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Yancey County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Yancey County, North Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Burnsville
Organized: 1833
Parent County(s): Burke, Buncombe[1]
Neighboring Counties
Buncombe  • Madison  • McDowell  • Mitchell  • Unicoi (TN)
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County Information


Yancey County was named in honor of one of North Carolina's most distinguished statesmen, Bartlett Yancey, of Caswell County. As a U.S. Congressman (1813–1817) and as speaker of the N.C. Senate (1817–1827), he was instrumental in many accomplishments that benefited the state, including the creation of an education fund that was the beginning of the N.C. Public School System. He was an advocate of correcting the inequality in representation in the General Assembly by the creation of new western counties; but he died on August 30, 1828, over five years before the General Assembly created a new county named in his honor. It is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Yancey County Courthouse
110 Town Square, Room 5
Burnsville, NC 28714
Phone: 818-682-2174
Yancey County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and burial records.
Clerk of Superior Court has divorce records from 1875, prpbate, court, land records from 1870.
Depart of Archive & History in Raleigh, NC has older records.[3]

Yancey County, North Carolina Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1851 1913 1870 1831 1870 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

Some early records are missing.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1833 Yancey County was created from Burke and Buncombe Counties.
  • County seat: Burnsville[5]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Pensacola
  • Ramseytown
  • Sioux
  • Swiss
  • Windom
  • Brush Creek
  • Burnsville
  • Cane River
  • Crabtree
  • Egypt
  • Green Mountain
  • Jacks Creek
  • Pensacola
  • Price's Creek
  • Ramseytown
  • South Toe

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Yancey County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information


Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 5,962
1850 8,205 37.6%
1860 8,655 5.5%
1870 5,909 −31.7%
1880 7,694 30.2%
1890 9,490 23.3%
1900 11,464 20.8%
1910 12,072 5.3%
1920 15,093 25.0%
1930 14,486 −4.0%
1940 17,202 18.7%
1950 16,306 −5.2%
1960 14,008 −14.1%
1970 12,629 −9.8%
1980 14,934 18.3%
1990 15,419 3.2%
2000 17,774 15.3%
2010 17,818 0.2%
Source: "".

Church Records

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

NC Yancey


Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Yancey County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Yancey County:

- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 16th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company E

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records





Research Facilities


Listed below are archives in Yancey County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries


Listed below are libraries in Yancey County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.



Listed below are societies in Yancey County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

  • Toe Valley Genealogical Society
    491 Beaver Creek Road
    Spruce Pine, NC 28777
  • Yancey History Association
    PO Box 1088
    Burnsville, NC 28714


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yancey County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Yancey County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 2 March 2020.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at