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Books about Vance County:

Please note: NCVance does not sell publications and is not affiliated with any of the following listings. These listings are provided as a courtesy to assist researchers. If you are aware of other publications of interest to Vance County researchers, contact me and l will add them to the listings


The Vance County Historical Society, has published, or carries, the following:
  • 1882 Map of Henderson (has excellent detail, showing many property owners)
  • Zeb's Black Baby, book by Samuel Thomas Peace Sr. (446 pages; a history of Vance County)
  • Inventory of Historic Architecture of Henderson (85 pages)
  • Vance County Heritage Remembered (40 pages detailing 35 buildings)
  • The Heritage of Vance County, Vol 1 (1984) - sold out
For more information about prices and ordering, write to:
Vance County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1850, Henderson, NC 27536
Also, contact the
Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and Interiors (a gift shop at 133 S. Garnett Street, 252-438-7166) as they also have sold these publications on behalf of the society.


Vance County Heritage Book, 2011 ($70)
available from the the Vance County Genealogical Society,  P O Box 2055, Henderson, NC 27536; president is Judy Stainback, (252) 492-3051.

Upon These Steps, by David C. Reavis
Historical novel about two brothers in NC's 23rd Regiment of the Confederate Army, written by Vance County native David C. Reavis.

Arcadia Publishing:
Arcadia's Black America Series includes the title, Vance County North Carolina, by Andre Vann; ISBN #
073850663X. Originally published in 2000, Arcadia's catalogue reflects out of print status. Check libraries or used booksellers.

Ancestral Tracks:
Ginger L. Christmas-Beattie publishes transcriptions of Warren County records. Note that a portion of Warren Co. became Vance Co. in 1881.
Visit the website for details.

Rebecca Leach Dozier has published two books which are excellent resources for Littleton in nearby Warren County. Note that a portion of Warren Co. became Vance in 1881.
Click on the link to email the author for details.

    • Town Leaders, Littleton, North Carolina, 1790-1920
    • Looking Back on Littleton


NC Office of Archives and History Historical Publications offers a variety of books and materials for NC research.

Tar River Connections Genealogical Society - publishes materials of use to NC researchers, especially eastern NC.

The North Carolina Genealogical Society has numerous publications useful for NC research.




Other sources:

tip  Tip: Search the online card catalogue of the State Library of North Carolina; then check online used book sources for hard-to-find or out-of-print titles:

Abebooks.com - an online site for many used booksellers

Bookfinder.com (searches the inventory of several online used bookseller sites)


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