Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Wake Genealogy Watch - New Edition

The spring edition of Wake Genealogy Watch is now available. Peruse the latest edition for:
  • News about our society and our December "Westward Ho!" meeting. 
  • An article with hints for using the revised Find-a-Grave website.
  • A request from our Wake Treasures Journal editor, Diane Richard.
  • Some suggestions if you are planning a research trip to Wake County (and of course if you are here on the fourth Tuesday of the month, we'd love for you to come to our meeting and introduce yourself!)
  • Information on upcoming events including future WCGS meetings. 
  • 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!

February Meeting

Confederates of Color Before and After the Emancipation Proclamation
Tuesday February 27, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: Earl Ijames, NC Museum of History
Earl Ijames has spent more than 20 years researching and documenting the roles of enslaved and free people of color who served in various capacities in the Confederacy and the Confederate Army. He will describe his research methods, how one record led to another, and how he found primary sources which substantiate his findings. Due to the political nature of the project, he found multiple primary sources for each soldier. He will display several artifacts that he used in his research. He will show a few scenes from his documentary "Colored Confederates and U.S. Colored Troops" and will have autographed copies of the DVD of this 75-minute film available for purchase. His talk coincides with the new Reconstruction Exhibit at the NC Museum of History.
Mr. Ijames is a 1991 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in history and minors in economics, English and African-American Studies.He became curator at the North Carolina Museum of History in 2008 following 14 years as a researcher and photographic and reference archivist with the North Carolina State Archives.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend! Refreshments will be served during social time before the presentation.  Presentation starts at 7:00.

We Want to Hear from YOU!

In order to better serve our Society, we want to know what YOU - both members and nonmembers - think!  Please take our short ten question survey - click here. The survey will remain open until March 31, 2018. As an incentive for completing the survey, we will draw for two one-year memberships - one from individuals who are not already members and one from current members.  Your opinions are important to us and shape the direction of our Society – please take just a moment to complete the survey. Drawing winners will be announced in April.

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 3 Edition of Wake Treasures

Excerpts from "Message from the Editor" - Diane L. Richard
This edition of the journal continues the data from several important record groups, including Raleigh Voter Registrations, Wake County Deed Book R, Raleigh Death Registers and  Raleigh Birth Registers, the latter of which was made possible by the efforts of Members of the Asbury Station Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Cary NC, Historic Preservation Committee. If your organization would like to help with future transcription projects, please contact me.
Additonally, to continue our honoring of those who served in WWI, we have a list of some of those inducted from Wake County. Look for more WWI records in the next issue, as we continue our series recognizing the centennial of the "Great War".
Speaking of transcribing, if you would like to help but aren't sure how to transcribe then plesse watch the webinar I recorded for the North Carolina Genealogical Society, "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records." This virtual training video is FREE for anyone to view, and you can click on the title to immediately access the link.  After viewing, please visit the WCGS Journal Projects page or email me at dianelrichard@mosaicrpm.com (please put Wake Treasures in the subject line) to find the right transcription project for you to help us.
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 3 of our newsletter is now available! You can download the issue from the WCGS Newsletter webpage.

March Meeting - North Carolina in WW 1
Jackson Marshall from the NC Museum of History will present for the 100 year anniversary of WW 1.

April Meeting - Using DNA to Breakdown Brick Walls

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

Amazon Smile
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