July 2008 Newsletter

By , May 8, 2011

D-OGS Newsletter – July 2008

News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange genealogists

D-OGS MEETINGS FOR JULY 2008

The next D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 2 July 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705. Phone: (919) 477-5498 – One-half mile from I-85 and Guess Rd (Exit 175), Follow the brown historic site road signs.

Our program for July will be presented by D-OGS member Margo Brewer. Her topic is The Professional Genealogist.

The Computer SIG will meet Saturday, July 12 in the small conference room downstairs at the Chapel Hill Public Library. There is always so much of interest to discuss in the field of computer genealogy that sometimes it’s hard to fit it all into the time we have allotted. Such was the case for the June meeting, so in July we will spend more time answering people’s questions about their computer genealogy, and take a second look at the map sites suggested by Diane Richard in her presentation to the D-OGS meeting in June. Even if you can only spend a short time with us, come along and see what’s happening, I bet you’ll learn something new about your computer genealogy.

D-OGS MEETING MINUTES FOR JUNE 4, 2008

The meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM.

The program for the evening was “Exploring North Carolina Through Maps From Your Easy Chair” and was presented by Diane I. Richard. Ms. Richard is a professional genealogist and presently the First Vice President of the Wake County Genealogical Society. Diane is the sole proprietor of Mosaic Research and Project Management: http://www.mosaicrpm.com.

Diane started off by stating some of the reasons a researcher would want to turn to maps to add to their information:

1. You can find maps for just about any place and time.

2. You don’t live in the area you’re researching.

3. Landmarks can change.

4. Neighbors change—many move.

5. Property gets divided in an inheritance.

6. You can gain perspective on nearby communities, churches, cemeteries, etc.

Maps can help you track a piece of property through time.

Why online?

1. You don’t live where you are doing your research.

2. You have no idea of the lay of the land where your ancestors lived.

3. Traditionally you had to buy a map or you had to go to a repository to view maps.

4. Access to maps can sometimes be securely controlled.

Ms. Richard said North Carolina maps are typical of what you will find in other states. Two of the best map collections are the David Rumsey Map Collection (www.davidrumsey.com), the Perry-Casteneda Library Map Collection (www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/) as well as the Library of Congress Map Collection (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/).

There are other collections available online such as Census Maps, www.familyhistory101.com/map_census.html, Historical Maps, www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/hist_sites.html and Map History/History of Cartography, www.maphistory.info/imageus.html, which is a gateway to a large number of links to individual maps.

Collections of North Carolina Maps are: NC Colony and State Maps, http://ncrec.dcr.state.nc.us/Cat/CatServer.ASP?WCI=Maps&WCE=Short, County Formation Maps, www.rootsweb.com/~nccatawb/countyfrm.htm, Maps and other Cartographic Records in the North Carolina State Archives, www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/Archives/FindingAids/Circulars/AIC12.pdf, NC Sanborn Maps which are available as a subscription database to researchers in North Carolina, and the William P. Cumming Map Society, www.cummingmapsociety.org

The Sanborn maps will help with city environments—and not necessarily large cities. Soil maps show older names for property and towns, as well as old mills. There are Civil War maps that show homeowners and other landmarks, as well as battle maps. These can be searched at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/civil_war_maps/cwmabout.html and Diane pointed out that the UNC-CH website also has a large collection. There are topographic maps which show rocks, landscape elevations, cemeteries, waterways and other historic features.

The list of maps goes on and on and are definitely worth spending some time on while researching an area or a piece of property. Maps can help you follow property lines and see what happens to it over time as it is divided and changed in other ways.

Diane ended her presentation by giving two examples of how she used maps in doing research for two clients in her role as a professional genealogist. She explained how she tracked the land through changes, inheritance, etc.

The business meeting commenced after Ms. Richard concluded her program with a short question and answer period.

The May minutes were approved as read in the newsletter.

Paul reported that the next program would be The Professional Genealogist, presented by Margo Brewer.

Rob and Cathy had just returned from their trip to Kansas City for the NGS and said that about 1500 people attended. Rob reminded us that the NGS in Raleigh would be May 13-16, 2009 and we needed to mark our calendars accordingly.

Richard was given a round of applause for the good job he did on the recent Olde Orange Family History Day. Different people pointed out that we had members attending from out of state as well as guests from Florida, South Carolina and a couple of other states, and that we had received a lot of positive feedback.

The meeting was dismissed at 9:02.

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout

Secretary

Again this month Paul included a form on the reverse side of the Meeting Agenda. This form was entitled “My Family” and had space for four generations. He said he thought this was a good form for a beginning genealogy class—stress that you should begin with yourself. I think it would be good for children. It’s never too early to start them collecting information about their ancestors.

You can find this form at http://misbach.org/pdfcharts/. This page also had some other interesting charts. Take a look!

FOR SALE – ANCIENT KNAP OF REEDS BAPTIST CHURCH LITHOGRAPH

From an original pen and ink drawing by Donald Davis, brother-in-law of D-OGS member Ann Veazey Davis

This beautiful image is approximately 11” x 14” and is ready for framing. Cost: $15.00. Proceeds go to the Butner Cemetery Association for upkeep of the old cemeteries. Order from: Fran Tilley Ferrell, 111 Putnam Lane, Durham, NC 27713

Knap of Reeds Baptist Church was located in Granville County, NC just off old N. C. Hwy. 75 and was confiscated by the U. S. Government when Camp Butner was being built in 1942 for World War II prisoners of war. Knap of Reeds was organized in 1845 by a group of members from the Eno, Cedar Creek, Camp Creek and Tar River Baptist Churches. Knap of Reeds was organized as a “Missionary” Baptist Church; the others were considered “Primitive Baptist.”

Delegates from Knap of Reeds to the Flat River Association for the years 1846-1884 were: D. Umstead, W. Parish, J. Peed, Lewis Roberts, William S. Parish, John King, Thomas Groom, Willie Ashley, Elisha Umstead, Bedford Vaughn, Sherman Peed, Henderson Tilley, Milton Washington, William Boling, Thomas Green, John Nance, J. P. Montague, G. W. Wheeler, M. W. B. Veazey, A. Oakley, M. B. Waller, K. T. Roycroft and William Tippett.

Other family names in the records are: Currin, Forsythe, Brinkley, Walker, Bullock, Teasley, Latta, Jones, Eubanks, Hedgepath, McNeer, Rigsbee, Hall, Frazier and Atwater, Cozart, Hall, Mangum, Frazier, and Tilley and others.

(Thanks to member Fran Ferrell for supplying this information)

SALT LAKE CITY GENEALOGY RESEARCH TRIP

There is a new way to join the Salt Lake City Genealogy Research Trip! You can now choose Limited Assistance participation for only $275.00. This level of assistance is designed for the researcher who does not want a personalized research plan but would like a little help and the companionship of fellow genealogists. You will also have access to the forms necessary to create your own research plan.

Of course, Full Assistance participation is still available. Please visit our updated website at www.Ann-MarTrips.com to view the:

• next 3 trips,

• compare and choose the level of participation best suited to your needs and,

• Register.

Looking forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Margo Brewer.

(Margo Brewer is a D-OGS member and a professional genealogist)

ORANGE COUNTY MARRIAGE RECORDS NOW AVAILABLE TO

D-OGS MEMBERS

Thanks to the Orange County Public Library NC Room, we have acquired a printed copy of the bride & groom listings for Orange County marriage records as maintained by the county. I believe this listing is current through 2004. If you have a question about a marriage in Orange County, send your query with either the bride’s or groom’s name to the D-OGS listserv (NCDOGS-L@rootsweb.com) and I will try to respond in a timely fashion.

USCIS GENEALOGY SERVICE TO HANDLE CITIZENSHIP RECORD REQUESTS

A rule published in a recent Federal Register announces the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly the INS) will set up a fee-based Genealogy Program for responding to historical naturalization records requests. The rule takes effect Aug. 13.

Currently, requests are processed through the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) program, which according to the agency, delays fulfillment.

The new program’s fees will be $20 for an index search, $20 for record copies from microfilm, and $35 for copies of paper records.

USCIS initially proposed charging $16 to $45 in April 2006. During the ensuing public comment period, the agency received 33 comments, 28 of them positive and many addressing fee levels. You can see a comments summary in the Federal Register announcement.

Records you can request through this program include:

• Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files) dated Sept. 27, 1906, to April 1, 1956

• Alien Registration Forms on microfilm from Aug. 1, 1940 to March 31, 1944.

• Visa Files from July 1, 1924, to March 31, 1944

• Registry Files, from March 2, 1929 to March 31, 1944. These records document the creation of immigrant arrival records for persons who entered the United States prior to July 1, 1924, and for whom no arrival record could be found later.

• Alien-Files (A-Files) numbered below 8 million (as in A8000000). A–files were the official file for all immigration records after April 1, 1944. A–numbers ranging up to approximately 6 million correspond to aliens and immigrants who were in or entered the country between 1940 and 1945. A-numbers from 6 to 7 million date from about 1944 to May 1, 1951.

Documents dated after May 1, 1951, even if they’re in an A–File numbered below 8 million, are still subject to FOIA/PA restrictions. Starting Aug. 13, you’ll be able to submit requests and credit card fee payments through the USGIS Web site on Form G–1041. For records naming someone born less than 100 years ago, you’ll have to prove the person is deceased.

To request an index search, you’ll need to supply the immigrant’s full name and date and place of birth (at least as specific as a year). To request copies of records, you’ll need to provide a file number.

Before the naturalization process was centralized under INS Sept. 27, 1906, local and federal courts kept citizenship records.

(This information was posted in a Family Tree Magazine newsletter)

NEW LEGACY FAMILY TREE 7.0 JUST RELEASED

Millennia Corporation has now released Legacy Family Tree version 7.0, the latest version of a popular genealogy program for Microsoft Windows. According to their press release: New version 7 Continues 10-Years of Innovation and Quality; Now Offers Wall Charts, Automated Mapping, SourceWriter and a Host of New Features.

Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced the release of Legacy Family Tree 7.0. The new release contains dozens of significant new features and enhancements, including the first-ever SourceWriter, automated family mapping, and brilliant wall charts.

In one software package, Legacy Family Tree 7.0 provides tools to help users record their family’s history, organize their pictures, perform their research, and share their findings.

“Legacy Family Tree 7.0 is truly the next generation of family history software,” said David Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation. “Its new SourceWriter, interactive satellite maps, and especially the incredible wall charting capabilities keep Legacy as the favorite for beginners and professionals alike.”

Legacy 7.0 is now available at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com, for just US $29.95 for the download-only Deluxe version or US $39.95 version which includes the 336-page printed user’s guide, installation CD, and beginner’s training video. The free, Standard edition can also be downloaded from www.LegacyFamilyTree.com. Or call 1-800-753-3453 (this download is large – about 42MB). Legacy 7.0 is also set to be released in select retail stores this summer.

MYHERITAGE EXPANDS GENEALOGY METASEARCH TOOL

Genealogy Web site MyHeritage, which offers family Web sites, free Family Builder software, and a fun celebrity look-alike photo search, has upgraded another of its features: a genealogy metasearch tool.

MyHeritage Research is a search engine that looks for results in up to 1,350 genealogy Web sites and databases such as EllisIsland.org, Yad Vashem Shoah victims, AfriGeneas Surnames, DeadFred and Ancestry.com (in paid databases, your results show names but you won’t get other details unless you subscribe).

MyHeritage Research is free, though you’ll be prompted to register when you use it.

With such a broad search, unless you have a really unusual name, start by clicking Advanced Search and entering as many search terms (birth year and place, death year and place) as possible. You also can specify types of records to look for.

One neat thing: The tool searches on multiple name variations at once. After submitting your search, you’ll get a checklist of alternate spellings—just check up to five you’d like to search on.

You may be prompted to install a “java applet,” a piece of code that enables the search to work, which just took a couple of seconds.

Then go make yourself a snack, since it may take awhile to get results. And the number of matches can be overwhelming—I got 39,510. You’re likely to get a lot of false matches. Good thing registered MyHeritage users can save results to wade through gradually.

You’ll be sent to each database site to see its matches. Even on free sites, you’ll often click a match and be told you must register first, which gets annoying and seems risky when you’re unfamiliar with the site. And since you go right to the page with the match, you have little context for where the names came from.

If your research is at a point where you need to cast a wide net, here’s a good way to do it. But you may be better served by targeting specific genealogy databases that make sense for when and where your family lived.

(This information was posted in a Family Tree Magazine newsletter)

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS SHELBURNE COUNTY ARCHIVES & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

SHELBURNE, Nova Scotia, June 5, 2008 — The 225th anniversary of the first Loyalists landing in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, will be celebrated, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret’s), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society.

Funding of $4,000 will help the Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society present a variety of activities to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Loyalists landing in Shelburne, which is recognized as the first Loyalist settlement in Canada. Celebrations, to be held from June 6 to November 30, 2008, will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to attend concerts and various arts performances, as well as a historic re-enactment and history and heritage conferences.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society,” said Minister Verner. “We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage.”

“Festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to the quality of life in our communities,” said Mr. Keddy. “I am proud that our Government supports this important initiative that celebrates the richness of our culture and our history.”

“The 225th anniversary of the landing of the Loyalists in Shelburne is an important event in our community,” said Wallace Buchanan, President of the Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society. “Without the incredible work of volunteers and the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, our numerous activities in celebration of this event would not be possible.”

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada. The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 1996 – 2008 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.)

KINGS COUNTY, NY, RECORDS ONLINE

The German Genealogy Group has now added 42,179 new Kings County brides’ records for the period 1911 through 1913.

263 grooms’ records have been added and/or corrected. Go to www.GermanGenealogyGroup.com to see our church, naturalization and vital records databases.

Church Databases:

• St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice R.C. Church, 199 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY

• Our Lady of Sorrow’s R.C. Church, Morgan Avenue and Harrison Place, Brooklyn, NY

• Zion German Evangelical Lutheran, 125 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY

• The Presbyterian Church in Elmont, 525 Elmont Road, P. O. Box 466, Elmont, NY 11003-0466

• German Evangelical Reformed Church, Suffolk Street near Delancey from 1852 to 1900

Naturalization Databases:

• Nassau County, NY (Includes Camp Mills and Aviation Fields #2)

• Suffolk County, NY (Includes Camp Upton)

• Bronx County, NY (Includes the Years 1914-1952)

• Military Camps, NY (Includes WWI, WWII, Korean War)

• Southern District Court of NY (includes the Years 1906-1959)

• Eastern District Court of NY

• Queens County, NY (1800′s (with a few earlier years) – to about 1957.

NYC Databases:

• New York City Death Index 1891-1948

• New York City Grooms Index

• New York City Brides Index

• Brooklyn Grooms 1866 – 1879

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GENEALOGY UPDATED

The Encyclopedia of Genealogy now has an all-new “look and feel” as well as an updated set of menus. The result should be a bit easier to use. The basic functionality of the Encyclopedia remains unchanged.

The Encyclopedia of Genealogy is a free-content encyclopedia created by its readers, people like you. It is loosely modeled on the Wikipedia example. I created the “shell” of the Encyclopedia and I then “seeded” it by creating a few pages of information myself. However, most of the pages were later created by people like yourself: someone with a bit of expertise on a particular subject who would like to share that knowledge with others.

The Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a compendium of genealogical tools and techniques. It provides reference information about everything in genealogy except people. Look to the Encyclopedia of Genealogy to provide explanations of how to look up your family tree, explanations of terms found in genealogy research, including obsolete medical and legal terms. It describes locations where records may be found. It also will describe how to research Italian, German, Polish, French-Canadian, Jewish, Black, Indian and other ancestors. In short, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy will serve as your standard genealogy reference manual.

If you see anything in this encyclopedia that is incorrect, YOU can change it! If you see anything that is incomplete, YOU can add to it! If you note anything that is missing, YOU can add it! This encyclopedia will succeed because people like you contribute nuggets of information. When enough “nuggets” are added, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy will become a gold mine.

NOTE: This encyclopedia is not a place to find all the ancestors of John Doe or all the descendants of John and Mary Smith. The World Wide Web already has many online message boards and databases that perform that function well. Instead, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a clearinghouse of genealogy techniques: where to find records, how to organize the data found, what the terminology means and how to plan your next research effort.

The Encyclopedia of Genealogy is available to everyone, free of charge. Everyone can also contribute information, again free of charge. The Encyclopedia of Genealogy is available at http://www.eogen.com.

(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 1996 – 2008 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.)

GENEALOGICAL GLOSSARY

• SIBLING – a brother or sister, persons who share the same parents in common.

• SIC – Latin term signifying a copy reads exactly as the original; indicates a possible mistake in the original.

• S/O – son of.

• SOC. (abbreviation) – society

• SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX – the Social Security Death Index is an index of Social Security Death records. Generally this includes names of deceased Social Security recipients whose relatives applied for Social Security Death Benefits after their passing. Also included in the millions of records are approximately 400,000 railroad retirement records from the early 1900s to 1950s.

WEBSITES OF POSSIBLE INTEREST

OXFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY – Got roots in Oxfordshire? – http://www.ofhs.org.uk/

BOOKS OF POSSIBLE INTEREST

NUMBERING YOUR GENEALOGY, BASIC SYSTEMS, COMPLEX FAMILIES & INTERNATIONAL KIN, by Joan Ferris Curran, CG, Madilyn Coen Crane, John H. Wray, Ph.D., AG, CG, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, is now available as a downloadable e-book. This newly-revised favorite clearly defines differences in numbering methodology between the NGSQ and Register systems. Content also covers numbering adoptions and step-relatives and describes how to number immigrant ancestors in a family history. This e-book costs just $8.00 for NGS members and $10.00 for non-members. You can safely purchase and download it at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/BookStore/ListItems.cfm?CATID=32

EVIDENCE EXPLAINED – PDF VERSION NOW AVAILABLE – Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence Explained is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources. Now, for the first time, the electronic (PDF) version is available for purchase for just $24.95.

Its 885 pages:

• Covers all contemporary and electronic sources not discussed in traditional style manuals, including digital, audio, and video sources

• Explains citation principals and includes more than 1,000 citation models for virtually every source type

• Shows readers where to go to find their sources and how to describe them and evaluate them

• Teaches readers to separate facts from assertions and theory from proof in the evaluation of evidence

Most importantly Evidence Explained discusses source citations for every known class of records, including microfilm and microfiche, and records created by the new digital media:

• Websites

• Digital books and journals

• DVDs

• CDs

• Audio files

• Podcasts

• E-zines

Purchase and download from: http://legacynews.typepad.com/legacy_news/2008/06/evidence-explai.html

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

DIGGIN’ HISTORY – Archaeology in Hillsborough, an exhibit at the Orange County Historical Museum. Learn what archaeology is, see the tools of the trades, view finds unearthed locally, and how to practice good archaeology at home. Interactive “dig” for junior archaeologists! Free. Until August 30th.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY JAMBOREE 2008 – The annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is one of the larger genealogy conferences of the year. In fact, it is the largest such conference on the west coast. The 2008 Jamboree will be held soon: June 27, 28, and 29 at the Burbank (California) Airport Marriott.

Many well-known professional genealogists, among them Tom Underhill, Arlene Eakle, and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, will speak about online and traditional resources, tech applications for genealogy, including several DNA talks, German ancestry, genealogy applications for today, such as family health histories, dealing with family secrets and black sheep, finding living relatives, and more. I will also be making several presentations at this year’s Jamboree.

This year’s program will include speakers and lectures of particular interest to those researching German, Eastern European, and Jewish roots. These sessions will include John T. Humphrey speaking on German records, Peter Lande on “Holocaust Records as a Source for All Genealogists,” which includes how to obtain records from Bad Arolsen; Steve Morse on “One-Step Webpages,” and several others.

A featured session will be the first-ever Blogger Summit, which will feature seven of the leading genealogy bloggers: Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter; Steve Danko of Steve’s Genealogy Blog; George G. Morgan, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak of Megan’s Roots World and RootsTelevision, Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe, and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. Moderating the panel discussion will be Leland Meitzler of GenealogyBlog.com.

The Jamboree also includes some events that I am not used to seeing at genealogy conferences:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery tour, bus transportation and guided tour by the cemetery historian Karie Bible. 8:30 am – 12 noon on Friday, June 27. Cost: $30.

FREE Introduction to Genealogy taught by Beverly Truesdale 9:00 am – 12 noon Friday, June 27.

FREE Kids Genealogy Camp taught by Starr Campbell, Hailey J. Campbell, and Michael Melendez from 9:00 am – 12 noon Friday, June 27.

You can find full descriptions of speakers, lectures, and evening events at: http://www.scgsgenealogy.com and at the Jamboree blog at: http://www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com.

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – July 12 Civil War Cinema. “ Gettysburg”, starring Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels, Tom Berenger, and Sam Elliott. Donations gratefully accepted. 5:30 pm.

MIDDLEBROOKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION MEETING – JULY 17, 18, 19TH, 2008 in HILLSBORO, TEXAS

For Reservations: Holiday Inn Express, Hillsboro, TX – Deadline for reservations: June 17th, 2008

Contact:

Txjean@aol.com (Jean Middlebrooks Shroyer)

JoycenJim@sbcglobal.net (to register for MFA Assn. Meeting)

Gambol@juno.com (Leonard Middlebrooks, President MFA)

If you have Middlebrooks Family connections we welcome you to attend! Come and meet new cousins! Or find the missing link to your Middlebrooks connection?

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – July 19-20 – Union Occupation in the Carolinas. Historically, Reconstruction ended in North Carolina on July 4, 1868. Join Union soldiers at Bennett Place as they discuss the days after the surrender and Reconstruction in the South. Living Historians will demonstrate life of the northern soldiers who served under General Sherman at the close of the American Civil War. Soldiers will be encamped around the Bennett Farm throughout the weekend. Donations gratefully accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

BASIC CENSUS WORKSHOP – College Park MD – Maryland Genealogical Society presents a Basics+ Census Workshop, which will be held at the McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park on 26 July 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff from the National Archives and Records Administration will share their insights on United States census records, some of our most valuable genealogical sources. The cost for pre-registrants is $15.00 for MGS members and $20.00 for non-members. The deadline for pre-registration is 19 July. Walk-in registrants will be accepted at an additional $5.00 cost. A registration form and further details are available at www.mdgensoc.org.

Basics+ Workshops are designed to help beginning genealogists learn the fundamentals, but also to offer new insights for more experienced researchers. Presentations at the census workshop will address both widely used and less well-known census schedules, including those for general population schedules, 1890 veterans schedules, 1850 and 1860 slave schedules, 1880 dependent/delinquent/deficient schedule, and mortality, agriculture, manufacturing, and social statistics schedules.

30TH CLAPP FAMILY REUNION – AUGUST 8-10, 2008 – Activities will include:

August 8, 2008

• 6:00 PM–Grilled Chicken Dinner at 3452 Harris Road_ RSVP Donna Bonds at 336/993-5782 or jodobonds@aol.com by August 1st. The meal is $8.00 per person. Mail a check to Linda Patterson at 703 Heather Rd., Burlington, NC 27215.

• 7:00-Program: Karen Powell-The importance of knowing your family health history – The Project Coordinator of the Guilford Genomic Medicine Initiative at UNCG, Karen will discuss the causes of complex disease; the difference between hereditary disease (involving a single gene), familial disease, and sporadic disease; why some families are offered genetic testing and why it is not appropriate for others; how to take a family health history; and how you can use that health history to talk with your family and physician to promote good health.

August 9, 2008

• 9:30 AM-Noon-Genealogy Exchange

• Join in the genealogy exchange and research in the Clapp Family Library Research at 3452 Harris Road. Groups will offer books/maps for sale. Plan for afternoon tours. Snacks/beverages provided.

• 2:00 PM-Afternoon Tours according to interst – Clapp’s Mill Memorial, the Alamance Battleground, the site of Pyle’s Hacking Match, and Lindley Mill.

• 6:00 PM-Saturday Dinner Gather at Brick Church for a home-cooked buffet. $10 each. For reservations mail a check to Linda Patterson at the above address. RSVP Bruce Clapp at 336/449-7633 or wgc54@earthlink.net .

• 7:15 PM-Program: Ken Bloom – Music of Our Ancestors – Bloom has given solo concerts all over North America since 1974. These have included appearances at many major Folk Festivals and clubs in the U.S. and Canada. In the past he has been a regular performer at the Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Owen Sound, Philadelphia, and Mariposa Festivals as well as appearing in major venues across the country and appearances on A Prairie Home Companion.

August 10, 2008

• 11:00 AM –Worship at Brick Church – Worship with the Clapp Family at “Der Klappe Kirche”.

• 12:20 PM-Lunch at a local restaurant

“AFRICAN ROOTS IN CANADA” WORKSHOP IN TORONTO, ONTARIO – Saturday 9 August 2008 – The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, the Ontario Black History Society and the North York Central Library have joined together to sponsor a day-long summer workshop on techniques and resources for researching ancestors of African descent. With expert speakers from the United States and the West Indies as well as Ontario, this event will offer both new and seasoned family historians an opportunity to gain fresh insights, share stories and meet others with similar research interests. Early registration rates are available until July 15th.

For program and registration details, visit http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/africanroots.html.

To check availability, call 416-733-2608 (voice mail) or e-mail info@torontofamilyhistory.org.

MIDWESTERN ROOTS 2008: FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY CONFERENCE – Learn more about genealogy from some of the nation’s leading experts and get the tools to implement that knowledge at Midwestern Roots 2008: Family History and Genealogy Conference, taking place Aug. 15-16. Sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society, the conference will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott East, located at 7202 East 21st St. in Indianapolis. Many pre-conference activities will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Midwestern Roots will feature more than 30 presentations, covering topics ranging from DNA and genealogy to technology and methodology. The opening session of the conference will be led by James Madison, the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History at Indiana University (Bloomington), who will illuminate the importance and use of wartime letters for family history by relating stories from his new book Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II.

Another featured presenter will be Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian and North American spokesperson for Ancestry.com. Other notable national speakers appearing at Midwestern Roots include Dick Eastman, Roberta Estes, Charles F. Kerchner, David Lifferth, Stephen Morse, Christine Rose, Beau Sharbough and Curt Witcher.

In addition to the sessions, an exhibit hall will showcase vendors selling the latest products and tools for genealogists. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

A pre-conference highlight on Thursday, Aug. 14, will be a panel discussion with some of the pioneers in genetic genealogy on its evolution, potential and present-day uses—panelists include Smolenyak, Estes and Kerchner. Other pre-conference activities include: tours of the William Henry Smith Memorial Library (History Center), the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Archives; writing workshops on preparing family histories for publication; computer labs; and a workshop designed for library staff and volunteers who answer questions posed by genealogy patrons. The Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library, the State Archives and the William Henry Smith Memorial Library also will be open late for research.

Cost for the basic two-day workshop (including lunches) is $150 ($125 for IHS members, $75 for students), and single-day registration (including lunch) is $90 ($75 for IHS members, $45 for students). Additional pre-conference activities and workshops are available for a fee, and the Indiana Historical Society will offer three scholarships for graduate students to attend the conference.

For conference information, registration forms, exhibitor information, specific pricing or a scholarship application, call (800) 447-1830 or visit www.indianahistory.org/midwesternroots.

Hotel reservations may be made at the Indianapolis Marriott East or La Quinta Inn. For the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, call (317) 352-1231 or (800) 228-9290 to receive the special $99 room rate. For the La Quinta Inn, 7304 East 21st Street, call (317) 359-1021 to receive the special $72 room rate. Please indicate association with Midwestern Roots 2008. Room reservations must be made by July 21, 2008.

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – August 16 – Civil War Cinema. “Red Badge of Courage,” starring Audie Murphy. Donations gratefully accepted. 5:30 pm.

JEWISH GENEALOGY CONFERENCE – 17-22 August 2008 in Chicago IL – The 28th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile This annual conference is the premier event for Jewish Genealogists. Attendees from around the world gather to learn, share expertise, and find others researching the same surnames, towns, and countries. All are welcome, from beginners to experienced genealogists. The IAJGS is proud to co-host this conference with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois and the Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society. Please visit our website at: www.Chicago2008.org

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – August 23-24 – Soldiers of the Old North State. Living Historians will demonstrate life of the Southern soldiers who served the Old North State during the American Civil War. Visit with Confederate soldiers as they discuss and exhibit the uniforms and equipment of North Carolina soldier. Soldiers will be encamped around the Bennett Farm throughout the weekend. Donations graciously accepted. 5:30 pm.

HUMOR

Bubbles and Barbie, two blonde sisters, had promised their Uncle, who had been a seafaring gentleman all his life, to bury him at sea when he died. Of course, in due time, he did pass away; and the two blondes kept their promise.

They set off from New London, CT with their uncle all stitched up in a burial bag and loaded onto their rowboat. After a while Bubbles says, ‘Do you think we’re out far enough, Barbie?’

Barbie slipped over the side; and finding the water only knee deep said, ‘Nope, not yet, Bubbles.’ So they rowed a little farther.

Again Bubbles asked Barbie, ‘do you think were out far enough now?

Once again Barbie slipped over the side and almost immediately said, ‘No, this will never do, the water is only up to my chest.’ So on they rowed and rowed and rowed; and finally Barbie slipped over the side and disappeared.

Quite a bit of time goes by and poor Bubbles was really getting worried, when suddenly Barbie broke the surface. Gasping for breath she said, ‘OK, it’s finally deep enough, Hand me the shovel!!!’

PARTING THOUGHT

You live as long as you are remembered.

-Russian proverb

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