Wake County Genealogical Society, North Carolina
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July Meeting

Preserving Family Heirlooms
July 26, 2022 6:30 to 8:15 PM
On-Line Virtual Meeting (Free)
 
Speaker: Dr. Adrienne Berney
Outreach Coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina
 
Learn about six preservation dangers constantly threatening your family heirlooms and important documents. In advance of this virtual presentation, WCGS encourages members, and non-members alike, to share images and questions about at-risk items in your own homes (send images to program chair George Thomas at geothos@bellsouth.net). Preservation specialist Adrienne Berney will discuss your examples and the cause of damage, while suggesting cleaning and storage tips to prevent further degradation. So, dig into your collections and let’s put our heads together to strategize better preservation.
 
After working as a museum curator, Adrienne joined the staff of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources in 2010 as a preservation specialist. In her current role, she enjoys working with history organizations statewide and highlighting fascinating stories from the Archives’ vast collections.
 
This virtual meeting and presentation is open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the WCGS Events page to access the registration link.
 
To learn Zoom tips for successfully joining the meeting, please read Important ZOOM Tips.
 

Wake Genealogy Watch - Summer Edition

The Summer 2022 Issue (Vol.5 Issue 4) of our award-winning newsletter, Wake Genealogy Watch, is now available online for reading or download. Features included in this issue include:
  • All the details on our busy summer of events which not only includes a very fine collection of monthly meeting presentations, but two Saturday in-person events as well. WCGS will host a family history research information table at Juneteenth/Dix Park on Saturday, June 18.  Later in the summer, on August 6, we look forward to "A Day with Dana Leeds," a special live in-person event with two presentations to fill your day. One of them is Wake-centric and involves the Bedingfield family.
  • Cynthia Gage has some tips for finding and translating articles in foreign language newspapers through an example using German language newspapers found in Chronicling America. 
  • Linda Hames shares her special interest in the Historical Method Community and Oak Grove Cemetery.
  • We shine our member spotlight on Jack McGeachy who was recently recognized by NC Archives for his enduring work transcribing North Carolina records.  He has shared some wonderful tips on the process and art of transcribing.
  • We provide visual tips to make that pesky Zoom passcode easier to find and save.
  • We introduce you to a really cool website to visit when you want a bit of historical context some interesting author discussions - History Camp.
  • Our handy events calendar will help you save the dates, so you don't miss a single moment of WCGS excitement.
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.  
 

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.

      


NEW! Summer issue of WAKE GENEALOGY WATCH

Vol 5, Issue 4 of our newsletter is now available! Read more about it and find the link on this home page!

Aug 6 Event A Day with Dana Leeds
Wake County Genealogical Society is proud to host the one and only Dana Leeds, who will present a day of genealogy on organizing and using DNA matches.

July 30 Event Writing Your Family History
Learn from specialists Carla Stancil president of the Wake County Genealogical Society and Lisa Lisson genealogical expert. They will discuss tracing your family's roots and creating writing projects from family stories.

--- Aug Meeting --- In Her Own Words - Lives of Women
Join Diane Richards as she teaches us the myriad of ways "women" had voices beyond their journals and diaries.

Wake Cemetery Update
ALL 20 townships are now live! Click through to see our progress. Also recently added are some Find-A-Grave links for some of the listings.

Webinar Recording of the Wake Cemetery Digitization Project
Click below to access the presentation and handout about the digitization status of the extensive Wake County Cemetery Survey Project done in 1978.

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