Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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May Meeting

Researching Early New England Ancestors
Tuesday May 22, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: Jane Bartlett
Those who can trace their roots to the first century of European settlement of New England (beginning with the landing of the Mayflower in 1620) are fortunate to have ancestors who expected that the major events of their lives would be part of the public record.  My presentation will focus on the resources readily available for researching in this document-rich part of the country.
Bio:  Most of my English ancestors arrived in the New World either with the Mayflower at Plymouth Plantation in 1620 or came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the next twenty years during what-was-called The Great Migration....and nearly all of them stayed in Massachusetts for the next several hundred years.  I was born in Vermont of parents whose roots can be traced to that period of emigration.  My own New England family research began in the late 1980s when, as an extra duty, I was assigned to head the Genealogy Department in the El Paso (Texas) Public Library.  It's been an obsession since.
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.

Wake Genealogy Watch - New Edition

The summer edition of Wake Genealogy Watch is now available.This is the last issue of Vol 1.  We hope you are enjoying our new newsletter.  (Psst! We think it's great!)  If you are enjoying it as much as we are, please thank our newsletter editor, Cyndi at newsletter@wakecogen.org for the great job!  And of course, feel free to reach out to this email address if you have items for the newsletter or other comments.
As for our new issue, peruse the latest edition for:
  • The change in our schedule to add meetings in the summer, along with information on our summer topics! 
  • An article with hints for searching OCR sites.
  • The story of Albert Barben, Commercial Photographer (1888-1953) from Bruce Miller.
  • Hints for using "Faulty Search Engines"!
  • The first article in a new series on Genetic Genealogy. 
  • 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!

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!

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.

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

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.

July Meeting - Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library
Judy Allen Dodson, Archivist, will show us some of the many resources available at ORL.

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

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