Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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June Meeting

WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation
Tuesday June 22, 2021
Speaker: Mark Arslan
Come learn about ship manifests from Mark Arslan who is a 30-year resident of Cary (originally from California), retired after 35 years at IBM Corporation. His ethnic background is a mix of British, Armenian, French, and German. He has been researching his genealogy for over 52 years. Mark's paternal grandfather (an Armenian from Turkey) immigrated to the United States in 1906 through Ellis Island.

When ship manifests became available online around the year 2000, Mark began abstracting ship manifest entries for Armenians coming to America. He currently has about 70,000 ship manifest entries that he put into a free searchable online database for use by other Armenians researching their ancestry. Mark is also a moderator of the Armenian Genealogy group on Facebook (over 12,000 members). Mark's experience in using ship manifests and other American primary source material from the time period 1850-1940 is relevant for others researching their family's immigration to America, regardless of ethnic origins.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Registration page to access the registration link.

Wake Treasures - Vol 30, Issue 1 is Available!

Spring is upon us, the coronavirus vaccine is here, and life is slowly returning to normal. The pandemic is sure to have honed our online research skills, and I’m sure you’ll be glad to be able to research in person once more as the archives and state library are now offering appointments for in-person research. It is also conference season, with the National Genealogical Society hosting its annual convention virtually in May. Wake County Genealogical Society’s own Diane L. Richard and David M. McCorkle will be presenting and are not to be missed!

As you may have noticed, this issue has a new cover that we are proud to debut, along with our new logo. This issue of Wake Treasures is full of continued series, such as the final part of Carey Faisons “Railroads, Hortons, and Faisons,” the 1897 Raleigh Colored School Census, Wake County Records Batch #3, Wake County Records of Slaves and Free Negroes, 1721-1829 and Soldiers Home records, while also introducing new content from Debra Blake, a secretary’s report from the Mordecai family, and Trade Licenses of 1876.

Without the help of an array of volunteers this journal wouldn’t be possible. Please consider submitting your Wake family history, transcribing, or selecting content as the Content Curator. If you are interested in contributing to the journal, please contact me at journal@wakecogen.org. Many thanks to our contributors, transcribers, indexer, and proofreader!
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!

Wake Genealogy Watch - Summer Edition

The Summer 2021 Issue (Vol.4 Issue 4) of our award-winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download.
This issue contains the following topics:
  • Get details on our newest Special Interest Group for WCGS members - Family Tree Maker 2019.
  • Ted Bainbridge offers several solid tips for tracking ancestors that disappear from one census to the next.
  • Sometimes you need a large space to expand your tree drawing efforts - either your own or your DNA matches and shared ancestors. You will want to read the ideas on budget friendly white board alternatives including some easy-to-use Microsoft tools.
  • Meet WCGS Webmaster - Cynthia Gage.
  • Read about clever ideas to foster appreciation of family heirlooms in our younger generations with books, albums and other media that create an interactive experience.
  • Meet our board members. The final installment spotlights our President in Training, Monique Bunch and our Past President, Kathy Ruse.
  • As always, stay updated with our packed events calendar and links to so very much online content.
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.
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!

New German Genes SIG!

What is a SIG (Special Interest Group), you ask?  Well, it’s NOT a class nor a series of lectures nor instructor-led training.  Instead, it is a collaborative format focused on a specific theme where members can share tips and tricks to help each other improve their skills in performing research or using genealogical tools.  SIG participation is one of the many benefits of being a WCGS member!  
Sue Olmsted is coordinating a new SIG for those of us who have German speaking ancestors.  The German Genes SIG has its kick-off meeting on June 19th.  Just recently WCGS started another new Special Interest Group (SIG) for society members who are users of FTM 2019. If you are interested in learning more about either of these SIGs, login to the website and click on the "SIG and Other Benefits" tab.
At the moment there is strong interest in forming a Beginning DNA SIG, if a WCGS member will step forward to form and coordinate such a group.  Or if you are a member of WCGS and have another theme which you feel deserves a SIG, send your suggestion to the WCGS President. If you're interested in a topic, then others may be too!   

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 July 1, 6:30pm.  Visit the WCGS Events page to register for one of our upcoming sessions!

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.


Genealogy Classes
See our Other Events page for information on several genealogy learning opportunities being offered through Zoom.

July Meeting - Searching the Foreigh Records at the State Archives
Vann Evans, Audiovisual Materials Archivist, will introduce us to the genealogical and historical records in the Foreign Records Collection and will discuss the Archives efforts to collect colonial records from overseas.

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!