Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy Guide

Wake County, North Carolina (Map It) was created on 1771 from Cumberland County, Orange County and Johnston County. This county was named for Margaret Wake, the wife of British colonial governor William Tryon. Learn More About State of North Carolina History.

Wake County is bordered by Granville County (north), Franklin County (northeast), Nash County (east), Johnston County (southeast), Harnett County (southwest), Chatham County (west), Durham County (northwest).

Wake County Cities and Towns include Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, HollySprings, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, WakeForest, Wendell, Zebulon, Bonsal, Carpenter, Feltonville, Friendship, Green Level, NewHill. A Map of Wake County, North Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Wake County Townships include Bartons Creek, Buckhorn, Cary, Cedar Fork, Holly Springs, House Creek, Leesville, Little River, Marks Creek, Meredith, Middle Creek, Neuse, New Light, Panther Branch, Raleigh, St. Mary's, St. Matthew's, Swift Creek, Wake Forest, and White Oak. View a Map of Wake County Townships.

Wake County, North Carolina Courthouse Records

Wake County, North Carolina Courthouse
Wake County, NC Courthouse

The Wake County Courthouse is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn More About State of North Carolina Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Wake county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Also see the Wake County Records in the North Carolina State Archives. Some County Courthouse records may have been destroyed in register's office fire in 1832

  • Wake County Register of Deeds has Birth Records from ?, Marriage Records from 1770, Death Records from ? and Land Records from 1774. The Register of Deeds holds land and vital records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Land records may include deeds, grants, plats, and other miscellaneous items. houses most birth and death records and marriage licenses.
  • Wake County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1770, Court Records from 1769 and Divorce Records from call court clerk for details. The County Clerk of Court holds probate records and court records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Probate records include not only wills, but also loose estates records. Court records may include apprentice bonds, bastardy bonds, and officials' or constables' bonds in addition to dockets, fee and account books, and court minutes and orders. They also have Divorce Records.
  • Wake County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Wake Co. North Carolina County Health Department

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