Saturday, December 26, 2020

WCGS Newsletter - Wake Genealogy Watch - Winter 2021 now available

The Winter 2021 Issue (Vol.4 Issue 2) 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, Winter 2021
This issue contains the following topics:

  • Wake Treasures Journal search tips – We have over 20 years of content online available for our members to use. These tips will get you started.
  • Get details on the GenHelp sessions which return in 2021 to give guidance for your research.
  • An overview of the three new Wake Resources webpages that webmaster Cynthia Gage has curated for us.
  • Ann Myhre shares her experiences finding cousins in unexpected places.
  • Dr. Ted Bainbridge recounts his efforts to explore and verify a family history tradition.
  • Meet More of our Board Members – Barbara McGeachy, Carla Stancil, and Linda Hames.
  • Unexpected resources that may help enrich your ancestors’ stories and where to find them.
  • Carla Stancil shares her families experience with a virtual reunion.
  • Try these strategies to expand your surname research and create a list of alternate spellings.

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!

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Wake County Genealogical Society Meetings for 2021 - Virtual

 Mark your calendar for the first WCGS meeting and presentation of 2021. 

Date: January 26 at 6:30pm

Topic:  Wake and Its Beginnings in Colonial Johnston County
Speaker:  K. Todd Johnson

There is always a beginning, and for many of us with family from Wake County, our ancestors came from the east, passing through Johnston County. It is important for family historians to realize that Wake County was originally formed in 1771, being cut from pre-existing Johnston, Cumberland, and Orange Counties.
Join us for this talk by K. Todd Johnson, director of the Johnston County Heritage Center. He will speak about the citizenry of early Johnston County while touching on key historical developments predating and influencing the formation of Wake County. Drawing from resources at the Johnston County Heritage Center, including Elizabeth Reid Murry’s Wake County history (Volume 1), Todd’s presentation will cover items in her collection related to the early colonial period. He will also touch on the importance and impact of America’s first revolution known as the Regulator Movement. Come join us as we explore this exciting part of the story of who we were before the formation of Wake County.
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required. 
Topic:  Where to Find Family Stories 
Speaker:   Barbara McGeachy
Registration - TBA

March 23 @ 6:30pm
Topic:  Native Americans, Africans and Europeans in North Carolina History: A Brief History of the Evolution  
Speaker:   Dr. Arwin Smallwood
Registration - TBA

WCGS GenHelp - Events for 2021

We are pleased to announce that WCGS will host three virtual help session in the first quarter of 2021.

The goal of  the monthly virtual sessions continues to be to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists. Mark your calendars for the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm ET. 

It is not necessary to be a member of WCGS 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.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 6:30pm

          Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 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.