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June 15, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteer Opportunity with Apex Family History Center.
Starr Ossman, one of the directors of the Family History Center in Apex, is seeking a volunteer to serve at the Center once a month. To enquire about the position and its job requirements, please contact Starr via email osstarr@earthlink.net  or phone, 703-965-7387.
I don't know about you, but I would feel like I had been given the keys to the kingdom, for a chance to spend time with all those records. If I wasn't so far north, I would be jumping on this myself. Instead, I will leave this for those of you closer to Apex. This sounds like fun!
June 13, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - Browse Raleigh History

It is hot outside.  Stay inside and have a browse at the NC Archives Raleigh History collection. 

Happy Hunting!


Image: "Map of the city of Raleigh," 1847, State Archives of North Carolina


June 6, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - Unusual Road Names
Road Names in Wake County
This N&O article presents a historical guide to the origins of many well traveled streets in Raleigh and Wake County. Do you know the origins on a street that might have been missed in this list?

"With names like Six Forks, Bloodworth, Avent Ferry and Lead Mine, it’s easy to wonder where some of Raleigh’s more prominent streets got their names.
The answer is, there is a lot of history behind the designations." - read more here>

Source: Robert Willett NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

The name that really has my curiosity is Fixit Shop Road out near Wendell. If you know that story, please share!
June 1, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Event Notice for June 25
Shared by Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society (TJGS)
Speaker: Ron Arons 

Topic: Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape

Most genealogists focus their efforts on collecting names, dates, and places to grow and expand their family tree as much as possible. This is quite natural. However, a much different experience can be had by focusing one’s efforts on one ancestor at a time. By doing so, one can go beyond the questions: Who?, When?, and Where?. One can explore the far more interesting and powerful questions, WHY? and HOW? Why did our ancestors act the way that they did? How did their behavior have an impact on us? Individual-focused genealogy provides additional insights not into ancestors’ lives but our own lives as well. The truly unexpected benefit of this approach is that it broke down brick walls, allowing the speaker to push back his family tree another four generations. It also exposed the speaker to all sorts of records he might not have explored otherwise.  

Monday, June 25, 2018, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E Williams St
Apex, NC  27502  
 (919) 593-0761
Deborah Long
Monthly Meetings
Registration reccomended. 20 spaces available.
May 30, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - Oberlin Hist. District

Wake Wednesday

Oberlin Historic District - struggle to balance history and progress.

A coming change in policy is "being cheered by advocates who want to preserve Oberlin Village, one of North Carolina’s most-intact Reconstruction-era black communities. The neighborhood was established by freed slaves after the Civil War, and some say it’s in danger of seeing more of the growth and redevelopment that is making its way from nearby Cameron Village." 

Photo source




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May 18, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Add Surname list to your WCGS account
By Cynthia Gage, WCGS Webmaster
Reprinted from the Winter 2018 Issue of Wake Genealogy Watchthe newsletter of WCGS:
Have you entered your surnames onto the Wake County Genealogical Society website?  This is a member benefit, and it’s a great way for others to find your names and get in contact with you while preserving your privacy.  And it’s easy to do! 
Here’s how!

After logging in, select the “Profile” submenu under the “Members Area”.  Then select the surname tab.  To enter a surname, click on the “+” button on the top right.  Fill in the requested information and save.  Besides the information shown above, the surname input screen has a field for alternate spellings and one for any other comments both of which will be available for visitors to see. 
As shown, it is recommended that there is only one surname, one county, and one state per line entry to optimize the success of visitors in finding your names.  However, the only required information on the surname input screen is the surname itself.  The rest can be left blank if you choose.  Once you have entered your surnames, you can always come back later and add more information by clicking on the pencil icon beside the surname.
Now that you have your names entered, here is what visitors will be able to see and do.   From the Surname page on the main website, visitors can search for the surname of their interest. 
In this example, two lines have been found.  For the first listing (Ingham), the surname which was searched (Ingram) had been included in the alternate spelling area when the member entered the data.  By clicking on the “eye”, the visitor will see all the details for the selection, including the alternate spellings and any other comments which the member entered onto the surname listing.  If the visitor wishes to contact the member associated with the surname, they can click the “envelope” to send an email.  Their message will go to the member’s email address on record.  Note that for the privacy of our members the email pop-up does NOT show the email address of the member.  However, the visitor is required to enter their email address in order to send a message.  Thus the member can review and then choose whether to respond to the message from their email server.
Since these messages will come to your inbox, be sure that WCGS has your correct email address, or you may lose out on receiving messages from others who are researching your ancestors!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at webmaster@wakecogen.org.
NOTE: For clearer images see original newsletter version here
May 18, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Plan a Research Trip to Wake County
Reprinted from the Spring 2018 Issue of Wake Genealogy Watch - the newsletter of WCGS:
I was asked by someone living remotely for advice in planning a genealogy research trip to Wake county. I thought my resulting notes might be helpful to others. Please note that all blue text is a working hyperlink, valid as of  2-9-2018. Special thanks to Barb, Ann, and John for their suggestions. - CD
When planning a Wake County research trip, your top 3 must-visit destinations are:
This is the repository for all things historic pertaining to Wake county. Contact the wonderful research librarians, Saundra Cropps and Judy Allen-Dodson, for specific sources that would be useful for your research. They are very knowledgeable and would love to help. Check out their online Collections page.  And the Local History Information Guide.
 • The State Archives of North Carolina 
Next stop is a twofer! Visit 109 E. Jones St. in downtown Raleigh to visit both NC Archives and the Government and Heritage Library.  Before you travel, visit both websites to plan your research strategies.

Check the Researchers page at the Archives for records you might find useful.  You just never know what you will find - diaries, legers, photos, family papers.
Visit the G&H Library page for a whole host of services and research guides that can help you fine tune your goals.
 • The Wake County Justice Center 
at 301 McDowell St. houses land, marriage, and probate records. (Check the website before going for restrictions on what you can carry in.) Visit the Register of Deeds for marriage and land records.  Visit the Clerk of Superior Court for probate records.
If time and travel allow:
UNC Southern History Collection (located in Chapel Hill if travel permits)- Browse or search the collection in advance or contact for guidance.
Search online pre- and post-trip:
These sources are online and can be accessed as needed:
NC Land Grants - can be searched online. Searchable data plus 160,000 images for 216,000 land grants issued by the State of North Carolina from 1663 to 1960.
Wake Treasures Journal (WCGS publication) - over 20 years' worth of transcribed data available to WCGS members - While this requires a WCGS membership to access online, the sheer volume of local, original sources, not accessible elsewhere, makes your membership worthwhile. Here are examples of Wake County material which has been abstracted/transcribed and published in the journal.
- Bastardy Bonds (1772-1937) - Divorce Record (A-Z)
- Levy Dockets (1805-1815) - School Census (1897)
- Tax Records - Poor House Records
- Apprentice Records - Court Minutes
- Military Records - Newspaper Articles
- Deed Book R ... and much more! 
Location based research - These may point you in some direction that I have not mentioned here.
I planned a similar trip two years ago to a family spot in Louisiana. The pre-planning was daunting, but the trip was so much fun and the findings so rewarding that it is worth all the effort. I wish you the best of luck in your family hunting.
Do you have other favorite places to visit for research locally? Share with us. Send them to Newsletter@wakecogen.org

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