Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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December Meeting

Enhancing Your Genealogy with DNA
Tuesday Dec 6, 2016
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
Speakers: Cyndi Deal, Carla Stancil, and Bruce Allen, WCGS Members
Have you considered DNA testing as part of your genealogical experience? Do you wonder what all the excitment is about? We will discuss the types of tests available, the companies that offer them and some of the questions that you can answer when you add DNA testting to your genealogy tool kit.  We will also cover education options, 3rd party tools for analysis and steps you can take while you await your results.
Cyndi Deal considers herself an accidential genealogist despite working at it for 14 years.  After hitting a brick wall at a 2nd great grandfather, she became interested in the possibility of using DNA testing to solve the mystery, and has been studying genetic genealogy and testing family members ever since.
Carla Stancil was bitten by the genealogy bug at a very early age when she would help her father work on the Stancil family history before bedtime at the kitchen table while in her footy pajamas.  Her personal experience with DNA testing led her to a whole new line of direct ancestors.
Bruce Allen got hooked on genealogy around 1956 when his uncle showed him the graves of his great grandparents, and then a great uncle and aunt told him stories about them.  His interest grew when he tried to understand his mother's explanation of her "double cousins", Aunt Olive and Uncle Wiliam T.  In 2015, he began researching professionally.
All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  This is our annual combination November/December meeting.  Please bring snacks or other holiday treats to share and wear your holiday togs.  Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.

Transcription Training

Have you wanted to help WCGS or another organization with transcibing historical documents but felt unsure about your skills or are you unfamiliar with the transcription process in general?  Maybe you were unable to attend the transcription training given by our Editor, Diane Richard, last summer?  Now she has provided us with an option to learn these skills at our convenience.  Diane has recorded a virtual session for the North Carolina Genealogical Society which is free to all for viewing.  This one-hour training provides examples, tips, tricks, and resources in best practices for transcribing documents for publishing and for genealogical research in general. To view "Accurate Transcription for Historical Records", click on the title and scroll down to the viewing window.  Then we hope you will visit our Projects page to find the right transcription project for you to help us!

Latest Edition of Wake Treasures

Message from the Editor: Diane L. Richard
We are excited to once again bring you an edition of Wake Treasures which is chock full of interesting records documenting Wake County Ancestors.
We continue with some series that we have been periodically publishing including early 19th century petitions, early 20th century voter registrations, court minutes (this time from the 1820s), late 18th century constable bonds, and death registers from the late 1880s.  Phil Upchurch contributes an article about the Upchurch family, and Marie Cooke and Hope Blackwell contributed several advertisments; always great for a look at life through the years.
The mentioned constable bonds are the product of some real-time transcribing that was done as the result of the Transcribers Training program held in April.  We again thank those who turned out for the event, and we look forward to including more of the completed work in the next edition of the journal.
As always, please do consider volunteering some time to help with some documents recently acquired -- Ferguson family ledger (1870s, probably Wake Forest area), John W. Harris ledger (Volume #1, 1820s, Wakefield), WWI Red Cross related documents, The Yarborough Hotel register and by the time you read this, possibly some other neat collections.  If you would like to help, please contact the Wake Treasures editor.

More about DNA

The North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Wake County Genealogy Society's summer workshop on "Genes and Genealogy: Interpreting and Using DNA Test Results" presented by the "Genetic Genealogist", Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD was a sell-out success! 
And the workshop inspired our first SIG (special interest group) on analyzing DNA data.  A resource coming out of the SIG is Cyndi Deal's blog page of DNA on-line resources which can help all of us develop a better understanding of DNA testing and methods for analyzing the data.  Whether you are a newbie or have already begun using DNA testing, visit Cyndi's blog page to find some helpful links.

WCGS on Lulu!

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


Remember - No meeting in November!

Volunteer needs
Near or far, there is always a way you can help WCGS!

Slavery & Emancipation on the ‘Moses Mordecai Place’

Join us in February for our Black History Month lecture from Doug Porter, Cultural Resources Director for the City of Raleigh.

Amazon Smile
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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!