Category: Events (Local)

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:

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.

Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Much More Valuable to Anyone’s Southern Research Than You Might Have Thought!

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By , May 16, 2011
Diane L Richard

Diane L. Richard

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, NC 27705
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We are pleased to announce Diane L. Richard as the presentor of next month’s meeting. She will be presenting on the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. Diane is a professional genealogist who is active with several genealogical societies and publications. She is the President of the Wake County Genealogical Society, assistant editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and editor of Upfront with NGS, the Online Blog of the National Genealogical Society. If you have not had the opportunity to learn about these invaluable records, which include freedmen and all impoverished North Carolinians regardless of race, now is the time!

Program Summary:

The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by most of those living from DE to TX, including North Carolinians, regardless of race or original circumstances. Many pertinent records are found in the Records of Field Offices for the various states, including the State of North Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872, National Archives microfilm publication M1909 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004) – the basis of the examples used during this talk.

It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot information about ALL impoverished North Carolinians, regardless of race. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or children might be found listed in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc.

If your ancestors were freed, they might also be found receiving rations, or being a party to a contract, etc. Or, maybe their children attended a school.

Topics discussed in this talk include:

  • Short History of the Freedmen’s Bureau
  • Short History of the Freedmen’s Bureau in NC
  • Samples from select record groups
    • Request/Applications for Relief/Rations
    • Ration Lists/Destitute Lists
    • Indentures and Contracts
    • Hospital/Medical treatment
    • Freedmen School Records
  • Other relevant Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Diane Richard’s website is Mosaic Research and Project Management and she can be reached by email at

May meeting 5/4 @ 7pm Chapel Hill Library

By , May 3, 2011
Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray will be presenting this Wed night, May 4th, at 7 pm. The program is entitled “Knowing your Forbears Inside and Out – based on the Writings of James Leyburn.”

We will be meeting at the Chapel Hill Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. Here is the map:

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Thank you,
Ginger Smith

Paying it forward

By , April 19, 2011

As the webmaster of the NC D-OGS website, I often receive emails from readers who come across the website and find enjoyment from the content or services that the DOGS organization provides. I would like to share one of those emails with you, our members and readers:

Judy Hinton of Oxford writes:

Fellow DOGS,
It always pays to be part ot the pack. Thank you so much for assisting the Granville Genealogical Society in finding a speaker for grave witching.
Please come to visit our new library and if you want it to be a DOGS outing, let us know.

Click here to visit the Granville County Library page.

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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“Civil War Death Study” – Feb 2, 2011

By , January 26, 2011

The next meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society will be held February 2, 2011 at the Duke Homestead meeting place in Durham and will feature research historian Josh Howard and his program entitled “Civil War Death Study.”

Meeting Details:
Date:  February 2, 2011
Time:  7:00pm
Topic: Civil War Death Study
Speaker: Joshua Howard
Location: Duke Homestead – 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, N.C. 27705;  Phone: (919) 477-5498

About the topic: The Civil War Death Study is a project assigned as part of the Department of Cultural Resources (DCR) 150th Anniversary of the Civil War commemoration.  The study involves analyzing the number of Confederate and Union soldiers from North Carolina who served and died in the conflict utilizing military service records, archival resources, and period newspapers.  The results of the study are to be published in a future book called The North Carolina Civil War Atlas.

About the speaker:
Josh Howard
Josh Howard is a research historian with the Office of Archives and History.  He is the co-author of two books about the Revolutionary War, the most recent of which,  Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, published by the University of North Carolina Press, was awarded the 2010 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.  He is the co-editor of the North Carolina Civil War Atlas, a DCR initiative of North Carolina’s Sesquicentennial commemoration of the war.  His duties for the project currently include analyzing the number of North Carolinians who served and died in the Civil War.

Josh Howard:
Co-author – Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Co-author – Fortitude and Forbearance: The North Carolina Continental Line in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

Duke Homestead:

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