Diane L. Richard

Diane L. Richard is the Principle 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 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? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.
 
Since 2006 she has authored over 200 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was 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 1000 posts. She is currently editor of the journals for NCGS and WCGS. She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS).
 
She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker, she has done webinars for NCGS on many topics, presented at the 2012 Federation of Genealogists Conference (FGS), 2015 FxGS Conference, the recent 2016 NGS & TxSGS Conferences, speaks frequently across NC on many topics, and given presentations to out-of- state audiences from Augusta GA to Fairfax VA about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians. 2017 sees her giving several programs to live and virtual audiences in Illinois, NC, New England, Southern California, and VA.
 
Southern Research for All Using Examples From NC Records – Saturday, 1 April 2017
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S41) Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Invaluable to ALL Southern Research.  We often overlook records that we think pertain to only one group of people. The Freedmen’s Bureau records cover more than freed slaves – including ex-soldiers, impoverished widows, and destitute
parents. ALL researching southern ancestry in the post-immediate civil war time period need to include these records in their research tool box.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S42) A “Hand-out” for your Poor Ancestors – local parishes and counties did step up.  Providing relief to those in need is not a modern concept. All through history, records reflect the providing of assistance or relief to those in need. Our ancestors may have received food, been exempted from paying taxes, been apprenticed, received support money for a bastard child, been hospitalized in a sanitarium, or received any other form of relief. We don't like to think of our ancestors being in such a situation; however, the records left behind can give us good information for our research.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S43) Goldmines in Colonial NC Records.  Due to extensive record losses, colonial research can be quite challenging. The further back we go, the fewer extant records we find. In an effort to further pursue the heritage of Joel Lane, whose land became the basis for the NC capital city Raleigh, a lot of “mining” was done to identify extant relevant records. This talk takes you through the research strategies pursued. Fragments of new information were found and as always, more unanswered questions remain.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S44) Civil War Era Genealogy Research ... in your jammies (mostly!)Most soldiers in a state like NC served the Confederacy. This means that most of the records related to this time period are NOT Federal records and are records created by the state of service, in this case NC. That said, under service and pension records, some mention is made about Union service and pensions. Though many records of the Civil War era were generated by the military, there were many records generated in the immediate post war era that address the circumstances (mostly poverty) of the surviving citizens.