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 improverished Southeners 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.
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 WCGS Updates

The Fall edition of our WCGS Updates is now available. Peruse the latest edition for:
  • News about our society, including information about our workshop on "Genes and Genealogy" cosponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society
  • Commentary on our Society's genealogy work by our WCGS Treasures Editor, Diane Richard
  • An article exlaining how Phil Upchurch handled the ever expanding information and communications with his growing family tree through the formation of his 501(c) "Allied Families"
  • "An interesting Tale of a 'New' Cousin" - a personal DNA story from Allen Holleman, WCGS member
  • News, posts, acquisitions, and digitial additions to the NC State Archives and the Government and Heritage Library
  • Information on upcoming events including the free rebroadcast of Diane Richard's NCGS webinar "Born NC and Living Elsewhere: Making the Connection Back" which will happen next week
  • 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.


Speaking of Ledgers...

When visiting Duke’s Rubenstein Library recently, Diane L. Richard, our Wake Treasures editor, acquired some images from two ledgers – Ferguson Family (believe Wake Forest area, 1870s) and John W Harris (Wakefield area, 1820s).
She could use some help getting the photocopied pages transcribed for use by present and future Wake County researchers.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Diane.  Thanks in advance!


Latest Edition of Wake Treasures

The Fall issue of Volume 26 is now available for download!
With this edition we continue to share with you
     - Voter Registration Records and
     - General Assembly Record Petitions.
 Plus you are introduced to a few new-to-the-journal collections which are oftern overlooked by researchers:
     - Constable Bonds,
     - County Accounts, and
     - Registry of Licenses to Trade.
These each give a fascinating glimpse into county government and the individuals involved both in running the county and providing services to the county.
And in this issue, Phil Upchurch shares more of his extensive knowledge of Upchurch and allied families with us.
Next year will start the centennial celebration of World War I. As part of that we will be publishing material relevant to Wake County participation in World War I such as Red Cross records.  These have unique value since these involved women, and we often find that women are underrepresented in the records.  If you are interested in helping with this, please contact the Wake Treasures Editor.
As always, we are grateful to our Transcription volunteers for their contributions to this issue.  Do you have a few minutes a day you can contribute to this valuable work?  We have all levels of transcription projects, so check out our Projects page to find the one right for you!


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.


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

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!