Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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WCGS HAS GONE VIRTUAL!

The Wake County Genealogical Society has decided to have only virtual meetings for the remainder of 2020!  If you have been thinking about joining, now is the time so you don't miss a single meeting.  And as a bonus, if you join before the end of August your new membership will run until the end of our next membership year, August 31, 2021. Of course you will also have access to all the other membership benefits! Join now!
 


June Meeting

Explore Your Roots, Explore the World
WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation
 
Tuesday June 23, 2020
Speaker: Jessica Conklin, WCGS Member
 
Incorporate your family history into your vacation plans!  Learn how to use census and immigration records to identify where in the world your ancestors came from, and get inspired to travel by learning about genealogy tourism. 
 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all members and newsletter recipients. If you are on one of those lists, you will receive an email with registration instructions closer to the date.  If you want to be included in this event visit the WCGS Join page.
 


Wake Treasures - Vol 29, Issue 1 Released!

As the spring issue of Wake Treasures is released, I hope it finds each of you healthy and well while we all collectively wait out the coronavirus.  We are in an unprecedented situation and I can only imagine the stories we will have to tell on the other side of this.  Until then, we can all do our part by staying home and doing what we love - genealogy.  Now is the time to finally write those stories, work on the book your relatives have been asking about and develop those research plans for when the archives reopens.
 
In this issue you’ll find a variety of new material.  Debra Blake from North Carolina State Archives wrote on resources for researching early North Carolina ancestors.  Phil Upchurch of Allied Families has written about the intersection of his ancestry with that of another old Raleigh family.  Previously we have published the 1897 School Census for white children, and now we include part of the colored children’s school census in this issue.  The record set will continue in the next issue.  Carey Faison continues his series “Railroads, Hortons, and Faisons.”  Soldiers Home Records are also included in part, with the intention of continuing in the next issue.
 
This issue could not have happened without the volunteers who helped to transcribe these records.  Please consider volunteering to transcribe from home.  If you are interested, please contact me for more information.
 
Hope you enjoy, Donna Shackle, Editor 
 
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!


Wake Genealogy Watch - Summer Edition

The Summer 2020 Issue (Vol.3 Issue 4)  of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
  • A reflective look at the collective history that we are making as we pass the time during the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Links to NC Archives’ Your Story is North Carolina’s Story Project. They hope to capture, preserve, and share our collective pandemic experience.
  • Links to the National Emergency Library for your homebound research emergencies.
  • Cynthia Gage shows how exhaustive newspaper research will give you a better version of an event. Don’t just find one article and quit looking.
  • Strategies for researching challenging surnames.
  • Book review - My Own, My Country's Time. The autobiography of Raleigh native, Vermont Royster.
  • News about NGS Virtual Conference 2020.
  • Take advantage of the latest genealogy promotions to keep us busy with up to the minute tips from Barbara McGeachy.
  • And, a surprisingly full virtual event schedule.
 
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!


Upcoming Transcription Sessions

Since Cameron library is closed, monthly transcription sessions are cancelled until the library reopens.  However, this doesn't prevent you from helping by doing transcriptions at home!  Contact our Journal editor if you would like to help!


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.


      



July Meeting - Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Problems
Join us as NCGS shares a prerecorded webinar by Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist, on a topic of great interest to DNA researchers - solving genealogy problems with autosomal DNA.

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