Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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January Meeting

DNA: Mapping Your Chromesomes using DNApainter!
Tuesday January 23, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
The "mystery" program for January is DNA: Mapping your Chromosomes using DNApainter.
You've taken one or more DNA tests, you've looked at your ethnicity reports, and you've found some relatives whose DNA matches yours. Maybe you've even loaded your DNA into GedMatch. What's next? Chromosome mapping!
We will view and discuss a recent video by Blaine Bettinger about chromosome mapping using a new tool, DNApainter. This tool is currently free. Some WCGS members say it's the easiest mapping tool they have seen. Blaine is an attorney and an expert in DNA. He is also an excellent speaker.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.

Vol 27, Issue 3 Edition of Wake Treasures

Excerpts from "Message from the Editor" - Diane L. Richard
This edition of the journal continues the data from several important record groups, including Raleigh Voter Registrations, Wake County Deed Book R, Raleigh Death Registers and  Raleigh Birth Registers, the latter of which was made possible by the efforts of Members of the Asbury Station Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Cary NC, Historic Preservation Committee. If your organization would like to help with future transcription projects, please contact me.
Additonally, to continue our honoring of those who served in WWI, we have a list of some of those inducted from Wake County. Look for more WWI records in the next issue, as we continue our series recognizing the centennial of the "Great War".
Speaking of transcribing, if you would like to help but aren't sure how to transcribe then plesse watch the webinar I recorded for the North Carolina Genealogical Society, "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records." This virtual training video is FREE for anyone to view, and you can click on the title to immediately access the link.  After viewing, please visit the WCGS Journal Projects page or email me at dianelrichard@mosaicrpm.com (please put Wake Treasures in the subject line) to find the right transcription project for you to help us.
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage.

New "Join or Renew" Process

WCGS is now set up for on-line join or renewal. New members can fill out a form on-line and then choose to print out an invoice and mail in a check or to pay by credit/debit card through PayPal.  If you are already a member, when you log into the Members Area within 45 days of your membership expiration, you will be able to access the "Membership Renewal" button. Payment options are the same as for new members, though your form will be prepopulated with information already in our database.  An email payment notification will automatically be sent to you and to membership for speedy handling!  So make sure on your profile page that your email address is correct!

NEW Publications

At the May National Genealogical Society Conference, WCGS released FIVE new publications of abstracts/transcriptions from original Wake County materials held in the North Carolina State Archives.  The publications are "Wake County Bastardy Bonds, 1772 - 1937", "Wake County Deed Book R, March 1802 - October 1803", "Wake County Divorce Records, Surnames N - Z (1831 - 1920)", "Wake County Levy Dockets, 1805 - 1815", and "Wake County School Census, Raleigh Township 1897".  To learn more about these and to purchase them or any of our other publications, visit the WCGS Publications webpage.

Transcription Training

Have you wanted to help WCGS or another organization with transcibing historical documents but felt unsure about your skills or are you unfamiliar with the transcription process in general?  Maybe you were unable to attend the transcription training given by our Editor, Diane Richard, last summer?  Now she has provided us with an option to learn these skills at our convenience.  Diane has recorded a virtual session for the North Carolina Genealogical Society which is free to all for viewing.  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 visit our Projects page to find the right transcription project for you to help us!

WCGS on Lulu!

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


Vol 1, Issue 2 of our newsletter is now available! You can download the issue from the WCGS Newsletter webpage.

Feb Meeting - Confederates of Color
Earl Ijames from the NC Museum of History will describe his research methods and the primary sources he found on this puzzling topic.

March Meeting - North Carolina in WW1

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

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