Monday, August 10, 2020

August 25 - Next WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation -- Three to the Third Power with Connie Knox

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

You must register for the meeting before August 24.

Date/Time:  Tuesday Aug 25, 2020 at 6:30pm ET

Speaker: Connie Knox, Genealogy TV

Topic: Three to the Third Power: A Trifecta Strategy for Genealogy Research
What is three to the third power? How can that relate to genealogy research? In this discussion we’re going to explore a new concept created by Constance Knox, a professional genealogist and owner of Genealogy TV. She’s calling it the “Trifecta of Genealogy Research Strategies.”

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 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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Monday, July 27, 2020

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Virtual Conference Oct. 14 - 17, 2020

I see a lot of speakers on the AAHGS 2020 Virtual Conference roster that I recognize including:
Desi Campbell

Crista Cowan
Nicka Smith
Renate Yarborough Sanders 
and our own Diane Richard

There are so many more. Check out the speaker list here.

Agenda is here.

Registration page here. Early Registration ends Aug. 15,2020.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Free Access to Library Edition Extended

Ancestry Library Access extended thru the end of August. Access with Wake County issued library card through Cameron Village Regional Library or your NC Govt and Heritage Library card.

Update from Proquest Here

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Oy! Security breaches that need your attention

It has been a tough couple days security wise in the genealogy world. Do your due diligence. Make sure you change/have secure passwords and attend to any other changes you need to make.

A security vulnerability in the Mackiev product, Family Tree Maker, has been reported and is summerized in a report at Infosecurity Magazine. View report here.

A melicious attack has occurred at Gedmatch this past weekend. The site has been up and down since the discovery and is currently set in a "down for maintenance" state.

This statement was publisned on the Gedmatch Facebook page on Monday.
"On the morning of July 19, GEDmatch experienced a security breach orchestrated through a sophisticated attack on one of our servers via an existing user account. We became aware of the situation a short time later and immediately took the site down. As a result of this breach, all user permissions were reset, making all profiles visible to all users. This was the case for approximately 3 hours. During this time, users who did not opt in for law enforcement matching were available for law enforcement matching and, conversely, all law enforcement profiles were made visible to GEDmatch users.

This was the extent of the breach. No user data was downloaded or compromised.

We have reported the unauthorized access to the appropriate authorities and continue to work toward identifying the individuals responsible for this violation.

Today, as we continued to investigate the incident and work on a permanent solution to safeguard against threats of this nature, we discovered that the site was still vulnerable and made the decision to take the site down until such time that we can be absolutely sure that user data is protected against potential attacks. We are working with a cybersecurity firm to conduct a comprehensive forensic review and help us implement the best possible security measures.

This is clearly disappointing for our company, as user privacy and data security are our top priorities. We apologize to our GEDmatch users and our law enforcement customers for the concern and frustration this situation has caused.
Thank you for your continued support of GEDmatch.

If you have questions, please reach out to us at We will update you as soon as we have more information to share."
You will want to check in when the Gedmatch site becomes available again. Of the number of kits that I manage, all but 2 were set as research prior to the breach.  After the breach when I could check in briefly, all were set as active visible kits. The LE opt in that was reported to be compromised, had reverted back to my pre set choices, but my research settings have not reverted to my preference at the present.

Check your kits, folks.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wake Wednesday - Map of Wake County - Fendol Bevers 1871

Someone was asking about the specific location of the Wake County Home the other day. I knew I had seen it on a map in the past so I went looking. I spent a few minutes looking through the digital map collection at UNC and found the map I remembered.

In the process of finding that map, I ran across this one which is a gold mine for Wake researchers. The Fendol Bevers map from 1871 includes a wealth of information. The abstract that accompanies the map decribes it this way:
Map drawn from actual surveys of Fendol Bevers, County Surveyor. Inset of City of Raleigh, Table of Population and other information by townships, description of townships reported in margins. Townships designated in color. Map shows townships, landowners, churches, retail stores, schools, mills. Townships shown include Raleigh, New Light, Oak Grove, Barton's Creek, Wake Forest, Little River, Cedar Fork, House's Creek, St. Matthew's, Mark's Creek, White Oak, Swift Creek, St. Mary's, Buckhorn, Middle Creek, and Panther Branch. The Raleigh & Gaston Railroad and the North Carolina Rail Road are shown.
click to view larger

I could spend days with this map, maybe months... researching all the local interest here. Just look at all the names and locations. Locations of homes, churches, farms and millls. Are your ancestors represented here. Can you share stories of some of these old places? If so, please let me know. I know there are folks that would love to here these stories.

In the meantime, enjoy a pleasant afternoon browsing the map and reminiscing about places and days gone by. View the map it its beautiful entirity here.

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Wake County Genealogical Society Virtual Meetings and Membership Special Offer

The Wake County Genealogical Society has decided to have only virtual meetings for the remainder of 2020!  

If you have been thinking about joining, now is the time so you don't miss a single meeting.  And as a bonus, if you join before the end of August your new membership will run until the end of our next membership year, August 31, 2021. 

Of course you will also have access to all the other membership benefits

Check out our WCGS events calendar for the rest of the year.

Join now!

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Robert "Phil" Upchurch of Allied Families 1928-2020

We must note the passing of Phil Upchurch the founder of Allied Families. Among his many accomplishments, he was a genealogical leader in our community. He left a legacy to many Wake county researchers. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Link to his obituary.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Upcoming WCGS Virtual Meeting - May 26

WCGS members and followers should check your email for instructions on how to register for our May 26 virtual meeting. If you are not a member and want to be included, visit our Membership page to join and be included.

You must register for the meeting before May 26.

Date/Time:  Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 6:30pm ET

Speaker: Judy Russell

Topic: How Old Does He Have to Be? - Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person's age is often the key to distinquishing two people of the same name.  But if no record gives the birth data, how do you know who someone was? The law can often give the answer.  Please join us for a pre-recorded webinar with Judy G. Russell, also known as The Legal Genealogist!

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.

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

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Newspapers as Genealogical Resources Webinar Next Friday, May 22

If you have been following Cynthia Gage's articles in the recent issues of the WCGS newsletter - Wake Genealogy Watch, you will know why she is my go-to gal for all things in pertaining to historical newspaper research.

If you want to hear more, you are in luck. Cynthia will teach a class via Zoom next Friday, May 22 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

More Details from SeniorTechEd --

Cynthia Gage will be presenting her program on Genealogy: Resources - Newspapers. As we all know, newspapers are a great resource for genealogy research. Cynthia will share lots of background information as well as tons of links to utilize this terrific resource. 
Date: Friday, May 22, 2020
Time:  1:30 - 3:30 pm
Where:  on Zoom with SeniorTechEd.
Go to , click on the Schedule tab and you can register (and pay using PayPal if you wish) for the class right from there.  You will receive an email from Cynthia with the login information and link  and any handouts prior to the session.  Hope you can join Cynthia for this great seminar. 

Take advantage of free content online, including Ancestry Library Edition

Covid restrictions have spawned a multitude of free webinars and perks from the various Genealogy websites. Take advantage of these:

Monday, May 11, 2020

Wake Genealogy Watch - Summer 2020 - Newsletter is Live

The Summer 2020 Issue (Vol.3 Issue 4) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download.

You can visit the WCGS website or access through this link - Wake Genealogy Watch, Summer 2020
This issue contains the following topics:

•    A reflective look at the collective history that we are making as we pass the time    during the Covid 19 pandemic.
•    Links to NC Archives’ Your Story is North Carolina’s Story Project. They hope to capture, preserve, and share our collective pandemic experience.
•    Links to the National Emergency Library for your homebound research emergencies.
•    Cynthia Gage shows how exhaustive newspaper research will give you a better version of an event. Don’t just find one article and quit looking.
•    Strategies for researching challenging surnames.
•    Book review - My Own, My Country's Time. The autobiography of Raleigh native, Vermont Royster.
•    News about NGS Virtual Conference 2020.
•    Take advantage of the latest genealogy promotions to keep us busy with up to the minute tips from Barbara McGeachy. 
•    And, a surprisingly full virtual event schedule. 

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.  Enjoy!

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

Visit the WCGS Blog for more events, late breaking news, tutorials, updates and other special posts. 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Got Mayflower Ancestors?

If so you may be interested in this upcoming free virtual event, Saturday Apr 25, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time. Registration required.

Dr. Becket Soule presents "General Society of Mayflower Descendants: History, Resources and Applications." 
Applications to the Society of Mayflower Descendants have exploded in the last few years in preparation for the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in 1620.  After a brief introduction about the mission and history of the Society, the presentation will review the resources published by and available from the publishing arm of the Mayflower Society (known colloquially as the “Silver Books”) and the application form and process for the recognition of lineage. 

It is open to the public (you do not have to be a member of the Ottawa Chapter or of the Ontario Genealogical Society). You do have to register, however, at the following link:

Friday, April 17, 2020

Upcoming WCGS Virtual Meeting - April 28

WCGS members and followers should check your email for instructions on how to register for our April 28 virtual meeting. If you are not a member and want to be included, visit our Membership page to join and be included.

You must register for the meeting before April 28.

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

Date/Time:  Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 6:30pm ET
Speaker: George Thomas
Topic: In search of Tri-Racial Heritage - All of us with roots to the earliest years of NC must consider the importance of racial mixing. Our skin-based moralities have evolved as have the laws governing the diverse people. With race as the central theme, George will tell of his ponderings about family and their neighbors who struggled to live among each other. His story involves whites, free people of color, slaves, murder and the eventual exodus from our state. In his words, “a bizarre story line but one worth telling”.  He’ll also outline the resources used to document his story with all its twists and turns. 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

30 Day Free Trial from Newsarchive

Cini Gage, our newspaper research expert, shared this opportunity with me today. This is a great chance to try out this newspaper service. I hope to get a chance to check it out myself.

From NewsArchive -


Our world has changed. We understand that many of us are home working, researching, protecting and respecting others health and our own safety during these difficult times. NewspaperArchive® is a product that is health safe, family friendly, interesting and rewarding to use; as you know.

As a thank you to anyone who has been a loyal patron of NewspaperArchive, we are offering a 30-day free coupon as a gift.

Instructions to begin:

To activate your 30-day free trial, go to and click Subscribe. Or sign into your previous account and click Restart Membership. Select your desired subscription option and enter your account and billing information. Then enter the coupon code listed below and select Enter and a confirmation message will appear. Click Start Membership to begin your 30-day free trial. At any time during the 30 days be sure to cancel your subscription to prevent future billing. We hope you continue, but we understand that 30 days may be all you need at this time.
30 day Free Trial Promo Code = news
Wishing you all the very best,
The Staff at® 

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Message from the WCGS Journal Editor

I received the following message from Donna Shackle, our journal editor today. With our in person transcription sessions cancelled for the forseeable future, her suggestions make perfect sense.

Message from Donna -

Do you find yourself with a little more time on your hands lately?  Have you thought about volunteering?  Currently 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.  Current projects include the 1897 Raleigh school census, the Soldiers Home Register, and the City of Raleigh Death Returns.  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 or Jessica Conklin at for more information or to get started. 
How many pages can you knock out while we are waiting to return to life as we knew it? Come join us online.

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Free Webinars Every Day In April - Thanks Legacy Webinars!

It is not too late to take advantage of this offer. A different webinar every day of the month of April. Topics include:
  • Sundays - Methodology
  • Mondays - DNA
  • Tuesdays - Ethnic Genealogy
  • Wednesdays - Technology
  • Thursdays - Around the Globe
  • Fridays - Beginners
  • Saturdays - TechZone
Full details available at Legacy News Blog - Click here.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Expanded Hours Chat Service at Government and History Library

If you are missing having access to the Government & Heritage Library at NC Archives, you may wish to take advantage of their online chat service.  They also accept email questions. Links and email addy are in this post that appeared in my Facebook newsfeed today. Check it out!

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Dig In to US Census Records Courtesy of My Heritage

My Heritage US Census records are free to view from March 29th until April 5th, 2020. Read the details from the blog post here.

Happy hunting...

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Senior Tech Ed Update - April Genealogy Classes will be hosted on Zoom

WCGS member, Jen Gunther, sends us this update from Senior Tech Ed in Raleigh. They have started offering some of their classes on Zoom in view of the restrictions on public gatherings. This provides a unique opportunity to use some of our (now copious) downtime for some learning. Think of it as a "staycation" where the classes come to you.

From Jen -
We will be offering a limited selection of seminars during April using the Zoom video conferencing app.
Most of the seminars being hosted in April are genealogy-based. Henry Spencer will host his entire series via Zoom starting on Friday, April 3.  Instructions as to how to register for these classes are on the STE website (  After registering, the instructor will contact all registered students with instructions as to how to get on Zoom, will share the access link for the seminar, and will forward the Handout  What could be easier?  And it gives us all something to do while sheltering-at-home and stimulates our brain to learn something new. duirng this challenging time.
Take a look at the seminars offered and see if you are interested in any of them.
Genealogy topics include:
Genealogy Overview, Making Sense of Ancestry DNA Test Results, Getting Started with, More Topics in

Note: Classes are starting as early as this Friday, April 3 so don't delay in checking this out.

View their Schedule page to Register. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wake Wednesday - Olde Raleigh c.1797

I had a great time last night listening to the WCGS online presentation in lieu of a face to face meeting. I hope many of our members took advantage of this experimental project. David McCorkle showed us many sources for historical maps and many new technologies to bring these maps to life. 

One of the maps early in David's presentation was a map of the very early city of Raleigh. I found this map captivating. This is one of the wonderful maps in the UNC North Carolina Maps Collection. In addition to the handrawn roughness and aged patina of this map, the maker had taken the time to draw the houses and shops in their respective locations. Zoom in enough, and you can take a stroll down old Raleigh streets in your mind. Here is your ticket to time travel - Plan of the City of Raleigh with all the improvements & all the Numbers july 1th, 1797


PS - if any of you had trouble logging into the presentation last night, please let us know. Email me and I will forward to David. This remote presentation is a new process and still being worked out. Your feedback will help.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

WCGS March 24 Meeting Is Cancelled

WCGS has cancelled our general meeting of March 24 at the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh, NC due to public health concerns. The library, as part of the Wake County system, has supsended gatherings through April 15 and as this is an evolving situation, email is really the best way to keep informed.

WCGS members should look for email updates on future changes. If you are not a yet a member and want to be updated, you should join our mailing list for non-members at this link -

We will reschedule the presentation by George Thomas the near future. Stay tuned.

Keep researching. If you get bored and want to do some remote volunteering, contact our Journal team for instructions to get you started transcribing Wake County historical records from home. We are working on Soldiers Home records and the Wake School Census among others. It is always fun to see familiar names and places in these records. For me, it reinforces my connections to Wake county. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

UPDATE - Transcription Session Saturday, March 14 IS CANCELLED

Update - The Transcription Session for this Saturday is cancelled. We are practicing social distancing and an abundance of caution. We hope you will too.

If you are bored and want to transcribe at home anytime over the next few weeks, see the instructions below to get started transcribing remotely. 

Hope to see you all in April.

Join us at CVRL this Saturday morning, March 14.
WCGS Transcription Session @ Room 202,Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605. 10:30am - 12:30pm. Details and Contact info.
Transcription events are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month through the end of 2020. 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. 

Are you interested in volunteering to help with Wake transcriptions, but just can’t make the Saturday time slot? We can accommodate you! You don't even have to be in Wake County. Much of the material to be transcribed can be accessed, transcribed and uploaded remotely. You can transcribe at your leisure at home . Contact Donna Shackleeditor, or Jessica Conklin, content curator, if you would like to volunteer from home.

Dates for 2020 Transcription events ** The second Saturday of each month from 10:30-12:30 in Room 202, Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605** Location change!
Mark your calender - Apr. 11, May 9, Jun. 13, Jul. 11, Aug.8, Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12

You may be interested in these useful transcription tools:

Whoa!! This latest Transcription tip will speed up the process and make you a Power Transcriber. We can all use this tip. Dictate your transcription into MS Word or other software. Watch this You Tube video from Connie Knox!

Handy, easy rules sheet from our Wakecogen Projects page.

Instructional video by our former editor, Diane Richard. To view "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records", click on the title and scroll down to the viewing window.  

FamilySearch has an extensive wiki on Transcribing Historical Documents here.

Guidelines for Reading Old Documents includes some of the standard text often seen in old wills, deeds, etc.

11 Tips for Reading Old Handwriting has suggestions for parsing out those letters that don't look quite like today's cursive or printed letters.

Various ways letters were written over time:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Wake Wednesday - Elizabeth Reid Murray Wake History Volume 1 Available Digitally

Saundra Cropps, Library Manager at Olivia Raney Local History Library, recently shared wonderful news. Saundra's email -
Hello everyone,

Wake, Capital County of North Carolina: Prehistory through Centennial (Vol. 1), 1983 is now digitized with DigitalNC.

This is a historical moment for Wake County and we honor the author, the late Elizabeth Reid Murray today! I have attached her biography.

I want to thank her son, Mr. Jim Reid, for giving The Olivia Raney Local History Library/WCPL permission to have her book digitized. 

Please share as needed.
This is indeed wonderful news. Elizabeth's volumes were one of my first resources for starting the Wake Wednesday series of blogposts. This is a fantastic resource full of wonderful local history and family stories. If your roots go way back in Wake, you will want to spend some time with this volume. 

Saundra included Elizabeth Reid Murrays biographical information which you can read here. She was quite a proponent for keeping Wake's history alive.
Elizabeth Reid Murray

Elizabeth Reid Murray dedicated her life to documenting and preserving the history of Wake County, the place she considered “just the finest place on Earth.”

She was the author of Wake Capital County of North Carolina: Prehistory through Centennial (Vol. 1), 1983, and the co-author of Wake Capitol County of North Carolina: Reconstruction to 1920 (Vol. 2), 2008. These books are the most definitive authoritative secondary resources on the history of Wake County. The Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection at the Olivia Raney Local History Library is an extensive resource for scholarly research on Raleigh and Wake County.

Born Mary Elizabeth Davis in Wadesboro, North Carolina, she first moved to Raleigh to attend Meredith College, graduating in 1946. She began her professional life as a continuity writer of WPTF radio and as the program manager for WADE radio in Wadesboro.

Returning to Raleigh, she held numerous positions, including: Director, Meredith College News Bureau; editor, woman’s section, Raleigh News and Observer; Executive Secretary, Governor’s Coordinating Committee on Aging for NC; research assistant to Dr. Clarence Poe; teacher, local history courses for Wake County Public Schools and Wake Technical College; local history correspondent, Raleigh Times, News and Observer, Raleigh Spectator and Raleigh Magazine; and member, Raleigh City Council (1973).

Mrs. Murray was frequently recognized for her many contributions to the community and was awarded the following: American Association State and Local History for From Raleigh Past (1965); first Meredith Distinguished Alumna award (1970); W.P. Peace Award for best book on NC history (1983); Community Service Award, Raleigh Board of Realtors (1983); Wake County Phi Beta Kappa Award (1985); Silver Bowl Award, NC Museum of Art (1987); President’s Cup, Wake County Historical Society (1994); Anthemion Award, Capital Area Preservation, Inc. (1994).

Elizabeth Reid Murray was a wife, mother and grandmother.
She and her husband James Reid, a former mayor of Raleigh had three children, Michael Ernest Reid, Nancy Kennedy Reid Baker, and James William Reid, Jr.  Mr. Reid died in 1972. In 1979, Mrs. Reid married Dr. Raymond L. Murray of the Nuclear Engineering Department of North Carolina State University.

In 2006, Elizabeth Reid Murray donated her entire collection of manuscripts, slides, postcards, and photographs to the Olivia Raney Local History Library. The collection of more than 500 boxes of materials spans from 1965-2004 and is the largest archival collection owned by Wake County Public Libraries. Mrs. Murray was a longtime supporter of WCPL serving as a library trustee and a member of the planning committee for the opening of the Olivia Raney Local History Library in 1996.

In her research, she enjoyed uncovering stories of not only the elite but also of unsung heroes - people of color, people in remote and rural communities, and outstanding leaders. Her work ethic to affirm that her sources and facts were accurate was impeccable. Known in the community as someone who was generous with her knowledge, she was an inspiration to researchers.

Elizabeth Reid Murray died in 2014. Her books, publications, and collection at Olivia Raney Local History Library represent the passion and dedication she had for sharing the history of Wake County.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Wake Genealogy Watch - Spring 2020 - Newsletter is Live

The Spring 2020 Issue (Vol.3 Issue 3)  of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download.

You can visit the WCGS website or access through this link - Wake Genealogy Watch, Spring 2020

This issue contains the following topics:
• Facebook for Genealogy - a survey of the many groups found within the walls of Facebook relating to all topics of research, historic context, techniques and even genetic genealogy. Harness the power of Facebook for your research.
• Cynthia Gage shares a very useful tip about tracing newspaper articles to their original location for the most complete coverage and details.
• Reunion planning guides and tips.
• A heads up on an upcoming workshop featuring Thomas Jones. It is close enough for a road trip. You may want to mark your calendar.
• A query request from one of our readers.
• Another very full calendar of events.

 As always we welcome your articles, comments, or other items for the newsletter, so please contact Cyndi at if you have something to share.

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!

Or, 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

Visit the WCGS Blog for more events, late breaking news, tutorials, updates and other special posts. 

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Reminder: Rootsweb Mail Lists Deadline - March 2

Just wanted to remind everyone who was active on Rootsweb Lists that they will cease to be active on March 2nd, in 7 days.

There after they will be accessible as read only content.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Free Webinar Wednesday Night, Feb. 19 - Cold Calls, First Contact

Get more from your first contact, whether it be fleshing out family stories or connecting with your DNA cousins. Great Free Webinar Wednesday night.

Southern California Genealogical Society 2020 Jamboree Webinar Series -
De-Thorning Interviews: Cold Calls and First Contact
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)

This lecture will demonstrate the tactful approach to interviewing individuals, making cold calls and making first contact with individuals via emails and social media. Learn how to be comfortable gleaning oral family history stories from people you know and have never met before. Examples of these types of contact will be given.
1. Approaches, Considerations & Cautions
2. How to Prove If True

Professional genealogist Tammy Priolo BASc, PLCGS 25+yrs. Consults, researches, writes, lectures & workshops nationally & internationally. Many genealogical volunteer positions including nine years with the FHC in North Bay Ontario. Member of APG, GSG, OGS and Advisory Board Member
Sign Up -

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

RootsTech 2020 Presentation Schedule

The schedule for RootsTech2020 is posted now online at their website. I was pleasantly surprised that many of the presentations have PDF files of their syllabi posted in the descriptions.

It may be entertaining and worth your while to take a look.

RootsTech2020 Presentation Schedule

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

News and Events from Friends of Oberlin Village

I received the following in an email from EOV this week:

Dear Friends of Oberlin Village,
Please join other Friends of Oberlin Village for our  Feb. 24 meeting, beginning 6 pm, in the fellowship hall of Wilson Temple United Methodist Church, 1023 Oberlin Road.  All are welcome.  This month's meeting will include a "Voices from the Past" presentation by Earl Ijames, Curator, NC Museum of History.

Also of possible interest are upcoming events:

Preservation North Carolina's (PNC's) documentary "Oberlin -- A Village Rooted in Freedom"  is slated to be shown on UNC-TV on February 20th at 10:00 P.M.  Dive in to the history of Oberlin, one of North Carolina’s largest freedmen’s villages established after the Civil War, and witness Preservation North Carolina’s effort to save two landmark properties for its new headquarters.

Because PNC realizes that that is not an ideal time for many viewers, they have made arrangements to provide preliminary screenings. These preliminary screenings will not be abbreviated versions --- they will show the documentary in its entirety. Here's the schedule:
February 17, 6:30 P.M., Oberlin Baptist Church, 806 Oberlin Rd.
February 19, 6:30 P.M. --- N.C. Art Museum, 2110 Blue Ridge Road
Watch anywhere, anytime at and!   

Cheryl Williams and the Education Committee are looking for volunteers to staff an information table at each screening (need 2 volunteers 20 min before and after).  If you can help, contact Cheryl who can arrange for you to get the table, brochures, etc. or (919) 592-2333.

Virtual MLK: 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s' "Fill Up the Jails" Speech
Saturday, February 15, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
NC State University Centennial Campus Hunt Library
1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27606  (Most parking is free on the weekend)

Event is free and open to the public

NC State researchers, led by Dr. Victoria Gallagher, will immerse community members in one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most iconic speeches. King delivered this speech, originally titled “A Creative Protest” but later referred to by King and others as “Fill Up the Jails,” on February 16, 1960 at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham. The Virtual MLK (vMLK) event will take audiences back in time by leveraging the Hunt Library's 270-degree visualization capabilities, allowing them to virtually walk around the historic sanctuary, hear a re-creation of King’s speech, and virtually sit with congregation members.

The day includes family activities, choir performances, and a community conversation on advocacy.
For a detailed schedule and to register for scholar-guided tours, click here.

FOV has received the following invitations

African-American Cemeteries
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 2 PM, free admission with reception to follow
Eagle Lodge #19, 142 W King St, Hillsborough, NC   
Orange County’s Cultural Resources Coordinator Peter Sandbeck will present a program with slideshow on how to identify, protect and preserve the many abandoned or otherwise mostly unknown African-American cemeteries in the county. They all have a story to tell, and no one knows more about them than Peter Sandbeck.

Screening of documentary "February One"
Wednesday February 19, 2020 7 PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh, 27607

Join us for the viewing and discussion of the documentary February One recounting the courageous sit-ins led by the college students known as the Greensboro Four. The video uses first hand accounts and rare archival footage to document  the volatile winter of 1960 in Greensboro, NC. The students’ actions not only challenged public accommodation laws in North Carolina, but served as a blueprint for the wave of non-violent civil rights protests that swept the South and the nation throughout the 1960’s.
For more information:
Please note that this will replace the presentation "Revisiting Raleigh’s “Black Main Street”: Vintage Photos and Lasting Impact of the 3rd Ward" that was announced at the January FOV meeting due to illness of the presenter. 

Hope to see you a week from Monday at our next meeting,

Becky Boston

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wake Wednesday - John Hunter, born a slave, lived 112 years

For those of you who missed the COR Museum African-American Symposium last Saturday, or the N&O article that preceded it, you missed some great local history. I will refer you back to the N&O article that chronicles the discovery of John Hunter's history and Ernest Dollar's efforts to unite that history with living family members.

John Hunter was an enslaved person on the Spring Hill Plantation, owned by Theophilus Hunter. John was well loved and lived a very long life. His obituary claimed 112 years. He was interviewed in the 1870 for an article in the Raleign Sentinel. His memories include Fayetteville Street while it was surrounded by wilderness and wild animals, the blood thirsty dragoons of Col, Tarleton, and local buildings burning in 1812.

We are lucky that Ernest Dollar, COR director, discovered John and his history so that his story can be share again now.

See the article and the video at the N&O.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Mark Your Calendar - Thomas W. Jones Workshop in Asheville June 20, 2020

We received this notice from the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society in Ashville very recently:
I am contacting you on behalf of the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society (OBCGS) in Asheville, NC.
We are offering a professional workshop, “Beyond the Barriers” on June 20, 2020 that may be of interest to your members. The speaker is Dr. Thomas W. Jones, a board-certified genealogist, who is nationally known as a writer, a knowledgeable and entertaining presenter and editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

The most interesting topic lineup includes:
  • Building a Credible Lineage Despite Missing information, Conflicting and Incorrect Records and Undocumented Publication
  • Finding ‘Unfindable’ Ancestors
  • The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames
  • Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls
Early bird pricing is available prior to May 15.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Event - Feb. 8 - 4th Annual African-American History Symposium - Transformation from Slavery to Freedom

Visit the City of Raleigh Museum Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1-3pm. COR will present the 4th Annual African-American History Symposium, a free event. 

From the City of Raleigh Museum Facebook event page:
The fourth annual African American History Symposium will explore the transformation from slavery to freedom through two lectures. Collector Craig James will discuss images from his personal collection of early African American photographs. James’ library of rare photos captures the transformation from slavery to freedom and the emergence of a new black identity. A native North Carolinian, James is descended from slaves from the Spring Hill Plantation in Pender County. Among his collection are images of his family, “Nursey” James, who was born into slavery and lived into the 20th century. Also speaking will be City of Raleigh Museum director, Ernest Dollar, will share new research on the enslaved community of Dix Park and the efforts to locate living descendants. During research on the museum’s latest exhibit, From Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill, Dollar discovered John Hunter, born in the 1760s, and traced eight generations of his family to New York. In November 2019, John’s family traveled back to Raleigh to learn about their historic roots and the future of the new park.

Parking and Directions for COR

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Fold3 Black History Collection Free Access

I received this in an email from Fold3 today:
In recognition of Black History Month, Fold3® is making the records in its Black History Collection available for free through the end of February.

Whether you're searching for your ancestors or looking for primary documents to help with other research, the Black History collection gives you access to more than a million documents, records, and photos that help to capture the African-American experience during five eras of American history: Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws, World War I & II, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Fold3 Black History Collection - free access through the end of February

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wake Wednesday - Check out the Joel Lane House before it gets a new coat of paint!

See the red pigment from the original construction 250 years ago. See the pit saw marks in the boards. Most surprising see the two small bullet embedded in the wood. Wonder when that happened?


Click through to WRAL to read the article by Heather Leah.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Local Event - Feb 16 - Dedication Ceremony - Memorial to the Enslaved of Joel Lane Plantation

We have received notice that there will be a dedication event for a Memorial to the Enslaved of Joel Lane Plantation on February 16.

Details are as follows:

Dedication Ceremony: Memorial to the Enslaved of the Joel Lane Plantation, 1769-1800

On Sunday, February 16, 2020, we will gather in the Joel Lane Museum House gardens for a time of contemplation and remembrance, as we dedicate a memorial to the people who were held in slavery by Joel Lane and his family. More details.

Time: Sunday, February 16, 2020,
Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Location: Joel Lane Museum House Herb Garden, at the southeast corner of the JLMH grounds, located at 160 S. St. Mary’s St., Raleigh, NC 27603. Parking is available on the streets surrounding the museum.

Admission: Free; All are welcome.

Contact Information: tel: (919) 833-3431; email:

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