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. 


February MEETING
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
BlackBeard's Family History
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Edward “Blackbeard” Thache Jr. joined the Royal Navy and fought in Queen Anne’s War. He served aboard Adm. William Whetstone's flagship, the HMS Windsor, stationed at Port Royal. When the war was over, he worked as a merchant mariner from Kingston until he met pirate Benjamin Hornigold of Eleuthera, The Bahamas, in 1716. The rest is pirate history. A genealogical study of Jamaica's Anglican Church records, deeds, and wills has finally provided historians with the first opportunity in 290 years to tell Blackbeard's family's history!  Our speaker is Baylus C. Brooks, a professional research and maritime historian, genealogist, and writer living in Greenville, North Carolina.  For more information on this presentation, see our Events Page
Baylus's story on Blackbeard has been picked up by the Daily Mail online in the UK.  To read the article, click here!
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 Winter edition of our WCGS Updates is now available. Peruse the latest edition to learn:
  • News about our society, including information about our September and October speakers
  • Article by Terry Moore on Timelines, Summaries, and Research Logs
  • 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 the fall 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.


New Edition of Wake Treasures

The latest edition of our award winning journal, Wake Treasures, is now available!  Volume 25, Issue #2, Summer/Fall 2015 is chock full of great info. 
  • Debbie Blake talks about "Getting Personal with History"
  • Abstraction/transcription projects for Bastardy Bonds (last in this series), Wardens of the Poor, Voter Registration, City of Raleigh deaths, and Deed Book R continue
  • Transcription of Raleigh birth records commences
  • Newspapers + hotel arrivals reminds us of the wide variety of news items published in newspapers
  • Much more including the Bostian train wreck, cemeteries, African-American newspapers, 18th century JP & Militia Officers, etc.
Get in your jammies, get comfortable, pull up a computer or nook or cell phone or other tech toy and check out what's neat about researching Wake ancestry.  Members may download their copy by signing into the Members area of the site.  Non-members may purchase the journal though the Wake Treasures link on the Publications page.


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!

March Meeting

Join Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Oakwood Cemetery, and learn about the evolution of gravestone symbols over time.

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!