Can anyone direct me to where to find birth or marriage certificates in North Carolina for 1814-1847?

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I’m new to this stuff but am at a dead end. Birth and marriage records weren’t  kept until the early 1900’s. My grandfather, Fuller Bryant Walker, was born in NC in 1814 and married in 1847 in NC. he passed away in 1880 in Alabama. I can’t find any additional information about his birth parents or siblings. Any help is greatly appreciated!  Thanks!
in Genealogy Help by Becky Walker Quast G2G Crew (490 points)
As you noted, there are no birth certificates in North Carolina until the 20th century. Some suggestions -  Fuller was married in Alabama, so you could look for a marriage bond - sometimes a parent or sibling is also on the bond.  "Fuller" and "Bryant" are surnames, so you might search for them in North Carolina, perhaps in probate records (on the theory that one or both were the names of a grandparent) or try looking for Fuller, Bryant, and Walker near one another on a census.  People often emigrated in family groups, so looking for other Walkers living near Fuller in Alabama might turn up a relative.  He ought to be on the 1840 census in either Alabama or North Carolina, but if he was still living with his parents he wouldn't show up by name.

Thank you SO much for your advice!,  I did find him on 1850 and 1870 census but by then living in Alabama. I’ll try your suggestions!  Have a great night! 

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Try county offices, some did not give them to the state or genealogy companys, some countries want the money them selves. Try churches, a few keep better records then the county. Go to find a grave . Com. For dates and names. Some cemetery’s are private and keep there own records. Some funeral home keeps records from way back. Check on when the county. Was founded,  for instance Trimble county Kentucky came about 1850. So information for 1840 I went to next county to find wife’s ggggrandfather. Since in 1840 they Owed  the area. And last try local area historians they know a lot.
by Alfred Smith G2G6 Mach 1 (14.1k points)
Thank you so much for the great suggestions!!
Be glad to help just contact me for info. Al

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