Friday, October 23, 2020

NGS Press Release seeking nominations for 2021

 From the National Genealogy Society:

Contact: Susan Yockey
Phone: 571-234-8021

awards@ngsgenealogy.org
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 president@wakecogen.org to talk with our President, Carla Stancil, about this volunteer position.


WCGS Publications Manager:

Oversee the WCGS Lulu Webstore. This involves uploading documents, overseeing the sales handled thru online vendor, and managing the once a year printing of hardbound Journals volumes for Institutional members. A detailed workflow document will be provided to our volunteer to help with their transition into the role. Email president@wakecogen.org for more information.


 Transcriptionists:

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 journal@wakecogen.org


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.

Dates
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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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Followup for September's Melungeon Presentation

First of all, many thanks to Heather Andolina for sharing her ancestors and journey of discovery with WCGS. It was a really fascinating evening.  

Here is the link to the trailer for her documentary - Infamous Characters Notorious Villains. Watch the video at YouTube here - https://youtu.be/KiAIThQZwIE

When I went to watch the trailer, I stumbled on into an absolute rabbit hole of good Melungeon videos that are really worth watching. If you were intrigued along with me, you might want to check these out too.

Lisa Alther reads excerpts her book Kinfolks, and talks of her Melungeon heritage -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX4-GSXxQMg

Darlene Franklin Campbell gives a detailed account through time and space of the peoples who traveled the world to converge in the Appalacian Ridge to create the Melungeon people. Watch her Melungeon Overview Presentation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rx5C0Jf_lo

Here is the trailer for another documentary that was made in 2008.
Melungeon Voices - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO0UOsp-NZ8


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Legacy Webinars offering 10 free webinars for 10 days to celebrate their 10th anniversary

From Legacy Family Tree Webinars:

We're celebrating 10 years of genealogy webinars! Below is the top webinar from each year since 2010. Unlocked and free through September 24, 2020. Enjoy!

Click this Anniversary link for details!

If you are not a member they have really good discounts for membership right now too. Act early the best discount is for Sep 15-16!


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GenHelp - WCGS teaming up with Raleigh Senior Tech Ed for recurring virtual genealogy learning events

Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) and Raleigh SrTechEd (RSTE) are pleased to partner to offer GenHelp - monthly virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm ET. Anyone with genealogy or family history-related questions are welcome to join us on October 1 for our inaugural session.


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.

Date: Thursday, 1 October 2020
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 attend. Scroll down to the GenHelp registration section. 



Thursday, September 10, 2020

Seeking Volunteers. WCGS needs a new Treasurer.

Here is an excellent volunteer opportunity for Wake County Genealogy Society members and followers. Even if you are a Wake researcher living remote from Wake County, this is an excellent way to connect with your family roots (and get to know researchers who may know where the good records are...) and an excellent way to give back. 

From WCGS President, Carla Stancil:

WCGS needs a Treasurer!  This is a Board position and does not require an accounting or bookkeeping background or for you to live in the Raleigh area. Can be done remotely! Email President@wakecogen.org for more info!


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WAKE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: PUBLICATIONS LIST

WCGS has abstracted and indexed several manuscripts of interest to genealogists who are researching in Wake County, NC. These publications can be purchased from the online WCGS bookstore at Lulu.com. To find any of our publications, visit www.lulu.com/shop and search for Wake County or the specific title.

Searching for back issues of Wake Treasures (the WCGS journal)? Members can find it at www.wakecogen.org. Want to join WCGS to have access to journals from 1991 to present? www.wakecogen.org.

Titles available at Lulu include:

Wake County Bastardy Bonds 1772 – 1937 [broken series]

Wake County Deed Book R March 1802 – October 1803

Wake County Divorce Records Surnames N – Z (1831 – 1920) 

Wake County Divorce Records Surnames A – M (1831 – 1952)

Wake County Levy Dockets 1805 – 1815

Wake County School Census Raleigh Township 1897

Heritage of Wake County

Wake County Apprentice Bonds 1770 – 1860, 1872 - 1903

Check publication list for details and pricing.






Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wake Wednesday - Family History within the boundaries of Umstead Park

While browsing Facebook one day I happened upon a post in a Raleigh group about the Wake County families that settled on and worked the land that would become Umstead Park. There were some delighful photos taken in 1936 by a photographer for the Farm Security Administration. The post and comments are a goldmine of family history tidbits and names of the families associated with the land. If you are on Facebook, I encourage you to take a look at the post in the public group called ''You know you grew up in Raleigh when...". It is worth requesting membership just to read this post. Link to post.

Surnames - King, Page, Young, Dillard, Page, Sorrell, McGee.

For a more in depth look at the story of the families that were displaced from the Umstead Park land when the federal government bought up the land to be converted by the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit https://www.wral.com/hidden-history-abandoned-mills-homesteads-in-umstead-park-hold-untold-stories/19029798/. Heather has covered the area in depth including the farms, mills, gravesites and even some explosives magazines hidden on the land. There are also several family photos and reunion photos. Do check this out if you had family in this area. 

Also Associated - Ebenezer Church and Surnames - Jones, Blake, Warren, Brown.


"Anywhere you see tulips or a large oak tree, that's where someone's front yard used to be..." - Reggie King


The story of the Umstead families is also included in a book that is available on Amazon.



Monday, September 7, 2020

Sept 22 - Next WCGS Virtual Meeting and Presentation -- Melungeon Research with Heather Andolina

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 by September 21.

Date/Time:  Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020 at 6:30pm ET

Speaker: Heather Andolina

Topic: Infamous Characters, Notorious Villians: History of the Melungeon People. After her grandmother is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, historian Heather Andolina begins to uncover her unique genetic past and finds that she is the decedent of a mysterious group of people known as Melungeon. Andolina travels all over the east coast in search for answers and discovers the haunting history of the Melungeon people, filled with their own folklore, heritage and heartbreaking tales of discrimination. Join us as Heather discusses her journey and the making of a documentary of her discovery that the Melungeon people were truly a melting pot of diversity to offer a disturbing account of the strange and unforgiving history of race in America.


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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Friday, August 21, 2020

Wake Genealogy Watch, Fall 2020 available now

The Fall 2020 Issue (Vol. 4, Issue 1) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. WGW is free for all, members and followers alike.

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

  • Ted Bainbridge offers companion articles about revisiting your research and using original documents to get the most out of your research. 
  • Meet our new Board Members.
  • Olivia Raney Family History Library renovation sneak peek.
  • Barbara McGeachy profiles two valuable local learning resources - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Raleigh Senior Tech Ed
  • Cynthia Gage digs deeper into advanced newspaper research with some search strategies that will find gems in the press to add to your ancestor's story 
  • Details on a recent gift of genealogy books to Thornton Library.
  • A curated list of genetic genealogy videos to sharpen your skills at all levels
  • A call from North Carolina Genealogical Society for Bible Records for their future publication.
  • Dennis Martin and Cynthia Whited profile the books and book series that are the culmination of their twenty years of research.
  • Yet another surprisingly packed event calendar.
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 newsletter@wakecogen.org.

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

Ancestry.com Offers Free Access to Yearbook Search

Ancestry free access to the Yearbook collection will be free until 27 Aug 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Click here to start searching.


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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 Ancestry.com 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 gedmatch@verogen.com. 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.
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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 http://www.raleighseniorteched.org , 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 newsletter@wakecogen.org.

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 -

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