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NATIVE AMERICANS, AFRICANS, AND EUROPEANS IN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY
WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation
Tuesday March 23, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Arwin Smallwood
For centuries North Carolinians have attempted to simplify race by creating three broad categories--Native American, Black and White. However, during the colonial and antebellum periods many Native, Black and White communities contained mixed-race members. In early Virginia, which included Northeastern North Carolina (Albemarle County), Whites resolved their dilemma by establishing race-based slavery and categorizing all mixed-race peoples as “mulatto” and later “negro” and enslaving them for life. Later through segregation, Native Americans, Blacks, and people of mixed-race were further separated from Whites by law.
In spite of this history and law, many mixed-race people in North Carolinas have never seen themselves as simply Native, Black or White and have maintained an identity and history of creolization (mixed-race). This lecture will examine the roles of Natives, Blacks and Whites in the merging of Red, Black and White peoples in North Carolina’s history. This presentation highlights, that since first contact, Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans have merged in the swamps of the tidewater and coastal plains of Northeastern and Southeastern North Carolina, and even the foothills and hollers of the piedmont and mountains of western North Carolina.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.
Wake Genealogy Watch - Spring Edition
The Spring 2021 Issue (Vol.4 Issue 3) of our award-winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
- Read about the role Wake County’s creation played in a tumultuous historical event as we celebrate her 250th year.
- RootsTech Roundup – Read about and follow the links to access all the wonderful online content. It is still free and will be for one year.
- WCGS GenHelp - This summary of one of the sessions shows what types of questions are asked and the range of guidance that is offered.
- Ted Bainbridge spotlights Cyndi’s List, the invaluable aggregate genealogy site, and offers tips for searching and navigating the site.
- Esley Hunt was a portrait photographer who worked in Orange and Wake counties from the 1840-60s. He is renowned for his Civil War portraits. Read more about Esley and access a free eBook about him.
- Cynthia Gage shares the two digital collections pertaining to North Carolina and offers tips to navigate them.
- Read about a new research venture, NC Historical Records Online and possibly collaborate with them.
- Meet our board members. This time we welcome our new Treasurer and new VP/Communications. We also spotlight a Director and our Membership Chairperson.
- As always, a packed events calendar and links to so very much online content.
As always we welcome your articles, comments, or other items for the newsletter, so please contact Cyndi at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have something to share.
Photo Note: If you choose to read a printed version of this newsletter, some of the photos will be difficult to view due to size constraints. Please refer back to the online edition where you can enlarge the photos to accommodate better viewing.
This recent issue of the Newsletter may be downloaded from the WCGS Newsletter page. Enjoy!
More GenHelp in 2021!
Do you need a little help with a question about genealogy software or databases? Do you need ideas for where to look for more records?
Wake County Genealogical Society will continue the GenHelp virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists. Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm ET.
You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share knowledge during the 90-minute session. The session will be moderated. Please note this program will not include research requests or queries. All assistance will be given only within the time constraints of the monthly virtual session.
It is not necessary to be a member of WCGS to participate. There is no cost, but you must register. The next session for 2021 is February 4, 6:30pm
. Visit the WCGS Events page to register for one of our upcoming sessions!
Wake Treasures - Vol 29, Issue 2 is Available!
Welcome to the second issue of Volume 29! I hope this issue finds you well and healthy. 2020 has been a year of unexpected turns, and it is my hope that this issue provides a bit of distraction and reprieve.
This issue is a treat! We have the pentultimate installment from Cary Faison on the Railroad, Hortons, and Faisons and continuations of the 1897 Raleigh Colored School census and of the Soldiers Home Record. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment we have the 1915 & 1917 membership lists from the Raleigh Equal Suffrage League. Belle Long, the former Director of the Joel Lane Museum House, has written about the identity of Colonel Theophilus Hunter's second wife, Jane. Read along to see how she discovered the identity of Jane and puts to rest a local mystery.
This issue could not have happened without the volunteers who helped to transcribe these records. Please consider volunteering to transcribe from home. If you are interested, please contact me
for more information.
Hope you enjoy, Donna Shackle, Editor
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area
and go to the Wake Treasures
webpage. And if you have personal stories of people, places, and events connected to Wake County, please consider sharing them for inclusion into future editions!
WCGS on Lulu!
Did you know WCGS has publications of transcribed records which are available for purchase on Lulu? Visit the Wake County Genealogical Society Bookstore here
See our Other Events page for information on several genealogy learning opportunities being offered through Zoom.
Apr Meeting - Confusing American Indian Records
Join Debra Osborne Spindle as she discusses three different native American Records: 1896 Application Rolls, Dawes Final Rolls, and Guion Miller Rolls.
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