Types of RecordsTypes of Records<p>The following types of records are maintained by the Burke County Register of Deeds office: <br><br><strong><em>Birth Certificates</em></strong><br> 1913-current. </p><p>In 1913 the state of North Carolina officially began keeping birth certificates (In some rural areas it began a bit later.) Birth Certificates tell where a child was born, who the parents were and their age at the time of the birth. Other information is sometimes listed such as occupation of the father, number of children already in the household, etc. <br><br><strong><em>Delayed Birth Certificates</em></strong><br> Our records start in the early 1880's, but vary.  </p><p>If someone, somehow, escaped the notice of a birth certificate registrar or happened to be born before births were listed, they could have applied for a delayed birth certificate. To obtain such a certificate, individuals had to supply documentation, often a school record. <br><br><strong><em>Death Certificates</em></strong><br> 1913-current </p><p>North Carolina began keeping Death Certificates in 1913. When someone died before this time, one had to turn to such record as wills, tombstones and family Bibles to find the death date. Death certificates contain the date of death and birth as well as the parents' names and cause of death —and sometimes a good bit more.</p><p>One must remember that this information was not supplied by the subject under consideration. All information on a death certificate is supplied by an "informant." Informants are often family members but that does not mean that the information they supplied is 100% accurate. </p><p><strong><em>Marriage Records</em></strong><br> 1872-1882 index only<br> 1883-current </p><p>During the majority of North Carolina's history, most of its citizens got married in a variety of ways, typically in a manner that suited them. Ministers and magistrates were available, but not necessary. This makes locating historical public marriage records difficult, but some do exist.</p><p>Officially, there were two ways to get married in the state of North Carolina up until 1868. One was through the publication of banns whereby marriage would be announced on three consecutive Sundays in church. If no one spoke up against the merger, then the couple was free to wed. A certificate stating that this procedure had been followed was supposed to have been created, but, of course, did not have to be placed on file anywhere.</p><p>The second method which lasted from 1741 – 1868 (and overlapped the period of banns) involved the issuance of a marriage bond. The bridegroom obtained these through the clerk of the County Court. They signified nothing more than that the couple listed intended to marry. It is possible that they changed their mind later and never tied the knot. Originals to all marriage bonds are in the State Archives. Bonds were filed in the County where the intended bride resided. Information on bonds included bride and groom's names, the bondsman's name and witness (often the clerk of court). Marriage licenses existed for most of North Carolina's history but were not required to be kept until 1851. In 1868, bonds were discontinued and the Register of Deeds in each county issued the required marriage licenses. <br><br><strong><em>Wills</em></strong><br> (Maintained by the Burke County Clerk of Court) </p><p>The person who makes a will is called the "testator" or "devisee." The individuals who receive the inheritance are "legatees' or "devisees." The individual who makes sure that the final wishes of the deceased are carried out is the "executor" (male) or "executrix" (female). </p><p>"Probate is the process by which the will becomes official and the written desires are validated. There are usually three copies of a will: the original, the one copied into the county clerk's records and the one issued to the executor. The copy that is committed to the county clerk's book will often contain probate information: witnesses, executor, probate dates, etc.</p>