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Wake County, North Carolina History

When was Wake County, NC Created?
Wake County 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.

What is the County Seat of Wake County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Raleigh also, the county government website is www.wakegov.com/.

What counties are adjacent to Wake County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Granville County (north), Franklin County (northeast), Nash County (east), Johnston County (southeast), Harnett County (southwest), Chatham County (west), Durham County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Wake County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, HollySprings, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, WakeForest, Wendell, Zebulon, Bonsal, Carpenter, Feltonville, Friendship, Green Level, NewHill.


Wake County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Wake County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Wake County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Wake County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Wake County clerk of court.

You can search online for Wake County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide


Wake County, NC Census Records

What Wake County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Wake Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wake Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wake Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide


Wake County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Wake County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Wake County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Wake County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some County Courthouse records may have been destroyed in register's office fire in 1832


Wake County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Wake County, NC?
A list of Wake County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Wake County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Wake County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Wake County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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