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Person County Courthouse

Person County Register of Deeds Office
P. O. Box 209
21 Abbitt Street
Roxboro, NC 27573
Phone 336-597-1733

Site includes an Online Searchable Database link at top of the page

Planning a visit to the Person County Courthouse? Read below:

Tips for Research in the Register of Deeds Office

These tips are some things that I have learned by doing research in the Person County Register of Deeds Office. Please send me any tips that you have and I will add them here. These tips are not earth-shattering items but might alert you of records available in the Register of Deeds Office that will be useful in your research.


All permits to move graves are recorded in Deed Book 88. The largest movement of graves in Person County occurred in connection with the construction of both the Hyco and Mayo power plants by then Carolina Power and Light Company (now Progress Energy). Graves are occasionally be moved because of a road construction project. Graves are sometimes moved from a small family cemetery to a larger church or community cemetery.

Plats can be a useful resource in finding cemeteries. Most plats which in any way show a cemetery are indexed in the Plat Index Book under the heading "Cemeteries." I have made a copy of these index pages and am slowly adding these cemetery references to the cemetery "Master List."

Marriage Certificates

Marriage certificates are indexed in a card file that includes cards for both brides and grooms.

Birth Certificates

Recording of birth certificates started North Carolina counties in 1913 with the passage of the 1913 Vital Statistics Law. In some cases persons born prior to 1913 provided acceptable proof of birth and delayed birth certificates were issued. Delayed birth certificates are noted by a "D" in the index. These are public records and you are free to examine them and to make copies if you wish.

To find a birth certificate, use the "Birth Index" to get the book and page number where the birth certificate is filed.

The Birth Index is also useful for deaths in the following way. For those entries in the Birth Index for which death occurred in North Carolina a notation of the date and county of death is included in the Birth Index.

Death Certificates

Recording of death certificates began North Carolina in 1913. Thus you will not find death certificates prior to 1913.

Death certificates on file in the Person County Register of Deeds include only deaths that occurred in Person County. No certificates on available here for deaths that occurred in a hospital in Durham County.

To find a death certificate use the "Death Index" to the get book and page number where the death certificate is filed.


You will have to ask for this one but I recently learned that the Register of Deeds Office has a card file that includes a huge number of graves in Person County. The card file was typed from pages in several three-ring binders that are now located at the Person County Historical Society. The surveys are now several decades old but could be valuable if you are trying to located a grave. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the name on the tombstone.



The records in this office are key to much of our genealogical research. You will find the staff in the Registor of Deeds Office to be very helpful. Amanda W.Garrett is Register of Deeds. Faye Gryder is Assistant Register of Deeds. Judith D. Shepard & Tonya R. Wilson are Deputy Registers of Deeds.

Records in this office include:

  • marriage licenses
  • birth and death certificates (since 1913)
  • deeds

If you need a copy of a specific item from that office (and you know exactly what you want) they will make a copy and mail it to you for $1 per page. A great deal if you need copies of one or two deeds.


Person County Clerk of Court's Office
Person County Courthouse
105 South Main St
Roxboro, NC 27573
Phone 336-503-5200

They also have a Facebook page

Debbie Barker is the Clerk of Court. Her staff can help you with most requests. Recent estate records are in this office. Old estate records are in the NC Archives in Raleigh, NC.


Person County Library

The Person County Public Library includes a local history room with a large amount of genealogy information. The library Web page has additional information. See staff listing here. The reference librarian is usually the best contact for genealogy questions.

One of the many useful sources in the local history room at the library is the microfilm collection of the Courier-Times, the local newspaper. This collection provides a treasure of obituaries and other local news. In order to find an obituary, it is necessary to know the date of death!

Other Nearby Libraries

Person County Museum of History

Phone: 336-597-2884. Great source for local history and exhibits. The museum has a web page.


Person County Historical Society
PO Box 887
Roxboro, NC 27573


Caswell County Historical Association

Has a terrific genealogical website to help with your research.  Visit their website

VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society

The VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society was organized in April 1978 to preserve and to share local records with persons having an interest in the Virginia counties of Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania and Halifax and the North Carolina counties of Rockingham, Caswell and Person. Membership in the society is open to individuals, families, libraries, societies and/or corporations. Dues are $20 per calendar year and members receive the quarterly publication of the Society, Piedmont Lineages. Contact: VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 2272, Danville, VA 24541.

For additional information, see the Society web pages


North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh

FamilySearch Centers


FamilySearch Centers are located throughout the United States to help researchers by providing a number of genealogical resources including records on microfilm & microfiche, CDs, published reference sources for the area of interest, genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases & maps, etc. A nominal fee may be charged for microfilm not housed at the local FHC, and some of the smaller centers require that you make an appointment since they have limited staff who are all volunteers. You may also want to read about some of their online courses and see what kinds of records are available by visiting their online Learning Center. You may want to Click Here to locate a FamilySearch Center in your area.
They also have a number of Records Collections online for every State & County, as well as for many other Countries which may be accessed on their website for free.  Their entire website can be searched from here, or you can look through their list of individual North Carolina Databases



Current Newspaper:  Roxboro Courier-Times  (Person County Life)

List of Newspapers that have been published in Person County.

  • The Courier
    Began in 1896
    Earliest known issue: May 20, 1896
    Ceased in 1910
    Last known issue: May 11, 1910
    OCLC #26888709
    Continues: Person County Courier
    Continued by: Roxboro Courier

  • Courier-Times
    Began in 1943
    Earliest known issue: Oct. 18, 1943
    Currently published
    OCLC #25618541
    Formed by the union of: Roxboro Courier, and: Person County Times

  • News Leader
    Began in 1979
    Earliest known issue: Aug. 15, 1979
    Last known issue: Jan. 2, 1980
    OCLC #39266806

  • Person County Courier
    Began in 1885
    Earliest known issue: Sept. 23, 1885
    Ceased in 1896
    Last known issue: May 13, 1896
    OCLC #26888699
    Continues: Person County News
    Continued by: Courier

  • The Person County News
    Began in 1882
    Earliest known issue: July 5, 1882
    Ceased in 1885
    Last known issue: May 30, 1883
    OCLC #26888564
    Continues: Roxboro Herald
    Continued by: Person County Courier

  • Person County Times
    Began in 1929
    Earliest known issue: Oct. 8, 1929
    Ceased in 1943
    Last known issue: Oct. 14, 1943
    OCLC #35170862
    Merged with: Roxboro Courier, to form: Courier-Times

  • The Roxboro Courier
    Began in 1910
    Earliest known issue: May 18, 1910
    Ceased in 1943
    Last known issue: Dec. 29, 1942
    OCLC #26888720
    Continues: Courier
    Merged with: Person County Times, to form: Courier-Times

  • The Roxboro Herald
    Began in 1881
    Earliest known issue: May 5, 1881
    Ceased in 1882
    Last known issue: July 21, 1881
    OCLC #26888598
    Continued by: Person County News

  • Microfilm Holdings of the Person County Library
    • Roxboro Courier: 9/1885 - 12/1942
    • Roxboro Courier Times: 10/1943 - 12/2003 (first nine months of 1943 are missing)
    Microfilm Holdings of the North Carolina Archives
    • Courier, weekly, 1896-1910. RoxRC 4-17, 13 reels. A continuation of the Person County Courier. Continued by the Roxboro Courier.

    • Courier-Times, semi-weekly, 1945-1972. RoxCT, 29 reels.

    • Person County Courier, weekly, [1885], 1887-1896. RoxRC 1-4, 4 reel. Continued by the Courier.

    • Person County News, weekly, [1882, 1883]. RoxMISC-1, partial reel.

    • Person County Times, semi-weekly, 1936-1941, 1943. RoxPCT, 4 reels. (Weekly -March 1937).

    • Roxboro Courier, weekly, 1910-1917, [1923]. RoxC 17- 24, 8 reels. A continuation of the Courier. Merged with the Person County Times to form the Courier-Times.

    • Roxboro Herald, weekly, [1881]. RoxMISC-1, partial reel.

    Newspaper Projects

    UNC Chapel Hill is digitizing historical newspapers for the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website. Read all about it here

    Visit the Chronicling America website to use their searchable database.

    Many North Carolina Newspapers are being digitized or are in the process of being made available to researchers. This page contains a list of Newspaper Projects that are searchable or have direct access to databases to help you locate records.

    State Library of North Carolina has a number of Newspaper resources available for researchers both online and in their Libraries.


    Person County Family Sites:

    1. Gentry -
      Gentry Journal, Volume 3 Issue 10, October 2003

    2. Hester Brothers in Gray - Sgt. William Carroll Hester, Pvt. Roland Benton Hester, and Pvt. Wiley Robertson Hester

    3. Dan Brandon's web site - lots of photographs

    4. Snipes Family History, Person County, N.C. - A web site created by William E. Snipes.

    5. Carver and Clayton Ancestry. - Web pages created by DeCody Brad Marble.

    6. Joyce Wilson Harrison's web page - Morton connections to Person County.

    7. Allen Dew's Database - some info for Person County Daniel Line

    8. North Carolina Residents Who Died as a Result of the Vietnam War

    9. Ed Clayton - misc Clayton info

    10. Jim and Debbie Powell's Web Page - Person County connections.

    11. Reggie Owen Family Tree
    12. Phelps Family History Blog
    13. My North Carolina Roots -has extensive research on the Sneed Family of Granville & Person Counties

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