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 -

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 -

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 -

Here is the trailer for another documentary that was made in 2008.
Melungeon Voices -

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


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 To find any of our publications, visit and search for Wake County or the specific title.

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

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.

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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