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Finding and Understanding NC Court Records
Tuesday, December 6
Finding and Understanding NC Court Records  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Speaker: David McCorkle
Courts have always dealt with crimes and disputes, but in the past they also handled much more routine items that can be of great interest to your genealogical research.   These include many functions now performed by other government offices such as proving deeds, probate, petitions, taxes, appointment of local officials, licenses, bastardy, manumission – the list goes on.  To complicate things, the type of courts and what areas they were responsible for has changed over time. This discussion will help you know what you can find along with how and where to find it. 
A North Carolina native, David is President and founder of NC Historical Records Online (NCHRO), with a mission to provide public online access to images of original records and other relevant information useful to researching North Carolina history and genealogy. He is the creator of NCHRO’s main project: the free website NC Land Grant Images and Data which contains searchable records for all 200,000+ land grants issued by North Carolina, along with close to a million images of original records.

Saturday, December 10
WCGS Meet-up at the State Library of North Carolina  (Meet-up)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
SLNC: Government and Heritage Library
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC
Join members of Wake County Genealogical Society for an in-person meet up at the State Library of NC.
Learn what resources and services are available.
  • Grab a library card to access on-line resources from home!
  • Browse the collections.
  • Reconnect with friends at a lunch spot nearby.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
No registration required. Just join us there!  Click for a sneak peek of their Genealogy and Family History offerings!

Applying Investigative Skills from the Financial Crime World to Genealogy
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Applying Investigative Skills from the Financial Crime World to Genealogy  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Speaker: Kate Townsend
Kate started her career as an investigator fighting financial crime and, in this presentation, she will share thoughts on how the same skills and methodology used to investigate fraud, money laundering, and high-net worth individuals can be applied to your genealogical research pursuits.
Kate Townsend is an experienced researcher, investigator, and genealogist who turned her passion for family history into a business: Family History Investigations, LLC. Kate previously worked as an investigator in Corporate America. She brings this investigative know-how to her genealogical record sleuthing and analysis. Kate completed Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogical Research in Spring 2020. She is enrolled in ProGen 58. She currently serves as the Co-Program Chair of the North Hills Genealogists and the Chair of the National Genealogical Society Delegate Council Steering Committee.
Virtual and free with registration beginning shortly after the December meeting.

Songs of the Enslaved and Downtrodden
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Songs of the Enslaved and Downtrodden  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Speaker: Mary Dobbin Williams
Gospel Singer, Historian, and Educator
Combining song and message, the learning opportunity in this presentation lies in Mary D. Williams’ powerful voice as she leads participants to the day when songs of hope wafted across our southern landscape. Born in Garner NC, in Wake County, and having performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mary will share her thoughts on the power of voice during the days of slavery and more recently during the fight for civil rights. Important to our family histories and tempered by each season of the lives we live, the way and reasons we raise our voices in song offer an important narrative of who we are as a people, as family. 
Virtual and free with registration beginning shortly after the January meeting.

The Revolution and Finding Wake in Orange and Durham in Wake
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
The Revolution and Finding Wake in Orange and Durham in Wake  (Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Speaker: Mark Chilton
Orange County Register of Deeds and Historian with background in Geography
Often county-oriented genealogies are too tightly focused when in reality they should reflect the broader jurisdictional history of the place one’s ancestors lived. Applied locally, Mark Chilton, Orange County Register of Deeds, will speak on his county’s records identifying land and people in what became Wake County in 1771.  Similarly, Mark will speak on Durham County and the importance of researching its lands and people found earlier in the annals of Wake County.  And personally important to Mark, he will challenge the Wake County Genealogical Society and similar societies to explore and publish historically significant records lost during the American Revolution. Join us as there’s lots to be gained by attending this presentation!
Virtual and free with registration beginning shortly after the February meeting.