Wake Treasures Projects
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Wake County Genealogical Society is working on transcribing or abstracting several exciting record sets and publishing them in our journal, Wake Treasures. But we need additional volunteers to help make these invaluable records available to genealogists and family historians. We have divided these projects into categories: easy, medium and harder. Why not “get your feet wet” by helping us with a few pages from one of our easier records. If you want something with a little challenge, select a record from our medium category. If you now feel confident, select a harder one – harder just means completely handwritten document with little reoccurring structure. You can always decline and try something else if you aren’t comfortable with your first choice. As we often say “anything you do is more than what we had before!
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Unfamiliar with transcribing and abstracting, or unsure about your skills? Our Journal editor, Diane Richard, has recorded a virtual training session for transcribing historical documents. This one-hour training provides examples, tips, tricks, and resources in best practices for transcribing documents for publishing and for genealogical research in general. The session is hosted at the NCGS website, but is free to all for viewing. To view "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records", click on the title and scroll down to the viewing window.
Raleigh Register of Deaths (1887-1904)
The City of Raleigh started collecting death information in 1887. This is a full 26 years before the state instituted these records, and they give us a wonderful source of pre-1900 information. So many who died did not end up with a permanent grave marker nor similar, nor were their deaths noted in the newspaper(s) of the time. Additionally, with the loss of the 1890 census for North Carolina, this may be the only evidence of the short life of a child or the end of life of anyone. Death records are not quite as detailed as the Death Certificates, though they provide, name, age, race, address, what died of, and who the attending physician was, and where buried. Note also that not all the deaths occurred in Raleigh. There are many deaths listed which occurred in other North Carolina locales and even some out-of-state ones!
Register of Births in the City of Raleigh (1890-1924)
Like the City of Raleigh death registers, birth records were also kept by the city of Raleigh starting in 1890! This makes for a remarkable collection since the state of North Carolina did not mandate birth records until 1913, and full compliance was probably not achieved until World War II. Unfortunately, many of these birth records do not give the child's name although they do provide the birth date and the names of both parents. In some cases the child was stillborn or died soon after, and that is indicated.
Moore & Gatling Law Book (c. 1844+)
Select pages from a court docket, county unnamed, though since Bartholomew Figures Moore (1801-1878) was based in Raleigh, it's likely that the listed individuals lived in Wake County or nearby. This is a table of parties to a suit as well as disposition. A very easy project!
Tax Record (1802+)
Poor House Records (aka Wardens of the Poor), (1872 +)
Paupers tend to leave scarce documentation for genealogists to follow. Poor house records can provide a true treasure of information on elusive family members who might not otherwise appear in the standard records family historians tend to turn to first. Most poor farms maintained a register of admissions and residents listing basic information such as name, age, and date of admission. Some went a step further and maintained information about the individual’s personal habits, visitors, and extended family, as well as information on who may have had them admitted. The records also recorded the duration of a stay as well as comments which could lend clues to family members, the reason for release, or occupations.
Deed Book R Abstracts (1800-1803)
Abstraction of the Wake County Deed Book R is underway. Deeds sometimes are the only record surviving to let us know our ancestor lived in a given place or to whom the land was sold or from whom it was purchased. They often give us wonderful genealogical gems such as a father making a gift deed of land to his son "for love and affection." When you see (X) in a name, the clerk is indicating that the individual signed with a mark, though the nature of the mark, whether an (X) or another symbol, is often not indicated; otherwise you can assume that the individual signed their name. These are original records (copies made by a clerk of the court) and do not bear original signatures. Original deeds typically ended up in the hands of the grantee; these rarely survive. We are close to finishing this project! Please help so that we may then publish these records as a stand-alone volume.
Wake County Court Minutes Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Court Minutes are an invaluable resource to our family history research. The lowest level court, and therefore the one most useful to us, is the “Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions” which was typically held quarterly (per its name) though not always. This court handled probate & guardian, registering deeds, apprentice & bastardy activities, road work, jury duty, land to be sold for back taxes, and so very much more!
Freedmens Bureau Records
UNC Material – Records of Ernest Haywood (Raleigh Physician)
Insolvent Debtors (c.1819)
Civil Action Papers Concerning Land (1801-1820)