Cleveland County, North Carolina Genealogy Guide

Cleveland County, North Carolina (Map It) was created on January 11, 1841 from Lincoln County and Rutherford County. This county was named for Benjamin Cleveland (1738–1806), a colonel in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Learn More About State of North Carolina History.

Cleveland County is bordered by Burke County (north), Lincoln County (east-northeast), Gaston County (east-southeast), York County, South Carolina (southeast), Cherokee County, South Carolina (south), Rutherford County (west).

Cleveland County Cities and Towns include Belwood, BoilingSprings, Casar, Earl, Fallston, Grover, KingsMountain, Kingstown, Lattimore, Lawndale, LightOak, Mooresboro, PattersonSprings, Polkville, Shelby, Waco. A Map of Cleveland County, North Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Cleveland County Townships include River, Boiling Springs, Rippy, Kings Mountain, Warlick, Shelby, Sandy Run, Polkville, Double Shoals, Knob Creek, and Casar. View a Map of Cleveland County Townships.

Cleveland County, North Carolina Courthouse Records

Cleveland County, North Carolina Courthouse
Cleveland County, NC Courthouse


Old Cleveland County Courthouse

The Cleveland County Courthouse is located in Shelby, 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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland County Records in the North Carolina State Archives.

  • Cleveland County Register of Deeds has Birth Records from 1908, Marriage Records from 1851, Death Records from 1913 and Land Records from 1792. 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.
  • Cleveland County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1795, Court Records from 1838 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.
  • Cleveland County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Cleveland Co. North Carolina County Health Department

Cleveland County, North Carolina Census Records

Cleveland County, North Carolina Vital Records

Cleveland County, North Carolina Resources

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