Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Introducing... the NEW WCGS Blog!

We are making a "location" change for the WCGS Blog in order to improve our ability to share content with you.  The New WCGS Blog page still has all the information about online sources and websites which can help you improve your genealogy skills.  And you will also find historical photos and tidbits, and information on new resources for the Wake County area. Each week we add 1-3 new articles, so bookmark this page to your weekly genealogy to-do list and stop missing out! 

Wake Genealogy Watch - Award Winner!!

The winter edition, Issue 2 of Vol 2, of the award-winning Wake Genealogy Watch is now available. YES, you read it correctly! Our newsletter editor Cyndi Deal received the NCGS award for "Excellence in Periodical Publishing - Newsletter" for her work on Wake Genealogy Watch!  This is well-deserved recognition for her efforts on the format, appearance, and content of our revitalized newsletter. Going forward we will always welcome articles, comments, or other items for the newsletter, so please contact Cyndi at newsletter@wakecogen.org if you have something to share.
As for our new issue, peruse the latest edition for:
  • An announcement about all the WCGS award winners at the recent North Carolina Genealogical Society conference
  • An article about the free newspaper search site "The Ancestor Hunt" by Cynthia Gage
  • An article about successfully researching census records by Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D.
  • A new article in the Genetic Genealogy series, this time on the Leeds DNA Color Match process
  • Comments from our President, Carla Stancil
  • Upcoming Events, 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!

Nov/Dec Meeting

Preservation NC
Tuesday December 4, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: Myrick Howard
Founded in 1939, Preservation NC is North Carolina’s only private nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization. Its mission is to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. Preservation NC  enjoys a national reputation, having been cited by the National Park Service as “the premier statewide preservation organization of the South, if not the Nation” and the National Trust for Historic Preservation as “the model organization of its kind.”  Join us to hear the stories behind the "saves" and learn more about this important resource.
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.

Vol 28, Issue 1 Edition of Wake Treasures

Summary from "Message from the Editor - Diane L. Richard"
In this issue we continue a few transcription series where the initial pieces were published a few years back.  Apologies for the delay!  Included are some more 1802 Tax Lists, Petitions found in the General Assembly Session Records and documents regarding Slaves and Free Negroes.  We also continue the recent series of pre-1913 birth records, now exploring the year 1892.
With this issue we are re-packaging some of our regular contributions into two new series called "Archival Adventures" and "A Wake County Native Reflects".  In this issue "Archival Adventures" contains a piece by Debra Blake, Section Head, Collections Services, State Archives of North Carolina. In her article Debra presents information about the medical profession and associated records.  "A Wake County Native Reflects" contains a piece by Phil Upchurch discussing the Caraleigh Phospate and Fertilizer Works. 
There is also an article by your editor about the now gone Milburnie Dam.  Learn about its rich history and explore a photograph album of the dam.  And finally, for something new, we share some entires from an 1880s livery stable ledger.  Learn interesting details about the customers and gain insights into the various services provided by a livery stable.
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage.

Newspaper Benefit for WCGS Members!

Do you have ancestors who lived in the Raleigh or Richmond (VA) area in the late 1880s to the present?  Then you will want to take advantange of our new member benefit - access to historical and current issues of newspapers from these areas!  To start your searches, login to the members area of the website, go to the "More Benefits" page and follow the simple instructions.
If you aren't a member of WCGS, considering joining so that you can take advantage of this new benefit!

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.


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

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

January Meeting - Frugal Genealogy
Join us as Lisa Lisson teaches WCGS about keeping our genealogy hobby within our budget!

Feb Meeting - Sharing the Family Tree with your Family
Join Jessica Conklin as she presents 10 ways to make your research more interesting when it comes to sharing your family tree with your family!

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

Amazon Smile
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