Delayed Birth Certificates

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:





McEntire, Susan

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.

A. Hewitt

McDowell County Newspapers 1862-1994

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


African-American Research

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.

Look for Your McDowell County, NC Family in the Surrounding Counties.

Genealogical Societies with contact information. You may find information on McDowell County, NC families at the following locations.

County NCWeb Site





Buncombe Old Buncombe Genealogical Society Mondays: 1p – 4:30pTuesday-Friday: 9:30 – 4:30pSaturday  10:00 AM – 1 PM 128 Bingham Road, Suite 700Asheville, NC 828.253-1894
Cleveland 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
Henderson Reg. of Deeds M-F: 9-5 200 N. Grove St., Suite 129Hendersonville 828.697.4901
Henderson Gen. & Historical Society M-F: 10 – 4$3 fee/day 400 N. Main St.Hendersonville 828.693.1531
Lincoln West Lincoln Branch Library M: 10a – 8 pTu – Fri: 10a – 6 pSat: 10a – 1 p 5545 West Highway 27Vale, NC 28168 704.276.9946
Lincoln 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 704.868.2164
Lincoln The Lincoln County Historical Association Online at
Polk Reg. of Deeds M-F: 8:30 – 5 40 Courthouse St, Columbus, NC 828.894-8450
Rutherford Genealogical Society of Old Tryon M, T, Th, F: 9-2W: 9a – 8pSat: 9a -12n 319 Doggett Rd.Forest City 828.247.8700