Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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September Meeting

Using Church Records for Genealogy Research
Tuesday September 25, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
 
Speaker: Diane L. Richard, Owner & President, Mosiac Research and Project Management
 
Discovering where denominational records are held, what might be available, and how to access them can challenge us.  Increasingly though, helpful finding materials are being published or placed online to assist in nonsecular research. Fortunately, we also find online archives (digitized records) of religious records we can access from home. This increased access to these incredibly valuable and insightful records enriches our family history research. Let’s explore how to research the spiritual affiliations and faith-based lives of our ancestors. General resources and strategies will be discussed as well as some specifics regarding Methodist, Quaker, Baptist, Moravian, Presbyterian, and the records of other denominations.
 
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during social time before the presentation. Presentation will start at 7:00.


Wake Genealogy Watch - New Edition

The fall edition of Wake Genealogy Watch is now available.This is the first issue of Vol 2!  We are excited about the positive reception our new format is receiving, so THANK YOU for your interest!  We always welcome articles, comments, or other items for the newsletter, so please contact our newsletter goddess (aka the editor, Cyndi) at newsletter@wakecogen.org if you have something to share.
 
As for our new issue, peruse the latest edition for:
  • Comments from our President, Carla Stancil
  • An article about "Why Search Thoroughly?" by Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D.
  • Hints for using "Gencrafting: Quick and Creative Ideas to Share Your Research".
  • The second article in a new series on Genetic Genealogy, this time the topic is DNA tools you can download. 
  • Upcoming Events, and other great suggestions to help you with your research!
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!


Newspaper Benefit for WCGS Members!

Do you have ancestors who lived in the Raleigh or Richmond (VA) area in the late 1880s to the present?  Then you will want to take advantange of our new member benefit - access to historical and current issues of newspapers from these areas!  To start your searches, login to the members area of the website, go to the "More Benefits" page and follow the simple instructions.
 
If you aren't a member of WCGS, considering joining so that you can take advantage of this new benefit!


Vol 27, Issue 4 Edition of Wake Treasures

Excerpts from "Message from the Editor" - Diane L. Richard
 
As the publishing year winds down for the journal, I wanted to acknowledge that the last few issues of the journal for the 2016-2017 membership year have been quite “data” intensive and lacking in stories, case studies and more narrative elements.  This was somewhat intentional as this was the material readily in hand that could be used to create the journal from.  However, going forward, we would love to include more narrative pieces – case studies, family stories, short memory pieces of life back when, etc.  To do this, we need your help.  Stories don’t need to be long or involved.  They can be stories about family, about communities, about activities (church, sports, service organizations, scouts, schools, businesses, and so on), buildings and landmarks that existed and no longer do so, and the list is endless.  Please think about what you might know that you can share.
 
Now back to this issue of the journal which continues several series – Wake County Voter Registration Records for 1902, 1904, and 1906, City of Raleigh 1891 Birth Registers, City of Raleigh 1897 Death Registers, 1884 Wardens of the Poor records, more from Wake County Deed Book R, and local Wake County Draft Board records.  So, if you are looking for ancestors in the late 1800s up through WWI, this is the journal issue to check out!
Happy Genealogical Hunting!  Diane
 
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage.


Transcription Treasures!

Diane L. Richard, our Wake Treasures editor, is looking for help with some easy transcriptions for upcoming journal issues.  She can send you digital images and you can work from home!  Here are the projects available:
 
--- Images of a ledger from the Yarboro House Hotel covering 1883-1884; it mentions many out-of-state, in-state, and and even Wake County residents.  She needs help abstracting the names and residences of those listed.
--- Images from the John W. Harris ledger c. 1820 in the Wakefield area. Though there are lots of juicy details about life in the ledger, the initial assignment is to create a list of names.  You can ignore the purchases, though if you want to fully transcribe a page or two to "show" what info might be found for a listed person, she wouldn't complain!
--- A short 1-page petition from Wake County (1827) which needs transcribing.  It is truly short and sweet with decent handwriting.
 
If you are interested in helping with any of these projects, please contact Diane.  If you think you need a little guidance on abstracting or transcribing, you can watch the free video located further down this page. Thanks for your help!


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.


      



Meeting Update
Our monthly meetings will now start at 6:30 pm with this gathering time allotted for networking and social time. Our business meeting and presentation will start at the usual 7:00pm.

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

October Meeting - Becoming American: An Immigrant's Story
In partnership with the Olivia Raney Local History Library, this program will look at the many reasons our immigrant ancestors departed their home country, their struggles in doing so, and the uncertainties and complexities they encountered in a new country.

Nov Meeting - Preservation NC
Myrick Howard will present on the "saves" done by Preservation NC, North Carolina’s only private nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization.

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

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