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. 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Google Earth for Genealogy
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610

Google Earth for Genealogy  

Video presentation by Lisa Louise Cooke, through the Wake County Genealogy Society's subscription to "Genealogy Gems for Societies"

Google Earth is a 360 degree three dimensional way to view your ancestor’s world!  In this class you will learn how to identify old photos, plot and virtually visit your ancestor’s homestead, and incorporate historic maps.  Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestor’s lives, and lends itself very well to collaboration with other researchers.  It’s one of the best online genealogical tools available, and best of all, it’s FREE!

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app.  Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads. She is also a well-known international genealogy speaker. Whether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock each genealogist’s own family history treasure trove!

All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend! Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.



Latest Edition of Wake Treasures

Vol 26 Issue 1 (April 2016) of Wake Treasures is ready to enjoy!  Members may download the Journal from the password-protected member's area.
Here are some examples of the great articles that can be found in this latest issue:
  • Debbie Blake talks about the "Western Regional Archives"
  • Transcriptions of "Wardens of the Poor" and "Voter Registrations" continue as do "Insolvent Debtors"
  • Civil ware Related records include – "Civil War Enlistments" and "Sick Soldiers Relief Society"
  • Mortuary Reports from Newspapers for the time period 1879-1880 fill in a exisiting gap in death reporting
  • Plantation Books are fascinating as we see from Gaston Hillary Wilders (1870s)
  • and much more!!
This issue of Wake Treasures is the first for the year as WCGS moves back to a quarterly journal from a bi-annual publication!  This change gives access to more original documents in a more timely manner. We hope that you will help us provide these invaluable resources to our members - including yourself! - by volunteering to assist us in transcribing these documents.  Visit our Projects page to find the right topic which interests you, and then contact our Journal editor (journal@wakecogen.org), who will help you get started.  Whether you have five minutes a day or an hour, your contribution helps everyone!


Latest WCGS Updates

The Spring edition of our WCGS Updates is now available. Peruse the latest edition to learn:
  • News about our society, including information about our December and January speakers
  • Article by Terry Moore on "Tools of the Trade: Understanding the Lingo"
  • Hints for searching church records on-line
  • 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 some 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.


WCGS on Lulu!

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


Joint Event with NCGS
WCGS is excited to co-host the August workshop of the North Carolina Genealogical Society! The topic is "Genes & Genealogy: Interpreting and Using DNA Test Results". Check our events page for more details.

May Meeting

Join Mark Pace, NC Room Specialist at Thornton Library in Oxford, NC, as he discusses genealogical challenges and unique resources for Old Granville County.

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!