Monday, November 16, 2020

Volunteer Opportunity - Nov. 2020 - Journal Copy Editor/Proofreader

This volunteer would work closely with our Journal editor, Donna Shackle, to publish our twice yearly journal, Wake Treasures.

Journal Copyeditor/Proofreader: Our journal team is in need of a crack proofreader for our bi-annual journals. Once our editor has the journal nearly complete, you'll step in to catch all the "oops" and "gotchas". Interested?  Please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Saundra Cropps, at

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wake Wednesday - Psst.... Backdoor to Wake Records

If I told you there was a back door to see all of the viewable Wake County Records in the FamilySearch Catalog, would you be interested? It is like viewing virtual microfilm from your own comfy chair!

This is a variation on a tip found on a North Carolina regional research group on Facebook. Thanks to Delores Williams of NCGenweb for sharing the tip. 

You will need to log in to FamilySearch for this to be usable. Creating a log in is free.

Visit this link -

You will see the following page of Wake specific collections. Click on the text by the red arrow to access the ability to filter by township. 

click image for larger view

Click thru the collections. When you find one that is interesting, click through to that page. Scroll down the page to see if the camera icon exists. If so, click the camera to browse the record. 

Note that books by individuals are not usually available to view. Collections derived from state and county sources usually are viewable.

Want to search other places within North Carolina? Want to check out other states entirely?

You can use this same link to search other places in North Carolina or any other state. Just click on the "Part of United States, North Carolina" portion to get the drop down for other counties. Click it a second time to get back to a drop down for all the states. 

Have fun. Bring snacks. You may be browsing for a while.

Long url in case the short one doesn't work -

Friday, November 6, 2020

Latest edition of Wake Treasures is published - Volume 29 Issue 2

 From Donna Shackle, Journal Editor:

This issue is a treat!  We have the pentultimate installment from Cary Faison on the Railroad, Hortons, and Faisons and continuations of the 1897 Raleigh Colored School census and of the Soldiers Home Record.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment we have the 1915 & 1917 membership lists from the Raleigh Equal Suffrage League.  Belle Long, the former Director of the Joel Lane Museum House, has written about the identity of Colonel Theophilus Hunter's second wife, Jane.  Read along to see how she discovered the identity of Jane and puts to rest a local mystery. 

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.

Members can access this issue of the journal by logging into the Member Area at the website. You will find the member area on the left sidebar. Enjoy! 

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

New Resources Links for Wake County Researchers at Wakecogen Website

Cynthia Gage, WCGS Webmaster, has been hard at work restructuring portions of the Wakecogen website. Her efforts have been focused on expanding the curation of our link and resource page to enhance the usefulness for Wake researchers, both local and remote. 

What was previously one Links and Resources page has grown into three separate pages of Wake centric content, each with their own focus and curated list. Be sure to visit to check them out. You will find the three resource pages linked in the left side bar visible from any page on our website.

Here is a brief overview of what Cynthia has created for our use.

Wake Digital Resources -

"On-line resources are a wonderful source for genealogists - particularly remote researchers - to help find information and data about their ancestors.  There are many fee-based sites which have lots of information about Wake County and its people, but there are also some free resources, some easy to find and others buried deep within the sites.  This page is intended to provide direct links to free searchable sites pertaining to Wake County or to North Carolina sites which containing Wake County records…"   The Wake Digital Resources page can be filtered to search various categories - Church records, Death records, Directories, Land records, Military records, or Miscellaneous.

 Wake History Resources -

"The history of Wake County and its cities explains the progress of the area through time, gives us a glimpse of our ancestors' struggles and successes, and if we are lucky, will include their names.  Here are some resources to give context to their lives, some of which contain surnames."   The Wake History Resources can be filtered to search city or county categories.

More Wake County Links and Resources -

This page provides a list of links of a more broad focus that are relevant to research in Wake County and North Carolina.  Categories on this resource page include county and state resources, research facilities, social media, local affiliation groups, and blogs with a local genealogical focus. These resources are less focused on Wake County but still very relevant and useful.

Please visit our website, and give these new pages a try. We hope you find some juicy leads for your research. If you know of a resource that could be added to one of these lists, let Cynthia know via email,   

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Friday, October 30, 2020

December 1 - Next WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation - Future Proof Your Research

WCGS members and followers should check your email for instructions on how to register for our next virtual meeting. If you are not a member and want to be included, visit our Registration page.

You must register for the meeting by November 30.

Date/Time:  Tuesday Dec.1, 2020 at 6:30pm ET

Speaker: Thomas MacEntee

Topic: After You are Gone; Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you're gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on.  Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we'll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.

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 at our website.

When you join WCGS, you will have access to all of our virtual meetings through the end of the year. This is in addition to the member benefits listed on our membership page.

This meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom application. See the Registration page for Zoom details.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Elizabeth Reid Murray's Wake Capitol County of North Carolina, Vol.1 now available online

 If you are a seasoned Wake County researcher, you no doubt know of Elizabeth Reid Murray and her comprehensive history of Wake County. If not, you should. Her two volumes cover the history of the land we love from the prehistoric times in the region up through the 1920s. 

The first volume has always been my favorite with stories of dinosaurs and Wake underwater, on thru the early settlement, the "trouble" with Regulators, the Revolution and choice of Wake for the state capitol. I am delighted to bring to your attention that this first volume of Wake: Capitol County of North Carolina is available to read and enjoy online through a partnership between Olivia Raney Family History Library and Digital NC. The details and links are found in this blog post from the Digital North Carolina Blog:


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Friday, October 23, 2020

NGS Press Release seeking nominations for 2021

 From the National Genealogy Society:

Contact: Susan Yockey
Phone: 571-234-8021
For Release: 19 October 2020


National Genealogical Society
Invites Nominations for its
2021 Awards & Competitions

FALLS CHURCH, va, 19 October 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) invites individuals, societies, and organizations to participate in its 2021 Awards and Competitions program. NGS annually recognizes excellence in the field of genealogy. This year it has expanded its program to reflect its merger with the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The deadline for submission of nominations is 15 December 2020.

 The NGS Awards program recognizes scholarship, service, excellence, and achievement in the fields of genealogy, history, and biography by presenting awards to individuals, societies, and organizations. The Society’s competitions challenge individuals and societies!

“We encourage you to nominate an organization or an individual you work with, research with, or admire for an award.  We hope you will also consider participating in one of our competitions,” said Janet L. Bailey, chair of the awards committee. “There are so many outstanding individuals, societies, and organizations that deserve national recognition. We hope their peers will consider nominating them before December 15.”

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. On 1 October 2020, NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies merged, making support for genealogy societies, family history associations, and other organizations an important part of the NGS mission. We welcome your organization to the new NGS.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

WCGS Volunteer Opportunities - October 2020

We currently have several volunteer spots that we are seeking to fill - Treasurer, Publications Manager, and multiple Transcriptionists. Here are the descriptions of the available positions. Everything is being done online right now. If you would like to build connections with a great group of fellow genealogy enthusiasts and have some interesting diversions, consider joining us!

WCGS Treasure position:

· Would you like to contribute your fair share to the Wake County Genealogical Society?

· Are you good with numbers?

· Do you have the ability to write checks?

· Are you willing to use Quicken to create quarterly reports?

· Would you like the honor of being a member of the Board of the Wake County Genealogical Society?

If so, you would be an ideal candidate for Treasurer of the Wake County Genealogical Society.  Please email to talk with our President, Carla Stancil, about this volunteer position.


We have an ongoing need for Transcriptionists. The journal is looking for volunteers to transcribe original documents for the purpose of publication in Wake Treasures, the Wake County Genealogical Society’s journal.   We provide templates and you can transcribe from the comfort of home while ensuring that these records are published for all to use.  Whether you have time to transcribe a page or a series of pages, your contribution is greatly appreciated.  All skill levels are welcome! Please contact

To all our current and future Volunteers - Your participation allows us to sustain our vibrant group and continue to provide the rich genealogical content and presentations for which the Wake County Genealogical Society is known. We thank you and appreciate your efforts!

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Friday, October 16, 2020

NARA introduces new feature - Treaties Explorer

 From NARA:

Hundreds of Native American treaties have been scanned and are freely available online, for the first time, through the National Archives Catalog. Also, in partnership with The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), these treaties and extensive additional historical and contextual information are available through Treaties Explorer.

NARA is also appealing to citizen archivists for assistance in transcribing the treaty documents to make them more searchable and accessible.  

View the NARA post here for full details.

Update:  Here is a Smithsonian Magazine article about the new feature.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) - Virtual Conference, October 14 -17, 2020

 Saundra Cropps, our WCGS Volunteer CoOrdinator, is sharing an interesting even and resource with us today. The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) annual conference is virtual this weekend. From Saundra:

"The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) annual conference is the largest international African American conference that promotes African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity. Due to COVID-19 the conference is virtual from October 14, 2020-October 17, 2020. Topics include Ethnicity, Race and Nationality, Family Presentations, Research, Genealogy, DNA, History, Migration, Preservation, Special Topics, Educational Methods, etc. I am particularly interested in the arrival of the first documented Africans in English America in 1619 at Point Comfort (not Jamestown); and the ancestors who fought in every battle on American and foreign soil."
To find out more, click on this link - AAHGS Conference final_digital version.pdf

I have peeked at the AAHGS Syllabus. It is a hefty two hundreds and eighty pages packed with content. I see some great topics including:

Grave Concerns: Where do Cemeteries Go When They Die?

Miseducation In The Classroom

The Emotional Side of DNA Testing

Traveling with the Green Book

Reconstructing Family from Post Emancipation Records

How to Know What to Ask When I Don't Know What to Ask

Searching for Descendant Communities at Virginia Plantations

Gathering at the Welcome Table

There is so much good content here. I see many names I recognize among the presenters - Renate Yarborough Sanders, Andre Kearns, Desi Campbell and WCGS's own Diane Richard, are but a few in the lineup.

Check out this treasure trove of information and resources! For those interested in the conference, visit the AAHGS webpage. The registration page is here if you would like to participate.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

GenHelp - WCGS/Raleigh SeniorTechEd Virtual Genealogy Learning Events thru the end of 2020

The October 1 session of GenHelp was a great success. We are pleased to announce that we have two more sessions of virtual help scheduled through the end of the year from from this tag team effort. 

Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) and Raleigh SrTechEd (RSTE) are partnering to offer GenHelp - monthly virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm ET. 

It is not necessary to be a member of WCGS or RSTE to participate and there is no cost. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share knowledge during the 90-minute session. The session will be moderated. Please note this program will not include research requests or queries; all assistance will be given only within the time constraints of the monthly virtual session.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Time: 6:30pm ET (this is an open session; you may enter the Zoom at any time during the 90-minute session or drop once your question is answered)

Click here to register to attendScroll down to the GenHelp registration section. 

Oct. 27 - Next WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation -- Masonic Records

 WCGS members and followers should check your email for instructions on how to register for our next virtual meeting. If you are not a member and want to be included, visit our Registration page.

You must register for the meeting by October 26.

Date/Time:  Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020 at 6:30pm ET

Speaker: Jonathan Underwood, Assistant to the Grand Secretary and Keeper of the Memorials and Archives

Topic: Using Masonic Records in Your Research. Masonic Records are some of the best kept, but most underutilized, records. Freemasons around thw world have a tradition of keeping detailed lodge minutes, correspondence, and membership records. As far as researchers of North Carolina history and genealogy are concerned, most such records pertaining to this state are archived and housed by the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. While Masonic records in this state date as early as 1754, the majority of intact records span from the mid-1760s through the modern era. Except for records concerning immediate family, most records are available for research up through the first quarter of the 20th Century.

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 at our website.

When you join WCGS, you will have access to all of our virtual meetings through the end of the year. This is in addition to the member benefits listed on our membership page.

This meeting will be held virtually using the GoToWebinar application and generously hosted by the North Carolina Genealogical Society.

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