News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
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Fred Mowry – President
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
Quick Tip of the Month
Answers to the 2011 Quiz
Websites of Possible Interest
Books of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
The January 2012 D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 4 January, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church offices in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. The street address is 105 Market Street, rooms 103 & 105. Here is a map: http://tinyurl.com/cby3fyt. This address is the office building for Christ Church and is across the street from the church. There is parking on the streets around the church.
Our speaker for January will be D-OGS member Ann Myhre. Ann’s topic will be “The War of 1812 in the Lower South – the Rest of the Story”. James McEwen, Ann’s great-great-great-grandfather, served as a Captain and a Major in the war in the lower South. He and other members of his family left stories about the war and their service from their perspective. A great-great-grandfather, Joel Regen, also served but left only official records; he was a private. What official records are available for those who served, and how do we find them?
Ann Regen Myhre grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, but has lived in Garner more than two-thirds of her life. She has a BA and an MS in Biology from East Tennessee State University and a BS from NCSU. She has taught, worked in a lab and was a church administrator. She began her genealogy search over 55 years ago and has researched her ancestors and those of her family members in New England, the South including Texas, the upper Midwest, Canada, Norway and the Czech Republic. She and husband John have two married children and two grandchildren.
Ann has provided this related information about the topic:
D-OGS Meeting Minutes for December2011
There are no minutes from the last meeting because our last meeting was our annual “birthday party”. We met at the Golden Corral on NC55 in the Research Triangle Park. We shared a big meal, since the restaurant is an open buffet. After the meal, Cathy Elias handed out a quiz that she and husband Rob had put together for our entertainment. (The quiz is included in this newsletter below) After we filled out the quiz, we then graded our own papers as Cathy provided us with the correct answers. Ann Myhre took the prize for the most correct answers (30). Cathy and Rob provided an array of prizes they had collected from vendors at several genealogy conventions. There were tote bags, books and other useful items available. Everyone who attended was able to select a prize from the collection.
Ye Olde Anniversary Quiz – 2011
1) The state motto of North Carolina is Esse Quam Videri. What does this mean, in English? _____________________________________________________
2) In 1905, what U.S. President addressed attendees at the NC State Fair? (circle one)
a. Woodrow Wilson b. Grover Cleveland c. Theodore Roosevelt
3) In 1974, the North Carolina Zoo purchased its first gorilla, a male silverback, from a man who used him in a nightclub act. What was the gorilla’s name? (circle one)
a. Ramar b. Kong c. Cheetah
4) One North Carolina Indian legend involves a Chickasaw maiden who saw her lover buoyed to safety on the wind after jumping off a cliff. What rock is said to be the place of this uplifting experience? (circle one)
a. Chimney Rock b. Blowing Rock c. Shining Rock
5) The aviary at the N. C. Zoo is named for what North Carolina philanthropist and tobacco magnate? (circle one)
a. James B. Duke b. Andrew Carnegie c. R. J. Reynolds
6) Which of the following men were the North Carolina signers of the U.S. Constitution? (circle one)
a. Joseph Hewes b. William Hooper c. John Penn d. choices a and c e. choices a, b and c
7) When calculating the numerical portion of the Soundex Code (for Federal Censuses after 1870), what 8 letters are ignored? (8 points total) _______________________
8) The non-population schedule for Defective, Dependent & Delinquent individuals appeared in only one census. What year was that? _____________
9) What is the state bird of North Carolina? (circle one)
a. Carolina wren b. cardinal c. hummingbird
10) What is the state insect of North Carolina? (circle one)
a. deer tick b. mosquito c. honeybee
11) What is the state beverage of North Carolina? (circle one)
a. cider b. milk c. Pepsi
12) What is the state fruit of North Carolina? (circle one)
a. strawberry b. scuppernong grape c. Granny Smith apple
13) The following are early names for specific occupations. How many do you know?
(one point for each correct answer)
14) For how many of these old-fashioned terms can you give the meaning?
Amanuensis (circle one)
a. overseer of slaves b. one who takes dictation c. a perplexing riddle
Apoplexy (circle one)
a. heart attack c. stroke c. kidney failure
Aqua Vitae (circle one)
a. fresh water, as from a mountain stream b. blue-green algae
c. intoxicant with a high alcohol content
Chinkey (circle one)
a. chimney sweep b. unevenly rounded stone c. recess in a brick wall
Counterpane (circle one)
a. the small section of glass in a divided window b. a bed coverlet
c. alternating sensations of heat and cold
Corn Dodger (circle one)
a. a thief of farm crops b. one who avoids puns and bad jokes c. deep-fried cornbread
Quadroon (circle one)
a. a cavalry officer b. one quarter of an acre c. a person with 3 white grandparents and 1 black grandparent
Quinsy (circle one)
a. a jam made from more than two fruits b. a severe sore throat c. an elaborate decoration on a woman’s hat
(Thanks go to the Eliases for writing up this terrific quiz. These are the same folks who co-edit the Trading Path journal. The answers are found further on in this newsletter)
Lisa Carte, 442 Township Road 378, Steubenville, OH 43952 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Searching for details on Holsonbacks who are first documented in Caswell County in 1762 when Derick received a land grant for 400 acres. Nancy Holsonback received 100 acre grant in 1784. I descend from one of two orphans, John b. 1770 or Abraham b. 1775 both of whom were indentured to James Jay per Caswell County court records in 1786. Any info appreciated.
Rick Holsomback, 486 Tom Terry Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705 – email@example.com
I am interested in any information pertaining to Rev. Mark Andrews who was the first pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church. He was born in 1774 and died in 1846. He was married to Elizabeth Bailey. His father was William Andrews who was born in 1750 and died in 1824. Mark had a son named John who was born in 1808. John married Cynthia Phillips from Chatham County. I am trying to document that John “Anders” Andrews was in fact Mark’s son.
Linda Gattis, 111 McEntyre Street, Rainbow City, AL 35906 – firstname.lastname@example.org
I am trying to substantiate the parents of Harrison N. Gattis born about 1825 NC; died about 1858 in GA. He is believed to be a son of John Gattis born 1784 in NC; died about 1860 GA and Sarah “Salley” Blackwood, born 1791 NC and died after 1860 in GA. Harrison married Elizabeth Lumpkin born 1826 in GA; died after 1901 in AL. they married in 1853 in Floyd County, GA. Resided in Cass County, GA until his death about 1858 in a wagon accident. He was possibly a brother of Thomas T. Gattis born 1818 in NC and died about 1860 in GA. Any info will help.
Nancy Phipps, 2070 Co. Rd. 448, Mount Hope, Al. 35651 – NanPhipps@att.net
Please, do you have any info on the parents of Simeon Young Phipps? His D.O.B is August 28, 1829, Parents name are John Phipps and Mary Clements. Would like to find a lead on John Phipps, He may have come thru Pennsylvania. Thank you, Nancy Phipps
Edwin Holaday, 504 4th Ave., Forreston, IL 61030 – email@example.com
Any info on James J Holaday born 3 January 1813 in NC, died 6 July 1877 in MO. Also, wife Sarah Hutchison born 12 January 1815 in NC, died 14 April 1882 in MO. They were married in 1835 in IN.
Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
I’ve been using the FlipPal Scanner for several months – and it’s made scanning a real pleasure. I got started because I kept watching Walt Grady, Diane Miller, and others demonstrate them at conferences I’ve attended over the last year or more. I bought a unit about 6 months ago. Dale and I then had a business trip in which we had to drive nearly 3000 miles. During the drive, Dale scanned thousands of my pictures – right there about 3 feet from me. We had a large box full of photos, many still in the envelopes from the processor – most 30 to 40 years old. Many I hadn’t seen since I took the pictures. In October, my brother, Steve, flew down from Washington State, bringing a suitcase full of the old family photos with him. We scanned many of them, and some we’ve still got to scan when he visits again in December.
As most of my readers know, I’ve been scanning my genealogy documents in an attempt to dispose of several dozen file boxes of full of them. I’ve been using a flatbed scanner, as well as a high-speed scanner with a feeder attached. I’ve now added my FlipPal to that mix.
The big advantage for me has been that I can scan my photos a lot faster than usual using the FlipPal. Large photos and documents can be scanned in several shots, and then stitched together perfectly using the software provided with every FlipPal. Do you want to scan photos in an album? No problem. I just scanned an album that belonged to my mother, with many of the photos glued into place. I just popped the lid off of the scanner, turned it over, laid the scanner on the picture on the album page – lined it up by looking right through the scanner – and pressed the scan button. The scanner has a little window on it where the user can check to see if the scan came out good – just like your digital camera. Scans can be made in both 300 dpi, and 600 dpi. The software supplied with the scanner is both Windows and Mac compatible.
The FlipPal is battery-operated, allowing full portability. When I made my first scans, I was using typical AA batteries that I bought in quantity at Costco. As I remember it, I was getting about 400 scans or so on a set of four batteries. I quickly realized that I was going to save huge quantities of money by purchasing an AC AA battery charger and a dozen batteries. That was a smart move. When I purchased my FlipPal, the only case available had no pockets for supplies. A deluxe case is now available – complete with pockets.
Another brand-new innovation is the FlipPal Sketch. You just lay the Sketch on a photo that you wish to make notes on (like people’s names!), and scan the picture through the marked-up Sketch – thus identifying folks in the picture.
Another terrific innovation is a great software collection put together on DVD for the FlipPal. I’ve been using this software on my PC running Windows 7 – and I’m very impressed. I’ve got Adobe Photoshop, as well as Photoshop Elements in my office. One program alone in this Creative Suite collection, now available packaged with the FlipPal, can do most everything that Elements does, but the entire Creative Suite adds only about half of the cost of Photoshop Elements alone – and the learning curve isn’t bad either!
By the way, the FlipPal has been approved for use not only in the Library of Congress, but in the National Archives. It’s gentle on documents, as it’s very light. And speaking of light, very little is used in the scanning process – thus protecting those precious old documents. Items that could not be photo-copied, can be scanned with the FlipPal.
I was so impressed with the FlipPal that I signed up as an affiliate a couple months ago. So I now get small checks from Couragent each month. Since we sell at many conferences, and on the Internet, we recently signed up not only as a FlipPal affiliate, but as a dealer. Family Roots Publishing is now stocking FlipPals. The FlipPal unit itself sells for under $150, while the FlipPal with the Creative Suite sells for under $200.
Either the basic unit – or with the Creative Suite (the Creative Suite software runs under Windows Vista, Windows 7 or XP). Sorry, the Creative Suite software isn’t Mac compatible. Note that the FlipPal software itself is both Windows and Mac compatible.
(This article was taken from the GenealogyBlog (http://www.genealogyblog.com/) website. It is NOT intended as an endorsement by D-OGS or the newsletter editor of either their website or this product. I simply thought that this was a neat gadget for scanning photos or documents and other genealogists might want to know that such neat and handy tools exist. It is sold by GenealogyBlog and other locations, in case you are interested. – Editor)
Quick Tip of the Month for Preservation – Weeding your Photograph Collection
By Dawne Slater-Putt
With the advent of digital photography, it is perhaps easier to keep our current photograph collections under control. Since we can preview the pictures we take, it’s a quick step to delete any that are blurry or poor in composition. Also, we may tend to print only the photos that we plan to give to others or put in frames or photo albums. But what about those boxes of older photographs? How can we get control of our snapshot chaos? Here are some tips:
*Gather all photographs together and sort by time period, or by subject if appropriate (such as in the case of school portraits).
*Be ruthless! Throw out any photos that are bad, i.e., out of focus, too light, too dark, of poor composition, or unflattering. Make an exception to this rule if you have no other pictures of the person or event. (Note: Before throwing away your “bad” photos, take one last look to be sure the background doesn’t capture something of interest like a former residence, the family pet or a car you once owned.)
*If you had duplicate prints made, give away or throw away the second copy.
*Label your photos with a marker or pencil made specifically for this purpose. Other types of pens and markers will bleed through the photo paper.
*Organize pictures in photo-safe boxes with dividers or in archival quality photo sleeves in binders.
Answers to the 2011 D-OGS quiz
1) “To be rather than to seem”
2) c. Theodore Roosevelt
3) a. Ramar
4) b. Blowing Rock
5) c. R.J. Reynolds
6) e. all of the above
7) a, e, i, o, u, h, w, y
9) b. cardinal
10) c. honeybee
11) b. milk
12) b. scuppernong grape
13) chandler = candle maker
costermonger = peddler of fruits & vegetables
joiner = cabinet maker (or carpenter)
luthier = makes & repairs stringed instruments
sawyer = saws wood
scrivener = writer
cooper = barrel maker
salvor = salvages sunken or abandoned ships
fuller = operates a fulling mill, where wool is cleaned & made ready for spinning
14) amanuensis = one who takes dictation
apoplexy = stroke
aqua vitae = intoxicant with a high alcohol content
chinkey = unevenly rounded stone
counterpane = a bed coverlet
corn dodger = deep-fried cornbread
quadroon – a person with 3 white grandparents & 1 black grandparent
quinsy = a severe sore throat
- DEGREES OF CONSANGUINITY – In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church continually contended with aristocratic marriage practices that tended toward endogamy. Roman civil law [which was the code adopted by the early Church] had forbidden marriages within ‘four degrees’ and had computed degrees by counting from one prospective spouse up to the common ancestor and then down to the other partner. Marriages of first cousins, those between people related within four degrees, were therefore forbidden. But in the first half of the ninth century, both the number of forbidden degrees was increased–from four to seven–and the method of calculating degrees was changed. Now, rather than counting up from one spouse to the common ancestor and down to the other, one computed degrees by counting generations back only to the common ancestor. A Christian was supposed to marry outside seven degrees. This could be very difficult because these degrees included not only children, siblings, and cousins, but also in-laws. Besides the natural consanguinity (cognatio naturalis), marriage was also prohibited because of the spiritual one (cognatio spiritualis), i.e., that between the baptized and his/her godparents, and because of legal one, i.e., that between the adoptee and descendants of the adopters. Relationship via marriage (affinitas) was treated in the same way as consanguinitas and dispensation was never granted in the direct line, e.g., father-in-law and daughter-in-law. The barrier of 4th degree set in 1215 remained in force until 1917 when it was changed to 3rd. However, dispensations where seldom refused for 3rd and 4th degree, and it was also possible to obtain it for 2nd degree, e.g., uncle and his niece.
- DEMOGRAPHY – the study of the characteristics of human populations, as size, growth, density, distribution and vital statistics.
- DENARIUS – a silver penny, abbreviated by the English “d”, first issued by the Romans during the Punic Wars, replacing the drachma. Originally a denarius was worth 10 asses.
- DENIZEN – a foreigner permitted certain rights of citizenship. In England, they could purchase and own land, but it could not be inherited without a grant from the crown. A denizen also could hold no public or civil office, or be in the military. This policy was carried over into colonial America.
- DENIZATION – Denization is/was akin to modern naturalization. An individual born outside England could not claim certain rights under the Common Law unless denizened: a foreign-born woman married to an English-born subject, for example, could not automatically claim the right to dower from her husband’s properties unless denizened. Property tenure could also be difficult for a male because, if born outside England, he would have found it extremely difficult to prove his age according to the requirements of English law–meaning that witnesses from his local community had to be produced and sworn to give evidence that he had been born at a certain date.
- DEPOSITION – a written testimony by a witness for use in court in his or her absence.
- DERBFINE – [Celtic] a family group descended from a common great-grandfather. Land was owned collectively
- DESCENDANT – an immediate or remote offspring.
- DESCENDANT CHART – report or chart that shows a person and all of their descendants in a graphical format. As opposed to the Modified Register which is more of a narrative report.
- DEVISE – to transmit property by will
Websites of Possible Interest
North Carolina Family Bible Records Online – This collection contains Bible Records (lists of birth, marriage, and death information recorded in North Carolina Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries), marriage and death notices that appeared in five North Carolina newspapers from 1799-1893, cemetery photographs, and more to provide easy access to North Carolina’s genealogical past. Learn more about the specific content and scope of the collection. New donations to this collection are being added online as they are received. http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/dimp/digital/ncfamilyrecords/family.html#e
Electric Scotland – ElectricScotand.com has been on the go for ten years and is all about the history of Scotland, Scots, Scots-Irish, and people and places of Scottish descent around the world.
The site is quite international having been created in Scotland, hosted in Kentucky, and operated from Canada.
I am the owner of the site and I mostly scan in antiquarian books using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. You can see the list of some 150 publications, some of which are multi-volume sets, at http://www.electricscotland.com/history/books.htm.
In the header you’ll find the Google search engine, which you can use to search ElectricScotland.com and find any references to names on the site. There are loads of names mentioned in the historical texts, and ElectricScotland.com also has a complete section on Scottish and Irish clan and family histories.
ElectricScotland.com has the three-volume “Domestic Annals of Scotland” from 1561 to 1748 and is currently publishing “The Scottish Nation,” which is a biographical history of Scotland. You’ll also find the multi-volume “Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen.” In addition to this you’ll find major publications dealing with Scots in Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Prussia, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, America, and Canada, to name just a few. I have also published the first four volumes of the Scotch-Irish Society of America (about 1890,) which has lists of members–some of which include brief bios.
Over the years many individuals have sent in bios of their own family as well as historical articles and many clan societies have submitted their newsletters to be archived on the site.
I have arranged to leave this site to the Scottish Studies Foundation of Toronto, a Canadian Charity, so that all the content will be preserved for future generations.
So do visit ElectricScotland.com and enjoy an exploration of the wealth of historical material on the site: http://www.electricscotland.com.
(Thanks to D-OGS member Ann Hamby for notification about this site)
Books of Possible Interest
Archibald Henderson, Patrick Griffin and John Anthony Caruso on the Over The Mountain Folk – For those of you with time enough to read and an inclination to learn a bit more about the wild west of the 17th and 18th centuries there are quite a few books of interest recently shelved at the TPA office, the most recent of which is Patrick Griffin’s American Leviathan: Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier (NY: Hill and Wang, 2007, paperback ISBN-10-:8090-9515-7). Griffin offers a powerful revision of the moment when fear-bred racism licensed genocide against all native peoples. The book opens with a description of a monument to Tom Quick, a frontiersman known for his ruthless hatred of all Native Americans, and it ends with a description of a monument to George Rogers Clark, ‘the conqueror of the Northwest Territory.’ The novelty and drama of much of Griffin’s book should probably be set against its historiographic background. To do that you may want to read The Appalachian Frontier: Americas First Surge Westward by John Anthony Caruso. First published in 1959 it is an excellent work of the celebratory type, the type extolling the virtues of American frontier hardiness. A recent reprint of Caruso has a wonderful introduction by one of our leading scholars of that period and place, John C. Inscoe. The introduction is a great excuse to buy the book (The Appalachian Frontier:….., Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2003, paper ISBN-1-57233-215-8). The book is a wonderful description of America’s second frontier in its best light. Both books are enhanced by reading Archibald Henderson’s The Conquest of the Old Southwest: The Romantic Story of the Early Pioneers into Virginia, The Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky 1740-1790 which is available for free, on-line thanks to Project Gutenburg.
(These reviews were written by Tom Magnuson and “stolen” from the Trading Path Association (TPA) newsletter)
Calendar of Events
Granville county genealogical society – The Granville County Genealogical Society 1746, Inc. (GCGS) starts off the new year by having one of our more active members speak to us on January 2, 2012 at our regular monthly meeting. Joey Dickerson will discuss the Immortal 600 Soldiers.
Please join Joey and the other GCGS members for this interesting presentation on January 2, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. in the conference room at the Richard H, Thornton Library on Main Street in Oxford. The society meetings are open to the public and visitors are always encouraged to attend.
All GCGS meetings are open to the public and guests are cordially invited to attend.
Alamance county genealogical society – January 9 2012 – Peggy Boswell will be talking about the Scott Collection. The Alamance County Genealogical Society meets the second Monday of each month except June, July and August, at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215
Bennett place – Durham Civil War Roundtable – 19 January/2012 from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM. The Durham Civil War Roundtable is open to the public with an annual membership fee of $15.00 to cover the cost of guest speakers, refreshments, and administrative costs.
Wake county genealogical society – Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. The program is TBA
Orange county public library program – Monday, January 30 – Get Organized: GO Month – Truths and Myths About Being Organized, 6:00 PM: Ever wondered how to get that organized look out of a magazine? Lori Bruhns, time management consultant and professional organizer, will share the truths and myths about being organized and what is real and realistic about getting and staying organized. January is Get Organized Month, so kick off the year with some great tips from Lori. Find out more or register online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/library/getorganized.asp.
NCGS Spring meeting – 31 March 2012, Rocky Mount, NC: The North Carolina Genealogical Society, the Braswell Memorial Library, and the Tar River Connections Genealogical Society will present “Genealogy Done Right” featuring Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS.
Are you sure the family records you have gathered are accurate? Are you concerned that your facts are built on solid foundations? On Saturday, 31 March you will have the opportunity to learn the right way to do your genealogical research. Additionally, Dr. Jones will be providing his audience with many case studies and research tips to give you security in your conclusions. Here is info on the presentations:
How to Avoid Being Duped by the Internet – The Internet brings increasingly bountiful amounts of information to genealogists’ desktops-some valid, some erroneous, and much of unknown accuracy. Attendees will learn practical strategies for discriminating between correct and misleading information. They will also learn how online information-even if its accuracy is unknown-can lead to valid conclusions about ancestors.
Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor – Genealogists may be frustrated by not finding ancestors in the records and places where they logically expect them to be. This presentation will explain seven reasons why such ancestors seem to have disappeared, provide examples of each from actual case studies, and suggest strategies to help attendees find their elusive ancestors.
Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages – Genealogists are often frustrated by record shortages and surviving records that do not specify relationships. Using the analogy of assembling a jigsaw puzzle with many missing and damaged pieces, a case study will demonstrate six steps to bypass record shortages and identify ancestors successfully.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists– Using standards articulated in the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000), the session explains and provides examples of seven ways attendees can achieve research results that are both accurate and useful.
Additional information and registration at: http://ncgenealogy.org
Got German ancestors? You may want to attend the March 31, 2012 conference of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. It’s in Laurel, MD, and the program is “New Insights, New Records.” www.magsgen.com
A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation in Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away.
The undertaker told the husband, “You can have her buried here in the Holy Land for $150 or we can have her shipped back home for $5000.”
The husband thought about it and told the undertaker he would have her shipped back home.
The undertaker asked him, “Why would you spend $5000 to have her shipped home when you could have a beautiful burial here, and it would only cost $150????”
The husband replied, “Long ago, a man died here, was buried here, and three days later, rose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance!”
You can never make the same mistake twice. The second time you make it it’s not a mistake; it’s a choice.
If you have any items of interest that you would like to submit for future publication, please contact Richard Ellington at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.967.4168