Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Tuesday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 23
Two States, Multiple Counties - What's a Border?  (Meetings)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
 
Speaker: Diane Richard
 
If your family lived in the very center of a county in the center of the state and appears to have never moved, then, you might be in the enviable position of not needing to look any further than the records of that one county for your ancestors.
 
More often than not, whether you had a family living near a county border or at a state border, there is a good chance that they conducted their business or were involved in various matters (e.g., attending church, marrying, etc) in adjacent counties or even the next state. Families seemed to behave as if the “borders” didn’t exist and it’s important to recognize and appreciate that mentality and to make sure that you expand “where” you research, when you can’t find them in the census, can’t find marriages or burials, can’t locate a deed or land grant, etc. It might be that all of these events within a 10 mile radius which just happens to encompass a different county and maybe state.  
 
We’ll talk about “why” someone might have records elsewhere and look at several examples of families, from around the country, whose records were found in more than one jurisdiction.
 
Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, neighboring locales and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.
 
 Since 2006 she has authored over 200 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal).  Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1000 posts. She is currently editor of the journals for NCGS and WCGS.
 
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.