far back as 1669-1741. In 1741, a law
required that 1. banns to be posted...i.e. 3 notices at the
church or 2. the groom had to post a bond with the Clerk of Court
for a license (which the groom kept). Sadly for us, the law continued to
Another law came in effect in 1851, that all marriage licenses had to be
returned to Clerk of Court by the person performing the ceremony as well
as certificate that marriage was performed or solemnized. (At different
times, different officials and ministers could perform marriages).
In 1868 a new law made the Register of Deeds responsible for issuing
marriage licenses and made the license the official record of the
marriage. What does this mean?
You can expect to find marriage records in these time spans:
1669-1741 very few
1741-1851 marriage bonds
1851-68 bonds, licenses, and certificates
1868-present marriage licenses
Only if a couple posted bond, obtained a license, and or presented a
certificate to the county official would their marriage be recorded.
Most involved none of these, with some never being put in writing, with
some being recorded in church records, and some only in a family
bible. NC has an index of all existing marriage records for all counties
from 1741-1868 and has indexed them in microfiche: Master Index of NC
Marriage Bonds found in NCSA Raleigh NC with about 170,000 entries, in
alphabetical order. Remember that bonds only meant the groom intended to
marry. FHC's also have these bonds indexed in the International
Genealogical Index available at every FHC.
North Carolina NCGenWeb Military Project
Lincoln County Military Project
The Battle of Ramsaur's Mill
Account of the Revolutionary War Battle, by William A. Graham, Major on
Staff of Adjutant General of North Carolina
Revolutionary War Map of Lincoln County
Troops Of Lincoln County
Names of those who served in the Civil War, War of 1812, Spanish American
War, Pension Lists of 1813, 1835, 1840, 1850 SUSPENDED OR REJECTED
41st Regiment North Carolina State Troops
The Southern Piedmont Historical Re-Enactment Society
The 49th Regiment North Carolina Troops
The Southern Piedmont Historical Re-Enactment Society
The Rock Island Arsenal Prison History
Surname Index of Confederate Soldiers who died at Rock Island Arsenal Prison
during the Civil War
Davis, Michael Huffstetler- CSA
of Laboratory, served NC during the War Between the States as a Private in
Company D, 71st NCT, Junior Reserves, 2nd Regiment
Colonel Eric Erson, Swedish Colonel in the Civil War,
His Photo, a photo of his grave and that of his wife, Mary, photo of his
homeplace as it is today , his house and the cemetery located in
Pumpkin Center, Lincoln County, NC
Civil War Records in the National Archives
Confederate Records in the National Archives
Guide to Cherokee Confederate Military Units 1861-1865
WWII NCGenWeb Project
Native American Indians
American Query Forum on Genforum
History of the Catawba Native Americans.
Extracted from: "A History of the Upper Country of South Carolina, Vol. II"
By John H. Logan... orig. Pub. 1910 & p14-17: Joseph Habersham, Historical
This lists the Native Americans, History; Place Names;
Sub-divisions; in SOUTH CAROLINA. Extracted from: "The Indian Tribes of
North America" By John R. Swanton, Pub. 1920
Cherokee Cousins by
The Catawba Native Americans: Extracted from: 'Myths
of the Cherokees' By James Mooney (1861-1921) Published by Governmental
Printing Office Washington, DC. in 1900; pp 380-81
Misc Newspaper abstracts from 1890
Other NC Resources
- Known Persons
- Unknown Persons
- Others - towns, landscapes, everyday
Professional Genealogical Research in North
Carolina and Nearby States
Robert Shi III, Professional Genealogist
Member: NGS, NCGS, PGN, Association of Professional Genealogists
Research in the National Archives, Washington, DC.
Documents & Records, Civil War, Photographs, Civil
War and Old West worth checking out if
you are looking to hire a researcher in the DC National Archives.
Search the USGenWeb Archives
New search engine for USGenWeb
can do genealogy research for a modest fee. You can submit your family
files and genealogies to their archives, too. Visit and check them out.
Ship & Passenger Lists
State and Regional Resources
- North Carolina Division of Archives and
109 E. Jones Street
Raleigh NC, 27611
- Regional Federal Archives and Records
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, Ga. 30344
Serves Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina, and Tennessee
North Carolina Vital Records
- Local Vital
Many of the early records can be found in the courthouse. There are
birth and death records available from 1913 to present, marriage records
available from 1868, real estate records from 1769, and wills are
available from the early 1800s. These records are maintained by the
Register of Deeds.
The Clerk of the Superior Court maintains the records of divorce
and civil cases, probate records, and special proceedings. Records for
divorce and civil cases begin in the 1800s. Special proceedings records
include records of foreclosure, incompentency hearings, and petitions.
To reach the Register of Deeds Office or the Clerk of Superior Court
Office....call area code 704-736-8530.
The Courthouse is located at 115 W. Main Street, Lincolnton, North
Lincoln County Court Minutes
Resource information for Court Minutes. Also court minutes submitted to
Lincoln County NCGenWeb. If you have any to contribute, please send them
me with all
- Social Security Records
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