Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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The WCGS website will be moving to a new server.  While the site will be available during the move, new membership and renewal membership features on the website will be disabled.  This will begin on Wednesday Aug.4 at about 8:00 PM until no later than Friday Aug 6 at 8:00 PM.  Once the move has been completed, this message will be removed from the website indicating that the join/renewal membership features have been reenabled. Thank you for your patience during this transition.

August Meeting

WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation
Tuesday August 24, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Lee Arnold
Senior Director of the Library & Collections, Chief Operating Officer
Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has excellent collections on local and regional history and offers a manuscript collection renowned for its 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century holdings. HSP houses many national treasures, such as the first draft of the United States Constitution, an original printer’s proof of the Declaration of Independence, and the earliest surviving American photograph. But the true strength of the Society' collection is the overall breadth and depth of materials that together offer a rich, complex portrait of U.S. history and society from the 17th century to the present.
In this presentation, Library Director Lee Arnold, using case studies, will speak on the various ways researchers use the collections of the HSP for historical and genealogical research.  Particular focus will be on the Society’s North Carolina Collection.
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 - Summer Edition

The Summer 2021 Issue (Vol.4 Issue 4) of our award-winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download.
This issue contains the following topics:
  • Get details on our newest Special Interest Group for WCGS members - Family Tree Maker 2019.
  • Ted Bainbridge offers several solid tips for tracking ancestors that disappear from one census to the next.
  • Sometimes you need a large space to expand your tree drawing efforts - either your own or your DNA matches and shared ancestors. You will want to read the ideas on budget friendly white board alternatives including some easy-to-use Microsoft tools.
  • Meet WCGS Webmaster - Cynthia Gage.
  • Read about clever ideas to foster appreciation of family heirlooms in our younger generations with books, albums and other media that create an interactive experience.
  • Meet our board members. The final installment spotlights our President in Training, Monique Bunch and our Past President, Kathy Ruse.
  • As always, stay updated with our packed events calendar and links to so very much online content.
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 July 1, 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.


Genealogy Classes
See our Other Events page for information on several genealogy learning opportunities being offered through Zoom.

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!