Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Wake County Genealogical Society Meetings for 2022 - Virtual

Upcoming WCGS Meetings (all meetings virtual for now. We will announce any changes to that policy here and on the website.) 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 6:30pm - Virtual
Topic The Tapestry of Wake County: The Wake County Cemetery Survey c.1978 Digitization Project
Speaker:  Cyndi Deal
If you have ancestors in Wake County going back a few years or centuries, you will be interested in learning about the ongoing Wake Cemetery Survey digitization project from WCGS. You will find the FAN clubs – Friends, Associates and Neighbors, so clearly illustrated in their place and time. There are records of burials for first settlers, historical figures, Native Americans, and enslaved. There are accounts of rich and poor resting side by side. You will find records of homeplaces and landmarks that don’t exist anymore. The records tell stories of our ancestors’ struggles, survivals, and successes.
This presentation will cover the background information related to the original Survey, the process bringing the digitization to reality and a glimpse of what you can expect to find when you visit the record set in the member area of the WCGS website.
Free and open to everyone! Zoom opens at 6:00pm with presentation beginning promptly at 6:30 pm.

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Future Presentations from WCGS

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Tuesday, February 22 @ 6:30
Topic:  The Beyond Kin Project  
Speaker:  Donna Cox Baker, Director of the Alabama Heritage department at the University of Alabama, publisher, and co-founder of The Beyond Kin Project
Genealogists who descend from slaveholders are uniquely positioned to revolutionize genealogy for their African American colleagues. You undoubtedly feel sympathy for the genealogical challenges facing the descendants of the enslaved persons who once gave your ancestors wealth, comfort, and social status. But what if you start seeing their challenge as your own? Because it is!

Tuesday, March 22 @ 6:30
In Her Own Words – Lives of Women Through Diaries, Journals, Correspondence and More  
Speaker: Diane L. Richard
Women are traditionally challenging to document in historical public records. Personally written diaries, journals, correspondence, and more can help fill in gaps about female ancestors. This talk goes well past journals and diaries as “women” had voices in myriad ways. 

Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:30
Presentation Plats 
Speaker: George Thomas
Whether originating as surveys during the initial granting process or appearing in the wording from later deeds and estate divisions, land records of all sorts are important to the well-written family history. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of various formats typically used for sharing studies of historic land records. Focus will then turn to George’s exploration of a “platting-free” approach utilizing survey drawings digitally mined from sites such as North Carolina Land Grants Images and Data. Simple tools such as Adobe Photoshop can then be used to digitally connect “neighboring” land before overlaying the visual composition on top of a USGS topographic base map. This simple technique provides an accurate rendering and yet reduces much of the time usually spent platting land.

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