Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Tuesday, September 22 through Tuesday, September 22
Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains: History of the Melungeon People  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Heather Andolina
 
After her grandmother is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, historian Heather Andolina begins to uncover her unique genetic past and finds that she is the decedent of a mysterious group of people known as Melungeon. Andolina travels all over the east coast in search for answers and discovers the haunting history of the Melungeon people, filled with their own folklore, heritage and heartbreaking tales of discrimination. Join us as Heather discusses her journey and the making of a documentary of her discovery that the Melungeon people were truly a melting pot of diversity to offer a disturbing account of the strange and unforgiving history of race in America.
 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all members and newsletter recipients. If you are on one of those lists, you will receive an email with registration instructions closer to the date.  If you want to be included in this event visit the WCGS Join page



Tuesday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 27
Using Masonic Records in Your Research  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
On-line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker: Jonathan Underwood, Assistant to the Grand Secretary and Keeper of the Memorials and Archives
 
Masonic Records are some of the best kept, but most underutilized, records. Freemasons around thw world have a tradition of keeping detailed lodge minutes, correspondence, and membership records. As far as researchers of North Carolina history and genealogy are concerned, most such records pertaining to this state are archived and housed by the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. While Masonic records in this state date as early as 1754, the majority of intact records span from the mid-1760s through the modern era. Except for records concerning immediate family, most records are available for research up through the first quarter of the 20th Century.
 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all members and newsletter recipients. If you are on one of those lists, you will receive an email with registration instructions closer to the date.  If you want to be included in this event visit the WCGS Join page



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 members and newsletter recipients. If you are on one of those lists, you will receive an email with registration instructions closer to the date.  If you want to be included in this event visit the WCGS Join page



Tuesday, January 26, 2021 through Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Cameron Village Regional Library (location and/or format subject to change)
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
 
Speaker: Todd Johnson
 
Join us as Todd Johnson provides an in-depth overview of the amazing Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection with its focus on Wake County communities and people. Todd is the  Executive Director of the Johnston County Heritage Center and author of several books about local history.
 
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Social time: 6:30; Announcements: 6:45pm. Presentation will start at 7:00.



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 members and newsletter recipients. If you are on one of those lists, you will receive an email with registration instructions closer to the date. If you want to be included in this event visit WCGS Join Page
 



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 members and newsletter recipients. If you are on one of those lists, you will receive an email with registration instructions closer to the date.  If you want to be included in this event visit the WCGS Join page
 



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
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. 
 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all members and newsletter recipients. If you are on one of those lists, you will receive an email with registration instructions closer to the date.  If you want to be included in this event visit the WCGS Join page
 



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.
 
 
 
 
 
 



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).