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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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State sues to block App State early-voting site – WRAL.com


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State sues to block App State early-voting site
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Raleigh, N.C. — Attorneys for the state have asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to block an early-voting site on the campus of Appalachian State University in Watauga County. Late Friday afternoon, the North Carolina Court of Appeals agreed
NC Attorney General files appeal over ASU early voting siteNews & Observer
Court Puts Appalachian State Early-Voting Site On HoldWFDD

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NC Superior Court judge orders early voting site for ASU campus – News & Observer


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NC Superior Court judge orders early voting site for ASU campus
News & Observer
Judge Donald Stephens on Monday kicked Watauga County's plan back to the State Board of Elections for revision, ordered it to include “at least one” ASU early voting site, and agreed with the plaintiffs that the plan violated a constitutional provision
Following court case, state elections board to set new ASU early voting siteCarolina Public Press
Judge orders county to provide early voting site on App State campusWRAL.com
Voting on campus to return to ASUThe Daily Tar Heel
Asheville Citizen-Times -myfox8.com
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Ashe, Avery and Watauga Among Areas With Lowest Crime Rates in NC, Crime … – High Country Press


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Ashe, Avery and Watauga Among Areas With Lowest Crime Rates in NC, Crime
High Country Press
On Monday, Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman commended his deputies for “doing really, really well,” and noted that this effort to reduce crime is a collective effort. “It's a collaboration of everybody doing their job, I think. We are staying on top




NC appeals court delays Watauga early vote ruling – WBTV

NC appeals court delays Watauga early vote ruling
WBTV
A North Carolina appeals court has put on hold for now a trial judge's ruling that Watauga County must open a voting station on the Appalachian State University campus when in-person early voting begins next Thursday. The state Court of Appeals issued …

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NC appeals court won’t block ASU early vote order – The State


WCNC
NC appeals court won't block ASU early vote order
The State
RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina appeals court won't block enforcement of a trial judge's order requiring Watauga County to host one voting site on the Appalachian State University campus when early voting begins Thursday. The intermediate-level Court …
App State early-voting site could be restoredWRAL.com

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Election 2014: Q & A With the Six Candidates for Watauga County Board of … – High Country Press


High Country Press
Election 2014: Q & A With the Six Candidates for Watauga County Board of
High Country Press
What are the most important issues facing Watauga County Schools – and public education in North Carolina in general? What are your thoughts on the book challenge last year? Do you have any criticisms of the current board's actions or policies? If so


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