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The Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) was organized in April, 1982, to promote genealogical study and research, to serve as a medium for the exchange of genealogical or historical information, to encourage the preservation of genealogical or historical records, and to provide cultural, educational, and social opportunities involving genealogy. In 1983, WCGS was incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of North Carolina.

WCGS welcomes all who are interested in genealogy. You do not have to have Wake County or North Carolina ancestors to be a member. WCGS meets monthly except for June, July, August, and November. Please visit the Meetings page for the schedule.

Members receive the society journal, Wake Treasures, and the quarterly newsletter, WCGS Updates., in which they may place an unlimited number of free queries. Both of these publications are available on the WCGS website for download. Members receive access to all issues for the current year and to an archive of past issues.

Members are invited to join the WCGS Yahoo group to receive official society messages for members only. If you are not receiving the group messages, visit to verify your membership. Please sign in to edit your e-mail address or other information.

Annual dues (September 1 to August 31) are $20.00 for individuals and institutions and $25.00 for families (two people related by blood or marriage residing at the same address). New memberships received after May 30 are applied to the next membership year.

Please join today. The rewards are priceless.

Using PayPal

When paying with PayPal, please make sure that you provide enough information that we can match your payment with your name and contact information in our records, especially if you are a renewing WCGS member. For new members, full details are needed, or send an e-mail to Carl Oehmann, membership chair, at Be sure to mention if the e-mail address you use for WCGS is different from the one you use for PayPal.

The PayPal payee for WCGS is When a payment is made in this fashion, WCGS will receive an e-mail notifying us that a payment has been made, and the WCGS treasurer will acknowledge receipt of your payment and forward information to our membership chair. Please allow a few days to receive an acknowledgement. To followup, contact Lynne Olson, treasurer, at

WCGS Membership Options

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