Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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Special Joint AAHGS & WCGS Event

Freedmen's Bureau Records
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: Diane Richard
The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by many living from DE to TX. The Freedmen's Bureau Records are full of pertinent records, not just the records of freed slaves.  While records of freedmen are found, a lot of information about ALL impoverished Southerners is also available.  Visit More Events to download an outline of this presentation. Ms. Richard has authored over 200 articles on genealogy.  She has an M.E. and M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is principle at MosaicRPM.  See Event Flyer.
Join us for a joint meeting of the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the Wake County Genealogical Society!  After our speaker each organization will share a little bit about themselves.  This meeting is free and open to the public.

October Meeting

DIY Photo Restoration and Creative Ways to Share Photos
Tuesday Oct. 25, 2016
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
Speaker: Linda Hames
Linda will share how she improved her old family photographs using Adobe Photoshop Elements to correct flaws and tears, crop, add contrast, etc.   She will also explain the photo transfer techniques she used to copy the restored photos onto T-shirts, coffee mugs, a tablecloth, and other items.  Linda will show several examples of framed wall art of her family photos, and she will bring the book which she recently wrote about her maternal grandparents -- "Willie and Minnie -- Pioneers."  With the holidays coming up, this talk will give you lots of ways to share your family photos, and hopefully get your family more interested in their family history.
Linda began working on genealogy seriously about six years ago.  About three years ago, she purchased Photoshop Elements with the main intent being to apply it to genealogy projects.  Originally from Michigan, most of her research has been in Ohio and Michigan.
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

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!

Enhancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing
Our December meeting is presented by three WCGS members: Cyndi Deal, Carla Stancil, and Bruce Allen.

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!