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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.

In 1779 the southern third of Guilford County became Randolph County. In 1785 the northern half of its remaining territory became Rockingham County. Source Wikipedia

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 NCGenweb site

Guilford County NCGenweb Archives

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
County Courthouse
Greensboro, NC 27402


1790 Federal Census Transcription sorted by last name

1790 Federal Census Transcription

1790 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number

1790 Federal Census transcription – Salisbury District

1800 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number

1810 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number

1820 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of image files by page number

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 Index – by last name only

1850 Federal Census Transcription – partial

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:

Cone Cemetery
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
Midway Cemetery
Oakwood Cemetery
Phibbs Cemetery
Piedmont Memorial Cemetery
Shady Grove Cemetery

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Guildford County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Guilford County, NC Query Forum

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

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

foxtrot66 on “Keddia Williams and John Lovett”

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

bettyworley on “William Simpson Spruce Family”

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.

apeterie on “Foraby Forbis/Climer”

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

williang on “Looking for parents of James H Cummons (ings), b.~1845″

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

AnnBurks on “Gilmer and Forbis , 1800″

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.

Judy LW on “Everett L. 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.

Guilford County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Guilford County:

Allen Jay
AMF Greensboro
Browns Summit
Country Park Acres
Deep River
Forest Oaks
Freemans Mills
Greensboro (County Seat)
Greensboro BMC
Guilford College
Guilford Courthouse National
High Point
Mount Zion
Oak Ridge
Pleasant Garden
South Greensboro
Spring Valley
Stoney Creek
Tennessee Acres

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