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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, NC Courthouse
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
Wake County, North Carolina Census Records
- Learn More: State of North Carolina Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820, Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1784-1787
- Native American Population Schedules: 1894-1913
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Wake County, North Carolina Vital Records
- Learn More: State of North Carolina Vital Records
- Birth Records: from October 1913 to present
- Marriage Records: from January 1962 to present
- Death Records: from January 1, 1930 to present
- Divorce Records: from January 1958 to present
- Locations: North Carolina Vital Records
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Applications.
- In Person: North Carolina Vital Records (Cooper Memorial Health Building), 225 N. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27603-1382; 919-733-3000
Wake County, North Carolina Resources
- Wake County Genealogical Society
- Wake County Historical Society
- Wake County, North Carolina Message Boards
- Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Wake County
Wake County, North Carolina External Links
- Historical Newspapers from North Carolina (1719 - 1977)
- Weekly Standard (Raleigh, North Carolina)
- Wake County, North Carolina Books - Amazon
- Wake County Marriage Records: 1950 to October 2008
- Lumley-Lumbley extracts from the Wake County, North Caroline tax lists, circa 1791-1867
- Wake Co., North Carolina - FindaGrave
- A History of Wake County, North Carolina
- North Carolina Digital Collections
- Wake County, North Carolina Links - Cyndi's List
- Wake Co. NCGenweb
- Wake County, North Carolina Ancestry Database Collections
- Wake County, North Carolina Military Records
- Chas. Emerson's North Carolina tobacco belt directory : embracing the counties of Alamance, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilfo
- North Carolina City Directories