New Hanover County, North Carolina Genealogy Guide

New Hanover County, North Carolina (Map It) was created on 1729 from Craven County. This county was named for the royal family of England, members of the House of Hanover. Learn More About State of North Carolina History.

New Hanover County is bordered by Pender County (north), Brunswick County (west).

New Hanover County Cities and Towns include Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach. A Map of New Hanover County, North Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

New Hanover County Townships include Cape Fear, Federal Point, Harnett, Masonboro, and Wilmington. View a Map of New Hanover County Townships.

New Hanover County, North Carolina Courthouse Records

New Hanover County, North Carolina Courthouse
New Hanover County, NC Courthouse


Old NewHanover County Courthouse

The New Hanover County Courthouse is located in Wilmington, 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 New Hanover 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 New Hanover County Records in the North Carolina State Archives. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1789, 1819 & 1840 by fire, all 3 courthouse fires may have destroyed some records, Records Fragmented.

  • New Hanover County Register of Deeds has Birth Records from 1879, Marriage Records from 1741, Death Records from 1879 and Land Records from 1729. 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.
  • New Hanover County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1732, Court Records from 1738 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.
  • New Hanover County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • New Hanover Co. North Carolina County Health Department

New Hanover County, North Carolina Census Records

New Hanover County, North Carolina Vital Records

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