Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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January Meeting

WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation
Tuesday January 26, 2020
Speaker: K. Todd Johnson
There is always a beginning, and for many of us with family from Wake County, our ancestors came from the east, passing through Johnston County. It is important for family historians to realize that Wake County was originally formed in 1771, being cut from pre-existing Johnston, Cumberland, and Orange Counties.
Join us for this talk by K. Todd Johnson, director of the Johnston County Heritage Center. He will speak about the citizenry of early Johnston County while touching on key historical developments predating and influencing the formation of Wake County. Drawing from resources at the Johnston County Heritage Center, including Elizabeth Reid Murry’s Wake County history (Volume 1), Todd’s presentation will cover items in her collection related to the early colonial period. He will also touch on the importance and impact of America’s first revolution known as the Regulator Movement. Come join us as we explore this exciting part of the story of who we were before the formation of Wake County.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.

Wake Genealogy Watch - Winter Edition

The Winter 2021 Issue (Vol.4 Issue 2) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics
  • Wake Treasures Journal search tips – We have over 20 years of content online available for our members to use. These tips will get you started.
  • Get details on the GenHelp sessions which return in 2021 to give guidance for your research.
  • An overview of the three new Wake Resources webpages that webmaster Cynthia Gage has curated for us.
  • Ann Myhre shares her experiences finding cousins in unexpected places.
  • Dr. Ted Bainbridge recounts his efforts to explore and verify a family history tradition.
  • Meet more of our Board Members – Barbara McGeachy, Carla Stancil, and Linda Hames.
  • Unexpected resources that may help enrich your ancestors’ stories and where to find them.
  • Carla Stancil shares her families experience with a virtual reunion.
  • Try these strategies to expand your surname research and create a list of alternate spellings.
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!

More GenHelp in 2021!

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 will continue the GenHelp virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists. Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm ET. 
You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share knowledge during the 90-minute session. The session will be moderated. 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.

It is not necessary to be a member of WCGS to participate. There is no cost, but you must register.  The first session for 2021 is January 7, 6:30pm. 
Visit the WCGS Events page to register for one of our upcoming sessions!

Wake Treasures - Vol 29, Issue 2 is Available!

Welcome to the second issue of Volume 29!  I hope this issue finds you well and healthy.  2020 has been a year of unexpected turns, and it is my hope that this issue provides a bit of distraction and reprieve.
This issue is a treat!  We have the pentultimate installment from Cary Faison on the Railroad, Hortons, and Faisons and continuations of the 1897 Raleigh Colored School census and of the Soldiers Home Record.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment we have the 1915 & 1917 membership lists from the Raleigh Equal Suffrage League.  Belle Long, the former Director of the Joel Lane Museum House, has written about the identity of Colonel Theophilus Hunter's second wife, Jane.  Read along to see how she discovered the identity of Jane and puts to rest a local mystery.

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!

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.


Genealogy Classes
See our Other Events page for information on several genealogy learning opportunities being offered through Zoom.

Feb Meeting - Where to Find Family Stories
Join WCGS's own Barbara McGeachy - an NCGS book publication award winner - as she shares her research sources to help us find stories about our ancestors.

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

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