Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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February Meeting

Let's Explore a Few of My Favorite On-line Resources: Internet Archive, JSTOR,& HathiTrust
Tuesday February 25, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Drive
Raleigh, NC 27605
 
Speaker: Diane L. Richard
 
Join author, editor, professional researcher and sought-after speaker Diane L. Richard for a look at some of her favorite online resources!  With a plethora of online resources, it's often hard to know where to look for material.  There are invaluable resources for genealogists not called Ancestry.com or Fanily Search and that weren't even created by or for genealogists!  Many researchers overlook digitized books, journal articles and the like in their quest to learn about their ancestors. This is a mistake! Abstracted and transcribed records fill these volumes.  Historical content oozes from these materials.  Let's explore some of Diane's favorite places for ferreting out hard-to-access materials that often prove to be a historical gem or nugget of research gold.
 
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.
 


Wake Genealogy Watch - 2019 NCGS Winner!

Recently, the Wake Genealogy Watch newsletter was honored with an award!  At the 2019 fall meeting of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, Cyndi Deal editor of WGW (on the right in the photo), received the NCGS state award for "Excellence in Publishing - Newsletter" from Laurel Sanders, president of NCGS. This is the second year that WGW and Cyndi have been recognized by NCGS with this award!  WCGS congratulates Cyndi on this well-deserved honor!  If you would like to read our newsletter, you can find all of the issues on the WCGS Newsletter webpage.  Each issue is full of articles and tips to help you with your research, and you will find a calender of upcoming genealogy-related events!  


Wake Genealogy Watch - Latest Edition

The Winter 2020 Issue (Vol.3 Issue 2) of our award winning  newsletter Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. 
 
This issue contains the following topics:
• Get Acquainted with the new Wake Treasures Journal Team
• Ann Myhre shares some very useful tips for tackling foreign language translations
• Popular tips, technique, and historical context of 2019 from the WCGS Facebook feed
• Ted Bainbridge shares important points to consider when evaluating sources, information, and evidence
• Cyndi Deal explores the workflow and challenges of researching that Native American family lore 
• Another very full calendar of events
 
 As always we welcome your articles, comments, or other items for the newsletter, so please contact Cyndi at newsletter@wakecogen.org if you have something to share.
 
Photo Note: If you choose to read a printed version of this newsletter, some of the photos will be difficult to view due to size constraints. Please refer back to the online edition where you can enlarge the photos to accommodate better viewing.  This recent issue of the Newsletter may be downloaded from the WCGS Newsletter page.  Enjoy!


Wake Treasures - Vol 28, Issue 4 Released!

Final  "Message from the Editor - Diane L. Richard"
 
Vol 28, Issue #4 of Wake Treasures is somewhat bittersweet as this is my last issue as editor.  I have loved the journey and the challenge to try and provide useful content to readers.  With the next issue Donna Shackle will be the new editor.  She introduces herself in the full "Message from the Editor" on page 3 of the new journal.
 
With this issue we continue to share stories of Philip Upchurch and Carey Faison and their Wake County families.  We also share some birth records from 1895 provided by the Cary DAR chapter, and we continue our exploration of tax records with information from 1802.  Finally Sue Harvey introduces us to a church important to her family.
 
Best wishes to y'all wherever your genealogical journey may take you.
Diane
 
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage. And if you have personal stories of people, places, and events connected to Wake County, please consider sharing them for inclusion into future editions!


Transcription Sessions

Have you got a couple of hours available on a Saturday to help WCGS transcibe historical documents for publication in our journal?  If you do, visit the WCGS Events page to see when and where we are meeting to perform this valuable work and pay it forward!  Come any time convenient for you!
 
If you are unsure of your skills or about the transcription process in general, then this free webinar is right for you!  The NCGS editor,  Diane L. Richard, has recorded a virtual session on how to transcribe.  This one-hour training provides examples, tips, tricks, and resources in best practices for transcribing documents for publishing and for genealogical research in general. To view "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records", click on the title and scroll down to the viewing window.  Then we hope you will join us at a party or visit our Projects page to find the right transcription project for you!


WCGS on Lulu!

Did you know you can purchase WCGS journals (new and archived) on Lulu? Visit the Wake County Genealogical Society Bookstore here.


      



MARCH WEBINARS
Find out about two great multi-webinar opportunities coming up in March!

March Meeting - In Search of Tri-racial Heritage
With race as the central theme, George Thomas will tell of his ponderings about family and their neighbors who struggled to live among each other.

Apr Meeting - Reveal your Shy Cousins on AncestryDNA
Our own Cyndi Deal will present useful AncestryDNA tools that when used together can reveal the secrets of your no tree/private tree matches.

Summer of DNA Handouts!
Download Handouts from "Summer of DNA" section on the WCGS Publication page.

WCGS Blog site
Find our Blog site here to keep up with all the research hints and local activities of interest to Wake County researchers.

Volunteer needs
Near or far, there is always a way you can help WCGS!

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