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Watauga County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 42,695. Its county seat is Boone.

The county was formed in 1849 from parts of Ashe County, Caldwell County, Wilkes County, and Yancey County. It was named for the Watauga River, whose name is said to be a Native American word, the meaning of which is in dispute among various histories with translations ranging from beautiful water, whispering waters, village of many springs, and river of islands, to name a few. [2]

In 1861 parts of Watauga County, Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, and Yancey County were combined to form Mitchell County. In 1911, parts of Watauga County, Caldwell County, and Mitchell County were combined to form Avery County.

Country music pioneer Al Hopkins was born in Watauga County in 1889.

Eight-time Grammy Award winner Doc Watson was born in Watauga County in 1923 and still maintains his home in the community of Deep Gap.

Source: Wikipedia.

Watauga County Genealogy Resources

Watauga County NCGenweb site

Watauga County NCGenWeb Archives

History of Watauga County – 1915 book now presented in electronic format (each chapter is an individual text file.)

Genealogical Society of Watauga County
P.O. Box 126
Boone, NC 28607

Watauga County Historical Society
P.O. Box 3453
Boone, NC 28607
ph: 828-297-6120
alt: 828-264-4275
watauga1849@yahoo.com

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Watauga County Government

Watauga County Government – Official Site
Watauga County Register of Deeds
Location:
Watauga County Courthouse, Room 119
842 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607
Mailing Address:
Watauga County Register of Deeds
842 West King Street, Suite 9
Boone, NC 28607
Phone:
* 828-265-8052
Fax:
* 828-265-7632
Email:
* watauga.deeds@watgov.org

Watauga County Library
140 Queen St.
Boone, NC 28607
828.264.8784

Cities and Towns

* Beech Mountain
* Blowing Rock
* Boone
* Seven Devils

Unincorporated communities

* Deep Gap
* Foscoe
* Sugar Grove
* Valle Crucis
* Zionville

Townships:

Bald Mountain
Beaverdam
Blowing Rock
Blue Ridge
Boone
Brushy Fork
Cove Creek
Bethel
Deep Gap
Meat Camp
New River
North Fork
Shawneehaw
Stony Fork
Todd

Census

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Images

1850/1860 Slave Mortality Schedules

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Watauga County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Watauga County Cemetery Census

Watauga County Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Watauga County, NC Query Forum

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UPDATE: Pilot Identified in Wednesday Morning’s Plane Crash Near Deep Gap – High Country Press

  1. UPDATE: Pilot Identified in Wednesday Morning’s Plane Crash Near Deep Gap  High Country Press
  2. ‘It was making a loud noise’: Pilot dies after plane crashes in Watauga Co.  WSOC Charlotte
  3. UPDATE: Pilot suffers life-threatening injuries, airlifted to hospital after plane crash in Watauga Co.  WJHL-TV News Channel 11
  4. Pilot dies after small plane crashes in NC  WBTV
  5. Pilot dies after plane crash in Deep Gap  Watauga Democrat
  6. View full coverage on Google News




Pilot seriously hurt in North Carolina plane crash – WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

Pilot seriously hurt in North Carolina plane crash  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. — Dozens of emergency crews were on the scene of a plane crash in Watauga County Wednesday morning, WSOC reports.




Dr. Robert Billinger to Speak at the Watauga County Public Library on Saturday Afternoon – High Country Press

Dr. Robert Billinger to Speak at the Watauga County Public Library on Saturday Afternoon  High Country Press

By Colby Gable. On Saturday, August 17 the Watauga Public Library will be sponsoring an event led by Dr. Robert Billinger Jr. about Nazi POW’s that were held …




Dunn dies from injuries in plane crash – Wilkes Journal Patriot

Dunn dies from injuries in plane crash  Wilkes Journal Patriot

The pilot of a single engine plane that crashed Wednesday morning in the Deep Gap community died Wednesday night at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center …




Watauga, Avery Obituaries – August 14, 2019 – High Country Press

Watauga, Avery Obituaries – August 14, 2019  High Country Press

The following are recent obituary notices from Austin & Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Gussie W. Mizelle 1940- …




Driver charged with felony death by vehicle, DWI after fatally striking road flagger – Watauga Democrat

Driver charged with felony death by vehicle, DWI after fatally striking road flagger  Watauga Democrat

BOONE — A 25-year-old man — who was flagging traffic — died on July 27 after he was struck by a driver the day before on U.S. 421, officials said.


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