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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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Grocery store in Watauga County, North Carolina catches fire, causes road
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WATAUGA COUNTY, NC (WJHL) – An eight mile stretch of 321 North in North Carolina is still closed Sunday afternoon after an early morning fire. According to Watauga County, North Carolina Communications, fire crews got the call to Riverview Grocery …

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1 killed in large business fire in Watauga Co. – WCNC


WSOC Charlotte
1 killed in large business fire in Watauga Co.
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WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. — A large, fatal fire at a business in Watauga County left Highway 321 closed Sunday afternoon. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the northbound lane of Highway 321 near SR1200, Guy Ford Road, …
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1 killed in fire at grocery store, apartments in Watauga Co.WSOC Charlotte
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At least 1 fatality in Watauga County, NC, business fire, sources say – @wcnc – BreakingNews.com


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At least 1 fatality in Watauga County, NC, business fire, sources say – @wcnc
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Students and faculty safe, should be able to return to classrooms after evacuation, Watauga County, North Carolina, school officials say in statement – @wcnc. End of alert. Alert my friends. 0 WHOA!




More rural WNC would win in new NC sales tax plan as Buncombe, Watauga … – Carolina Public Press

More rural WNC would win in new NC sales tax plan as Buncombe, Watauga
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In a story published Thursday in the High County Press, Watauga County Manager Deron Geouque said the county would lose about $1.7 million under the plan and the county's sales tax revenues would fall back to levels experience at the height of the …




Hope for NC forest hemlocks comes in shape of tiny predator – Charlotte Observer

Hope for NC forest hemlocks comes in shape of tiny predator
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The Watauga County entomologist has become the Johnny Appleseed of beetles that prey on the tiny insects that are rapidly killing hemlock trees, the signature tree of the highest NC mountains. McDonald captured beetles that feed on the woolly adelgids, …




1) Stoneman’s Raid, Watauga County, and the Final Days of the Civil War – High Country Press

1) Stoneman's Raid, Watauga County, and the Final Days of the Civil War
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We will be open on the first and third Fridays, April 3 and April 17, 2015 from 8 until 11 p.m. The observatory is located on the campus of Maiden Middle School (the old high school) in Maiden, North Carolina. These are a free events, all ages and


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