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Watauga County Genealogy

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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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Feds jail ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk
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In this Aug. 21, 2014 photo Jim Hamilton, an Watauga County agriculture extension searches a forest area near Bryson City, N.C., for wild ginseng plants. The legal ginseng hunting season begins Sept. 16, and volunteers are spreading harmless yellow dye …

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US jails NC ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk – Richmond Times-Dispatch

US jails NC ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Some large-scale farms in China, the United States and other countries grow ginseng, said Jim Hamilton, the Watauga County extension director. But wild American ginseng is the most desired and fetches the most money because of its potency. And it only …




Ginseng Poacher Jailed as Plants Face Risk – Officer.com


Officer.com
Ginseng Poacher Jailed as Plants Face Risk
Officer.com
In this Aug. 21, 2014 photo Jim Hamilton, an Watauga County agriculture extension holds a wild ginseng plant in a forest area near Bryson City, N.C. The legal ginseng hunting season begins Sept. 16, and volunteers are spreading harmless yellow dye on




Ashe County unemployment up in July – Jefferson Post

Ashe County unemployment up in July
Jefferson Post
“In July 2014, there were 23,532 regular unemployment insurance initial claims filed in North Carolina,” according to the release by the Department of Commerce. “(The) Total regular initial claims are based on the number of transactions; demographic

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NC elections board rejects Appalachian State early voting site – News & Observer

NC elections board rejects Appalachian State early voting site
News & Observer
The N.C. State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Thursday denied an appeal from Watauga County Board of Elections member Kathleen Campbell, who presented the state board a different early voting plan than what a majority on the three-member Watauga …
State board won't restore early voting site for Appalachian State campusWRAL.com

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Ways to improve local library are identified – Wilkes Journal Patriot

Ways to improve local library are identified
Wilkes Journal Patriot
… Library of North Carolina. Seven people attended the Monday night forum, which was one of three being held in the libraries of the Appalachian Regional Library. The other forums were held at the Ashe County Public Library and the Watauga County


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