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Onslow County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is included in the Jacksonville, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2006, the population was 150,673. Its county seat is Jacksonville.

European and English settlers arrived here in 1713 in what was originally part of the colonial precincts of Carteret and New Hanover. Onslow County was formed in 1734 and was named for the Honorable Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the British House of Commons. After a lethal 1752 hurricane, the county courthouse was relocated from Town Point to Wantland’s Ferry; this settlement was eventually incorporated in 1842 and named Jacksonville after President Andrew Jackson. Largely a collection of sparsely populated agrarian and maritime communities, Onslow County dramatically changed in the early 1940s with the establishment of the United States Army Camp Davis near Holly Ridge (now defunct), and the creation of Camp Lejeune in 1941.

Onslow County’s flat, rolling terrain covers 767 square miles (1,990 km2) and is located in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina, approximately 120 miles (190 km) east of Raleigh and 50 miles (80 km) north of Wilmington. The city of Jacksonville is the county seat, and the areas surrounding the city constitute the major population centers and growth areas in the county. The county is home to more than 150,000 people and includes the incorporated towns of Holly Ridge, Richlands, Swansboro, North Topsail Beach, part of Surf City, and unincorporated Sneads Ferry. Approximately 156,000 acres (630 km2) comprise the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune and more than 43,000 marines and sailors are stationed there.

The structure of local government in Onslow County was established in the late 19th century and consists of a five-member Board of Commissioners, elected at large for four-year terms. The Board establishes policies and ordinances implemented by the County Manager and his staff.

Source: Wikipedia

Onslow County Genealogy Resources

Onslow County NCGenweb site

Onslow County Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 1739
Jacksonville, NC 28541-1739

Coastal Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1421
Swansboro, NC 28584

Onslow County Historical Society
P.O. Box 5203
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Old New Hanover Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2536
Wilmington, NC 28402-2536
(covers Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Sampson Counties)

The Onslow County Museum has a number of resources for local genealogy in
their research room. Appointments may be made by contacting the museum at
910-324-5008. The museum is located at 301 S. Wilmington St., Richlands, NC
28574. Our website is


Onslow County Government

Onslow County Government – Official Site

Onslow County Register of Deeds – Some online searches available
109 Old Bridge Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 347-3451

Onslow County Public Library
58 Doris Avenue East
Jacksonville, NC 28540



USGS listing of cemeteries in Onslow County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Onslow County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

Onslow County, NC Query Forum

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

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

norman rowe on “eli, nancy ward”

I am looking for informantion on the nancy ward of the 1810 census of onslow co and the eli ward elected to take the 1820 census of onslow co

bandmommy on “Stephen Green Foy”

I am researchng the Foy family from Onslow County. My great-grandfather’s name is Stephen Green Foy. He married Louise Montford and had about 10 children (one of which was my grandmother Sarah Hazel Foy).

I have hit a road block and cannot find any information on who Stephen Foy’s parents are. Can anyone help me? on “Hunter family.”

I am researching Nicholas , Joab (Job) , William and rest of Hunter family.
Roy Hunter

jo-anne arnold on “sheppard/shepard”

looking for info Joseph Sheppard dob 1738-1740 m. Nancy Brinson one child Joahu

JudyS on “James Howard Jr 1707-1790″

I am looking for information regarding his spouse and children. He moved from Bertie Co. to Onslow after his father’s death in 1729. His father’s name was James Howard, Sr. and his mother was Sarah Titus. His brothers Edward and John also went to Onslow Co.

mazda8lady on “WILLIAM HOGAN HINES”


Onslow County, NC at Genforum

Cities and Towns of Onslow County, NC

* Half Moon
* Holly Ridge
* Jacksonville
* North Topsail Beach
* Piney Green
* Pumpkin Center
* Richlands
* Sneads Ferry
* Swansboro

News related to Onslow County, NC

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Onslow County health ranks in top 74 percentile – The Daily News – Jacksonville Daily News

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Onslow County health ranks in top 74 percentile – The Daily News
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The health of Onslow County received passing grades with officials pleased with the rankings but buoyed by hopes of improvement.During the Onslow County …

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Public health action plan released for Onslow County – WNCT

Public health action plan released for Onslow County
ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) — The Onslow County Health Department released its Public Health Action Plan at last night's board of commissioners meeting. The department is focusing on six priority areas in conjunction with Onslow Memorial Hospital.

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Onslow County man found guilty of killing fiancée
ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) – An Onslow County man has been found guilty of killing his fiancée more than two years ago. Jurors this morning got the case of Timothy Noble after several weeks of jury selection and actual testimony. They returned a guilty …
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Katie Dodge Rocks Onslow County With Hidden Surprises – U.S. News & World Report

Katie Dodge Rocks Onslow County With Hidden Surprises
U.S. News & World Report
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Katie Dodge was inspired by the idea to paint rocks and hide them all over Onslow County after scrolling through her Facebook news feed one night and noticing a friend in California posted a decorated rock she had found.

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NEW INFO: Onslow County man on trial for killing fianc̩ РWITN

NEW INFO: Onslow County man on trial for killing fiancé
Thursday, Lt. David Evans with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office took the witness stand, describing the scene and where he looked for the exit bullet. "On the couch, the walls of the living room, the hallway, the dining room, the kitchen, and the

26 arrested on drug charges in Onslow County’s Operation Spring Cleaning – WNCT

26 arrested on drug charges in Onslow County's Operation Spring Cleaning
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — In Onslow County, 26 people were arrested on drug charges following Operation Spring Cleaning, an investigation conducted by the Onslow County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit. There were 72 felony and 47 …
26 arrests in Operation Spring CleaningJacksonville Daily News

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