Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Village of Falls

Olde Raleigh on Facebook featured a historical account of the village of Falls. The picture that accompanies the story is of the Falls that predates the dam. Wonderful and very nostalgic. A place very near and dear to my heart. Visit our Facebook page to read the story and view the photo.

Follow us on Facebook for more Wake County history and nostalgia, for great tips and techniques and for late breaking event notices. See you there.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Official Transcription Session Dates for 2019


WCGS is pleased to host the following transcription events to be held at Olivia Raney Local History Library at 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC from 10:30 am – 12:30pm:

▪ Saturday, October 19, 2019
▪ Saturday, November 16, 2019
▪ Saturday, December 14, 2019
▪ Dates for 2020 events TBD

These events are not educational workshops, but time set aside for us to work together on transcription projects to benefit either the WCGS journal, Wake Treasures, or your own research. You can bring your own photocopies or digital files of documents or records needing transcription. We will also provide photocopies and digital files of Wake County-related records needing transcription.
These transcriptions will be used in future issues of Wake Treasures.

Need a refresher on how to properly transcribe a set of records for genealogical research and analysis? This video was recorded by past President Diane L. Richard and provides excellent instruction:

VIDEO LINK: Accurate Transcriptions for Historical Records:

Questions about providing transcriptions or articles for Wake Treasures? Email
Questions about WCGS or these events in general? Email

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Look for more Transcriptions Time from Wakecogen

New dates for Transcriptions Parties this fall - all on Saturdays 10:30-12:30 at Olivia Raney Library.

October 19
November 16
December 14

Original story:
We had such a great turnout for our recent Transcription Workshop on June 29. Results were so positive that more transcription events will be planned for the future. If you love old documents and the wonderful unexpected discoveries within, you will want to join us. Stay tuned for more info.

Here are the attendees getting some video instruction prior to starting our transcriptions. 

Photo: Monique Bunch

Photo: Monique Bunch

Photo: Monique Bunch

Here is the cool deed that I got to work with that day. This is the original that dates back to 1796. Full of long S's (fs) and thence's! Definitely white glove work.

Thanks to Diane Richard for the video and allowing Wakecogen to host on our website. It is on our home page after you scroll down to the end of the page.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Historic Millbrook

Historic Millbrook was just up the road from my home when we moved to Raleigh in the 70s. It was like a toy town of paper Christmas houses. I was fascinated by it. I still remember going to this tiny one room Post Office.
I was so sad when it was leveled in the name of progress and I spent quite a while reminiscing over the photos and old maps on this blog post, another great one from

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Latest Newsletter - Wake Genealogy Watch - Fall 2019 now available

The new Fall 2019 issue of Wake Genealogy Watch (Vol. 3 Issue 1), is now available online for reading or download. 

This issue contains the following topics:
• Use WorldCat to find old and not-so-old books to enhance your research
• Create an art quilt to celebrate a favorite ancestor
• Enrich the context of your ancestors life and times by visiting a historical reenactment
• Transcription Time Sessions for Fall
• A very full events calendar
• Underused records for researching your elder Revolutionary War era ancestors
• AncestryDNA power tools for sorting your no tree/private tree matches

Or, click this newsletter page link to view this and all past newsletter content.

Photo Note: When reading from a printed copy, please refer back to the online edition where you can enlarge the photos for better viewing. 

We welcome your feedback, input, and submissions for inclusions in future editions. Please address all concerns to

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Isaac Hunter's Tavern redux

Shortly after I wrote last week's post about Isaac Hunter's Tavern, this follow up story in from the N&O on the fate of Isaac Hunter's Tavern came on my radar.  So sad. We must protect and preserve our history better than this!
Isaac HunterĂ¢€™s Tavern in 1969 before it was torn down.
The article and companion video follows Mark Turner as he attempt to find the remnants of the tavern which he had located just eight month before. We can't get these things back. This little remnant will have to do.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Notice: Raleigh Family History Center closed September 21- 28

The Raleigh Family History Center will be closed September 21-28th due to the Raleigh North Carolina Temple Open House. If you were planning a research trip to RFHC, add these dates to your calendar. 

For more Information visit RHFC.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Isaac Hunter's Tavern

As I said, I would come back to that special piece of land just off Wake Forest Road where the large mansion called Hardimont once stood. Here is the reason. That same property is where Isaac Hunter's Tavern once stood. All that time that I spent fascinated with that big slightly spooky house, I was staring right through the spot of legend that determined our place in history, not just for Raleigh, nor Wake county, but for the whole state of North Carolina.
This post from the Legeros Fire Blog is an excellent account including some fascinating maps, photos, and links to other post worth reading. The author includes a review of all the property owners from King Charles II in 1760 to the North Raleigh Hilton in 1881 and including some colorful and locally important personalities along  the way - Hunter, John T. Pullen, and a host of others.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Great Learning Opportunities for New and Newly Interested Genealogists

There are some excellent classes and opportunities offered around Wake County this fall. First up, is this great series offered by Wake County Public Libraries and taught by members of our own WCGS.

The topics will vary by library. Please consult individual libraries for details. These presentations are free. See flyer below.

Other opportunities exist as well. Raleigh Senior TechEd will offer multiple series of genealogy content this fall including a five part series on using from starting to research and build a tree, to working with DNA results. Also offered, Genealogy Basics, Library & Archive Research, and Organization Tools. Consult the Raleigh Senior TechEd schedule here for dates and pricing.