Birth Certificates (1913-Present)
The State of North Carolina officially began keeping birth certificates in 1913.
North Carolina Vital Records can provide the necessary forms for you to obtain copies of birth and death certificates not held by this Office. Their address is:
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health - Vital Records
1930 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1930
Additional birth information is also available from the:
P. O. Box 1545
Jeffersonville, IN 47131
Death Certificates 1913-Present
The State of North Carolina officially began keeping death certificates in 1913. Keep in mind that information supplied for the death certificate is given by an "Informant" and may contain inaccuracies.
To locate a date of death for those ancestors who died prior to 1913, you may wish to use such records as wills, headstones, and family Bibles.
Rockingham County has marriage licenses beginning in late 1867.
Prior to 1868, there is no official public record for marriages in North Carolina.
There were two common methods used before the marriage license. Originally, a marriage was announced in church three consecutive Sundays. If there was no objection, the couple was free to wed. A certificate was supposed to be prepared stating that this procedure had been followed, but did not have to be filed anywhere.
The second method was used from 1741-1868 and was called a marriage bond. The bridegroom obtained a marriage bond from the Clerk of the County Court in the county in which the intended bride resided, but the bond represented the couple’s intention to marry, not that the marriage actually occurred. Bonds contained such information as the names of the bride and groom, the name of the bondsman and of the witness (often the Clerk of Court), and date of bond.
The State Archives has a microfiche statewide bride and groom index to these bonds and the Rockingham County Register of Deeds office has an index of bonds issued in Rockingham County, NC. Visit the office to view this book*.
*The Rockingham County Marriage Bonds were abstracted by youths of Wake County, North Carolina, working on a National Youth Administration project, alphabetized by workers on the Historical Records Survey project of the Works Progress Administration and checked by Miss Mary Jones Jeffreys employed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in cooperation with the Historical Commission.
The Register of Deeds Office is unable to do genealogical research for you. However, the following organizations may be of assistance to you:
Contact the Clerk of Court for Rockingham County at (336) 634-6000 and ask for the Wills and Estates Department. You may also write to them at:
Rockingham County Clerk of Court
P. O. Box 127
Wentworth, NC 27375
Rockingham County Historical Society Museum & Archives
P. O. Box 84
Wentworth, NC 27375
Some of their services include:
- Geneologist aid from county genealogists
- Offers support through answering queries in the newsletters and help discovering lost cemeteries
- Publications include:
Rockingham County North Carolina Marriages through 1868
Journal of Rockingham County History and Genealogy
Rockingham County, a Brief History
Food for Thought (old time recipes & stories), and
The Genealogical Society of Rockingham & Stokes Counties North Carolina, Inc.
P. O. Box 152
Mayodan, NC 27027
GSRS was formed to increase interest in and raise the standard of genealogical research and compilation by means of educational programs, workshops and the publication of genealogical material and answer genealogical queries received by the Rockingham and Stokes Counties Public Libraries.
- Stokes County NC Marriage Licenses
Vol. 1, 1839-1887
- Stokes County, NC Marriage Licenses
Vol. 2, 1888-1900
- Rockingham and Stokes Counties, NC, Listing of Estates Papers: From the NC State Archives, Raleigh
Geneology Room at the Rockingham County Public Library
Madison/Mayodan Public Library
611 Burton Street
Madison, NC 27025
(336) 548-2010 (fax)
The Madison Library offers numerous materials and resources to genealogists. Some of the materials available in the Madison Library include books, periodicals, private collections, microfilm, and obituaries. There is also an option to borrow genealogy books and microfilm from other libraries, such as the Shawnee Library System based in Carterville, IL, and the American Genealogical Lending Library. Visit their website as listed above for more information.
Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina
The library has an extensive Genealogy Collection that contains family histories, published abstracts, periodicals, county histories, and reference materials. For additional information about the resources available in the Genealogy Collection, visit their site, http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/genealogy/index.html