Your Genetic Heritage: DNA Testing

By Nancy Gadzuk

Jennifer Daugherty, Special Collections Librarian for the New Hanover County Public Library, spoke on Your Genetic Heritage at the July 17, 2017 meeting of the History Center.

Jennifer explained that while some DNA testing can determine paternal lineage (y-DNA testing) and some maternal lineage (mitochondrial DNA testing), most DNA testing is autosomal. Autosomes are the chromosomes that do not determine sex, but determine the rest of a person’s genetic make-up.

She talked about three genealogical testing companies she has used. The companies – AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA – all are creating databases using the DNA of people who purchase their companies’ DNA tests. These people may self-identify with an ethnicity based on their personal history.

This identification by ethnicity, while not strictly DNA-based, becomes part of a larger geographical and historical component of the overall genealogical profile.

The more people these companies can attract to DNA testing, the larger their databases will become. This leads to providing, among other things, more robust family trees for participating clients. AncestryDNA has the largest database of client DNA, with more than 1 million genetic samples.

Both AncestryDNA and 23andMe sell their clients’ data to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Family Tree DNA has said it will not sell client data.

Jennifer listed briefly some of the characteristics of the three companies she discussed as a summary to her presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

July Meeting – Genetic Genealogy

Monday, July 17, 2017   7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

This month our speaker will be Jennifer Daugherty, Local History librarian with the New Hanover County Public Library.

Can your DNA tell you where you and your family are from? Learn the facts about all the new tests that are available and how accurate they are. We’ll cover the different kinds of tests, the best companies to test with, and how this can help you learn about your heritage.

Jennifer Crowder Daugherty has a particular interest in genetic genealogy and has attended the International Society of Genetic Genealogy annual conference as well as the Advanced Research Methodology course at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), now hosted at the University of Georgia. Daugherty took the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course at IGHR, which has expanded her ability to assist and train local genealogists.

Jennifer Crowder Daugherty holds a Master of Library Science from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Bachelor’s in English from Eastern Kentucky University. While in graduate school, she was chosen for a Fellowship Opportunity at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Archives. Previously, a Local History Librarian at Cumberland County Public Library in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she is now the Special Collections and Local History Librarian at the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina. She serves as the Vice President of the old New Hanover Genealogy Society and the Publicity Chair of the North Carolina Genealogy Society.

 

World War I Exhibit

This summer the Federal Point History Center, located next to Town Hall at 1121-A North Lake Park Boulevard, will host an exhibit, World War I “Locals Who Served”, featuring three men with ties to the Lower Cape Fear area who served in the “War to End All Wars.”

The opening reception for the exhibit was on Sunday, June 11, 2017, 2-4 pm at the History Center.  

 

Family Night on the Boardwalk

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Our Society will be participating in “Family Night on the Boardwalk” this summer.

We will have a table with our brochures and information on the history of Carolina Beach and the Boardwalk behind the stage on Cape Fear Blvd.  

We need volunteers to sit at the table and talk to people from 6:30 to 8:30 beginning June 13 and running through August. Please call  the History Center at 910-458-0502 to let us know which Tuesday you can work.

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce – Family Night on the Boardwalk 

 

May Meeting – John Batchelor — Chefs of the Coast

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month is John Batchelor, restaurant reviewer, food critic and author of Chefs of the Coast and Chefs of the Mountains.  He comes to us from the Triad and will have copies of his books for sale and signing.

Chefs of the Coast profiles 50 well-established and up-and-coming chefs from the coastal region of North Carolina. Drawing from personal interviews, Batchelor reveals each chef’s cooking philosophy, influences, and personality.

Each profile also includes: A description of the restaurant, its ambience, and sample menu items; Color photographs of the chef, restaurant, and food. Sidebars throughout the book offer information about farms (mostly organic) that sell vegetables and meats to the public as well as to restaurants, unique producers from the region, and stories of a number of people who gave up successful careers in order to return to the land.

Batchelor has written about restaurants and travel since 1981. He is the restaurant reviewer for the Greensboro News & Record and formerly for the Winston-Salem Journal.

Batchelor came across the idea for this book through his frequent judging of cooking competitions, including the “Western North Carolina Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants compete in and around Asheville, N.C.) and the “Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants in and around Blowing Rock and the High Country).

 

April Meeting – Carolina Beach Then and Now

Presented by Elaine B. Henson

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Elaine’s presentation will look at buildings, businesses and places at Carolina Beach from the past and what is in that same location now.  In some cases, we also see what was there in between.

This trip down memory lane begins just before coming over the Snow’s Cut Bridge and continues along Lake Park Boulevard to the Carolina Beach Lake.

 

 

March Meeting – Medal of Honor Recipients of the Lower Cape Fear

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

This month John Moseley will present his talk “Medal of Honor Recipients of the Lower Cape Fear.”

By the summer of 1861, the US Congress created the only award to recognize the acts of bravery by Union enlisted Navy, Marine Corps, and Army personnel during the Civil War. By war’s end, this award would be issued to 1,523 members of the Federal Army and Navy.

Between June 1864 and January 1865, seventy-two sailors, soldiers and Marines awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions at Fort Fisher. During the Civil War the US Marine Corps were awarded 17 Medals of Honor.

The struggle on the beach in front of Fort Fisher witnessed 6 of those Marine Medals of Honor. In addition, 35% of the recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions at Fort Fisher were foreign nationals.

Today, the Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President, in the name of the Congress, to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and courage at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty. In its history, 19 North Carolinians have been recognized for their actions with the Medal of Honor. New Hanover County recognizes four citizens of our Nation’s highest award.

John Moseley is the Assistant Site Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. He received his undergraduate degree in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, in 1989. He then spent the next decade and a half working in the for-profit and non-profit business world. During the 1990s, he spent large amounts of time researching North Carolina’s role in the American Revolution and 18th century medical and dental history.

He began working at Fort Fisher in 2011 and is currently in charge of the educational programming for the State Historic Site.

Since the summer of  2012, John has been the historian with “Tasting History” where he leads a walking tour of Carolina Beach focusing on the history of Federal Point and sampling local restaurants.

Currently, he continues working on Fort Fisher’s Medal of Honor recipients and the role of Fort Fisher during World War 2.

 

February Meeting – Cape Fear Riverwatch

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month will be Kemp Burdette, the Cape Fear Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Cape Fear River Watch, where he works to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River.

Kemp’s academic background is in geology and history, graduating from UNCW magna cum laude with honors, and he holds a master of public administration (MPA), also from UNCW. He holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University, as well.

Kemp spends most of his free time with his two daughters, Olivia and Caroline, working in his garden, or tinkering in his workshop, or exploring the waterways and swamps of the Lower Cape Fear Region. He has been the Executive Director and Riverkeeper for Cape Fear River Watch since 2010.

Cape Fear Riverwatch organizes monthly environmental seminars that cover topics and issues affecting the Lower Cape Fear River Basin. They encourage working internships for students. At Greenfield Lake, they offer Environmental Education classes and provide Eco-Tours and Bird Watching Tours.

CFRW offers water-quality education programs to groups including schools, civic groups, developers, homeowner associations and others. They provide storm water management training for local government staff.