Lincoln County was formed in 1779 from Tryon County (see our guide Finding Tryon County Ancestors). Since then all or parts of Catawba, Cleveland, and Gaston Counties have been cut out of this area.
Go to: http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/finding/tryon-county-ancestors
Did your family come from Lincoln County? Here's a list of some basic resources in our collection to get you started. For help finding more, stop by the Reference Desk at the Gastonia Main Library.
For more titles not in this guide, search our library Catalog by Subject for: Lincoln County or by the name of a place, such as Lincolnton.
FamilySearch.org, a free web site, has multiple databases of births, deaths, and marriages.
North Carolina, Birth Index, 1800-2000. Name index.
North Carolina, Births and Christenings, 1866-1964. Name index.
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979. With record images.
Includes Lincoln County Cohabitation records, 1866; Lincoln County Marriage bonds, 1779-1868; Lincoln County Marriage licenses, 1912-1920; and Lincoln County Marriage registers, 1851-1869.
North Carolina, Marriages, 1759-1979. Name index.
Marriage licenses (Lincoln County, North Carolina), 1868-1961 includes Marriage licenses, 1868 - 1961 (Browse images)
North Carolina, Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994. Name index.
North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930. Images of death certificates are included.
North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994. Index, with some images of death certificates included.
(Select "View the Record Details" for possible death certificate image)
Digital images of many Lincoln County records can be found at FamilySearch.org.
Tip: FamilySearch collections are images of the actual records as microfilmed. This means that they may include internal indexes that you can access by browsing to locate specific names even before the collection is indexed by Family Search.
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Digital images of many Lincoln County land records can be found at FamilySearch.org in the following collections:
Voter Registration Records
Two Lincolnton newspapers can be read online at DigitalNC. They are the Lincoln Republican (Jan. 23, 1840-May 25, 1842) and the Lincoln Courier (July 30, 1845-Sep. 20, 1895).
The Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection contains more Lincolnton newspapers. Log in to NC Live with your library card number to access this collection.
Go to: https://www.nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?rsrc=411
For any additional newspapers, please contact the Jonas Library, Lincolnton (see below).
Lincoln County Library
The Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton has a North Carolina Collection with an extensive collection of surname files, Lincoln County newspapers on microfilm, directories, and other resources.
Go to: http://mylincolnlibrary.org
Lincoln County Historical Association & Museum
The Lincoln County Historical Association collects and preserves historical information and materials relating to Lincoln County History. You can view these items at the Lincoln County Museum of History, located in the Lincoln Cultural Center.403 E Main St
Please call for hours.
The Gaston County Public Library staff welcomes requests for specific information from those who are unable to use the collection in person.
Please contact:NCC Librarian - Reference Services
Phone: 704-868-2164 ext. 2
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