Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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January Meeting

The Tapestry of Wake County - Wake Cemetery Survey c. 1978 Digitization Project
January 25, 2022 6:30 to 8:30 PM
On-Line Virtual Meeting (Free)
Speaker:Cyndi Deal, WCS Digitization Co-Ordinator


If you have ancestors in Wake County going back a few years or centuries, you will be interested in learning about the ongoing Wake Cemetery Survey digitization project from WCGS. You will find the FAN clubs – Friends, Associates and Neighbors, so clearly illustrated in their place and time. There are records of burials for first settlers, historical figures, Native Americans, and enslaved. There are accounts of rich and poor resting side by side. You will find records of homeplaces and landmarks that don’t exist anymore. The records tell stories of our ancestors’ struggles, survivals, and successes.


This presentation will cover the background information related to the original Survey, the process bringing the digitization to reality and a glimpse of what you can expect to find when you visit the record set in the member area of the WCGS website.


This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.

Wake Genealogy Watch - Winter Edition

The Winter 2022 Issue (Vol.5 Issue 2) of our award winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. This issue contains the following topics:
  • Read about two different and important local projects with the common goal of connecting descendants of enslaved persons and their Wake County ancestors.
  • Reading Room features the first book from archivist and genealogist, Donna E. Kelly. The book details the Cary and Eva Powell family of southwestern Wake County.
  • See the latest updates to the NC Archives records from the Cold War Era (1946-1989) and read an Archive blogpost featuring the papers of Carl D. Stancil as illustration of the changes.
  • Meet our newest WCGS team member, Barb Myers. Barb is the new Facebook page administrator as well as the new Content Curator for the Journal.
  • Cyndi Deal walks you through the latest changes and updates coming for records research and DNA research coming from the various online vendors.
  • Get research ideas and search suggestions with our quick tips.
  • A packed virtual event calendar that looks well into the spring with WCGS events as well as state and national offerings.
As always we welcome your articles, comments, or other items for the newsletter, so please contact Cyndi at newsletter@wakecogen.org if you have something to share.
Photo Note: If you choose to read a printed version of this newsletter, some of the photos will be difficult to view due to size constraints. Please refer back to the online edition where you can enlarge the photos to accommodate better viewing. 
This recent issue of the Newsletter may be downloaded from the WCGS Newsletter page.  Enjoy!

Do You Have a Special Interest? Join a SIG!

What is a SIG (Special Interest Group), you ask?  Well, it’s NOT a class nor a series of lectures nor instructor-led training.  Instead, it is a collaborative format focused on a specific theme where members can share tips and tricks to help each other improve their skills in performing research or using genealogical tools.  SIG participation is one of the many benefits of being a WCGS member!  Here is information about two of our SIGs which will meet in November.
Family Tree Maker SIG - This SIG is for users of Family Tree Maker 2019. FTM sessions address aspects of using FTM such as resolving places, adding media, creating citations, linking to Ancestry and FamilySearch, creating charts and reports, etc. The SIG meets monthly on the first Saturday from 10:30 to noon. The next meeting is Nov 6.
If you are a member of WCGS and are interested in participating, please send an email to the WCGS webmaster to get on the SIG group list.  A week before the meeting, an email is sent out with the Zoom link to those in the group.  Notes or handouts from the meetings are posted in the Members area of the website (under "Member Only Files") and available to all WCGS members whether a SIG member or not.
German Genes SIG - This SIG is for people who have German speaking ancestors.  Sessions will discuss resources for doing German research, historical German speaking locales, research learning opportunites, and historical context. The SIG meets monthly on the third Saturday from 10:30 to noon. The next meeting is Nov 20.
If you are a member of WCGS and are interested in participating, please send an email to Sue Olmsted to get on the SIG group list.  A week before the meeting, an email is sent out with the Zoom link to those in the group.  Notes or handouts from the meetings are posted in the Members area of the website (under "Member Only Files") and available to all WCGS members whether a SIG member or not.
Other SIGs? - If you have a different genealogy-related special interest, then other WCGS members are probably interested too!  Since SIGS are collaborative, considering forming a new one by sending your suggestion to the WCGS President.  For example, at the moment there is strong interest in forming a Beginning DNA SIG, if a WCGS member will step forward to form and coordinate such a group.  So if you are interested in this - or another other genealogy topic - contact the WCGS President.

Wake Treasures - Vol 30, Issue 2 is Available!

I am so pleased to announce that Wake Treasures has once again won the North Carolina Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing (Journal) for 2021. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of previous Wake Treasures winners: Diane Richard (2018) and Hope Blackford (2011).
Fall is here as is the newest issue of our journal.  In this issue, Wake County Genealogical Society’s President, Carla Stancil, has written two articles: “How the Goat Cart Became a Photo Prop”; and “Remembering Mamie Allen”, a recollection regarding her dear aunt.  Over the next year Wake Treasures will be featuring a short series on the Wake-County-based Allen family.  This issue includes the completion of the 1897 Raleigh Colored School Census and highlights items from the Crowder Collection held at the State Archives of North Carolina.  This collection includes several diary entries from an unknown male that gives us a glimpse into the past.  Following these articles are the Wake County Civil Action Papers Concerning Land, 1814.
It is my hope that you enjoy this issue, and as always, I want to thank the volunteers who keep the journal in publication.  If you enjoy the journal and would like to become a part of the journal team, please reach out to me at Journal@wakecogen.org and I will be happy to discuss volunteering opportunities.
Happy Reading, Donna, editor
To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage. And if you have personal stories of people, places, and events connected to Wake County, please consider sharing them for inclusion into future editions!

WCGS on Lulu!

Did you know WCGS has publications of transcribed records which are available for purchase on Lulu? Visit the Wake County Genealogical Society Bookstore here.



Vol 5, Issue 2 of our newsletter is now available! Read more about it and find the link on this home page!

Feb Meeting - The Beyond Kin Project
Join Donna Cox Baker as she shares how genealogists can help the process of working through the research challenges encountered by the descendants of enslaved persons.

More SIGs
WCGS would like to initiate additional Special Interest Groups! Members have expressed a need for a Beginning DNA SIG. If you would like to act as coordinator for this SIG or any other topic which may help you and our members, please email the WCGS President at president@wakecogen.org.

Wake Treasures: Winner of NCGS's 2021 Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing (Journal)
Congratulations to our editor, Donna Shackle! And thanks to all our volunteers who keep the journal filled with great content!

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

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