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Beaufort County Genealogy

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Beaufort County was formed (renamed) in 1712 from Bath and Pamptecough counties. The county seat of Beaufort County is Washington. The correct spelling of course, is Beaufort, it is mis-spelled many ways including Beafort (sadly I had it misspelled as such here for a while.)

Washington, in Beaufort County was the first city to be named in honor of General George Washington. (1776) It had previously been known as “Forks of Tar River”. It’s located at the point where the Pamlico River narrows into the Tar River.

Points of interest include Historic Bath, NC’s first town (and hangout of BlackBeard the Pirate.) (Edward Teach). Also, the Belhaven Memorial Museum, NC Estruarium, Goose Creek State Park, Bennett Vineyards, Aurora Fossil Museum, and the Pentago Academy historical museum are all located in Beaufort County.

This area of North Carolina has started to be known as the “inner banks”.

Beaufort County NCGenweb Site

Beaufort County Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 1089
Washington, North Carolina 27889-1089


Beaufort County Courthouse
PO Box 1027
County Courthouse
Washington, NC 27889


1790 Federal Census transcription (Alphabetically ordered)

1790 Federal Census transcription

1790 Federal Census transcription (web formatted)

1790 Federal Census transcription New Bern district

1800 Federal Census transcription

1810 Federal Census transcription

1820 Federal Census transcription

1850 Federal Census index (Last name only)

1850 Federal Census transcription

Tax Records

Corn List 1715 Beaufort and Hyde precincts

Beaufort precinct 1717 Land list

1755 Beaufort Tax list

1764 Tax list


USGS listing of cemeteries in Beaufort County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Beaufort County, NC Query Forum

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Beaufort County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Beaufort County:

Blounts Creek
Washington (County Seat)

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