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Rutherford County
PO Box 630
Rutherfordton, NC  28139-0630
(704) 286-9136

Courthouse burned in 1857

Clerk of Superior Court has birth records from 1917
death records from 1913
marriage divorce, probate, court & land records from 1779
tax lists, & voter registration

all the wills, deeds,
marriages, births, deaths, etc are in the same building

Vital Records...Birth...Deaths...Marriages
County Courthouse
Register of Deeds
601 N Main St.
Rutherfordton, NC
704-287-6155...main office
704-287-6195...records room

Clerk of Superior Court
Civil Division....704-286-9136
Clerk of Superior court has births from 1917, deaths from 1913, marriages, divorce,
probate, civil, and Ind. records from 1779, tax lists and voter registration.

Archives, Libraries, & Societies

  • Rutherford County Library

  • 205 Koon Rd
    Spindale   28160

    Kathy Gunter Sullivan, Tryon County Documents 1769-1779: A North Carolina County (Forest City, N.C.: The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, 2000).

    Kathy Gunter Sullivan, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Lincoln County, North Carolina, 1779-1812, five volumes. Contact Kathy at


  • Genealogical Society of Utah, Family History Center,

  • Hwy 127 North
    Hickory, NC

  • Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

  • 310 No. Tyron St. Charlotte   28202

  • Rowan Public Library

  • 201 Fisher St.
    Box 1009
    Salisbury, NC   28144

  • North Carolina State Library

  • 109 E. Jones St. Raleigh   27611

  • Lincolnton

  • Lincoln County Library
    Genealogy Room
    306 W. Main Street
    For Information on Library Holdings..704-735-8044

    NC Archives publication, "Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State
    Archives:  County Records" now online and downloadable (in PDF and Microsoft
    Word formats) at:

    This guide provides information - by county - about original AND filmed records
    held at NC Archives. There's also an incomplete finding aid to estate records held at the
    Archives at the same URL.

  • Regional Federal Archives and Records Center

  • Atlanta
    1557 St. Joseph Avenue
    East Point, Ga. 30344
    Serves Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,
    and Tennessee

  • North Carolina Division of Archives and History (NCSA)

  • 109 E. Jones Street
    Raleigh NC, 27611

    SC State Library


    The Historic Architecture of Rutherford County Rutherford County Arts Council, Inc.
    2 West Main Street, Forest City, NC, 18043, Phone 704-245-4000 200 photos of
    homes that illustrates the architecture of previous times. Lists the townships, builder/family
    and families who lived there. A year was spent in the making of this book, with over 2000 homes photographed and researched. If you have roots in this county, it is quite possible
    that your ancestral home is listed with pictures of what the home looks like today.
    $15.00+shipping and handling The book is also available at the bookstore [same price] in
    Forest City, "Fireside Books", 2270 US Highway
    74A Bypass # 509, Tri-City Mall, Forest City, NC., 28043, 704-245-5188

  • CARPENTERS A PLENTY by Robert C. Carpenter The cost is $60.00 which includes

  • all shipping and handling. Persons may order from Robert C. Carpenter, 319 Long Shoals Road, Bessemer City, NC 28016. Make checks

  • payable to Robert C. Carpenter.
  • Bridges to the Past, Vol 1 and 2, combined in one book, by the late Roy Brooks and Mrs. Ernest Newton, 1969-1978, Excellent book of newspaper columns written weekly, 1969-1978.

  • Nearly every family in Rutherford county is listed somewhere in the book. Available from the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County Box 938   28043 or Fireside Books,

  • 2270 US Highway 74A Bypass # 509, Tri-City Mall, Forest City, NC.,

  • 28043, 704-245-5188, cost 35.00
  • The Tryon County, North Carolina, Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter

  • Sessions 1769-1779 by Brent H. Holcomb (234 pages, hard cover) 27.50 + 3.00 mailing.

  • Tryon County was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1769 and abolished in 1779.

  • Examples of entries are "Ordered by the Court that Eleanor Caldwell an orphan

  • girl at the age of two year & eight months be bound to David Watson". May be

  • ordered from Brent H. Holcomb, PO box 21766, Columbia, SC, 29221

  • New Lincoln County Heritage Book

  • Available at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincolnton. The address and

  • phone number are:

  • Lincoln County Historical Museum, Suite 302 - 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28093

  • 704-732-9055 $55.00 to pick up or $59.00 to be mailed & please make check payable to

  • The Lincoln County Historical Museum.  This is a general notice on behalf of the Lincoln

  • County Historical Society

  • 1860 Slave Schedule, Lincoln County, North Carolina by W. M. Lentz, Jr., President

  • of the Lincoln County Historical Society. $10.00.  One can order a copy by writing to:

  • William Lentz, Jr., at: P.O. Box 1098, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

  • This is a general notice on behalf of the Lincoln County Historical Society.

  • New Books on Lincoln County by Paul Dellinger

  • These books written by local author Paul Dellinger, from Lincoln and Gaston County.

  • This list is just a few available from the Broad River Genealogical Society  P O Box 2261

  • Shelby, N.C.,  28151-2261..The prices are very reasonable. Call for a current price list.

    • Title........All books are indexed.

    • 1800 Rutherford County Census

    • 1800 Lincoln County Census

    • 1810 Lincoln County Census

    • 1820 Lincoln County Census

    • 1830 Lincoln County Census

    • 1840 Lincoln County Census

    • 1860 Lincoln County Census

    • 1870 Lincoln County Census

    • 1880 Lincoln County Census

    • Marriage Bond, Tryon and Lincoln County, 1749-1867

    • Lincoln County Marriage License, 1868-1886

    • Lincoln County Marriage License, 1887-1899

    • Lincoln County Marriage, 1900-1936

    • Voters Registration, Gives Names of Whom Descended>

    • Lincoln County Historical EDD. Newspaper clips

    • Lincoln County, Sesqui-Centennial, Newspaper Clips

    • Cemetery Records

    • Lincoln County Index to Deaths 1913-1992, 600 pages

    • Dellinger Genealogy

    • Civil War Roster

    • Battle of the War Between the States

    • Descendants of George and Jacob Dellinger, Hard Bound, 400 pages

    • John Phillip Dellinger Family

    • Muddy Fork Trading Post

  • Forsyth County Genealogical Society is offering "Death Notices from the People

  • Press, Feb. 8, 1851 - December 8, 1892." by Robert M. Thompkins. Covers 9500

  • death notices that originally appeared in the People Press, a newspaper published at

  • Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina. Notices are from the counties of Forsyth,

  • Davidson, Davie, Yadkin, Stokes, Guilford, Iredell, Wilkes, Surry, Rockingham, and

  • Randolph. Contact The Forsyth County Genealogical Society PO box 5715,

  • Winston Salem, N.C. 27113-5715

  • " Books We Own"   A Look-Up Resource for International Genealogical Research

  • Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library Duke University, NC

  • These last two books cover many SCOTS in early NC, 1700-1800's. Simply fascinating collections!

    1. SCATTERED SEED Genealogical Research Data of Southeastern N.C.

    2. OUR NATIVE HEATH, Richmond County, North Carolina 1779-1899

    NC Database