Website Update – Queries

By , January 27, 2012

I updated the Query page on the website. It is accessible from the home page as a link across the top. You click on the Queries link and it will take you to the Query page. From the Query page you can 1) Fill out the form to submit a new query or 2) click on the link to “View all Queries on the Website.” The queries page is part of the blog where I post all of the queries that I receive from the online form or ones I receive in email.

Please review these posts periodically because they might contain names of your ancestors or questions on how or where to research persons, places, or records. You can respond to a query by clicking on the “Comments” link at the top of the query post. Or if you cannot get that to work, then send me an email and I will post a reply for you.

I receive quite a few queries and could use some help getting them posted to the website and coordinating with Richard to get them posted in the Newsletter (or the Journal). If you are interested in helping me post queries to the website and/or acting as a liason between people who leave queries and our membership, please let me know. You do not have to live in North Carolina to do this. And you do not have to know how to create webpages either – posting queries is very easy and would be a great learning opportunity for anyone interested in writing a blog!


Season 3 of Who Do You Think You Are?

By , January 27, 2012


NBC Announces The Celebrities Tracing Their Family Trees On Season Three Of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Premiering February 3

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.– January 6, 2012– Viewers can take an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities when NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns for its third season on Friday, February 3 (8-9 p.m. ET).

The celebrities who star in the series are Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.

The McCulloh Great Tracts by Stewart Dunaway – Feb 1, 2012

By , January 23, 2012
Stewart Dunaway
Stewart Dunaway

Date: February 1, 2012

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Topic: The McCulloh Great Tracts – Their Impact on Genealogy Research

Speaker: Stewart Dunaway

Location: Bennett Place located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham,
NC 27705-2307 – (919) 383-4345 –

*Note*  Stewart will sell and sign books at the end of the meeting.

About the topic: 

The McCulloh Great Tracts – and their impact on
genealogy research

Henry McCulloh was a typical adventurer in the realm of colonial
politics and economics. He is said to have been a merchant of London,
and his home was at Turnham Green, Middlesex County. He probably became
interested in North Carolina through his relations with Gabriel
Johnston, to whom he advanced considerable sums of money between 1726
and 1733.  McCulloh’s deepest interest in the New World was that of a
land speculator. In 1737, the Crown delivered to Murray Crymble and
James Huey, trustees for McCulloh, warrants for 1,200,000 acres in North
Carolina, on condition that 6,000 foreign Protestants should be colonized.

Related information about the topic:

About the speaker:

Stewart Dunaway, formerly an executive of Siemens Telecom (FL), is
retired and now spends time researching colonial and revolutionary war
history in North Carolina. He has published myriad historical books as
well as genealogy-related material from the State Archives. He has
transcribed over 19,000 records from the Archives, now provided in book
form. His books can be found on the internet at:
Stewart, his wife Maryellen, and daughter Sarah reside in Hillsborough.

Orange Co Public Library Program – Get Organized!

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By , January 20, 2012

Get Organized

Monday, January 30,  6:00 PM– 

Get Organized: GO Month – Truths and Myths About Being Organized:

Ever wondered how to get that organized look out of a magazine? Lori Bruhns, time management consultant and professional organizer, will share the truths and myths about being organized and what is real and realistic about getting and staying organized. January is Get Organized Month, so kick off the year with some great tips from Lori. Find out more or register online at the Orange County Public Library.

Bennett Place – Civil War Roundtable

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By , January 13, 2012

Bennett Place marker

Bennett place – Durham Civil War Roundtable – 19 January, 2012 from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

The Durham Civil War Roundtable is open to the public with an annual membership fee of $15.00 to cover the cost of guest speakers, refreshments, and administrative costs.

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Special Discount for RootsTech 2012 Ends January 13th! Register Now!

By , January 11, 2012



If you haven’t registered for RootsTech 2012 yet, you will want to do so by January 13th to take advantage of the special discount price of $149. The RootsTech 2012 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, is a dynamic, one-of-a-kind event.

It is designed to bring technologists together with genealogists of all skill levels, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today; hence the lineup of speakers this year from Google, Instructure,, and FamilySearch!

Check out these exciting evening events:
Thursday, February 2: Exercise your Funny Bone with Comedian Ryan Hamilton
Friday, February 3: Late Night at the Family History Library

Of course, attending RootsTech 2012 is a great excuse to spend some productive research time at the Family History Library any time you want. The RootsTech 2012 Conference venue is practically adjacent to the conference venue in Salt Lake City! Come early, stay late, plan to satisfy your research needs.
Go to RootsTech 2012 to explore the full list of topics, sessions, speakers, and conference offerings.

Take advantage of the special registration rate now. We look forward to seeing you at RootsTech!

Don’t Miss the Final $149 Discount Rate for RootsTech 2012 in Salt Lake City!

* A new family history and technology conference
* February 2-4, 2012
* Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
* The special discount ends January 13, 2012.

RootsTech is sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, Oracle, the National Genealogical Society, brightsolid,, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the New England Historic Genealogical Society,, Brigham Young University, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Disclaimer: Information about this conference was forwarded to D-OGS from FGS, a supporting organization of RootsTech2012. D-OGS has no affiliation or endorsement of Rootstech at all whatsoever.

Meeting Minutes from Jan 4, 2012

By , January 5, 2012

Here are the meeting minutes from our D-OGS monthly meeting held on January 4, 2012 at the Christ Church Meeting Place at 105 Market Street, Chapel Hill.

D-OGS Meeting, 4 January 2011


The new President, Fred Mowry, introduced himself and asked for visitors to introduce themselves. There were 11 members in attendance and 5 guests/visitors.

Fred introduced the officers: Ginger Smith as Secretary and Webmaster, Ginny Thomas as Treasurer, Karen Vance is an At Large Director, Rob as an At Large Director, Richard as Newsletter Editor, Peg Edwards as Membership Director.


Richard introduced the speaker as Ann Myhre.


The topic was “The War of 1812 in the Lower South – The Rest of the Story” by Ann Myhre


The PBS special that Carol Boggs sent to the mailing list was told from the perspective of the Canadian, British and New England researchers with very little mentioned about the South. The point of Ann’s talk was to give more of a perspective from the Southern Soldiers’ standpoint.


The Conditions Leading to War:

  • Trade with France was impeded by the British
  • There was an impressment of 6000+ US sailors
  • British supported the Native Americans
  • US expansionism into Canada
  • US political conflict between North and South

She showed us a map of the US in 1812

She mentioned the USS Constitution which was called an “ironside” because it resisted Britain’s cannon balls. This is the oldest ship still in commission.

Scientific American article about the New Madrid MO earthquake, similar to the one that happened in VA last year; caused the Indians to take caution about the Americans who were taking their land. They thought it was a “sign”

  • Fort Mims and Other Indian Battles consisted of Red Sticks (not Friendly Creek Indians) vs the Friendly Creeks

North Carolina:

  • North Carolinians were divided


  • More people fought from TN than any other state
  • Two of Ann’s ancestors fought

James McEwen (Ann’s 3rd great-grandfather) was from Rowan Co., NC fought from Tennessee, son of David McEwen

  • They moved to Madison Co., KY about 1790, then moved down to TN about 1797 with their cattle, horses, pigs, and sheep
  • Their house is now on the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Course, which John and Ann visited in 2011
  • Visited the Williamson Co., Historical society and they showed her the portraits of David McEwen, and James’ 2 brothers and nephew
  • Ann also found a record on for James McEwen as  a patroller against the slaves in Williamson Co
  • Married Betsy Goff, daughter of Andrew Goff about 1804 and they had six children

Compiled military service records for 1812 cost $20 from NARA

  • Captain James McEwen
  • Pay was $40/mo
  • Ann showed us the muster roll of his “company”
  • Mustered in Dec 10, 1812 for 12 months
  • They drilled on flat boats as they floated down to Natchez

John read a letter from Andrew Goff about what happened when they arrived at Natchez. They found that the enemy had backed out and Gen’l Jackson ordered them to return to Nashville.

Ann showed a photo of Natchez Trace from present day which is the trail they walked back on. Jackson paid for their travel back. has a free? Index for soldiers for the War of 1812 which tells you what unit they served in and who their commanding officer was.

Got called up again and James got promoted to Major.


Joel Henry Region/Regen

  • Parents and date and place of birth unknown, was in Williamson Co., TN by 26 Sept 1813
  • Also from Tennessee
  • Was a private, mustered in Fayetteville
  • Built Fort Strother and fought in the battle of Talladega
  • Served under Christopher McEwen
  • James made a total of $259.97, Joel only made $25.95 for pay. The difference between a private and a Captain/Major
  • Joel Regan married Loretta Bateman



Battles of New Orleans:

The PBS special only mentioned 1 but there were actually 3 different battles.

Joel was involved in the Night Battle of New Orleans


The Treaty of Ghent ended the War, signed 24 Dec 1814, ratified by British 27 Dec and by the US 18 Feb 1815; But the Battles were still going on. The Americans gained fishing rights to the Greater St. Lawrence

Americans lost about 3,000 slaves


What the war accomplished:

For the US:

  • Increased nationalism
  • Increased in the Navy
  • Demise of the Federalist Party

For Canada:

  • Increased nationalism

For Britain:

  • Return to status quo
  • Return to trading with the US

For the indigenous people:

  • They lost the most territory


Soldiers were allotted a certain number of acres based on how long they were enlisted for and how long they served for


Ann has provided this related information about the topic:


Business Meeting:

Ginny – Dec Treasury holds $3803.89 – from that, she paid $18 check for copy costs, brought in $300 deposits, including $200 check from Shirley Mallard for 10 yrs dues, final $4085.89

Ginger – the newsletter is posted to website, events are posted to the blog; and will be posted to the calendar

Peg – currently 155 members, 25 complimentary members who receive publications; she put a call out for volunteers for membership development

Fred – looking for volunteers to coordinate the Civil War workshop on Feb 25th at Duke Homestead. A committee has been formed with Richard, Fred, Elias’; might have some slave records, scanning table, available records; Please let Fred, Richard, Cathy or Rob know if you would be interested in helping to put together a workshop for this event.

Next meeting will be Feb 1st with Stuart Dunaway, talking about “The McCulloch Great Tracts – Their Impacts on Genealogy Research” will be at Bennett Place State Historic Site at 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC.

Richard – NCGS spring meeting in Rocky Mount, March 31st;

NC Museum of History – hosting a conservation assistance day; make an appointment, bring by your old documents to ask how to conserve it, on Jan 20th, call Jan Sweat at 919-807-7023; Will not take live ammunition or items infested with mold or pests.

This Sunday they are doing the Music of the Carolina Series with Mr. Locklear, a Lumbee Indian who will be performing held at 3pm and is free.

NGS will be held this spring in Cincinnati.

Fred – In March, Mark Clinton will talk about State Land Grants; April – Allen Dew will talk about cemetery research and his website; May – Richard will discuss his new findings; June – David Southern, using maps for genealogical research; August – Show and Tell for members to talk about their projects; September – Carol Boggs will talk about things you find on the internet; October – Melanie Crane will talk about more advanced genealogy topics.

The computer interest group is still looking for a new moderator/leader.

There will be a genealogy workshop at the Senior Center taught by Margo next Wednesday. (She takes groups to SLC and teaches at Duke’s lifelong learning center).

End of Business


Alamance County Genealogical Society – Jan 9, 2012

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By , January 3, 2012

Peggy Boswell will be talking about the Scott Collection. The Alamance County Genealogical Society meets the second Monday of each month except June, July and August, at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215

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Next Meeting – “The War of 1812 in the Lower South”

By , January 3, 2012

War of 1812

The January 2012 D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 4 January, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church offices in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. The street address is 105 Market Street, rooms 103 & 105. Here is a map: address is the office building for Christ Church and is across the street from the church. There is parking on the streets around the church.

Our speaker for January will be D-OGS member Ann Myhre. Ann’s topic will be “The War of 1812 in the Lower South – the Rest of the Story.” James McEwen, Ann’s great-great-great-grandfather, served as a Captain and a Major in the war in the lower South. He and other members of his family left stories about the war and their service from their perspective. A great-great-grandfather, Joel Regen, also served but left only official records; he was a private. What official records are available for those who served, and how do we find them?

Ann Regen Myhre grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, but has lived in Garner more than two-thirds of her life. She has a BA and an MS in Biology from East Tennessee State University and a BS from NCSU. She has taught, worked in a lab and was a church administrator. She began her genealogy search over 55 years ago and has researched her ancestors and those of her family members in New England, the South including Texas, the upper Midwest, Canada, Norway and the Czech Republic. She and husband John have two married children and two grandchildren.

Ann has provided this related information about the topic:

January 2012 Newsletter is now posted

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By , January 3, 2012

The January newsletter is now posted to the website. Check it out!

January Newsletter

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