Friday, January 31, 2020

24 Hour Learning Opportunity from Legacy Webinars - March 12 - 13 Eastern Time

Great news from Legacy Family Tree Webinars & MyHeritage Webinars --

Event: FREE Live Webinar: The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon
Host: Legacy Family Tree Webinars & MyHeritage Webinars

Join us in making history as we embark on the first-ever 24-hour genealogy webinar marathon, where you will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world's top genealogists and educators. From advanced Googling to DNA, from The Great Lakes to Australia and Germany, there's something for everyone... in every time zone. And thanks to and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it's completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes. If you can't join us in real time, we've got you covered: all recordings will be available absolutely free for a week. Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a webinar membership to

Click registration link for list of topics and speakers.

Topics: 24 topics
Presenters: 24 speakers
Dates: Thursday-Friday, March 12-13, 2020
Start Time: 24 hrs.
2:00 PM Pacific
3:00 PM Mountain
4:00 PM Central
5:00 PM Eastern

**All recordings will be available absolutely free for a week after the 24hour presentation.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Nearby next week - Durham/Orange Gen Society Meeting - Feb 5

Nearby next week -

February 2020 D-OGS Meeting: Using Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy 

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Speaker Name: David McCorkle
It's great to find the exact location or at least general area where you ancestors lived on a modern map, but that alone is only part of the story. Please join us on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, NC to hear D-OGS President David McCorkle present Using Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy. In addition to helping find your ancestor's home, maps can provide clues to questions like where to find county and state records, who were their neighbors, what migration routes they used, why they might have settled in that area, what church they attended, where they are buried, what newspapers to search, and much more. David will discuss the many historical and modern maps available online, where to find them, and how to use them. He will also discuss and demonstrate various mapping tools that allow you to combine different types of maps and data to help with your research.

Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro

The OWASA Community Center is on the right side of Jones Ferry Road heading west out of town. Park in the lower lot on the west side of the facility - the center is the door closest to the street on the lower level.

More Details at D-OGS webpage.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wake Wednesday - Five Points ca 1920

This photo appeared in my Facebook feed yesterday and I just really have to share it with you. Wrap your head around this pastoral scene and try to reconcile it with the Five Points of today...

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Houses, barns, fields, streetcar tracks. How much it changed between the 1920s and the 1940s!
How much will it change now with the present growth and building spree?

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Family History Affiliate Access - while Olivia Raney is closed for renovation.

I have the details for interim Family History Affiliate access now. I heard from Carrie Lee, the adult services manager at Cameron Village Regional Library last week. She confirms that access to the FamilySearch database at CVRL is now live. There is only one dedicated computer for this service.

To use:
Check in with a staff member at the reference desk – second floor.
Staff will get you logged in.  

CRVL is located at 1930 Clark Ave. Raleigh, NC 27605

It is wonderful that CVRL has worked through the paperwork process to make this irreplaceable access available during the time that ORL is out of commission.

WCGS is surely appreciative of all the staff at CVRL has done to accommodate us and make us feel welcome!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wake Wednesday - John Lawson - Did He Pass Through Wake County?

I found this great account of John Lawson's 1700 exploration of the area that would become North and South Carolina, in a book written back in 1922 - History of Wake County, North Carolina, by Hope Summerell Chamberlain. It is a fantastic book, fast paced and pleasant enough that I am frankly captivated. You may see more posts inspired by it pages in the future.

Chamberlain describes Lawson's voyage:
"The first historian of North Carolina, the explorer Lawson, although known to have passed through the central part of this State, cannot actually be proved to have trod the soil of Wake County. One authority on our local history thinks that he did, and indeed it seems more than possible.

Lawson made a journey through western and middle Carolina in the year seventeen hundred or thereabout. His course was a long loop coming out of South Carolina and crossing the Catawba and the ''Realkin" (or Yadkin) and other streams, continuing in a northeasterly direction and then due east, until he finally reached the settlements of the North Carolina seaboard. His descriptive traveller's journal reads as fresh and as crisply Interesting as if penned last year, and we get the impression of a writer alert in every sense and perception. He was a fine optimistic fellow, and though he was hired no doubt to praise the new colony, and so draw In settlers from among the readers of his account, yet no one can close his book without the feeling that he too, like many another coming to North Carolina to live, soon fell in love with the climate, and delighted to bask under the sunny sky.

Hear his account of leaving ''Acconeechy Town" (which must have been near Hillsborough), and marching twenty miles eastward over "stony rough ways" till he reached "a mighty river." This river is as large as the Realkin, the south bank having tracts of good land, the banks high, and stone quarries. We got then to the north shore, which is poor white sandy soil with scrubby oaks. We went ten miles or so, and sat down at the falls of a large creek where lay mighty rocks, the water making a strange noise as of a great many water wheels at once. This I take to be the falls of News Creek, called by the Indians 'We-Quo-Whom.'

For a first trip through an unknown wilderness, guided only by a compass, this suggests
the neighborhood, and describes the granite ridges that traverse Wake County, and produce the Falls of Neuse, where the river flows across one of these barriers.

During the next days' travel he comments on the land ''abating of its height" and ''mixed
with pines and poor soil." This, too, makes it sound as if he perceived the swift
transition which may be seen in the eastern part of Wake County from one zone to the
next, from the hard-wood growth to the pine timber, and from a clay to a sandy soil.

Lawson highly praised the midland of North Carolina, between the sandy land and the
mountains, and it is pleasant to read his enthusiastic account of this home of ours, and
learn the impression it made on a good observer in its pristine state, and before the white
man's foot had become familiar with the long trading path, which must have crossed west, near this section, but not certainly in the exact longitude of Wake County.
This trail is known to have passed Hillsborough, and to have crossed Haw River at
the Haw Fields. It may well have followed the same course, as later did the Granville
Tobacco Path, which certainly traversed Wake County near Raleigh."
Chamberlain really wants Lawson's path to have cut through Wake County and his descriptions of portions certainly do sound like our wild surrounds. The "large creek where lay mighty rocks," The granite ridges, the land ''abating of its height" ... ''mixedwith pines and poor soil." I feel I have walked those very spots.

Was he describing "News Creek" (Neuse River)? Others feel it could easily have been the banks of the Little River.

For more insight, you could attend this talk at the City of Raleigh Museum on Thursday night:
Scott Huler talks about John Lawson's trek, his own trek in Lawsons footsteps, his book and the exhibit at COR.
City of Raleigh Museum at 7 - 8:30 pm on Jan. 23
info: 919.996.2220

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Reminder - WCGS Meeting - Tuesday, Jan 28, 6:30pm

Join us!

Quaker Patriot Research: Daniel Bills - A Man for His Place and Time
Tuesday January 28, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Drive
Raleigh, NC 27605
Speaker: Ann Myhre
Join us for the story of Daniel Bills - a Quaker who was a patriot in the Revolutionary War.  We'll highlight the records used in his discovery and some of the other unusual resources that shed light on his life.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Social time: 6:30; Announcements: 6:45pm. Presentation will start at 7:00.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020

NGS Conference 2020 Brochure Link

For your browsing pleasure... Who is planning on going to NGS 2020 in Salt Lake City in May?

May 19 -23
NGS Family History Conference - Salt Lake City, UT. Multiple speakers. Multiple tracks. 

Wake Genealogy Watch - Winter 2020 Is available at the website now!

Happy New Year, fellow Wake researchers.

TheWinter 2020 Issue (Vol.3 Issue 2)  of our award winning  newsletter Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. 

This issue contains the following topics:
• Get Acquainted with the new Wake Treasures Journal Team
• Ann Myhre shares some very useful tips for tackling foreign language translations
• Popular tips, technique, and historical context of 2019 from the WCGS Facebook feed
• Ted Bainbridge shares important points to consider when evaluating sources, information, and evidence
• Cyndi Deal explores the workflow and challenges of researching that Native American family lore
• 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.

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

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

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Family History Webinar series at Cameron Village Regional Library

The ongoing Family History Webinar series that has been a Monday staple at ORL, will continue on at CVRL, observing the same schedule as before. Join Saundra Cropps at 1pm each Monday to view and discuss a webinar from Legacy Family Tree. Check website or call for details.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wake Wednesday - 1914 Raleigh Street Car Map

This wonderful street car map from 1914 recently passed thru my Facebook Feed. Mike Legeros of Legeros Fire Blog shared his map with the "You know you grew up in Raleigh when..." group there. 
His map is an annotated version showing the street car lines of the time. It is available for download at his website. Click map to see larger.

The original is available via North Carolina Maps site from UNC-CH.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Genealogy Skillbuilder offerings for SeniorTechEd for 2020

I counted no less than 14 different genealogy topic offered by SeniorTechEd starting next week! I see everything from DNA and Genealogy Basics, to Citing Sources and Organizing Strategies. Don't just take my word for it. Check it out now. There is still time to get signed up...

Scheduled Offerings for Eary 2020

Course Descriptions

Please share these links if you know someone just starting their genealogy journey.

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