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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

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

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

FLANATIVE on “MAPLE GROVE CEMETERY LOCATION”

Can anyone provide any info, present name, location, etc of a cemetery named MAPLE GROVE CEMETERY in the early 1900′s. Unknown if Caldwell or Watuga County.




FLANATIVE on “Surname “RICH”"

I am conducting a family tree/genealogy research and find that a large number of my direct ancestors migrated to, lived, married and died in Caldwell and Watuga County from the very early 1800′s and in fact many still reside in Caldwell county and general vicinity.

I am inquiring if you have any documents and/or any photographs on the surname “RICH” and/or how to possibly locate any family history on my ancestors both living and deceased in the area.

I note there is a Rich family Cemetery in the county; however, there are no records I can find on any burials in this cemetery.

Anyone having any history on the “RICH” family, and are there any other organizations or individuals who I might contact for assistance?

I thank you in advance for any guidance you have.

Sincerely;

Donald E. Rich


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