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The area that is now Alamance County was originally inhabited by several indian tribes. The first permanent European settlements occurred in the mid 1700s. The county itself was formed in 1849 from Orange County. It was named after Alamance Creek, site of the Battle of Alamance (May 16, 1771), in which militia under the command of Governor William Tryon crushed the Regulator movement. The Regulator movement was made up of mostly farmers which faced off against the North Carolina Militia led by Governor Tryon. This gave an indicator of sentiment against the British colonial power. This area was also the site of minor skirmishes during the American Revolution leading up to the battle of Guilford Courthouse.

In the 1800′s textile mills became an important industry. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Alamance County was known as the place of an incident called the Kirk-Holden War an 1870 confrontation between locals and an Army colonel.

Graham is the county seat of Alamance County, NC. Alamance County is home to the Alamance Battleground Historic Site.

Alamance County Genealogy Resources

Alamance County Site – information about the Brick Church area

Alamance County NCGenWeb Site

Alamance County NCGenWeb Archives

Alamance County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3052
Burlington, NC 27215-3052

Alamance County Historical Museum
4777 S NC Highway 62
Burlington, NC 27215-9295


Alamance County Government

Alamance County Courthouse
1 Court Square
Graham, NC 27253
(336) 438-1002
County History from Alamance County site

Alamance County Public Libraries
May Memorial Library
342 S. Spring St.
Burlington, North Carolina 27215

Census links

1850 Census Mortality Schedule

1850 Census index (last names only)

1850 Federal Census Images

1860 Census Mortality Schedule

1870 Census Mortality Schedule

1870 Federal Census Images

1870 Census – Poor House

1870 U.S. Soldiers Census

1880 Census Mortality Schedule

1880 Census – Poor House


The following Cemeteries are in Alamance County.

Alamance Memorial Park
Graham Memorial Park
Linwood Cemetery
Magnolia Cemetery
Moores Chapel Cemetery
Northlawn Cemetery
Pine Hill Cemetery

USGS listing of cemeteries in Alamance County
Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Alamance County, NC Query Forum

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Alamance County from the Forum:

North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Alamance County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

1flynbird on “Dr. William Rankin Gorley/Goley – Dr. William Ruffin Gorley/Goley”

Two different lines from my family tree lived in Alamance Co. Dr. William Rankin Gorley/Goley was the son of Margaret Gorley/Goley (daughter of William Gorley/Goley and Mary “Polly” Euliss). Dr. Rankin had a son Dr. Willard Coe Goley, and one of Willard’s son’s was Dr. Alexander Fairly Goley. Dr. William Ruffin Goley was the son of Carson Haywood Goley who was the son of Ruffin Gorley (the brother of Margaret Gorley/Goley – son of William Gorley/Goley and Mary “Polly” Euliss). In an article on William Ruffin Goley it mentions that he was of Irish descent. The Gourley/Gorley/Goley family “legend” said the family was of French descent. Two different articles said William Rankin Goley came to Alamance Co. from Virginia. Records show he was born in North Carolina and went to medical School in Baltimore, Md. No mention of Virginia. So, does anyone in Alamance Co. know anything about either or both of these two lines? My family would love to know if we are of Irish descent or French, if any of the family tales are true and if William Rankin really did come to Alamance Co. from Virginia. If anyone has any information about the above, the Gorley/Goley family would love to hear it. Thanks…

Judy LW on “Hobbs as a missionary to South Africa”

Everett L. Hobbs went to South Africa with his wife, Etta Aiken, in about 1898. Everett’s parents were George Lewis Hobbs and Mary J. Allred. Etta’s parents were
David Caldwell Aiken and Alva Kathryn Faust. I’m interested to find out which church or organization sent him there.

DOROTHY52 on “william jones rankin-negroe presbyterian minister 1861-1932″

does a nyone have a ny information on the prominent negro minister who open a school for negro children in 1896-1932 in aberdeen north carolina. it is noted that he died in 1932 august 31 in graham north carolina. does anyone have any information regarding him? he was a synod of catawba. he and wife adopted a daughter…

Alamance County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Alamance County:

Elon College
Glen Raven
Graham (County seat)
Green Level
Haw River

News related to Alamance County, NC

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Woman arrested in Alamance County for mailing drugs to inmate –

Burlington Times News
Woman arrested in Alamance County for mailing drugs to inmate
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A woman was arrested in Alamance County for giving drugs to an inmate. On Friday, detectives with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office arrested Amber Lianne Henderson for two counts of providing drugs to an inmate.
2 charged with providing drugs to inmatesBurlington Times News

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Alamance County man accused of raping a 13-year-old child –
Alamance County man accused of raping a 13-year-old child
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — An Alamance County man was arrested and charged with sex crimes after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl. Angel Rojas Perez, 42, of Green Level, is charged with one count of statutory rape and one count of statutory …
Alamance County Officials Make Arrests In Two Rape
Alamance Co. Police Arrest, Charge Man with Statutory Rape of 13-Year-Old GirlTWC News

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Registered sex offender charged with 2 sexual offenses in Alamance County –
Registered sex offender charged with 2 sexual offenses in Alamance County
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A registered sex offender is facing two sexual offense charges, according to a news release from the Alamance County Sheriff's Office. Richard Henry Dickerson, 23, of Haw River, is charged with two counts of second-degree …
Haw River sex offender charged with new sex crimesBurlington Times News

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Construction software firm to hire 205 in Alamance County – News & Observer

The American Bazaar
Construction software firm to hire 205 in Alamance County
News & Observer
A Colorado construction software company plans to hire 205 people in Alamance County for the company's planned East Coast headquarters. Prescient Co., which designs and installs building sections, stands to receive $2 million in North Carolina Job …
Prescient Announces Plans for Second Manufacturing FacilityBusiness Wire (press release)
Prescient Bringing 205 Jobs to NCTWC News
Indian American-owned company in Colorado to hire 205 employees in North CarolinaThe American Bazaar

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Reported scams in Alamance County at record high –
Reported scams in Alamance County at record high
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Alamance County sheriff's deputies say reports of scams by phone and email are at a record high. For the month of August, the department had the most number of reported scams at 22; so far this year there have been a total of …

From heart to hand – Burlington Times News

Burlington Times News
From heart to hand
Burlington Times News
Twenty quilts from the Alamance County Historical Museum's collection will be on display during the "Heart to Hand: Quilts of Piedmont North Carolina" exhibit from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Light Horse Plantation, 1746 Jim Barnwell Road, Burlington

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