Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Upchurch and Allied Families Association Newsletter - 2022

For those of you following UAFA, here is the latest news. 

Click on the link below to open the latest Footprints, the Upchurch and Allied Families newsletter. 

January 2022

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There is still time to register for the Jan 25 WCGS virtual presentation - Wake Cemetery Survey c.1978

Join us this month to see what has taken the better part of my time for the last year. I hope you will find this record set as fascinating and worthwhile as I do! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 6:30pm - Virtual

Topic The Tapestry of Wake County: The Wake County Cemetery Survey c.1978 Digitization Project

Speaker:  Cyndi Deal
If you have ancestors in Wake County going back a few years or centuries, you will be interested in learning about the ongoing Wake Cemetery Survey digitization project from WCGS. You will find the FAN clubs – Friends, Associates and Neighbors, so clearly illustrated in their place and time. There are records of burials for first settlers, historical figures, Native Americans, and enslaved. There are accounts of rich and poor resting side by side. You will find records of homeplaces and landmarks that don’t exist anymore. The records tell stories of our ancestors’ struggles, survivals, and successes.
This presentation will cover the background information related to the original Survey, the process bringing the digitization to reality and a glimpse of what you can expect to find when you visit the record set in the member area of the WCGS website.
Free and open to everyone! Zoom opens at 6:00pm with presentation beginning promptly at 6:30 pm.




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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Wake County Genealogical Society Meetings for 2022 - Virtual

Upcoming WCGS Meetings (all meetings virtual for now. We will announce any changes to that policy here and on the Wakecogen.org website.) 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 6:30pm - Virtual
Topic The Tapestry of Wake County: The Wake County Cemetery Survey c.1978 Digitization Project
Speaker:  Cyndi Deal
If you have ancestors in Wake County going back a few years or centuries, you will be interested in learning about the ongoing Wake Cemetery Survey digitization project from WCGS. You will find the FAN clubs – Friends, Associates and Neighbors, so clearly illustrated in their place and time. There are records of burials for first settlers, historical figures, Native Americans, and enslaved. There are accounts of rich and poor resting side by side. You will find records of homeplaces and landmarks that don’t exist anymore. The records tell stories of our ancestors’ struggles, survivals, and successes.
This presentation will cover the background information related to the original Survey, the process bringing the digitization to reality and a glimpse of what you can expect to find when you visit the record set in the member area of the WCGS website.
Free and open to everyone! Zoom opens at 6:00pm with presentation beginning promptly at 6:30 pm.


Register now!


Future Presentations from WCGS

Join us! Registration will open closer to event date. - 

Tuesday, February 22 @ 6:30
Topic:  The Beyond Kin Project  
Speaker:  Donna Cox Baker, Director of the Alabama Heritage department at the University of Alabama, publisher, and co-founder of The Beyond Kin Project
 
Genealogists who descend from slaveholders are uniquely positioned to revolutionize genealogy for their African American colleagues. You undoubtedly feel sympathy for the genealogical challenges facing the descendants of the enslaved persons who once gave your ancestors wealth, comfort, and social status. But what if you start seeing their challenge as your own? Because it is!


Tuesday, March 22 @ 6:30
In Her Own Words – Lives of Women Through Diaries, Journals, Correspondence and More  
Speaker: Diane L. Richard
 
Women are traditionally challenging to document in historical public records. Personally written diaries, journals, correspondence, and more can help fill in gaps about female ancestors. This talk goes well past journals and diaries as “women” had voices in myriad ways. 

  
Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:30
Presentation Plats 
Speaker: George Thomas
 
Whether originating as surveys during the initial granting process or appearing in the wording from later deeds and estate divisions, land records of all sorts are important to the well-written family history. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of various formats typically used for sharing studies of historic land records. Focus will then turn to George’s exploration of a “platting-free” approach utilizing survey drawings digitally mined from sites such as North Carolina Land Grants Images and Data. Simple tools such as Adobe Photoshop can then be used to digitally connect “neighboring” land before overlaying the visual composition on top of a USGS topographic base map. This simple technique provides an accurate rendering and yet reduces much of the time usually spent platting land.





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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Upchurch and Allied Families Newsletter - December 2021

For those of you following UAFA, here is the latest news. 

Click on the link below to open the latest Footprints, the Upchurch and Allied Families newsletter. 

December 2021

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Monday, December 27, 2021

WCGS - Wake Genealogy Watch - Winter 2022 issue now available

The Winter 2022 Issue (Vol.5 Issue 2) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. You can visit the WCGS website  for access. 

Features included in this issue include:

  • Read about two different and important local projects with the common goal of connecting descendants of enslaved persons and their Wake County ancestors.
  • Reading Room features the first book from archivist and genealogist, Donna E. Kelly. The book details the Cary and Eva Powell family of southwestern Wake County.
  • See the latest updates to the NC Archives records from the Cold War Era (1946-1989) and read an Archive blogpost featuring the papers of Carl D. Stancil as illustration of the changes.
  • Meet our newest WCGS team member, Barb Myers. Barb is the new Facebook page administrator as well as the new Content Curator for the Journal.
  • Cyndi Deal walks you through the latest changes and updates coming for records research and DNA research coming from the various online vendors.
  • Get research ideas and search suggestions with our quick tips.
  • A packed virtual event calendar that looks well into the spring with WCGS events as well as state and national offerings.

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 to the online edition where you can enlarge the photos to accommodate better viewing.
 
Click this newsletter page link to view this and all past newsletter content.
 
We welcome your feedback, input, and submissions for inclusions in future editions. Please address all concerns to newsletter@wakecogen.org.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Registration is now open for the last two WCGS events of 2021

There is still time to register for the last two events offered by Wake County Genealogical Society in 2021. Both are virtual and offered via Zoom.


Next GenHelp Session - Thursday, December 2,  6:30pm
Got a burning research question that you just can't seem to find an answer for? For research tips and clues, sign up for our next virtual session.
Click here to register to for GenHelp. Scroll down to the GenHelp registration section. 

WCGS Nov/Dec meeting - Tuesday. December 7, 6:30pm* 
Topic - Finding Clues to Your Ancestors Hidden in Social History
Speaker - Lisa Lisson

Social history tells the story of our ancestors’ lives and fills in the gaps in our genealogical research. Understanding how our ancestors lived and the events that impacted their lives leads to sharing their full stories and connections. This lecture explores how to find and include social history into your genealogy research. Visit the Wakecogen Events page to register.
*Note that this meeting does not fall on a 4th Tuesday so that we may avoid holiday schedule conflicts.

Both events are free and open to all. 
Note***Your link and passcode are your ticket into the meeting. Store the information in a place you can find easily for a timely entry to the meeting.**


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Friday, October 22, 2021

Heads Up: There are some really interesting learning opportunities happening soon!

We are grateful for our Genealogy Friends! It took an email trail of several people for these great opportunities to reach my desk so that I could share with you. Thanks to Richard Ellington of the Durham-Orange Genealogy Society for starting that chain.

Events:

Lisa Kobrin will present a program on Pine Hill Cemetery and the general history of Alamance County cemeteries via Zoom on Tuesday October 26 at 2:30 pm.  This is sponsored by the Alamance Community College history club and is open to the public.  The Zoom link is available at the following Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/851109758911384/

 

The State Library of NC will sponsor an online program about using the State Library and State Archives in genealogy research on Thursday October 28 at 1 pm.  See the details and register online at https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/news/events/family-history-starts-here-using-state-library-and-state-archives-your-research 

The program will be recorded and may also be watched after the event on the State Library’s YouTube channel youtube.com/statelibrarync<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.youtube.com/channel/UCC-ClbdzAy9XFi1pJem1FSQ__;!!HYmSToo!ME1GP01Vqgr2CIKnhc2yr2UtWziZ316XbglBE8YWlECOwCk7KNLB8gv_qpOfakSf_zy4Jw$>

  

Join Rich Thompson, manager of Town Creek Indian Mound, and Lawrence Dunmore, Tribal Historian and renowned storyteller of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation on Tuesday November 2, 7 PM as they discuss the history of Town Creek Indian Mound and Native American Creation Stories. 

This session is free and open to the public via Zoom.  It's part of a week-long series of events highlighting the launch of the James Webb Telescope sponsored by Alamance Community College, Alamance County Public Libraries, and Alamance Parks. 

Email eweislak@alamancelibraries.org to register and receive a Zoom invite.

These are fantastic topics. Hope you find something you like!


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wake Wednesday: Perfect for the season, missing cemetery, buried treasure!

Thanks to Heather Leah at WRAL for bringing this great story to our attention. 

High House (as in High House Road in Cary) and the buried treasure of Fanning Jones. Great read.
https://www.wral.com/buried-treasure-in-cary-the-ghostly-legend-of-the-abandoned-high-house/19933263

PS. - (update 10-20-2021 1pm) 
As I read this fascinating story, near the end of it I was directed to another article written for the Friends of Page-Walker Hotel in Cary. This one is equally interesting and a bit broader in scope. Fascinating if you live in Wake County. Even more so if you have Jones, Alford, Liles, Williams and other associated Cary area families in your tree. Grab a coffee or hot tea and check it out. 

https://friendsofpagewalker.wildapricot.org/Cary-Me-Back/9342448


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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Wake Treasures - Vol 30, Issue 2 is available at the wakecogen website

Congratulations to Wake Treasures editor Donna Shackle and her team. Wake Treasures is the recipient of the 2021 North Carolina Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing (Journal). This is a fantastic accomplishment. Donna and her group of volunteers certainly represent WCGS well. 

Here is a note about what you can expect in this latest edition of the journal from Donna:

Fall is here as is the newest issue of our journal.  In this issue, Wake County Genealogical Society’s President, Carla Stancil, has written two articles: “How the Goat Cart Became a Photo Prop”; and “Remembering Mamie Allen”, a recollection regarding her dear aunt.  Over the next year Wake Treasures will be featuring a short series on the Wake-County-based Allen family.  This issue includes the completion of the 1897 Raleigh Colored School Census and highlights items from the Crowder Collection held at the State Archives of North Carolina.  This collection includes several diary entries from an unknown male that gives us a glimpse into the past.  Following these articles are the Wake County Civil Action Papers Concerning Land, 1814.
 
It is my hope that you enjoy this issue, and as always, I want to thank the volunteers who keep the journal in publication.  If you enjoy the journal and would like to become a part of the journal team, please reach out to me at Journal@wakecogen.org and I will be happy to discuss volunteering opportunities.
 
Happy Reading, Donna, 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!



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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Upchurch and Allied Family Newsletter - Oct 2021

 For those of you following the Upchurch and Allied story, here is your link to the latest news.

Footprints, Oct 2021


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Friday, October 15, 2021

Registration Open for October 26 WCGS virtual Meeting and Nov 8 GenHelp session

We are so lucky to have nationally renowned genealogy lecturer and blogger Judy Russell with us in October. There is still time to register for her presentation and for the November 4th GenHelp session. Please visit our Registration page.


October 26, 6:30pm - WCGS virtual meeting
Topic - Finding the Law
speaker - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
The Legal Genealogist

Time and time again, we're told as genealogists that we need to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. Easier said than done! With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how do we find the laws we need, for both North Carolina and beyond?
 
This presentation is open to all, there is no cost to attend.  
Registration now open.

 
Next GenHelp Session - November 4, 6:30pm
Got a burning research question that you just can't seem to find an answer for? For research tips and clues, sign up for our next virtual session.
Click here to register to for GenHelp. Scroll down to the GenHelp registration section. 

Both these event are free and open to all. 
Register for both!



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Monday, October 11, 2021

Wake County Genealogical Society Meetings for 2021 - Virtual

Upcoming WCGS Meetings (all meetings virtual through the end of 2021) -

December 7 @ 6:30pm - Virtual
Topic Finding Clues to Your Ancestors Hidden in Social History 
Speaker:  Lisa Lisson
Social history tells the story of our ancestors’ lives and fills in the gaps in our genealogical research. Understanding how our ancestors lived and the events that impacted their lives leads to sharing their full stories and connections. This lecture explores how to find and include social history into your genealogy research.
 
This presentation is open to all, there is no cost to attend.



**WCGS will meet virtually through December 2021**



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