Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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March Meeting

Seek the Extraordinary: Family History Blogging
Tuesday March 26, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: George Thomas
Why confine your family story to brief snipits presented by way of the single-lined fields commonly used in genealogy based software? Instead, take time to honor the fact that your uniquely personal history has real connections to extraordinary happenings playing out on the world scene. From the desires of Lord Hyde, the head of a French Queen, and the real brains behind the Confederate States of America …to life in Venice, the Houston shipping harbor, and the gold fields of North Carolina; the happen chances of a kitty cat, a Jewish neighbor, and the boy next door have vastly changed the way George perceives his family’s history. Enjoy this evening of storytelling as George Thomas presents recently embraced twists in his own family story he discovered using ordinary sources.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during social time before the presentation. Presentation will start at 7:00.

Wake Genealogy Watch - Spring Edition!

The daffodils are blooming and it's time for the spring edition, Issue 3 of Vol 2, of the Wake Genealogy Watch. Please enjoy this latest edition of our award-winning newsletter.  As always we welcome your articles, comments, or other items for the newsletter, so please contact Cyndi at newsletter@wakecogen.org if you have something to share.
Peruse this latest edition for:
  • Announcements for our spring and summer schedules
  • the Voyages website which documents the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
  • more newspaper research focusing this time on Advantage Preservation
  • A clever document naming strategy
  • A rundown of the newest autosomal DNA Clustering Tools
  • Event updates, and other great suggestions to help you with your research!
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!

Wake Treasures - Vol 28, Issue 3 Released!

Summary from  "Message from the Editor - Diane L. Richard"
Vol 28, Issue #3 of Wake Treasures incorporates more records and information that hopefully benefits your research.  We continue to explore pre-vital records' law birth records and the late 19th century poor house records.  For those researching 18th century ancestors we resume transcriptions from the General Assembly Session records and Treasurer and Comptroller's collections of Wake County related documents.
A piece on the Library of Virginia and its bible collection reminds us that sometimes the documents we seek are not located within the state.  Carla again regales us with a story about a family member, though this time it is a sad one, reflecting the reality of our ancestor's lives.  Last but not least we have an itemization of the Colclough and Bragg collection located in the Durham County Library.  These records relate to families located in the Oak Grove Township which at various times has been part of Wake and part of Durham County.
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!

Transcription Treasures!

Diane L. Richard, our Wake Treasures editor, is looking for help with some easy transcriptions for upcoming journal issues.  She can send you digital images and you can work from home!  Here are the projects available:
--- Images of a ledger from the Yarboro House Hotel covering 1883-1884; it mentions many out-of-state, in-state, and and even Wake County residents.  She needs help abstracting the names and residences of those listed.
--- Images from the John W. Harris ledger c. 1820 in the Wakefield area. Though there are lots of juicy details about life in the ledger, the initial assignment is to create a list of names.  You can ignore the purchases, though if you want to fully transcribe a page or two to "show" what info might be found for a listed person, she wouldn't complain!
--- A short 1-page petition from Wake County (1827) which needs transcribing.  It is truly short and sweet with decent handwriting.
If you are interested in helping with any of these projects, please contact Diane.  If you think you need a little guidance on abstracting or transcribing, you can watch the free video located further down this page. Thanks for your help!

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!

WCGS on Lulu!

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


Summer of DNA
This summer our monthly meetings will focus on helping you get more out of your DNA matches! Check out the WCGS Events page to find specifics on the meeting topics.

WCGS Blog site
Find our Blog site here to keep up with all the research hints and local activities of interest to Wake County researchers.

Vol 2, Issue 3 of our newsletter is now available! You can download the issue from the WCGS Newsletter webpage.

April Meeting - Ladies of the Olla Podrida Club
Laurel Sanders will use the Olla Podrida Club to discuss the records of women's clubs - what information they may hold and how to find them.

May Meeting - Newspaper Research
Cynthia Gage will introduce you to some techniques and sites for your newspaper research and share her system for keeping track of your finds.

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

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