Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Tuesday, December 1 through Tuesday, December 1
After You are Gone; Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you're gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on.  Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we'll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research. 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 

Thursday, December 3 through Thursday, December 3
GenHelp - Free Genealogy Assistance  (Training)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) and Raleigh SrTechEd (RSTE) are pleased to partner to offer GenHelp - monthly virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm ET. Anyone with genealogy or family history-related questions are welcome to join us.

It is not necessary to be a member of WCGS or RSTE to participate and there is no cost. 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.

Click here to register to attend. Scroll down to the GenHelp registration section.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 through Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Wake and Its Beginnings in Colonial Johnston County  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: K. Todd Johnson
There is always a beginning, and for many of us with family from Wake County, our ancestors came from the east, passing through Johnston County. It is important for family historians to realize that Wake County was originally formed in 1771, being cut from pre-existing Johnston, Cumberland, and Orange Counties.
Join us for this talk by K. Todd Johnson, director of the Johnston County Heritage Center. He will speak about the citizenry of early Johnston County while touching on key historical developments predating and influencing the formation of Wake County. Drawing from resources at the Johnston County Heritage Center, including Elizabeth Reid Murry’s Wake County history (Volume 1), Todd’s presentation will cover items in her collection related to the early colonial period. He will also touch on the importance and impact of America’s first revolution known as the Regulator Movement. Come join us as we explore this exciting part of the story of who we were before the formation of Wake County.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 through Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Where to Find Family Stories  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Barbara McGeachy
Facts form the framework of our genealogy, but stories are so much more interesting.  If you have Mayflower or other famous ancestors, you can read books about them.  But where can you find stories about regular folks?  My ancestors were farmers in the backcountry of western North Carolina and east Tennessee. Some were illiterate. Yet I have found specific stories about my direct ancestors. I'll share the top ten places where I found them.  If I can find stories about my ancestors, so can you! 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 through Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Native Americans, Africans and Europeans in North Carolina History: A Brief History of the Evolution  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:18 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Dr. Arwin Smallwood
For centuries North Carolinians have attempted to simplify race by creating three broad categories--Native American, Black and White. However, during the colonial and antebellum periods many Native, Black and White communities contained mixed-race members. In early Virginia, which included Northeastern North Carolina (Albemarle County), Whites resolved their dilemma by establishing race-based slavery and categorizing all mixed-race peoples as “mulatto” and later “negro” and enslaving them for life. Later through segregation, Native Americans, Blacks, and people of mixed-race were further separated from Whites by law.
In spite of this history and law, many mixed-race people in North Carolinas have never seen themselves as simply Native, Black or White and have maintained an identity and history of creolization (mixed-race). This lecture will examine the roles of Natives, Blacks and Whites in the merging of Red, Black and White peoples in North Carolina’s history. This presentation highlights, that since first contact, Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans have merged in the swamps of the tidewater and coastal plains of Northeastern and Southeastern North Carolina, and even the foothills and hollers of the piedmont and mountains of western North Carolina.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 through Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Confusing American Indian Records: 1896 Applications, Dawes Final Roll, Guion Miller Roll  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Debra Osborne Spindle
These three rolls, taken 1896-1909, are unique and provide significant genealogical information, but can be confusing for researchers of American Indian records. The 1896 Applications were a “false start” in Indian Territory, the Dawes Final Roll covers the Five Tribes in Indian Territory, and the Guion Miller includes Cherokees worldwide.  Not all the rolls are official proof of tribal citizenship but each has family material.  Locating and using each of these data sets will be addressed. 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 through Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Sacrifices at the Altar of Photographic Alteration  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Stephen J. Fletcher
Photography can be seen as a history of limitations, producing slivers of time and place extracted from larger life using the technology then available.  What happens, however, when we apply new technologies to old photographs? What do we gain and lose when we sacrifice an original photograph to produce a new incarnation?  Join us as photographic archivist Stephen Fletcher presents an examination of the practice and ethics of image alteration from the "First Photograph" to Photoshop.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 

Monday, June 21, 2021 through Monday, June 21, 2021
Records and Research at the State Archives of NC  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Scheduled for now to meet at NC State Archives, location and format are subject to change.
Speaker: Doug Brown
Prepare yourself to the get the most out of a trip to the North Carolina State Archives. Get a feel for the Reference Room while learning various options including remote research using online digital finding-aids and collections.
Doug Brown, Head of the Public Services Unit at State Archives will lay out a plan of best practices needed to successfully mine thd depth and breadth of the discoverable history housed in the repository. He will also outline the various types of records held at State Archives. And beyond the standard record sources commonly researched by genealogists, participants will be introducued to other resourcces offere by our state's home for records past.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 through Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Searching the Foreign Records Collection at State Archives  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Speaker: Vann Evans
Vann Evans will discuss the Genealogical and Historical Resouces from the Foreign Records Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina. He will speak on the state's long-standing effort to collect colonial period records from overseas, while offering an introduction into what the different records include, how to search in our catalog, and will provide a few examples (including what's now online versus what is not).