Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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WCGS Needs a Treasurer!

Consider this great opportunity to support your Society! This is a Board position and does not require an accounting or bookkeeping background, or for you to live in the Raleigh area. Can be done remotely! Contact President@wakecogen.org for more info!

Nov/Dec Meeting

After You're Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research
WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation
Tuesday December 1, 2020
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you're gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on.  Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we'll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.

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!

Announcing GenHelp!

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 (WCGS) and Raleigh SrTechEd (RSTE) are partnering to offer GenHelp - monthly virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm ET. Join us anytime during the ninety minute session to ask questions and share knowledge. 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.  Visit the WCGS Events page to register for one of our upcoming sessions!

Wake Genealogy Watch - Fall Edition

The Fall 2020 Issue (Vol.4 Issue 1) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
  • Ted Bainbridge offers companion articles about revisiting your research and using original documents to get the most out of your research.
  • Meet our new Board Members.
  • Olivia Raney Family History Library renovation sneak peek.
  • Barbara McGeachy profiles two valuable local learning resources - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Raleigh Senior Tech Ed
  • Cynthia Gage digs deeper into advanced newspaper research with some search strategies that will find gems in the press to add to your ancestor's story.
  • Strategies for researching challenging surnames.
  • Details on a recent gift of genealogy books to Thornton Library.
  • A curated list of genetic genealogy videos to sharpen your skills at all levels.
  • A call from North Carolina Genealogical Society for Bible Records for their future publication.
  • Dennis Martin and Cynthia Whited profile the books and book series that are the culmination of their twenty years of research.
  • Yet another surprisingly packed event calendar.
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!

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.

Jan Meeting - Wake and Its Beginnings in Colonial Johnston County
Todd Johnson discusses the citizenry of early Johnston Co and some key historical developments influencing the formation of Wake County.

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

Amazon Smile
WCGS is a Member of AmazonSmile--help earn funds for our society! When shopping at amazon.com, please use http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1392575. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Wake County Genealogical Society, Inc. Bookmark the link and you will be supporting us every time you shop! THANK YOU!