Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Wake County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Wake County, North Carolina
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Founded 1771
County Seat Raleigh
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County Information


Wake County is located in the Central portion of North Carolina and was named for Margaret Wake Tryon, the wife of Royal Governor William Tryon[1].

County Courthouse

Wake County Courthouse alt.jpg
Beginning Dates for Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Wake County Courthouse
St Garland James Bldg
300 S Salisbury P O box 1897
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: 919-856-5460

1810 & 1820 Census Records are missing.
Registrar of Deeds has marriage and land records.
Clerk of Superior Court has probate records.[2]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 1897
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-856-5490
Fax: 919-856-5467

Clerk Superior Court
PO Box 351
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 792-4000


Raleigh, History and the Present - NCpedia, site from the North Carolina State Library

Parent County

1771--Wake County was created from Cumberland, Johnston, and Orange Counties.
County seat: Raleigh [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1832--Several deed books were destroyed in register's office fire.

1810 and 1820 U.S. Federal Census for Wake County are lost.


Populated Places

Towns in Wake County: Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wendell, Zebulon

Unincorporated Communities: Auburn, Bonsal, Carpenter, Chestnut Hills, Clegg, Eagle Rock, Falls, Feltonville, Forestville, Green Level, Kennebec, Lizard Lick, McCullers, Crossroads, Neuse, New Hill, Riley Hill, Shotwell, Stony Hill, Swift Creek,
Willow Springs

Neighboring Counties




Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 54,626
1910 63,229 15.7%
1920 75,155 18.9%
1930 94,757 26.1%
1940 109,544 15.6%
1950 136,450 24.6%
1960 169,082 23.9%
1970 229,006 35.4%
1980 301,429 31.6%
1990 426,311 41.4%
2000 627,846 47.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

For tips on accessing Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records

  • Cross Roads. Constituted 1792.[4][5]
  • New Light Meeting House.[5]
  • Swift Creek. Constituted 1757.[5]

County Records




Family Histories

FamilySearch Books Online

  • Massey - Massey, William W. "Richard Massey of Bartons Creek, Wake County, North Carolina: With the Search for his Parentage," The Genealogist, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall 2004):196-227.


Local Histories


  • Wake County maps - more than 50 maps of the area; via the NC Maps website of the North Carolina State Library


Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 14th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 4th Volunteers, Company E
- 14th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 4th Volunteers, Company K
- 1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company D
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company A
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company I
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company D
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company K
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company I
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company I
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company I
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company K
World War I
World War II



Online Probate Records


Vital Records

Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered for a small fee from the Register of Deeds. Please visit their website for more information.


Societies and Libraries 

Wake County Genealogical Society
PO Box 17713
Raleigh, NC 27619-7713

Wake County Historical Society
PO Box 2
Raleigh, NC 27602

Apex Historical Society
PO Box 506
Apex, NC 27502

Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610
Telephone Number: 919-250-1196

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/Wake
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wake County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at archive.org.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:569. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.