Welcome To The
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Genealogy & History Directory Page
| County History | Mecklenburg County Location and Maps | Towns of Mecklenburg |
| Mecklenburg Historic Sites | Ethnicity | Local Genealogy Resources |
| QUERIES & FORUMS |
| Mecklenburg Family Pages | Some Helpful North Carolina Links | Volunteer Researchers |
| Professional (Paid) Researchers | Genealogy Tips and Technique Links |
| Other Helpful Links | Sources for Mecklenburg Books and Maps |
| Credits and Contacts |
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This site is provided on a voluntary, nonprofit basis and is intended to help individual family history researchers, historians, genealogists, and others locate genealogy information within Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. To avoid web "clutter", the page uses links to access pertinent sites, provides directories for local genealogy research, and seeks to post information not found elsewhere. In consideration of our visitors usage of many different computer models, modem speeds, browsers, and internet service providers, graphics have been used sparingly.
Please e-mail me about links or information you would like to see here, or if you wish to contribute relevant genealogy and history data to the page.
The county was formed from Anson
1763 and named for the hometown of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
in Germany who became the bride of England's King George III in 1762.
When a town was established within the county in 1768, founders named it
"Charlotte Town" for Queen Charlotte.
Historians report that the county settlement by immigrants began in the early 1700's primarily from the North along the "Trading Path", an old Indian Trail, and from the South along the rivers from Charleston. Immigrants were predominately Scots-Irish and were not threatened by the native residents, the Catawba Indians. By 1775, many settlements and churches had been established by families such as Alexander, Polk, Latta, Selwyn, Davidson, Harris, Graham, and Torance, to name a few. Early churches included Hopewell, Rocky River, Sugaw Creek, Steele Creek, and Providence, all established in the 1750's and '60's.
Fiercely independent and wanting to remain that way, the leading citizens of Mecklenburg County drafted the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775.
Gold was discovered around 1800 and Mecklenburg soon became the location for the Charlotte Mint and so it is only fitting that it is today the home of the largest (assets) bank in the United States.
A more complete history is available online via "The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story", a provision of the Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Public Library.
Still more county history may be found by visiting the "Official" sites maintained by each of the six towns of Mecklenburg. The links to each are in the Towns of Mecklenburg Section below.
And finally, there are a number of websites maintained within our county that provide free historical information. Links to local genealogy and history sites may be found in the "Old Mecklenburg" and "Resources" sections of this page.
Located in the south central portion of North Carolina, the center of the county is at the intersection of Interstates 77 and 85 and is bordered on the west by the Catawba River, on the north by Iredell county, on the east by Cabarrus and Union counties, and on the south by York and Lancaster, South Carolina counties. Across the Catawba are the counties of Lincoln and Gaston. Interestingly, the I-77 and I-85 junction is just a few miles north of the junction of the old Indian trails; The Trading Path and Nation Ford Road. The city of Charlotte, the oldest incorporated town, dominates the county comprised of seven municipalities surrounded by a narrow band of unincorporated rural area and small communities.
Select from the maps below to view a current condensed county map, a graphic map of Mecklenburg towns, a graphic township map, a 1923 county map, a 1789 map, or maps showing the formation of the county as it evolved.
County Map - Courtesy of the Map Shop (Takes a long time to load)
Mecklenburg Municipalities graphic map - From the Mecklenburg GIS
Township graphic map - Courtesy of Karen Isley
Mecklenburg 1923 roadmap - From collection of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Library
1789 map of the county - From collection of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Library
A collection of historical Mecklenburg maps are available online at the Mecklenburg County Engineering & Building Standards Department Web page.
North Carolina County formation series - From the State Library of North Carolina:
| 1700 | 1740 | 1760 | 1775 | 1780 | 1800 | 1840 | 1850 |
Current "Interactive" Mecklenburg maps may be found online at mapquest.com.
Charlotte Incorporated 1768, named for Queen Charlotte.
Cornelius Incorporated 1905
Davidson Incorporated 1879, Home of Davidson College founded in 1837.
Huntersville Incorporated 1877, Originally known as Craighead, for Alexander Craighead.
Matthews Incorporated 1879
Mint Hill Founded ca. 1750, Unincorporated 1910, Latest incorporation in 1971.
Pineville Incorporated 1872, Home of James
K. Polk, the 11th President of the
The James Latta Plantation
The Hugh Torance House and Store
The James K. Polk Memorial
Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & Charlotte Museum of History
Historic Rosedale Plantation
The Charlotte Trolley and Museum
A Genealogical Survey of the Gum Branch of Long Creek
Carolinas Historic Aviation Commission & Museum
The Mint Hill Country Doctor's Museum & Ira V. Ferguson Country Store
Levine Museum of the New South
Reed Gold Mine
For nearly three centuries, Mecklenburg County has been a picture of diversity; from the Catawba Indians to the Germanic, Scotch, Irish, English, Latin, African, Middle Eastern, Balkan, Hispanic, and Asian immigrants. This section is strictly apolitical and is devoted to assisting family history research regardless of ethnic background.
Native American References:
African Ancestry References:
AfriGeneas A helpful
African American ancestry research site, not Mecklenburg
The Charlotte Afro-American Cultural Center
African-American Genealogical Interest Group
Meets 3rd Saturdays, Odd Months 9 A.M. at Vintages On The Blvd, 4200 E. Independence Blvd.,
Charlotte. President: Alvin Ricks 704/554-0062. Mr. Ricks has informed me that a Web Page is
In Quest of Cemeteries of the Enslaved In Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
A project of Comprehensive Genealogical Services. The project is documenting and
preserving slave cemeteries in our area.
The Charlotte Jewish Historical Society (CJHS)
Currently, we administer two forum facilities specifically for Mecklenburg researchers. If you wish to post a query about your county ancestry, please use the Forum Board link. If you wish to discuss your research in the county with others, then your participation in our subscription e-mail list is invited.
SUBSCRIPTION E-MAIL LISTS:
We have a Mecklenburg County e-mail list forum. If you wish to send or receive e-mail messages discussing genealogy related Mecklenburg county history or events, you are invited to subscribe to the list.
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OTHER MECKLENBURG FORUMS
GenForum - Sponsored by The Family Tree Maker
The following links are to family pages created and maintained by folk with Mecklenburg roots and are posted at their request or with their permission.
The Weddington Family by Bill Weddington.
Deese Manus Secrest Medlin Ross Winchester Families by Pat Deese.
The Family Lines of Donna and Harry Johnson, home page.
The Haynes Family by Paulette Haynes.
Hipp Family page by Donna Johnson.
Hoover Family by Donna Johnson.
The James "Whisteling" Orr Family of Mecklenburg County N.C. by Donna Johnson.
Peggy Reece Bruckner's "My Carolina Cousins" page reflects on her Mecklenburg Knox and Thomasson families.
The North Carolina Killough family by Gary Killough.
An Alexander family page by Glenda Alexander.
Andrew Dennis Faircloth's Alexander family page.
Bill Bigham's Family Page.
The Green Family from Mecklenburg Co., NC to Carroll Co., TN.
Descendants of Hugh Elliott and Jane Jamison.
The Kiker family page by Donna Kiker Liddell.
Love family page by Donna Johnson
Capps Family History.
The Konder-Conder Family Genealogy.
offering research and "look-ups" in Mecklenburg County
(A list of individuals offering to do limited free research within the county. Although each offers a "free" service, please keep in mind that they may require copying, postage, parking, etc. expense reimbursement. And please limit your requests to specific searches and not ask the volunteers to "find everything on John Doe".
The North Carolina "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness" volunteer list that includes Mecklenburg County.
Directory of the Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 19567
Charlotte, NC 28219
8336 Adrian Court
Charlotte, NC 28270
Herman W. Ferguson
600 Chad Drive
Rocky Mount, NC 27803
Society of Old Tryon County
P.O. Box 938
Forest City, North Carolina 28043-0938
The Southern Historical Press
P.O. Box 1267
Greenville, SC 29602-1267
Orders & Catalog 800/233-0152
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