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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

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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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NCDOT facility burglarized in Watauga County – WXII The Triad


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NCDOT facility burglarized in Watauga County
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If you have information that can help solve the case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125. You also can call the Watauga County Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761, submit a tip online or text NCTIP and the tip to 274637.
Two Robberies In One Month At Boone Department Of TransportaionWFMYNews2.com

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Early Voting Continues, But Not Memorial Day Monday – Go Blue Ridge

Early Voting Continues, But Not Memorial Day Monday
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All 3 ballots will have the NC Supreme Court Justice primary. One Stop Early Voting will be held at the Watauga County Administration Building in the Commissioners' Board Room on the ground floor, at 814 West King Street, Boone Friday 7am to 5pm, and …

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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 8 – 15 – High Country Press


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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 8 – 15
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INCIDENT: Damage to property and larceny were reported at 849 N.C. Highway 105 Bypass Unit 1 in Boone. INCIDENT: Calls for service were reported at 1146 Longhope Road in Todd. INCIDENT: Possessing/concealing weapons was reported at 1125 U.S. …




Watauga Back 2 School Fest Seeking Support, Sponsorships, Donors, Supplies for 2016 – High Country Press


High Country Press
Watauga Back 2 School Fest Seeking Support, Sponsorships, Donors, Supplies for 2016
High Country Press
Contributions may be made online at http://www.thechildrenscouncil.org/ or checks made out to The Children's Council, with B2SF in the memo line, may be mailed to The Children's Council of Watauga County 225 Birch St. Suite 3, Boone N.C. 28607.




Thursday’s High Country Sports Update…. – Go Blue Ridge

Thursday's High Country Sports Update….
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Hickory, NC – The Hickory Crawdads got off to a quick start on Wednesday, but unfortuntely, they ran out of gas at the end. Hickory took a 2-0 lead, thanks to Eduard Pinto's second inning, two-run shot (his second of the year), but the Rome Braves came …




Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 2 – 9 – High Country Press


High Country Press
Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 2 – 9
High Country Press
INCIDENT: Possession of meth and drug violations were reported at 1435 N.C. Highway 105 in Boone. INCIDENT: Vandalism was reported at 1561 Winklers Creek Road in Boone. INCIDENT: Calls for service were reported at 8838 N.C. Highway 105 S in …


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