Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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September Meeting

Sept 28, 2021 6:30 to 8:30 PM
On-Line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Janine Cloud
FTDNA Group Projects, Events Coordinator
For twenty years, Y-DNA has been used to confirm and connect to paternal ancestry. In this talk, Janine Cloud will discuss the types of testing available, along with how Y-DNA reveals information about your patrilineal ancestors. She'll also cover research strategies for both individuals and groups.
Longtime genealogy enthusiast Janine Cloud has been with FamilyTreeDNA for ten years, during which she's served as Information Specialist, Customer Service Manager, and established the Group Projects team she now manages. She's given talks on genetic genealogy both in person and virtually at international, national, regional, and local events, including RootsTech, NGS Family History Conference, and Family History Down Under.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Events page or the WCGS Registration page to access the registration link.

Wake Treasures - Vol 30, Issue 1 is Available!

Spring is upon us, the coronavirus vaccine is here, and life is slowly returning to normal. The pandemic is sure to have honed our online research skills, and I’m sure you’ll be glad to be able to research in person once more as the archives and state library are now offering appointments for in-person research. It is also conference season, with the National Genealogical Society hosting its annual convention virtually in May. Wake County Genealogical Society’s own Diane L. Richard and David M. McCorkle will be presenting and are not to be missed!

As you may have noticed, this issue has a new cover that we are proud to debut, along with our new logo. This issue of Wake Treasures is full of continued series, such as the final part of Carey Faisons “Railroads, Hortons, and Faisons,” the 1897 Raleigh Colored School Census, Wake County Records Batch #3, Wake County Records of Slaves and Free Negroes, 1721-1829 and Soldiers Home records, while also introducing new content from Debra Blake, a secretary’s report from the Mordecai family, and Trade Licenses of 1876.

Without the help of an array of volunteers this journal wouldn’t be possible. Please consider submitting your Wake family history, transcribing, or selecting content as the Content Curator. If you are interested in contributing to the journal, please contact me at journal@wakecogen.org. Many thanks to our contributors, transcribers, indexer, and proofreader!
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!

Wake Genealogy Watch - Fall Edition

The Fall 2021 Issue (Vol.5 Issue 1) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
  • Cynthia Gage shares some great strategies for finding family information in small town newspapers. It is truly a great untapped resource.
  • Get more great research ideas and suggestions from our GenHelp panelists who regularly (monthly first Thursday) provide ideas which are fresh and out of the box.
  • We have a very full rosters of volunteer opportunities outlined in this issue including a Content Curator position for the Journal team.
  • A quick mention of changes at the Wakecogen blog that may affect you if you are subscribed to receive updates to your email.
  • Christopher Hunt Robertson shares a profile of local railroad magnate, Alexander Boyd Andrews (1841-1915)
  • An overview by Cyndi Deal of the two Cemetery Surveys that have been conducted since the mid-1930s with some exciting news about the most recent survey.
  • A packed virtual event calendar that includes a presenter well known on the national genealogy circuits.
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!

New German Genes 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!  
Sue Olmsted is coordinating a new SIG for those of us who have German speaking ancestors.  The German Genes SIG has its kick-off meeting on June 19th.  Just recently WCGS started another new Special Interest Group (SIG) for society members who are users of FTM 2019. If you are interested in learning more about either of these SIGs, login to the website and click on the "SIG and Other Benefits" tab.
At the moment there is strong interest in forming a Beginning DNA SIG, if a WCGS member will step forward to form and coordinate such a group.  Or if you are a member of WCGS and have another theme which you feel deserves a SIG, send your suggestion to the WCGS President. If you're interested in a topic, then others may be too!   

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  next session for 2021 is Oct 7, 6:30pm. Visit the WCGS Events page to register for one of our upcoming sessions!

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.


Special Interest Groups (SIG)
WCGS has several SIG groups for its members. The Family Tree Maker group meets on the first Saturday of the month. The German Genes group meets the third Saturday of the month. For details on how to sign up for one of our SIGs visit the Benefits page in the Members Area.

Oct Meeting - Finding the Law
Join Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, as she helps us find the laws we need for North Carolina research and beyond. Register through our events page by selecting "Read More".

More SIGs
WCGS would like to initiate additional Special Interest Groups! Members have expressed a need for a Beginning DNA SIG. If you would like to act as coordinator for this SIG or any other topic which may help you and our members, please email the WCGS President at president@wakecogen.org.

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

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