Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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March Meeting

Deeds and Probate: A Winning Combination  
March 28, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
Speaker: Victoria Young
Learn through several examples how to use evidence found in both deed and probate records that together prove family connections.
This lecture will be presented at the National Genealogical Society Conference in May 2017.  This is a beginner level talk, so join Vicky to learn or brush up on your skills at using deeds and probate records together.
Victoria Young is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in Southern U.S. and forensic research. She is the president of the North Carolina Genealogical Society and serves as the North Carolina Chapter Representative of the Association for Professional Genealogists.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.

Insider Tips for the NGS Conference

If you are in the area and planning to attend the 2017 NGS Conference being held in Raleigh next month, this is the pre-session for you!  Come hear Barbara McGeachy give you the inside scoop on this event.  Barbara has attended several of these conferences (including the 2009 conference which was also held in Raleigh at the then-new convention center), and her tips and suggestions can help you navigate the meeting to get the most from the conference without getting overwhelmed!
This is a free event and will be held at the Olivia Raney Local History Library in Raleigh on April 22, 2017 from 2:30-3:30. 

March 2017 Edition of Wake Treasures

Excerpts from "Message from the Editor" - Diane L. Richard
The start of the new year is a great time to deliver you Vol. 27, Issue 1 of Wake Treasures, chock full with helpful information.
We are pleased to have Debra Blake from the State Archives of North Carolina share with us World War I materials held there.  Our ever reliable Phil Upchurch tells us about Green Hope School and its history.  We continue some series for records from the Ernest Haywood Collection (at UNC), 1802 Tax Records, late 18th and early 19th century petitions, civil action papers concerning land for 1814, Voter Registrations 1902-1906, County Accounts, and 1816 court minutes. There are also some records included from the transcriber training held in March 2016 with a few more still to come.
Speaking of transcribing, hopefully you read a recent email about the availability of the webinar I recorded for the North Carolina Genealogical Society, "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records." This virtual training video is FREE for anyone to view, and you can click on the title to immediately access the link.  After viewing, please visit the WCGS Journal Projects page or email me at dianelrichard@mosaicrpm.com (please put Wake Treasures in the subject line) to find the right transcription project for you to help us.
With the National Genealogical Society Conference coming to Raleigh this May, we would love to "publish" a few compilations that have been in the works for years (literally). Each of these publications is very, very close to being print-ready. Please volunteer to help project manage the last few steps needed so that we can get these available on Lulu by May 1st.  Volumes that are definitely almost print-ready are Wake County Bastardy Bonds (1772-1937), Wake Count Divorce Records (A-Z), Wake County Levy Dockets (1805-1897), and Wake County School Census (1897).  We will probably also be close enough on Wake County Voter Registrations to publish those also! Wouldn't it be great to see a least five new Wake County books published? Please help make this happen!
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage.

Transcription Training

Have you wanted to help WCGS or another organization with transcibing historical documents but felt unsure about your skills or are you unfamiliar with the transcription process in general?  Maybe you were unable to attend the transcription training given by our Editor, Diane Richard, last summer?  Now she has provided us with an option to learn these skills at our convenience.  Diane has recorded a virtual session for the North Carolina Genealogical Society which is free to all for viewing.  This one-hour training provides examples, tips, tricks, and resources in best practices for transcribing documents for publishing and for genealogical research in general. To view "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records", click on the title and scroll down to the viewing window.  Then we hope you will visit our Projects page to find the right transcription project for you to help us!

More about DNA

The December meeting of the Wake County Genealogy Society on "Enhance Your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing" was a big success with the meeting room packed with new participants! Our members Bruce Allen, Cyndi Deal, and Carla Stancil provided some great background information on DNA testing and had several handouts to help in doing DNA research.  They have graciously agreed to allow us to post the presentation and the handouts to the website.  To download the presentation or one of the handouts, click on the title of interest. 

WCGS on Lulu!

Did you know you can purchase WCGS journals (new and archived) on Lulu? Visit the Wake County Genealogical Society Bookstore here.


National Genealogical Society needs help
May is the time for the NGS annual conference here in Raleigh. NGS needs help with room monitors, registrations, vendor assistance and other tasks. Please follow the link below to signup and show them what Southern Hospitality means!

Interpreting NC Land Records

Join our April meeting as David McCorkle, gives us a preview of his upcoming NGS 2017 presentation!

Volunteer needs
Near or far, there is always a way you can help WCGS!

Amazon Smile
WCGS is a Member of AmazonSmile--help earn funds for our society! When shopping at amazon.com, please use http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1392575. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Wake County Genealogical Society, Inc. Bookmark the link and you will be supporting us every time you shop! THANK YOU!

War of 1812 Pension
Find out how you can help FGS digitize 7.2 million pages of the War of 1812 pension records. Contributions are tax-deductible and records will free on Fold3. Please help if you can!