McDowell County, North Carolina Genealogy Guide

McDowell County, North Carolina (Map It) was created on December 19, 1842 from Rutherford County and Burke County. This county was named for Joseph McDowell (1756–1801), a soldier in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Learn More About State of North Carolina History.

McDowell County is bordered by Mitchell County (north), Avery County (northeast), Burke County (east), Rutherford County (south), Buncombe County (west), Yancey County (northwest).

McDowell County Cities and Towns include Marion, OldFort, WestMarion, LittleSwitzerland, Nebo, Glenwood, Pleasant Gardens. A Map of McDowell County, North Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

McDowell County Townships include Crooked Creek, Dysartsville, Glenwood, Higgins, Marion, Montford Cove, Nebo, North Cove, and Old Fort. View a Map of McDowell County Townships.

McDowell County, North Carolina Courthouse Records

McDowell County, North Carolina Courthouse
McDowell County, NC Courthouse

The McDowell County Courthouse is located in Williamston, 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 McDowell 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 McDowell County Records in the North Carolina State Archives.

  • McDowell County Register of Deeds has Birth Records from 1914, Marriage Records from 1842, Death Records from 1914 and Land Records from 1813. 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.
  • McDowell County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1841, Court Records from 1822 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.
  • McDowell County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • McDowell Co. North Carolina County Health Department

McDowell County, North Carolina Census Records

McDowell County, North Carolina Vital Records

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