Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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September Meeting

Where in the World? Land Records using Metes and Bounds
Tuesday September 24, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Drive
Raleigh, NC 27605
Speaker: Barbara McGeachy
Deeds in the 20 states such as North Carolina that use metes and bounds can be daunting.  But deeds may contain valuable genealogical information including parentage, maiden and married names of women, names of neighbors, etc, Learn how to find deeds online and offline and how to plat the land.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Social time: 6:30-7:00.Presentation will start at 7:00.

Wake Genealogy Watch - Summer Edition!

The new issue, Vol. 2 Issue 4 of Wake Genealogy Watch, is available and brings you informative topics and news of upcoming events to help enhance your genealogy skills over the hot summer season.  In this issue you will find an article by Cyndi Deal about her selection and use of a scanner which makes easy work of converting slides, negatives, and film into JPEGs for preserving and sharing photos.  She supplements this topic with a short discussion of her photo editing software and presents a few resources on how to date 19th century images. Cynthia Gage shares some newspaper resources that North Carolina residents can use from home with just their library card! Ted Bainbridge shares his analytical process using family lore, census records, and maps to help prove/disprove the story of one of his ancestors. 
The summer WGW issue also provides details on the June-August WCGS meeting theme, “Summer of DNA”.  And whether local or not, everyone can take advantage of the free webinars on “Tarheel” research by the late Helen Leary, our recognized expert on North Carolinian research.  All these and many more recommendations and helpful hints from this WGW issue will keep you progressing and successful during the heat of summer!  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 3 Released!

Summary from  "Message from the Editor - Diane L. Richard"
Vol 28, Issue #3 of Wake Treasures incorporates more records and information that hopefully benefits your research.  We continue to explore pre-vital records' law birth records and the late 19th century poor house records.  For those researching 18th century ancestors we resume transcriptions from the General Assembly Session records and Treasurer and Comptroller's collections of Wake County related documents.
A piece on the Library of Virginia and its bible collection reminds us that sometimes the documents we seek are not located within the state.  Carla again regales us with a story about a family member, though this time it is a sad one, reflecting the reality of our ancestor's lives.  Last but not least we have an itemization of the Colclough and Bragg collection located in the Durham County Library.  These records relate to families located in the Oak Grove Township which at various times has been part of Wake and part of Durham County.
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 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.


Beginning with the August meeting, WCGS is moving to Cameron Village Regional Library! Be sure to set your GPS to the new spot!

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

Sept Meeting - Where in the World?
Barbara McGeachy will discuss the value of deeds, how to find deeds online and offline, and how to plat the land.

Oct Meeting - Using Military Records
Monica Fleming teaches researching military records including an overview of military branches, types of records available, and the available resources online - websites and special museums.

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.

Vol 2, Issue 4 of our newsletter is now available! You can download the issue from the WCGS Newsletter webpage.

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