Wake County Genealogical Society Meeting

By , September 12, 2011

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Olivia Raney History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh
Speaker: Craig Scott, President and CEO of Heritage Books
Topic: Research in the National Archives

Guests are welcome — bring a friend!

If you haven’t heard Craig talk before then you are in for a delightful
time. He is a nationally renowned speaker!

Upcoming Seminar with NC Chapter Palatines to America

By , September 12, 2011

The North Carolina Chapter of Palatines to America is holding its first Fall
Seminar on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the Wake County Southeast Regional
Library in Garner.

Registration information:

Palatines to America is a genealogical society for those researching German
speaking ancestors, with emphasis on migration from the Germanic regions of
Europe to North America. For more information, visit their website at

Courtesy of Ava Nackman

Next Meeting Sept 7, 7 pm at St. Matthews Church in Hillsborough

By , August 31, 2011
St Matthews Church

St Matthews Church

The September (D-OGS) meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 September 2011 at 7p.m. at St Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough, NC.

Visit their webiste here: http://www.stmatthewshillsborough.org/

There is parking behind the church and across from the church on St. Mary’s Road.

We will be listening to Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner speak about the historic cemetery at the church and take a guided tour of some of the graves of the prominent and historic persons buried there.

About the cemetery:
The historic St. Matthew’s cemetery is the final resting place for many early leaders of North Carolina, especially those from Orange County. There are 396 marked graves and 11 unmarked. Those buried here include members of local families including Cain, Cameron, Roulhac, Turner, and Webb.

About the Speaker:
The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner, Rector at St. Matthews. Rector Brooks Graebner came to St. Matthew’s in the spring of 1990, having previously served as the Assistant to the Rector at St. Peter’s in Charlotte, North Carolina. He moved to North Carolina in 1973 to attend Duke Divinity School, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1976. He then continued his studies at Duke, earning a Ph.D. in American Religious History in 1984. By then, Brooks had become an Episcopalian and had entered the ordination process in the Diocese of North Carolina, a vocational decision very much shaped by the time he spent as organist & choir director of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham, his sponsoring parish. Before ordination, Brooks also completed a year at Virginia Theological Seminary and a year in the Chaplain Residency Program at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Brooks’ love for the study of church history is very much reflected in his extra-parochial involvements. He currently serves as the Historiographer of the Diocese of North Carolina. He is a past president of the local historical society and for ten years served as an officer & director of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. He teaches Anglican and Episcopal history in several formation programs of the diocese. He also is a steering committee member of the Durham-based Pauli Murray Project, which is devoted to honoring and extending the influence of this civil rights pioneer, historian, lawyer, and Episcopal priest.

About the church (taken from the web-site):
The General Assembly of North Carolina originally constituted St. Matthew’s Parish in 1752 as the established church in the County of Orange. The parish was reorganized in 1824, and the present church building was begun in 1825 and completed in 1826. It was consecrated by the Right Reverend John Stark Ravenscroft, the first Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina on May 21, 1826.
Letters of the period indicate that William Nichols, principal architect of the old state capital which was burned in 1831, designed the present structure. As far as we are able to learn, St. Matthew’s is the oldest Gothic Revival church building still standing in North Carolina. Nichols worked mainly in the Greek Revival idiom, but he knew Gothic work from both his native England as well as from visits to the northern United States. Nichols also designed Hillsborough’s Masonic Hall (1823). He left North Carolina in 1827 to work throughout the South, and died in Mississippi in 1853. Nichols is being increasingly recognized as one of the South’s finest antebellum architects.
There were others involved in the building of St. Matthew’s Church. As St. Matthew’s first Senior Warden, Francis Lister Hawks, grandson of the architect of Tryon Palace, likely had a great deal of input regarding the building. Walker Anderson, who was a member of the first vestry and who was the nephew of the great North Carolina jurist-legislator, Duncan Cameron, seems to have been the real project director. The master mason was Samuel Hancock, under whose hand John Berry, prominent local architect/builder, learned his skills.
St. Matthew’s Church has had many alterations throughout the years; the tower was added c. 1829 and under the leadership of the Rev. Moses Ashley Curtis, Rector from 1856 to 1872, extensive remodeling of the church was carried out. The east end was enlarged for a recessed chancel with triplet window, sacristy and organ room, and the exposed beam roof was raised c. 1868; the spire was added and the wainscoting was replaced c. 1875. A marble plaque in the narthex records the installation of the bell in 1878 as a Confederate Memorial.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The tracker-action organ, Opus number 1169, was purchased in 1883 for $1,040 from the Boston firm of Hook and Hastings. The organ is housed in an oak case and has seven ranks. It was removed from the church building on June 2, 2004 and completely restored by John Farmer, Pipe Organ Builders of Winston-Salem, NC. The organ returned to a newly refurbished organ room and was rededicated to God’s service on May 5, 2005.
The church building was thoroughly renovated and repaired in 2007-2008 and rededicated on St. Matthew’s Day, September 21, 2008.

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Photo of the church from Larry Lamb’s panoramio site

Show and Tell Meeting this Wed at Christ Methodist Church

By , July 31, 2011

This month’s regular D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 3 August, 2010 at 7
p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501.
The street address is 800 Market Street. Here is a map: http://tinyurl.com/66r6er6. There is
parking behind the church. Enter the back of the church through a door which opens into the large
meeting room.

Our program will be our annual “Show and Tell”. Have you found that missing relative? Have you
broken through the “brick wall” you have been banging into for years? Do you have some
recommendations for new data sources? Bring your best stories about what you have been doing
over the last year. We will draw numbers to see who get to go first. Please keep your comments to
about 5 minutes so that we will have time for everyone to participate.

In the past, we have used this meeting to “swap” unused or unneeded items with our D-OGS
members. If you have magazines, books, CDs, software, computer hardware or any other
materials that you would like to share with someone else, bring the “goodies” with you to this
meeting. We will set up tables to spread out the “goodies” so folks can shop. If you don’t want to
take your old stuff home, anything left over will be donated to the upcoming Parkwood flea market
where D-OGS will be participating in October.

Local Gen Society Mentioned all the Way out in Burbank!

By , June 15, 2011

Original post to Genealogy By Ginger’s Blog by Ginger R. Smith, 15 June 2011, reproduced here by author.

Last weekend several members of my local genealogical society, Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) met in the small conference room of the Chapel Hill Library to watch live streaming videos of some of the presentations that were broadcast from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California!

I brought in some sweet tea, lemonade, cheese and crackers and homemade cookies for snacks! I hooked up my laptop to the projector that was provided by the nice library staff and started up the live stream of video and audio projecting on the somewhat smaller than usual, but workable, screen.


Photo of my laptop, projector and projector screen. The audio from the presentation came from my laptop. Had there been more people, I probably would have needed an additional set of speakers hooked up to my laptop. I will remember this for next time. Photo by Ginger R. Smith, 11 June 2011

cookePhoto of Lisa Louise Cooke from the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Photo from the SCGS Jamboree Page.

The first live broadcast started promptly at 11:30 am with Lisa Louise Cooke talking about “Google Search Strategies for Genealogists.” If you were watching this video at home, you might have heard Mrs. Cooke give us a shoutout – she mentioned that there was a genealogy society in North Carolina meeting at the local library to watch some live streaming video presentations together! Talk about getting the word out there! All the way from Burbank California! We all waved back to her on the video screen and I was just tickled pink!

I don’t know about all of you, but I thought I knew everything there was to know about performing Google searches. Boy was I wrong! Did you know you could put dates in your searches? Just type in Ginger Smith 1990…2011 and the search results will come up with my name and then it will bold all of the years mentioned in this time frame?

And did you know there was a synonym search using the ~ ?

What about the *? You can use this between two words in your search to catch phrases that might have an additional term between them.

Another feature that I found interesting was the use of the related tool. If you find a website that you like and you want to find other pages just like it, you can type in your search related:http://www.webaddress.com to find other pages just like it. This can be useful for finding those family pages.

These are just some of the things I learned in Mrs. Cooke’s class. I wasn’t the only one who took several NEW things away from this class!


witcherPhoto of Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. Photo from the SCGS Jamboree Page.

The next video we watched was by the Allen County Library Director, Curt Witcher, who was to talk about “Using Ancestral Origins As a Genealogical Research Key.” We had several technical difficulties with this video, as did the several hundred other people who tuned in to watch. Luckily the people at home also had access to a live chat room, so we were able to share in the experiences of the technical difficulties. We used this time to discuss some of the “business” of our society and our website. We have formed a great partnership with a local guy named Allen Dew who has created an outstanding website cataloging the local cemeteries in North Carolina and Virginia. On his website, cemeterycensus.org, he has links to each NC county, with each cemetery listed and transcripts posted along with photos and links to google maps and directions on how to find the cemeteries.

Not all counties are complete at this time, but the counties of Durham and Orange, and the present day counties of Chatham, Caswell, Randolph, and Wake that were originally part of Olde Orange County are already populated with over hundreds of cemetery listings.

Allen also has links and helpful hints about how to inventory, photograph, and upload information about cemeteries you run across and would like to make available on the website.

And because we have a cool little partnership going on with him now, he added this nifty little banner with a link to our society’s website:

Cemetery Census

Check it out! Cemeterycensus.org.

OH, and back to the Curt Witcher video, he talked a lot about determining the ethnicity of your ancestors and then learning all you can about that particular ethnic group in that part of the country in which they lived. He recommended that you seek out ethnic-specific newspapers and journals.

He also emphasized that our ancestors stuck together in their tight little ethnic groups: they emmigrated together, they settled together and they migrated together, so if you cannot find your ancestor, look for their neighbors or other members of their close ethnic group. Also, if you are having trouble identifying your ancestor’s ethnic group, look at their religion for clues. They too will have records.


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Photo of D-OGS members Ginger, Holt and Carol watching David Lambert’s video on Finding your Union Civil War Ancestor. Photo by Ginger R. Smith, 11 June 2011.

My faithful society members and I stuck around for the 3rd video in the series which was by David Lambert who spoke about “Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestors.”

We talked a LOT during this presentation about the various records David displayed on the screen and exchanged stories about what we had found – or not found – on our own ancestors.

A good time was definitely had by all. I wrote this post to illustrate what you can do even as a little genealogical society. This didn’t take much to prepare – all I had to do was call the library to book the room and request a projector and screen, announce to the society members and cross post to other society newslists, and then wait for them to show up! I probably would have had more people show up if it weren’t summertime and if I had had more advanced notice about this event. I found out about the live streaming of these videos being offered on Monday, waited two days to hear back from the library and announced on Wednesday for this meeting on Saturday.



Let’s meet this Saturday at Chapel Hill Library to Watch Videos from the So Cal Jamboree!!

By , June 9, 2011


I have reserved the small conference room (downstairs) at the Chapel Hill library for this Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00 pm. Here’s the map to the library: http://tinyurl.com/3z4kw4t

We will watch the first 3 videos that will be streamed lived from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank California.

Following the video presentation will be a brief discussion with questions and answers about the videos moderated by yours truly.

You do not have to register to attend this event on Saturday.
Here is the schedule:
11:30-12:30  Lisa Louise Cooke – Google Search Strategies for Genealogists

Frustrated by thousands of irrelevant search results in your recent Google searches for your family history? Do you want to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time? Learn the art of online search with genealogy podcaster and Google expert, Lisa Louise Cooke.  in this class you will expand your Google search repetoire and learn techniques, tricks and tips to achieve better genealogical search results.

1:00 – 2:00  Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF – Fingerprinting Our Families – Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

This lecture explores how the concept of “America, the Great Melting Pot,” may really be a flawed concept, and that identifying the particular ethnic group of one’s ancestor or potential ancestor can pay significant resarch dividends. Topics covered in this lecture include how to build a historical context for one’s ancestor, studying population clusters, paying attention to patterns of all sorts (naming, migration, settlement, etc.), understanding the “push and pull” of migration (i.e. the reasons behind families or inidividuals migrating), and locating repositories for various ethnic groups.

2:30 – 3:30  David A. Lambert – Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestors

This lecture will discuss the resources available from local, state, and federal sources to research your Union Civil War soldier. Descriptions of a variety of documents that will better enable you to learn your ancestor’s story from enlistment to the end of his service. Also life after the war will be discussed using records from the Pension Department and the Grand Army of the Republic.

3:30 – 4:30 Discussion with Questions and Answers

Refreshments will be provided.

Query: Cox

By , May 24, 2011

Query submitted by Larry Castle

6515 S. Adams Court
Centennial, CO 80121
Email: larry_castle_180@msn.com

Larry writes:

Hi, I am working on the family tree and believe we have ancestors who lived and died in Orange County. We are looking for any records – birth, death, marriage, obituaries, and cemetery locations. I don’t know if your records go this far back but the people are:

Elisha Cox b. 2-14-1767 in Guilford d. 11-3-1845 Randolph County, his wife Mary Littler b. 1-2-1778 in Holly Springs d. 6-12-1845 in Randolph County & they married 12-15-1796 in Cane;

Samuel Cox b. 3-28-1728 in Pa. d. 1796 in Randolph County & his wife Hannah Wierman b. 1727 in Pa. d. Orange County & they married 8-22-1747;

Mincher Littler b. 1745 Cane Creek, Orange County d. 9-2-1769 in Orange County & his wife Deborah Hadley b. 12-29-1747 in De. d. ? in Cane Creek, Orange County & they married on 9-2-1769 in Cane Creek;

Joshua Hadley b. 3-6-1703 in Ireland d. 10-21-1772 in Orange County, his wife Patience Brown b. 5-25-1712 in Pa. d. 5-23-1783 in Cane Creek, Alamance County.

Any information or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Larry

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Query: Adams

By , May 24, 2011

Query submitted by Bea. Adams King

2670 Namozine Road
Crewe, VA 23930
Email: Beamisskitty@wmconnect.com

Bea. writes:

I am looking for information on James Asa Adams born around 1839 in Orange Cty. He married Jennie Cook. He may have been married before. James had a son named Chesley Adams that was born in Alamance Cty around 1858. On one of Chesley’s marriage license it says his father was Asa Adams and his mother was Jane Adams. Any help would be appreciated.

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Query: Kemp

By , May 24, 2011

Query submitted by Travis Hudson

4415 East Downing Circle
Mesa, AZ 85205
Email: travhudson@cox.net

Travis writes:

I could use a whole lot of help here. Looking for Information on a James Henry Kemp. He was born in NC around 1795, county unknown. He married a Cyntha Partee, also of NC, about 1818. They had two children that I know of. 1.) Tabitha J Kemp, b 1820 in NC. She married a Nathaniel Hickman
2.) Henderson Kemp, b 1823 TN. He married a Matilda Bennet.

Henry and family moved to Wilson/Smith/DeKalb County, TN area sometime after Tabitha’s birth. I have found wife Cyntha and children seperately in the 1850 DeKalb County, TN census records. But cannot find anything on James Henry. Any help here is greatly appreciated.



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Query: Woods

By , May 24, 2011

Query submitted by Candace Woods

Memphis, TN
Email: cece901@aol.com

Candace writes:

I am looking for information on an Emmitt Woods born on 12-2-1862 in Durham, NC. Any information about him would be greatly appreciated.

If you have information on the above persons, or access to relevant records, feel free to leave a REPLY below.

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