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Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Register of Deeds. North Carolina Birth Indexes. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina State Archives. Microfilm.

About North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000

This database is an index to almost 7 million births and deaths occurring in North Carolina between 1913 and 2000. Delayed births are included as well and extended as early as 1800. For a list of the counties and years covered in this database, please see the bottom of this page. Information contained in this index includes:

  • Child's full name
  • Gender
  • Race or color
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Occasionally one or both of the parents' names
  • Source information (usually includes a book or volume number and page number. Sometimes a certificate number will also be listed.)

With the information provided in this index, you may be able to obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate. If possible, it is important that you do this because often more information is provided in an original record than is provided in its index. For information on how to order a copy of a birth certificate, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Vital Records Division website. However, only post-1913 certificates are available from this institution. Pre-1913 birth and death records must be obtained from the Register of Deeds in the county in which the birth occurred.

On 10 March 1913, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified an act requiring the registration of births and deaths in the state; virtually full compliance was achieved by 1920, with some delayed birth records for earlier dates eventually added. The indexes to these records are available in the county where the event took place or on microfilm at the North Carolina State Archives and the Family History Library.

Original copies of birth and death certificates can be obtained from Department of Environmental, Health and Natural Resources, Vital Records Section, P.O. Box 29537, Raleigh, North Carolina 27626. The register of deeds in the county where the birth was filed also may be able to provide a copy of the birth certificate.

Taken from Cerny, Johni and Gareth L. Mark. "North Carolina," in Ancestry's Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992).

This list shows the counties and year ranges covered in this index. Delayed births are also included in this index but the years those cover are not represented in this list. Delayed births extend back into the eighteenth century.

CountyYearsCountyYears
Alamance1913-1983Jones1914-1981
Alexander1913-2000Lee1913-1987
Alleghany1859-1989Lenoir1913-1999
Anson1913-1982Lincoln1913-1991
Ashe1846-1998Macon1913-1979
Avery1914-1998Madison1913-1993
Beaufort1913-1980Martin1913-1993
Bertie1914-1979McDowell1914-1985
Bladen1900-1990Mecklenburg1913-1947
Brunswick1914-1998Mitchell1913-1992
Buncombe1913-1977Montgomery1913-1981
Burke1913-1978Moore1913-1999
Cabarrus1914-1981Nash1913-1987
Caldwell1914-1980New Hanover1913-1998
Camden1913-1982Northampton1913-1995
Carteret1913-1998Onslow1914-1995
Caswell1913-1995Orange1913-1961
Catawba1913-1979Pamlico1913-1981
Chatham1913-1999Pasquotank1903-1994
Cherokee1913-1945Pender1913-1998
Chowan1913-1993Perquimans1913-1995
Clay1913-1985Person1913-1986
Cleveland1913-1977Pitt1913-1992
Columbus1913-1997Polk1913-1994
Craven1914-1996Randolph1913-1981
Cumberland1913-1973Richmond1914-1995
Currituck1914-1983Robeson1913-1983
Davidson1914-1980Rockingham1913-2000
Davie1918-1980Rowan1913-1972
Duplin1913-1981Rutherford1914-1993
Edgecombe1914-1987Sampson1914-1989
Franklin1913-1995Scotland1913-1976
Gaston1913-1991Stanly1913-1993
Gates1871-1995Stokes1913-1994
Graham1913-1979SwainVarious
Granville1914-1990Surry1913-1994
Greene1913-1999Transylvania1913-1995
Guilford1913-1981Tyrrell1913-1986
Halifax1913-1999Union1913-1981
Harnett1914-1998Vance1913-1997
Haywood1913-1978Warren1914-1991
Henderson1914-2000Washington1913-1985
Hertford1913-1994Watauga1914-1984
Hoke1913-1983Wayne1913-1986
Hyde1913-1975Wilkes1913-1994
Iredell1913-1981Wilson1913-1988
Jackson1913-1992Yadkin1914-1995
Johnston1913-1988Yancey1913-1986

Note: In some parts of this index, the county was recorded as a numeric code. In these cases, when you view the image, you will see the county written in that way. For your reference, the county code translation table is provided below:

CountyCodeCountyCodeCountyCodeCountyCode
Alamance1Cumberland26Johnston51Randolph76
Alexander2Currituck27Jones52Richmond77
Alleghany3Dare28Lee53Robeson78
Anson4Davidson29Lenoir54Rockingham79
Ashe5Davie30Lincoln55Rowan80
Avery6Duplin31Macon57Rutherford81
Beaufort7Durham32Madison58Sampson82
Bertie8Edgecombe33Martin59Scotland83
Bladen9Forsyth34McDowell56Stanly84
Brunswick10Franklin35Mecklenburg60Stokes85
Buncombe11Gaston36Mitchell61Surry86
Burke12Gates37Montgomery62Swain87
Cabarrus13Graham38Moore63Transylvania88
Caldwell14Granville39Nash64Tyrrell89
Camden15Greene40New Hanover65Union90
Carteret16Guilford41Northampton66Vance91
Caswell17Halifax42Onslow67Wake92
Catawba18Harnett43Orange68Warren93
Chatham19Haywood44Pamlico69Washington94
Cherokee20Henderson45Pasquotank70Watauga95
Chowan21Hertford46Pender71Wayne96
Clay22Hoke47Perquimans72Wilkes97
Cleveland23Hyde48Person73Wilson98
Columbus24Iredell49Pitt74Yadkin99
Craven25Jackson50Polk75Yancey100

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