Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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May Meeting

The 1950 Census - A Glimpse inside Mid-Century America
May 24, 2022 6:30 to 8:30 PM
On-Line Virtual Meeting (Free)
 
Speaker: Lisa Lisson
 
The 1950 Census is here! For the first time, the census record gives researchers a glimpse into the lives of their ancestors in post-WWII America. From war brides to suburbia to baby boomers, we'll find it all in the 1950 census.
 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.
 
To get the handout, click here.
 
To learn Zoom tips for successfully joining the meeting, please read Important ZOOM Tips.
 

Wake Genealogy Watch - Spring Edition

The Spring 2022 Issue (Vol.5 Issue 3) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
  • WCGS Website news including several updates, some volunteer requests and a briefing from our program director, George Thomas.
  • Get ready for the release of the 1950 Census with information pulled from NARA, History Hub and the US Census Bureau, including an interesting sidebar on how census data crunching needs drove early tech development.
  • Visit Facebook nostalgia groups for novel ways to gather information and connect with others – old friends, cousins and researchers.
  • We have a Wake Cemetery Survey Project update for you.
  • We review a new website - Early American Sources.
  • Handy Zoom tips will help you navigate meeting entry easier.                    
  • Our events calendar highlights some really fun upcoming topics.
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!

Do You Have a Special Interest? Join a 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!  Here is information about two of our SIGs which will meet in November.
 
Family Tree Maker SIG - This SIG is for users of Family Tree Maker 2019. FTM sessions address aspects of using FTM such as resolving places, adding media, creating citations, linking to Ancestry and FamilySearch, creating charts and reports, etc. The SIG meets monthly on the first Saturday from 10:30 to noon. The next meeting is Nov 6.
 
If you are a member of WCGS and are interested in participating, please send an email to the WCGS webmaster to get on the SIG group list.  A week before the meeting, an email is sent out with the Zoom link to those in the group.  Notes or handouts from the meetings are posted in the Members area of the website (under "Member Only Files") and available to all WCGS members whether a SIG member or not.
 
German Genes SIG - This SIG is for people who have German speaking ancestors.  Sessions will discuss resources for doing German research, historical German speaking locales, research learning opportunites, and historical context. The SIG meets monthly on the third Saturday from 10:30 to noon. The next meeting is Nov 20.
 
If you are a member of WCGS and are interested in participating, please send an email to Sue Olmsted to get on the SIG group list.  A week before the meeting, an email is sent out with the Zoom link to those in the group.  Notes or handouts from the meetings are posted in the Members area of the website (under "Member Only Files") and available to all WCGS members whether a SIG member or not.
 
Other SIGs? - If you have a different genealogy-related special interest, then other WCGS members are probably interested too!  Since SIGS are collaborative, considering forming a new one by sending your suggestion to the WCGS President.  
 

Wake Treasures - Vol 30, Issue 2 is Available!

I am so pleased to announce that Wake Treasures has once again won the North Carolina Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing (Journal) for 2021. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of previous Wake Treasures winners: Diane Richard (2018) and Hope Blackford (2011).
 
Fall is here as is the newest issue of our journal.  In this issue, Wake County Genealogical Society’s President, Carla Stancil, has written two articles: “How the Goat Cart Became a Photo Prop”; and “Remembering Mamie Allen”, a recollection regarding her dear aunt.  Over the next year Wake Treasures will be featuring a short series on the Wake-County-based Allen family.  This issue includes the completion of the 1897 Raleigh Colored School Census and highlights items from the Crowder Collection held at the State Archives of North Carolina.  This collection includes several diary entries from an unknown male that gives us a glimpse into the past.  Following these articles are the Wake County Civil Action Papers Concerning Land, 1814.
 
It is my hope that you enjoy this issue, and as always, I want to thank the volunteers who keep the journal in publication.  If you enjoy the journal and would like to become a part of the journal team, please reach out to me at Journal@wakecogen.org and I will be happy to discuss volunteering opportunities.
 
Happy Reading, Donna, 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.

      


WAKE GENEALOGY WATCH - Spring Issue!

Vol 5, Issue 3 of our newsletter is now available! Read more about it and find the link on this home page!

Wake Cemetery Update
Eighteen townships are now live. Raleigh and St Matthews will be added soon! Click through to see our progress. Also recently added are some Find-A-Grave links for some of the listings.

--- June Meeting --- Wachovia, where German Moravians became Slaveholders and Avid Confederates.
Dr. Larry Tise will tell the story of how this transformation began in Colonial America and flourished in the land known as Wachovia from its Moravian founders until the emergence of the Old South.

Webinar Recording of the Wake Cemetery Digitization Project
Click below to access the presentation and handout about the digitization status of the extensive Wake County Cemetery Survey Project done in 1978.

Wake Treasures: Winner of NCGS's 2021 Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing (Journal)
Congratulations to our editor, Donna Shackle! And thanks to all our volunteers who keep the journal filled with great content!

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

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