February 2009 Newsletter

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D-OGS Newsletter – February 2009

News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists

D-OGS Meetings for February 2009

The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday, 4 February 2009 from 7:00-9:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Duke Homestead Visitor Center auditorium in Durham. The Duke Homestead site is located on Duke Homestead Road, off Guess Road on the right just north of the I-85 overpass. Follow the brown state historic marker road signs. The program topic is “Understanding the Civil War Enlistment of the North Carolina Grays”. The speaker will be Ernest Dollar, Director of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.

In May 1861, a month after the start of the Civil War, ninety-two young men enlisted to fight for the new Southern Confederacy. Historians of the conflict are eager to understand when men fought, but examining the first motivated volunteers highlights the causes that drew men to war. Comparing the backgrounds and the lives of these men creates a portrait that reveals they were rebelling against more than North and became afraid they would loose all they had fought hard to achieve. Recounting their stories, recreates the world of Orange, Wake, and Chatham Counties as they stood on the brink of war.

Ernest Dollar is a Durham native who received his a B.A. in History and B.F.A. in Design from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1993. Since then he has worked at several historic sites in North and South Carolina including Middleton Place National Historic Landmark, North Carolina Museum of History, and the Orange County Historical Museum. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill. In 2008, Ernest published his first book as part of the Images of America series on the town of Morrisville and will be teaching a class as part of Duke’s OLLI program on the Civil War in the Triangle.

Remember, we are “on the clock” at the Duke Homestead, as we now must pay by the hour for its use. Please arrive promptly by meeting time and plan to leave on-time.


The D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meeting will meet on Saturday morning, 14 February 2009 at 9 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Library downstairs in the large downstairs conference room. The meeting program is “Blogs, Clogs and Slogs”. Always something new, and usually pretty silly sounding. How to keep up with all the new terms without carrying a glossary or going to Google and wasting valuable research time? Just when we were beginning to learn about Wikis, here comes another challenge to our patience. We certainly know what a slog is – it’s what’s happening as we grind through a couple of microfilms that were shot in poor conditions without finding the fellow we were looking for. Clogs are what you shouldn’t wear in cemeteries, they’re too wobbly and the folks that built those places didn’t seem to pay much attention to a level surface. Especially in front of the stones. Blogs now are quite another thing. They’re sort of amorphous, everyone’s got one it seems, and some of them are pretty outspoken, even blue. What can they do for the genealogist? How do we find one that “fits”, and how do we find it again? Come join us while we look at a bunch of them to see how they can help us get our work done, learn something new, and not waste too much time at it.

Please send in interesting new web sites, and other items you’d like to share with the group well ahead of time so it can be included on the agenda. – Carol Hubbell Boggs HubbellGen@aol.com

D-OGS Meeting Minutes from 7 January 2009

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM.

Paul welcomed those in attendance and asked if there were any guests in the audience. There was one visitor present, Ada Winters of Raleigh.

Paul made the introduction of the evening’s program:

“How safe is the genealogical data you have spent years collecting?”

Speaker: Richard Ellington, D-OGS Newsletter Editor

(Click here to download Richard’s presentation slides — members only)

Richard raised the questions: How safe is your computer? What have you done lately to protect your valuable information?

He suggested that first you need to identify what it is you need to save, such as:

A. software

B. information developed on research trips

C. photos

D. data from online sources

E. scanned copies of paper and notebooks you’ve accumulated

F. ephemera

G. collectibles

H. everything else you’ve been ‘squirreling’ away

He noted that, if you have old collectibles and ephemera, invest in a pair of inexpensive white cotton gloves to minimize fingerprints and oil from hands on what could be fragile items, scan them, and safeguard them from handling.

He said then you should begin organizing what you have and suggested using “My Documents” which is already available on your computer.

He suggested creating a folder for each family with a sub-folder for every type of record you have. Then delete duplicates.

Some of the ways to save data is to:

Create family history books for family members and for the libraries in the related areas
Create CDs or DVDs and store one copy in a remote site (if your home would be hit with fire or flood) this would safeguard your hours of research.
Buy a backup drive and use it.
Use an online back up service—there are some that will offer some space for free or you can pay a fee for a larger space.

Some of the types of hardware you can invest in are:

External hard or fixed drives
Flash or thumb drives
DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) or SIMM (Single Inline Memory Module)

He said these need to be looked at as consumables. When a flash drive gives you a problem, throw it away and get another. “Technology is too cheap to take chances.”

You can buy a 1.5 TB (Terabyte = 1 trillion bytes) drive for $150.

Backups should be programmed to perform a back up on a regular basis.

Another helpful aside from Richard was that we should be saving our photos in TIFF format, not JPG. He said that JPG was designed to compress data to save space and there is a deterioration of the image every time it is modified and re-saved, whereas the TIFF format was designed specifically for use with photos. The files are larger but disk space to store images is not as big an issue now as it used to be.

He next addressed surge suppressors. He said these are another consumable that deteriorate over time. Richard said that when purchasing a new one to note the date on the underside and replace it in 18-24 months. Surge suppressors are rated in joules and smaller numbers are better.

He said the UPS (Uninterruptible Power System) systems with the built-in battery cost around $100 but would last much longer and the battery would give you warning of when it needed to be replaced. They are usually equipped with software that will allow you to do an unattended safe shutdown of your computer if the utility power is out long enough to “kill” the battery.

Richard stressed that any part of your computer system that was plugged directly into the wall was its weakest link so that all suppressors needed to be large enough to handle all components of your system.

A local back up drive/external disk drive is very fast and easy to use. There are also fairly inexpensive internal or external DVD drives. These can be used to make regular backups and stored somewhere away from your home and/or computer.

Backup questions and comments:

How big does the drive need to be? No bigger than your primary drive.

How often should I do a backup? 1. Whatever makes you feel comfortable. 2. When significant changes are made in your collection. 3. Time may be a factor—regular incremental backups can be done more quickly because they are saving less data.

Should I leave the backup drive on all the time? No because it’s a temporary device and I also don’t recommend leaving a computer on all the time.

There are a variety of online backup services such as MOZY, WUALA and Iron Mountain. But remember: You don’t have it if you can’t get to it.

Richard also stressed using anti-virus protection and said to keep it current and operational.

Richard’s ending comment was “Spend the money it will take to do it right but don’t waste time or money. You will sleep better at night.”

Paul opened the business meeting and reminded us that we are now paying for the use of Duke Homestead’s room so we need to be out of the building before 9 and out of the parking lot soon after.

The minutes for November and December 2008 were approved as printed in the newsletter.

Paul reported that the website has had a lot of action lately.

He called on Richard for a report on the newsletter. Richard said we had received a book on the Dunagins of Surry County as there are Dunagins in Orange County also. This book will be passed on to the Durham County Public Library NC Room.

Rob and Kathy are on a roundabout journey home following a Christmas research trip to Salt Lake City so there is no report on the Trading Path.

All information on registering for NGIS and the conference is on their site.

Report on the Orange County NC Room from Bill Reid: Orange County is building the new library and the genealogy room is not going with it. Barry Jacobs, Orange County Commissioner, is on our side but we need to devise a strategy for staffing the room from the $148,000 endowment. He said they are selling bricks for $100 to raise funds.

A discussion was opened up about forming a coalition with other non-profits and other organizations involved in Orange County history. Carol Boggs, Richard, Paul and Bill will meet on this subject and see what can be done to further the cause.

Richard advised there had been a last minute change in date for Computer SIG as there is a conflict on January 10. The next meeting will be January 17 and the subject will be the same.

Ann Hamby gave the Treasurer’s report. We have $2888.55 in the bank at this time.

The meeting was dismissed at 8:53.

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout

Here’s another of Paul’s great finds:

My Family Tree 3 generation chart complete with decorative tree. A unique chance to record your family history on an informative keepsake…very detailed and lots of color. Print this one for yourself, fill it in carefully and frame. Available here: http://www.your-familytree.com/freefamilytreecharts_freegenealogyforms.htm. There are a number of charts to choose from on this page.

Remember the new D-OGS dues rates

In case you haven’t noticed or heard, D-OGS dues went up slightly as of 1 January. We have already received some renewals with the old payment amount. If your renewal is coming up, please note the change and renew accordingly.

This is the first increase in D-OGS history. They are now $20 for one year, $40 for two years and $55 for three years. This dues change was necessary to be able to keep up with increasing publishing expenses and increased costs for meeting spaces.

New photographic history of Caswell County

I received the following request for assistance from Rick Frederick, archivist and moderator of the Caswell County GenWeb site. I believe that Rick is also a member of D-OGS:

The Caswell County Historical Association (CCHA) has partnered with Arcadia Publishing to produce a photographic history of Caswell County. Publication is planned for spring 2009. This book will be the fourth in the series produced by the CCHA:

1. When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977).

2. An Inventory of Historic Architecture: Caswell County, North Carolina, Ruth Little-Stokes (1979).

3. The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985).

As most D-OGS members surely know, Caswell was created from Orange in 1777. Do you have old Caswell-related photographs to share of family, places, buildings, or events? If so, please contact CCHA President Karen Oestreicher at: karen@ncccha.org

Most scans of photographs will not work. We will need an original of the photograph to scan in accordance with Arcadia’s rigorous standards.

If you are not sure whether a photograph would be appropriate just email a scan to Karen at the above address. If we decide it should be included in the book, we then can determine how to obtain an image acceptable to Arcadia. If you are local to the Caswell County area you could meet with Karen Oestreicher at the Museum in Yanceyville to go through your photographs. If not, other arrangements can be explored.

Please help the CCHA make this project a success.

February is African American Heritage Month

Each February the history of African Americans is celebrated by recognizing accomplishments African Americans have made to United States history. The origins of African American Heritage Month date back to Carter G. Woodson, the son of Virginia slaves, who was an African American scholar and historian. As a young man, he worked in the coal mines listening to stories of black Civil War veterans. While listening to these stories he began to realize these experiences were not documented. After obtaining a PH.D in history, in time he became a professor at Howard University. However, he still had a strong desire to document black history. While at Howard in 1915 he co-founded and financed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (http://www.asalh.org/). The goal of this organization was and still is to publish and fund research and writing projects about black history. One of the most important goals is to include the teaching of African American history in schools. Out of this goal came The Journal of Negro History, now titled The Journal of African American History, which is the oldest and most prestigious scholarly journal in the field of African American history today.

In 1926 Woodson offered to lend the Association’s name to the fledgling Negro History Week, begun by the Black fraternity Omega Psi Phi a number of years earlier. Woodson choose the second week in February because it marked the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglas. Celebration of the week was promoted via the Journal. In years to come creation and distribution of kits and information for children increased awareness of Negro History Week. In 1976, the bicentennial year, President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” This was the beginning of the nationally recognized celebration.

Web site links African-Americans to ancestors’ voyage

Researchers open online database showing journeys of millions of slaves

By Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune correspondent

ATLANTA — In a major advance in genealogical research, African-Americans will be able to trace the routes of slave ships that transported 12.5 million of their ancestors from Africa as early as the 16th Century.

The free Internet database gives African-Americans the opportunity for the first time to explore their African heritage the way whites have long been able to chart their migration from Europe.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is the result of 40 years of research by hundreds of scholars. Two years ago, Emory University researchers, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, began compiling maps, images and other records of about 35,000 slave-trade voyages from Africa to North America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Europe. It is the first time such a large amount of data on the subject has been available to the public.

“Everybody wants to know where they came from, and for people from Europe, it has been possible for several centuries now to trace migrant communities,” said David Eltis, a history professor at Emory and a director of the project. “Now it is possible to do the same for people of African descent.

“The records for people of Africa and the Americas are better than the records of connections between Europe and the Americas for the simple reason that slaves were property,” he said. “No one cared what happened to free migrants. They did care what happened to slaves, because they were making money from them.”

While the database can establish the regions slave ships launched from in Africa and where they arrived in the United States, it generally is impossible to determine which ancestors were on board, researchers said, because the records have African names that were changed when the slaves arrived in North America.

“The data certainly is not going to be helpful in tracing individual ancestors. You can’t say your ancestor came on this vessel, except in a tiny handful of cases,” Eltis said. “What it can do is provide context. The big advantage is that it establishes connections between parts of Africa and parts of the Americas.”

African-Americans have had a fascination with discovering their African heritage since the miniseries “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, was televised in 1977. Since 2003, a Washington, D.C., company called African Ancestry Inc. has offered mail-order DNA tests for $349. In recent years, other DNA research projects have been developed, attracting such celebrity clients as Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and civil rights icon Andrew Young.

The problem with DNA testing, according to researchers, is that insufficient samples of DNA have been collected from Africa, making it difficult to provide matches from many parts of the continent. The Voyages database will help reinforce DNA data, researchers said.

“People may not be able to trace their particular ancestor, but it is the most complete accounting of individual lives, individual ships, individual journeys to date,” said Leslie Harris, an Emory genealogist and author of “In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863.”

It is more difficult for African-Americans in Illinois to use the database because many of their families traveled North in the Great Migration from 1916 to 1930. To find those records, Illinois residents would have to know where in the South their ancestors were enslaved.

“During the slave trade, we don’t have people who were dropped off in Illinois. The ships landed on the East Coast,” Harris said. “So we are talking about people who started out on the East Coast and then, one way or another, ended up in Illinois, not necessarily as enslaved people but as free people.”

The database, which is expected to become a classroom tool, contains the records of 10.5 million slaves, more than 85 percent of the slave trade. It identifies more than 67,000 of them by their African name, age, sex, origin and place of embarkation.

Though many Americans view slavery as a U.S. phenomenon, the United States represented only 4 percent of the slave trade, far behind Brazil, the leader, which imported about 45 percent of the slaves, Eltis said.

“During the time the slave trade was at its peak, it was considered to be an ordinary business, not something immoral. Slave ship owners used to name their voyages after their family members,” Eltis said.

“So the difference between attitudes then and now is quite considerable.”

(This article was printed in the Chicago Tribune on 4 January 2009. It deals with a website developed by some Emory University scholars. This article does not, however, ever give you the URL of the Emory website; here it is: http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces – Ed.)

1911 UK Census Goes Online

According to the 13 January 2009 Family Tree newsletter, the 1911 UK census is online for the first time at 1911census.co.uk, a site from the fee-based UK genealogy site FindMyPast.com.

The scheduled release date wasn’t until 2012, but public demand got it moved up. Sensitive information relating to illnesses and to children of women prisoners will be held back until 2012.

The 1911 census covers England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as those aboard Royal Naval and Merchant vessels at sea and in foreign ports. It’s also the first British census to include full details of British Army personnel and their families stationed overseas.

More than 27 million people’s census entries—80 per cent of the English records—are available today. Over the coming months, 9 million records from the remaining counties of England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as the naval and overseas military records, will be added.

You can search 1911census.co.uk by name, place and birth date (you’ll need a free registration). By summer, you’ll also be able to search on an address. Each record page view costs 30 credits; you can buy 60 credits for about $10.30.

The record images are color, scanned from the original census returns, which generally results in better images than scans from microfilm.

1916 Census of Western Canada Now Available Online

(I saw this post in the Legacy News newsletter)

If you are a Canadian researcher, today it’s your turn to get excited. The 1916 census of Western Canada is now available online for free searching and browsing.

In August 2008 the census was released on microfilm and has been available for searching on location at Library and Archives Canada. Now, thanks to the FamilySearchIndexing efforts, the census, which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, is now searchable in FamilySearch’s pilot Research Search database. To search the census, click here, then select Canada in the Select a Region drop-down list. Happy searching!

Catholic marriage records

By Kimberly Brown

Whether you’re dealing with Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, or Latin American ancestry, Catholic marriage records are the same. You can find them microfilmed by the Family History Library, or you can get them by writing to the parish. To be successful, you’ll need to know the approximate date of the marriage you’re searching for, as well as the name of the bride and the name of the groom. “But if I already have that information,” you may ask, “Why would I need to find the marriage record?” Because parish marriage records can give you excellent genealogical information.

What is listed on a parish marriage record? The names and ages of the bride and groom are listed, as well as their places of birth and places of residence. Marriage records occasionally list the parents of both bride and groom as well.

To be eligible for marriage under Catholic law, a bride and groom had to prove their eligibility: both had to be worthy members of the Church in good standing, the banns had to be posted before the marriage could take place and both had to be of proper age to marry. Another concern was consanguinity. The bride and groom could not be related either by blood or by marriage within the fourth degree (meaning that potential couples could not be first, second, or third cousins). Of course, since first-cousin marriages were common in times past, there were a lot of exceptions made to this rule.

For an exception to be made, a bride and groom had to have a marriage dispensation written up. A marriage dispensation had testimonies from friends and family stating that the bride and groom were good Catholics. And if the couple desiring to marry were related in any way, the marriage dispensation included a family tree—a treasure trove for a genealogy researcher!

Once a marriage dispensation was drawn up, it was sent to the bishop, who then could grant permission for the couple to marry. Since these documents were sent to the bishop, that means that they are stored at the diocesan level. The actual marriage records, however, are just kept at the parish level. Finding out what parish and diocese your ancestors lived in is as simple as Googling it. You can also look at ecclesiastical or geographical dictionaries, such as La Guia Eclesiastica for Mexico and Diccionario Madoz for Spain. The information you’ll find on your ancestors’ marriage records will be well worth the effort.

(This article was “stolen” from a recent OneGreatFamily newsletter)

Don’t let your laptop run out of steam before you do

5 tips to keep you up and running

Keeping your laptop up and running without the benefit of an outlet requires smart, effective use of your battery’s energy. Whether it’s a long flight or an afternoon in the park, knowing what’s draining your computer’s energy can help you get through—with runtime to spare. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your laptop doesn’t power down before you’re ready to call it quits.

1. Dimmer lasts longer – Turning down the brightness on your screen is an easy way to squeeze some more juice out of your battery. See how dim you can get your LCD without squinting, keeping in mind that every squint is gaining you uptime.

2. Unplug unnecessary devices – Unplugging unnecessary external devices will save your energy from wandering down a dead end street. Even when not in use, anything plugged into a USB port—such as a mouse or an external keyboard—uses energy just sitting there, and that power can add up quickly, especially when speaking in terms of multiple devices.

3. Minimize running programs – Shut down any applications not integral to what you’re working on. This means anything running in the background, from toolbar search engines to music programs and Web pages. Even having an unused CD in the drive uses energy.

4. Keep it cool – Making sure your laptop stays cool will help it run more efficiently—and efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to extending battery life. Check the air vents to make sure they’re not obstructed, and consider buying a laptop stand so it doesn’t have to sit directly on your lap.

5. Hibernate, not standby – Keeping your laptop on standby is convenient, but its convenience comes at a steep price compared with the hibernate function, which uses far less of your laptop’s precious resources.


Trading Path Association February 2009 hike

At 2 PM on the 1st Sunday in February, February 1st, we’ll gather at the “Gamelands” public parking lot off of Old Oxford Highway, just south of the bridge over the Flat River near Stagville. The address of the lot is approximately 6482 Old Oxford Highway. Scout’s honor, this will not be a replay of the hike that nearly did us in a couple years ago.

We will walk a total of about 1.5 miles to view the roads that approach and gather at the 18th and 19th century crossing point over the Flat River. A recent visit to this site revealed even more roads than had been mapped previously. Visible yet are horse trails and a number of wagon roads. The walking except around the old roads and the river bank will be on prepared surfaces, a jeep road.

From I-85 in Durham drive north on North Roxboro Street, Highway 501 for 1.37 miles and turn right on to Old Oxford Highway. Follow it north about 10 miles, through Catsburg, past Tryburn, and past Stagville Historical Site. Turn right into the Gamelands parking lot. Get there early to register and chat. The website is: http://www.tradingpath.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=89&year=2009&month=02&day=01&Itemid=29

Websites of Possible Interest

The Digital Library on American Slavery, a cooperative effort of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. Designed as a tool for genealogists and historians, the site provides access to data collected from legal petitions filed from 1777 to 1867 in all fifteen slaveholding states in the U.S. This information documents where, when, and by whom slaves were owned, and provides insight into where, when, and how free people of color lived.

Information in the petitions can be accessed in three ways. To search the petitions by keyword, select geographic and date criteria then enter a search term or phrase below. To search the database for specific named individuals, select the Search By Name tab. To see petitions associated with particular historical, legal, or cultural topics, select the Browse Subjects tab.

Their website is http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/

Transcript 2.3 – this is a piece of freeware to use for easier transcribing from digital images of old documents. According to the author, “Transcript came into being because of my dissatisfaction with using a separate editor and picture viewer when transcribing digital images of old documents. I always had to switch between the editor and my image viewer when I needed to move the image so the next part would be visible.

I thought that it should be easier when this could be done from within one program. I couldn’t find a program that did this though, so I decided that I would try to write such a program myself, and here is the result.

The basic idea is very simple. Divide the screen in two parts. In the upper half the image is shown and in the lower half you can edit the text. (As this is not an OCR program, the program does not convert the text. You have to do the transcription yourself.) The size of those windows can be changed as you wish.”


Books of possible interest

The Tysors of Old Chatham – are you a Tysor – Ticer – Tiser – Tyser – Tizer – Tisser – Taycor – Taycer – Tycar? – Are you descended from Lewis Tysor and Susanna Harris of Old Chatham? Are you kin to them? Interested in finding your relatives and events in their lives?

This volume, a 300 page hard-cover book covering years 1765-1965, is available at a closeout price from the North Carolina Genealogical Society. See many of the names listed in the index and order form on the NCGS website. http://www.ncgenealogy.org

COMPENDIA: ANNOTATIONS OF WASHINGTON CO. VIRGINIA CEMETERIES by Tom Colley & Jane Fleenor Colley. Three volumes, 2006, 8 1/2×11, xii, 1417 pages, maiden name index. This is a monumental work covering 289 cemeteries within Washington County’s boundaries from their beginnings up to circa 1950. These three volumes contain, in alphabetical order, all those published surviving interments in Washington County, Virginia listed in cemeteries 1 thru 289 to c1950.

The annotations were gathered from various primary records; published works; Bible records; internet resources; family genealogies and secondary research. In using secondary research … the standard warning applies…. verify these annotations. Headstone names appear as written without regard to conventional spelling. Those women interred under their husband’s name and identified by maiden name on the headstone are listed in this record in a conventional font. If the maiden name is identified by any other source, it will appear in Italic Font in the “Maiden Name” column. An Index to maiden names is provided. Marriage dates are primarily from the W. P. A. microfilm copy of Washington County, Virginia marriage records and may reflect the issue date of the marriage license and not the exact date of marriage.

The death registers of Washington & Smyth County, Virginia contains many errors regarding birth dates, death dates and transposed names. This is a MASSIVE work and is destined to become the standard reference for Washington County for decades to come. The work is fully annotated from a variety of document sources. The three-volume set is $95.00

Source: http://genealogyresources.org/Washington.html

Calendar of Upcoming Events

LUNCH AND LEARN’S 10TH SEASON MEETS AT TOSCA Ristorante Italiano in West Village

Single tickets are $25, $19 for Preservation Durham members, $17 for Preservation Durham senior members. Season tickets allowing admission to all 8 programs are $115 and include preferred seating and recognition. The February 18 program is “Black History”. Contact the Preservation Durham office by phone at (919)-682-3036 or by email for more information

Carrboro recreation & parks department genealogy seminars – three of our D-OGS members are going to be presenting free workshops for the Town of Carrboro Recreation & Parks department. The schedule is:

Margo Brewer – How to Get Started (Monday, 2/2 – 9am-11am)
Melanie Crain – DNA & Genealogy (Monday, 2/9 – 9am-11am)
Margo Brewer – Where to Find Reference Material w/Internet access (Monday, 2/16 – 9am-11am)
M. J. Hall – Genealogical Resources, Organization & Research (Thursday, 3/19 – 6:30pm-8:30pm)

Registration is required, even though the workshops are free. Contact the Recreation & Parks Office at 919-918-7364 for registration or go to http://online.activecommunities.com/Carrboro/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N&aid=343 for more details on the programs.

Program in Jacksonville, Florida – On Saturday, Feb. 14th, The Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society, Inc. hosts guest speaker Mrs. Shannon Palmer at 10:15 a.m. at the Mandarin Regional Library, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville. Mrs. Palmer is a retired mortician from Louisiana. Prior to her work in the funeral industry, Shannon spent many years in education and nonprofit work. In 2007, she founded CRPT (Cemetery Recovery and Preservation Trust of Jacksonville, Inc.). Shannon has been able to turn her passion for all-things-funerary into an invaluable community resource directly impacting the Old City Cemetery. Shannon’s topic is “Tales of Working with the Silent.” Free & open to the public with light refreshments served. More information: 778-1000 or email: publicity@sgesjax.com.

Revolutionary War Living History Day – 21 February – 10am – 4pm – On the grounds of the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King Street. Re-enactors will demonstrate camp life during the Revolutionary War and commemorate General Cornwallis’ encampment in Hillsborough in February 1781. Call 919-732-7741 for more information. Revolutionary era walking tours given at 11am & 1pm. Please note that there will be no Second Saturday Walking Tour in February due to this ev


Irish Genealogy Cruise – Genealogy cruises seem to be popping up all over the place, and for very good reasons: they are great fun, educational, and reasonably priced for the most part. The Irish Ancestral Research Association, a non-profit genealogy society often referred to as TIARA, is now organizing an Irish genealogy cruise to be held about a year from now. The time to start planning this vacation is right now. The Irish Genealogy Cruise will feature leading presenters from the U.S. and Ireland. All the presenters are experienced speakers at national genealogical conferences.

The presenters will include:

Valerie Adams, from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast

Mary Ellen Grogan, TIARA, Boston

George Handran, Boston (expert on Griffith’s Valuation)

Michael J. Leclerc, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston

Gregory O’Connor, from the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin

Eileen and Sean O’Duill, from Dublin

The cruise will feature two simultaneous tracks. Track 1 will have lectures on basic resources and techniques for Irish research. Track 2 will focus on more advanced topics and is intended for those with experience in using Irish records.

The Irish Genealogy Cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 10, 2009. Attendees will spend eight nights in the eastern Caribbean, on board the Independence of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, and then return to Fort Lauderdale on January 18, 2009.

For more information, keep an eye on the TIARA web site at http://www.tiara.ie and click on “Trips,” or go to the direct URL of http://home.netcom.com/~megrogan/irishgenealogycruise.

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP – GLF-MIKE (Genealogy Look Up Forum) would like to announce that we will be holding an online Genealogy Workshop to celebrate our 4th year anniversary. This event will run from February 1-14, 2009. Our regular scheduled chats will be cancelled during this 2 week celebration.

To kick off this celebration on February 1, 2009, we will have an anniversary party. Every GLF chat member is invited to attend. This will be an open discussion whether the topic is genealogy related or not. The HOSTS will be encouraged to attend in their hats so that everyone can get to know them if chatters have not attended one of their chats. The exact time for the party has not been scheduled but it will be posted in the near future.


The Genealogy Workshop will include genealogical topic presentations and/or discussions with our HOSTS and Guest Speakers. We encourage any chat member who may be interested in presenting a genealogical topic or holding a specific genealogical discussion, please email your interest to GLF-MIKE at genealogylookup@sbcglobal.net and he will forward it to the planning committee.

If anyone knows of a great guest speaker to invite to hold a topic talk/presentation in our chat, please inform GLF-MIKE at genealogylookup@sbcglobal.net . Be sure to forward this notice to your genealogy cuzzies and friends.

March madness at the allen county public library – We will have our third annual “March Madness, Genealogy Style” week of programs March 1 through 7, 2009:

Sun March 1 at 1:00 p.m. Melissa Shimkus presents “Southern Lore.”
Mon, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. Don Litzer demonstrates “Family Search Labs.”
Tues, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. Cynthia Theusch describes “Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942.”
Wed, March 4 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Daughters of the American Revolution provide Research Assistance for Membership.
Thurs, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. John Beatty explains “Evaluating Published Family Histories.”
Fri, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. Delia Bourne offers “Tech Time.”
Sat, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. Sara Patalita presents “Using Flickr to Document Your Genealogy.”

Illinois conference – The schedule and topics for our 11th annual Genealogy Week at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, have been announced.

Days and Topics:

· 9 March 2009-Using Ancestry.com

· 10 March 2009-Using Footnote.com

· 11 March 2009-Using FamilySearch.org

· 12 March 2009-Using Land Records

· 13 March 2009-Genealogy Problem Solving

· 14 March 2009-Using Non-English Language Records

Registration for each day is separate. Workshops based upon a website will be in a computer lab and attendees will have computer and website access for the duration of the workshop. Registration is limited, includes handouts, but does not include lunch. More details are on our website at http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html. Questions can be directed to Michael Neill at mjnrootdig@gmail.com

Overcoming Brick Walls Workshop – New Bern, NC – 14 March 2009, Craig Roberts Scott, CG, will provide a four-part workshop “Overcoming Brickwalls”. The talks include: Service Not Found: Finding Your Ancestor in the Military; Maiden Name Not Found: Finding Your Female Ancestors; Land Not Found: Finding Your Ancestor on the Ground; and Where Oh Where: Using the Internet to Solve Brickwall Problems.

This workshop, to be held at the Broad Street Christian Church, New Bern, is cosponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Craven County Genealogical Society. For more information: http://www.ncgenealogy.org.

Scottish Heritage symposium at st. Andrews Presbyterian college – March 20-22, 2009 – Originally founded in 1989 as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the coming of the first group of Highland Scots to North Carolina, the “Our Scottish Heritage” Symposium has provided an unparalleled opportunity for persons interested in Scottish and Scottish-American history and culture to learn from top scholars in their fields. The Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium provides a forum for study and interaction for anyone interested in Scottish history, culture, and tradition. There is a printable schedule and registrations form on their website at: http://www.sapc.edu/shc/scottishheritagesymposium.php


In the 1850 Louisiana census a lot of the census workers got lazy and only listed the first initial of the first name of the residents. After a few hours of frustration, working in the dark around my fellow family researchers, trying to discern who was who in the “Goode” family I finally (I hoped) found the person who I was looking for and I blurted out loud, ” Hey everybody… I. P. Goode”

Parting Thought

A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep.

(Sung by Jiminy Cricket in the movie “Pinocchio”)

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

D-OGS, P.O. Box 4703, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703

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