Wake County, North Carolina Genealogy

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

North Carolina State Capitol

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.[1]


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 [2]

Boundary Changes

Atlas of Historical Boundary Changes - view the boundary changes in NC from 1665 to present day. 

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Towns in Wake County: Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Gamer, Holly Spring, 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 Spring

Neighboring Counties





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. Established by 1808.[3]




Family Histories


Local Histories


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


Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry



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 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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 St Paul's Seminary website.