Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Nov/Dec Meeting

Finding and Understanding NC Court Records
Dec 6, 2022 6:30 to 8:15 PM
On-Line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: David McCorkle
Courts have always dealt with crimes and disputes, but in the past they also handled much more routine items that can be of great interest to your genealogical research.   These include many functions now performed by other government offices such as proving deeds, probate, petitions, taxes, appointment of local officials, licenses, bastardy, manumission – the list goes on.  To complicate things, the type of courts and what areas they were responsible for has changed over time. This discussion will help you know what you can find along with how and where to find it. 
A North Carolina native, David is President and founder of NC Historical Records Online (NCHRO), with a mission to provide public online access to images of original records and other relevant information useful to researching North Carolina history and genealogy. He is the creator of NCHRO’s main project: the free website NC Land Grant Images and Data which contains searchable records for all 200,000+ land grants issued by North Carolina, along with close to a million images of original records.
Virtual and free with registration beginning shortly after the October meeting.  Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.
To learn Zoom tips for successfully joining the meeting, please read Important ZOOM Tips.

Ready to Meet IRL on Dec 10th?

While Zoom meetings are great, it is also nice to get together IRL ("In Real Life") and reconnect!  To meet this goal, WCGS is holding quarterly meet-ups.  Our upcoming meet-up will be Saturday, Dec 10th in the Government and Heritage Library of the North Carolina State Library in Raleigh.  We will meet at 10:00 am to learn and browse. Afterwards we'll find a lunch spot so we can visit and enjoy each other's company!  For more information visit the WCGS Events Page. 
Then mark your calenders for the first meet-up in 2023 on Feb 11 at the Johnston County Heritage Center!


Wake Treasures - Vol 31, Issue 1 is Available!

Welcome to the first 2022 issue of Wake Treasures.  In this publication you will find a vignette of President Carla Stancil's Wake County ancestors, the City of Raleigh Death registers from 1900-1901, and the first article of the Ernest Haywood Files.  I'm particularly pleased to present you a series of letters to and from Carl Stancil, Carla Stancil's beloved father, while he was in the marines from 1944-1952.  This is a series of 144 letters to be published over the next issues of Wake Treasures and we are looking forward to having you follow Carl on his journey.  Warm thanks to Carla for sharing this piece of history with us.
If you have any Wake County an ancestors or research, Wake Treasures would love to feature your work in a future issue.  We welcome submissions of research reports, narratives, and special articles.  If you have questions or want to learn more about being published in our award winning journal, feel free to contact me at journal@wakecogen.org.
Please consider joining the journal team.  In order to make the publication possible, a team of volunteers works behind the scenes and needs your help.  There are currently openings for a content curator and transcribers.  If you're interested in learning more about how you can help, please contact 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!

Wake Genealogy Watch - Fall Edition

The Fall 2022 Issue (Vol.6 Issue 1) of our award-winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. Features included in this issue include:
  • Meet our new President in Training, Saundra Cropps.
  • Multiple Hints to help you get the most from your WCGS membership and the Wakecogen Homepage.
  • Techniques to reunite your “not my family” photos with their proper relatives.
  • Explore four easy to master tools to identify your autosomal DNA matches.
  • Read about early Jamestown ancestors in the GenealogyBank.com series – Jamestown Who’s Who by Melissa Berry.
  • WCGS membership benefits update.
  • Upcoming events and more.
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.  


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.


Jan. Meeting - Applying Investigative Skills from the Financial Crime World to Genealogy
Join Kate Townsend as she teaches us how her investigative skills can apply to our genealogy research needs!

Black History Month Genealogy Conference and Banquet
The North Carolina / Piedmont-Triad Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on February 10 & 11, 2023 in Greensboro, NC.

Wake Cemetery Update
ALL 20 townships are now live! Latest updates - GPS and links data are starting to come online. Check Neuse Township as our first example. Use the Surname Finder created by Cynthia Gage to help you find kin in the smaller family cemeteries across Wake County.

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

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