Guilford County Genealogy
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The county was formed in 1771 from parts of Rowan County and Orange County. It was named for Francis North, 1st Earl of Guilford, father of Frederick North, Lord North, British Prime Minister from 1770 to 1782.
On March 15, 1781, the Battle of Guilford Court House was fought in present-day Greensboro between Generals Charles Cornwallis and Nathanael Greene during the American Revolution.
Gold was discovered around 1800 in Jamestown and the town grew for quite a period of time. The later, richer discoveries in California and other places drew a lot of attention away from this part of the country. Around the gold rush time there was a mill built that has become known as Castle McCulloch – it’s been restored and expanded and is today the host to more weddings in NC than any other site as well as other interesting events and festivals.
Guilford County Genealogy Resources
Guilford County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 9693
Greensboro, NC 27429-0693
High Point Historical Society, Inc.
1805 East Lexington Avenue
High Point, NC 27262
Guilford County Government
Guilford County Courthouse
PO Box 3427
Greensboro, NC 27402
1790 Federal Census Transcription sorted by last name
1790 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number
1800 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number
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1830 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number
1840 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number
1850 Federal Census Transcription and Index Directory opens to listing of text files by index name and page number.
The following Cemeteries are located within Guilford County:
Floral Garden Cemetery
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Gilmore Memorial Park
Green Hall Cemetery
Green Hill Cemetery
Green Hill Cemetery
Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery
Lakeview Memorial Park
Piedmont Memorial Cemetery
Shady Grove Cemetery
Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Guilford County from the Forum:
North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Guilford County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics
Looking for information on Keddia Williams, born about 1800 in Guilford Cty, to John Lovett (1796). There seems to no information on Keddia, so I can’t give any details than what I’ve wrote. I don’t know if her name is even spelled correctly, or that it may be her middle name. If anyone has some information on her, I’d appreciate the help. Thank you. Email at email@example.com
Need information and records of William Simpson Spruce b. 1738 in Guilford County, NC. Married Sarah Nicks 1761 in Guilford County. He died 1808 in Guilford County. He was a Captain in Third Division Militia of the Georgia Militia in 1794.
Looking for info on Forably Forbis who married Aaron Climer 1823, Guilford Co. Have children through estate records, but nothing on wife. Will share info
My 3rd great grandfather was James Hamilton Cummons (I believe it was spelled Cummings in his early years). Records show he grew up in Guilford County, NC. In 1863 he enlisted in the 54th NC Infantry, was captured at Rappahannock Station and taken POW. At the prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, he pledged his allegience to the union, and became a part of the 1st US Volunteer Infantry (The Galvanized Yankees). From there he was sent to the Dakota territory (Fort Rice), and was mustered out July 19, 1865.
Somehow he ended up in Virginia, and in 1869, married Causby Jane Patterson. On his marriage records, he lists that he was born in Guilford Co. NC, and that his parents were John Cummons and Sarah Nelson.
On his 1924 death records, his father’s name was not recorded, and it stated that his mother’s maiden name was McDonald.
Does anyone have any possible clues to James’ parents?
I DID run across an 1850 census where a Sally Cummings (Sally often being a nickname for Sarah) was the only adult listed, and along with several other children, there was a James H, age 5. I strongly suspect that this may be my James and his mother, but have no confirmation. And of course, it makes me then wonder what happened to his father, John.
Thanks in advance to anyone who may be able to help!
~Angie Cummons Williams
I am searching for information regarding William Joseph Gilmer who married Marthy Forbis in 1800. They moved to Maury County TN in 1820. I am seeking information about their relatives.
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.
Cities and towns of Guilford County:
Country Park Acres
Greensboro (County Seat)
Guilford Courthouse National
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'Underground railroad' for animals helping Guilford County Animal Shelter deal with over crowding
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Last week, the Guilford County Animal Shelter took in 178 animals. That same week, 52 were adopted and 30 were sent to rescues. Guilford County Animal Services Director Drew Brinkley says that's about an average week for …
Woman taken to hospital after house fire in Guilford County
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. â One woman was taken to a hospital for minor smoke inhalation after a house fire in Guilford County on Friday. About eight fire trucks with the Pinecroft Sedgefield Fire Department and Greensboro Fire Department responded to …
Shots fired at Guilford County deputy during chase
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Shots were fired at a Guilford County deputy Monday night, according to Col. Randy Powers with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office. The shots were fired as deputies pursued a vehicle in the southeastern part of the county, …
Report: No injuries reported after Guilford Deputy fired upon in chase
Man accused of shooting at Guilford County deputy in custody
When Deputy Jonathan Gordon caught up to the stolen vehicle on N.C. 62 near Hunt Road, the driver, who was identified as Spinks, pulled into a driveway, backed out and drove towards the deputy — allegedly firing gunshots at his vehicle. That's when …
Man accused of firing shots at Guilford County deputy
Deputies arrest man who fired gunshots at Guilford Co. deputy
Shots fired at Guilford County deputy
Silver Alert issued for woman reported missing out of Guilford County
MCLEANSVILLE , N.C. â A Silver Alert has been issued for a woman who was reported missing out of Guilford County on Thursday. Shirley Slade McGill, 66, was last seen at a home at 3430 Anderson Valley Road in McLeansville at about 10 a.m. Thursday, …
Updated: Woman found, Silver Alert cancelled
Many roads not bus-ready in Guilford County
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Schools in Guilford County are closed Tuesday as ongoing freezing temperatures have kept many secondary roads covered in snow and ice. âThat's a major concern for us,â said Jeff Harris, Guilford County Schools director of …
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