April 2010 Newsletter

By , January 7, 2010


Meeting Annuoncements
Meeting Minutes
Your Trading Path News
Planning for 2010
Family History Seminar
Historic Stagville Doubles In Size
Collecting Your Family’s History is a Gift for the Ages
Genealogical Glossary
Websites of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

Meeting Announcements

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 April, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham 27705. Phone: (919) 477-5498 – One-half mile from I-85 and Guess Rd (Exit 175), Follow the brown historic site road signs.

Our speaker for the evening will be Debra Keelean-Fuller. Debbie is a certified genetic counselor at UNC, where she splits her time between the Cytogenetics Lab and the Pediatric Division of Genetics & Metabolism.  In the Cytogenetics Lab, she acts as a liaison between the lab and outside providers.  In the Division of Genetic s& Metabolism, she spends most of her time counseling patients regarding new diagnoses of genetic disorders and has an interest in chromosome disorders and Huntington disease.  She also volunteers for the state chapter of the Huntington Disease Society of America, as a committee member of the Communications Committee for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and at the Open Door Clinic through Urban Ministries of Raleigh.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her almost 4-year old son.  She anticipates life will become more chaotic in the near future as she is expecting twins, due at the beginning of June.  She will be talking about “The Intersection of Genetics and Genealogy”.


The April meeting of the D-OGS Computer SIG will be held on April 10 from 9:00am-noon, in the small conference room in the Chapel Hill Public Library. We want everyone to feel free to attend, and bring their questions, problems, and examples of tips and techniques they have found to share with the group. The program is currently TBD.

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for March 3, 2010

The March 3, 2010 meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill. 16 members were in attendance, as well as one visitor.

Tonight’s program was a Tour of our New Website by our new Webmaster, Ginger Smith. While Ginger worked out some technical difficulties, Richard decided to start the business portion of the meeting. The minutes of the February meeting were approved.

(Richard used the phrase “in the limelight” while referring to Ginger and he asked if anyone knew how the phrase had originated. He said lime had been burned in the old time stage lights, which gave off a green light, and that is where the phrase had come from.)

Ginger said there would be a Members Only section and it would contain the current Trading Path, as well as past issues, and other features. Members will receive a password to use when signing on and this password can be changed, if desired. However, the newsletter will be open to the public as this is where announcements of upcoming meetings and genealogy events will be listed. Ginger said she will be adding a members contact form and the Surname list.

One of the most innovative features on the new site will be the Blog which will be continually updated and will contain queries, last minute events, etc. and is an option to replace the newsletter in the future. Members can subscribe to the blog here:

There is an online membership form but members will have to print it out and send it in with a check.

Queries can now be submitted via an online form on the website. To submit a query, please visit the following site: http://www.ncgenweb.us/dogsnc/queries. All submitted queries will be published to the Queries page of the website.

The membership in attendance gave Ginger a round of applause for the work she had done getting the website up and running quickly, as she is 3 months ahead of the timetable the Board had estimated.

After the program the business meeting was resumed.

Dogs-L Membership—Peg was not here with a report.

Newsletter—Richard said there was nothing new to report.

Trading Path—Cathy said they have started to work on the next issue, which will be the first delivered electronically. April is the goal. She said they can always used more articles.

Richard said D-OGS is going to electronic publications because of our desire to be green and also because it is much more economical. He reported that he had contacted the genealogical, historical and library organizations that receive complementary copies to get email addresses so they can receive their publications in the new electronic format and that has resulted in a change from mailing 50-60 to what will now be about 25 and that will represent a significant savings for the organization.

Orange County Heritage Center—Richard said the task force was to meet the next day to make a proposal to the commissioners for a center of 1000 square feet to start.

Computer CIG—In Carol’s absence, Richard said the next meeting was March 13.

Next month’s program will be Debra Fuller on Compiling a Medical Family History.

Treasurer’s Report—Ginny Thomas said the previous balance was $2208.76 with one deposit of $40, leaving us a balance of $2248.76 for March 1.

Richard reminded the members that we still need a Vice President/Program Chair (who basically didn’t have to line up more than one program as other members had pitched in and lined up programs for most of the year) and a Director at Large.

The meeting was dismissed at 8:52 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout


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Your Trading Path News

The next issue of our journal is nearly ready for you. Proofreaders have been hard at work, and finishing touches are in the works.

This will be the first electronic issue for our society, and we have great hopes that this change will work smoothly for all of you.  From now on, the Trading Path journal will be published online in the Member’s Only section of the website. You must have a user log in account and password in order to access the Trading Path Journal online. An announcement will be made when a new journal is published in the Newsletter and the “What’s New” Blog section of the website, as well as on the D-OGS mailing list. Instructions on how to access, print and download the journal will also be included in this correspondence.

If you have not received your user name and password by April 11, 2010, please email the webmaster, Ginger Smith, at ncdogswebmaster@gmail.com.

If you already receive the print version of the monthly Newsletter, you will also get a printed copy of the journal.  This applies to genealogy libraries, as well as to our members without internet access.

We are committed to making sure that all of our members receive the publications you’re accustomed to enjoying. If you find, for any reason, that you’re not able to download and print your own copy, please notify us at TradingPath@aol.com. We will work with you to make sure you get your journal.

Rob & Cathy Elias

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Planning for 2010

From The President – As most of you know by now, we have had no one step forward and take over the position of Vice-President/Program Chair for 2010. Several of you have stepped up and provided an individual program, such as Holt Anderson did for this month’s program. We are all appreciative of this effort. As I have stated before, I will not be an officer next year nor will I be responsible for any program planning. This means that someone else will need to make a commitment to lead D-OGS through the coming year AND someone will need to pick up the program planning duties.

Lynn Richardson, NC Collection director at the Durham County Public Library, has come up with a list of 15+ potential programs. She has passed this list on to me. She has some WONDERFUL ideas for programs. If anyone is willing to volunteer for the Vice-President/Program Chair for 2011, we will make this list available to them.

Currently, we have no program or meeting place scheduled for the 2 June 2010 meeting. I will be out-of-town for that meeting. Would someone like to volunteer to plan this upcoming meeting?

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Family History Seminar

Raleigh Stake Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5060 Six Forks Road

Keynote Address: 9:00am:

Is this the same man or a different one with the same name?” by Helen F. M. Leary, Certified Genealogist (Emeritus), FASG, former BCG president and long-time trustee. She is known for her informative and entertaining lectures


We have a class for everyone:

10:00am – US Census, Getting Started, Digitizing your Pictures, newFamilySearch

11:00am – Online Maps, Getting Organized, Online Books, What’s New in FamilySearch

12:00pm – Born in NC, Oral History, Who’s Your Mama’s Mama’s Mama? and Googling Your Family Tree

Pre-registration through April 28th. Contact nc_raleigh@ldsmail.net or call 919-783-7752 and leave a message. All those who pre-register will receive a free CD syllabus of all class handouts

Same day registration 8:30am-9:00am – (join us for scones and juice)

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Historic Stagville Doubles In Size

According to a recent article in the Durham Herald-Sun, ninety-one new acres have been added to Historic Stagville State Historic Site in Durham, which makes available more natural wooded area for camping, hiking and cultural exploration in this urbanizing region.

The addition more than doubles the size of the historic site and is credited to the Triangle Land Conservancy and a successful grant application to the N.C. Natural Heritage Trust Fund.

To celebrate the acquisition, state Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle and representatives of the Triangle Land Conservancy and the N.C. Heritage Natural Heritage Trust will have a dedication at the site at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. The newly acquired land adjoins the Horton Preserve, owned by the Triangle Land Conservancy.

The Stagville plantation house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by Richard Bennehan in 1799, at one time it was the centerpiece of a 30,000-acre plantation with 900 enslaved workers.

Now part of the N. C. Division of State Historic Sites (www.nchistoricsites.org) in the Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com), other structures on the property include a great barn, the largest known agricultural building created by African-American craftsmen in the state, overseer’s house, and other historically significant structures.

In the 18th century, the largely undeveloped region was on the Old Indian Trading Path, the main inter-colony route of the backcountry. It included the Eno, Neuse and Flat Rivers, and broad low valleys, which made it an appealing prospect for farmland to early settlers. By the time of the arrival of the settlers in the 1700s, even remnants of Indian tribes — Eno, Adshusher, Shocco, and Occaneechee, no longer frequented the area. Significant cultural artifacts may be contained on this site.

For additional information, call (919) 620-0120 or (919) 807-7389.

For information on Historic Stagville, including visiting hours, visit http://www.stagville.org/.

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Collecting Your Family’s History is a Gift for the Ages

(By ALEXIA ELEJALDE-RUIZ – Chicago Tribune)

Few things spur a person to action like the hollow ache of regret, the helpless longing to rewind time and take advantage of what was, in hindsight, a missed opportunity.

So it was when Cynthia Hart, a product designer and artist who lives in New York, lost two dear friends in the same week, one to a heart attack and the other to an unexpectedly short battle with an illness.

“There’s an emptiness,” Hart said. “The fact that they’re gone, irrevocably gone, and all they can say can be gone in an instant. And I just wanted to talk to them.”

Hart began interviewing family members, friends, “for a while just about anyone who walked in front of me,” she said, on a mission to learn everything she could while she still could. In December, Hart and co-author Lisa Samson published “The Oral History Workshop” (Workman, $12.95), a guide to collecting and preserving people’s life stories.

Many people contemplate interviewing their loved ones. Actually doing it is another matter. The task can seem daunting, a little awkward, something to leave for next week, next month or next year.

It doesn’t have to be. Here are some guidelines to making oral history easy, from the best questions to ask to the best use of technology.

Hart’s advice: “Be relaxed, be kind, be open. And do it now.”


People often want to interview their older relatives or someone they’re afraid they’re going to lose. But don’t count out the younger folk. “Just imagine if you did an interview with a 10-year-old,” Hart said. “Twenty years from now, that would be an incredible thing to have.”

Ron Baraff, a Pittsburgh-based historian, interviewed his wife over the holidays about her relationship with her grandmother, who had died two years earlier before he could interview her personally. Baraff also has interviewed his sister about her life in a Tennessee commune, where she went after running away from home as a teen.

“I had never really gotten the story about what happened,” said Baraff, 46, director of museums and archives for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, which promotes the industrial legacy of the southwestern Pennsylvania region.


If you plan to broach touchy subjects, make sure beforehand that your subject is comfortable discussing them, Baraff said. “Emotional tipping points” can cause your subject to break down or shut down, he said. Also, assess the best environment to keep your interviewee relaxed.

Savannah Ashour had wanted to interview her father for years, but she worried her dad, an immigrant from Egypt whose past she knew little about, would grow uncomfortable or impatient.

So Ashour, who lives in New York, mailed her father, who lives in California, a tiny digital audio recorder and directions to e-mail her the voice files, hoping he’d feel more comfortable doing it in private and on his own time.

Six times over two months, Ashour said, her father sat alone in his garden after work and recorded the story of his life, in chronological order.

“He was incredibly flattered and excited,” said Ashour, 31, who was Hart’s editor on “The Oral History Workshop.” “It’s surprising in someone who doesn’t normally talk about his personal life.”


Digital technology is easiest and lets you do the most with the material. Try to get the best digital recording device you can afford, said Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky.

Avoid going to an office supply store, Boyd said, as typically the recorders sold there aren’t optimized for preservation. Instead, try a music store, such as Guitar Center (guitarcenter.com), or online at Sweetwater.com. Look for recorders with good quality microphone preamps and that will record in standard formats (.wav). Among Boyd’s favorite audio recorders are Sony PCM-M10 ($200-$300); Tascam DR-100 ($300-$400) and Marantz PMD-661 ($500-$600).

Most important, Boyd said, be sure to practice using the device before you conduct the interview, including placement of the microphone for best sound. And if you can’t afford top-of-the-line, don’t sweat it.

“Life is short, so record with whatever you can record with,” said Boyd, who conducts the technology workshops for the Oral History Association (oralhistory.org).


Hart advises beginning with some of the questions that you feel are most significant, because you don’t want to run out of time. But sometimes you need to ease in. Among the hundreds of suggested questions in “The Oral History Workshop” is a list of ice-breakers, which includes Hart’s favorite: “What was the best day of your life?

The book also has a list of 20 all-around great questions that can yield revealing responses, such as, “What’s the biggest mistake you ever made?” and “What makes you want to dance?”

Let your subject ramble, and don’t get caught up in making sure everything is factually accurate. Sometimes people don’t realize how meaningful a question might be.

Meredith Sullins, a 26-year-old nursing assistant who lives in Nashville, interviewed her 87-year-old grandfather last year as part of StoryCorps’ National Day of Listening (nationaldayoflistening.org), which encourages people to set aside an hour the day after Thanksgiving to interview a loved one. StoryCorps (storycorps.org) is a national nonprofit oral history project.

Sullins, who recorded her grandfather on her iPhone with an app called QuickVoice, said she was surprised how affected she was when she asked him to recall his favorite memory of her as a child. Her grandfather told a story of taking Sullins, then 2 or 3, to a Nashville theme park, where he won her enough stuffed animals to fill up his car.

“I didn’t really remember that he won them all,” Sullins said, her voice choking with emotion. “It was special to me.”


It may seem strange to have grandma sign a release, but it’s best to have a written agreement on how the interview will be used – for broadcast, publication, archive, or just to distribute among family and friends. The No. 1 rule: Honor the wishes of the interviewee.


Upload your digital files as soon as possible and save them to an external and/or virtual hard drive. Make at least three CDs or DVDs of the interview: one to give to your interviewee, one to listen to, one to store away as a “preservation” copy, Hart said.

Don’t rely on your digital recording device or computer alone to store your interview, as they can too easily be lost, stolen or erased.


So … what to do with it? The possibilities are many:

Transcribe the interviews, make CDs or DVDs to give as gifts or slip into scrapbooks, make video or audio montages, upload to YouTube, Facebook or a family Web site (if you have permission).

Many people use iTunes to manage their oral history collections, Boyd said. Helpful editing software includes Peak, Audacity and Sound Forge.

Consider working with your local or state historical society and submitting the materials to an archive.

Or you can do what Jean Wilcox Hibben does. Wilcox Hibben, a California genealogist, performs impersonations of her ancestors, using first-person narratives and period dress, at genealogical and historical societies. She weaves what she’s culled from oral histories and documents with the historical events of the time and a little creative license.

“I think it’s neat to see the people come alive,” she said.

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Linda Corvan, P. O. Box 7963, La Verne, CA 91750-7963 – (909) 621-0892 – corvan@aol.com

Surnames: Armstrong

Query: I am seeking information on Joseph Armstrong III (1771-1840), and William Armstrong (1745-1814) who were residents of Orange Co., North Carolina. I would like to obtain copies of their wills, and military service for William. Thank you very much, Linda Corvan


David Lane, 1009 Andiron Lane, Raleigh, NC  27614-9537 – 919-870-0090 – rdlane@bellsouth.net

Surnames: Horner & Morgan

Seeking information & parents of William Horner, born 1812, died June 1862, in Granville County, NC.  William Horner married Hariett Morgan in Orange County on Dec 24, 1834.  Their children were George W. Horner (born 1836), Rufus D. Horner (born 1840), Artelia Horner (born 1843), Joseph T. Horner (born 1845), Dallas Horner (born 1845), and Victoria Hellen Horner (born 1852). Harriet Morgan is a daughter of Joseph H. Morgan (ca. 1790-1853). William Horner lived in Fort Creek District of Granville County (near Wilton) by 1840.  Family photos suggest a relationship with family of George Horner, Sr., Orange County, NC.

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Genealogical Glossary

  • AHNENLIST – a list of one’s accordance with the AHNENTAFEL NUMBERS definition below. ancestors, with the first generation being #1, second #2-3, third #4-7, etc. May be synonymous with AHNENTAFEL.
  • AHNENTAFEL – [German ancestor table] a list of ancestors numbered in accordance with the system described below in AHNENTAFEL NUMBERS. So-called because it was popularized by Stephen Kekule von Stradonitz in his 1896 book, Ahnentafel Atlas. The system was first used in a book by the Spanish geneologist Jerome de Sosa in 1676. Translated from the German, “ahnen” means ancestor and “tafel” means table or list; because of this literal translation, ahnentafel is sometime incorrectly used to describe any list of ancestors. – Richard Pence — richardpence@pipeline.com.
  • AHNENTAFEL NUMBERS – the universally used method of numbering ancestors. In it the number 1 is assigned to the subject of the list, then his or her father is No. 2, the mother is No. 3, the paternal grandfather No. 4, etc. In this system, a person’s father’s number is always twice the person’s number and his or her mother’s number is twice-plus-one. Because of the structured nature of the sytem, a person’s ahnentafel number can be used to describe his or her relationship to the subject of the list. This method of numbering ancestors is used worldwide and is also called the “Sosa-Stradonitz System,” after the genealogist who first used it and the one who popularized it (see AHNENTAFEL above). This method of numbering ancestors is used both on lists of ancestors or on ancestor charts. – Richard Pence — richardpence@pipeline.com
  • ALABARCH – a Roman tax administrator
  • ALCALDE – a Spanish administrator
  • ALDERMAN – the elected representative of a ward, a political subdivision of a city.  In medieval times, the alderman presided over the ward’s court call the Ward-Moots Court.
  • ALERION – [Heraldic] bird
  • ALIAS – [Latin – other] a pseudonym, false or alternative name
  • ALIAS CAPIAS – The writ of capias ad respondendum (capias) ordered the sheriff to arrest a defendant in a civil case for appearance in court to answer the plaintiff’s declaration. The writ states the name of defendant, the court term when he was required to appear; the name of the plaintiff, the form of action (in non-bailable cases this was a fictitious trespass); and the names of the justice, clerk, and plaintiff’s attorney. The writ does not contain a statement of the plaintiffs claim. The Alias Capias is the second issuance of a capias after the original had gone without answer.
  • ALIEN – someone who is not a citizen of one’s own country

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Websites of Possible Interest

OCLC has revised its genealogy page. The new page can be found at http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/genealogy/. OCLC is a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.

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Calendar of Events

April 2010 Genealogy Workshops – Family History Center – Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Thursday, April 1, 2010 – (11:00 am) How Learning About Irish Culture Can Aid Your Research (D. Fox)
  • Saturday, April 10, 2010 – (10:00 am) Google Genealogy (S. Jordon)
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010 – (10:30 am) Writing Your Life-Stories (A. Young)

LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 252 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey – (856) 795-8841

WEBSITE: www.southjerseyfamilyhistory.org

EMAIL: classes@southjerseyfamilyhistory.org

Oklahoma genealogical society spring seminar – Saturday, April 3, 2010 in Oklahoma City

All day seminar at the Oklahoma History Center.  Hear Pam Sayre, CG, and Rick Sayre, CG, as they present sessions on genealogists’ use of Google Earth, GPS technology, and historic and topographical maps.

Details and registration forms are at www.okgensoc.org

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Genealogical Society – 405-637-1907

State capitolApril 10. “Raleigh Occupied.” A Civil War-era troop encampment and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 occupation of the Capitol by Sherman’s troops. Visitors will meet costumed interpreters portraying former governors, a local plantation wife, a Union officer and a newly freed slave. Characters are based on personal letters, diaries, and period accounts. Tours will take place at 10 a.m., 11a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration encouraged.

NCGS & wilkes county genealogical society workshop – 10 April 2010 – North Wilkesboro, North Carolina – “Farmhouse, Meeting House, Court House: Breathing Life Into Your Family’s Story” with J. Mark Lowe, CGSM, will be presented by the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Wilkes County Genealogical Society at the North Wilkesboro Elks Club.

The program includes “Making Those Early Census Records Talk to You,” “My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for your Rural Ancestor,” “Bible Thumper or Pious Pilgrim: Religious Ancestors on the Frontier,” and “Follow a Case through Court.” Book and map vendors will also be present.

For more information and a registration form, visit http://www.ncgenealogy.org or write to the North Carolina Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 30815, Raleigh, NC 27622-0815.

2nd Saturday Walking Tour of hillsborough – Saturday, April 10th, 10am and 2pm. Come to the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough. Explore Hillsborough’s history on a 90-minute guided walking tour through its historic district. $5, More Information at 732-7741 or www.historichillsborough.org

california Pommern Special Interest Group meeting – Sunday, April 11, 2010.  Our special speaker will be Arlene Eakle, Ph.D, on the topic, “Genealogical Evidence in Emigration-Immigration Sources for Ancestors Leaving Northern Europe for America.”  She is the president and founder of The Genealogical Institute in Salt Lake City and a professional genealogist with more than twenty-five years of experience.

We meet at the Immigrant Genealogical Society Library, 1310 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.  The program will start at 2 p.m. but the library will be open until 5:00. Please feel free to bring your questions and join us for research following the program.

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,  336-227-1448. The 12 April program will be Helen Sockwell who will speak about the History of McLeansville.

Carl Sandburg College workshops – Carl Sandburg College has announced its annual spring series of genealogy computing workshops for and April 2010.

Topics include:

*More Problem-Solving – 16 April 2010

*Searching Free Online Scanned Books – 30 April 2010

We’ve brought our prices back to old levels–$35 a day. Handouts are included, lunch is on your own, or you can brown bag it.

Sessions are held in state of the art computer facilities and each attendee will have their own computer to use. Registration is limited, but you do not need to live in the Carl Sandburg district to enroll.

Galesburg is easily accessible via interstate. The college has no housing, but there are several motels within a mile of the college. Questions about the workshops can be sent to me at either mneill@sandburg.edu or mjnrootdig@gmail.com.

More information (including registration details) is available at http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html.

Family History Library Research Retreat April 2010 – Monday, April 12, 2010 – Saturday, April 17, 2010  at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, 122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 – 800-366-3684 – Map and Directions . Registration is available online at http://www.regonline.com/checkin.asp?eventid=839160

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society meeting – On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandria, Virginia.  The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  The meeting will feature a presentation entitled “City Directories.”  The program will be presented by Sharon Hodges.

Sharon Hodges is a professional researcher, teacher and lecturer specializing in the District of Columbia, Northern New Jersey, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland.  She is a grader for the NGS Home Study Course and a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR).  In addition, Sharon is Chairman, Training and Education Committee, Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society and past board member for Fairfax Genealogical Society and Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society.

For records that have been around since the late 1700s, city directories are one of the most over-looked resources by genealogists.  These books tell a great deal about our past by including the names and information about residents as well as businesses.  With a city directory a genealogist can get a picture of a community.  But there is so much more that can be learned by using city directories, not just where someone lived between federal censuses.  Learn what other hidden treasurers can be found by using city directories.

The Hollin Hall Senior Center is located 4 miles south of Alexandria just off Fort Hunt Road at 1500 Shenandoah Road in Alexandria, Virginia.

MVGS is a nonprofit organization and has over 260 members residing in Alexandria, Fort Belvoir, the counties of Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery, and Prince Georges, as well as several states.

Additional information about the meeting and MVGS can be found at http://www.MVGenealogy.org/.  Any questions about the program should be directed to Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920 or haroldm@erols.com.

LUNCH AND LEARN’S 11TH SEASON MEETS AT TOSCA Ristorante Italiano in West Village – Plan now to join us for our 11th Season at Tosca Ristorante Italiano in West Village for more fun and informative programs about Durham and its fascinating history! Season passes to all seven events are now available to Preservation Durham members for $115. Single event tickets are $19 for Preservation Durham members, $17 for Preservation Durham senior members, and $25 for the public. You can make your reservations with your credit card by calling (919)-682-3036 or by email. Lunch and Learn programs are presented the third Wednesday of each month from September through May, with December and January off and include a delicious lunch.

April 21: Surprise: All about the 2010 Home Tour Neighborhood Sponsorships available.

Civil War Day in hillsborough – As a part of the 145th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Hillsborough will be partnering with the Chapel Hill Preservation Society to host its own commemorative event. On Saturday, April 24th Civil War Walking Tours, lasting approximately one hour, will start at the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King Street. The cost will be $5.00 per person and the tours will begin at 12 and 2pm. For more information please contact the Orange County Historical Museum at 919-732-2201.

Civil war day at the Chapel hill preservation society – Schedule of events at the Horace Williams House on Saturday, April 24th:

  • 10 a.m. – Camp opens
  • 11 a.m. – “Drill, drill, and drill” – Soldiers demonstrate infantry tactics and manual of arms used by Civil War soldiers.
  • 12 p.m. – “Hardtack and Sowbelly: A Soldier’s Diet.” – Visitors watch as period rations of Union soldiers are cooked and distributed.
  • 1 p.m. – “From Bonnet to Bloomers: Women’s Fashion of the 1860s.” – Learn about the complicated wardrobe many women wore during the 19th century and how the war changed fashion.
  • 2 p.m. – “Into the Lion’s Mouth” – 30 minute lecture on the end of the Civil War in Chapel Hill by Preservation Society of Chapel Hill Director Ernest Dollar.
  • 3 p.m. – “Home Sweet Home” – Enjoy a concert of period wartime songs.
  • 4 p.m. – Event ends

Throughout the day civilian costumed reenactors will be discussing life during the Civil War on the home front and the battlefield. Activities and displays include:

  • Shortages and Substitutions
  • Medicine and Medical Instruments
  • Mourning Display
  • White Work Embroidery
  • Civil War soldier’s equipment
  • Confederate Postal System
  • Firearms Display
  • Homemade Period Cosmetics
  • Spinning Demonstration
  • 19th Century Children’s Games

Admission: $5 per person; Children under 6 admitted FREE

Please join us for our evening program, “O, Cruel War!” Enjoy a lantern tour through Chapel Hill, 1865 and hear the stories of people who lived through this uncertain time. Talk to townspeople such as Ellie Swain and Cornelia Phillips Spencer and discover what Union occupation really meant. Soldiers reveal both joy and sorrow at victory and the death of Abraham Lincoln. Come face to face with newly freed slaves as they discuss their hopes for the future.

Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are required. Tours begin at 7 pm and 8pm. Tours led by lanterns and comfortable shoes recommended. Contact the Preservation Society to make your reservations today. 942-7818.

wake county genealogical society – Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. – Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. The presenter is John Ward and the program is “History of the Anglican Church in North Carolina

ONTARIO WELSH FESTIVAL – STRATFORD, ONTARIO – April 30-May 2, 2010 – The Festival will be held in the Arden Park Hotel, in the  beautiful community of Stratford, located on the romantic Avon River and home of Canada’s famous Shakespearian Theatre .

It will feature all the favorite events that we have come to enjoy over the years including a traditional noson lawen on the Friday evening, children’s activities on Saturday morning, poetry reading and a seminar on Saturday afternoon, the grand banquet on Saturday evening followed by one of the highlights of the weekend-a concert by the renowned Llangwm Welsh Male Voice Choir from North Wales, and to top it all, two glorious sessions of hymn singing on Sunday. How can you resist it! Make sure to mark it in your brand new 2010 calendars now. Info: www.ontariowelshfestival.ca or e-mail at inquiries@ontariowelshfestival.ca or phone 613-725-2704

FREE Spring 2010 Genealogy Workshops – Family History Center – Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Thursday, May 6, 2010 – (11:00 am) Irish Research: Using the US Census as a GPS (D. Fox)
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – (10:00 am) The Stepping Stones for Genealogy (T. Mirarchi) and (12:00 pm) Tracing Your Italian Ancestors (T. Mirarchi)
  • Saturday, May 15, 2010 – (10:00 am) Locating and Analyzing Vital Records) (S. Jordon)
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – (10:30 am) Writing Your Life-Stories (A. Young)

LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 252 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey – (856) 795-8841

WEBSITE: www.southjerseyfamilyhistory.org

EMAIL: classes@southjerseyfamilyhistory.org

2nd Saturday Walking Tour of hillsborough – Saturday, May 8th, 10am and 2pm. Come to the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough. Explore Hillsborough’s history on a 90-minute guided walking tour through its historic district. $5, More Information at 732-7741 or www.historichillsborough.org.

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, 336-227-1448. The 10 May program will be 2010-2011 officer elections.

GENFEST RETURNS to high point – Good news!  After a three-year hiatus due to construction, the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library (formerly the North Carolina Collection) is pleased, once again, to sponsor its annual GenFest family and local history extravaganza.  GenFest 2010 is slated for Saturday, May 15th, and will be held on the grounds of the High Point Museum and Historical Park (1859 East Lexington Ave.) from 10 AM to 4 PM.

We’ve enjoyed enthusiastic participation from institutions, societies, associations and individuals in the past and we hope to make this year’s celebration bigger and better than ever by including music, food and traditional crafts.  We are hoping that your organization will be interested in participating.  You will be provided with your own table (free of charge) and will have the chance to share your knowledge with the public, exhibit displays, promote publications, recruit new members/volunteers for your organization, and sell your society’s merchandise.

We are making every effort to plan and publicize this event effectively, so we hope that you will RSVP by March 31st.  Even if you are unable to attend, we invite you to send us any promotional literature that we can distribute to attendees.   In the meantime, we would welcome any questions from you.  Hope to see you in May!

Jackie Hedstrom, Supervisor – Heritage Research Center, High Point Public Library, P. O. Box 2530, High Point, N.C. 27261-2530 – (336) 883-3637 – ncroom@highpointnc.gov

2010 Salt Lake City Research Trip – 27 May-3 June 2010 with Michael John Neill, genealogical speaker and author of the weekly Casefile Clues Newsletter

Our trip size is limited to ensure each attendee has ample opportunity to ask questions and get help.

Trip includes:

  • Pre-trip planning via a private website for those who wish to participate
  • Availability to ask questions of Michael and other group members before we leave
  • Help preparing for time in library
  • Morning presentations
  • 1 on 1 consultations with Michael (both 30 minute scheduled sessions and drop in questions) as needed. More than one 30 minute consultation if time allows.

Cost of the trip is $250 per person, double occupancy. Go to http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html for details.

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The Alabama deputy sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into a ditch.

The deputy asked, “Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don’t you see that sign right over your head?”

“Yep”, he replied. “That’s why I’m dumpin’ it here, cause the sign says: ‘Fine For Dumping Garbage’.”

You can say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving North.

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Parting Thought

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. – Yogi Berra

If you have any items of interest that you would like to submit for future publication, please contact Richard Ellington at mailto:richard_ellington@unc.edu or 919.967.4168

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