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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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News related to Watauga County, NC

“watauga county” nc – Google News

First case of whirling disease found in NC trout – Asheville Citizen-Times


Asheville Citizen-Times
First case of whirling disease found in NC trout
Asheville Citizen-Times
Whirling disease has been confirmed in rainbow trout collected from Watauga River between Linville and Boone in Watauga County — the first occurrence of the disease in North Carolina, said Doug Besler, the N.C. Wildlife Commission's regional fisheries …
Whirling Disease Found in Watauga River Rainbow TroutStanly News & Press

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Commission discovers whirling disease in Watauga River trout – North Carolina Sportsman


North Carolina Sportsman
Commission discovers whirling disease in Watauga River trout
North Carolina Sportsman
Whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout, has been confirmed in rainbow trout collected from Watauga River near Foscoe in Watauga County — the first occurrence of the disease in North Carolina – and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has …
Authorities discover whirling disease in trout in Watauga RiverWinston-Salem Journal

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Watauga County Community Foundation Awards $19K in Local Grants To 10 Recipients – High Country Press

Watauga County Community Foundation Awards $19K in Local Grants To 10 Recipients
High Country Press
The Watauga County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Watauga Legacy Fund, which is administered by the NCCF. Contributions should be made payable to …




1) Tourism Resource Training for Local Businesses on Aug. 27 – High Country Press

1) Tourism Resource Training for Local Businesses on Aug. 27
High Country Press
Tourism-related businesses in Watauga County and the surrounding counties and the region will have an opportunity to work with Visit North Carolina staff to learn about its research, development and marketing services, and discuss best practices in …




Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, July … – High Country Press

Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, July
High Country Press
INCIDENT: Simple physical assault was reported at 130 N.C. Highway 105 Bypass in Boone. ARREST: A male suspect, 26, of 104 Carlin Court, was charged with felony interfering with an electronic monitoring device. He was held under a $5,000 secured …

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Man injured in paragliding accident in Deep Gap – WCNC

Man injured in paragliding accident in Deep Gap
WCNC
WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. — A man was injured in a paragliding accident Tuesday in Watauga County. The Watauga County Sheriff's Office says a man was flown to Johnson City after being injured in a paragliding accident near the Laurel Springs Baptist …

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