Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
WELCOME to the Wake County Genealogical Society website!

October Meeting

Finding the Law
Oct 26, 2021 6:30 to 8:30 PM
On-Line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
The Legal Genealogist
Time and time again, we're told as genealogists that we need to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. Easier said than done! With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how do we find the laws we need, for both North Carolina and beyond?
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 2 is Available!

I am so pleased to announce that Wake Treasures has once again won the North Carolina Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing (Journal) for 2021. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of previous Wake Treasures winners: Diane Richard (2018) and Hope Blackford (2011).
Fall is here as is the newest issue of our journal.  In this issue, Wake County Genealogical Society’s President, Carla Stancil, has written two articles: “How the Goat Cart Became a Photo Prop”; and “Remembering Mamie Allen”, a recollection regarding her dear aunt.  Over the next year Wake Treasures will be featuring a short series on the Wake-County-based Allen family.  This issue includes the completion of the 1897 Raleigh Colored School Census and highlights items from the Crowder Collection held at the State Archives of North Carolina.  This collection includes several diary entries from an unknown male that gives us a glimpse into the past.  Following these articles are the Wake County Civil Action Papers Concerning Land, 1814.
It is my hope that you enjoy this issue, and as always, I want to thank the volunteers who keep the journal in publication.  If you enjoy the journal and would like to become a part of the journal team, please reach out to me at Journal@wakecogen.org and I will be happy to discuss volunteering opportunities.
Happy Reading, Donna, 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 - Fall Edition

The Fall 2021 Issue (Vol.5 Issue 1) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
  • Cynthia Gage shares some great strategies for finding family information in small town newspapers. It is truly a great untapped resource.
  • Get more great research ideas and suggestions from our GenHelp panelists who regularly (monthly first Thursday) provide ideas which are fresh and out of the box.
  • We have a very full rosters of volunteer opportunities outlined in this issue including a Content Curator position for the Journal team.
  • A quick mention of changes at the Wakecogen blog that may affect you if you are subscribed to receive updates to your email.
  • Christopher Hunt Robertson shares a profile of local railroad magnate, Alexander Boyd Andrews (1841-1915)
  • An overview by Cyndi Deal of the two Cemetery Surveys that have been conducted since the mid-1930s with some exciting news about the most recent survey.
  • A packed virtual event calendar that includes a presenter well known on the national genealogy circuits.
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!

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 Nov 4, 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.


Wake Treasures: Winner of NCGS's 2021 Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing (Journal)
Congratulations to our editor, Donna Shackle! And thanks to all our volunteers who keep the journal filled with great content!

Special Interest Groups (SIG)
WCGS has several SIG groups for its members. The Family Tree Maker group meets on the first Saturday of the month. The German Genes group meets the third Saturday of the month. For details on how to sign up for one of our SIGs visit the Benefits page in the Members Area.

Nov-Dec Meeting - Finding Clues to Your Ancestors Hidden in Social History
Join Lisa Lisson as she explains how social history can help tell the story of our ancestors.

More SIGs
WCGS would like to initiate additional Special Interest Groups! Members have expressed a need for a Beginning DNA SIG. If you would like to act as coordinator for this SIG or any other topic which may help you and our members, please email the WCGS President at president@wakecogen.org.

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!