Local History Collection Indexes
The library hopes to eventually digitize its holdings and make the local history collections available online for patrons and researchers. While these efforts are being made, several indexes have been made so that the public knows what information is available in the Local History Room. If you find anything in these indexes that you would like to know more about or possibly obtain images of, please fill out our request form and library staff can assist you further.
The birth indexes are for the years 1954-1971 and are compiled based on announcements in the Record & Landmark. The page listed in the index refers to the date that the announcement was printed in the paper, NOT the birth date of the individual. As more birth records are provided and digitized the information will be added to the Births page.
Iredell County marriage records begin in 1788 when Iredell County was formed out of Rowan County. On Dec. 18, 1854 a fire destroyed nearly one half of the town of Statesville including the court house. Lost in the fire were most of the early marriage records prior to 1854. In 1987 the Genealogical Society of Iredell County published “The Iredell County Marriage Records (1851-1885)” by Geraldine McLain, Edith Walker, and Richard Stewart. The authors used microfilm from the North Carolina State Archives to index out the following marriage records: Marriage Certificates of Iredell County, Cohabitation Bonds, Marriage Register, Iredell County, 1867-1882, Black Marriage Records, and Civil and Church Officials. The book contains an index to both the brides and grooms. The microfilm for these records is available at the Iredell County Public Library. Over the last few years, other Iredell County marriage records have been brought forth that were in private hands at the time of the fire and thus survived. The library has attempted to index as many marriage records as possible for easy access of researchers.
The current indexes for Iredell County deaths contain burial locations of military veterans from the mid 1700s through 1999 and an index of obituaries from the Record & Landmark from 1933-2019. As more indexes become available the library will add them to this page.
There are several other types of documents in the Local History Room including files for local subjects, families, and churches. There are also private collections of research conducted by local historians and genealogists.
Iredell County has been called home by many writers who also shared a passion for local history. Many of these writers contributed to local newspapers such as the Record & Landmark and the Mooresville Tribune. Their articles have been collected by the library and indexed in order for researchers to quickly find relevant subjects.
The library has a collection of maps of local, regional, and national locations and landmarks. The following indexes show what is available and its current location in the Local History Room.