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August 15, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - NC Baptist Records
Wake Wednesday
There are several Wake churches listed in this digital online special collection. You may find churches of interest in other NC locations too.
August 1, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - The Wake Forest Hotel

The Wake Forest Museum used Sanborn Maps to solve the mystery of the Wake Forest hotel. Have you used Sanborn Maps in your research?

Be sure to read the newspaper clipping for the details of this hotel with an interesting past.

Visit their Facebook page for the story!

July 31, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
DNA Links and Reading List
This is a handout that I originally prepared for the Dec 2016 WCGS presentation - Enhance your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing. Time flies and so much in the genetic genealogy world has changed so quickly, I have updated some links and added a few others but this list will get you started up the learning curve that is Genetic Genealogy. - CD
DNA Links and Reading List
Testing site tutorials
DNA Wikis
International Society of Genetic Genealogy - isogg.org/wiki
Videos and Webinars 
3rd Party Tools
Gedmatch.com - a third party free website (operated by generous volunteers) for analysis and comparison of raw autosomal DNA data from other fee-based genetic genealogy testing companies. Gedmatch offers many tools for visualizing how you and your matches connect including a Chromosome browser, in common with and one to many matching. Tier one tools (small fee) include triangulation tools, lazarus tools to replicate dna of a parent or grandparent, evil twin tool which can provide you with the 50% of the DNA you did not receive from each parent.
Genome Mate Pro - an app to help manage the data collected from autosomal DNA research. It allows you to house and compare data from the different companies and keep detailed notes. It is a more advanced tool you should have on your radar if you get serious about genetic genealogy study.
Chrome extensions for working with DNA
AncestryDNA Helper (for Ancestry DNA)
Medbetterdna - various uses, but my favorite is the ability to make your AncestryDNA match note appear on the match list page. Saves you a lot of clicking through to see what you wrote.
Pedigree Thief  (for Ancestry DNA) - Tree clipper that allows you to convert a matches pedigree tree to a gedcom or insert in another program like Genome Mate Pro for study.
DNA Arboretum (for FTDNA) - Tree clipper that allows you to convert a matches pedigree tree to a gedcom or insert in another program like Genome Mate Pro for study.
Segmentology.org - by Jim Bartlett
blog.kittycooper.com by Kitty Cooper
dna-explained.com by Roberta Estes 
thegeneticgenealogist.com by Blaine Bettinger
thednageek.com by Lisa Larkin, Ph.D.
Genetic Genealogy in Practice, by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
Facebook Groups - Use the FB search to find and join.
DNA Newbie
Gedmatch User Group
AncestryDNA Matching
FTDNA User Group
Genetic Genealogy Tips & Tricks - run by Blaine Bettinger
DNA Detectives - run by Cece Moore
Testing site comparison guide
Prepared by Cyndi Deal, 2016
July 31, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Progress Tracker for DNA Study
This is a checklist I originally prepared for the Dec 2016 WCGS presentation - Enhance your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing. Time flies and so much in the genetic genealogy world has changed so quickly, but I think this stands the test of time as a good basic checklist for beginners. - CD
Enhance your Genealogy Research with DNA Testing
Progress Tracker for DNA Study
Getting Started:
_ Identify your need, question, or line of descent that needs proving.
_ Identify your subject or subjects.
_ Choose the appropriate tests and company.
_ Order, complete, return, wait.
While you wait:
_ Build your tree back at least 4 generation - 5 or 6 if possible. Also, build it "wide" at the level of your grandparents and great grandparents. Include all siblings, spouses, and descendants that you can. It really helps when you are looking at lines that may descend from one of those female ancestors whose name gets lost in time.
_ Watch the 5 part Bettinger webinar series, Foundations in DNA, at Legacy Family Tree (subscription service, a $9.95 investment - bonus you can watch unlimited webinars  - all you find interesting during your month subscription). https://familytreewebinars.com/blainebettinger 
_ Locate and work through your testing site tutorials. (see DNA Links Handout) 
_ Create a Gedmatch.com account for additional tools to study your results.
When your results return:
_ Spend some time studying your top matches, their trees, and surname lists, to determine your common ancestors.
_ Upoad your raw data to Gedmatch for study and comparison. Gedmatch is free and offers some powerful tools for comparison. It is a much larger match pool too.
_ Keep good notes about matches and matches in common. You will be looking at so much data that you will need to capture it while it is fresh in your mind. One Note and Excel will help with this.
_ Have fun while you learn!
Prepared by Cyndi Deal, 2016
July 25, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - Time Capsules
We all remember the Cardinal Theater Capsule reopened just recently. The oldest time capsule in Raleigh was placed in 1894 to honor NC citizens who served in the Civil War.
I found a great article at Candid Slice online that accounts for several time capsules placed around Raleigh. Do you know of others that exist in the rest of Wake County. If so, please share their locations and what you know about their stories.
July 18, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - Old City Hall
Do you remember the old City Hall building that stood at the corner of Davie and Fayetteville Streets until 1960?
Visit Oak City Preservation Alliance's link for a great photo history of this lovely Beaux Arts building that dates to 1911.
July 11, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Wake Wednesday - City Market
Visit our facebook page to a larger version of this great vintage photo of the Raleigh City Market plus another some 40 years later. There are wonderful stories attached to both.  Click here.
City Market before opening in 1914
July 6, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
FGS Conference - August 22-25
From FGS Website:
"Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies along with local host Allen County Public Library, FGS 2018 brings you sessions with a wide variety of topics from many of the nation’s top family history experts. Sessions are aimed at strengthening your research skills no matter what your level or area of expertise might be."
FGS 2018 National Conference
"On the Three Rivers - Past, Present, & Future
Grand Wayne Convention Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana
August 22–August 25
July 4, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
Karl Larson
Wake Wednesday
Sad to note this passing. The work Karl did benefits us all. He leaves a treasured legacy in Wake county.
This post is from the State Archive Facebook post. Link to his obituary follows.
July 3, 2018 By: Cynthia Deal
July Research Opportunities
First off, not an opportunity, but if you were planning to hit the NC Archives tomorrow, it will be closed to observe Independence Day
Now for the good stuff.
Fold3 has Revolutionary War Documents open for free thru July 15. https://go.fold3.com/revolutionary-war
My Heritage is offering free newspaper searches in their collection thru July 8.  https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/07/happy-july-4th-enjoy-free-access-to-u-s-newspapers/
Ancestry is offering 40% off subscription prices and DNA kits for $69 on July 3 & 4.  https://www.ancestry.com/
Keep your eyes open. More sales will pop up as the day goes on. 
Happy Hunting and Happy Fourth of July!