January 2009 Newsletter

By , April 21, 2011

D-OGS Newsletter – January 2009
News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists


The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday, 7 January 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 How safe is the genealogical data you have spent years collecting? The speaker will be Richard Ellington, D-OGS newsletter editor. Have you backed up your computer files lately? Do you have copies stored in safe places? If not, you need to do something about it NOW! We will be talking about some fairly inexpensive methods for saving all that digital family trivia that you are hoarding but not protecting. After all, how much time and money would it cost to recreate that material?

January will be our first meeting at the Duke Homestead when we are “on the clock”, 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, 10 January 2009 at 9 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Library downstairs in the large downstairs conference room. The meeting program is: “Another Year Gone By, and my Computer Has Molasses in it!”

This January the D-OGS CIG is going to address getting ourselves and our computers in tip-top condition to take on the challenges of the New Year. When was the last time you did a tune up, got rid of useless programs, defragmented the drive, and reviewed the bookmarks that no longer apply? Have you checked to see if your drivers are the latest ones? Have you updated your browser lately? Is your computer running as fast as when you popped open the box and started loading your favorite genealogy software? You may want to join us and see what can be done to keep the key to the universe in your home in fine shape and tracking your ancestors on schedule through 2009. We’ll also explore a couple of the latest tools that were not designed specifically with genealogists in mind, but lend themselves beautifully to all the tasks we require to do our jobs efficiently. – Carol

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


The December meeting of the D-OGS was held in the party room at the Golden Corral on Route 55 in southern Durham. This was our Birthday Dinner and members began arriving at about 6:15 PM. We had an attendance of 35 members and guests. All seemed to agree that the food was good, hot and plentiful. Member Don Holloway warned that if we did not see him at the next meeting in January it might be because he is still going back to the buffet line for more.

After dinner and the annual Birthday Quiz, President Paul Hollinghurst opened a brief meeting to hear the report of the Nominating Committee and hold election of officers.

Nominating Committee Report: Rob Elias presented the report for the Nominating Committee: Rob Elias, Cathy Elias and Bill Reid. The nominees for 2009 as follows:

President: Paul Hollinghurst
Vice President: open
Secretary: Tonya Krout
Treasurer: Ann Hamby
Director for 2009-2011: open

Nominations were opened from the floor. Ginny Thomas agreed to be the Director for 2009-2011. There were no nominations or volunteers to fill the position of VP. There being no further nominations, nominations were closed. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate including Director for 2009-2011: Ginny Thomas. The question was called and the ayes were unanimous.

Rob Elias continued that since we have not elected a VP that is responsible for program, it would be unfair to leave that job also to Paul. He proposed that everyone be responsible for finding programs through out the year. A short discussion followed with many good suggestions for programs and speakers.

Paul thanked the Nominating Committee for their work.

Paul thanked Carol Boggs for tonight’s Birthday Quiz. Carol replied: “The quiz this year did not consist of questions submitted by the members, because no members submitted questions when I requested them. Left to my own devices, I turned to our speakers for the year of 2008 and drew questions from each of the topics they presented. To find that information I went to the excellent minutes recorded by our secretary, Tonya Krout, and read through the material she posted to the monthly newsletter Richard provides for us. Those newsletters are a fertile field for questions, and easy enough for every D-OGS member to read each month. Even if you did not attend a meeting, you could still learn much about the topic the speaker presented. This is a nice touch for our “distant D-OGS”. We had some great speakers this year and we’re hoping to have such good luck in 2009. If you have a suggestion for a topic or a speaker, please let us know, I’ll use their material for next year’s quiz!”

Paul thanked Cathy and Rob Elias for the Birthday Quiz prizes. Cathy mentioned that they had picked up the prizes at various genealogy events that they had attended along with items from yard and garage sales and there were prizes for every person attending.

Paul closed the meeting.

The last members and guests left for home at about 8:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Paul Hollinghurst, acting secretary


We have had a very interesting discussion on the D-OGS Rootsweb listserv concerning gravestones – their care and cleaning. I have found a couple of interesting articles on the topic and have passed them on to Paul to include on the D-OGS “members only” website with the monthly newsletters.

Her are a few good websites that include information on this very topic. If you are aware of other good sources of information, please feel free to share them with us.

North Carolina Archaeology – http://www.archaeology.ncdcr.gov/ncarch/reporting/archres.htm

Names in Stone (Cemetery Maps) – http://www.namesinstone.com/

Association of Gravestone Studies – http://www.gravestonestudies.org/welcome.htm


Check out the following website (http://www.carolina-patriot.com/tradingford.html) if you are you interested in offering your support and effort to save some historic sites that are in danger of development from potential residential and highway projects. I have contacted Tom Magnuson with the Trading Path Association and he says that the NCDOT (NC Department of Transportation) may not be very cooperative on their projects. He has asked them to at least do some core samplings of the area where they are interested in locating some bridging but they are not quick to do anything that they are not required to do, by law.

The best bet for support will probably come from the political bureaucracy. Contact your state Senator or Representative or even the Governor-elect, Bev Perdue.

(Thanks to Ann Hamby for bringing this to our attention)


By Melissa Shimkus

Searching for land patents issued by the United States government is easy thanks to the General Land Office of the Bureau of Land Management website (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/). An additional valuable source is the series of books produced by Arphax Publishing and Gregory Alan Boyd titled “Family Maps of…” Each volume in this ongoing series focuses on an individual county. Although not yet complete, the series already features 363 titles for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. All are available in the Genealogy Center (at the Allen County Public Library).

Each book begins with a useful introduction and general maps showing the county’s location within the state and in the context of neighboring counties, as well as maps depicting townships, cities and towns, and cemeteries. A general surname index leads you to a “map group” for the township of interest, where you will find details on each land patent in that township as well a map outlining the location of each patent. Once you locate your ancestor on the patent map, it is easy to see which individuals obtained patents on neighboring parcels of land. The map group for each township also includes a road map and an historical map showing waterways, cemeteries, and railroads.

The surname/township index in “Family Maps of Holmes County, Florida” (call number 975.901 H73BO), for example, references two parcels of land for the Moore family in Township 4-N Range 14-W or map group 22. The index to land patents in the section for map group 22 provides details. Elizabeth and John E. Moore had a patent issued on February 21, 1893 for the southwest quarter of section 10, with a portion located in Washington County. The patent map shows that the property of Elizabeth and John is bounded to the north by that of George W. Moore, who received his land patent on the same date. Based on the information gleaned from this book, we now have a specific location for the family’s land, another individual to research, and a legal description to extend our property records search.

The “Family Maps” series by Gregory Alan Boyd is an excellent source for land patents in the United States. It provides easy to use indexes and visuals that make researching land patents simple. Genealogists will garner valuable family property information as well as leads for additional research.

(This article appeared in the Genealogy Gems newsletter from the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IA.)


(This article is a press release issued by Emory University on 5 December 2008)

A group of international scholars will gather at Emory Dec. 5-6 to celebrate the debut of “Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database” as it begins its own maiden expedition.

Two years in the making at Emory, the free and interactive Web-based resource documents the slave trade from Africa to the New World between the 16th and 19th centuries, says David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History and one of the scholars who originally published “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” as a CD-ROM in 1999. He and Martin Halbert, director of digital innovations for Emory Libraries, directed the work that made the online “Voyages” project expandable, interactive and publicly accessible.

“‘Voyages’ provides searchable information on almost 35,000 trans-Atlantic voyages hauling human cargo, as well as maps, images and data on some individual Africans transported,” says Eltis.

The conference, which also marks the bicentennial of the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1808, will feature presentations by Eltis’ graduate students who have worked on the database, with leading scholars commenting on their papers. Other sessions include “The Slave Trade, the Web site and Atlantic History” and “The Slave Trade, the Website and the Classroom.”

David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus and founding director emeritus of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University, will give a keynote lecture on “Comparing the Paths to American and British Slave-Trade Abolition.” Following Davis’ talk will be the formal launch of the “Voyages” database by Rick Luce, director of University Libraries.

Database Establishes Links Between America, Africa
Funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, “Voyages” is based on the seminal 1999 work, “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” That CD-ROM included more than 27,000 slave trade voyages and has been popular with scholars and genealogists alike. However, it is no longer available and had several limitations.

“Everyone wants to know where their ancestors came from,” Eltis says. “There are more data on the slave trade than on the free migrant movement simply because the slave trade was a business and people were property, so records were likely to be better. What the database makes possible is the establishment of links between America and Africa in a way that already has been done by historians for Europeans.”

Adds Halbert: “The digital and Web-based Voyages publication is intentionally collaborative and can grow and change over time. Scholars who discover new information can add it to the database, and thus share it with their colleagues. In addition, researchers can download the database in a format compatible with the SPSS statistical package.”


NEW YORK, NY – New York City-based Familybuilder‚ (http://www.familybuilder.com), the fastest-growing genealogy service on the Internet used by more than 5 million people on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, and Orkut, today announces the release of Familybuilder DNA, its line of popularly-priced home genealogy DNA tests.

Familybuilder DNA (https://dna.familybuilder.com) available for a limited time at the special introductory price of $59.95, offers both paternal (YDNA) and maternal (mtDNA) tests. Consumers who swab their cheeks will receive an ancient migration map, DNA markers (for YDNA) or differences relative to the Revised Cambridge Reference Sequence (for mtDNA), and a description of their haplogroup.

Consumers will receive an ancient migration map which details the migration patterns associated with their ancestors living many thousands of years ago. Each individual’s DNA markers or differences are unique and, in the web 2.0 tradition, are fully portable for use with other DNA testing services.

All samples will be processed by Familybuilder’s state-of the art, ASCLD/LAB accredited laboratory, where a trained forensic analyst will review the raw data to finalize each genetic profile.

YDNA is passed solely along the patrilineal line, while mtDNA is passed solely on the matrilineal line. Male participants can choose from either a YDNA test or an mtDNA test depending on whether their interest focuses on the paternal or maternal line.

Women are able to participate only in mtDNA testing since YDNA is passed exclusively from father to son. Women who wish to determine their paternal ancestry can ask their father, brother, paternal uncle, paternal grandfather, or a cousin who shares the same paternal lineage to take a test for them.

(This information was retrieved from Familybuilder website. D-OGS does not endorse this offer in any way. We are merely trying to make our members aware of possible tools for their research. Ed.)


If you are a subscriber to Ancestry.com or use it in the public library, you will be interested in this. Professional genealogist and nationally know lecturer and author Barbara Renick has created a new tutorial video especially for UpFront with NGS readers, entitled “Searching at Ancestry Part 1.” In this audiovisual slideshow, Barbara describes the new Ancestry.com search engine. Using screen illustrations of the older search screens as well as the new search options, she explains how to use each and offers helpful tips for achieving effective results from them. You can find this tutorial at:


You can also find this tutorial from the www.zroots.com home page. Just click on Notes, click on NGS, and then click on Tutorials. Lastly, click on the link that says “Click here to see a short video on searching at Ancestry.com.”

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


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

The former archivist at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia who stole thousands of museum documents and sold them on the Internet was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.

Lester F. Weber sold at least 3,500 documents — from collections he was supposed to oversee — on eBay under his wife’s name. The items included everything from brochures and boarding passes for old ships to a lawsuit against the company that owned the Titanic.

During sentencing, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith stated, “What stands out about this case was not only the ‘surreptitious and dishonest’ manner of the crime, but also the repetitive nature of it over a long period of time. You did this … because of your greed and furthering your own pocketbook.

Weber was previously ordered to pay the museum the $172,357 he made on the sales. Smith also sentenced Weber’s wife, Lori E. Childs, to 15 months in prison for filing a false tax return. She pleaded guilty in September.

Details are available at http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-local_museum_1218dec18,0,6554694.story.


The following was written by The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.com:

PROVO, Utah — According to historical documents available as part of Ancestry.com’s new Florida State Census Collection, actress Faye Dunaway, famous for her performances in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Mommie Dearest,” was a four-year-old living with her parents and brother in Florida in 1945 and NASCAR co-founder William France, Sr., was already in the car business by 1935, listed as a mechanic living in Daytona. Now others with Florida roots can make discoveries about their own relatives. Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online resource for family history, has digitized and indexed the 1867, 1875, 1935 and 1945 Florida state censuses, which contain more than 3.8 million names and 75,000 original images. This is the first time these censuses have been indexed, making the information easily available and searchable online.

Florida is one of only two U.S. states (South Dakota is the other) to have completed a census as recently as 1945, which means many Floridians can potentially find their parents — or even themselves — while searching the collection and building their family tree. Using powerful search tools, users can easily discover the name, address, place of birth, level of education and occupation of family members and others living in the same household, as well as locate and view digital images of the original census documents handwritten decades ago.

“With the addition of our new Florida State Census Collection, never-before-discovered family histories will be found at the click of a mouse,” said Gary Gibb, vice president of U.S. content for Ancestry.com. “Censuses are one of the best resources for tracing your family history and Ancestry.com is adding the 1945, 1935, 1875 and 1867 Florida state censuses to the largest and most complete census collections available on the Web.”


T. (abbreviation) – township.
terr. (abbreviation) – territory.
test. (abbreviation) – testament.
Testate – died leaving a valid will.
Testis – witness.
Testator – man who writes a valid will.
Testatrix – woman who writes a valid will.
Tithable – a person taxable by law.


IRELAND’S HISTORY IN MAPS – are you back to the “old country” yet? Well, if Ireland is the land of your ancestors, there may be maps on this site that will be useful to you – http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlkik/ihm/iremaps.htm


THE FORMATIVE CULTURES OF THE CAROLINA PIEDMONT – The name Joffre Lanning Coe is synonymous with North Carolina archaeology. The original publication in 1964 of Coe’s The Formative Cultures of the Carolina Piedmont represented a landmark in American archaeology. This classic work has been reprinted by the N.C. Office of Archives and History in cooperation with the Coe Foundation for Archaeological Research.

In The Formative Cultures of the Carolina Piedmont, Coe reported the results of investigations at three North Carolina archaeological sites and revolutionized perspectives about the age and depth of archaeological sites in the Eastern Woodlands. The groundbreaking book is the original source for many projectile point types identified with the Archaic period (8,000-1,000 B.C.) and is frequently cited by archaeologists, scholars, and collectors.

Few other archaeological books have enjoyed the success of The Formative Cultures of the Carolina Piedmont; this is the seventh printing. Coe’s publication prompted renowned archaeologist James Bennett Griffin to remark, “North Carolina studies can be divided into two major periods—B.C. and A.C.—Before Coe and After Coe.” The interpretations in this volume remain basically unchanged and are as relevant today as when first published.

Joffre Lanning Coe, a native of North Carolina, did his undergraduate work at Brevard College and UNC-Chapel Hill. He received a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Coe was professor of anthropology and director of the Research Laboratories of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. From 1937 to 1987 he guided excavations at Town Creek Indian Mound in Montgomery County.

Reprinted in a convenient paperback format, The Formative Cultures of the Carolina Piedmont (130 pages, illustrated, index) costs $31.40, which includes tax and shipping. Order from Historical Publications Section, Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4622. For credit card orders call (919) 733-7442 or use the Publications Section’s secure online store at http://store.yahoo.com/nc-historical-publications/.


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. Contact the Preservation Durham office by phone at (919)-682-3036 or by email for more information

January 21, 2009: Dollars, Sense, and Preservation. Preservation Durham’s Annual Preservation Leadership Lecture Presents Donovan Rypkema. Mr. Rypkema will discuss the economics of historic preservation and demonstrate why preservation is profitable. Note: This program is not included in the L&L season ticket. Tickets will be sold separately.

NGS RESEARCH TRIPS TO SALT LAKE CITY – The National Genealogical Society offers a research trip later this winter on 25 January-1 February 2009. The details about the trip are below and are available on the NGS website: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

If you have not been to the Family History Library before, this is an opportunity to do a week of intense family research. On the November trip, two experienced certified genealogists, Sandra Clunies and Shirley Wilcox, will help acquaint you with the resources available at the library and provide consultation about your specific research goals. A second research trip will be available 25 January-1 February 2009 with Shirley Wilcox, CG, and Marie Melchiori, CG, CGL, as your research hosts.

If you are an experienced genealogist who has visited the Family History Library before, here is an opportunity for you to consult with our leaders and perhaps take a fresh look at one of your brick walls. Several social events provide an opportunity for camaraderie with other family history researchers.

You can register for the Salt Lake City Research Trip at http://ngsgenealogy.org. Pricing and trip details are available on the website. Sign up early because space is limited to 30 participants. Shirley Wilcox and Marie Melchiori will be your research hosts.

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.

You do not have to be a TIARA member to join the cruise. The first thirty registrants will receive a one-hour private consultation with one of the professional genealogists who are presenters.

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.”


Twisted Genealogical Tree Branch

My nephew and niece (siblings) are two of the three primary characters in this little episode. Nephew’s son is the third. Nephew’s wife died accidentally while their son was an infant. Niece took in nephew’s son when nephew was assigned overseas with military and couldn’t take son. Nephew’s son grew up with niece’s children. Niece and her husband ultimately adopted nephew’s son. Immediately, nephew’s son was his own first-cousin-by-adoption. His aunt, of course, became his mother. And his cousins became his sisters. He also became his father’s nephew. He was/is still his grandfather’s grandson, but we have to be careful not to count him twice when we show him on the chart in two places.

Now that he has children the terms of relationship are beginning to get interesting.
(Previously published in MISSING LINKS, Vol. 8, No. 15, 13 April 2003)


If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. – Stephen Wright

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

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