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Are You Calling my Granddad a Liar? Family Lore and What to Do With It
Tuesday, May 28
Are You Calling my Granddad a Liar? Family Lore and What to Do With It  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
ZOOM
Presenter:  Jessica Conklin, WCGS Member, Cherry Tree Genealogy
 
Oral family history can be spot-on accurate, or rife with misconceptions. Combining genealogy and pop psychology, we'll discuss some real examples of family lore that have come up in my research over the years, examine why and how misinformation gets repeated, and look at some ways to tease out the truth in our family trees.
 
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Digging for Gold in Colonial North Carolina Records
Tuesday, June 25
Digging for Gold in Colonial North Carolina Records  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
Presenter:  Diane L Richard, MEng & MBA, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM)
 
Due to extensive record losses, colonial research can be quite challenging.  The further back we go, the fewer extant records we find.  That said, there are goldmines to be explored. We’ll discuss what records survive and what you will want to pursue when researching this period.  Recent digitization efforts (State Archives of North Carolina) and resource access (via the State Library of North Carolina), along with an increasing number of new and unique colonial-era focused projects, give us unparalleled access to the records of this period and opportunities to dig for gold. We’ll leverage the heritage of Joel Lane, whose land became the basis for the NC capital city, Raleigh, and discoveries made about him and his family throughout the talk.  A lot of “mining” was done to identify extant relevant records. Besides important colonial-era resources, we’ll discuss research strategies for dealing with commonly repeated names – a challenge when researching 17th-to mid-19th century ancestors.
 
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Gravestone Symbolism
Tuesday, July 23
Gravestone Symbolism  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
ZOOM
Presenter:  Robin Simonton
 
Genealogists use gravestone information to document death information, but often a burial marker provides more than biographical information. Gravestones, like any record, should be analyzed, but doing so requires us to think beyond genealogical research. In this presentation, we will explore types of cemeteries, the anatomy of a marker, and the hidden information the marker provides.
 
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An Adoptee Searches for Roots
Tuesday, August 27
An Adoptee Searches for Roots  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
ZOOM
Presenter:  Monika Fleming
 
Raised as an only child, I was born in Germany and adopted by an American family. Once my adoption was revealed, I began searching for connections to another family. This program is about a 30+ year journey through documents, historical records, and finally DNA to uncover family that now includes a step-sister, half brothers and sisters, and dozens of nieces and nephews and even a great generation spread over three countries.
 
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Using Genealogy Research Plans with Connie Knox (recorded video)
Tuesday, October 22
Using Genealogy Research Plans with Connie Knox (recorded video)  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
ZOOM
 
Keep your thoughts organized with a Research Plan Worksheet. This easy to use plan can be used as you research your ancestors. Here you can keep a running list of records you need to find either when researching at home or on the road. Time is always precious when researching and this is a huge timesaver when you are prepared in advance!
 
This is a pre-recorded video. Following the video, we will open the floor for discussion and Q&A. Come armed with your best research organization tips to share!
 
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Civil War Prisoner of War Records
Tuesday, December 3
Civil War Prisoner of War Records  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
ZOOM
Presenter: Craig R.Scott
 
An ancestor who spent time in a military prison camp is likely to have records that other soldiers do not have. The purpose of this lecture is to focus on the records created by Union and Confederate prisons about prisoners of war and where they can be found.
 
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Be a Super Sleuth!  Accessing and Using Images on Family Search
Tuesday, January 28, 2025
Be a Super Sleuth! Accessing and Using Images on Family Search  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
ZOOM
 
Presenter: Jill Morelli

Did you know that Family Search is placing their recently digitized material online in less that 24 hours after it is scanned? Did you know that they were placing them, not in the Catalog but in Images? This makes the images tab (under Search) as the most up-to-date repository of records--not the Catalog. These records are also not yet indexed and so they cannot be accessed using a surname search. What is a Super Sleuth to do? We will learn how to access these records and perhaps how to use other tools to find your ancestor in the document easier. You will want to see what FS has put on line in the geographic area where you are researching! Treasures await!
 
Join us!  Free and Virtual!
 
 
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We CAN Successfully Research Pre-1870 Enslaved & FPOC Ancestors
Tuesday, February 25, 2025
We CAN Successfully Research Pre-1870 Enslaved & FPOC Ancestors  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
ZOOM
Presenter:  Diane L. Richard
 
Researching and documenting the enslaved (and Free Persons of Color (FPOC)) and their ancestors before the 1870 census can be extremely challenging. But this research is NOT necessarily impossible. Many types of records might and DO mention the enslaved. We’ll discuss a few obvious records and then dive into less explored collections of records where relevant information might be found! Once the Civil War ended, the formerly enslaved and FPOC were usually documented as colored/black/negro regardless of their previous status – be careful of what you presuppose! And don’t assume you won’t/cannot document your pre-1870 enslaved and FPOC ancestors.
 
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