New Hanover County was created from Craven County in 1729. According to The Formation of North Counties, 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt, “It was named in honor of George I, King of England, who came from Hanover.”
You won’t want to miss this video tour of the New Hanover County Public Library and what resources are available for genealogists. I’ve created a series of nine short clips to give you a sense of what is there, to get you up to speed quickly.
Wilmington History Documentary – We produced this documentary about Louis T. Moore who was an author, historian and photographer. This documentary is both about Wilmington, North Carolina and about Louis T. Moore’s life, what he experienced growing up, and helped visualize some of the stories he wrote about in his book “Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region, as told by Louis T. Moore.” This documentary is full of Wilmington history. Information and the 45 minute documentary are at this link. Or jump straight to the documentary below.
Check out these books I found on New Hanover County Genealogy. Full disclosure, I get a tiny commission for any books purchased, but does not cost you any extras. Thanks for your support.
U.S. Enumeration Maps 1900-1940 for this county can be found on FamilySearch in the unindexed files. Here is a direct link to this North Carolina county’s Enumeration Maps.
There are several maps, make sure to scroll forward and backward from this starting link. For more information about these maps go here.
You will need a free account at FamilySearch.org to access these images. If you already have an account, this link should direct you to login first.
New Hanover Count, North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1779-1868 (NC Series), by Iberian Publishing Company.
New Hanover County, North Carolina Inferior Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1738-1785, (Vol. #1&2), by Southern Historical Press.
A History of New Hanover County (North Carolina), and the Cape Fear Region, 1723-1800, by Heritage Books, Inc.