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North Carolina, Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-2006
This article describes a collection of records at
Davidson, North Carolina, 
United States
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Location of Davidson County, North Carolina
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Record Description
Record Type Vital Records
Collection years 1867-2006
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
North Carolina State Archives

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images of death records and marriage licenses recorded in Davidson County, North Carolina for the years 1867 to 2006. Some of the individual volumes include an index and there are comprehensive indexes to some of the records.

Birth, death and marriage records are the most reliable sources of vital information. Information pertaining to the event is reliable. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.

The state required counties to begin recording vital records in compliance with state law to document the births and deaths and to better serve public health needs. Death certificates were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

North Carolina birth, marriage and death records are recorded on a printed form which were filled in by hand or typed. Delayed birth certificates may also include handwritten supporting documents. The marriage records are arranged by year and then by the the groom's surname. The "Indexed Register of Marriages" is arranged first by the first letter of the groom's surname and then by the date of the marriage. Note that the first four pages here are special lists: "Marriage License out of State (White)" and "Marriage License out of State (Colored)"--the main index begins with image 5. The death records are arranged by year, then by township, and then chronologically by the date of the event.

The Vital Records Section of the Department of Public Health is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including birth, marriage and death certificates for births, marriages and deaths that occurred in North Carolina. They officially began recording birth and death events in March 1913. Birth records were usually filled out by a midwife, doctor or other attendant. Death certificates were usually filled out by a mortician or medical professional. Marriage records were usually filled out by the person performing the marriage. Each official filled in the information concerning the event and obtained personal information on the deceased from an informant, usually a relative. That information was submitted to the county, who sent a copy to the state. Delayed birth records were required in the absence of a certificate of birth. They include affidavits and other supporting information from persons testifying to the birth.

Marriages were not often recorded until after 1868 when the Register of Deeds for each county began to issue marriage licenses. The State of North Carolina began statewide registration in 1913 and achieved compliance by 1920.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for North Carolina, Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-2006.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name and sex of the child
  • Whether a twin, triplet, or other
  • Race and marital status of parents
  • Date and time of birth
  • Birthplace
  • Names and sometimes ages of parents, often with maiden surname of the mother
  • Parent’s residence, race, birthplace, occupation and sometimes educational attainments
  • Sometimes the number of children born to the mother, and the number of surviving children
  • Attending physician or midwife

Delayed birth

  • Name of child at birth
  • Date and location of birth
  • Birth attendant
  • Names of parents of the child, often with maiden surname of the mother
  • Parent’s residence, races, birthplace and occupations
  • Abstract of supporting evidence of birth
  • Name of register of deeds


  • Names of the groom and bride, including the maiden name of the bride
  • Race and sometimes ages of the groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Names of parents of the bride and groom, often with maiden surname of the mother
  • Parent’s residence, races, birthplaces and occupations
  • Names of witnesses and the officiator


  • Name of the deceased
  • Sex, race, marital status and age of the deceased
  • Dates of death and burial
  • Birth date and birthplace of the deceased
  • City, county, and state of death
  • Name and location of the cemetery where buried
  • Frequently, the country or state and sometimes the town and county of birth for the deceased
  • Names of parents, often with maiden surname of the mother
  • Name of the informant, who is often a child or other family member
  • Residence or address of the deceased, if foreign-born
  • Whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death
  • Occupation of the deceased

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The place where the birth, marriage, or death occurred
  • The names of other family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record Type
  2. Select the Years, Volume, Page to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of North Carolina.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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