Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Fort Family Builders

The Fort Family Builders, renowned for their carpentry and finishing settled in Wake county in the late 1700. 

"...Frederick and Mary Ann Fort moved from Sussex County, Virginia, to Wake County in the 1780s, along with their son, William Knight. The younger carpenter sons, John and Elias, were born in Wake County and joined William—who was old enough to be their father—in the carpenter's trade, and they were probably trained by him as well. By the 1790s,William Fort was busy at his trade in Wake County, where he took several apprentices to the carpenter's and wheelwright's trades in 1798, 1804, 1809, and 1814. Another brother, Foster, also took an apprentice to the carpenter's trade in Wake County in 1804, but little is known of his work as a carpenter.
The Fort brothers' chief known work is the plantation complex at Fairntosh (1810-1822) in the section of Orange County that became present Durham County. It was built for Duncan and Rebecca Bennehan Cameron..."

The full family bio is here - Fort Family (1764-1845)

View detailed photos of their most famous work, Fairntosh.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Has Raleigh always been the capital of North Carolina?

Not the original capital of North Carolina, in the early days of the colony, Raleigh wasn't even in the running. You will want to check out this NC Archives blog series for the evolution of the state capital in all its iterations.

Great maps, great stories....A Capital Affair. Read here.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Learning Opportunity: Online DNA eConference - Jan. 26, 2019

From Family History Fanatics:

Family History Fanatics will be producing "A Winter of DNA" eConference on January 26th.  Speakers and topics will include:

Tim Janzen - Maximizing Your Use of GEDmatch
Richard Hill - Finding Family with DNA Testing: A Genetic Detective Story
Andy Lee - DNA Tree Building: What to Do When GEDmatch Matches Don't Respond
Maurice Gleeson - Using Y-DNA in Your Family Tree Research

The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on January 26th. A final panel discussion will end the day.  All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days.  Register and get your questions answered by some of the most popular genetic genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

Price is only $19.99 until January 18th and then it will be $24.99.  Also, we will be having DNA kits and other stuff as door prizes that will be given away.  You don't have to be present to win, but you do have to register.

More information is available on the website:

Nice that there is an early bird discount and they have a handy timezone converter on their site. Check it out! - CD

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Resolution - Subscribe to Wakecogen Blog

You can subscribe to Wakecogen Blog and have the posts delivered directly to your email in box. The process is simple and quick.

On the desktop, the box to subscribe is the first thing you will see in the right hand side bar.

On a mobile device, the box to subscribe will appear as you scroll to the bottom of the feed.

Notice that there is also a search feature located at the bottom of the mobile screen should you ever need to use it. (Search is located on the right sidebar on the desktop version.)

The sign up process is the same for both. Just add your email address and click "Submit." Soon, you will begin receiving updates as posts are published. In addition to, tutorials, tips, techniques, events, publications, Wake Wednesday posts, and other timely topics, a blog subscription is a good way to keep up with late breaking events and schedule changes.

Happy New Year from Wake County Genealogical Society!

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Friday, December 28, 2018

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). 
_ Locate and work through your testing site tutorials. (see DNA Links Handout)
_ Create a 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


Thursday, December 27, 2018

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
Videos and Webinars 
3rd Party Tools - 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.
Blogs - by Jim Bartlett by Kitty Cooper by Roberta Estes by Blaine Bettinger by CeCe Moore 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

    Wednesday, December 26, 2018

    Wake Wednesday - Wake Forest Christmas c. 1875

    I have shared this before, but I just love this account of Christmas in Wake Forest in 1875.


    Visit the Wake Forest Museum Blog for the full story of Christmas from the students point of view. It was too difficult for some to travel home at that time and they left to their own devices for merry making! Local residents took them in for the holidays. In addition to the traditional Christmas activities, the students spent their time at Tackey Parties and Night Suppers. Travel back in time here!

    Saturday, December 22, 2018

    Wake Treasures Journal - Volume 28, Number 2

    Wake Treasures Volume 28, Number 2 – Spring 2018 is now available for viewing and download at the website. This issue incorporates material covering more than 150 years of Wake history and family narrative.

    Topics include:
    Golf Membership List - Meadowbrook Country Club, Garner, NC. 1963
    1802 Tax List - continuation
    Eugene Narron Allen of New Light
    Wake County General Assembly Session Records 1798 & 1806
    Thoughts about Yates Mill
    1893 Register of Births, city of Raleigh
    Ad - Bostrom-Brady Manufacturing
    Raleigh Grocery Ledger (1884-1886)
    Playing among the Tombs (Historic Oberlin Cemetery)

    Members may access this and all issues of the Journal online here.

    If you have personal stories of people, places, and events connected to Wake County, please consider sharing them for inclusion into future editions! Contact the journal editor.

    Need this content? Become a member here.  
    Access to the Journal online is one of the best benefits for remote Wake County researchers. There are over 20 years of issues online with Wake specific primary source content. Search in your sweats and fluffy slippers!

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    Monday, December 17, 2018

    Add a Surname list to your Wakecogen account

    By Cynthia Gage, WCGS Webmaster
    Reprinted from the Winter 2018 Issue of Wake Genealogy Watch - the newsletter of WCGS:
    Have you entered your surnames onto the Wake County Genealogical Society website?  This is a member benefit, and it’s a great way for others to find your names and get in contact with you while preserving your privacy.  And it’s easy to do! 
    Here’s how!

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    After logging in, select the “Profile” submenu under the “Members Area”.  Then select the surname tab.  To enter a surname, click on the “+” button on the top right.  Fill in the requested information and save.  Besides the information shown above, the surname input screen has a field for alternate spellings and one for any other comments both of which will be available for visitors to see. 
    As shown, it is recommended that there is only one surname, one county, and one state per line entry to optimize the success of visitors in finding your names.  However, the only required information on the surname input screen is the surname itself.  The rest can be left blank if you choose.  Once you have entered your surnames, you can always come back later and add more information by clicking on the pencil icon beside the surname.
    Now that you have your names entered, here is what visitors will be able to see and do.   From the Surname page on the main website, visitors can search for the surname of their interest. 

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    In this example, two lines have been found.  For the first listing (Ingham), the surname which was searched (Ingram) had been included in the alternate spelling area when the member entered the data.  By clicking on the “eye”, the visitor will see all the details for the selection, including the alternate spellings and any other comments which the member entered onto the surname listing.  If the visitor wishes to contact the member associated with the surname, they can click the “envelope” to send an email.  Their message will go to the member’s email address on record.  Note that for the privacy of our members the email pop-up does NOT show the email address of the member.  However, the visitor is required to enter their email address in order to send a message.  Thus the member can review and then choose whether to respond to the message from their email server.

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    Since these messages will come to your inbox, be sure that WCGS has your correct email address, or you may lose out on receiving messages from others who are researching your ancestors!
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at