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Genealogy & Local History
Davie County History
The library’s Martin-Wall Local History Room contains a treasure trove of resources on Davie County history and families. Browse the print collection including general genealogy books, Davie County census records, cemetery records, and marriages, as well as specific family histories. View microfilm records of Davie County newspapers dating back to the early 1900s; search digitized newspaper files on CD in the history room. Our files include:

Genealogy Databases
Patrons have access to online genealogy databases:
  • HeritageQuest may be used inside the library or from a remote location
  • Ancestry may be used while inside the library
  • African American Heritage is available both locally and remotely
    • Search for ancestors in U.S. census records, books, Persi, Social Security Death Index, some immigration records, and the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Application files
  • Fold3 to explore historical military records, from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm.

Non-Davie County residents may request information and copies via mail, phone, or email. Due to limited staff size, we cannot perform extensive searches or copying. Please be specific in research requests. A fee of $5.00 covers research, and an additional $5.00 covers up to 10 copies, postage and phone charges. Requests will be handled as expeditiously as possible.

Allen Dew has compiled a comprehensive listing of Davie County cemeteries with their GPS coordinates and listing of interments based on the cemetery books published by the Davie County Historical & Genealogical Society. See his site, Cemetery Census, for this information.

Several books are available for purchase:
History of Davie County in the forks of the Yadkin by James W. Wall for $25.00 + $3.00 shipping.
Historic architecture of Davie County, North Carolina by Kirk Franklin Mohney for $25.00 + $3.00 shipping.
Davie County Heritage book for $40 plus $5.00 shipping.
Books on Davie County marriages, cemeteries, and census records, published by the Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society, are available for sale; call the library for prices.
The Davie County Cemeteries book indices for Volume I and Volume II are online; you may search them.

Several maps are available for purchase:
Hughes Historical Documentation Map (pre-1800)
Lagle Land Grant Map (late 1700s) 
1887 Alderman map
1928 Merrell map.

Additional genealogy and local history information and links may be found on this page prepared by DCPL, including information on Davie County, North Carolina and the country.