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Wilkes County, North Carolina (Map It) was created on 1777 from Surry County. This county was named for John Wilkes (1725–1797), an English radical, journalist and politician . Learn More About State of North Carolina History.
Wilkes County is bordered by Alleghany County (north), Surry County (northeast), Yadkin County (east), Iredell County (southeast), Alexander County (south), Caldwell County (southwest), Watauga County (west), Ashe County (northwest).
Wilkes County Cities and Towns include Elkin, North Wilkesboro, Ronda, Wilkesboro, Cricket, Fairplains, Hays, Millers Creek, Moravian Falls, Mulberry, Pleasant Hill, Roaring River. A Map of Wilkes County, North Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Wilkes County Townships include Antioch, Austin, Beaver Creek, Boomer, Brushy Mountains, Call, Cricket, Dockery, Edwards, Elk, Jobs Cabin, Lewis Fork, Lomax, Lovelace, Millers Creek, Moravian Falls, Mtn. View, Mulberry, New Castle, North Wilkesboro, Purlear, Roaring River, Ronda, Rock Creek, Somers, Stanton, Traphill, Hays, Union, Walnut Grove, Wilbar, and Wilkesboro . View a Map of Wilkes County Townships.
Wilkes County, North Carolina Courthouse Records
Wilkes County, NC Courthouse
Old Wilkes County Courthouse
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 Wilkes 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 Wilkes County Records in the North Carolina State Archives.
- Wilkes County Register of Deeds has Birth Records from 1913, Marriage Records from 1778, Death Records from 1913 and Land Records from 1741. 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.
- Wilkes County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1777, Court Records from 1761 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.
- Wilkes County Tax Assessor / Collector
- Wilkes Co. North Carolina County Health Department
Wilkes County, North Carolina Census Records
- Learn More: State of North Carolina Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820, Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1784-1787
- Native American Population Schedules: 1894-1913
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Wilkes County, North Carolina Vital Records
- Learn More: State of North Carolina Vital Records
- Birth Records: from October 1913 to present
- Marriage Records: from January 1962 to present
- Death Records: from January 1, 1930 to present
- Divorce Records: from January 1958 to present
- Locations: North Carolina Vital Records
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Applications.
- In Person: North Carolina Vital Records (Cooper Memorial Health Building), 225 N. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27603-1382; 919-733-3000
Wilkes County, North Carolina Resources
- New River Notes
- Wilkes County Genealogical Society
- Wilkes County Public Library
- Wilkes County, North Carolina Message Boards
- Wilkes County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Wilkes County
Wilkes County, North Carolina External Links
- Historical Newspapers from North Carolina (1719 - 1977)
- Wilkes County, North Carolina Books - Amazon
- Marriages of Wilkes County, North Carolina 1778-1868
- Wilkes Co., North Carolina - FindaGrave
- Historical sketches of Wilkes County
- Historical address ... delivered July 3, 1949 at Beaver Creek, North Carolina
- A History of Wilkes County, North Carolina
- North Carolina Digital Collections