Examine Your Ancestral Ties at the Annual Family History in Raleigh Oct. 26

RALEIGH, NC October 9, 2013 – The annual Family History Fair celebrates links to our heritage. This year’s program offers presentations and a panel discussion about the types of evidence used to trace family ancestry-from public records to the mysterious world of DNA. The Fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the N. C. Department of Cultural Resources at 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh. The Fair opens at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free.


Examine Your Ancestral Ties at the Annual Family History  in RaleighArchivist Debbi Blake will present “Before the Vital Records Law: What’s a Family Historian to Do?” describing alternatives to the recording of births, deaths and marriages. North Carolina’s vital records law wasn’t enacted until 1913 and there was no systematic, statewide method for creating and preserving these data.  In her presentation, Blake talks about alternative ways to find the data similar to that now recorded in vital records.


Professional genealogist, Diane L. Richard, principal of MosaicRPM explores the enigmatic world of genes and the double helix in her presentation, “Who’s Your (Great-Grand) Daddy?: The basics of DNA testing for Genealogy.” Richards has recently attended several training sessions on the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes and has worked with clients and their DNA test results for the last six years. Taking a swab of cells from inside of your check may reveal a heritage unknown to you, or confirm a link to your past but the process and the issues raised are a bit more complicated. Richards’ presentation will give a brief summary of the three types of genealogical DNA testing currently available, who can take them, what they can be used for (and also what they will not tell you), the current major providers and what’s trending now. The second part of her presentation will feature a panel of individuals who will relate their own stories about genetic testing.


Members of the North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be available for 15-minute “Ask the Genealogist” time slots for free consultations between 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. This service is on a first-come first-served basis.


Vendors at the Fair include the Piedmont/Triad Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum State Historic Site, the North Carolina Genealogical Society, the Wake County Genealogical Society, the Olivia Raney Local History Library, the Historic Jamestown Society, the Raleigh Family History Center and several booksellers, independent historians, researchers and archivists. There will be door prizes including a free online course from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.


The Fair is sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina, the Government and Heritage Library of the State Library of North Carolina and the Friends of the Archives.


The Family History Fair provides information and guidance for experienced family history researchers and beginners alike.  For more information please visit www.ncdcr.gov/FamilyHistory or call (919)807-7450.


The State Library and State Archives are both units of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.