December 2011 Newsletter

By , November 21, 2011

News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
PO Box 4703, Chapel Hill , NC 27515-4703
2010 dues – $20
Fred Mowry – President


Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
New D-OGS Officers Elected
D-OGS Donates Maps
Willie Covington Wins a Prestigious Award
Bridgett Schneider of RAOGK
Creating Personal Acts of Genealogical Kindness
Ideas for Organizing your Materials
Backing up Your Family Photos
Genealogical Glossary
Websites of Possible Interest
Books of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

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Meeting Announcements

The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 December 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Golden Corral on NC55, just south of the intersection of NC54 and NC55. Address: 5006 NC Highway 55, Durham, NC 27713, (919) 544-2275 – Map: There is a “Senior Discount”, if you qualify.

This is not a regular meeting. There will be no speaker or fixed program. This is our annual “birthday party” for everyone to enjoy. Come and enjoy the fellowship of your fellow D-OGS members and their guests. Dress will be as formal or casual as you require.

When you arrive, pay for your meal and proceed to the back right of the restaurant to their meeting/party room. This is a good time to bring your spouse, a significant other, friend or potential new member so that you can introduce them to all those people that you have mentioned during the last year – yes, we plan on having name tags.

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for November2011

Richard Ellington called the meeting to order. Mary Jo Hall introduced our speaker for the evening, Jim Wise, a well-known columnist for the Durham Morning Herald and Herald-Sun newspapers for over thirty years who has educated hundreds of us about the history of our locale. Jim immediately identified three members of the audience with whom he has a family connection in some way, laying the groundwork for describing the wide-spread Duke family and their many connections in North Carolina. It was appropriate that the meeting was happening within pitching distance of the original Duke Homestead built by Washington “Wash” Duke. For those who came to the area from other points on the compass, the presentation was a semester’s worth of local lore and history. He showed why the Duke name is ubiquitous and how so many have felt the influence of Duke family enterprises in one way or another. He employed seldom seen photos of people, buildings, and locations to lead us through the highlights of the story of the family and their associates. Following the business meeting, Mr. Wise remained to display and discuss his book Durham: A Bull City Story. We enjoyed a fascinating evening of local history.

Business Meeting:

Past-president Richard Ellington conducted the meeting in the absence of a president.

Membership – Richard reported that Peg Edwards has reviewed and brought the membership list up to date, by contacting members who have not renewed recently to learn whether they wish to continue their participation with D-OGS. Those who are no longer active members will not remain on the list. Consequently the number of members appears to be diminishing, but is accurate now that those whose names are on the list are dues-paying, participating members. Richard stressed that we are working to build our member base. We currently have a total of 164 members as of November 1, 2011.

Announcements – Richard reviewed selected topics from the newsletter and reported a variety of upcoming events that may be interesting to genealogists. The newsletter was available as a handout at the meeting, and is posted on the web site for members.

Treasurer’s Report – John Myhre noted that last month’s report had an error of a few cents which will be corrected. Our balance as of 10/1/11 was $3432.23 with expenditures of $293.39 and deposits of $293.05, leaving an ending balance of 3431.89.

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Nomination of officers – As the immediate past-president heading up the nominating committee, Richard announced the proposed slate of nominees for 2012 consists of:

President – Fred Mowry

VP/Program Chair – Mary Jo Hall

Treasurer – Virginia Thomas

Secretary – Ginger Smith

There was one remaining vacancy for director-at-large. This is the position being vacated by Fred Mowry. Richard asked for volunteers or nominations for a director at large and Rob Elias volunteered. The slate was voted on by the membership present and accepted.

NCGS Meeting – Richard reported that the recent NCGS meeting at the State History Museum in Raleigh was attended by several D-OGS members. Barbara Vines Little was the speaker and Richard commented that all the topics were interesting and he attended each of them. The Eliases manned a table for D-OGS at the meeting.

As mentioned in the October meeting, Jim Richmond of Hillsborough made a donation to D-OGS of two framed and matted antique maps of the region. The officers conferred about their disposition and have presented them to Lucinda Munger for the Rebecca Wall Genealogy Room of the Orange County Public Library and she gratefully accepted them on behalf of the library and plans to have them hung as soon as possible.

Board discussion – Richard reported that a recent topic of discussion in board meetings has been the subject of privacy related to the mention of members’ names in the publications of the Society. While some board members felt it is appropriate to mention members’ names when reporting the activities of D-OGS, others felt that privacy considerations outweigh the need to provide information. He asked the group in attendance for input on the subject and there was discussion of the topic seeking all possible reasons why it might be inappropriate or harmful to provide members names, and what the advantage may be in reporting them through the newsletter or on the web site. The newsletter is similar to a newspaper in that it is a public document and people may find their names in a newspaper much as they would in a newsletter. Reports of meetings in public places are not generally kept private, and no addresses are provided in the reports. It would be inappropriate to include one’s birth date in any document. After several minutes of discussion there were no major objections to the continued use of members’ names as we currently see them, but members are welcome to further explore the subject.

New Business – Richard reported that the Orange County Board of Commissioners has authorized Lucinda Munger, the director of the Orange County Public Library to dispose of $5000 of the Rebecca Wall Fund this year as a first step toward a five years’ distribution of the funds. She wishes the funds to be used for something that denotes a historical topic specific to Orange County that will have both relevance and permanence, such as an object, a book, or a survey project of some kind. She has asked Richard to encourage D-OGS members to provide suggestions for a topic. Possibilities include identification of midwives in Old Orange County, a history of rural volunteer fire departments, or other similar groups. These are idea starters for members to add to. Richard plans to contact Harry Watson of the “Documenting The American South” project regarding some recommendations on the subject. [See ]

Announcements –

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) will be shut down for a while.

Richard mentioned that in addition to the newsletter and agenda he had provided some unique estate planning forms developed by the Lee County, Florida Genealogical Society to serve as codicil to a will to provide for appropriate disposition of one’s files, photos, documents and other items of genealogical significance. The forms are available as either .doc or .pdf downloads from their very interesting site at .

The December meeting will be our annual birthday party and will be held again at the Golden Corral on NC 55. Fran Ferrell reported that she has reserved a separate room for us beginning at 6:00 PM. Everyone is encouraged to bring a spouse, a friend or a potential member to the get together. This meeting is just for enjoyment and sharing.

There were two guests and one returning member in attendance.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Boggs, substituting for the secretary


Carol Boggs M

Bill Reid M

Karen Vance M

Dick Pickett G

Sandra Henson M

Jay Stobbs M

M.J. Hall M

Rob Elias M

Cathy Elias M

Fran Ferrell M

Doris Hodges M

Wayne D. — M

Ann Myhre M

John Myhre M

Lynn Richardson M

Rodney Watson G

Heather Haley M

Richard Ellington M

New D-OGS Officers Elected

Congratulations to the new D-OGS officers! At last month’s meeting a slate of officers for 2011-12 was presented and approved by the voting membership. Fred Mowry, who had been serving as one of the at-large directors, was elected as the new President. M J Hall agreed to serve as Vice-President/Program Chair again, Ginny Thomas is Treasurer again, Ginger Smith is our new Secretary and Rob Elias will be filling the vacant at-large director position. The alternating at-large director is Karen Vance. Karen will serve one more year.

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D-OGS Donates Maps to Orange County Public Library

Pictured here is Orange County Library Director Lucinda Munger with two maps that were donated to D-OGS by member Jim Richmond. The D-OGS Board of Directors then donated them to the Orange County Public Library Local History Collection. The large map is the 1891 George Tate map of Orange County and the small map is the 1768 Sauthier maps of Hillsborough. These maps have been hung on the wall in the Orange County Public Library and are a valuable asset and resource to the Local History Collection. Thanks go out to Jim Richmond for sharing this wonderful gift with all of us.

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Durham County Register of Deeds Willie Covington Wins a Prestigious Award

The following award presentation was published on 4 November, 2011 by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) on their website, FGS Voice:

2011 FGS Awards – Archives Award: Willie L. Covington – The Durham County, North Carolina vital records of births, delayed births, marriages and deaths were in a state of rapid deterioration. Many were crumbling, torn and had broken bindings that needed repair. They were transferred to the Registry of Deeds Office within the last five years and a project to ensure their long-term preservation was immediately initiated and has been accomplished through the leadership of the Register of Deeds, Willie L. Covington. The records were encapsulated in acid-free protective sheets, placed on high-density storage shelves and are openly available for examination by family historians and others who desire access. Mr. Covington is to be commended for his vision and immediate action to preserve these vital records for future generations of those with an interest in the history of Durham County.

Our collective hats go off to Mr. Covington. As genealogists, we really need more friends like Mr. Covington!

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Bridgett Schneider of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), RIP

It is with great sadness that I report that Bridgett Schneider, best known as the primary person behind Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness, passed away today. She was 64 years old.

The last message I received from Bridgett was on October 18 when she wrote:

RAOGK has been around with our volunteers helping other genealogists get copies of documents required to prove your lineage back to Adam and Eve (giggle). Pictures of your ancestors’ tombstones were also high on the lists of requests. I hope everyone got as much service as we were able to give.

Our heart is saddened that we will be offline for quite awhile. Between computer problems (harddrive turning to toast) and the health of the administrator very questionable … RAOGK, after 11 years, will cease to exist for awhile.

Bridgett Schneider
RAOGK Administrator

Bridgett and her husband Doc began Random Acts of Kindness (RAOGK) in 1999 in their Nebraska home. What they began with a handful of volunteer researchers in 1999 grew to over 4,000 people around the world.

Bridgett made many new friends over the years through RAOGK, attending conventions, society meetings, and helping the many researchers via online resources.

Bridgett’s husband Doc has assured the RAOGK volunteers that Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness will be back online in the future – a promise he has made to Bridgett. For now, some people are helping individuals through the RAOGK Facebook page at Bridgett has brightened the lives of countless people and will be dearly missed.

(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

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Creating Personal Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) will be offline for an undisclosed amount of time due to the death of one of his founders, Bridgett Schneider. She was a wonderful contributor and visionary in the genealogical community and will be greatly missed. But, her spirit and mission, her vision, can still go on with us, the genealogical community. All of us that research, blog, abstract and transcribe, scan and photograph, lecture and teach can take up the realms that Bridget and her team started and create your own personal acts of genealogical kindness to others. We can take what she started and continue forth helping others.

Here are some things that we, as a genealogical and/or historical community can do to share our talents and do the types of genealogical kindness that Bridgett so inspired.

  • Take a picture of a headstone and post it on Findagrave.
  • Offer on a Message Board to pick up a document or take a headstone picture for someone.
  • Do a look up in Ancestry, Fold3 or other database you subscribe to for someone.
  • Transcribe a document for someone, especially if you can read a foreign language.
  • Volunteer in your local genealogical society.
  • Offer to pick up a vital record in your local county for someone.
  • Offer to do a lookup at your local library.
  • Read the microfilm for someone who does not have good vision, the elderly.
  • Post the books you have and offer free lookups.
  • Mentor someone who is starting out in Family History.
  • Blog about your findings to teach others what you learned.
  • Have a listening ear for a friend excited about a find (we all know our families may not always want to hear our stories!)
  • Visit the elderly and help them write their personal stories.
  • Volunteer at your local Family History Center or library.
  • Pick up an extra handout for a friend who missed a lecture (if allowed)
  • Tape record a genealogical book for someone who can’t see.
  • Encourage the youth to do family history.
  • Family History Indexing
  • Take pictures of your local city and county and post them. Those who have family that lived there, but live out of state will appreciate them.

Some of you have already been doing these random acts of genealogical kindness. I know of several researchers that have helped me; a few of them actually made the different in solving a family mystery. Here are a few things I am very thankful for, that have been done for me personally that shows the true spirit of RAOGK:

  • I live in Tennessee and needed documents from Alabama. Beth went and found, printed, and emailed me a copy of several guardianship papers and documents. This proved to me the name of my 3rd great grandfather.
  • Cheryl has sent me handouts and links to great websites to help me in areas she knows I have an interest. She has also printed off magazine articles for me.
  • Several of my Geneablogger friends have edited some of my work, when I needed that extra pair of eyes.
  • I am very appreciative of the time and work that those who lead ProGen, the Transitional Study Group, the NGSQ case study groups and Second Life classes for me to learn from.
  • I truly appreciate those who present the Webinars at little or no cost! Since it is hard for me to travel, these have become a wonderful educational experience for me.
  • I also have to give a great big thanks to the Tennessee Genealogical Society to those who devote so many hours and days, at no pay, to run the facility and teach others. There are several that have worked there for many years, at no pay, and contribute countless acts of genealogical kindness!

These are just a few experiences I have encountered, I could probably write a book on how many have helped me.

Hopefully, the RAOGK website will be back up and running. But, until then we can continue this great work that Bridgett, her husband and others started. This can be our way to let them know we appreciate the hard work they have done.

(Reprinted with permission from Tina Sansone, BellaOnline’s Genealogy editor)

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Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation — Ideas for Organizing your Materials in Advance of Donating Them

By Dawne Slater-Putt

A recent query came to The Genealogy Center about organizing personal archives. The person wrote that he has letters, wills, and deeds on a couple of family lines from the turn of the last century up until the 1950s. He wanted to know how to sort and organize those materials as he is “the only person now alive to put all the pieces together.” He went on to say, “Since you will probably end up getting it all, what format and what information do you want?”

We are grateful the individual thought of The Genealogy Center as a future repository for his precious family documents. He was correct in thinking that the more organized the records are, the more useful they will be to people using them for family history research in the future. Here are some ideas for organization that you might consider.

1. First, you might strive to get as many of the pieces of paper the same size as possible. For example, photocopy smaller certificates, letters and other pieces onto 8 1/2 by 11 pages. These days, most copier paper is acid free and will last many generations. If you can do so and retain legibility, reduce larger documents down to 8 1/2 by 11 size. Then if you want to keep the original certificates and letters, file them in file folders by surname, family branch, location or type of document (birth records, death records, correspondence, etc.).

2. Put the 8 1/2 by 11 sheets in sheet protectors and into 3-ring binders, organized by family, by location, or by type of record (whichever makes the most sense to you). If you donate these to The Genealogy Center in the future, we will take the pages out of the protectors and 3-ring binders and bind them into hardcover books; but until that time, the binders will help you organize the papers and find items when you need them.

3. Be sure when you make the copies that you keep any citation information. It is an excellent idea to write the citation information on the fronts of documents, rather than the back, so that if they are photocopied, that information is not lost. If you have documents that do not have citations, you might try to get that information and write it on the documents while you are organizing.

4. Consider making a preface, table of contents or some sort of information sheet describing how you have organized the documents in your binders, and/or listing them – an inventory of records. You can use dividers in the binders to separate families, surnames, generations, or record types.

This can seem like an overwhelming job, but it is easier if you break it down into small pieces. Tackle one file or stack of papers at a time. It is such a worthwhile task to preserve all of this material for the future and you are to be commended for being the keeper of the family’s history.

(This article is reprinted from the Allen County Public County Genealogy Center newsletter)

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Backing up Your Family Photos

Nancy Hendrickson, instructor of the Family Tree University course Organize Your Photos, offers this advice on backing up your family photos on CDs or DVDs:

Along with uploading digitized photos to a photo storage website, I recommend backing them up on DVD or CD. Keep a set of DVD or CD backups at home, and give copies to family members. In case of fire or flood, having all copies of your photos in one place would be a disaster.

CD-Rs can be burned once (burning refers to transferring the data from your computer onto the disc). CD-RWs can be burned, erased and burned again several times. They’re more expensive than CDs and take longer to burn. If you’re burning images for archival purposes, use a CD-R instead of a CD-RW, as you won’t be working on the files after they’re burned.

You can also burn your photos to DVD-Rs, which hold more data than a CD-R. (CD-Rs usually hold 800MB; DVD-Rs hold 4.7GB.)

CDs don’t last forever, but they’re a good storage method for right now. Longevity estimates range from three years to several centuries. Beware of these three dangers with CDs:

  • Failure: “CD rot” is an unscientific term that describes what happens when the dye layer of a CD disappears. Research has shown that inexpensive CDs are more failure-prone than quality ones.
  • Damage: Scratches on either side of a disc can destroy your data. Even something as simple as pulling a CD out of a sleeve can cause nicks and scrapes.
  • Obsolescence: Imagine for a moment that your CDs actually will last for centuries without damage. Will your descendants will have CD readers 100 years from now? It’s important to update your archives when technology makes major advances.

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Herbert Englishman, 5 Peridot Place, Durham, NC 27703 –

Surnames: Piper, Dickson, Cox, Langley, Cates, Cook, Browning

Query: For more than two years I have researched the history and families of the Piper-Cox old house located in Eno River State Park. If there is anyone out there who has information on the following families, please contact me. I am hopeful of completing my book in 2011.

Secondly I am writing a history of the gristmills and families in this Park. If you have any pictures, information on them (and the families), please contact me.


Mary Utley Montgomery, PO Box 861, Graham, NC 27253 –

Query: Sallie Collier Davis married Foster Utley in 1844 in Wake Co., NC. They are my great-great-grandparents. I am looking for information for Sallie Davis’ ancestors. The only information I have is that her father was Miles Davis and her mother was Susannah Beville who were married in Orange Co., NC in 1814. Any information on the Davis line will be deeply appreciated.


Cheryl Smith, 602 Milldam Ct. Apt 44, Millersville, MD 21108 –

Query: I am researching my family tree and have hit a brick wall. My ancestor E.G. Mercer married a Mary Suit/Soot. The only information I have is that Mary Suit/Soot was born in North Carolina possibly Orange County. I was wondering if anyone is researching a similar name or can point me in a new direction.

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Genealogical Glossary

  • DANEGELD – An English tax, first levied in 991 by Ethelred the Unready in order to buy off the Danish invaders of his kingdom. The tax continued to be imposed long after the Danish invasions had come to an end. Under Edward the Confessor it was temporarily abolished, to be revived by William the Conqueror in 1084 and thenceforward regularly levied on all lands except the royal manors. The usual rate was six shillings on every hide (120 acres) of land. The Danegeld was levied for the last time in 1162. — E. R. Adair: Danegeld, in: Collier’s Encyclopedia; New York, London 1989; vol. 7, p. 701.
  • DEATH CERTIFICATE – Documentation of one’s death
  • DEACON – a church official of rank below priest. Deacons assist the parish in non-worship responsibilities, including care of the sick and poor, administration of church property, and enforcement of Canon law. A Deacon generally served as the judge during ecclesiastical court hearings.
  • DECLARATION OF INTENTION – document filed by an alien in a court of record declaring his intention to apply for citizenship after fulfillment of the residency requirement. It might also be used to refer to an intent to marry, usually filed with the town clerk.
  • DEED – a document signed, sealed and delivered according to law and conveying title to real estate.

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Websites of Possible Interest

Lee County genealogical society of Florida – This society has a number of interesting things on their website, including some PDF genealogy forms that may prove to be useful. One of these forms is a genealogical memorandum to your last will and testament –

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Books of Possible Interest

Review of The Guide to FamilySearch Online, by James L. Tanner; August 2011; 369 pp; perfect-bound soft cover

My friend, James Tanner, has just finished his new 369-page guide to the FamilySearch Online. I got my first look at an advance copy of the book a couple weeks ago, and immediately recognized that I was reviewing one of the very best genealogy books published in 2011. The book itself was bound and first available on Monday, August 8.

Without a doubt, FamilySearch has taken the genealogy community by storm in the last couple years. The emphasis placed on the digitizing and indexing of records, and the FamilySearch wiki, in addition to the effort put into New.FamilySearch, is and will continue to be a driving force, allowing genealogists worldwide to locate and record more ancestral data than ever before. FamilySearch is front and center in the online dissemination of an ever-expanding trove genealogical data, with the website being the portal through which genealogists access data, volunteer their indexing skills, and in the case of LDS church members, submit ordinance data.

This volume provides detailed instructions to the content and organization of all the current FamilySearch websites. Heavily illustrated with screen-shots, the book makes it extremely easy to put into practice what one just learned in the book. If you are already a user of these sites, you will most likely find insights into features and information you likely did not know existed. I certainly did.

As an example of just one part of the book, I found the section on FamilySearch Wiki to be extremely helpful. While I’m a frequent user of FamilySearch, I didn’t realize how much there is to be learned and shared at the Wiki. This portion of the book is worth the price all by itself.

Note that one of the final sections of the book deals with New.FamilySearch, which is just beginning to be opened up to the general public. Since this portion of FamilySearch includes temple ordinance submission, it has been available only to members of the LDS church. However, massive genealogy trees are being assembled on the site, and it is now being tested to a relatively small group of non-LDS users. The plan is that this will become available to the general public, who will be able to interact with the site, and trees, but not the ordinance portions. Reading this part of James’ book will give LDS members and nonmembers alike a good idea of what New.FamilySearch can do for them.

(Review written by Leland Meitzler of Family Roots Publishing)

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Calendar of Events

Special unc campus tours – UNC Visitors’ Center to launch ‘Priceless Gem’ tours – The Visitors’ Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin offering a new series of free tours for the public on Fridays. Tours in the “Priceless Gem Series,” (which takes its name from a line in the UNC alma mater “Hark the Sound”) will be given most Fridays at 3 p.m., starting from UNC Visitors’ Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St.

University experts will lead these distinctive walking tours on various topics of interest. From archeology to architecture to the African-American experience to today’s sustainability issues, tours will offer a range of information and perspective.

Here is the schedule for upcoming tours planned for this fall:

  • Dec. 2, architecture, led by Wendy Hillis, UNC historic preservationist

UNC Visitors’ Center contact: Missy Julian Fox, (919) 962-1630,

Granville county genealogical society – At the December 1, 2011 meeting of the Granville County Genealogical Society there will be no set agenda, instead all members will have an opportunity to discuss whatever interests them in small informal groups.

To add to the camaraderie and good cheer of the season, the society will have its Christmas party during this meeting which will be held in the large conference room at the Richard H. Thornton Library on Main Street in Oxford at 6:30 PM on December 1, 2011. Please join the society for this meeting and share interesting information and tasty treats. Visitors are always welcome.

All GCGS meetings are open to the public and guests are cordially invited to attend.

Duke homestead – Christmas by Candlelight – December 2 & December 9 from 7:00-9:00pm – Celebrate an 1870 Christmas during evening tours of the Homestead! The tour features period decorations, caroling, hot apple cider, and other goodies. Free!

historic Stagville – Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters – December 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm – Come celebrate the holidays at Historic Stagville. “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters,” one of our largest annual events, allows guests to see and take part in traditions that were part of Christmas celebrations for both the planter family and the enslaved community. We recreate the experience of holiday festivities through vendors, artisans, decorations, crafts, gamed, food, and music. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors can walk through an 18th century plantation home decorated for the holidays and original slave quarters from the 1850s as they hear traditional music, support their local artists, and maybe buy some holiday gifts!

Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour -The 25th annual Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour is Sunday, December 4 from Noon – 6 pm. The tour showcases prominent homes and structures built by Hillsborough brick mason John Berry (August 18, 1798-January 11, 1870) who became one of the most respected builders in the antebellum Piedmont. Stops include the Berry Brick House and the Old Orange County Courthouse among others. Additional tour highlights include the beautiful Burnside and Evergreen home

Michael john neill webinars – We have announced our upcoming December 2011 genealogy webinar topics:

• American Naturalization Records before 1920 — 9 December at 1 central

• Creating Families from pre-1850 Census Records — 11 December at 2 central

• Sarah and Susannah: Two 18th Century Virginia Women and their property — 16 December at 1 central

• More Brick Walls from A to Z — 2 December at 1 PM central

These run an hour long with time for questions.

More information is on our site at:

Historic Hillsborough guided walking tours – Sat, 12/10/2011 – 10:00am – 2:00pm. 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 for adults; 15 y-o and under free. For more information, call 732-7741.

Bennett place – December 10 & 11from 10:00am to 3:00pm – Christmas in the Carolinas – Join us as we celebrate Christmas in a 19th century fashion. We will have a visit from Santa Claus, and Robinson and Boggs will be playing.

The traditional roasting of the Hogs Head will also take place at the Farm on Saturday.

Cider and Ginger Snaps will be served.

Alamance county genealogical SocietyHoliday Sale and Auction – December 12 at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215, 336-227-1448

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Walking into the bar, Mike said to Charlie the bartender, ‘Pour me a stiff one – just had another fight with the little woman.’

‘Oh yeah?’ said Charlie, ‘And how did this one end?’

‘When it was over,’ Mike replied, ‘She came to me on her hands and knees.’

‘Really,’ said Charles, ‘Now that’s a switch! What did she say?’

She said, ‘Come out from under the bed, you little chicken.’

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Parting Thought

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. Share a smile and a kind word today.

If you have any items of interest that you would like to submit for future publication, please contact Richard Ellington at or 919.967.4168

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