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 and marriage records, as well as specific family histories. Our vertical files include local history subjects (see ) and biography files (see ).
Requests for information and copies may be made via mail or phone, or by emailing our History Room Assistant. 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.
Explore our online Document Portal for newspaper and obituary files, and other research topics including the following plus more:
- family files
- files in the Howell Boone special collection
- and Index
- Newspapers 1899-
- Obituaries Pre 1920-
- on Davie History
- Digital Davie: an online photographic history of the county under the auspices of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Best viewed with browser other than Internet Explorer.
- NC High School Yearbooks: scroll down to Davie County
- Youtube: Davie County History Video Playlist including H. Lee Waters films
Enjoy access to the following research databases:
- HeritageQuest may be used inside the library or from a remote location
- Ancestry Library Edition may be used while inside the library
- Fold3 to explore historical military records, from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm; may be used within the library or from a remote location. You do not need to have an account with Fold3 to access the content. Must be accessed from browser other than Internet Explorer.
- FamilySearch may be used from a library computer with the creation of a free account. As an Affiliate Library we are granted access to many records that may remain locked via personal computer. Please note that there are several records that may only be accessed at a Family History Center.
- The nearest Family History Center is located at 4780 Westchester Road in Winston Salem. Visit the Family History Center site for contact information and hours of operation.
Ready to dive deeper?
Explore additional genealogy and local history resources on the Genealogy Resources page prepared by DCPL with the help of our Genealogical Research Volunteer, Barbara Harvel. The page also includes resources for greater North Caroline and the United States.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.
History Help Desk
Looking to start your family tree? Need to brainstorm ways around a brick wall in your research? Having trouble using a digital genealogy resource? Let us help you in your search! Complete our form to schedule an appointment for a 20 minute consultation.
Several books are available for purchase. To purchase a book while the library building is closed to the public, mail a check for the cost of the book plus $5.00 for shipping to the library. Please note that different items may require separate checks.
Checks to Davie County Public Library:
- History of Davie County Hardback by James W. Wall $8.00
- Historic architecture of Davie County, North Carolina by Kirk Franklin Mohney $8.00
- History of Davie County Schools by Marie Craig $38.00
- Davie County in World War One by Marie Craig $40.00
- Davie County Veterans' Memorial by Marie Craig $28.00
- Remembering Davie County Protection Personnel by Marie Craig $12.00
- Mary Ellen's Diary, 1924 by Marie Craig $10.00
- Davie County Heritage Book $40.00
- Looking Back at Davie County II by Crenshaw/Smith $40.00
- Davie County Maverick by Marcia Phillips $18.00
- Davie County: A brief history Paperback by James W. Wall for $1.50
- The Boone Families in Davie County by Howell Boone Wall and Flossie Martin $3.00
- Davie County Marriages 1836 - 1900 by Nancy K. Murphy $20.00
- Davie County Marriages 1901 - 1959 by Nancy K. Murphy $20.00
- Davie County Cemeteries: Volume I and Volume II by Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society $54.00
- 1850 Federal Census - Davie County by Forsyth Genealogical Society $10.00
- 1860 Federal Census - Davie County by Nancy K. Murphy and Everette Sain $15.00
- 1870 Federal Census - Davie County by Nancy K. Murphy and Everette Sain $15.00
Checks to Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society:
- Hughes Historical Documentation Map (pre-1800) $1.00
- Lagle Land Grant Map (late 1700s) $2.00
- The Lagle Land Grant Map Index is online for reference.
- 1887 Alderman map $1.00
- 1928 Merrell map $1.00