Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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New "Join or Renew" Process

WCGS is now set up for on-line join or renewal. New members can fill out a form on-line and then choose to print out an invoice and mail in a check or to pay by credit/debit card through PayPal.  If you are already a member, when you log into the Members Area within 45 days of your membership expiration, you will be able to access the "Membership Renewal" button. Payment options are the same as for new members, though your form will be prepopulated with information already in our database.  An email payment notification will automatically be sent to you and to membership for speedy handling!  So make sure on your profile page that your email address is correct!

NEW Publications

At the May National Genealogical Society Conference, WCGS released FIVE new publications of abstracts/transcriptions from original Wake County materials held in the North Carolina State Archives.  The publications are "Wake County Bastardy Bonds, 1772 - 1937", "Wake County Deed Book R, March 1802 - October 1803", "Wake County Divorce Records, Surnames N - Z (1831 - 1920)", "Wake County Levy Dockets, 1805 - 1815", and "Wake County School Census, Raleigh Township 1897".  To learn more about these and to purchase them or any of our other publications, visit the WCGS Publications webpage.

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Have you wanted to help WCGS or another organization with transcibing historical documents but felt unsure about your skills or are you unfamiliar with the transcription process in general?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!

More about DNA

The December meeting of the Wake County Genealogy Society on "Enhance Your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing" was a big success with the meeting room packed with new participants! Our members Bruce Allen, Cyndi Deal, and Carla Stancil provided some great background information on DNA testing and had several handouts to help in doing DNA research.  They have graciously agreed to allow us to post the presentation and the handouts to the website.  To download the presentation or one of the handouts, click on the title of interest. 

WCGS on Lulu!

Did you know you can purchase WCGS journals (new and archived) on Lulu? Visit the Wake County Genealogical Society Bookstore here.


Summer Hiatus!
May is the last general meeting of our Society year. We will start back in September, our 35th year as a society! Enjoy your summer, but don't forget to follow us on Facebook and check back at our website.

September Meeting - REUNION!
Our September meeting will celebrate the 35 anniversary of our society! Come celebrate and share your amazing discoveries from your summer research and trips!

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!