January 2011 Newsletter

By , January 8, 2011

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

Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
New Officers
Using Reverse Genealogy to Overcome Brick Walls
Family Health History Beats Personal Genomic Screening for Cancer Risk
D-OGS December 2010 Quiz – Answer Sheet
Genealogical Glossary
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

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D-OGS Meeting for January 2011

The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday evening, 5 January 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Preservation Society Horace Williams House. The Horace Williams House is located at 610 E. Rosemary Street – see map here. There is a parking lot entrance to the building from Rosemary Street. Please DO NOT park on Rosemary Street as this tends to block traffic lanes. Our speaker will be Ernest Dollar, Executive Director of the Preservation Society. Ernest will be speaking on the work exploring grave-sites that the society has been sponsoring in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. I’m sure that this will be a very informative session. Ernie always has interesting material to present.

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for December 2010

There are no minutes from the December 2010 meeting because this meeting was our annual Birthday Party. We met at the Golden Corral restaurant on NC 55 highway south of Durham. We had a room reserved and we were filled to capacity. A lot of group discussion went on during the meal and meeting. A good meal was enjoyed by all. Of course everyone overdosed on the dessert goodies since it was our birthday party!

Carol Boggs kindly provided a quiz for our amusement at the December 2010 meeting. This has become an annual affair that Carol has done for us. I certainly hope she will continue to provide this very useful service. After the quiz was graded, the winners were allowed to pick a prize from the table of goodies kindly provided by Cathy & Rob Elias. They had many good items of genealogical interest (books, bags, forms, magazines, tools, etc.) that they had acquired at several genealogical conventions and presentations that they had attended. After the winners made their selections, the rest of the members present were asked to choose something.

Listed below is the quiz that Carol Boggs so kindly provided for the December 2010 meeting. Carol used the meeting minutes from last year to ask questions about our monthly program presentations. The answers to the quiz questions are listed later in the newsletter. See how many questions you can answer before you look at the answers.

1. Stewart Dunaway discussed his work, ―Road, Bridge, Ferry and Mill Records—Another Genealogist Treasure for us. What research site provided him with a treasure of records?

2. What does the acronym NARA stand for?  (_________________________________________)

3. At the recent NCGS fall workshop (_______________________________) was the featured speaker.

4. Where will the NGS workshop 11-14 May 2011 be held?  (_____________________________)

5. In 1900 the US Federal Census asked for “the occupation, trade or profession of each person over (____________________) years of age.”

6. Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., the author of two of the best-selling books in genealogy including Forensic Genealogy showed us a photo of a man with a curious problem. What had he lost? (__________________________________________)

7. In June, we viewed the video “Moving Midway.” What was moved?  (______________________)

8. Which census enumeration asked for the “age at first marriage” (year)(____________________)

9. Two kinds of mills were common in Old Orange, what were they? (_____________________________) (______________________________)

10. Frank DePasquale spoke to us in September, and while describing Durham and the Triangle he said that Durham has, “more (____________________) per capita than anywhere else in the country.”

11. What is the acronym for the process of scanning a page of text to produce a word searchable digital image such as discussed by Ben Franklin in January?  (____________________________)

12. Recently we have seen a dramatic and attractive overhaul of our D-OGS website by our new webmaster. What is her name? (________________________________________)

13. D-OGS participated in a years-long project to “Save The NC Room;” when Library Director Lucinda Munger described to us the reception of January 8, 2010 she said there were more attendees than planned for. What were the numbers expected and realized? (Circle one pair)

Expected – 50 Realized – 95
Expected – 95 Realized – 120
Expected – 70 Realized – 250

14. The Southern Historical Collection is housed at The (_____________________) Library.

15. Earlier this year, the Historic (____________________) State Historic Site was enlarged by ninety-one acres of new land, adding to its natural wooded area.

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D-OGS Begins a New Year with New Leaders

At the December 2010 meeting, the Nominating Committee presented a slate of candidates for officers for 2011. They were:

Sue McMurray – President
Mary Jo Hall – Vice-President/Program Chair
Ginny Thomas – Treasurer
Unfilled – Secretary
Director – Fred Mowry

We would like to welcome these folks to their new responsibilities. They were willing to take up reins of leadership when the rest of us declined. We appreciate their dedication to keeping D-OGS an active organization. We should all look forward to working with these folks and hope to get some great enthusiasm from the individuals who are new to these leadership roles. Please give them your support.

In order to protect their email privacy, I won’t list the email addresses of the new officers here. If you would like to contact any new officer, please send a note to the D-OGS general email list (NCDOGS-L@rootsweb.com) and they can then contact you privately. If any of the officers wish to make their contact info public, please do so via the D-OGS email list.

Speaking of email addresses, we are in process of updating our member directory. If you do NOT want any info listed in the new directory (which will probably be posted privately for members only or printed for our print-only members), please let us know what you want listed or not listed (name, address, email address, phone number(s), etc.). we will also be updating and posting the Surname Lists. We would like your updates to that database, as well.

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Using Reverse Genealogy to Overcome Brick Walls

(Reprinted from Family Tree Magazine Genealogy Insider newsletter)

This advice for doing reverse genealogy—a great technique for dealing with a genealogy brickwalls—is from Lisa Louise Cooke’s Reverse Genealogy course, part of Family Tree University’s December 2010 session.

It’s easy to get tunnel vision when researching an ancestor. But your research is best served byconsidering your focus ancestor as part of a community. (Emily Anne Croom, author of the bestselling genealogy guide Unpuzzling Your Past, calls this “cluster genealogy.”)

Not only is your great-grandfather a member of his nuclear family, but also of an extended family. When you do reverse genealogy, you go a step beyond him and then research forward, broadening your search to his relatives and even friends. Any of the folks in your ancestor’s”cluster” could have provided him with housing, worked for him, asked him to witness a document or attended his funeral.

Here’s how this can work in a real-life research situation:

Several years ago, I was trying to locate my great-grandfather in the 1880 US census on microfilmwithout success. I found his parents and his siblings who were still living at home. Since Greatgrandpa was 17 at the time, I expected to find him there, too. I searched for his future wife thinking perhaps they married younger than I thought. But she was living with her parents. Great-grandpa was nowhere to be found.

In an attempt to find him, I traced great-grandfather’s father back to the 1860 census, where he was listed in the household with his parents. I noted everyone in the household. Then I systematically researched forward, locating each sibling in the 1870 and 1880 censuses.

Sure enough, in 1880, I found my then-17-year-old great-grandfather living with his uncle (his father’s brother) in a neighboring town. Because of a variation in his name spelling, I probably never would’ve found him in online censuses.

Take a look at this picture of an ancestor’s potential family “cluster.” Every one of these relatives has the potential to help you make progress on researching that ancestor.

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Family Health History Beats Personal Genomic Screening for Cancer Risk

By: KERRI WACHTER, Internal Medicine News Digital Network WASHINGTON – A good family history risk assessment is still a better tool for predicting disease risk than is personal genomic screening, despite advances in genomic technology.

Dr. Charis Eng and coauthor Brandie Leach compared the effectiveness of family history risk assessment with direct-to-consumer personal genomic screening for the assessment of prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer. They enrolled 22 patients at their clinic and 22 spouses.

Among colon cancer patients, nine were considered at high risk on the basis of family health history. In fact, validated genetic testing showed that five had mutations that put them at very high risk. “None of them were picked up by personal genome scanning,” Dr. Eng noted. “I think what’s alarming is the inability of personal genome scanning to identify the real high-risk patients.”

Each participant had a family health history taken, and then provided a sample for the personal genomic screening (Navigenics Inc.). “After the family health history, we assessed them as if theywere in clinic … the 22 patients got counseling and interpretation right away,” said Dr. Eng, director of the Genomic Medicine Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. If the interpretation suggested that a patient was at high risk for a condition, the patient was offered validated genetic testing.

The researchers alerted the spouses if they found something concerning on the family health history and offered them genetic counseling. “If anything looked alarming, it would then follow the same flow as for a patient,” Dr. Eng said in an interview. Next, the investigators used standardized algorithms to classify patients based on their risk for the three cancers using both family health assessment and personal genomic screening – low (same as the general population), intermediate, and high. They also assessed each subject’s hereditary risk based on clinical criteriaand/or validated genetic test results.

Overall concordance between family health assessment and personal genomic screening was low for all three cancers (K less than 0.15). Cancer risk using family health assessment and personal genomic screening agreed on participant risk categories only 46% of the time.

For prostate cancer, personal genomic screening predicted a moderate/high risk for eight individuals, while these individuals had the same risk as the general population based on familyhealth assessment. Based on personal genomic screening, 12 individuals were determined to have a moderate colon cancer risk, while these individuals had the same risk as the general population based on family health assessment.

Overall, for the 22 individuals with a hereditary cancer risk, the personal genomic screening identified only 1 at high risk. None of the three individuals with hereditary prostate cancer was assessed as high risk on personal genomic screening. Likewise, the 10 individuals with hereditary breast cancer were assessed as high risk using family health assessment, but only 1 wasconsidered to be at high risk based on personal genomic screening.

Family health risk assessment and personal genomic screening may be complementary tools for cancer risk assessment. However, evaluation of family history is still the preferred method and should be used to clinically evaluate an individual’s risk of developing cancer for now.

It may be that the tests will be used as an additional tool to refine risk assessment for patients whoare identified as having a moderate risk of disease by family health history, said Dr. Eng. However, it’s too early to put that into practice.

Dr. Eng and Ms. Leach reported that they had no relevant financial relationships.

(Thanks to D-OGS member Carol Boggs for finding this article and forwarding it on.)

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D-OGS December 2010 Quiz – Answer Sheet

1 The NC Archives
2 National Archives and Records Administration
3 Paul Milner
4 Charleston, South Carolina
5 Ten
6 His identity (memory is acceptable, check with me for specifics)
7 Midway Plantation – the whole building intact
8 1930
9 Grist mills, and saw mills
10 PhDs
11 OCR
12 Ginger Smith
13 70 and 250
14 Wilson
15 Stagville

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Chris Brady, 1832 Wysong Court, Raleigh, NC 27612-6444 – 919.783.8094 – bradycj97@aol.com


I have an old bookkeeping textbook dated 1891. The inside cover has written “Col. (or Cal.) E.L.Clarke, Caldwell Institute, Jan. 16th 1892.” On another page is written “Miss Patsey Jordan, Durham, NC.” Two poems are written on the inside back cover. Does anyone know who these individuals are? Could Col. Clarke be an instructor?

Karen Franklin, 4286 S. Purslane Dr., Homosassa, FL 34448 – 352-601-2482 – Email: k2005franklin@yahoo.com

Surnames: BRACKIN

Query: I need to prove William Brackin is the son of Henry Brackin, born 1772 Orange Co., NC and died 08 May 1832 Orange Co., NC. William Brackin was born 1797 in Orange Co. NC and died 27 Nov 1833 in Sumner Co., TN (1800 Census Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina Roll 34 and 35 page 500 Family History Library Film 337910). Can anyone help with this, please?

Katherine Carr, 4 Walnut Park Ct., Saint Peters, MO 63376-2949 – 314-780-4318 -khcarr@alumni.indiana.edu

Surnames: HALL

I am seeking parent and ancestor info for William Hall, b. 01-Mar-1806 in Orange Co, NC, m.Pheby ? (born ca. 1806) ca. 1827, d. 1893 (IN). Children Mary, Matilda & William Jr., were born inNC. Family moved from Orange Co., NC to Orange Co., IN between 1836 and 1840. Pheby died in IN ca. 1850-1853, and William Hall remarried in IN (Ruth Hunt) in 1853. Seeking any information about William Hall or Pheby.

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Genealogical Glossary

CERTIFIED COPY – a copy of a document attested as a true copy by an official who isresponsible for the document

CHAMBER – one of the departments of the royal household, and which managed his household

CHAMBERLAIN – the official in charge of a lord’s chamber

CHANCELLOR – head of the chancery, and secretary to a lord. The king’s chancellor presidedover the Chancery Court.

CHANCERY – originally part of the household, its responsibility was to issue charters, writs, andletters of the king, as well as to store and preserve those items. The head of the chancery wasthe chancellor.

CHARGES – [Heraldry] any figure on the shield, e.g., lions, birds, balls, etc.

CHARTER – a letter issued providing the donation of property, services or honors

CHARNEL HOUSE – a vault or house under or near a church where bones of the dead are kept

CHATTEL – personal property, both animate and inanimate. Slaves were considered to bechattels

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Calendar of Events

OLD CHAPEL HILL CEMETERY TOURS – Walk This Way – Fact or Fiction Tours of Chapel Hill will hold weekly Saturday morning walking tours of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery at 10a.m. 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 4pm. Tuesday toFriday. The price is $5.

GRANVILLE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – January 6, 2011 – 6:30 PM. Reverend E. T.Malone, Jr. will be speaking on “The Episcopal Church in the Confederacy”. Meetings are held thefirst Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM, except for the month of July, at the County Commissioner meeting room in Oxford, NC, located at 145 Williamsboro Street.

CABELAND MILL HIKE – January 8 – 2:00pm, Eno River State Park. Hike to the Cabe Family Millsite and learn first-hand about early milling operations along the Eno. FREE. For more informationor to register, call 919-383-1686. Limit 15.

ALAMANCE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – ACGS regular monthly meetings beginagain on 10 January 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-HopedaleRoad Burlington, NC 27215 – 336-227-1448. The program is presented by Mike Gabriel and is titled “Julia Jackson Preston and Old Barn Photos”

PIPER COX OPEN HOUSE – January 15 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Eno River State Park. Drop by the FewsFord Access for a short tour of this historic homesite and see the new interpretive signs. Discover who its inhabitants were and what pioneer life was like during the 1800s. Stop by at any time during the tour hours. FREE. Call 919-383-1686 for directions.

GEOLOGY HIKE AT OCCONEECHEE MOUNTAIN – January 22 – 2:00pm. Eno River State Park. Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain’s geologic wonders. Explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist! FREE. Call 919-383-1686 to register and learn where to meet the guide. Limit15.

WAKE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. The program is TBA.

WHITTIER CALIFORNIA SEMINAR – Saturday, January 29, 2011, 8:00am – 4:00pm – Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, CA – The Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) will present its 28th annual seminar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke, a genealogist and owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. Her topics will cover genealogical research on Google. For more info: www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags or call or email Judy Poole at (909)985-6657 or judypoole@verizon.net.

ALAMANCE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – ACGS regular monthly meetings begin again on 14 February 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215 – 336-227-1448. The program is presented by Stewart Dunaway and is titled “Battle of Clapp’s Mill – Site Review”

FEBRUARY 16, 2011: PRESERVATION DURHAM’S LUNCH AND LEARN: PARTNERS IN THEFIELD. 11:30am, Pop’s Restaurant, 605 W. Main Street, West Village. Learn about Preservation Durham’s research into sites important in African American history in the Bull City. Individual event tickets are $20 for Preservation Durham members; $18 for our senior members; and $25 for others. Paid reservations are required by the Monday before the event. For more information, to order tickets, or to join Preservation Durham, call the Preservation Durham office at (919)-682-3036 or email Preservation Durham.

ALLIANCE FOR HISTORIC HILLSBOROUGH – Experience life in the days of the Revolution with Revolutionary War re-enactors, especially the experience of the Hillsborough encampent by General Cornwallis and his troops. A Revolutionary War Guided Walking  Tour will be held at 11am and 2pm in conjunction with Revolutionary War Living  History Day. Call 919-732-7741 for more information.

OHIO CONFERENCE – March 31-April 3, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio Genealogical Society – OGS presents “Genealogy through the Centuries” at the Hyatt on Capitol Square. For more information,visit http://ogs.org/conference2011/index.php

NGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE – May 11-14, South Carolina, Charleston, National GenealogicalSociety. For more information, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info

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On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia: “Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102, The Good Die Young.”

Parting Thought

Don’t argue with a fool – he will bring you down to his level and then beat you with experience –Anonymous

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

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