Category: Announcements

Trading Path Vol 21, No. 1 now posted

By , April 26, 2011

The latest version of The Trading Path is now online for you to view, download, and print. Here is the link:

Download Trading Path Now

You must sign in to access this member’s only benefit of the website.

Please email me directly at grs3275 at yahoo dot com if you have any problems signing in to the website or accessing your journal.
Thanks to the Elias’ and the editorial staff for putting together such a great publication! Ginger

Back Issues of 2009 Newsletters now online

By , April 21, 2011


Back issues of the 2009 newsletters have been uploaded to the website are now available online for you to view and/or download

Click here to View Newsletters

Meeting Locations

By , April 21, 2011

Hi all,

Last month we held our monthly meeting at the Christ Church in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. I was finally able to fit it in with all of my school papers and projects and to see Richard’s slide show on the places and people of Carrboro!  The church had a very nice and spacious meeting room with tables and chairs which made it amenable to taking notes and chatting with the folks around you. I even met one member who was attending her first meeting! The audio visual was nice too. Richard was able to hook up his laptop and project it onto the screen. He had a little device that clicked through the slides.

The one thing I noticed that was missing, though, was our members. And that got me wondering about why we missed so many people. So what better way to anonymously query the membership than with a survey!

Please click on this link and answer the ONE question I asked. It is totally anonymous. I look forward to reading your responses.

Link to survey:

Thank you,
Ginger Smith, Webmaster

“Teaching Old D-OGS New Tricks” – Chapel Hill News

By , April 20, 2011
Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray was featured in the Chapel Hill news today – “Teaching Old D-OGS new Tricks” in which she highlights the great things that D-OGS as an organization is doing these days. Great job Sue and thank you so much for getting the word out!

Teaching Old D-OGS New Tricks


April 2011 Newsletter is now posted

By , April 19, 2011

The April 2011 Newsletter is now posted to the website.

In this month’s edition you will find information about the National Genealogical Society’s upcoming Genealogy Conference in Charleston from May 11-14th, Information about new discoveries from DNA testing in the Pugh family, Breakthroughs that you can have using the new Search Engine, upcoming Preservation Webinar with Maureen Taylor sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the Civil War Roundtable at Bennett Place, and Duke Homestead’s community yard sale and lots more!

Check it out today! – April 2011 Newsletter

April 6th Meeting – The History of Carrboro

By , April 1, 2011

**Note LOCATION change**

The next DOGS meeting will be held next Wednesday evening, 6 April, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. The street address is 800 Market Street. There is parking behind the church. Enter the back of the church through a door which opens into a large meeting room.

The program will be presented by Richard Ellington. He will be presenting a slide show on the history of Carrboro. Carrboro is celebrating its centennial this year. The official town celebration took place on 3 March, 2011.  Richard and a friend, Dave Otto, have published a pictorial history book of Carrboro. Richard will have autographed copies on sale after the meeting; cost is $21.99

Program: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music at Durham Public Library, March 20th, 2011

By , March 16, 2011

The Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection brings you a program entitled Sincere Forms of Flattery:  Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music, which will be held Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 in the Main Library Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro Street.

Durham’s own Billy Stevens will talk about American popular music as a product of the South’s unique culture. Focusing on North Carolina and Durham in particular, he uses musical instruments and rare recordings to illustrate the relationship between blues, ragtime, and the tobacco culture of the Piedmont. The result is a better understanding of how our music reflects America’s social fabric, affirming the contributions of performers both famous and forgotten.

Stevens has extensive international touring experience, speaking throughout the world about American music, as well as many years experience as a solo artist with a variety of bands. He has a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

For more information, please contact Lynn Richardson at the North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library, (919) 560-0171 or

Free Webinar on Backing up Your Data

By , March 10, 2011


Legacy software is sponsoring a free webinar on data backup tools and processes on March 23.

“Have you ever experienced a data loss when it comes to your genealogy research? Not yet? Well if not, have you prepared for what might happen if your hard drive fails? What if your laptop is lost or stolen?

Join webinar host Geoff Rasmussen and dynamic presenter, Thomas MacEntee (author of Google for Genealogists webinar-on-CD) for this 90-minute free webinar, Backing Up Your Genealogy Data. You will learn the basics of backing up all your genealogy data including identifying data, common backup methods and how to use free online programs to help you make sure your data will always be available! Participants will learn various methods for backing up their genealogy data including many free online programs such as DropBox, Google Docs, Picasa and more!

The live webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2011, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.”


About the presenter


Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain/Arizona
  • 11am Pacific
  • 6pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here’s how to attend:

  1. Register at today. It’s free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email during the week prior to the webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  6. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Other upcoming webinars

Wednesday, March 2, 2011. More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLERegister here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Building a Research Toolbox with Thomas MacEntee. Register here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present with Maureen Taylor. Register here.

View past webinars

Our webinars are available in the archives at for at least 30 days. Select webinars are now available to purchase on CD:




Civil War Conference May 20th, Raleigh NC

By , March 9, 2011



The North Carolina Office of Archives and History is sponsoring the first of three Civil War sesquicentennial conferences at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh on May 20, the anniversary of the state’s secession from the Union, entitled “Contested Past: Memories and Legacies of the Civil War.” The agenda features eighteen speakers including the keynote address by David Blight of Yale University.

Registration is $25 which includes refreshments, a boxed lunch, and afternoon reception.

The program can be found here.


“History of Patterson Mill & New Hope Creek” – Mar 2, 2011

By , February 23, 2011

The next meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society will be held March 2, 2011 at the Duke Homestead meeting place in Durham and will feature research historian Stewart Dunaway and his program entitled “Research on the History of Patterson Mill – New Hope Creek”

Meeting Details:
Date: March 2, 2011
Time:  7:00pm
Topic: Research on the History of Patterson Mill – New Hope Creek
Speaker: Stewart Dunaway
Location: Duke Homestead – 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, N.C. 27705;  Phone: (919) 477-5498
Note*  Stewart will sell and sign books at the end of the meeting.

About the topic:

The New Hope Creek basin housed numerous grist mills by early pioneers of Orange County. This book documents the complete history of the Patterson Mill, the Patterson family, their land, and how the mill evolved over time. This mill site was involved in a very unique plan with Durham’s famous Erwin Mill Co. A plan for a massive water reservoir for Erwin Mill’s newest plant, will involve this land, which for the first time, is completely documented (including contracts with Orange and Durham County Commissioners). This site is (mostly) persevered by the Duke Forest (Korstian Division), which can be visited by the public through nature trails.

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 – Stewart Dunaway, his wife Maryellen and daughter Sarah reside in Hillsborough.

About the book:

The History of Patterson Mill is another great example of grist mill operation in North Carolina. In Orange County, New Hope Creek was a thriving area, as numerous land grants were issued for this basin. Patterson’s mill resides within Duke Forest Preserve (Korstian Division), thereby preserving this area for years to come. This book provides a brief genealogical overview of the Patterson’s as they arrive in Orange County just prior to its formation. These early Granville land grants document their purchase in 1751. Read about this family, the mill’s history, and view the remnants and what they tell us. In addition, read about the amazing plan of Erwin Mill Cotton Company has for purchasing this mill and adjoining land in 1909. Also understand the role Durham and Orange County commissioners played during this amazing plan. This book will challenge tradition and folklore. This book is full of pictures, maps, newspaper articles, land plats and lots of information.

Duke Homestead:

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