Friday, September 17, 2021

WCGS is seeking 2 Volunteers for Communication Outreach team - Facebook page and Blog Author

The Wake County Genealogy Society is looking for volunteers to fill two positions within our Communications Outreach team. Both these roles function to serve our existing membership and make our services known to potential members interested in genealogy in general and in research specific to our locale. 

1) An administrator for the Wakecogen Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wakecogen/

2) A blogger to take over posting to the Wakecogen blog: https://wakecogen.blogspot.com/

Both positions include curating and sharing content including:

Genealogy skills

Research resources and methods

Topics of local and family history interest

Wakecogen events publicity

Late breaking news and schedule changes

No experience is necessary

We will work with you to show you the ropes. If you are interested in being an active voice in the WCGS online community and developing stronger connections within this great group, please contact our volunteer coordinator Saundra Cropps via email,  info@wakecogen.org

We look forward to adding you to our team!


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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Visit the Wake County Genealogy Society Website for Updates

The Wakecogen Blog is taking a break. Visit the Wake County Genealogy home page or Wakecogen Facebook page for event updates and late breaking news or schedule changes.

If you are registering for WCGS virtual meetings through the end of 2021, start here.

If you are registering for GenHelp through the end of 2021, start here.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wake Wednesday: What did Wake County look like before all the development?

Just look at this wonderful postal map of turn of the century Wake County. It will certainly help you visualise a quiter, more pastoral Wake County. I used this map recently to determine the location of a cemetery in the relocation zone of Falls Lake. Things look so different now. 

Roads displaced by Falls Lake

This map is available online from the North Carolina Collection at UNC. This is a rural delivery route map circa 1910 - 1919. It covers the whole county and provides a context that is just not available to us today. Take a look. Keep a link handy. 

Source: Wake County c.1910-1919, US Postal Delivery Routes


I bet you will be visiting this map as often as I will. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

WCGS - Wake Genealogy Watch - Fall 2021 - Newsletter now available

The Fall 2021 Issue (Vol.5 Issue 1) 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, Fall, 2021

  
This issue contains the following topics:

  • Cynthia Gage shares some great strategies for finding family information in small town newspapers. It is truly a great untapped resource.
  • Get more great research ideas and suggestions from our GenHelp panelists who regularly (monthly first Thursday) provide ideas which are fresh and out of the box.
  • We have a very full rosters of volunteer opportunities outlined in this issue including a Content Curator position for the Journal team.
  • A quick mention of changes at the Wakecogen blog that may affect you if you are subscribed to receive updates to your email.
  • Christopher Hunt Robertson shares a profile of local railroad magnate, Alexander Boyd Andrews (1841-1915)
  • An overview by Cyndi Deal of the two Cemetery Surveys that have been conducted since the mid-1930s with some exciting news about the most recent survey.
  • A packed virtual event calendar that includes a presenter well known on the national genealogy circuits.
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 to the online edition where you can enlarge the photos to accommodate better viewing.
 
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. 

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Wake County Genealogical Society Meetings for 2021 - Virtual

Next WCGS Meeting (all meeting virtual through the end of 2021) -

September 28 @ 6:30pm
Topic Y-DNA and Family Research
Speaker:  Janine Cloud, FTDNA Group Projects, Events Coordinator

For twenty years, Y-DNA has been used to confirm and connect to paternal ancestry. In this talk, Janine Cloud will discuss the types of testing available, along with how Y-DNA reveals information about your patrilineal ancestors. She'll also cover research strategies for both individuals and groups.
 
Longtime genealogy enthusiast Janine Cloud has been with FamilyTreeDNA for ten years, during which she's served as Information Specialist, Customer Service Manager, and established the Group Projects team she now manages. She's given talks on genetic genealogy both in person and virtually at international, national, regional, and local events, including RootsTech, NGS Family History Conference, and Family History Down Under.
Upcoming Meetings:

October 26 @ 6:30pm
Topic Finding the Law
Speaker:  Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

December 7 @ 6:30pm
Topic Finding Clues to Your Ancestors Hidden in Social History 
Speaker:  Lisa Lisson



**WCGS will meet virtually through December 2021**



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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Mark your calendars for the last WCGS events of the summer

The late summer event offerings from WCGS are just around the corner. There is still time to register. Please visit our Registration page.

Next up - 

August 24, 6:30pm - WCGS virtual meeting
Topic - Research and Resources at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania 
speaker - 
Dr. Lee Arnold, Senior Director of the Library & Collections, Chief Operating Officer

Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has excellent collections on local and regional history and offers a manuscript collection renowned for its 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century holdings. HSP houses many national treasures, such as the first draft of the United States Constitution, an original printer’s proof of the Declaration of Independence, and the earliest surviving American photograph. But the true strength of the Society' collection is the overall breadth and depth of materials that together offer a rich, complex portrait of U.S. history and society from the 17th century to the present.
 
Next GenHelp Session - September 02, 6:30pm
Got a burning research question that you just can't seem to find an answer for? For research tips and clues, sign up for our next virtual session.

Both these event are free and open to all.

Register for both!



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Thursday, August 12, 2021

WCGS GenHelp - Events for 2021 - Free Help for Genealogists - September thru December sign up


More virtual help sessions are planned for 2021. The next session is July 1 at 6:30pm  EDT. See additional dates below.

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.

Dates remaining for 2021      

Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 6:30pm     

Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 6:30pm   

Thursday, December 2, 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)

Please submit your queries in advance. It gives the panelists a chance to mull and ponder and come up with better suggestions for you. Submissions should be sent to 
jhawkgenealogy@gmail.com

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.


Click here to register to for GenHelp. Scroll down to the GenHelp registration section. 



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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Volunteer Opportunity - Content Curator for the WCGS Journal Team

Have you ever wanted to be a real live History Detective? (cue music!)

We have a super exciting request for a volunteer Content Curator from our Wake Treasures Journal editor, Donna Shackle. Details:

Are you  interested in Wake County history and family stories? Do you enjoy the thrill of the hunt? Do you love hanging out in libraries, archives and other repositories of local historical lore?  If so, we have a volunteer opportunity for you.

Our journal editor, Donna Shackle is looking for a Content Curator to work closely with the WCGS journal team. This person would canvass libraries, repositories, and other sources for content for the journal.  They don’t need to worry about transcription, although that’s a bonus.  Our journal requires content be focused on Wake County unless a neighboring county lacks a genealogy society and material must be previously unpublished.  If you are interested in this position, please contact Donna Shackle via email - Journal@wakecogen.org


This looks like so much fun. I wish I didn't have so many ongoing commitments. I think I would be all over this one! 

PS- I have had the History Detectives theme song stuck in my head since we started talking about this!

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Olivia Raney Library update as of June 17

WCGS member, Barbara McGeachy, just shared this information with us on ORL's opening status.

From Barbara:

I just called the Olivia Raney Local History Library and talked with Ann.
The library is now fully open. They have new hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

No reservation is required.
They are a FamilySearch affiliate library. They have 4 public PCs that allow access to this.
They have 2 microfilm readers.

They encourage only genealogy and history research patrons.  If a patron just wants to print a document, they ask that the patron go to the Richard B. Harrison Library.

If you have a genealogical question, you can email lib.orl.researchquestions@wakegov.com
If you are planning to do research, send them a list of books or materials you plan to use and they will have them ready for you.  Use the same email.


This is wonderful news. Thanks to Barbara for sharing with WCGS.


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

There is still plenty of time to sign up for our upcoming summer events!

To sign up for our June 22 virtual meeting (topic - Finding Your Family on Ship Manifests with speaker, Mark Arslan) and to sign up for the next virtual GenHelp session on July 1, visit our Registration page.

Members, if you are interested in exploring your German Genes and heritage, you will want to sign up for the latest WCGS Special Interest Group , "German Genes."  The inaugural meeting will be this Saturday, June 19, 10:30 - Noon. Contact coordinator, Sue Olmstead.

If you are not yet a member and want to join to participate visit our Join page through the link below. 
Willkommen!


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Test 6/16

This should hit the new follow.it feed for all subscribers.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

WCGS Blog Email Subscribers - The subscription change over will happen sometime this week

Subscribers, your blog posts from WCGS will still hit your inboxes in a timely manner (maybe even better). They will arrive under a different header. I want you to be aware of what to look for so you can check your junk mail boxes and add us back to your allowed emails if there is an interruption in service. 

The new service is called follow.it. When you receive a blog update to your inbox, it will look a little different. The sender will be follow.it and the subject line will read something like "Wake County Genealogical Society Blog - new message."  It will look something like this --



or this--


When you open the message, you will see the content that you expect from WCGS, in a slightly new format.

Click to view original size


Notice the green "Continue Reading" text just under the post. This will take you directly to the online blog for a better reading experience or if you wish to enlarge the pictures to get a better look. There is also a large green "Manage your feeds" button below the post. Clicking here allows you to change your feed frequency.

We average about 2 post a week, so the standard "email per post" should not be intrusive. You will receive each post within 6 hours of its creation. If you prefer, you can receive a "24 hour digest" of posts that you can access thru the manage link. 

Once the transition happens, you may receive an email from follow.it directly to confirm your subscription. You should answer yes and follow the steps to continue receiving WCGS posts without interuption. 

After the transition happens, I will send out one event announcement and two test posts in close timing to each other. If you have not received these posts by Sunday, June 20, you should check your spam folder. If there is nothing there, you should go to the WCGS blog page and sign up again. Look for the new sign up box at the top of the right hand column. 

I hope I have covered all the bases for you and that the transition is smooth and barely noticible for you. This was a huge learning curve for me and I am thankful to have found an alternative so that you can still receive WCGS updates in a timely manner. 


See you on the other side!




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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Newest Wake County Gen Society Special Interest Group will explore German Roots

The newest SIG under the WCGS umbrella will have its inaugural meeting Saturday, June 19 at 10:30am. The group will meet via Zoom.  The SIG is open to WCGS members and registration is required. Contact Sue Olmsted via email - GermanGenesSIG@gmail.com

From Sue Olmsted, SIG Facilitator:

There are many of us in the WCGS who have  German roots that we would like to explore, but may feel out of our depth.  For the past year I have been working on my maternal line, almost entirely German, and have picked up some information that we can use to start the discussion. 

I think a Special Interest Group will be a vehicle for us to share what we have discovered in our own research and to learn from each other.  Like our other SIGs, I hope everyone will contribute, as this is not meant to be a class.

The first thing I would like to share will be to tell you about an upcoming international German Genealogy Conference , July 17-24, 2021, for which I have registered. .  If you want to learn more, I hope you drop by Saturday the 19th or check out this teaser of some of the speakers :  https://iggc.info/  or you can drop by the SIG kick-off meeting on June 19, 2021.  The SIG meeting will be a Zoom session running from 10:30 to about noon and is open to any WCGS member.

Auf Wiedersehen, 

Sue


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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pardon my dust as we make some changes...

 This post is specifically directed to our readers who receive WCGS blog posts via email. There are changes coming.

Blogger and Google have decided to do away with the service that currently delivers your blog post to you. The Feedburner service is ending "sometime this month." Yes, the devil is in the details. I am working to find another service that I hope can seamlessly pick up where feedburner service leaves off.

I am doing some testing right now which requires me to make a few posts (including this one) that will give me information on how the new service handles the emails, what they will look like to you and how timely they will be delivered. I hope this will only require a few posts over a day or two. You may find posts marked "Test" with not much in them. That is me working out a change on a system that is WAY above my expertise and paygrade! 

As soon as I know that all is in order, I will post what I know so you can make any changes necessary to continue receiving by email. All this pain on me is to hopefully make the transition seamless for you. I will update as soon as I have all the issues worked out. In the meantime, if you feel like you are missing posts that you should be seeing, visit the blog directly at https://wakecogen.blogspot.com/

Thank you for sticking with us! Without you, there is no Society.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

We have an opening date for Olivia Raney Library


Word is that Olivia Raney Local History Library is expected to open on June 7. Contact the library for info on scheduling appointments. Subject to change. Watch their webpage. 

When you visit, look for this delightful photo of the children's reading room from the original ORL location. You will find it in the new reading room!


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Friday, May 28, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

Reminder to sign up for the May 25 WCGS meeting and the June 3 GenHelp Session

The links to register are here. Be sure to scroll down to the second section if you are looking for the GenHelp session. 

See you there!


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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ancestry Library Edition Remote Access Extended

Of course they announce this two days after I send out the newsletter! I checked the link every day for a week. It is all good though, because access has been extended. From ProQuest:

Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Remote access will be available until  September 30/2021 and will continue to be re-evaluated.


Details are at this ProQuest link. 


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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

WCGS - Wake Genealogy Watch - Summer 2021 - Newsletter now available

The Summer 2021 Issue (Vol.4 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, 2021

This issue contains the following topics:

·         Get details on our newest Special Interest Group for WCGS members - Family Tree Maker 2019.

·         Ted Bainbridge offers several solid tips for tracking ancestors that disappear from one census to the next.

·         Sometimes you need a large space to expand your tree drawing efforts - either your own or your DNA matches and shared ancestors. You will want to read the ideas on budget friendly white board alternatives including some easy-to-use Microsoft tools.

·         Meet WCGS Webmaster - Cynthia Gage.

·         Read about clever ideas to foster appreciation of family heirlooms in our younger generations with books, albums and other media that create an interactive experience.

·         Meet our board members. The final installment spotlights our President in Training, Monique Bunch and our Past President, Kathy Ruse.

·         As always, stay updated with our packed events calendar and links to so very much online content.

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 to the online edition where you can enlarge the photos to accommodate better viewing.

Click this newsletter page link to view this and all past newsletter content.



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Friday, May 7, 2021

Wake Treasures Journal just published. New Issue. New Look!

Volume 30, Issue 1 of our award-winning journal is now available on the WCGS website. Access this issue via the member options after logging on at Wakecogen.org. We can't wait for you to see the new look!

Here are some comments from the journal editor to introduce this issue. 

Dear Readers,

 Spring is upon us, the coronavirus vaccine is here, and life is slowly returning to normal. The pandemic is sure to have honed our online research skills, and I’m sure you’ll be glad to be able to research in person once more as the archives and state library are now offering appointments for in-person research. It is also conference season, with the National Genealogical Society hosting its annual conventionon  virtually in May. Wake County Genealogical Society’s own Diane L. Richard and David M. McCorkle will be presenting and are not to be missed! 


As you may have noticed, this issue has a new cover that we are proud to debut, along with our new logo. This issue of Wake Treasures is full of continued series, such as the final part of Carey Faisons “Railroads, Hortons, and Faisons,” the 1897 Raleigh Colored School Census, Wake County Records Batch #3, Wake County Records of Slaves and Free Negroes, 1721-1829 and Soldiers Home records, while also introducing new content from Debra Blake, a secretary’s report from the Mordecai family, and Trade Licenses of 1876. 


Without the help of an array of volunteers this journal wouldn’t be possible. Please consider submitting your Wake family history, transcribing, or selecting content as the Content Curator. If you are interested in contributing to the journal, please contact me at journal@wakecogen.org. Many thanks to our contributors, transcribers, indexer, and proofreader!

Hope you enjoy,

Donna Shackle, Editor


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Thursday, April 22, 2021

RaleighSeniorTechEd Class Schedule for May and June 2021 - New Classes start May4

Raleigh Senior Tech Ed's schedule has been updated with classes through June 2021. All are offered virtually via Zoom. 

Classes in Genealogy, Tech and more. Visit the links for class descriptions, times and fees.

RSTE Class Descriptions

Registration




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