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Cleveland County, North Carolina Genealogy

Guide to Cleveland County, North Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Shelby
Organized: January 11, 1841
Parent County(s): Lincoln, Rutherford[1]
Variant Spellings: Cleaveland
Neighboring Counties
Burke  • Catawba  • Cherokee (SC)  • Gaston  • Lincoln  • Rutherford  • York (SC)
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The county was named for Benjamin Cleveland, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, who took part in the Battle of King's Mountain. Cleveland County is located in the western area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Cleveland County Courthouse
11 East Marion St
PO Box 1210
Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: 704-484-4834
Cleveland County Website

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914, marriage records from 1851 and land records from 1841.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1921, probate records from 1843 and circuit records from 1914.[3]

Cleveland County, North Carolina Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1851 1914 1914 1841 1843 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1841 Cleveland County was created 11 January 1841 from Lincoln and Rutherford Counties. Cleaveland was originally used but the present spelling was adopted in 1887.
  • County seat: Shelby[5]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Cleveland County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information

 

Census RecordsEdit

Church RecordsEdit

Methodist

  • Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, near Polkville, N.C. Organized by 1791.[7]

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Cleveland County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Cleveland County:

- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company E
- 14th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 4th Volunteers, Company D
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, 1st Company D
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company C
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Detailed Men, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company D
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company I
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company H
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company E

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

County Records

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

  • 1840-1848 Cleveland County Tax Scroll, 1840-1848 (images) at FamilySearch
  • 1849-1857 Cleveland County Tax Scroll, 1849-1857 (images) at FamilySearch: Part 1 and Part 2

Vital RecordsEdit

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Broad River Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2261
    Shelby, NC 28150-2261
    Website

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Cleveland County, North Carolina" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_County,_North_Carolina." accessed 01/10/2019
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cleveland County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Cleveland County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 11 February 2020.
  7. "Mount Harmony United Methodist Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.