Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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February Meeting

Slavery & Emancipation on the ‘Moses Mordecai Place’  
Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
Speaker: Douglas Porter, Downtown Cultural Resources Director, City of Raleigh
The “Moses Mordecai Place” was once one of the largest plantations in central North Carolina.  Over two hundred enslaved people have been documented as living on the site in the years between 1785-1865.  There were likely many more.  For over ten years, Porter has worked to uncover the lives and experiences of those enslaved on the Mordecai planation.  He has also attempted to determine the geographic breadth, as well as the layout, of the “Mordecai Place” as it was in the antebellum era when the plantation was at its height.  Porter will be discussing his research and methods.
Douglas Porter is a native of Mount Airy, NC.  He holds an MA and PhD in US History.  His primary interest centers on race, class, gender, and religion in 19th North Carolina. Douglas is currently the Downtown Cultural Resources Director for the City of Raleigh.  In this role, he is responsible for directing the cultural resources and programs within downtown Raleigh including the City of Raleigh Museum and Raleigh's historic squares. Prior to this, Douglas worked as the Historic Sites Manager for the City of Raleigh, where he managed Mordecai Historic Park, the Tucker House, the Borden Building, and the Historic Raleigh Trolley Program.
Join us for our Black History Month lecture. 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.

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 WCGS Updates

The Winter edition of our WCGS Updates is now available. Peruse the latest edition for:
  • News about our society, including information about our October joint meeting with the African American Historical and Genealogical Society and synopses of our other Fall Meetings: "Summer Break Breakthroughs and Other Genealogy Adventures", "DIY Photo Restoration and Other Creative Ways to Share Photos", and "Enhance Your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing".
  • Computer Tips with links to how-to videos
  • A call for volunteers to help with an exciting new project to index items in the Wake County Deed books which are not land sales and thus have not been listed in the Grantee-Grantor indices.
  • News, posts, acquisitions, and digitial additions to the NC State Archives and to the Government and Heritage Library
  • Information on upcoming events including future WCGS meetings. 
  • 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.

More about DNA

The December meeting of the Wake County Genealogy Society on "Enhance Your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing" was a big success with the meeting room packed with new participants! Our members Bruce Allen, Cyndi Deal, and Carla Stancil provided some great background information on DNA testing and had several handouts to help in doing DNA research.  They have graciously agreed to allow us to post the presentation and the handouts to the website.  To download the presentation or one of the handouts, click on the title of interest. 

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!

Deeds and Probate: A Winning Combination

Join our March meeting as Victoria Young, president of NCGS, gives us a preview of her upcoming NGS 2017 presentation!

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!