Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
WELCOME to the Wake County Genealogical Society website!
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. 


Upcoming DNA Workshop

The North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Wake County Genealogy Society are sponsoring a summer workshop on "Genes and Genealogy: Interpreting and Using DNA Test Results".  Our speaker is the "Genetic Genealogist", Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.  The day-long workshop will have the following sessions:
  • Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
  • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
  • DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • Q&A.  Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance.
Participation in the workshop costs $58.  There is a discount for NCGS and/or WCGS members.  Visit our Events page for more details including links to the registration site!


September 27, 2016
Summer Break Breakthroughs
and Other Genealogical Adventures 
 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: YOU the members and friends of WCGS
Our first meeting after the summer break is an opportunity to share your recent research activities.  Did you attend a reunion?  Research in Salt Lake City or Washington, DC?  Study at an institute?  Conduct research overseas?  Take a genealogy cruise?  Make a breakthrough using DNA?  We'd love to hear about it!  Five or more members will have the opportunity to share a breakthrough.  Everyone can share which state or country they are currently focused on, and we can all learn and be inspired by each other.    
Contact Barbara McGeachy, Program Coordinator, to reserve your 5 to 7-minute spot.  A computer and projector will be available for those who would like to share a PowerPoint presentation or images and photos via a flash drive. 
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.


Latest WCGS Updates

The Summer edition of our WCGS Updates is now available. Peruse the latest edition for:
  • News about our society, including information about our February, March, April, and May speakers
  • Information about the society's new project indexing non-land record entries in the Wake County Deed Book
  • An article by Lisa Louise Cooke with an example using Google Earth for family history
  • "How DNA Helped my Brother Find Me" - a personal story from the WCGS Updates editor
  • News, posts, acquisitions, and digitial additions to the NC State Archives and the Government and Heritage Library
  • Information on  upcoming national conferences
  • And if you aren't on Facebook, get a recap of some posts from our WCGS Facebook page, including 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.


WCGS on Lulu!

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


October Meeting: DIY Photo Restoration

Linda Hames will share how she improved old photographs using Adobe Photoshop Elements and how to use the photo transfer techniques for T-shirts, coffee mugs, a tablecloth, and other items.

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!

War of 1812 Pension
Find out how you can help FGS digitize 7.2 million pages of the War of 1812 pension records. Contributions are tax-deductible and records will free on Fold3. Please help if you can!