August 2009 Newsletter

By , April 21, 2011

D-OGS Meetings for August 2009

 

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 5 August 2009 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.

 

The program topic will be our annual “Show and Tell”. This is always our most popular program of the year because everyone gets to join in the fun! Come prepared to tell everyone what you have been doing in the way of family history research for the past year. Bring stuff to show off, if you like. You can even use the overhead projector, if needed. Please plan to limit your time to about 5 minutes so we can give everyone a chance to present.

 

Last year we combined this meeting with a “Dutch treat” snack table. Let’s plan to bring a snack plate to share. It can be an “old family recipe” or a bag of goodies from Food Lion. We will plan to enjoy the goodies after the meeting.

 

Last year we also had a “swap meet” table. If you have some type of resource (a book, CD, magazines or other items) that you would like to share with others, bring them to the meeting. We will have a swap table at the front of the meeting room to spread out all the goodies!

 

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The August meeting of the CIG will be held in the large conference room, downstairs in the Chapel Hill Public Library, at 9:00, Saturday, August 8. For the August CIG meeting we’ll continue to discuss applications for genealogy as well as new technical developments for working with the Internet. Many new ideas and developments are great, saving lots of time and energy, and providing accuracy and security. However, some new ideas flame like a rocket, and then fizzle, sometimes taking our hard-won data with them. It pays to think ahead, back up, and stay alert and informed.

 

As usual we’ll discuss problems we’re having with our computers or applications and try to find something that applies to everyone. Come along and bring your questions and suggestions.

 

 

Meeting Minutes: July 1, 2009

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.

 

Rob Elias introduced the speaker: Nicholas Graham, Project Manager: The Digital North Carolina Maps Project. His program for the evening was The Digital North Carolina Maps Project.

 

Nicholas explained that this was a joint venture of UNC, the State Archives and the Outer Banks History Center. He said these three had an extensive collection of maps up to 1922, after which copyright became an issue. He said they had included the current state produced maps so that they had maps representing the period of 1582 to 2000 in maps.

 

He showed us several maps, among them:

 

Ø  John Collett’s “A Compleat Map of North Carolina From An Actual Survey, 1770”

Ø  Cram 1887 Map of Durham County

Ø  George Tate’s “Map of Orange County” 1891

Ø  Soil Survey of Orange County, 1913 (he said you can match the geography with the city directory)

Ø  Orange County Highway Map 1938

Ø  1966-68 Durham County Highway Maps

Ø  Map of city of Halifax, North Carolina, 1914-15 (the town is indexed with names and a house key)

 

Nicholas said they had found ways to apply the historic maps in a digital age and made it possible to overlay an old map on top of a new Google map or aerial view. This sometimes requires a physical adjustment of the old map to fit a reality based view and that accounts for any folds or irregular borders that might be seen.

 

Studying coastal maps show changes in the coastline. Old postal maps show more town names than are currently extant.

 

For more information and to access the maps: lib.unc.edu/dc/ncmaps

 

Mr. Graham received a round of applause for his interesting program.

 

Business Meeting:

 

Rob reported that at the Board Meeting June 23 he had been appointed to fill the vacancy of the office of President and Richard had likewise been appointed to fill the roll of Vice President for the unexpired portion of both positions. The Board has the authority per Article V, Section 3 of the By-Laws.

 

A Nominating Committee needs to be in place by September in order to have a proposed slate of officers by the October meeting. Volunteers are asked to contact a Board member.

 

The June minutes were approved.

 

Publications:

 

Trading Path—Rob said there might be a September distribution if funds were available.

 

Newsletter—Richard was out of town so there was no report

 

Website—Rob reported that at the board meeting there had been talk of leaving Roots Web and having our own website. Also we have people who have expressed interest in creating a website for D-OGS.

 

The treasurer’s report was submitted after the meeting and shows a balance of $971.17.

 

Membership—Peg Edwards reported that a few new members’ checks were not cashed and she was trying to put together who those members might be.

 

Special Projects:

 

Status of NC Room in Orange County—Carole said on the Last Friday they were asking people who stopped where they were from and where their ancestors were from. She said at least three-quarters were from the Midwest, the Northeast and other places.

 

Task Force—Stewart Dunaway said as of June 5 there was still a need to establish short term goals and a need to audit the NC room as to what is missing as well as go to the surrounding libraries and see what’s missing in their collections and purchase those items. The community task force is still looking into the Heritage Center.

 

Stewart Dunaway made a motion to set up a North Carolina Room Special Interest Group with sub-committees. Carol seconded that motion and it passed.

 

He made a second motion that was subsequently amended after much discussion and the final product was:

 

He moved we create within D-OGS a special public library book fund—funded by donations—for donating books NC Rooms in Orange and Durham counties with a bookplate indicating it was donated by Durham-Orange Genealogical Society.

 

This motion was seconded and passed with one opposed.

 

Bill Reid said he had visited Beverly Tatterton at the Wilmington Library which was a beautiful genealogy library.

 

Memorial Brick for Paul Hollinghurst—Rob read the letter from the Friends of the Orange County Public Library acknowledging receipt of a donation in Paul’s name and the inscription on the brick. The brick inscription reads:

 

NC ROOM FRIEND

& GENEALOGIST

P HOLLINGHURST

All business having been concluded, we dismissed at 8:53 PM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Tonya Fouse Krout

Secretary

 

 

Durham-Orange Genealogical Society Computer Special Interest Group (D-OGS CIG)

 

Summary – 11 July, 2009

 

What’s New?

Nothing Lives Forever, Especially Newspapers

http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/07/nothing-lives-forever-especially-newspapers.html#more

‘Legend Seekers’ Gets The Skinny on Genealogy

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-naperville-genealogy-w-zone-jun24,0,4530435.story

Genie sites worth visiting:

 

NARA

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/genealogy-notes.html

Forgotten Irish Women Found By Priest

http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irishinamerica/news/forgotten-irish-women-dec2105.asp

Ancestry.com Announces “Expert Connect”

http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/06/ancestrycom-announces-expert-connect.html

New Networking Features from Ancestry

http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2009/06/17/NewNetworkingFeaturesComingSoonToAncestrycom.aspx

Behind The Name: The Etymology and History of First Names

http://www.behindthename.com/?sssdmh=dm13.205946

GenoPro

http://www.genopro.com/

Peekyou SB

http://www.peekyou.com/faq/

 

Bottle Typing/Diagnostic shapes

http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm

101 Best Web Sites of 2009

http://familytreemagazine.com/101for2009

Techie Sites Worth Visiting

2009 Windows Utilities Guide

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2348725,00.asp
Password managers keep your login data handy

http://windowssecrets.com/2008/09/18/04-Password-managers-keep-your-login-data-handy

Transcript

http://www.jacobboerema.nl/en/Freeware.htm

Articles of Interest:

 

Making Sense of Pre-1850 Census Records

By Juliana Smith 02 July 2009

http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/Article.aspx?id=14444&sssdmh=dm13.208619&o_iid=23560&o_lid=23560

 

Plan on tap to map black part of old cemetery

BY BETH VELLIQUETTE: The Herald-Sun
bvelliquette@heraldsun.com
Jul 15, 2009

CHAPEL HILL — In the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, located on the edge of the UNC campus, there’s a section for black people, but no one knows for sure how many are buried there, where they’re buried or who they were.

The Chapel Hill Preservation Society and the relatively new Cemeteries Advisory Board are working on a plan to map the black section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery using ground-penetrating sonar to determine where people are buried. Once they find out where the graves are, they’ll begin working on trying to identify who they are.

The seven-acre cemetery located on Country Club Road is on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to 1798. The earliest recorded burial was a 19-year-old student, George Clarke.

A rock wall divides the white and black sections of the cemetery. On the white side, the cemetery is filled with headstones marking the graves of the town founders, university officials and other white residents.

On the black side, some of the graves are marked with headstones, but many graves have no markers or were simply designated with field stones. The names scratched on the rocks have disappeared. Many were the slaves or servants of the white people buried on the other side of the rock wall.

They, too, were the founders of the town, building it from the ground up and raising children, both black and white, who became leaders in the community and at the university.

It’s believed that about 800 people are buried in the black side of the cemetery, but the identities of only 180 of them have been determined.

Ernest Dollar of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society is working on the project to find and identify the graves. He’s heard stories about headstones being taken or vandalized over the years. Plus the cemetery records are incomplete, so the plan is to try to create a new map based on the sonar map.

“Without understanding and knowing who’s buried in the black section, we lose part of the history of the town,” Dollar said.

Dollar has researched several ways of mapping the cemetery. One, the more expensive option at a cost of about $4,000, would use ground-penetrating sonar and electrical resistivity surveys to detect areas of disturbed soil.

The second option, at a cost of $2,500, would use just the ground-penetrating sonar.

The Preservation Society is attempting to raise enough money for at least the $2,500 option, but would be able to do a more thorough job if it could raise $4,000 for both techniques, which would do a better job of determining where graves and bodies are located.

“The ground-penetrating sonar can’t tell us who is there, but it gives us an idea where these graves are,” Dollar said.

Once the mapping is completed, the plan is to work with and interview members of the black community to see if they would be able to help identify who is buried in the graves and find out about their histories.

There is hope that the ground-penetrating sonar also can be used to scan a hidden slave cemetery at the cul-de-sac of Greenwood Road, which is called the Barbee-Hargraves Cemetery. It is located on about one-quarter of an acre and was the burial site of slaves that worked at a plantation nearby, and dates back to 1797.

George Hargraves, one of the founders of the First Baptist Church, is the only person who is buried there whose identity is known, Dollar said.

Dollar is hoping that the work on the project can begin soon so that it could coincide with the dedication of a gazebo this fall in the name of Rebecca Clark, who worked diligently over the years on cemetery issues.

In addition to that project, the Cemetery Advisory Board has several other projects on its list of things to do, according to Patti Hucks, a member of the board.

Each of the members of the board visited each of the four cemeteries in Chapel Hill and wrote down a list of things they saw that needed to be done.

“Some of the other things we’re thinking about is getting the turf replaced or repaired in the old cemetery and in the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery,” Hucks said.

They also would like to repair some of the ironwork in the old cemetery.

 

(Reprinted with permission of the author)

 

 

NC Coastal History Center Receives Grant for Archivist

 

(The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. )

 

The Outer Banks History Center is a regional archives and research library administered by the North Carolina State Archives and located in Manteo, on historic Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Its holdings document the history, development and growth of the North Carolina coast.

 

Each year the Center responds to between 3,000 and 4,000 research requests from scholars, writers, historians, journalists, genealogists, the general public, and such national broadcast media as the History Channel, the Weather Channel, and National Public Radio.

 

Now the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo received a grant of more than $40,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. State archivist Dick Lankford says the money will support the work of a full-time archivist who will arrange and describe some of the collections for the center’s “Reaching New Audiences” program. The Outer Banks History Center web site is available at: http://www.obhistorycenter.ncdcr.gov.

 

 

Olivia Raney Library Has New Hours

 

If you enjoy coming to the Olivia Raney Local History Library in Raleigh to do genealogical research, be aware that the hours have changed:

Monday – Friday   10:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday    10:00am – 2:00pm

 

(Thanks to Cathy Elias for passing this info along.)

 

 

Your Trading Path News

 

The Summer 2009 issue is nearly complete. We hope to have it to you soon, when funding will permit. The Fall issue is already being blocked out, and we’d love to include something from you!

 

What can you contribute about your family, or about your research techniques?  We’re more than happy to receive material for future issues at any time; just send it to tradingpath@aol.com.

 

Many thanks,

Rob & Cathy

 

 

Old Orange County Map

 

Several of you have expressed interest in the “Map of Early Settlers in Old Orange County, NC, 1743-1810,” that was published in the Spring 2009 issue of The Trading Path. If you want to order your own copy of the complete map, please contact:

 

Allan B. Markham
215 E. Markham Ave.
Durham, NC 27701-1343
(919) 682-3425 (home number, Mr. Markham is retired)

$25.00 + 1.88 tax = $26.88 is the current price

 

 

Search More Than 10,258,000 Old New York State Historical Newspaper Pages

 

The Fulton History web site has a great collection of old newspapers and photographs. The photographs seem to be mostly reproductions of old postcards. You can obtain a rather good view of the places your New York ancestors lived as well as being able to read about the events in their lives. As the web site says, “Finding The Angels & The Devils In The Family Tree Since 2003.

 

The web site is a searchable repository of many, but not all, of the old newspapers published in New York State. The newspapers found on this site have been scanned by production grade Wicks and Wilson Microfilm scanners. The microfilm was obtained from the State of New York Newspaper Project (conducted in the 1970s and early 1980’s) and/or from libraries, historical societies, or private individuals who wanted to share what they had.

 

A number of microfilm companies filmed the old newspapers for the New York Newspaper Project. Some of the filming was of very poor quality newsprint (faded, torn, creased, excessive ink bleed) so that an acceptable image (for OCR) was next to impossible to obtain. As stated on the web site, the results “are a perfect example of WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get.” Original scanned images are archived off site at very high resolution, now over 21 terabytes of compressed data.

 

I looked at a number of newspapers on this site and quickly became overwhelmed. Ten million pages is a lot of information! Most of the images I saw were easily readable although a few were a bit “fuzzy” but still readable. I suspect that an examination of each of the ten million pages would find a few more fuzzy images, but I didn’t check them all.

 

The images are in PDF format, a great choice, in my opinion. I was able to zoom in and out on each image, similar to using a magnifying glass. Even the fuzzy pages became readable when I blew them up to double or triple size.

 

I found that I can save each image on my local hard drive or print it on my local printer. Of course, my local printer doesn’t handle newspaper-sized paper. I have a choice of printing an entire page as a compressed image or of zooming in and printing just a part of a page in larger text. If you have a printer that handles larger paper, you can print as large as your printer will handle.

 

I was unable to copy-and-paste information from the PDF images, however. I used a Macintosh to access the site, but I am sure that Windows and Linux will operate in the same manner.

 

If you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, I would suggest that you go to the main page at http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html and click on “FAQ_Help_Index.” This will take you to a page that has a downloadable Excel spreadsheet that contains the index to all the newspapers available on the site. Obviously, you will need Excel or a compatible spreadsheet program (OpenOffice, Macintosh Numbers, etc.) in order to use the index. If you do not have one of those installed, you can use Google Docs or Zoho Docs as both of those free services will read spreadsheets.

 

Once you find something of interest in the index, you should be able to find the newspapers on the web site. You don’t really need to download the spreadsheet; you can find everything without it although that may take a bit longer.

 

You can also search the newspapers by text. The site supports “fuzzy searching.” No, that’s not a reference to the quality of the images; it refers to finding words even if they are misspelled. For example, a fuzzy search for apple will find “appple.” Fuzzy searching can be useful when you are searching text that may contain typographical errors, or for text that has been scanned using optical character recognition (OCR). Full instructions are available in the site’s FAQ (Frequently-Asked Questions) page.

 

I would suggest that you click on the link labeled “FAQ_Help_Index” and then read the instructions for using the site. The use of this site is a bit different than others but the detailed instructions in the “FAQ_Help_Index” should speed you on your way.

 

All of the newspapers and images on the Fulton History web site are available free of charge although the owners do accept contributions to keep the site operating.

 

All in all, this is a great find for anyone with New York ancestors. You can find the Fulton History web site at http://www.fultonhistory.com.

 

(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. )

 

 

Queries received via the d-ogs website – can you help?

 

Please help these folks, if you have information:

 

Surnames: HADLEY

Desire correspondence with anyone working on the Hadley family who settled in old Orange and Chatham Counties.  I am especially interested in Jacob Hadley (1781-1860), his wife Phoebe Piggot, his son William Pickett Hadley, and Wm Pickett’s son, Franklin Minter Hadley. There were many Hadleys in this area and they were instrumental in founding Siler City.  There are white Quaker Hadleys and African American Hadleys.  Their surnames merge in about 1850, and we’re hoping to learn more about this. .

 

Ann H. Deupree, 356 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC  27312 – 919-542-4507 – email: anndeupree@alumni.duke.edu

 

 

Surnames: FADDIS/FADDES

I am looking for information on members of the Faddis/Faddes family who appear to have left North Carolina for Pennsylvania in the late 1700′s. Specifically, I am looking for information on a John Faddis, born 1769, and a Robert Faddis, born 1770. .

 

CHARLES FADDIS, 3435 Kings Retreat Court, Davidsonville, MD 21035 – phone: 443-603-6044 – Email: CHARLESFADDIS@HOTMAIL.COM

 

 

Surnames: SMITH & PEDDY

Seeking information on George Lynch Smith and Delanna Peddy who lived in Orange County between 1780 and 1810 and were possibly married there. Thanks.

 

Jeff Carter, 311 Spear Road, Peachtree City, GA 30269 – Phone: 404-414-8316 – Email: gotlineages@gmail.com

 

 

Websites of Possible Interest

 

Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane, Inc. – is the non-profit support group for the Louisiana State Archives.  Founded in 1978, Le Comité is a 501(c)(3) historical preservation and genealogy organization.  Membership in the society is on a calendar year basis.  Dues are $15 per year plus $5.00 for members who join or renew after March 1st of each year.

 

Le Comité has also published numerous genealogical and historical books. These have included guides, indexes, and abstracts to historical record collections; census transcriptions; tombstone inscriptions; church records; and a Civil War diary. A list of the society’s available publications along with prices and ordering information can be found on the Publications page. Full name indexes to selected books are also available on this page – http://www.lecomite.org/

 

 

Looking for clipart to add to your family trees? – Family History Expos has a wide variety of rubber stamps you can use to adorn your printouts, letterhead, etc. Go to http://www.fhexpos.com/store/rootstamps_line.php and see if you can find something you like.

 

 

Books of possible interest

 

Volume XVII: Junior Reserves in the North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster series is now available for ordering!!!

 

The Junior Reserves were 17-year-old boys drafted in the last year of the war, as the Confederacy faced a disastrous shortfall in manpower. These young men were originally intended to guard bridges and depots in North Carolina, but the exigencies of the war drew them into combat. The Junior Reserves saw action in a number of minor clashes in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, as well as the battles of Fort Fisher and Bentonville.

 

An authoritative 120-page history of the Junior Reserves begins the volume. The history is followed by a complete roster and service records of the officers and men that served in the Junior Reserves. A thorough index completes the volume.

 

To learn more about this important, new contribution to Civil War scholarship (and to order a copy), please visit:

 

http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/3390.html

 

(Thanks go out to Allen Dew for forwarding the info about this new publication.)

 

 

Calendar of Upcoming Events

 

Oklahoma ancestor fair – the Oklahoma Genealogical Society is hosting the annual Ancestor Fair on Saturday, August 1, 2009.  This popular, family-friendly event features photo contests, genealogy contests, costumes, artists, kids’ activities, and much more. Genealogy and lineage societies from across the state are invited to bring their publications for sale and information about their activities to share with attendees. This free event runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird Ave, Oklahoma City, OK.

 

For more information call 405-637-1907 or check our website at www.okgensoc.org.

 

 

Tracing Your Irish Ancestry – Sunday, August 9, 2009, 1:30 – 5:30pm – Ottawa, Ontario. Tracing Your Irish Ancestry with John Grenham, M.A., Professional Genealogist, Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, and well known author from Dublin, Ireland. The presentations will include, “Chasing Shadows: Irish Genealogy Online” and “Whatever you’re having yourself: Irish Census Substitutes.” More Info: www.bifhsgo.ca…

 

 

Pierson Family Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 12:00 Noon – 4 pm at the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennan’s Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808-1360

 

Pot luck lunch @ 1 p.m. (bring enough for 8 people to share)

Group Photo @ 2:00 p.m. – Games and activities for children – Roundtable discussion on Pierson history

 

Cost: $10 per adult, $25 max. per nuclear family – Some beverages will be provided. No alcohol allowed in the church.

 

Please advise who is coming by e-mail or phone call to:

Marion Glasby – 410-437-0848 – hglasby@comcast.net

Helen Houchin – 302-239-7927 – boots11321@aol.com

 

RSVP to Marion Glasby, 466 Edgewater Rd., Pasadena, MD 21122

 

 

Google Your Family Tree by Daniel M. Lynch – August 15, 2009 at the Viking  Conference Center in Sunset Hills, MO  His topics will be:  Basic facts about using search engines; Special symbols for effective filtering; Search strategies; Conducting queries for names and places; Searching Google Books Fees:  $45.00 member/$55 non-member includes lunch, prices increase after August 1.

 

Please see the STLGS website for more information:  www.stlgs.org

 

 

Shew Yourselves to be Freemen: The Regulator Movement in Chatham County, 1766-1771

 

Sunday, August 16, 2009 – Program begins at 3:00 p.m. at Rives Chapel Church, 4338 Rives Chapel Church Rd., Siler City

 

Early settlers in the NC Piedmont participated in a movement that would lead to what many historians consider to be the earliest armed conflict against the British in the American colonies.

 

The Regulator Rebellion, whose participants walked the very ground we call home today, will be the topic of a presentation sponsored by the Chatham County Historical Association, which invites you to attend to learn more this fascinating and important part of North Carolina and US history. John Hudson Emerson, a Chatham native and historian whose ancestor James Emerson narrowly escaped hanging after being captured at the Battle of Alamance, will discuss the movement at this free program.

 

Come early for a brief tour of the church grounds or to take a short walk to the Old Tick Creek cemetery nearby, where Regulator James Emerson is buried. His grave marker suggests some of the drama of the Regulator movement. It reads” Patriot. A Regulator at the Battle of Alamance, condemned to death by Gov. Tryon, pardoned by Gov. Martin, lived to take part in the War of American Independence.”  Volunteers from the church will serve as guides for these activities beginning at 2:00 p.m. Lemonade and cookies will be served on the church grounds following the presentation.

 

For more information and directions, see the Chatham County Historical Association website:  http://www.chathamhistory.org or call 542-3603 or 542-4478.

 

 

Bennett place state historic site – August 22-23 Soldiers of the Old North State. Living historians will demonstrate life of the Southern soldiers who served the Old North State during the American Civil War. Visit with Confederate soldiers as they discuss and exhibit the uniforms and equipment of North Carolina soldier. Soldiers will be encamped around the Bennett Farm throughout the weekend. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

 

The 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2-5 September 2009, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

 

A genealogist’s bonanza in just one place. Four days to learn more about the Internet, databases, records in courthouses, archives, and libraries that are not online, how to locate missing records and relatives, write your family history, and break through tough problems. The presenters are from all over the U.S. and from Canada and represent many of the top experts in the field. Wish you could be a child again and attend summer camp? This is your chance, but the conference hotels are much nicer than tents and cabins.

 

•    Almost 200 lectures, workshops, special events, and meals offered during this four day event that are by and of interest to genealogists, writers, editors, professional genealogists, lecturers, librarians, archivists, historians, columnists, booksellers, bloggers, and others.

 

•    A huge Exhibit Hall filled with booth after booth of vendors and exhibitors of genealogical software, books (new, old, rare), charts, maps, databases, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, services, memberships, research assistance, and more. A special Society Corner will feature details on FGS Member societies. Some booths are still available.

 

•    Wednesday offers many sessions designed to help genealogy society volunteers with different aspects of running a genealogical society, seminars, publications, websites, and board meetings. A special luncheon includes an open forum for discussing society issues.

 

•    Luncheons and breakfasts sponsored by well-known genealogical and historical organizations. These feature speakers that will educate and entertain you.

 

•    A gala banquet that features a special speaker and showcases some of the best volunteers and organizations in the area of genealogy.

 

•    Other social events include a free Ice Cream Social, Night at the Ballpark, Networking Luncheon, door prizes, and the Peabody Ducks.

 

•    Need more? Lots of free wireless Internet access, two pre-conference extended sessions on Tuesday, great places for research, a Presidential Library, riverfront views, neat restaurants, historic sites, and being surrounded by others who speak the same language of genealogy.

 

•    A special hint: If you register by July 1st, 2009 (postmark date or online) you can save $50.00 ($175.00 fee vs. $225.00 after that date). That pays for four full days of lectures and some special events.

 

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and this year’s local host, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, invite you to the ‘Passages through Time” conference that takes place this 2-5 September 2009 in vibrant Little Rock, Arkansas. For the full and varied program and registration details check the Conference website at www.FGSConference.org or the frequently updated Conference Blog at www.FGSConferenceBlog.org that will tell you about the Ducks, Exhibit Hall, Parking, Travel, Hotels, last minute details, and dozens of other things.

 

The Conference Committee hopes you are able to join us for this great learning experience.

 

www.FGS.org <http://www.fgs.org>

www.FGSConference.org for the full program info

www.FGSConferenceBlog.org for extended details and much more that grows continually

www.AGSGenealogy.org

 

For further information, contact the Publicity Chair, Paula Stuart-Warren, FGSPublicity@FGS.org

<FGSPublicty@fgs.org>

 

 

Duke homestead state historic site – September 12 Harvest and Hornworm Festival. In the morning, come see costumed interpreters demonstrate tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing.  In the afternoon, hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham.  Throughout the day, enjoy the hornworm festival, which will be highlighted by the 3rd Annual Duke Homestead Hornworm Race.  10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

 

Annual Family History and Genealogy Workshop – The Baltimore Family History and Genealogy Workshop will be held on September 12, 2009. This community service event is for those interested in researching their family roots and is FREE.   There are many beginning classes, including Where to Start, Beginning Maryland Research, Beginning Genealogy on the Internet, and African-American Research with a Maryland emphasis, as well as intermediate and advanced classes.   A total of over 50 classes in 6 time periods are offered.   Doors open at 8 AM, classes are from 9 AM to 4 PM.

 

Keynote Speaker this year is L. Ren Cahoon speaking on “Family History Re-born: Progress, Perils and Possibilities

 

The Baltimore Family History Center at 120 Stemmers Run Road, Essex, is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.   It is open T, W, Th 10-4 and T 7 – 10, and Saturdays 10-4.     Phone 410-686-8481.   Please call ahead.

 

This event is sponsored by the Baltimore Family History Center of the Baltimore Maryland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

For a complete list of classes and other details, see our website at: www.BaltimoreFamilyHistoryWorkshop.org or call 410-734-7536 for further information.

 

 

Hands-On Computer Workshop – WHAT EVERY GENEALOGIST SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FAMILY SEARCH

 

Given by the St. Charles Co. Historical Society (SCCHS) in conjunction with the St. Charles Community College. (SCC)

 

Saturday Sept. 12, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. at the St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. outside of St. Peters, MO

 

Registration:  $20.00 for SCCHS members and SCC students, faculty & staff. $30.00 for non-members

 

PRESENTER: Bill Popp, archivist of the St. Charles Co. Historical Society for the past 5 years. Previously for 18 months, Bill has provided computer-based training to in-coming volunteers for the Family History Library at Salt Lake City, Utah. He has taught a variety of genealogy classes and seminars throughout the St. Louis area.

 

For more information, contact Joan Koechig at 636-946-2820 or Gateway426@aol.com

 

 

Humor

 

Strange But True: Bizarre Kentucky Statute….

“No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.” Later, an amendment proposed: “The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses.”

 

 

Parting Thought

 

The nearest thing to Heaven is a child.

 

-line from a country song “Thank God for Kids”

 

 

 

 

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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