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.  Our vertical files include local history subjects (see Index) and biography files (see Index).

Explore our online Document Portal for newspaper and obituary files, and other research topics including the following plus more:
  • Bible Records
  • Boone family files
  • Boone files in the Howell Boone special collection
  • Church history
  • Davie County Historical & Genealogical Society Newsletters and Index
  • Davie Historians
  • Davie Records
  • Newspapers 1899-
  • Obituaries
  • Special Collections
  • Vignettes on Davie History
Additional online files may be consulted at:

Genealogy Databases

Dive into our research databases:
  • HeritageQuest may be used inside the library or from a remote location
  • Ancestry 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. 
Non-Davie County residents may request information and copies via mail, phone, or by email to 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 Hardback by James W. Wall   $8.00 
  • Historic architecture of Davie County, North Carolina by Kirk Franklin Mohney   $8.00
  • Davie County Heritage Book $40.00
  • 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
  • Looking Back at Davie County II by Crenshaw/Smith $40.00
  • Davie County Maverick by Marcia Phillips $18.00
Books on Davie County marriages, cemeteries, and census records, published by the Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society, are available for sale.
  • The Davie County Cemeteries book indices for Volume I and Volume II are online; you may search them. 
Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society Books
  • 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
Several maps are available for purchase: Maps may also be laminated for $1.00
  • Hughes Historical Documentation Map (pre-1800) $1.00
  • Lagle Land Grant Map (late 1700s)  $2.00
  • 1887 Alderman map $1.00
  • 1928 Merrell map. $1.00
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 United States.