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.

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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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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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