Resource Links

Below I have listed links to resources that may help you along your path of genealogy research. If you know of McDowell County, NC related site(s) that would be helpful to researchers , please let me know and I’ll work at getting permission to link to the site.

As new websites are discovered and submitted, I will add them. Thanks for your help!

The US GenWeb Project Tips on Help Finding Your Ancestors

Consolidated List of NC Resources on the NCGenWeb Page

How to Write and Post a good query.

McDowell County Public Library has a wealth of information for genealogy researchers. The Marion branch is the main library and houses the Abe Simmons Genealogy and North Carolina History Room. The Old Fort branch has a section set aside with excellent resources.

Mailing Lists are important lists that you can subscribe that will allow you to post and following other researchers and their path to an ancestor. Mailing lists index lists the different mailing lists that you can subscribe to. Then there are Mailing lists for North Carolina, which lists the different NC mailing lists for subscription along with Mailing lists for McDowell County, NC

Maps:  United States Digital Map Library is a USGenWeb Archives project, along with North Carolina Historical Maps or search the NC County formation List

NC State Archives at National USGenWeb:         The NC State Archives has a number of county-level records available; both original records as well as records on microfilm. View the NC Files to see what is available for North Carolina and McDowell County.  For more information on Archives in our state Capitol, Raleigh visit State Archives site.

North Carolina  People in the Papers - database  of news worthy events documented in North Carolina newspapers. (births, deaths, tragic events, social events, etc)

National Archives Genealogy Notes

Newspapers of McDowell County (all or partial) on microfilm, State Archives

  • McDowell County Newspapers
  • Express, weekly, 1895
  • Lamp Post, weekly, 1881
  • Marion Messenger, weekly, 1896-1898
  • Marion Progress, weekly, 1905, 1906, 1909 – 1956
  • Marion Record, weekly, 1894 – 1895
  • McDowell Democrat, weekly, 1905 – 1909
  • McDowell News, tri-weekly, 1962 – 1994
  • Mountain Mercury, weekly, 1863
  • Western Enterprise, weekly, 1862

North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909

Online Obituaries or Local Obituaries for McDowell County

USGenWeb Archives Marriage Project

USGenWeb Archives Special Projects (Listed at bottom of new page)

USGenWeb Archives Tombstone Project for McDowell County

Yearbook for North Carolina Look-Up

Yearbook  for McDowell County Look-up