As researchers we are always looking for information of possible resources. Well I have posted a link on the Resources and Links page to the McDowell County Public Library.
The 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, while the Old Fort branch has a section set aside with excellent resources.
Both are worth a trip to explore what resources are available.
Years ago, births were written in family Bibles, on notes of paper, etc. when the government required birth certificates, then people of all ages applied for delayed birth certificates.
A delayed birth certificate is one that is not filed within a set period of time, in North Carolina this is within a year of the child’s birth.
If you are having trouble finding a birth certificate, check out the links below to see if your great or great-greatgrandparents filed for a delayed certificate
Delayed birth certificates for McDowell County in the USGenWeb Archives:
Check out marriages for McDowell County, NC citizens listed on US GenWeb Archives
I have been looking for my great-great grandma for a long time and cont’ find her grave or who her parents are. Any help would be appreciated.
Her name is SUSAN McENTIRE
She married JAMES TURNER, son of Samuel and Fanny Turner.
She was born about 1830
I think they lived in the area of McDowell County, that was once Burke County, Old Fort is where i believe they lived.
Her husband and son are buried in Pleasant Gardens Cemetery, along with other relatives.
She had a sister Malissa McEntire, who married Johnathan Duncan, that’s the only family I know of.
New resource links have been added to the Resource Links Page
Newspapers of McDowell County (all or partial) on microfilm, State Archives
- 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
The NCGenWeb is dedicated to free genealogy research. They are currently collecting resources on African-American genealogy.
Check out the following sites that are filled with rich information:
NCGenWeb site on African-American Special Projects.
Tom Blake’s Slave Data is one of the largest list of slave holders in 1860 and census for 1870
If you have African American research specific to McDowell County, please consider sharing with others.
Email and I will help you get your desired information online.
Genealogical Societies with contact information. You may find information on McDowell County, NC families at the following locations.
County NCWeb Site
||Old Buncombe Genealogical Society
||Mondays: 1p – 4:30pTuesday-Friday: 9:30 – 4:30pSaturday 10:00 AM – 1 PM
||128 Bingham Road, Suite 700Asheville, NC
||Broad River Genealogical Society, Inc.
||Open to public:
- 2nd & 3rd Saturday every month – 9:00 a – 1:00 p.
- 2nd & 3rd Monday every month – 12:00p. – 4:00 p.
- Every Tuesday Evening – 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
|PO Box 2261, Shelby, NC 28151Location: 1145 County Home Road, Shelby, NC
||Reg. of Deeds
||200 N. Grove St., Suite 129Hendersonville
||Gen. & Historical Society
||M-F: 10 – 4$3 fee/day
||400 N. Main St.Hendersonville
||West Lincoln Branch Library
||M: 10a – 8 pTu – Fri: 10a – 6 pSat: 10a – 1 p
||5545 West Highway 27Vale, NC 28168
||Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System.Carolina Room
||M, Tu & Th: 10a – 9 p.m.W & Sa: 10a – 6pFr: 10a – 2p
||1555 East Garrison Blvd.Gastonia, NC
||The Lincoln County Historical Association
||Reg. of Deeds
||M-F: 8:30 – 5
||40 Courthouse St, Columbus, NC
||Genealogical Society of Old Tryon
||M, T, Th, F: 9-2W: 9a – 8pSat: 9a -12n
||319 Doggett Rd.Forest City