|Formed in 1881, Vance County is one of North
Carolina's youngest counties. Its formation was political in
nature, designed to aid the Democratic Party. There's a link to
more information about the formation and naming of the county on
page of the
This site is designed to assist those interested in the history of
Vance County, as well as researchers seeking documentation of
ancestors who lived in Vance. Ultimately, as your research moves to
the period preceding 1881, you will find it necessary to research
other counties. For this reason, some resources for counties other
than Vance are provided.
Obviously, any event occurring before 1881 (a birth, a marriage, a
death), did not occur in Vance County, although it
occurred in an area that would become
i.e., former parts of Granville, Franklin or Warren counties. Keep this
in mind, because death certificates and other documents sometimes list
pre-1881 birthplaces as Vance, even though they
really weren't. In North Carolina, records are kept with the
county in which they were created, even though a new county has been
formed. The "trick" is to check the "parent" counties.
Navigation links at the top of each page will help guide you
through the website. "Home" will always return you to this page.
page contains the list of links to all internal
pages of the NCVance
please note this website contains links to external websites which
may be useful for Vance County research. NCVance
has no control over - or
content of those websites. However, please let me know if you find
links, or if any link leads you to objectionable material.
If you have questions, or if you have material you'd like to
contribute to NCVance, I
hope you'll click the contact link. I'd love
hear from you.
is an independent web site, online since 1997/8. It's a personal labor
of love to help
fellow researchers, many of whom have helped me immensely with my own
research. It's my way of saying, "thank you." NCVance is not affiliated
with any corporate or commercial entity.