Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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July Meeting

Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library
Tuesday July 24, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
 
Speaker: Judy Allen Dodson, Librarian and Archivist ORLHL
 
Judy Allen Dodson, Librarian and Archivist at Olivia Raney Local History Library in Raleigh, NC, will discuss the many resources and records available to history and genealogical researchers including an extensive map collection and personal collections pertaining to Wake County, NC.
 
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.


August Meeting

History of Oberlin Village
Tuesday August 28, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
 
Speaker: Cheryl Williams
 
Freed slaves founded Oberlin in the late 1860s, which became the largest Reconstruction-era black settlement in Wake County.  By 1880, some 160 families lived in Oberlin Village.  They established churches, schools and businesses. They buried their loved ones at the Historic Oberlin Cemetery.  Today, the area is designated a History Overlay District. Come learn about the contributions the people of Oberlin and their descendants have made to Raleigh history.
 
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.


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!


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 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!


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.


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.

WAKE GENEALOGY WATCH - Summer Issue!
Vol 1, Issue 4 of our newsletter is now available! You can download the issue from the WCGS Newsletter webpage.

Sept Meeting - Using Church Records for Genealogy Research
Diane Richard will discuss the general resources for church records and strategies for using them.

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

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