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Alexander County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1847 from parts of Caldwell County, Iredell County, and Wilkes County. It was named for William Julius Alexander of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons. Taylorsville is the county seat of Alexander County. It’s unclear if Taylorsville was named for President Zachary Taylor or John Louis Taylor a North Carolina political philospher and agriculturist. The county is home to the Alexander Railroad Company.

Although Alexander County is in the Piedmont of North Carolina in the western part of the county the terrain is dominated by the Brushy Mountains, which are a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hickory Knob and Barrett Mountain are two of the largest features in the county, Hickory Knob being the highest point in Alexander County, NC. The terrain over most of the county is gently rolling.

Alexander County is also home to the settlement of Hiddenite (unincorporated). This area is home to an emerald and Sapphire mine that also produces Hiddenite which is a form of spodumene. Hiddenite was said to be only found in this part of the world, but in recent years it has also been found in Madagscar and Brazil. It’s said that this is the only Emerald mine in the United States that is open to the public for prospecting. Source Wikipedia

Alexander County Genealogy Resources

Alexander County NCGenweb site

Alexander County NCGenWeb Archives

Alexander County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 545
Hiddenite, NC 28636

Alexander County Ancestry Association
P.O. Box 241
Hiddenite, NC 28636-0241

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Alexander County Government

Alexander County Courthouse
621 Liledoun Road
County Courthouse
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Alexander Library
77 First Avenue SW
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Census

1850 Census index (last name only)

John N Adams – Agricultural Census 1860,1870,1880 numbers

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Alexander County

Cemetery Transcriptions (Rootsweb)

Cemetery Transcriptions (NCGenweb)

Query Forums

Alexander County, NC Query Forum

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Cities and towns of Alexander County:

All Healing Springs
Ellendale
Hiddenite
Kilby
Liledown
Little River
Millersville
Paynes Store
Stony Point
Taylorsville (County Seat)
Vashti

News related to Alexander County, NC

“”alexander county” nc” – Google News

Wheelchair-bound man dies in house fire; wife severely burned trying to save him – WSOC Charlotte

Wheelchair-bound man dies in house fire; wife severely burned trying to save him  WSOC Charlotte

Investigators said a 75-year-old man was killed in a house fire in Alexander County Tuesday evening, and his 74-year-old wife was airlifted to a hospital after …




Deputies: Man charged in Alexander Co. homicide was carrying loaded AR-15 – WSOC Charlotte

Deputies: Man charged in Alexander Co. homicide was carrying loaded AR-15  WSOC Charlotte

Deputies said they issued first-degree murder warrants for 22-year-old Antonio Castillo after they found 23-year-old Blade Campbell shot multiple times inside …




Couple charged in double homicide brought back to Alexander County – WSOC Charlotte

Couple charged in double homicide brought back to Alexander County  WSOC Charlotte

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. – A couple charged in connection with a double homicide were brought back to Alexander County early Wednesday morning.




Two more suspects in custody following Feb. double murder in Alexander County – WBTV

Two more suspects in custody following Feb. double murder in Alexander County  WBTV

Bryan Hoover is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Brandi Miller, his girlfriend, is accused of being an accessory after the fact.




Alexander County murder suspect has first court appearance, claims self defense – WBTV

Alexander County murder suspect has first court appearance, claims self defense  WBTV

Antonio Castillo, charged with murder in a Sunday shooting in the Stony Point section of Alexander County, went before a judge for a first appearance on …




One dies, another injured in Tues. fire – Taylorsville Times

One dies, another injured in Tues. fire  Taylorsville Times

Firefighters battled a fire at this home at 307 Marvin Church Court in the Stony Point Community on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, which was reported about 5:30 …


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