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October 17, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
RootsMOOC 2018 starts Oct. 22
MOOC = Massive Open Online Course.
RootsMOOC2018 will be presented by the experts at  the State Library of North Carolina.
I have taken this class. It is a great opportunity for beginning genealogist or others wanting to enhance their knowledge of finding tools.
October 22 - December 31, online. More info and signup here.
Excerpt from the Course webpage:

"This course is for anyone who has an interest in telling their family's story. There is no experience necessary, no cost to participate, and no required textbook."

Course Schedule

  • Orientation Module - Begins October 22
  • Module 1: Getting Started - Begins October 29
  • Module 2: US Census - Begins November 5
  • Module 3: State & Local Resources - Begins November 12
  • Module 4: Online Sources & Strategies - Begins November 19‚Äč
October 17, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
DNA Painter Webinar - Nov 6

If you like using DNA Painter, you may be interested in signing up for this webinar. 

"This session will focus on the free aspects of DNA Painter at http://www.dnapainter.com.

We will discuss painting your DNA matches, finding match data, labeling, grouping, overlapping segments, triangulation, and more as time allows.

Live Attendance: 6 November 2018 at 8:30 pm central time–registration is limited in the live session

Register for the live session–$12.99--includes handout
Pre-order a downloading of the recording and handout for $9.99 to be sent by 8 November 2018 " 

More info and sign up here.


October 17, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - Wake Forest Memoir

Some of you may be interested in this memoir about growing up in Wake Forest in the 1930s-40s.

Wake Forest Memoirs - Biscuts, Bedbugs, and Backhouses 

Contact Wake Forest Museum.

As shared to our Facebook feed.


October 10, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
NC State Capitol c. 1880s
Wake Wednesday

This is what the State Capitol may have looked like to your Great-great Grandparents in the 1880's.

I bet it has been a really long time since an oxcart was seen there!

This was seen on another Raleigh group on Facebook. You can see the original post here.

October 8, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
WCGS Reciprocal Journals File at ORL

Did you know that there is a selection of genealogical and historical journals from around the state available in the WCGS files at Olivia Raney Family History Library?

We previously featured our Reciprocal Journals program (shared from other counties and regions of NC) in the Fall 2018 issue of WGW. We wanted to bring this content out of the stacks so people could have an idea what was available (from your favorite comfy chair no less).


You can keep tabs on the latest additions to our collection by visiting our Journals photo album at the WCGS Facebook page. This is a great opportunity to keep up with your research in other parts of the state. If you see a journal topic you want to check out, visit Olivia Raney Library to view these issues and more that we have in our collection. Just ask at the front desk. Sign their visitor book while you are there. We like to help ORL for all they do to help us!


Special thanks to WCGS Corresponding Secretary, Linda Hames for keeping this journal project moving along. I can always count on her to send me the contents page from the journals as they arrive in our P. O. Box.


Here is a preview of what we have on file:


Visit Journals at WCGS Facebook page.


October 3, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Five Points about 1952
Wake Wednesday

Olde Raleigh shared this great picture of Five Points with a traffic circle back in the day! The circle dates the photo to about 1952.
Jump into Olde Raleigh's original post on Facebook to see the great discussion about how they dated the photo and why there is no longer a traffic circle.
October 2, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Upchurch and Allied Families Update

Do you have roots or a strong interest in Wake County?

Allied Families are families who are from Wake and surrounding counties who have lived here, intermarried and interacted here for generations. Phil Upchurch has been collecting information on these families for 60 years or more.

He opened an office in Cary for the purpose of preserving this information on websites and on Ancestry Trees in 2016. We have been meeting there on Thursdays from 2-4, and beginning on October 6, 2018 we will also be meeting on Saturday afternoons from 2-4. In addition to digitizing Phil's collection, we will copy photos brought to us and we can't help sharing stories as we work. Drop by and see if this is your cup of tea. Or just share a cup and a story with us. Check us out at http://www.alliedfamilies.com/ and http://www.upchurchstory.com/




October 2, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
DNA Learning Op on Oct 9

Great Learning Opportunity:

October 9, 7 - 8pm

DNA Demystified: Genealogy & Your Heritage 
North Regional Library 
Learn about DNA tests and how to choose a research company for your genealogy goals. Presented by Ginger Smith, a genetic genealogist. Registration requested... (Scroll down to October 9 on the Event Calendar)

Click here for Events Calendar.


October 1, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
NCGS Event Reminder

Registration for the NCGS Fall Conference closes on Oct. 19.

No Walk-ins accepted. Be sure to sign up now!

NCGS Fall Conference, Oct 27 in Raleigh. Keynote Speaker: Michael D. Lacopo. More info:

Note: If you are a member and have not received emails from NCGS, you need to log into your account to reactivate it after their recent update.

September 21, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Genealogy Computer Skills Training
Here is a great opportunity to grow your computer skills. Sign up now, these classes are time sensitive. Shared by Jen Gunter:
Raleigh Senior TechEd – now addressing ALL Adult computer training needs – has these classes coming up soon.  Many of them can have useful applications to our Genealogy research process.  Ancestry, of course, is an in depth course on how to efficiently use the Ancestry application. Everyone is interested in the Cloud these days – check out this seminar.  All the MS Office Suite products are useful for genealogy – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for photo albums, etc.  And we can all get better organized with our digital files – Jennie covers files and folders in “Where’s My Stuff?” and uses her extensive genealogy folders as demonstration.  And all the wonderful things you can do with Google – lots of helpful tips in this class.  Some of the classes are taught at the Knightdale Parks Recreation Center (KPRC), and some at St. James United Methodist Church (SJUMC) on New Hope Road.  Check out details on the locations, our class schedule and registration information on our website: www.raleighseniorteched.org  Get your registrations submitted now before the classes fill up.
Start Date         End Date                     #        Fee    Week Day           Time                  Class Title                                     Location
                                                          Sessions                                                                                                                    Site
1:30 - 4:00
Genealogy Fun with Ancestry
1:30 - 3:30
Cloud Computing - Introduction
1:30 - 3:30
MS Office: PowerPoint Intro
1:30 - 3:30
File Explorer – Where’s My Stuff?
1:30 - 4:00
 Google Can Do That?