April 2011 Newsletter

By , April 19, 2011

News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
NGS 2011 Family History Conference in Charleston
Information about Pugh Family Research
Saving the Family Bible
Mocavo.com – The Latest Genealogical Search Engine
Free File Conversion Software
Queries
Books of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
Humor
Parting Thought

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Meeting Announcements

The April 2011 D-OGS Meeting will be held on 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. 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 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.

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for March 2 2011

Duke Homestead
Speaker: Stewart Dunaway
Topic: Research on the History of Patterson Mill
Attendees:  30 members, 6 visitors

Stewart Dunaway from Hillsborough gave a very interesting program about his Research on the History of Patterson Mill. He also brought his books on the History of Patterson Mill and New Hope Creek in Orange Co., North Carolina and these were sold after the program concluded. Stewart has a very lively and animated way of speaking about his topic so we were all engaged by his account of the research around the old Patterson Mill.

The DOGS banner was hung by the sign-in table and folks were glad to see it again. Announcements and photos were passed around by Bernard Whitfield of the 2010 GenFest in High Point to stir up interest for this year’s event.

Sue called for anyone interested to attend two events – Spies of the Civil War on Mar 13th in High Point and the Tuesday March 8th event: “calling” for pledges to UNC-TV. If a club has twenty members show up, they get a TV interview about their club and their banner shown on TV.

The business meeting was moved to a later date because the President Sue McMurray picked up the wrong folder as she was leaving her house. She wore the I Love Family History T-shirt.

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NGS 2011 Family History Conference in Charleston in May

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) selected Charleston, South Carolina, for its 2011 Family History Conference in part to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War which began with Confederate artillery firing upon Fort Sumter 12 April 1861. If a member of your family served for the Union or Confederate forces, the NGS 2011 Family History Conference will provide a number of lectures about researching Civil War records and learning more about the lives of your ancestors.

The four-day conference, 11-14 May 2011, will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. More than seventy-five nationally recognized speakers will provide over one hundred and eighty lectures on a wide variety of topics including research in South Carolina and the surrounding states, migration patterns, ethnic research, religious records, research methodology, and problem solving. Lectures about Civil War research will include: records of the Confederate conscription office, life on the battlefields, the service of Native Americans and African Americans, the Southern Claims Commission, confederate pardon and amnesty records, prisoner of war records, Civil War pension records, facilities for disabled soldiers, and analysis of photographs from the war.  Two lectures will also review many of the websites available for military research. The NGS banquet on Friday night will feature Stephen B. Bacon, Major USAF (retired), speaking on “Separating Fact from Myth: A Look at the US Civil War from Both Sides.”

For more details and a copy of the conference registration brochure visit the National Genealogical Society Conference Webpage.

For more information about the Civil War in and around Charleston, the Charleston Post and Courier is running a series of articles each Sunday through April at http://www.postandcourier.com/civilwar.

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Information about Pugh Family Research

I received the following information from D-OGS member Ann Hamby. I am passing it along in case anyone possibly affected may follow up on it:

We know that the Pugh family from Wales immigrated to Philadelphia and joined the Quaker faith. Descendants of this Pugh line migrated to Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and later to western states. We are hoping that some of you can help us with our research.

We have a Pugh DNA Project on Family Tree DNA www.familytreedna.com/public/Pugh. We have had some interesting inquiries about this project recently. The latest news is that we have set up a MATCHING FUND for any male who carried the Pugh surname and descends from Robert ap Hugh born 1670, in Wales, he was later referred to as Robert Pugh. The descendants of Robert Pugh in our project are willing to pay half of the cost for a DNA test kit for the first 3 people who apply. Applicants need to show that they descend from Robert Pugh. Please remember that this is a Y-chromosome DNA project so participants need to be male to test. If you are female and descend from this line, see if you can find a brother, father, uncle, or cousin who carries the Pugh surname that can test for you.

If you have Pugh ancestors but don’t know if you descend from Robert Pugh, just remember that over the past three hundred years, his descendants have spread all over the country. Below is a list of some of the places that his descendants are known to have migrated. We have people in our project who have been researching the Robert Pugh genealogy for many years. They can advise you if you could be a descendant and are eligible for the matching fund. If you are interested in joining the Pugh DNA project, send an email to Daniela Moneta, dmoneta@cox.net. I am the volunteer Project Administrator for the Pugh DNA Project and will put you in touch with the people in our project who are offering the matching fund for Robert Pugh’s descendants.

Here is some information about Robert Pugh and his descendants:

Robert was born in Merioneth County, Wales in 1670 and immigrated to Pennsylvania where he is believed to have died about 1728. He was a Quaker and may have had several brothers who also immigrated to Pennsylvania. Not a lot is known about them but some names suggested are Griffith ap Hugh, Evan ap Hugh, Edward ap Hugh, and David ap Hugh, all settling in Pennsylvania.
Most of these ap Hughes later used the Pugh surname.

We know that at least two sons were born to Robert Pugh and his wife, Sarah Evans. The first was Evan Pugh, born 20 July 1699, and the second was Robert Pugh, Jr., born 22 March 1701/02, both born in Philadelphia.

Evan Pugh migrated around 1750 to the Hampshire County area, of what was then Virginia. He received title to land that was part of the Northern Neck Grants surveyed by George Washington. Robert Pugh, Jr. also migrated to the Hampshire County area. Evan and Robert are believed to have had the following sons (yet to be sorted out): JACOB PUGH born in 1725 and died 1816 in Hardy County; JOSEPH PUGH born 1726 and died in 1764, probably in Orange County, North Carolina; EVAN PUGH, Jr. born 1729 and died 1802 in Darlington County, South Carolina; JOHN PUGH born 1732 and died 1798 in Orange County, North Carolina; JONATHAN PUGH born 1732 and died 1794 in Capon Bridge, Hampshire County, Virginia (later West Virginia); ROBERT PUGH born 1735 and died 1808 in Hampshire County; and BETHUEL PUGH born 1740 and died 1821 in Hampshire County. We are hoping that DNA testing will help sort out who descends from Evan and who descends from Robert, Jr.

There were many grandsons and great-grandsons of these men that migrated west. Here are some of the places that their descendants are known to have settled:

• COLORADO – Denver Co., Philips Co.
• GEORGIA – Forsyth Co., Gwinnett Co., Jackson Co.
• ILLINOIS – Logan Co.
• INDIANA – Delaware Co., Fountain Co., Knox Co., Madison Co., Randolph Co., Vanderburgh Co.
• IOWA – Decatur Co., Guthrie Co., Muscatine Co.
• MARYLAND – Allegany Co.
• MICHIGAN – Eaton Co., Ingham Co., Shiawassee Co.
• MISSOURI – Clay Co., St. Louis Co.
• NEBRASKA – Chase Co.
• NORTH CAROLINA – Orange Co.
• OHIO – Belmont Co., Fairfield Co., Harrison Co., Highland Co., Knox Co., Licking Co., Lucas Co., Perry Co., Richland Co., Washington Co.
• SOUTH DAKOTA – Darlington Co.
• UTAH – Cache Co.
• VIRGINIA – Fredrick Co.
• WEST VIRGINIA – Hampshire Co., Wood Co.
• Washington, D.C.

If you have questions about the Pugh DNA Project or if you want to know if you possibly descend from Robert Pugh, post your questions here. If you want to apply for the matching fund, send an email to dmoneta@cox.net. If you descend from someone other than Robert Pugh, you may still be interested in joining the Pugh DNA project. At this time we have 115 participants and about 30 different Pugh/Peugh/Pew lines.

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Saving the Family Bible

The Family Bible is typically 12 x10 by 4 inches. The Bible was most likely published between 1840 and 1900. In the beginning of this Family Bible period the covers were flat with little embossment if any. Later Family Bibles from 1870 are most often deeply embossed and have panels stamped in gold.  More often than not the later Bibles’ paper can be more embrittled than earlier Bibles.  Paper was mass-produced with more harsh chemicals after the beginning of the industrial revolution.  Earlier Bibles tend to be single columned content where newer ones of the late Victorian will be double-columned. These later Bibles often have glossaries, maps and illustrated sections in the front of the Bible.

Why is this family relic in poor condition? Family Bibles like everything else suffer the passage of time, but the biggest threats to the Bible are heat, humidity and light.  That is not to say that some of these venerable giants have simply been worn-out by use. There are usually many forensic signs of heavy usage such as, food and debris in the gutters, ear-marked pages from heavy use, hair braids to corsages stuffed between pages, torn and bumped covers and finally the general rubs and abrasions of prolonged use. But suffering all this, again a Bible’s great enemies are heat, humidity and light.

The effects of these three conditions do more to age and breakdown the substance of Bibles than anything else. From what materials are a Bible made? First, the papers in earlier Bibles are a cotton or linen or a mix of the two.  These fibers are very long lived and as an example a pure linen paper can easily last over 500 years. Later, the pages were pulped using tree fibers and harsh chemicals. That’s why I said older paper is likely to be in better condition because of the quality of materials. Older Bibles may have one or two different papers, typically one kind for illustrations and the other for text. Later Bibles have a change of papers like a model in a fashion show. For example the illustrations, the title page and interleafing tissue, the text paper, the Family Record pages, more text paper and at the back heavy paper lined board where photographs are inserted.

Family Bibles are made with leather. Again owing to radical changes in the production techniques, earlier Bibles tend to have longer lasting leather and newer ones can become powdery and tattered. For the most part all Bibles were covered in calf. There are examples of cloth bindings for Bibles, too. These were the poor families’ option. In late Victorian clothbound Bibles there is a likelihood of poor paper, too.

Hide glue was used too, along with linen thread to bind the Bibles. Hide glue is only good for about a hundred years before it becomes brittle. Hide glue also can be acidic. It is not unusual to see the spine of the Bible parting from the glue having shrunk and separated from the paper. Because of the sheer weight of the Family Bible, all these materials bound together properly can last for centuries; if one fails the whole Bible will soon fall apart.

With the ingredients of leather, cotton, hide glue and linen we see in its composition that this is a rather organic system.  In some ways it is miraculous they don’t get eaten by vermin and pets! Take any of these materials and nail them to an outside post and you’ll witness a rather quick degradation to dust!  So then, what can we do to prolong these precious heirlooms?

  • Never put a Bible in the basement, garage or attic.
  • Never put a Bible upright without lateral support.
  • Never leave a Bible opened for prolonged periods.
  • Never let sunlight or harsh lighting contact the Bible
  • Never keep a Bible in either a humid or extremely dry environment.
  • Never keep a Bible in an extremely warm environment.
  • Do keep a Bible at room temperature 68 to 72 degrees.
  • Do store a Bible flat but make sure it’s kept to its form not canted.
  • Do maintain humidity as close to 50% as possible.
  • Do contain the Bible in an archival box.
  • Do store the Bible near bottom of the closet. (Not the floor (flood) and not on top (fire))
  • Do keep the Bible Record updated with a note inside front cover with family names.
  • Do choose a responsible guardian to transfer the Bible when you are ready.

Nothing lasts forever, at least in a physical form. Family Bibles after 100 years generally can use the services of a professional bookbinder. With the proper restoration and conservation, this heirloom can reasonably last another 100 years.  Use caution in selecting a good conservator and your family will enjoy and treasure your Family Bible for many more generations.

(Courtesy of Max Marbles   www.maxmarblesbookbinder.com)

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Breakthrough! – A Review of Mocavo.com – The Latest in Genealogical Search Engines

Mar.19, 2011

I haven’t made a breakthrough on any of my direct-line ancestors in years. All the easy research was done years ago, and most breakthroughs are now made after extensive research. However, prompted by the need to write a review of a new search engine, and with a little flexibility & persistence on my part, I now have the name of a previously unknown fourth great-grandfather, as well as vital record dates, and burial places for family members in Rensselaer County, New York.

I was very pleased when I had the chance a couple weeks ago to play with a new search developed by Cliff Shaw. Cliff is probably best known for bringing us a site called GenCircles.com years ago. His latest project is a free search engine called Mocavo.com.

Mocavo.com searches genealogy-related websites for terms that you type into the search-box found on the home page of the site. According to the website, Mocavo searches free genealogy content on the web. The search includes “genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals. Similar to other search engines, Mocavo.com honors site owners by linking directly to their content.” I noted right-off that it was also searching digitized data at BYU servers, as well as digitized data from the Allen County Public Library. Many of the sources available to use today haven’t been around all that long, so an exacting search engine, combined with fresh content makes breakthroughs seem all that much more possible.

When Cliff initially sent me the link, and asked me to try the site out, but keep my mouth shut, I spent maybe a half hour trying various searches. I was impressed, and told him so. However, I’ve been very busy with a rapidly growing Family Roots Publishing Company business, and couldn’t get back to doing anything in depth until Friday. About noon I started searching for two of my my brick-wall ancestors. After searching for information on Timothy Titus (of New Perth, Washington County, NY), and coming up with the same things I already had, I moved on to Ebenezer Stephens, who died in Rensselaer County, New York in 1825. Ebenezer was my 5th great-grandfather, the father of Sally Anthony, and grand-father of Maria Anthony, who married William Canfield. William was the father of William Henry Canfield, about whom I wrote just a few days ago. I spent several hours searching, using Mocavo.com, and getting hits, but most often finding items that I’d posted online, or data I’d seen before.

According to his will, dated 28 April 1825, and probated in Rensselaer County, Ebenezer Stephens had left his “mansion house” to his wife, Elizabeth, and granted his daughters, Harriet Stephens, and Sally Anthony the right to live in the family home with their mother. His son, Ebenezer Stephens, was given the real estate and personal estate not otherwise disposed of. Upon the death of Elizabeth, cash was to be distributed to Betsy Raynor, Sally Anthony, John Stephens, Harriet Stephens, Susan Rheubottom, and George Stephens (relationships not given). The will was probated 3 November 1825. So I had an approximate death date and a few names to work with. I had proof that Sally Anthony was a fourth great-grandmother, but didn’t know her husband’s name. I found that Ebenezer Stephens was her father when the Rensselaer County Probate abstracts were published in book form a few years ago. They can now be found on the web. Over the years I’ve searched for the Stephens without much luck. I wasn’t having any luck with Mocavo.com either. So I got to thinking that maybe I should be searching on the surname of Stevens instead. I’ve done this in the past with no luck, but as I tell folks when speaking on brick-walls, sometimes we just have to wait until the data we need gets posted and is searchable before we find what we’re looking for. So I searched for <”Ebenezer Stevens” Rensselaer> using Mocavo.com. I got 199 hits, which seemed like a lot… I started checking each hit, going to the website, and using Control F and the term “Ebenezer Stephens” to search the entire page. I was on the 6th page (with 10 pages per hit), when I ran across a page from the “Interments in Rensselaer Co.” Searching on the page specifically for Ebenezer Stevens, I got two hits. The database was such that I found it easier to read by grabbing the lower right-hand corner, and dragging it out over nearly 35 inches of computer screen (2 monitors). The second Ebenezer Stephens was listed as the father of Sally Stephens, who died 30 January 1829 at age 48. Her husband was Tillinghast Anthony, and she was buried in Buckley #1 Cemetery in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., NY. I then found Ebenezer Stevens burial in the same cemetery, having died 5 May 1825 at age 72. I also found other family members buried in Buckley #1, or other Rensselaer County cemeteries. Breakthrough!

How long this massive USGenweb database has been posted I really don’t know. It seems to have about 92,000 entries currently. If I’d searched the Rensselaer County GenWeb site earlier, I most likely would have found the data before now, but that goes for all genealogical data. It’s often just setting out there waiting for us. Because Cliff Shaw built a fine and dandy new search for us, I found a new dead ancestor. Thanks, Cliff.

Now go try out Mocavo.com yourself.

Disclaimer – I have no affiliation whatsoever to Mocavo.com. I’m just a user, like the rest of you.

(Reprinted from http://www.genealogyblog.com/)

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Free File Conversion Software

If you are like me, I need to change the format of a document, such as Word Doc to PDF or Doc to HTML, ever so often. Sometimes I can use Microsoft Office but not always. Here is a free program that may help. It can handle the following conversions:

Document Converter 2.0 (Windows)
Document Converter is a batch document converting software product that is able to convert RTF, TXT, Doc, Docx (Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007) to PDF, Doc, Docx, RTF, HTML, ANSI Text, and Unicode Text. Document Converter is standalone software, Adobe Acrobat Reader is not required. This software doesn’t depend on any print driver so it will not install any print driver on your computer.

Document Converter is able to convert: Doc to PDF, Doc to Docx, Doc to RTF, Doc to HTML, Doc to ANSI Text, Doc to Unicode Text, Docx to PDF, Docx to Doc, Docx to RTF, Docx to HTML, Docx to ANSI Text, Docx to Unicode Text, RTF to PDF, RTF to Doc, RTF to Docx, RTF to HTML, RTF to ANSI Text, RTF to Unicode Text, TXT to PDF, TXT to Doc, TXT to Docx, TXT to RTF, TXT to HTML.

Click here to download.

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Queries

Lee H. Forbes
1 Candlewicke Lane
Savannah, Ga.  
sunshineinga1@gmail.com

Query: I am trying to find the birth place of Jesse Huneycutt born 1777; also his wife Leah.Thank you, Lee H. Forbes

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Beverly Weaver Ault
102 Lucca Lane
Oakmont, PA  15139
wbault@gmail.com

Query: Does anyone have information about the Weaver family of Durham, NC (first name is Izach married to Elizabeth [Lizzie] Jenkins).  Only son William M. Weaver born in Durham, NC December 1878.  Izach & Lizzie were killed appoximately in 1883 and William went to live with an uncle in New York. He returned to Durham, NC as he listed it as his address when he enlisted in the Spanish-American War in 1900. Thank you.

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Books of Possible Interest

Finding the Civil War In Your Family AlbumThe Photo Detective is at it again. Just in time for the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Maureen Taylor has published a book that will greatly help genealogists with ancestors who served in the conflict.

Finding the Civil War In Your Family Album is a unique resource for researching this time period in American History. While images of soldiers have often been discussed, Maureen focuses on images of the entire family: men, women, and children. The initial chapters discuss the types of photographs that were made during this time period and the use of photo albums at the time.

She then gets into fashions for all ages of individuals, uniforms, mourning customs, wedding outfits, and more. Later chapters focus on researching photographers (to help identify images) and suggestions for finding photographs of your ancestors in this time period. A bibliography of resources is also included.

The 192-page book is lavishly illustrated with 130 photographs. In addition to the illustrations in each chapter, there is a section on iconic images from the Civil War.

Anyone with ancestors in this time period will find this a valuable work. You can order a copy of the book from NEHGS for $24.95 at www.AmericanAncestors.org.

(Reprinted from the NEGHS newsletter of March 30, 2011)

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Calendar of Events

“Google Your Family Tree” – Oklahoma Genealogical Society is please to present Daniel M. Lynch as the featured speaker at an all day seminar in Oklahoma City on Saturday, 2 April 2011.  The author of the bestselling book “Google Your Family Tree” will lead you to discover the magic waiting at your fingertips.

Registration forms and details are on the OGS website at www.okgensoc.org or call 405-637-1907.  Early registration discount ends 27 March 2011.

Bennett place event – April 2, 2011 – Join thousands of volunteers from across the country for this national Civil War Park Day. Volunteers will join their favorite local Civil War historic site and assist with needed projects to include lawn care, painting, gardening, and more. Volunteers receive a free shirt from the Civil War Preservation Trust. Call 919-383-4345 or email bennett@ncdcr.gov to make your reservation.

NC Museum of History – Correspondent Lines: Poetry and Journalism in the U.S. Civil War – Sunday, Apr. 3 at 2 p.m. To register, call 919-807-7847.

SPEAKER: Eliza C. Richards, UNC–Chapel Hill – During the Civil War, new technologies such as the telegraph and the steam-powered printing press gave Americans unprecedented access to the battlefield, changing our reactions to the news and our thinking about war itself. Professor Richards explores these influences in both the literary and journalistic accounts of the time.

Old West Durham Neighborhood Association – Urban Hike: West Durham, East Campus & beyond – Saturday, April 9 at 9:00 AM – Meet at Ninth & Green (free)

What song writer for Norah Jones and Lou Rawls was “born on a kitchen table” behind Magnolia Grill? Where did Madonna take early dance lessons? What Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist went to EK Powe school? Why is Ninth Street called Ninth Street? Where did the father of Duke basketball live? Why wasn’t Duke Chapel built in Walltown?

Come along and find out…

Three-mile loop starts at Ninth & Green (next to EK Powe & White Star).

We’ll start with the South Ellerbe Creek Nature Area and continue through an old mill village. We’ll see an old liquor house, a parsonage ordered from a Sears catalogue and a quiet urban garden in Old West Durham.

We’ll continue up Oakland, past Oval Park, in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood and past the old Watts Hospital.

We’ll go down a hidden alley and see where a famous songwriter was born. We’ll head over to Walltown and hear about Duke’s original plans to build here. Then we’ll go past Richard Nixon’s house in Trinity Heights and continue past the homes of Duke’s famous faculty and coaches on Buchanan (including Cap Card, the father of Duke basketball, and Wallace Wade, whose bowl games paid for Cameron Indoor Stadium).

We’ll go down Watts Street, past Trinity Park park, and see where Kevin Costner was filmed in his boxers. Then we’ll head across East Campus to Ninth Street, past Erwin Cotton Mills and back to where we started.

You’ll see a little nature and learn some Durham history along the way. We might even get into current events in the Bull City.

Local history lover John Schelp will narrate along the way. No need to register. Parking is available on streets near Ninth and Green.

More history & old street map… http://www.owdna.org/selfguidedtourOWD.htm

Slide-show of last year’s walking tour… http://www.flickr.com/photos/dukedurham/sets/72157623837857952

Co-sponsored by Sierra Club, GoTriangle, Clean Energy Durham and the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association.

Spring Seminar – April 9, California, Fair Oaks, Root Cellar-Sacramento Genealogical Society – The Annual Spring Seminar welcomes Geoff Rasmussen from the Millennia Corporation who will discuss Legacy software for genealogical research, what’s new and handy tips and tricks for using it. 9:00am – 3:45pm, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, California. Details available at www.rootcellar.org. Contact Sammie Hudgens (916) 481-4930; samihud@aol.com.

Step It Up & Go – Sunday, April 9, 2011, 3 p.m. – Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History. The first of this season’s two film screenings is Step It Up & Go, a film about Carolina blues music directed by Glenn Hinson.

Joe and Odell Thompson, two of the musicians featured in this documentary, grew up in Orange County, North Carolina. Odell was born in 1911, and when he began playing banjo, he absorbed his father’s traditional repertoire. Soon, he was playing in string bands for square dances and frolics with his cousin, fiddler Joe Thompson, who, despite being seven years younger, proved to be a precocious musician in his own right. When Joe was 5, his father thought to be too young for music lessons. Undaunted, Joe took his father’s fiddle down from its resting place and practiced it on the sly. Then he walked 10 miles to pick up another fiddle from a relative who had offered it to him. It had no strings, but Joe improvised by pulling strands out of a screen door with a pair of pliers. Joe’s father relented and began to teach his son to play the fiddle.

In 2005, three young musicians began a weekly regimen of visiting award winning 87-year-old Joe Thompson at his home in Mebane for a weekly jam session. Six years later, Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson, better known as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, won a Grammy award for Best Traditional Folk Album for Genuine Negro Jig.

Pomeranian Society Meeting – Burbank, CA. Our April meeting will have two speakers sharing “Stories from Pomerania: War, Flight, and Relocation.” What they have in common is their connection to the Northridge Lutheran Church where German School is held each Saturday. The school is under the auspices of the education division of the German Consulate.

Peter Borck is from Stettin and was one of those that had to flee the area during World War II. He will be introduced by Dr. Frank Benson, newest member of our PSIG Board. Frank has been researching a similar story told in a book by Heinz Chinnow so the two renditions will offer personal comments on these experiences.

We hope you will be able to join us for the program starting at 2 pm on April 10 at the Immigrant Genealogical Society Library in Burbank. We are located at 1310 Magnolia Blvd where the library will be open from noon to 5 pm.

Alamance County Genealogical Society – ACGS regular monthly meetings begin again on 11 April 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215 – 336-227-1448. The program is presented by Holt Anderson who will be talking about how to use deed-mapping software.

Bennett Place Event – 146th Surrender Commemoration-150th Anniversary Series – Join us as we commemorate the 146th Anniversary of the largest surrender of the American Civil War. Historians and authors will make presentations on the five major surrenders, which ended the war, Appomattox, VA, Bennett Place, NC, Citronelle, AL, New Orleans, LA, Doaksville, OK, and the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah.

Living history programs will be performed throughout the day to include meeting the Bennett Family and Soldiers of North and South. Period photographer, Chris Morgan, will take photographs and demonstrate 19th century photography.

Sons and Daughters of Union and Confederate Veterans Organizations will exhibit Civil War memorabilia and share genealogical information.

Wreath laying ceremony honoring the soldiers and civilians of both North and South will be held at the Unity Monument on Sunday. April 16 & 17 from 10:00am until 3:00pm each day.

“Emigrants and Exiles” – The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce that we are co-sponsoring a symposium on April 16 with Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and The Irish in New Jersey.

Speakers for “Emigrants and Exiles: an Irish Family History Symposium” will include Professor Christine Kinealy, Megan Smolyenak, Dr. Thomas Callahan, Dr. Anne Rodda, CG, Claire Keenan Agthe, and others.

The symposium will take place in Mead Hall on Drew University’s campus in Madison (Morris County) NJ. Madison is convenient to most major highways in NJ and is also conveniently reached by train from NYC.

Registration and light breakfast begin at 8:30, with lectures and panels from 10:00 to 4:00, followed by a wine and cheese reception. The day will also include lunch and book signings.

More information about the event and a registration form can be found on the GSNJ website: <www.gsnj.org>. Registrations are requested by 1 April 2011. We hope that you can join us for the day.

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Seminar – Alexandria, VA. On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 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 “Working for the People.” The program will be presented by Dr. Kenneth W. Heger.

Kenneth W. Heger, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of Access Programs at the National Archives. He has published on a broad range of historical and genealogical topics in state, local and national periodicals. He has also made presentations at the annual conferences of the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society, and is a regular speaker at the National Institute on Genealogical Research. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Heger’s talk will provide an introduction on how to find information documenting employment with the Federal government. I will list series of records and printed government documents you can use to find this information. I will describe how these sources differ from each other and how you can use a variety of sources to create a rich history of your ancestor’s career.

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

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.

Durham Civil War Roundtable – April 21, 2011 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Bennett Place State Historic Site – The Durham Civil War Roundtable invites everyone for an evening with Ms. Brenda McKean, living historian and author of a new book on North Carolina Women and the Civil War. Her topic will focus on the Tarheel Civilians during the war.

The Durham Civil War Roundtables focuses on the preservation of the Civil War heritage of North Carolina.

Preservation for Genealogists – The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania presents Preservation for Genealogists – Thurs., April 28, 2011 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM EDT. – Webinar. Registration required. Cost: $15. Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1408712497.

This webinar celebrates Preservation Month by featuring tips for preserving photographs, documents and your family research. Join this event from the comfort of your own home. There will be time to ask questions after the presentations.

• Do you have photographs in a variety of formats from decades of documenting family events? Maureen Taylor tells you how to preserve these treasures for the future.
• Do you have original documents depicting your family history? Margaret Jerrido will tell you how to take care of them, scrapbooks, heirlooms and other original materials.
• Do you ponder how your research will survive after you are gone? Shamele Jordon will provide tips on a variety of ways to preserve your research.

Presenters:
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, will provide details on caring for photographs in various formats. She is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. Maureen has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, PBS Ancestors, Creative Memories’ Lasting Moments, and Dear Myrtle. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. She helps people solve a range of photo-related mysteries, from dating a Civil War-era daguerreotype to organizing gigabytes of family photos from a digital camera. Maureen investigates photographs the way private eyes investigate cases. She discovers stories behind family pictures by following clues: a hat, the shape of a woman’s sleeve, or a sign in the background. Through her website, PhotoDetective.com <http://www.photodetective.com/> , Maureen offers practical, affordable advice on how to save and organize photos.

Margaret Jerrido, archivist, was Head of the Urban Archives in the University Libraries at Temple University for many years. She has conducted workshops on how to preserve all formats of historical materials, leads discussion groups on forming archives, and arranged and participated in panels on how to conduct oral histories. During recent years she devised and presented a workshop entitled “Archives 101″ that provides basic archival information to genealogy and church groups. She has consulted for and with the keepers of historical materials of a number of organizations and churches such as Mother Bethel AME Church. She is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivists Group and the Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference. Margaret was the first Chair of the former group, and has been involved in the latter holding various offices and presented a number of papers on various aspects of collecting, preserving and maintaining historical records. She received her BA in history from Temple University and a MLS from Drexel University.

Shamele Jordon, a genealogical researcher, lecturer, and podcaster (Genealogy On Demand). Her biographical highlights include: researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: An African American Lives Special and African American Lives II; former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, PA., faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, AL., workshop volunteer at the Family History Center in Cherry Hill, NJ, board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

Register by going to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1408712497.

Hosted by The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Website: http://genpa.org
Questions: sjordon3@gmail.com

Duke Homestead — Community Yard Sale – April 30, 2011 from 8:00am-noon – Buy and sell secondhand items in the site’s parking lot at our annual community yard sale!

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Humor

Jennifer visited a psychic of some local repute. In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the mystic delivered grave news:

“There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just be blunt – prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year.”

Visibly shaken, Jennifer stared at the woman’s lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself.

She simply had to know. She met the fortune teller’s gaze, steadied her voice, and asked: “Will I be acquitted?”

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Parting Thought

Ever find an ancestor HANGING from the family tree?

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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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