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Tuesday, April 27
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
PhD, MLIS
 
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. 
 
Debra Spindle Osborne is a 6th generation Texan stranded in Oklahoma now for over 40 years.  She is a retired librarian from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Research Division in Oklahoma City 
 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 
 



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

Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) is pleased 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 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, May 25
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. 



Tuesday, June 22
Finding Your Family on Ship Manifests  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Mark Arslan
 
Come learn about ship manifests from Mark Arslan who is a 30-year resident of Cary (originally from California), retired after 35 years at IBM Corporation. His ethnic background is a mix of British, Armenian, French, and German. He has been researching his genealogy for over 52 years. Mark's paternal grandfather (an Armenian from Turkey) immigrated to the United States in 1906 through Ellis Island.

When ship manifests became available online around the year 2000, Mark began abstracting ship manifest entries for Armenians coming to America. He currently has about 70,000 ship manifest entries that he put into a free searchable online database for use by other Armenians researching their ancestry. Mark is also a moderator of the Armenian Genealogy group on Facebook (over 12,000 members). Mark's experience in using ship manifests and other American primary source material from the time period 1850-1940 is relevant for others researching their family's immigration to America, regardless of ethnic origins.



Tuesday, July 27
Searching the Foreign Records Collection at State Archives  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Vann Evans
Audiovisual Materials Archivist
 
The State Archives at North Carolina is more than a repository for private documents and official records originating within the state. Join us as Vann Evans introduces participants to genealogical and historical resources from their Foreign Records Collection. He will also speak on the state's long-standing effort to collect colonial records from overseas and will provide an introduction into what the different records include, how to search in the catalog, and a few examples (including what's now online versus what's not.
 



Tuesday, August 24
Research and Resources at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Dr. Lee Arnold
Senior Director of the Library & Collections, Chief Operating Officer
 
Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has excellent collections on local and regional history and offers a manuscript collection renowned for its 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century holdings. HSP houses many national treasures, such as the first draft of the United States Constitution, an original printer’s proof of the Declaration of Independence, and the earliest surviving American photograph. But the true strength of the Society' collection is the overall breadth and depth of materials that together offer a rich, complex portrait of U.S. history and society from the 17th century to the present.
 
In this presentation, Library Director Lee Arnold, using case studies, will speak on the various ways researchers use the collections of the HSP for historical and genealogical research.  Particular focus will be on the Society’s North Carolina Collection.