Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Since 1982 the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) has been aiding genealogists living in or researching in Wake County, North Carolina.  Visit often to watch (or join!) as we grow our content to facilitate communications among all Wake County researchers, wherever they may live. 

Latest WCGS Updates

The Winter edition of our WCGS Updates is now available. Peruse the latest edition to learn:
  • News about our society, including information about our September and October speakers
  • Article by Terry Moore on Timelines, Summaries, and Research Logs
  • News, posts, acquisitions, and digitial additions to the NC State Archives and the Government and Heritage Library
  • Calender of upcoming WCGS events
  • And if you aren't on Facebook, get a recap of the fall posts from our WCGS Facebook page, inlcluding lots of great links!
This recent issue of the Newsletter may be downloaded by members on the Downloads page in the Members Area.  If you are a member and need your temporary login information, contact membership@wakecogen.org.


Tuesday, December 8
Holiday Ornaments and Decorations from Yesteryear -- Your Family History Artifacts and Treasures
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610

Speaker: Jennie Gunther

Do you hang some of the same ornaments on your Christmas tree every year? Were they the same ones your parents hung when you were a child? Were they the 'special ornaments' you made yourself? Do you use the same garland and candle lanterns to decorate your mantle?  What about those beautiful painted Russian eggs at Easter? Do you set up a Mary's altar for May? Or a special carving design for your Halloween jack-o-lantern? Did your family have a watermelon seed spitting contest on Independence Day? Did you family gather together for the annual Veteran's Day Parade? Did you join your grandparents for the annual Memorial Day grave dressing?

Let's share some of our favorite holiday traditions, stories and artifacts. Bring your holiday ornaments, or pictures -- with their stories -- or traditional practices from any holiday, from any country, from any time. We'll share our decorative artifacts, our memories, and some warm camaraderie and holiday refreshments to close out our calendar year.
WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Come join us!  Refreshments will be served in the social time after the presentation.


New Edition of Wake Treasures

The latest edition of our award winning journal, Wake Treasures, is now available!  Volume 25, Issue #2, Summer/Fall 2015 is chock full of great info. 
  • Debbie Blake talks about "Getting Personal with History"
  • Abstraction/transcription projects for Bastardy Bonds (last in this series), Wardens of the Poor, Voter Registration, City of Raleigh deaths, and Deed Book R continue
  • Transcription of Raleigh birth records commences
  • Newspapers + hotel arrivals reminds us of the wide variety of news items published in newspapers
  • Much more including the Bostian train wreck, cemeteries, African-American newspapers, 18th century JP & Militia Officers, etc.
Get in your jammies, get comfortable, pull up a computer or nook or cell phone or other tech toy and check out what's neat about researching Wake ancestry.  Members may download their copy by signing into the Members area of the site.  Non-members may purchase the journal though the Wake Treasures link on the Publications page.


WCGS on Lulu!

Did you know you can purchase WCGS journals (new and archived) on Lulu? Visit the Wake County Genealogical Society Bookstore here.


Amazon Smile
WCGS is a Member of AmazonSmile--help earn funds for our society! When shopping at amazon.com, please use http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1392575. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Wake County Genealogical Society, Inc. Bookmark the link and you will be supporting us every time you shop! THANK YOU!

January's Meeting

WCGS's own Diane Richard, current editor of Wake Treasures, will be talking about her work for the popular tv show "Who Do You Think You Are?" including her two appearances on the Bryan Cranston episode. If you have any advance questions for her on this topic see her event listing on this site.

Volunteer needs
Near or far, there is always a way you can help WCGS. Check out our needs on the Volunteering page.