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Brunswick County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1764 from parts of Bladen County and New Hanover County. It was named for the (now abandoned) colonial port of Brunswick Town, which was itself named for Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg; at the time held by the British kings of the House of Hanover. Source Wikipedia

The County seat of Brunswick County is Bolivia. This county is on the Atlantic Coast and is bordered by the Cape Fear River and the state of South Carolina. Bolivia has been the county seat since 1977. Through the history of Brunswick county the county seat has been at Brunswick Town, then the plantation of John Bell near the Lockwood’s Folly Bridge, then Walkersburg (near Deep Water Point). Then it was moved to Smithville (which was renamed to Southport) and Southport served as the seat until 1977.

Among the notable sites in Brunswick county are Fort Fisher and Fort Anderson/Brunswick Town. Also the lighthouses at Bald Head Lighthouse – (Bald Head Island info), Oak Island Lighthouse and Price’s Creek Lighthouse are all in Brunswick County.

For local news, Brunswick County is served by the Brunswick Beacon which publishes a weekly edition.

Brunswick County Genealogy Resources

Brunswick County NCGenweb site

Southport Historical Society
P.O. Box 10014
Southport, NC 28461

Old New Hanover Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2536
Wilmington, NC 28402-2536

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society
126 South Third Street
Wilmington, NC 29401

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Brunswick County Government

Brunswick County Courthouse
PO Box 249
County Courthouse
Bolivia, NC 28422

Census

1790 Federal Census transcription in order by last name

1790 Federal Census transcription

1800 Federal Census images directory opens to a list of images named by page number

1810 Federal Census images directory opens to a list of images named by page number

1820 Federal Census images directory opens to a list of images named by page number

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Brunswick County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Brunswick County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

Brunswick County, NC Query Forum

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Cities and towns of Brunswick County:

Ash
Bald Head Island
Belville
Boiling Spring Lakes
Bolivia (County Seat)
Calabash
Caswell Beach
Fort Caswell
Holden Beach
Leland
Long Beach
Longwood
Navassa
Oak Island
Ocean Isle Beach
Shallotte
South Brunswick
Southport
Sunny Point Military Ocean T
Sunset Beach
Sunset Harbor
Supply
Wilmington
Winnabow
Yaupon Beach

News related to Brunswick County, NC

“”brunswick county” nc” – Google News

North Brunswick Band prepares for Independence Day Parade in DC – WWAY NewsChannel 3

North Brunswick Band prepares for Independence Day Parade in DC  WWAY NewsChannel 3

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County marching band will be representing North Carolina on the national stage in Washington, DC this …




Water restrictions remain in place for Brunswick County residents – WECT

Water restrictions remain in place for Brunswick County residents  WECT

Officials with Brunswick County Public Utilities say a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert is still in place for all customers of the county’s public water system.




Brunswick county settles lawsuit with former county attorney – WWAY NewsChannel 3

Brunswick county settles lawsuit with former county attorney  WWAY NewsChannel 3

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County has settled a lawsuit with its former county attorney. Huey Marshall resigned in 2015, shortly after he …




Two Brunswick County men arrested over the weekend in separate rapes – WWAY NewsChannel 3

Two Brunswick County men arrested over the weekend in separate rapes  WWAY NewsChannel 3

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two Brunswick County men were arrested over the weekend and charged in two separate rape investigations, one …




Water conservation urged for Memorial Day throughout Brunswick County – WWAY NewsChannel 3

Water conservation urged for Memorial Day throughout Brunswick County  WWAY NewsChannel 3

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Water customers throughout Brunswick County are urged to conserve water this Memorial Day. Brunswick County …




Brunswick County deputies safely locate missing man – WECT

Brunswick County deputies safely locate missing man  WECT

Deputies say they have located 34-year-old Lee Durrette.


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