Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
Wake History Resources
The history of Wake County and its cities explains the progress of the area through time, gives us a glimpse of our ancestors' struggles and successes, and if we are lucky, will include their names.  Here are some resources to give context to their lives, some of which contain surnames.
 
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The Apex Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the history of Apex, North Carolina.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
This site has several articles about 19th and 20th century residents with lots of photos! There are also a few general historical articles on topics such as the police and fire departments.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
This link opens the 1902 book by Moses Amis "Historical Raleigh from its Foundation in 1792: Descriptive, Biographical, Educational, Industrial, Religious" in the Hathitrust website. Use the "search in this text" box to search surnames.
Last Updated: 29 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
This link opens the 1915 book "Historical Raleigh with Sketches of Wake County (from 1771) and its Important Towns" on the Internet Archive site. Use the "Search inside" button to search for places and names.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
Though not a site with surnames, this interactive map shows the shifting shapes of the counties as new ones are formed over 300 years. When searching for records, a good genealogist knows to look in the county where their ancestor's lived at the time and not the county name as it is today.
Last Updated: 27 October 2020   [Located in Category: County]
This link opens the 1922 book "History of Wake County, North Carolina, with Sketches of Those Who Have Most Influenced its Development" in the Internet Archive site. Use the "Search inside" button to enter a place or surname.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
Search the history and descendants of Joel Lane, considered the Founding Father of Raleigh and Wake County.
Last Updated: 27 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
This site has many historical articles by its members about people and events in the city's history.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
The town of Knightdale has roots back to 1730.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
The site and name for the Capital City of North Carolina were chosen in 1792.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
Link to the Library of Congress Sanborn Map collections. Raleigh maps for 1884, 1888, 1896, 1903, 1909, and 1914. Wake Forest map for 1915.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
Organized in 1957 to help preserve the history of Wake County, NC and to educate people on the important events that happened in Wake and surrounding counties.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: County]
This site has articles about notable citizens and businesses, including the Royall Cotton Mill and Wake Forest University.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]
Wake Wednesday is a subset of the Blogpost of the Wake County Genealogical Society. The focus of Wake Wednesday is to present information or stories focused primarily about Wake County and its cities. The Blogpost is hosted by Cyndi Deal, the editor of Wake Gen Watch, the WCGS newsletter. Check them both out!
Last Updated: 27 October 2020   [Located in Category: County]
Elizabeth Reid Murray authored this book and and co-authored "Wake Capitol County of North Carolina: Reconstruction to 1920 (Vol. 2)", 2008. These books are the most definitive authoritative secondary resources on the history of Wake County. The Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection at the Olivia Raney Local History Library is an extensive resource for scholarly research on Raleigh and Wake County. Surnames are located in the index.
Last Updated: 27 October 2020   [Located in Category: County]
Wendell was formed in 1850. It is located in Wake County, east of Raleigh.
Last Updated: 28 October 2020   [Located in Category: City]