Burke County was formed in 1777 out of Rowan County and was subsequently divided into numerous additional counties. Many of my relatives have lived in Burke County. My current research returns 155 individuals who lived, died, or had events in Burke County. Common Burke County surnames from my family tree are Burgin, Curtis, Garrett, Hemphill, Lytle, McEntire, and Stroud.
I’ve put together a list of the resources that I have found helpful in researching my Burke County connections.
Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina: Burke County, Vol. 1.: Read a review of this book here.
Burke County Sheriff’s Office: this site has a history section with statistics on all Burke County Sheriff’s since 1777.
Burke County, NC USGenWeb: includes history, cemeteries, military, biographies, land grants, and more.
North Carolina State Archives Online Database: includes many indexed records, including deeds and land grants, Revolutionary War records, and much, much more.
Kings Mountain and It’s Heroes. Available online at Google Books: a number of Burke County men fought in the battle of King’s Mountain.
Deed Data Pool: this site has an index of Burke County deeds.
Burke County, NC Genealogy Forum at GenForum.
Burke County, NC Message Board at Ancestry.