Chowan County, North Carolina Genealogy Guide

Chowan County, North Carolina (Map It) was created on 1668 from Albemarle Precinct. This county was named for the Chowan Native American tribe which lived in the northeastern part of the Colony. Learn More About State of North Carolina History.

Chowan County is bordered by Gates County (north), Perquimans County (east), Washington County (west), Bertie County (west), Hertford County (northwest).

Chowan County Cities and Towns include Edenton, Rockyhock, Selwin. A Map of Chowan County, North Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Chowan County Townships include Township 4, Yeopim; Township 2, Middle; Township 3, Upper; Township 1, Edenton. View a Map of Chowan County Townships.

Chowan County, North Carolina Courthouse Records

Chowan County, North Carolina Courthouse
Chowan County, NC Courthouse

The Chowan County Courthouse is located in Edenton, North Carolina. Learn More About State of North Carolina Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Chowan county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Also see the Chowan County Records in the North Carolina State Archives. Some early County Courthouse records was destroyed by acting clerk in 1848.

  • Chowan County Register of Deeds has Birth Records from 1913, Marriage Records from 1747, Death Records from 1913 and Land Records from 1678. The Register of Deeds holds land and vital records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Land records may include deeds, grants, plats, and other miscellaneous items. houses most birth and death records and marriage licenses.
  • Chowan County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1694, Court Records from 1715 and Divorce Records from call court clerk for details. The County Clerk of Court holds probate records and court records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Probate records include not only wills, but also loose estates records. Court records may include apprentice bonds, bastardy bonds, and officials' or constables' bonds in addition to dockets, fee and account books, and court minutes and orders. They also have Divorce Records.
  • Chowan County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Chowan Co. North Carolina County Health Department

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