January 2008 Newsletter

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D-OGS Newsletter – January 2008

News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange genealogists

D-OGS MEETINGS FOR JANUARY 2008

The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday, 2 January 2008 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 will be “The Digital CSR: Saunders and Clark (and Weeks) in the Internet Age” and the speaker will be Jason Tomberlin

Documenting the American South and the North Carolina Collection, both a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library, are digitizing the twenty-six volume set of The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, together with the four-volume Index to the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina. This three-year project continues the legacy of an earlier generation’s extensive scholarship, improves it with this generation’s technology, and empowers today’s and tomorrow’s users by offering easier, more efficient, and more flexible access to 9500 colonial- and early state-era documents. The 400,000 index entries are encoded by their type, i.e. personal name, geographic name, and topic (e.g., “slaves,” “slaves and quotas”). Through XML encoding and database records, they are connecting all relevant index terms to each document. They are also offering the functionality to search by document date, document type, personal name, geographic name, topic, and creator, as well as offering several browse features. In addition, they are working with the University’s School of Education to provide learning objects and lesson plans that will guide K-12 teachers and students in using these valuable documents. For genealogists, K-12 students, university faculty, and members of the general public, these documents are of great importance both because of their inherent value and because of the paucity of such resources.

Jason Tomberlin, who is currently the special projects librarian at the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina, is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He has, however, lived in various parts of North Carolina for most of his life. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1997 with a BA in History and from North Carolina State University in 2003 with an MA in Public History. Prior to working at UNC, he held positions in the special collections libraries at Duke University and North Carolina State University, and for four years, he worked in public services at the North Carolina State Archives.

The D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meeting will meet on Saturday morning, 5 January 2008 at 9 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Library downstairs in the small conference room. The meeting program is TBA.

MEETING MINUTES FOR 5 DECEMBER D-OGS MEETING

There are no official minutes of the December 2007 meeting as this was our regularly scheduled “Birthday Party”.

Every member needs to extend a hearty “thank you” to Paul Hollinghurst for setting up the dinner event and to Carol Boggs for doing another great job on putting together a great D-OGS quiz for the event. Also, please thank the Eliases and the other folks who donated materials as prizes for quiz winners. The quiz is listed below, for you pleasure. The answers are listed at the end of this newsletter.

DECEMBER CIG MEETING NOTES FROM CAROL BOGGS

Here’s the summary of the agenda we used for the December meeting. We spent a considerable time visiting a variety of web search engines and unique sources seeking specific information to aid in our research. We looked at two individuals primarily, and were successful to the extent that we found some new sources, and some new posters on bulletin boards for the target individuals. Thus proving that many heads are better than one when it comes to genealogy.

The January CIG will be on January 5, in the downstairs conference room at the Chapel Hill Library. See you there!

Happy New Year, Carol

D-OGS CIG Summary – December 2007

Genealogy Web sites worth visiting:

Electric Scotland

http://www.electricscotland.com/

Plot Your Deeds

http://www.genealogytools.net/deeds/

Recordkeeping Magazine

http://www.culturalpropertyadvice.gov.uk/private_individuals

We Relate

http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Main_Page

Family History Internet Sites – by Kip Sperry

http://home.byu.net/ks4/

Portsmouth Asylum Book

http://www.rewhc.org/townfarmoakum.shtml

Zune

http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/zune2.asp

Cities Around the World – find a photo of the city your ancestors came from

http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/digilib/cities/index.html

Belarc

http://belarc.com/

Articles of Interest:

High-tech scanner to digitize UNC’s rare books: http://media.www.dailytarheel.com/media/storage/paper885/news/2007/11/13/University/

HighTech.Scanner.To.Digitize.Uncs.Rare.Books-3096575.shtml

Laptop purchase tip – Windows can run noticeably faster with a 7200RPM hard drive, rather than the typical 5400RPM drive that most laptops come standard with. Consider this upgrade if you want to maximize performance.

Rutha Hammers – 1793 TN

m. 1817 TN Aaron Counts

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/u/Raymond-E-Counts/FILE/0001page.html

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~marcell/pafn113.htm

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~marcell/pafn109.htm

http://genforum.genealogy.com/hammers/messages/65.html

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/u/Harvey-L-Counts/COL1-0005.html

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/u/Harvey-L-Counts/COL1-0005.html

http://hometown.aol.com/txold300/gillespie.htm

http://www.hayesclan.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I827&tree=hayes

http://genforum.genealogy.com/hammers/messages/38.html

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/u/Raymond-E-Counts/ODT11-0083.html

(The summary will also be posted on the “members only” webpage)

TREASURER’S REPORT FROM ANN HAMBY

Amount on hand: $5,256.94 – according to that most current statement. However, our 9/12/07 check for $500 to Orange County Public Library NC Room and a check dated 11/27 for $65 to Federation of Genealogical Societies have not been cashed as of the 11/30/07 statement so technically we have $5.256.94 less $565.00 available in our account.

QUIZ FROM THE DECEMBER 2007 D-OGS MEETING

1. Which Census asked if the household had a radio? – 1910 – 1920 – 1930

2. Which Census was the last to list name of head of household only? – 1830 – 1840 -1850 – 1860

3. Which census year did the enumerator ask, “How many years in this marriage?” – 1900 – 1910 – 1920 – 1930

4. What did cigarette manufacturers at the turn of the 20th century put in cigarette packs to encourage women to smoke?

5. What does the acronym GPS represent? (two possible answers)

6. The nine-digit SSN is composed of three parts – the first set of three digits is called the _____ Number; the second set of two digits is called the _____ Number; and the final set of four digits is called the _____ Number.

7. In the early period of colonization of Virginia, second sons of British aristocrats who came to America in search of fortune (and to escape Cromwell’s Parliament), and who were often granted large tracts of land, were known as _____.

8. Name the three major Native American tribal groups that were located in North Carolina at the inception of its European settlement.

9. Is the following statement True or False? Someone providing the date of their own birth is considered a primary source of the information?

10. What is the state dog of NC? – (a) pit bull, (b) junkyard dog, (c) Plott hound, (d) Labrador retriever

11. What is Gretna Green? (a) a town in Scotland, (b) a golf course in Scotland County, (c) any town where quickie marriages are performed, (d) the most popular Sherwin-Williams paint color, (e) a and c, (f) a and b.

12. Eight states have an Orange County. How many can you name?

13. How many towns in NC are named Chapel Hill? One, two or three

14. According to Dr. Roy F. Baumeister of Florida State university, about ____% of your ancestors were women? (a) 67%, (b) 60%, (c) 50%, (d) 40%, (e) 33%

15. What was the first ship after the Mayflower to reach the Plymouth Colony?

16. Where was “Fenwick’s Colony”?

17. The Ayr Mount Historic Site is located within the Eno River Valley near Hillsborough. Ayr Mount is a meticulously restored 1815 plantation home and is exquisitely furnished with Federal antiques and decorative art – (a) Who built Ayr Mount in 1815? (b) How did he come to name it Ayr Mount?

18. Just across the road from Ayr Mount is the site of the only surviving speedway from NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 season. The one-mile Occoneechee/Orange Speedwaywas active from 1948-1968, attracting the best stock car drivers and thousands of spectators. In 1997, Preservation North Carolina bought the site from the estates of NASCAR founder William France and Enoch Staley. The site is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (a) Who won the last NASCAR race run in Hillsborough in 1968? (b) What is the name of the speedway that replaced the Occoneechee/Orange Speedway in 1969?

19. Except for the first person (on a pedigree chart), who can be male or female, all males/husbands have an ID number which is (a) odd, or (b) even.

20. Question 20 was to fill in the names on a four-generation pedigree chart/ahnentafel chart and then fill in the numbers of each person on the sheet

The answers are located at the end of this newsletter. NO CHEATING!

FUTURE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR D-OGS MEMBERS

Awhile back (several years ago), we asked D-OGS members about genealogical resources (books, CDs, etc.) that you had that might be useful to other D-OGS members. I am now asking if we can renew this hidden treasure by sending us a list of resources in your personal library. We can list these materials in a section on the “members only” section of our website. Other D-OGS members will be able to see what is available and may contact you for some reference help. This could be a great way to help your fellow D-OGS from near and far.

Please send me a list of any books, CDs or other items that you think might be useful to anyone else doing genealogical research, particularly in “Olde Orange County”. If you send it electronically, it can be in a word processing document or a spreadsheet or a text document sent as an email attachment. You can just include it in the body of an email, if you wish. You can even send it via US mail to me at the D-OGS mailbox (Box 4703, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703). The most important is that as many members contribute as possible. Please include a description of how you would like to be contacted for questions (phone, email, “snail mail”).

D-OGS TRADING PATH JOURNAL SUBMISSIONS

Cathy and Rob Elias have been working very hard to revive our journal, The Trading Path. They say that a new issue is ready for publication imminently. They need your help, however, for upcoming issues. All you genealogists and family historians out there have many wonderful tales, facts and other types of materials that you have collected in your quest for ancestral family knowledge. Family marriage lists, family Bible transcriptions or census enumerations are a wonderful source of information for everyone. Please consider sharing those tales and facts with your fellow D-OGS members by submitting an article or two to be published in an upcoming journal.

We need submissions from all our members, near and far. Surely you have something of interest about an “Olde Orange” family or two that is worthy of sharing. What better way is there to keep a family story alive than to share it with others? Our publications end up in libraries all over this nation (the D.A.R. Library in Washington, DC and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, for example). There is no way to measure the importance of sharing with that unknown distant cousin who will see your material at some time and place in the future. Share your wealth of material with the future generations of genealogists who may not otherwise have access to the materials you now have. Do it for your posterity.

You may submit electronic materials (word processing or spreadsheet documents) to the Eliases at tradingpath@aol.com or you may submit printed materials to them through the D-OGS mailbox at P.O. Box 4703, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703.

TRADING PATH ASSOCIATION FIRST SUNDAY HIKE FOR JANUARY 2008

We will walk along a long abandoned channel of a wagon road that once connected “Moccasin Gap” (modern Roxboro, NC) with South Boston, VA on the Dan River. As usual, we will meet at the trail head in time for a short briefing and a 2:00 PM departure. We’ll be back at the parking area by 4:00 PM. From the east you may approach the site along Highway 96 and from the north or south you may approach from Highway 501 going north above Roxboro, NC. From the west Highway 158 to Highway 501 may be the best bet, or Highway 49 and then south from South Boston along Highway 501. There are directions on the TPA website and we’ll post a map link there shortly too. Check their website (http://www.tradingpath.org/) for maps and directions.

NGS ANNOUNCES 2008 ANNUAL CONFERENCE & FAMILY HISTORY FAIR IN KANSAS CITY

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

Arlington, VA.

26 November 2007

May 14-17, 2008 will mark the 30th Annual Conference in the States and Family History Fair of the National Genealogical Society. The 2008 conference will be held in conjunction with local hosts – Missouri State Genealogical Association, Mid-Continent Public Library, Northland Genealogy Society, APG Heartland Chapter, and Johnson County, Kansas, Genealogical Society.

The 2008 conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The conference will feature 4 days of educational sessions for the beginner to the more experienced family history researcher. In addition the Family History Fair will feature over 150 exhibitors of genealogical goods and services, including genealogical software companies, book sellers, genealogical and historical societies, gifts, maps, and more. The exhibit hall is attached to the main conference center and is open to conference attendees and the general public at no charge. There is a major shopping complex attached to the hotel by a glass enclosed walkway. Hallmark Cards headquarters is also attached to the complex.

Midwest research, homesteading records, military records, National Archives records, writing lectures, Research in the States, methodology, computer topics, a BCG Skillbuilding track, adoption research, African American research, land records, German research are among the many topics covered in the over 150 sessions. A DNA track and several computer labs as well as other workshops are among the many special presentations.

Numerous social events will be held throughout the conference including a Show Me Missouri Wines reception; Reception at Mid-Continent Public Library; Reception at the National World War I Museum; ISFHWE dinner and NGS Banquet. There will also be several luncheons by participating genealogical organizations each day of the conference. (Charges for social events vary; see the brochure for details.)

The full program will be available online from 1 December 2007 at www.ngsgenealogy.org. Online registration will open 1 December 2007. To request a conference brochure go to: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/reqregbrochures.cfm. Register by 31 March 2008 for reduced early-bird fees.

The National Genealogical Society was founded in 1903, and is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. The NGS serves its members by providing genealogical skill development through education, information, publications, research assistance, and networking opportunities.

Further information on the NGS Conference in the States & Family History Fair can be found at the NGS website at: www.ngsgenealogy.org

CONFIRMING GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION USING CATHOLIC CHURCH CONFIRMATION RECORDS

By Lynn Turner

Confirmation records found in Latin American Catholic parish registers have proved to be an invaluable asset to genealogists. These records usually contain the name of the person being confirmed and names of his/her parents. Even though the records lack excessive genealogical information, they can be useful in other ways. Confirmations are useful in the following ways:

• As a locator tool

• Speeding up baptismal, marriage, and death searches

• Filling gaps between children

Sometimes confirmations are often found in the parish baptismal book. Other times they are maintained in there own book. Depending on parish size and location confirmations may have been done every year or once every several years. In small parishes far away from the Diocesan bishop a researcher may find a child and mother being confirmed at the same time.

Often times when we think of a locator tool we think of census records. Unfortunately Latin American countries did not record many censuses like the United States did. Confirmation records can help place a family within a particular parish. One of the quickest ways to know if a family lived in or moved to a parish is to check the confirmation records for that parish. Unlike census records confirmations will not list every person living in the parish, but will only list those being confirmed.

Recently I did some research on a family from Spain. The information given to me identified a parish, but when the couple married and began having children had not. None of the records had been indexed. I estimated a time period when the couple should have been having children. Instead of searching several pages of baptisms I began with the confirmations. Very quickly I learned that the confirmations were taken approximately every nine years. In a matter of minutes I determined that the family was having children between 1730 and 1750. I checked the baptisms between these years and found that the couple had seven children between 1731 and 1746.

If a child is found in the baptismal records but not in the confirmations he/she may have died as an infant. Death records should be consulted to verify any assumptions of an infant mortality. This should narrow death record searches and eliminate any searching for marriage records.

Confirmation records are also great gap fillers. As a general rule couples tended to have children every two years, sometimes spanning twenty or more years. At times four or five years will pass between before another child is found for a couple. If a gap of more than three years is discovered, the confirmations should be checked to see if a child was overlooked in the baptisms.

Confirmations, when available, can save you valuable time while doing your family history. To know if your parish of interest has confirmations available perform a place search on the family history library catalog found at www.familysearch.org . If you find that your parish has not been microfilmed, a letter to the parish priest might be necessary.

Lynn Turner graduated with a B.A. in genealogy and family history from Brigham Young University in August 2004. His areas of specialty include Latin America, Spain, and the United States. He provides research services and consultations; he can be reached at lynnturner@hotmail.com

BRITISH BURIAL RECORDS ADDED TO FINDMYPAST DATABASES

Findmypast.com announces the launch of over 10 million records from the National Burial Index, as the first part of an ongoing partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.

The National Burial Index is a finding aid for burials that took place in England or Wales, between the years 1538 and 2005. As such, it pre-dates the centralized registration of deaths in England and Wales, which only came into effect on 1 July 1837. It includes records from parish registers, non-conformist registers, Roman Catholic, Jewish and other registers as well as cemetery and cremation records.

It will complement the Latter Day Saints’ International Genealogical Index (IGI), which contains mainly baptisms and marriages.

(D-OGS does not support or endorse this for-fee website. We only wish to make you aware of potential sources of materials that may be of benefit to our members)

INTERPRETING OLD HANDWRITING

Reading somebody else’s handwriting is often difficult, and if it was written two or three centuries ago using a quill pen it can be very hard indeed to interpret. We were therefore delighted to learn that the Scottish Archive Network has created a free site to help you interpret old handwriting in wills, registers, and other documents:

http://www.ScottishHandwriting.com

Although it is specifically aimed at those with Scottish ancestry, anyone who has struggled to read a will copied in ‘secretary hand’ is likely to find the tutorials useful.

WEBSITES OF POSSIBLE INTEREST

WWI MUSEUM WEBSITE – Anyone with a World War I ancestor will want to view the exhibits at this newly-opened museum. Visit http://www.libertymemorialmuseum.org for more information.

NEW PORTAL OF FAMILY HISTORY INTERNET SITES – A listing of commonly used family history Internet sites came online recently, thanks to Kip Sperry. Alphabetically arranged from A to Z, this website will be helpful to family history instructors, students, genealogists, and librarians as a quick listing of popular sites. You can peruse this list for links to many resources at http://home.byu.net/ks4/

BOOKS OF POSSIBLE INTEREST

SAVANNAH GREY – A tale of Antebellum Georgia, is the first novel by author Jim Jordan, a Savannah historian and tour guide. The title is taken from the name of local bricks used to build many of the early buildings in Savannah. If you have ancestors who lived in Georgia during the first half of the 19th Century, you will enjoy the history of the economic development of Georgia. If you appreciate architecture, and especially if you have ever walked around any of the famous squares in Savannah, you will enjoy Jim Jordan’s detailed descriptions of the historic buildings and churches.

The story of Andrew McBain, an African American who was freed by the McBain family, will touch your heart and provide you with a broad perspective of living in Antebellum Georgia. The story includes life on a plantation, the restrictions on a free man of color, and the horrors of the slave trade in Africa. Jordan skillfully ties the story into many historical events. In the appendix he lists the non-fictional characters, so you can distinguish fact from fiction in the story. You can obtain the book from www.Amazon.com or if you want to order a number of books for a book club, you can contact the author directly at jjordan0408@charter.net.

(Originally published in UpFront with NGS, The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society. http://www.NGSgenealogy.org/upfront.htm)

NEW BOOK EXAMINES CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) IN NORTH CAROLINA – In accord with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources 2008 theme, Telling Our Stories, the Office of Archives and History has published That Magnificent Army of Youth and Peace: The Civilian Conservation Corps in North Carolina, 1933-1942, by Harley E. Jolley. (http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net)

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the United States Congress created the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 to counter the hopelessness felt by millions of young men in the depths of the Great Depression. These young men (age 18 to 25) were set to the task of restoring land wasted by over farming, clear-cut timbering and erosion. Their success is demonstrated in such well-known recreational resources as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

In this landmark study, the establishment of the CCC in North Carolina is discussed, camp life is recounted in great detail, and the accomplishments of the Corps are examined. Separate chapters present the involvement of African Americans and the Cherokee in North Carolina’s CCC efforts. Ninety black-and-white illustrations bring the story of that magnificent army to life.

Dr. Harley E. Jolley is professor emeritus of history at Mars Hill College, where he served on the faculty for forty-two years. He received a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate from Florida State University. Dr. Jolley is the author of several award-winning books on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

HISTORIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF DURHAM WALKING TOURS – For the past three years the Historic Preservation Society of Durham has entertained and educated hundreds of Durham natives and visitors with our 1 to 2 hour guided tours of downtown Durham. Many scholars helped HPSD review existing oral histories for this project, which HPSD then used to create tours which use actual quotes and interviews by Durham citizens and others, including Dr Martin Luther King.

Second Saturday–Durham’s Tobacco Heritage, a walking tour that examines the times, the people, and the businesses that gave a unique flavor to the Durham protest movement.

Third Saturday–Durham’s Civil Rights Legacy, a walking tour that delves into the industry that literally put Durham on the map. Stories of tobacco warehouse workers, farmers, musicians and others bring this history to life.

Fourth Saturday–Durham’s Architecture and Landscape, a walking tour that uses the architecture of downtown to reflect on Durham’s identity as a community past, present, and future.

All walks are free and begin at 10 AM at the Durham Farmers Market, across from Measurement Inc. (423 Morris Street), rain or shine. No need to reserve a space, but for more information or to arrange a special tour for your group, call HPSD at 682-3036, or info@preservationdurham.org, or visit us at www.preservationdurham.org.

BURWELL SCHOOL HISTORIC SITE – a trip to Hillsborough isn’t complete until you visit the Burwell School Historic Site. History comes to life at the Burwell School as you:

• Learn about daily life at an antebellum girl’s school and see a school building built in 1837

• Hear the words of a young enslaved woman who became a businesswoman, author, activist and the confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln

• Discover who occupied the Burwell School during the Civil War and why is was called the Beehive

• Play the Game of Graces on our beautiful front lawn or take part in a scavenger hunt

• Try on reproduction clothing from the 19th century

• Explore the lovely Spurgeon Gardens and its collection of old-fashioned plants

Free admission – Open to the public Wed-Sat 11-4 & Sun 1-4 – 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough – 919-732-7451 www.burwellschool.org

DURHAM KWANZAA CELEBRATIONS – December 26-31 – Nightly Candle Lighting at 7:30 pm, St. Joseph’s Performance Hall at Hayti Heritage Center, 800 Fayetteville Street. Come celebrate Kwanzaa with the Hayti Heritage Center, Dr. Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, and the City of Durham. Nightly candle lighting ceremonies will be held at Hayti Heritage Center to commemorate the first six days of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), and Kuumba (creativity). Each night will include musical entertainment or performances by renowned local, regional, and national performing artists. FREE. For more information call (919)-683-1709.

GRANVILLE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – the GCGS will meet at 6:30pm on 3 January 2008 in the Richard Thornton Library in Oxford, NC. The program will be presented by Allen Dew on “Cemetery Records”.

ALAMANCE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – the ACGS will meet at 7:00pm on 14 January 2008 in the Graham Civic Center. The program is TBA.

PRESERVATION DURHAM LUNCH AND LEARN – For 2007-2008, Lunch and Learn returns to Tosca Ristorante Italiano in West Village. Programs will be presented the third Wednesday of each month September-November, 2007 and January-May, 2008. Call them at 919-682-3036.

Individual event tickets are $18 for Preservation Durham members; $16 for senior members; and $20 for others. Season passes will also be available for $108 only to Preservation Durham members. Reservations are required – please contact the Preservation Durham office by the Friday before each program if you plan to attend. Last year, many events sold out, so call early! We accept telephone prepayment by Mastercard or Visa!

January 16, 2008: Leigh Farm and Lowe’s Grove: What’s Happening in South Durham These historic sites present challenges and opportunities as development encroaches on the rural areas of south Durham. Sponsorships available.

WAKE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – Tuesday, 22 January 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olivia Raney History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. The program is presented by Paul Smallwood, “Ulster Scots”

SMOLENYAK TO SPEAK AT TEXAS HILL COUNTRY SEMINAR – Megan Smolenyak will be the speaker at the Fourth Annual Hill Country Family History Seminar at Boerne Texas, Saturday, January 26, 2008. Her topics include two lectures on DNA, and one each on Reverse Genealogy and Online Newspaper research for obituaries. She will also speak at a pre-seminar dinner on Friday evening. The seminar is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Kendall County.

For more information or a registration form, visit the GSKC website at www.rootsweb.com/txgskc/ or email Mary Alice Dell at rvgenie@gmail.com.

ST. GEORGE UTAH GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HERITAGE JAMBOREE – February 8-9, 2008 – St. George, Utah – Dixie Convention Center – 1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George, Utah

My Ancestors Found, a local Utah business, has pinpointed St. George, Utah as the place to be February 8-9, 2008. Family history and genealogy enthusiasts will be gathering at the Dixie Convention Center and will not be disappointed with the more than 100 classes being offered to help you jump start the process. The great thing about this is you don’t even have to have Utah roots.

Pre-register online at www.MyAncestorsFound.com <http://www.myancestorsfound.com/> , by phone at 801.829.3295, or send a check to: My Ancestors Found; PO Box 187; Morgan, UT 84050.

Questions? Email: kimberly@myancestorsfound.com or call Holly at 866.701.5071

CARL SANDBURG COLLEGE WORKSHOPS – Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois is proud to announce its offerings for our 10th annual “Genealogy Computing Week” 3 through 8 March 2008. This weeklong series of genealogy computer workshops will be held in our state of the art computer labs with limited enrollment.

Offerings for 2008 are:

• Using Footnote.com

• Using Ancestry.com

• FTM 2008

• RootsMagic

• Free Genealogy Online

Registration is limited to keep class size small and is on a first come, first served basis. Registration is $35 per day (the same as 10 years ago), includes the handout, but not lunch.

More details are on our site at: http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html including where Galesburg, Illinois, USA is and how to get there. Questions can be sent to me off list at mjnrootdig@gmail.com.

LOGAN UTAH GENEALOGY & FAMILY HERITAGE JAMBOREE – March 22, 2008 – Eccles Conference Center – On the campus of Utah State University, Logan, Utah – Sponsored by: The Logan Regional Family History Center and My Ancestors Found This one day event is drawing speakers and vendors from all over the U.S. It will feature 36+ terrific classes to choose from, more than 20 vendors and exhibitors, and the latest genealogy products and technology. Drawings for prizes will take place all day long with grand prize drawings at the end of the conference! Admission to the exhibit hall and keynote address is FREE to the public, and classes will be offered for a minimal fee. The complete class schedule and exhibit hall map are available at www.MyAncestorsFound.com. Pre-register online at www.MyAncestorsFound.com <http://www.myancestorsfound.com/> , by phone at 801.829.3295, or send a check to: My Ancestors Found; PO Box 187; Morgan, UT 84050. Questions? Email: kimberly@myancestorsfound.com or call Holly at 866.701.5071

SALT LAKE CITY RESEARCH TRIP – Rootdig.com is sponsoring the 3rd annual Family History Research Trip to the Salt Lake City Family History Library with Michael John Neill, genealogist and columnist for Ancestry.com.

Our trip runs from 13-24 May 2008. Participants can stay at the Plaza next door to the library or in other lodging of their choosing. Preparation for the trip is a part of the package and begins upon registration. Michael is also in the library for the duration of the trip for personal consultations and one on one help.

For more information, visit our website at: http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

Questions can be directed to me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com.

2008 NGS CONFERENCE AND FAMILY HISTORY FAIR – 14 – 17 May, Kansas City, MO – It’s not too early to make your reservations for the 2008 NGS Conference in the States in Kansas City, Missouri 14-17 May 2008. A link about the conference and hotel information can be found at http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/2008/. The Hyatt Regency Crown Center is offering the discounted conference rate of $129 per night from 8 May 2008 through 20 May 2008.

While you are in Kansas City, Missouri there is lots to see and do. Highlights of the “Show Me the Records” conference include lectures on the following topics:

• Adoption Research

• African American Research

• BCG Skillbuilding Track

• Computer Topics

• DNA Lectures

• Genealogical Essentials

• German Research

• Homesteading Records

• Land Records

• Methodology

• Midwest Resources

• Migration

• Military Records

• National Archives Records

• Native American Lectures

• Research in the States

• Writing Lectures

• and more…

The local societies, which include the Missouri State Genealogical Association, the Mid-Continent Public Library, the Northland Genealogy Society, the APG Heartland Chapter and the Johnson County, Kansas Genealogical Society, are putting together an exceptional program for you.

• Research Day: Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, Missouri, Monday 12 May.

• Librarian’s Workshop, Tuesday 13 May.

• Research Day at the National Archives, Tuesday 13 May. For more information about the records collection in Kansas City see http://www.arcives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city. Although NARA in

• Kansas City will not be moving to their new location until Fall 2008, NARA will be open at the current location during the NGS conference.

• “Show Me Missouri Wines” Reception, Tuesday Evening, 13 May for an additional fee of $15 per person

• Reception at Mid-Continent Pubic Library’s New Midwest Genealogy Center, Wednesday evening 14 May.

• Reception at the National World War I Museum, Thursday evening, 15 May sponsored by the WWI Museum and the National Archives in Kansas City. For more information see http://www.libertymemorialmuseum.org

Additional local tours include:

• The Hallmark Visitors Center of the Global Headquarters of Hallmark Cards is only two blocks from the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.

• Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Missouri

• National Historic Trails Museum

• Arabia Steamboat Museum

More details will be available in the coming months. Registration will open early in 2008.

ANSWERS TO QUIZ FROM THE DECEMBER 2007 D-OGS MEETING

1. 1930 (1 point)

2. 1840 (1 point)

3. 1910 (1 point)

4. Silk swatches that many women incorporated into quilts (1 point)

5. “Global Positioning System” and “Genealogical Proof Standard” (2 points)

6. Area, Group, Serial (3 points)

7. Cavaliers (1 point)

8. Iroquoian, Siouan and Algonquian (3 points)

9. False (1 point)

10. Plott hound (1 point)

11. a and c (1 point)

12. CA, FL, IN, NY, NC, TX, VT and VA (8 points)

13. Two (1 point)

14. 67% (1 point)

15. The “Fortune” (1 point)

16. Western New Jersey (1 point)

17. William Kirkland, who was born in Ayr, Scotland (2 points)

18. Richard Petty, Talladega Speedway (2points)

19. Even (1 point)

20. Five points for correct numbering (5 points)

Possible total of 38 points for correct answers. The following people got 5 points for submitting questions for the quiz: Cathy Elias, Jeff Palmer, Ava Nackman and Paul Hollinghurst. Did you cheat and look at the answers first?

HUMOR

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

PARTING THOUGHT

The start of a new year gives you the perfect opportunity to make a new effort to get in touch with those relatives that you have not seen or talked to in awhile. Renew an old friendship – contact a “cousin” and find out what they are doing.

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

D-OGS, P.O. Box 4703, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703 – http://www.ncgenweb.us/dogsnc

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