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Lincoln County, North Carolina Genealogy

Guide to Lincoln 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: Lincolnton
Organized: April 14, 1778
Parent County(s): Tryon[1]
Neighboring Counties
Burke  • Catawba  • Cleveland  • Gaston  • Iredell  • Mecklenburg
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

Lincoln County is located in the southwestern portion of North Carolina and was named for Revolutionary War general Benjamin Lincoln, who was appointed by George Washington to receive Lord Charles Cornwallis's sword when the British commander surrendered at Yorktown.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Lincoln County Courthouse
115 W Main Street
PO Box 218
Lincolnton, NC 28093
Phone: 704-736-8534
Lincoln County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and burial and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1920, and probate records from 1869.[3]

Lincoln 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
1913 1779 1913 1920 1763 1869 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

  • 1797 Fire in home, small record loss

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1778 Lincoln County was created 14 April 1778 from Tryon County. Tryon County was abolished in 1779.
  • County seat: Lincolnton[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
Townships
  • Catawba Springs
  • Howards Creek
  • Ironton
  • Lincolnton
  • North Brook


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Lincoln 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

Baptist

  • Catawbo River. Constituted 1785.[7]

Lutheran

  • Daniels Church, near Lincolnton, N.C. Organized 1774.[8]
  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, near Startown, N.C. Organized before 1797.[9] Later located in Catawba.
  • St. John's Lutheran Church, near Conover, N.C. Organized before 1798.[10] Later located in Catawba.
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, near Conover, N.C. Organized before 1771.[11] Originally located in Tryon; later located in Catawba.

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Burke CountyCatawba CountyIredell CountyMecklenburg CountyGaston CountyCleveland CountyNC LINCOLN.PNG
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MigrationEdit

Early migration routes to and from Lincoln County for European settlers included:[12]

Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Lincoln 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 Lincoln County:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment, Company K
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company C
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company K
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company E
- 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company I

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

  • 1776 - Tax lists, Tryon County, 1776 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2, at Ancestry $
  • 1778-1840 - Tax lists online at NCGenWeb.
  • 1784-1886 - Tax lists, undated; tax lists, 1784-1785, 1789, 1792, 1805-1806, 1817-1822, 1825-1844, 1846-1853, 1856-1886. Images online at FamilySearch.

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

  • Lincoln County Public Library
    306 W. Main St.
    Lincolnton, NC 28092
    Phone: 704-732-9040
    Website
  • Gaston County Public Library
    1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
    Gastonia, NC 28054
    Phone: 704-868-2164, dial 2
    Website
    Collection focuses on Gaston, Lincoln and Tryon Counties.

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society
    PO Box 584
    Mt. Holly, NC 28120
    Website
  • Broad River Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2261
    Shelby, NC 28151-2261
    Website
  • Lincoln County Historical Association
    403 E. Main St.
    Lincolnton, NC 28092
    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. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/lincoln
  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), Lincoln 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, "Lincoln County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 20 February 2020.
  7. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:562. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  8. "Daniels Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. "Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  10. "St. John's Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  11. "Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  12. 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.
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.