Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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September Meeting

Tuesday Spetember 26, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4106 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Remember 1982?  Postage was 20 cents when you mailed queries to journals.  Gas was 91 cents/gallon as you drove to courthouses and archives. Editors Lynne Belvin and Harriette Riggs and countless others contributed to The Heritage of Wake County, North Carolina (published in 1983).  Let's celebrate the 35th anniversary of WCGS!  
Our first meeting after the summer break is an opportunity to share your recent genealogy activities. Did you attend a conference?  Conduct research overseas?  Study at an institute?  Take a genealogy cruise?  Make a breakthrough using DNA?  We'd love to hear the highlights!   All past and current members are encouraged to attend.
Five or more members will have the opportunity to share their stories. Contact Barbara McGeachy, Program Chair (programs@wakecogen.org), to reserve your 5 to 7-minute spot. A computer and projector will be available for those who would like to share a PowerPoint presentation or photos.

Vol 27, Issue 2 Edition of Wake Treasures

Excerpts from "Message from the Editor" - Diane L. Richard
This edition of the journal continues the long running series of Voter Registrations and the long paused one for Deed Book R. We also continue with the Raleigh Death Registers and we “finally” resume with the 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.
Rounding out the content, we have another informative article from Debra Blake, an 1809 Divorce Petition, an 1881 African-American schoolchildren list, and lists of WWI “slackers” and “deserters.”
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.


The premier issue of our new newsletter is now available! You can download the issue from the WCGS Newsletter webpage.

October Meeting - Maps! Oh the Places They Can Take Us without Leaving Home!
Join us as our own Diane L. Richard discusses how we can use maps to enhance our genealogy work.

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

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