Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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April Meeting

Using DNA to Breakdown Brickwalls.
Tuesday April 24, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: Ginger Smith
What types of DNA tests are commercially available?  How do you choose a test based on what your goals and expectations are? How can the various tests satisfy your genealogical needs? Our speaker, Ginger Smith, "Your DNA Diva", will provide some answers to these questions and  then present a case study illustrating how DNA testing can be used to break down your brick walls and answer your research questions.  Handouts will be provided.
Ginger Smith, owner of Your DNA Diva, is a Senior Scientist at North Carolina Central University with a BS in Biology and an MLS in Library Sciences. She sits on the board of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS), she is an active member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), and a project manager of two DNA Surname projects on FamilyTreeDNA.com. 
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend! Refreshments will be served during social time before the presentation.  Presentation starts at 7:00.

New 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!

Vol 27, Issue 4 Edition of Wake Treasures

Excerpts from "Message from the Editor" - Diane L. Richard
As the publishing year winds down for the journal, I wanted to acknowledge that the last few issues of the journal for the 2016-2017 membership year have been quite “data” intensive and lacking in stories, case studies and more narrative elements.  This was somewhat intentional as this was the material readily in hand that could be used to create the journal from.  However, going forward, we would love to include more narrative pieces – case studies, family stories, short memory pieces of life back when, etc.  To do this, we need your help.  Stories don’t need to be long or involved.  They can be stories about family, about communities, about activities (church, sports, service organizations, scouts, schools, businesses, and so on), buildings and landmarks that existed and no longer do so, and the list is endless.  Please think about what you might know that you can share.
Now back to this issue of the journal which continues several series – Wake County Voter Registration Records for 1902, 1904, and 1906, City of Raleigh 1891 Birth Registers, City of Raleigh 1897 Death Registers, 1884 Wardens of the Poor records, more from Wake County Deed Book R, and local Wake County Draft Board records.  So, if you are looking for ancestors in the late 1800s up through WWI, this is the journal issue to check out!
Happy Genealogical Hunting!  Diane
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage.

Wake Genealogy Watch - New Edition

The spring edition of Wake Genealogy Watch is now available. Peruse the latest edition for:
  • News about our society and our December "Westward Ho!" meeting. 
  • An article with hints for using the revised Find-a-Grave website.
  • A request from our Wake Treasures Journal editor, Diane Richard.
  • Some suggestions if you are planning a research trip to Wake County (and of course if you are here on the fourth Tuesday of the month, we'd love for you to come to our meeting and introduce yourself!)
  • Information on upcoming events including future WCGS meetings. 
  • And other great suggestions to help you with your research!
This recent issue of the Newsletter may be downloaded from the WCGS Newsletter page.  Enjoy!

We Want to Hear from YOU!

In order to better serve our Society, we want to know what YOU - both members and nonmembers - think!  Please take our short ten question survey - click here. The survey will remain open until March 31, 2018. As an incentive for completing the survey, we will draw for two one-year memberships - one from individuals who are not already members and one from current members.  Your opinions are important to us and shape the direction of our Society – please take just a moment to complete the survey. Drawing winners will be announced in April.

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.


Meeting Update
Our monthly meetings will now start at 6:30 pm with this gathering time allotted for networking and social time. Our business meeting and presentation will start at the usual 7:00pm.

Vol 1, Issue 3 of our newsletter is now available! You can download the issue from the WCGS Newsletter webpage.

May Meeting - Reasearching Early New England Ancestors
Jane Bartlett will present on the free resources available for researching in document-rich New England.

June Meeting - Jewish Immigration in Eastern North Carolina
Monika Fleming, a leading expert in the Jewish migration and experience in eastern North Carolina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will discuss when and why they came, where they settled, what records are available for research.

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

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