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Surry County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 71,227. Its county seat is Dobson.

The county was formed in 1771 from Rowan County. It was named for the county of Surrey in England, birthplace of William Tryon, Governor of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771.

In 1777 parts of Surry County and Washington District (now Washington County, Tennessee) were combined to form Wilkes County. The first permanent courthouse was established at Richmond in 1779, what is now the modern-day Old Richmond Township in Forsyth County near Donnaha. However, in 1789 the eastern half of Surry County became Stokes County, thus making the Richmond site unusable for either county. In 1790, the county seat was moved to Rockford where it remained for over half a century. In 1850 the half of the county’s remaining territory south of the Yadkin River became Yadkin County. The town of Dobson was established in 1853 to be the new county seat.

Source: Wikipedia.

Surry County Genealogy Resources

Surry County NCGenweb site

Surry County NCGenWeb Archives

Surry County Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 997
Dobson, NC 27017

Surry County Historical Society
P.O. Box 70
Siloam, NC 27047


Surry County Government

Surry County Government – Official website

Surry County Register of Deeds
201 E. Kapp Street
PO Box 303
Dobson, NC 27017
Phone: 336-401-8150
Fax: 336-401-8151
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:15 – 5:00

Northwestern Regional Library System – Serving Stokes, Surry, Alleghany and Yadkin Counties
Dobson Community Library
113 S. Crutchfield Street
Dobson, North Carolina 27017
Voice: 336.386.8208
Fax: 336.386.4086

Elkin Public Library
111 North Front Street
Elkin, North Carolina 28621
Voice: 336.835.5586
Fax: 336.835.5008
TDD & TTY: 336.835.5586

Charles H. Stone Memorial Library
319 W. Main Street
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina 27041
Voice: 336.368.2370
Fax: 336.368.9587

Mount Airy Public Library
145 Rockford Street
Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030
Voice: 336.789.5108
Fax: 336.786.5838

Cities and Towns

* Dobson
* Elkin
* Mount Airy
* Pilot Mountain


* Bryan
* Dobson
* Eldora
* Elkin
* Franklin
* Long Hill
* Marsh
* Mount Airy
* Pilot
* Rockford
* Shoals
* Siloam
* South Westfield
* Stewarts Creek
* Westfield

Tax Records

1786 Taxables – Atkins District

1786 Taxables – Krous District


1790 Federal Census Transcription

1800 Federal Census Transcription – Extract

1810 Federal Census Index – by lastname

1850 Federal Census Index

1810 Federal Census Images

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Enumeration District 169

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Enumeration District 174


USGS listing of cemeteries in Surry County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Surry County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

Surry County, NC Query Forum

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

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

m.stewhum020 on “RILEY Family”

Searching for the RILEY family. Father /John, born in Ireland(?), son/George W. Riley born in 1813-1814 in North Carolina d/ after 1862 in Civil war. Married/ America ? born in Kentucky in 1824-1826,her last name may have been SHEPHERD. They moved to Vandalia,Fayette Co, Il. Any one with information please contact me @ thanks msh

lorieblue on “Looking for Carter,Norman,Kepley,Johnson families”

if you can help email me at thanks

jdc3160 on “cave family”

i am the granddaughter of clarence paul cave anyone researching this family or have any info

foxtrot66 on “Matilda Linville and John Henry Johnson”

I’m looking for the parents of Matilda Linville, born about 1800. She married John Henry Johnson in Surry County. It was believed by some that Matilda was daughter of Richard Linville and Mary M. Yount. The dates may be the same, but this Matilda is not the same that married John. According to census, she is most likely from one of the son’s of Thomas Linville and Hannah Morgan (don’t know for sure). There seems to be scarce data on the sons and their families, so I’m hoping someone out there may know something. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks. Email at

Alabama1812 on “Louisa Mourning Williamson”

Looking for any info about my gggg grandmother, Louisa Mourning Williamson and her husband, James Wright. Married about 1802 in Surry County, NC. Especially looking for any Native American roots either of them may have had.

Thanks very much.

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News related to Surry County, NC

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Did you feel the ground shake in Surry County? –
Did you feel the ground shake in Surry County?
SURRY COUNTY, N.C. – Did you feel the earth move in Surry County on Sunday afternoon? A lot of people there apparently did. The 911 call center said they got numerous calls from the Ararat area from people saying the ground was shaking. The calls …

Small earthquake rocks Surry County Sunday – WXII The Triad

WXII The Triad
Small earthquake rocks Surry County Sunday
WXII The Triad
The 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported around 3:20 p.m. and centered between Pilot Mountain and Ararat, state geology officials said Monday. There were no reports of injuries or damage. Surry County emergency officials said they received numerous …
UPDATE: Small Earthquake Causes Surry Co. Shaking SundayWFMY News 2
2.24-magnitude earthquake centered in
Minor earthquake rattle nerves in SurryWinston-Salem Journal
Triad Business Journal (blog)
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Man accused of kidnapping, beating girlfriend in Surry County –
Man accused of kidnapping, beating girlfriend in Surry County
SURRY COUNTY, N.C — A local woman was beaten, kidnapped and nearly set on fire during three days of torture by her boyfriend, according to Surry County sheriff's deputies. Officials say 43-year-old Michael Key is charged with second-degree kidnapping, …
Man charged in domestic assault in Mount Airy parking lotWXII The Triad
Mount Airy Man Charged in Domestic Assault in Local Parking LotTWC News
Sheriff: "Good Citizens" Help Woman Attacked in Parking LotWFMY News 2

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Passenger dies in weekend crash in Surry County – WXII The Triad

WXII The Triad
Passenger dies in weekend crash in Surry County
WXII The Triad
At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the identity of the person fatally injured in the wreck still had not been made public. “We haven't found all of the family yet,” the emergency services official explained. Trooper Robert Boyes of the N.C. Highway Patrol
Man killed in N.C. 103 wreckMount Airy News

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Property Transfers – Mount Airy News

Property Transfers
Mount Airy News
In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on the deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 for every $1,000 in value is … 3.77 acres in Surry County. $8,670. • Jason and Lena

Syringe exchange program not on horizon – Mount Airy News

Syringe exchange program not on horizon
Mount Airy News
Jim Jones, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said that though Ange's letter pointed to the possibility of running a federally funded pilot program in Surry County, there is currently no pilot program in North

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