Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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WCGS Needs a Treasurer!

Consider this great opportunity to support your Society! This is a Board position and does not require an accounting or bookkeeping background, or for you to live in the Raleigh area. Can be done remotely! Contact President@wakecogen.org for more info!

October Meeting

Using Masonic Records in Your Research
WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation
Tuesday October 27, 2020
Speaker: Jonathan Underwood, Assistant to the Grand Secretary and Keeper of the Memorials and Archives
Masonic Records are some of the best kept, but most underutilized, records. Freemasons around thw world have a tradition of keeping detailed lodge minutes, correspondence, and membership records. As far as researchers of North Carolina history and genealogy are concerned, most such records pertaining to this state are archived and housed by the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. While Masonic records in this state date as early as 1754, the majority of intact records span from the mid-1760s through the modern era. Except for records concerning immediate family, most records are available for research up through the first quarter of the 20th Century.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.

Announcing GenHelp!

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 (WCGS) and Raleigh SrTechEd (RSTE) are partnering to offer GenHelp - monthly virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm ET. Join us anytime during the ninety minute session to ask questions and share knowledge. 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.  Visit the WCGS Events page to register for one of our upcoming sessions!

Wake Genealogy Watch - Fall Edition

The Fall 2020 Issue (Vol.4 Issue 1) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
  • Ted Bainbridge offers companion articles about revisiting your research and using original documents to get the most out of your research.
  • Meet our new Board Members.
  • Olivia Raney Family History Library renovation sneak peek.
  • Barbara McGeachy profiles two valuable local learning resources - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Raleigh Senior Tech Ed
  • Cynthia Gage digs deeper into advanced newspaper research with some search strategies that will find gems in the press to add to your ancestor's story.
  • Strategies for researching challenging surnames.
  • Details on a recent gift of genealogy books to Thornton Library.
  • A curated list of genetic genealogy videos to sharpen your skills at all levels.
  • A call from North Carolina Genealogical Society for Bible Records for their future publication.
  • Dennis Martin and Cynthia Whited profile the books and book series that are the culmination of their twenty years of research.
  • Yet another surprisingly packed event calendar.
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.
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 29, Issue 1 Released!

As the spring issue of Wake Treasures is released, I hope it finds each of you healthy and well while we all collectively wait out the coronavirus.  We are in an unprecedented situation and I can only imagine the stories we will have to tell on the other side of this.  Until then, we can all do our part by staying home and doing what we love - genealogy.  Now is the time to finally write those stories, work on the book your relatives have been asking about and develop those research plans for when the archives reopens.
In this issue you’ll find a variety of new material.  Debra Blake from North Carolina State Archives wrote on resources for researching early North Carolina ancestors.  Phil Upchurch of Allied Families has written about the intersection of his ancestry with that of another old Raleigh family.  Previously we have published the 1897 School Census for white children, and now we include part of the colored children’s school census in this issue.  The record set will continue in the next issue.  Carey Faison continues his series “Railroads, Hortons, and Faisons.”  Soldiers Home Records are also included in part, with the intention of continuing in the next issue.
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!

Transcription Sessions

Have you got a couple of hours available on a Saturday to help WCGS transcibe historical documents for publication in our journal?  If you do, visit the WCGS Events page to see when and where we are meeting to perform this valuable work and pay it forward!  Come any time convenient for you!
If you are unsure of your skills or about the transcription process in general, then this free webinar is right for you!  The NCGS editor,  Diane L. Richard, has recorded a virtual session on how to transcribe.  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 join us at a party or visit our Projects page to find the right transcription project for you!

WCGS on Lulu!

Did you know you can purchase WCGS journals (new and archived) 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.

Nov/Dec Meeting - After You are Gone - Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research
Thomas MacEntee discusses how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.

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!