January 2010 Newsletter

By , December 28, 2009


Meeting Annuoncements
Meeting Minutes
Society Issues for the Coming Year
D-OGS Birthday Quiz
Trading Path Association January First Sunday Hike
Special NC Collections Programs at the Durham County Public Library
Digital Cameras for Genealogists
DNA Tests in Ghana May Shed Light on African-American Origins
How to Create A Font of Your Own Handwriting
Preservation Tip of the Month
Free My PDF
Genealogical Glossary
Websites of Possible Interest
Calendar of Upcoming Events
D-OGS Birthday Quiz Answers
Parting Thought

Meeting Announcements

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 6 January, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham 27705. Phone: (919) 477-5498 – One-half mile from I-85 and Guess Rd (Exit 175), Follow the brown historic site road signs.

The program will be presented by Ben Franklin. The program topic is “Genealogical Datamining”. Ben has almost as much experience as a database professional as he has as a genealogist. He will demonstrate an approach that will allow you to apply datamining techniques to your genealogical research efforts, simplify collaboration with others and reduce the time it takes to achieve quality results. He applied these techniques to a recent Orange County research project to write the first draft of a 150 page genealogy book entitled: “Families of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Chapel, Orange County, North Carolina,” and has spawned several other projects, including the transcription of almost 200 Orange County Wills.

Note:  The Orange County Will Transcription project is a work in progress.  Transcriptions are uploaded as they are completed from the 180+ hard and soft copies. Copies of this volume will be available for viewing at the D-OGS meeting.

Ben Franklin has been performing family history research for about 30 years. He is the former director of the Durham Family History Center, teaches Family History at Duke University through the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute, is the editor of Franklin Family Researchers United (a surname-based family history newsletter) and has been involved in a large variety of family history-related projects.


The D-OGS Computer Interest Group will meet on Saturday morning, 9 January 2010 at 9 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Library downstairs in the large conference room.

LOCATION: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC Map!

We want everyone to feel free to attend, and bring their questions, problems, and examples of tips and techniques they have found to share with the group. We will discuss DropBox, recently mentioned by Dick Eastman and suggested by Beverly Cato for discussion. The group will make some decisions about how the CIG will continue in the future if there is interest in its happening. All ideas and suggestions are welcome.

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

D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meetings are open to all!
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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for December 2, 2009

We celebrated our Annual Birthday Party at the Golden Corral in south east Durham. Attendance was low due to high winds and monsoon like rain. (I learned–after driving home trying to avoid flooded streets–the airport reported nearly 3 inches of rain for the day.) However, everyone who braved the adverse driving conditions had a good time and didn’t have to wait through long lines at the buffet!

Unfortunately, one of our members had a car accident on the way to Golden Corral but she didn’t let that dampen her spirits and another member went to her rescue and brought her to the restaurant. We were all glad to see that she was unhurt.

After dinner, Carol had us recount favorite holiday memories. We went around the room and most members and guests contributed their recollections. They ranged from food to the mystery of how presents appeared under the tree.

Carol once again had a tough quiz which she based on programs we had had during the year and the minutes that are in your monthly newsletter. A perfect score was 22 and—with the exception of Richard (score of 12) who had copied and delivered the quizzes—the highest score was 8! Ginny Thomas and I managed that feat followed closely by Elizabeth Hamilton with 7. Our new webmaster, Ginger Smith held the #4 position. We had an assortment of prizes to choose from. After we made our choices everyone else was offered a chance at the prize table. Thanks to all who contributed to the prize selections!

Richard had information sheets made up with holiday events in the area. That type of information is much appreciated. He also told us about a display at the main library on “Telling Our Stories” from a photo contest held in 2008 by Our State Magazine.

The treasurer’s report: As of November 30, our balance is $1811.76.

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout, Secretary
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Society Issues for the Coming Year

As you all know by now, we have NO Vice-President/Program Chair for this year. That means that we have no one willing to take an interest in providing guidance for programs at our regular meetings. This is sad. Over the years, many of you have stepped up and taken on the various levels of responsibility including recruiting someone to present a program or even doing a presentation yourself. Programs and presentations are a vital part of our goals. This is the main reason that many of our resident members come to the local meetings and all of our distant members get at least some benefit from the notes in the meeting minutes. At the present time, we have only a couple of programs planned. I intend to start asking for volunteers at upcoming meetings – please be prepared to volunteer.

Our budget is going to be a big issue in the upcoming year. Due to increases in publishing costs and the costs of now having to pay for the use of certain meeting places, we are going to be very tight on funds. Your Board of Directors has been grappling with this issue for a couple of meetings now. We don’t want to cut back on anything if we can avoid it.

Many D-OGS members are contributing resources of time, energy and expertise to keep this society going. Recently, many historical and genealogical societies have folded because of a lack of funds, lack of membership involvement and many other reasons. We all need to work together to keep D-OGS as alive and functioning as possible, lest we fall to the same sad outcome.

We will be talking about these and other issues at upcoming meetings. Please be prepared to contribute your ideas, time and talents.
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D-OGS Birthday Quiz – Take The Quiz!

This is the quiz put together by Carol Boggs for our December 2009 meeting. The questions were taken from the monthly programs. See how well you do:

1. January 7, 2009

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

Speaker: Richard Ellington, D-OGS Newsletter Editor

Richard suggested that we should be saving our photos in ______ format, not ______ format.

(Fill in the blanks.)

2. February 4, 2009

Topic: “For No God, but for Country: Understanding the Civil War Enlistment of the North Carolina Grays”

Speaker: Ernest Dollar, Director of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill

“He had slides and pointed out an area in Wake County he identified as the present day __________ area and said this would be the area he would have lived in pre-Civil War times.” What is the name of the current town where Ernie first found the headstone?

3. March 4, 2009

TOPIC: “Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781″

Speaker: Joshua Howard, Research Historian, Office of Archives and History.

“Cornwall lost his light infantry at Cowpens on January 17, which led him to burn his supplies so that his army could chase Greene in the Race to the Dan, but Greene escaped across the flooded _______ River (basically what is now I-85).” What was the name of the river?

4. April 1, 2009

Topic:  “Copyright and Rightful Copying: A Balanced Approach to Research and the Law.”

Speaker:  Kevin L. Smith, J. D, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University

Items not covered by copyright are:

Public Domain–something published before 1923

Facts and data in raw form

Works of public performance

Works published between 1923 and 1963 without notice or without renewal

Works of the Federal Government

5. May 3, 2009

Topic: “Let’s Prepare for the Conference”

Speaker: Cathy & Rob Elias and Carol Boggs –

In May we had the privilege of participating in the Raleigh conference of a national society. (Fill in the blanks) It was called the 2009 “XXX XXXXXXXXXX XX XXX XXXXXX“ (5 points – each word counts) ______________________________________________

6. June 3, 2009

Topic: “18th Century Wake County, NC, Land Grant Research: A Work in Progress.”

Speaker: Jim Jones

In 1663 the English King Charles established the Carolina Charter. At that time Carolina extended from the __________ to the _________ and from the southern border of _________ to the northern border of _________.  (Fill in the blanks)

7. July 1, 2009

Topic: “The Digital North Carolina Maps Project”

Speaker: Nicholas Graham, Project Manager: The Digital North Carolina Maps Project.

He showed several maps, including:

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

—   Cram 1887 Map of Durham County

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

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

—   Orange County Highway Map 1938

—   1966-68 Durham County Highway Maps

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

They were part of a project that was a venture of UNC, the State Archives, Duke, and the Outer Banks History Center.  Which one of these organizations was NOT included in the project? Circle it.

8. August 2, 2009

Topic: Annual Show and Tell

Which member told us she was continuing the saga of her husband’s great-great-grandfather, the Quaker who ran off with his employer’s daughter and got kicked out of the Quaker church?  ________ _________

9. September 2, 2009

Topic: What happened to our speaker?

Rob Elias stood in for the speaker by posing questions for the audience, then asked for questions from the audience. One was, “what was the year known as The Year Without a Summer? ____________

10. October 7, 2009

Topic: “Like a Bear with his Stern in a Corner”

Speaker: Stewart Dunaway

Stewart talked about how he and his co-author found material in the Archives in _________ that had never before been published, and put a different light on events surrounding the Revolutionary War in NC.

11. November 4, 2009

Topic: “The Culture of Southern Folk Death”

Speaker: John W. Clauser, Jr.

There are traditional plants that can give you a clue to the location of unmarked cemeteries. Which one of these is NOT on his list? (Circle the one that does NOT belong.) Daylilies, Daffodils, Periwinkle, Red cedar, Yucca, Prickly pear cactus

~~~~~Extra Credit Questions ~~~~~

12. Biographical compilations of the late 19th and early 20th century were interesting, but not highly reliable and for that reason were referred to as _____________________

13.  “[child] Merriam  d. 3 May 1765 – Notes: a Child of Joseph Merriam by Swallowing a Ry Ear ”

This tells of the death of a child in unusual circumstances. What caused his death? ______________________________________

14. What year did the U.S. census taker ask each resident how long he/she was married? _________

The answersare at the end of this newsletter – Don’t cheat and look first!
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Trading Path Association January First Sunday Hike to be at Moorefields

Our January 2010 First Sunday Hike on 4 January will be at a favorite old spot, “Moorefields”, a private historic site west of Hillsborough, NC.  We hike at Moorefields once a year, it seems, every year.  It is lovely and accessible, and its location astride the Central Coast Road makes it very germane to our studies.  In this particular case, we’re hiking there again because we believe there to have been a direct connection between this site and the site we last visited, the likely tavern site above Fanny’s Ford on the Eno.  Evidence for this may exist along the oldest roadbed in the vicinity of Moorefields, a roadbed north of the plantation house, in the vicinity of “Grayfields”, an earlier, 18th century plantation.  If memory serves, the rock walls lining the road that passed Grayfields bear a striking resemblance to the rock walls found along the older roads near St. Mary’s Chapel and near the tavern on the bluff (see the photo of the dog for an example).  The picture to the left is one of Gene Dodd‘s photos from our last hike at Moorefields showing a beaver dam in Seven Mile Creek just upstream from the old ford.

We haven’t done enough genealogical and historical document study to ascertain any relationships between the various owners of these two sites, and we’re not sure that similar stonework has any meaning in term of dating the sites, but it is worth a look.  By the time of the hike, maybe we’ll know more about the relationships of the Gray-Harte  family, the Few family; and other neighboring families.  One connection, though, must be the antipodal nature of Thomas Harte and William Few; Harte owned Grayfields on the main fords west of Hillsborough when Few owned the lands dominating the main fords east of Hillsborough.  This physical separation may only accidently reflect the polar opposit nature of the Anglican at Seven Mile Creek and the Quaker at Buckquarter Creek.  There is a strong possibility that the road ran directly between these two fording points prior to the inception of Hillsborough.  Maybe the stones will speak.

Moorefields is not easy to find.  Click on the map to the left to get a larger image in another tab or window.  If you get a map off of the internet with directions to 2226 Moorefields Road, it will get you in the neighborhood of one of our signs.  Suffice that we’ll meet before 2PM at the Moorefield Historic site off of Dimmock Mill Road, west of Hillsborough.  We will have event signs from Dimmock Mill Rd to the parking area.  And, of course, if you call for help on the day of the hike, we can talk you in to the site.  Coming from the east, off of Interstate 40 take Exit 266 and off of Interstate 85 take exit 166.  Coming from the west on Interstate 40/85, take exit 161, turn left at the bottom of the ramp and turn right at the first opportunity, on to Ben Johnson Road.

This hike involves very little climbing or decent, but what trails there are not surfaced and much of it will be out in open woodland.  Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and plan on a leisurely stroll in da woods.
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Special NC Collections Programs at the Durham County Public Library

Bayard Wootten, North Carolina’s Pioneering Woman Photographer

Date: 1/10/2010 from 3:00-5:00pm

Description: Bayard Wootten (1875-1959), trailblazing female photographer, combined artistic vision, determination, and a love of adventure to craft a long and distinguished career. Wootten emphasized artistic effects in her images at a time when realistic and documentary photography were on the rise. Though an accomplished landscape and architectural photographer, some of her most notable images are of working class black and white Americans, people other photographers at the time often ignored. An advocate for women’s equality, she overcame economic hardship and gender discrimination to become the state’s most significant early female photographer. Jerry Cotten, retired photographic archivist formerly at the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of the book “Light and Air: the Photography of Bayard Wootten,” will speak about Wootten’s work and life.

Library: Main Library – Durham County Library Auditorium – 1st floor

Contact: Lynn Richardson – 919-560-0171

Presenter: Jerry Cotten


Hugh Mangum, Photographer

Date: 2/21/2010 from 3:00-4:00pm

Description: Local Hugh Mangum expert David Page will talk about photographer Hugh Mangum, a Durham native and itinerant photographer who practiced his art in the late 1800s-early 1900s in NC and Virginia. According to the Eno River Association web site, “Mangum was a singular and talented person with a sense of humor and design, and a fascination for the eccentric and bizarre, for gypsies and the burlesque, for photographic props and extraordinary hats.” Glass negatives of Mangum’s housed at Duke University attest to the keenness of his perception and the range and quality of his work.

Library: Main Library – Durham County Library Auditorium – 1st floor

Contact: Lynn Richardson – 919-560-0171

Presenter: David Page
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Digital Cameras for Genealogists

(The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyrighted by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author.)

It’s Christmastime, and I suspect someone is asking, “What would you like for Christmas?” I’d suggest the answer might be, “A digital camera!”

Of course, a digital camera is always great for taking family photographs. Millions of people do that every day. However, for the genealogist, a camera can serve as a multi-purpose tool. It’s even better than a Swiss Army Knife!

My favorite use of a camera is for snapping pictures in a cemetery. It serves as an automated notebook, recording the transcriptions. However, even better, the resulting images serve as source citations for the records you keep. I cannot think of a better source citation than an image of the words that were etched in stone. Of course, you will want to record the date, too. This is easy to do with most digital cameras that will optionally record the date and time on every picture taken.
You will also want to record the name and location of the cemetery. I usually take a picture of a sign near the entrance or anything else that identifies the cemetery. A few of today’s cameras will even record the exact longitude and latitude where the camera was located when the shutter was snapped. That is called “geotagging.” The geotagging feature lets users record their photos with geographical data (including but not limited to, date, time, latitude and longitude coordinates, altitude, bearing, and place names).

The built-in automatic geotagging feature is typically found only in expensive cameras, but there are a few interesting exceptions. Once such exception is the two-megapixel camera built into the Apple iPhone 3Gs. I wouldn’t consider two megapixels to be high enough resolution for family portraits, but it is great for taking pictures of tombstones in a cemetery. Of course, the iPhone also has many other uses besides being a camera.

Another great use for a digital camera is making images of documents. Let’s say you visit a cousin and find that she has the original marriage certificate of your great-grandparents. The best thing to do is to scan that document; but, when a scanner is not available, grab your camera and take a picture. You will have a copy of the document, and it also makes a great source citation. Why transcribe a document when you can write, “Here is an image of the original certificate?”

I have also had success taking pictures of documents with the iPhone. Use lots of light as the iPhone does not have a built-in flash.

Digital cameras come in two versions: Single Lens Reflex (SLR) and “point and shoot.” Cell phone cameras are really “point and shoot” cameras packaged inside a cell phone. The most obvious difference between the two is that a “point and shoot” camera has a single, built-in lens while a digital SLR is one with separate, interchangeable lenses. When compared to SLRs, the “point and shoot” cameras are generally cheaper, more compact (easier to travel with), and much lighter. Features vary widely, but most “point and shoot” cameras use an LCD screen for image composing, making it easier to frame and view the work in close quarters. Many SLRs can only use the optical viewfinder for image composition although there are some exceptions.

The SLRs typically have the best lenses, allowing for a wider variety of telephoto and close-up shots, and are especially good for use in low light situations. (The Apple iPhone is very poor when used in low lighting.) However, the SLRs also tend to be more complex to use and require some study of photography techniques. Most SLRs do have a “point and shoot” mode that emulates the operation of the cheaper cameras but also benefits from the better lenses and variable shutter speeds.

There are numerous reasons to go digital, but the most compelling from a genealogical point of view is the ability to cheaply copy old photos and documents at very high quality and make multiple copies of these images to share with relatives. You can probably find dozens of other uses for a digital camera: taking pictures of the old family homestead, taking pictures of nearly everything found on a research trip, photographing your aunt’s photo or letter collection, photographing cemeteries, making copies of documents and pages of books at libraries and archives, or even snapping pictures at a genealogy conference.

This Christmas, you might ask for a digital camera. Better, yet, print this article on your computer and then “accidentally” leave it in a visible place where family members are sure to see it.

Hint, hint.
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DNA Tests in Ghana May Shed Light on African-American Origins

By Diane Haddad, Family Tree Magazine editor

The Center for African-American Genealogical Research, Inc. (CAAGI), genetic genealogy company FamilyTreeDNA, and the Public Records and Archives Administration Deartment of Ghana (PRAAD) are embarking on a project that may improve the ability of DNA tests to estimate African-Americans’ origins in Africa.

DNA tests designed to analyze origins in Africa often lead to more questions than answers because relatively little is known about the diverse genetics of African tribes. The tested person’s DNA is compared against a database of modern Africans’ DNA—but because of historical migration in Africa, the DNA of a given area’s modern residents may not match its original inhabitants.

Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast), located in Western Africa, was the source of an estimated million-plus African slaves. FamilyTreeDNA will test several hundred members of the Nzema, Ga, Fante, Ewe and Asante tribes, all of which were part of the slave trade.

The DNA will be gathered at a workshop CAAGI is conducting this Friday at the PRAAD offices in Accra, Ghana, as part of its Sankofa project to use traditional genealogical sources and DNA to reconnect African families. Attendees will learn about online genealogy databases, preservation of song lyrics and photographs, transcription of family stories, and forensic genealogy.

Ghana was once a UK colony where British, Dutch and Danish merchants traded. PRAAD has a Slave Trade Archives project with microfilm on Danish activities in Ghana from 1658 to 1850; some of the film is digitized online.

Addition: Bennett Greenspan, president of FamilyTreeDNA, provided a bit more information on this project.

Greenspan believes the results, which should be available in three to four months, will “absolutely” help improve analysis of African-Americans’ origins in genetic genealogy tests.

“The results of this outreach will be to both increase the size of the FamilyTreeDNA/AfricanDNA.com comparative databases and the results will also be added to the permanent Hammer collection at the University of Arizona, who will publish on the results of these and other outreach missions to Africa,” Greenspan says. “In that way, the data will be published and available to all researchers of Africa.”

The University of Arizona’s Hammer Lab is managed by Michael Hammer, FamilyTreeDNA’s chief scientist. AfricanDNA.com is the African-American genealogy research firm of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.
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How to Create A Font of Your Own Handwriting

Writing a letter or typing an email just got personal again.

Reading a hand-typed letter from a loved one just does not have the personal touch of a handwritten letter. I have some beautifully-written love notes that my great-grandparents wrote to each other before they were married. Imagine if these notes were typed by a computer?

With this new technology, you can (almost) have the best of both worlds. FontCapture will turn your own handwriting into your personal font that you can use when writing letters, typing emails, or typing anything where you can change the font.

Pretty cool idea, isn’t it? And it’s really easy to do. Plus, it’s free. Just head over to www.fontcapture.com and print their template. Then, with a good pen, transcribe the characters/letters in the template, scan it, and upload it. FontCapture turns your handwriting into a font that both Windows and Mac computers can use.

This works great if you’re printing the document, but if you plan on sending an email/document to someone electronically in your own handwriting, they will first have to install your font on their computer before they can see your handwriting. This too is easy to do. Just attach the fontname.ttf file (that FontCapture creates for you) to an email, and have your correspondent copy the file to their Windows\Fonts folder.

You can continue to type your letters and emails, but now you can do it with a personal touch – your own handwriting.
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Preservation Tip of the Month–Recovering From Disaster Related Water Damage

By Becky Schipper, Allen County Public Library

Most natural or man-made disasters, such as floods or fire, involve water in some manner.  Even a small leak from a roof or a water pipe can cause serious damage to a paper based collection. When such a disaster occurs, contact a regional agency, paper conservator, or a cultural institution for assistance if you don’t know how to properly dry wet materials.  Immediate response within the first forty-eight (48) hours is crucial to the successful recovery of materials and to prevent mold growth.  [Source: American Institute for Conservation]

The Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society are good resources for conservation and advice.

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Free My PDF

(The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyrighted by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author.)

Once upon a time, PDF files were considered to be “secure.” That is, back in “the good old days,” an Adobe Acrobat PDF file could not be converted to any other format. Lots of vendors published in PDF format as a simple method of protecting their content from being stolen. While anyone could copy the PDF file itself, those files could not be converted to Word or any other format.

Of course, those days are gone. Now any number of utility programs are available that will convert PDF documents to Word or text or to any of a number of other formats. However, the PDF format itself has become more sophisticated, now allowing for files to be encrypted or for certain capabilities to be restricted, such as disabling copying or printing. Indeed, many of the CDs I have reviewed in past newsletters can not be printed and the copy-and-paste functionality has often been disabled.

Now a new online service removes those restrictions in an ever escalating cat-and-mouse game.
Upload the PDF file to FreeMyPDF.com and passwords, copying and printing restrictions will be stripped from the file before it is returned to you.

If the file is password-protected, you do need to supply that password, however. FreeMyPDF.com cannot decode password-protected files if you do not supply the correct password.

FreeMyPDF.com can only handle files up to seven megabytes so it is not a practical solution for many of the files distributed on CD-ROM disks. It is, however, very useful for PDF files downloaded from the Internet or received in e-mail, as most of those files are smaller than seven megabytes.

FreeMyPDF.com is available free of charge although the web site does accept donations. Since the process is completely web-based, FreeMyPDF.com works equally well for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux users.

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Can you help these people?

Gary Johnson
8915 Terrace Club Drive
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 256-348-2709
Email: sametheljohnson@gmail.com

Surnames: HOLT

I am looking for information on Michael HOLT, his son Peter and his grandson Joel.

Michael HOLT moved to Orange County, North Carolina from Virginia in the mid-1700’s. He died in 1767. Based on Michael HOLT’s will, he left land to his son Michael HOLT Sr., , who was one of the ancestors of Governor Thomas HOLT. I am looking for information that details Michael HOLT as living in Orange County, North Carolina, including land records, death records, and church records.

Peter HOLT was born in Virginia in 1730 and moved with his father and family to Orange County, North Carolina. Peter HOLT was the brother of Michael HOLT Sr. My information is that Peter HOLTmarried Rachel HOLT (not sure of maiden name), who was born in Virginia in 1730. I suspect that the marriage occurred in Virginia. I am looking for any land records, church records, children’s birth records etc. that will confirm Peter HOLT’s presence in Orange County, North Carolina and possible date that he moved to Tennessee.

Joel HOLT was born in Orange County, North Carolina in 1776. He married Elizabeth PHILLIPS who was born in North Carolina in 1776. The marriage occurred in North Carolina in 1800. Joel HOLT moved with his father and family to Tennessee prior to 1812. The above dates are from secondary sources. The geographic information is mostly from primary sources.

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Genealogical Glossary

  • ACCRETION – right of inheritance by survival
  • ACHIEVEMENT – [Heraldry] a representation of all armorial devices to the bearer of the arms is entitled
  • ACREDALE – A common field in which several proprietors held interest, not always on an equal basis
  • ACREMAN – [Middle English] a man who ploughed or cultivated the land.
  • ACTION – a proceeding in a court of law
  • AD EXHAEREDATIONEM – [Latin] to disinherit adoption by hair. A ceremony performed to show adoption by cutting off a piece of hair and giving it to the adoptive father.
  • AD LITEM – legal term meaning in this case “only”. For example, “George Thomas, duly appointed by the court, may administer ad litem the settlement of the estate of Joseph Thomas, deceased.”

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Websites of Possible Interest

Computer Virus Tutorial – Are you mystified by computer viruses? The “Computer Virus Tutorial” is an informative tutorial that explains what a computer virus is, a history of computer viruses, and more.

It is a free tutorial and is available at http://www.cknow.com/cms/vtutor/cknow-virus-tutorial.html.


Pennsylvania Genealogy Books on CD-ROM – Got ancestors in Pennsylvania? D-OGS member Don Holloway offers this website as a resource for Pennsylvania genealogy book on CD-ROM. They specialize in electronic reprints of Pennsylvania genealogy books, county history books, and directories, along with other valuable Pennsylvania genealogy sources. Each CD contains high quality images of the original pages along with a full text search capability. Our viewer software, which is provided on each CD, was designed specifically for genealogy researchers and historians, and runs under Windows 95 thru VISTA – http://www.retrospectpublishing.com/
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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Old Chapel Hill cemetery tours – Walk This Way – Fact or Fiction Tours of Chapel Hill will begin weekly Saturday morning walking tours of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery at 10a.m. on October 3.

Those interested should meet at the gazebo on South Road at 10a.m. Call the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill at 919-942-7818 to reserve your space. Office hours are 10a.m. to 4p.m. Tuesday to Friday. The price is $5.

Pomeranian Special Interest Group (PSIG) – The Pomeranian Special Interest Group (PSIG) of Burbank, California will start out the new year with a work/study session to reacquaint ourselves with the many resources available to us at the Immigrant Genealogical Society Library.  Yes, we have much more than the complete set of the Germans to America series! Come share your favorites with us the second Sunday of January at 2pm.

As usual, we plan a joint session with The Immigrant Genealogical Society located In Burbank, CA at their library that is located at 1310 W. Magnolia in Burbank, CA.

This is a change from the previously scheduled topic of “Genealogical Evidence” by Arlene Eakle who now will be visiting us for our April meeting.  Due to two of our board members having some serious surgery and recovery time, we hope you will include them in your thoughts and prayers at this special time of year.

Carl Sandburg College workshops – Carl Sandburg College has announced its annual spring series of genealogy computing workshops for March and April 2010.

Topics include:

*Using Ancestry.com – 26 March 2010
*Using Familysearch.org – 27 March 2010
*Using Family Tree Maker – (2 days) – 4 and 9 April 2010
*More Problem-Solving – 16 April 2010
*Searching Free Online Scanned Books – 30 April 2010

We’ve brought our prices back to old levels–$35 a day. Handouts are included, lunch is on your own, or you can brown bag it.

Sessions are held in state of the art computer facilities and each attendee will have their own computer to use. Registration is limited, but you do not need to live in the Carl Sandburg district to enroll.

Galesburg is easily accessible via interstate. The college has no housing, but there are several motels within a mile of the college. Questions about the workshops can be sent to me at either mneill@sandburg.edu or mjnrootdig@gmail.com.

More information (including registration details) is available at http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html.
2010 Salt Lake City Research Trip – 27 May-3 June 2010 with Michael John Neill, Genealogical speaker and author of the weekly Casefile Clues Newsletter

Our trip size is limited to ensure each attendee has ample opportunity to ask questions and get help.

Trip includes:

  • Pre-trip planning via a private website for those who wish to participate
  • Availability to ask questions of Michael and other group members before we leave
  • Help preparing for time in library
  • Morning presentations
  • 1 on 1 consultations with Michael (both 30 minute scheduled sessions and drop in questions) as needed. More than one 30 minute consultation if time allows.

Cost of the trip is $250 per person, double occupancy. Go to http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html for details.
Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 – Australia/New Zealand – Nov 8-21 – The 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held November 8-21, 2010, starts and ends in Sydney, Australia and visits the following New Zealand ports: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. We will sail on Princess Cruises Sun Princess ship. On the days we are at sea, we will attend the Legacy Family Tree genealogy classes and learn the real secrets to becoming an expert with Legacy and improving the way we do our research. We will go home with the knowledge and tools we need to be more successful than we ever thought possible. We will be learning directly from the experts. Last year’s classes were recorded for each of the students so they could replay them at home.

Prices begin at US $1595 per person, double occupancy. The price includes:

  • genealogy classes
  • shipboard accommodations
  • ocean transportation
  • meals
  • some beverages
  • most onboard entertainment

Port charges, taxes, gratuities, airfare and optional tours are extra.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel agency, AA Travel Time at 888-505-6997 or send an email to book@aatraveltime.com.
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D-OGS Birthday Quiz Answers


1. Answer – TIFF and JPG – 2 Points

2. Answer – Morrisville – 1 Point

3. Answer –Dan River – 1 Point

4. Answer – Works of public performance – 1 Point

5. Answer – NGS Conference In The States – 5 Points

6. Answer – Atlantic to the Pacific …border of Virginia to …Florida. – 4 Points

7. Answer – Duke – 1 Point

8. Answer – Ginny Thomas – 1 Point

9. Answer – 1816 – 1 Point

10. Answer – Scotland – 1 Point

11. Answer – Daffodils – 1 Point


Extra Credit Questions:

12. Answer – mug books – 1 Point

13. Answer – a grain like wheat caused choking – 1 Point

14. Answer – 1900 – 1 Point
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You know you are in the 21st century when  leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go get it.

Parting Thought

Life is what happens while you are busy making plans.  – John Lennon
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