Welcome to the

 Madison County, NC  

NCGenwebTM Page

Welcome to the official NCGenWebTM site for Madison County!


Madison County was formed in 1851 from Buncombe and Yancey Counties and was named in honor of James Madison, 4th president of the US.  It is bordered by Yancey, Buncombe, and Haywood Counties in NC and by Greene, Washington, and Unicoi Counties in TN.  The county seat (which was originally called Lapland) is Marshall, which was named for U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall.   Other towns in Madison County include Mars Hill (home of Mars Hill College) and Hot SpringsThe courthouse (pictured at left) is at 2 North Main Street in Marshall.

Photo courtesy of N.C. Administrative Office

of the Courts.  Used with permission




Madison County Genealogical Society

The Madison County Genealogical Society meets regularly on the first Monday in the month, with the exception of September, when the meeting is held on the second Monday due to the Labor Day Holiday. Most meetings are held in the public library in Marshall in the meeting room, and occasionally the monthly meeting is held at the Mars Hill College Cafeteria.  In event that inclement weather closes the Madison County Public Schools on the day of the meeting, the society meeting is automatically cancelled.

Please note the new URL for the Madison County Genealogical Society website: www.echoesofmadison.com

Next meeting: March 7, 2016


To Be Announced

for more information, contact the society at mtnmist53@aol.com


Genealogical Resources in Madison County

Madison County Query Board

Submit your queries about Madison County

surnames, families, and places here.

Please consider contributing materials to this site and help keep online genealogical research free.

I support my living relatives' right to privacy!

Why you should respect your living ancestor's rights to privacy.

Families of Madison County

Family histories, stories, news and items of interest

to researchers of Madison  County families


Rathbone Family




Family Reunions  


Family reunions of Madison County Families

and other western North Carolina families. 

List yours - listing is free!

Presently Updating for 2015 - 2016!

Check back soon for new listings


All the contributed documents (cemeteries, census lists, court records, military records & pension requests, obits,  and wills & estate records) are now archived at one site for the researcher's convenience. 



Madison County, NC
Digital Library


Local Current Obituaries Online

Asheville Citizen-Times Obituaries


News-Record & Sentinel Obituaries

(News-Record & Sentinel serves all of Madison County)


Madison Funeral Home Obituaries

 Marshall, NC


Blue Ridge Funeral Service

Mars Hill, NC

Madison County Public Library

Main Library in Marshall, NC


Appalachian Room - Renfro Library

Mars Hill University


Our Neighbors



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This page was last updated 11 November 2018

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