Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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May Meeting

Two States, Multiple Counties - What's a Border?
May 23, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
Speaker: Diane L. Richard
Join us for our last meeting of the society year when Diane Richard gives us an encore presentation of one of her exciting NGS Conference talks! 
If your family lived in the very center of a county in the center of the state and appears to have never moved, then, you might be in the enviable position of not needing to look any further than the records of that one county for your ancestors.
More often than not, whether you had a family living near a county border or at a state border, there is a good chance that they conducted their business or were involved in various matters (e.g., attending church, marrying, etc) in adjacent counties or even the next state. Families seemed to behave as if the “borders” didn’t exist and it’s important to recognize and appreciate that mentality and to make sure that you expand “where” you research, when you can’t find them in the census, can’t find marriages or burials, can’t locate a deed or land grant, etc. It might be that all of these events within a 10 mile radius which just happens to encompass a different county and maybe state.  
We’ll talk about “why” someone might have records elsewhere and look at several examples of families, from around the country, whose records were found in more than one jurisdiction.
Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, neighboring locales and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.

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Have you wanted to help WCGS or another organization with transcibing historical documents but felt unsure about your skills or are you unfamiliar with the transcription process in general?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

March 2017 Edition of Wake Treasures

Excerpts from "Message from the Editor" - Diane L. Richard
The start of the new year is a great time to deliver you Vol. 27, Issue 1 of Wake Treasures, chock full with helpful information.
We are pleased to have Debra Blake from the State Archives of North Carolina share with us World War I materials held there.  Our ever reliable Phil Upchurch tells us about Green Hope School and its history.  We continue some series for records from the Ernest Haywood Collection (at UNC), 1802 Tax Records, late 18th and early 19th century petitions, civil action papers concerning land for 1814, Voter Registrations 1902-1906, County Accounts, and 1816 court minutes. There are also some records included from the transcriber training held in March 2016 with a few more still to come.
Speaking of transcribing, hopefully you read a recent email about the availability of 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.
With the National Genealogical Society Conference coming to Raleigh this May, we would love to "publish" a few compilations that have been in the works for years (literally). Each of these publications is very, very close to being print-ready. Please volunteer to help project manage the last few steps needed so that we can get these available on Lulu by May 1st.  Volumes that are definitely almost print-ready are Wake County Bastardy Bonds (1772-1937), Wake Count Divorce Records (A-Z), Wake County Levy Dockets (1805-1897), and Wake County School Census (1897).  We will probably also be close enough on Wake County Voter Registrations to publish those also! Wouldn't it be great to see a least five new Wake County books published? Please help make this happen!
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage.

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.


National Genealogical Society needs help
May is the time for the NGS annual conference here in Raleigh. NGS needs help with room monitors, registrations, vendor assistance and other tasks. Please follow the link below to signup and show them what Southern Hospitality means!

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.

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

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