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This database is a compilation of several different 3-by-5-inch index card files in the library.  There are more than 10,000 records, with information on perhaps as many as 20,000 individuals. The cards were created by different people at different times in the early 20th Century. The cards still exist and are available in the library. 

The database is composed of three general types of records—marriage records, obituaries and gravestone inscriptions. 

The marriages are derived from three sources:

  • Marriage notices from the weekly newspaper, the Greensboro Patriot from 1826-1899
  • Guilford County marriage bonds, 1771-1868
  • Guilford County marriage bonds abstracted in the book North & South Carolina Marriage Records by William Clemens. Apparently Clemens was in possession of some records that are otherwise unknown. His work must be taken as is, as its authenticity cannot be established. 

The obituaries are from the Greensboro Patriot. They cover the period 1826-1899. Both the obituaries and marriage notices from the Greensboro Patriot were compiled by Louise Amole Sharp and were published in the book Guilford County Marriage and Death Records in 1941. 

The cemetery inscriptions come from the three-volume set North Carolina Tombstone Records, by Mrs. John S. Welborn, published in 1935/36. The index only includes the Guilford County cemeteries; not all the cemeteries listed in the set. They cover the period from earliest Guilford in the 1700s to as late as the 1930s, but not every Guilford County cemetery from this period is included. 

Please be aware that these records are, by their nature, incomplete. All marriages were not necessarily bonded. Obituaries were not published with the same consistency that we can rely on today. Many cemeteries are not indexed. The absence of an ancestor from this index is not necessarily evidence that the event (death or marriage) did not occur. 

>In all likelihood there are errors in this database—caused both by the original compilers as well as by library staff in the data entry phase of creating this index. If you feel that a mistake has been made, please let us know While we cannot guarantee that we will make any suggested changes, we do promise that we will consider them.