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Genealogy Fair

when: Oct. 4, 2014

The Joel Lane Museum House will present a Genealogy Fair featuring Diane Richard, genealogist, as keynote speaker on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the gardens of the Joel Lane Museum House at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $16 for the general public and $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. To purchase admission, please go to the Eventbrite web site by clicking here. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Thanks to a grant from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, North Carolina (NSCDA), Diane Richard has conducted further research into the ancestry of Joel Lane. Using Joel’s father (one of many Josephs) as the starting point, her talk will discuss the research conducted. It will cover types of records, historical context for records (i.e., county formation history), how each type of record can assist research (i.e., what they can or cannot tell us), whether these desired records are extant (i.e., do they exist) or not, what records were not found, what records were found, what we can prove, what we can surmise, and then what next. She will briefly touch on DNA research.

Will there be any great revelations? No. Do we know more about Joel Lane’s Ancestors? Yes. Are there still questions to be answered? Definitely. [Note: a handout will be provided to anyone attending the talk, summarizing the research methodology and certain “findings.”]

Diane L Richard is the Principal of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM). She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 has been professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, neighboring locales and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are, including the Reba McIntire episode filmed at the Archives of North Carolina.

Since 2006 she has authored over 200 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal). Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1,000 posts.

As a transplant to NC over 21 years ago, she has loved every opportunity to research in the records of North Carolina, particularly those of Wake County and is honored to have had the opportunity to delve into the Lane family roots.

Other groups represented at the Fair will include the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Esther’s Heritage Gifts, Genealogical Research of NC, Interwoven Heritage Services, NC Genealogical Society, Richard B. Harrison Library, State Library of NC, and Wake County Genealogical Society.


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Thank you for guiding us through the Joel Lane House. It was very interesting and fun. There was a door in the kitchen. What was it for? I wish we had more time. Thank you once again.

Kevin