July 2009 Newsletter

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D-OGS Meetings for July 2009


This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 1 July 2009 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 topic will be: The North Carolina Digital Maps Project. The speaker will be Nicholas Graham, Librarian with North Carolina Digital Library and Archives


North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive, online collection of historic maps of North Carolina, providing users an unprecedented level of access to these important research materials. He’ll be speaking about finding old North Carolina maps and using them in your research. He will demonstrate some of the ways that we can apply new technology to old maps.


Nicholas Graham has worked in special collections libraries and archives for over ten years, most recently at the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.




The D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meeting will meet on Saturday morning, 11 July 2009 at 9 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Library downstairs in the small conference room. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC Map!
Topic: “To Be Announced”


D-OGS Meeting minutes for 3 June 2009


The meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM.


Richard Ellington introduced himself as moderator for the evening until a new President can be elected. He asked the visitors to introduce themselves and eight people did. The majority of our visitors were from Wake County and had heard the speaker’s presentation previously.


The speaker was introduced by D-OGS member Holt Anderson. Holt introduced the speaker as his distant cousin Jim Jones, presenting a program entitled: 18th Century Wake County, NC, Land Grant Research: A Work in Progress. He said this was laid out on a program called “DeedMapper”. Only a few of those in attendance had any experience with the program.


Mr. Jones said his focus was on Wake County as it was in 1771.


He gave a brief history of the 1663 Carolina Charter from the English King Charles II to his trusted Eight Lords Proprietor which specified the boundaries of the granted territory and the Proprietors’ rights and obligations. At that time Carolina extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the southern border of Virginia to the northern border of Florida. This charter was revised in 1665 to increase the granted territory. Jim said the original charter is in the State Archives.


In 1729 seven of the eight then current Lords Proprietors sold their land shares back to the British Crown. North Carolina and South Carolina became Royal Colonies.


In 1744, the eighth Proprietor, John Carteret, the Earl of Granville, was finally issued a new grant for his 1/8 share. It was surveyed as encompassing the northern half of present-day North Carolina. It became known as the Granville District. Carteret was permitted to sell land leases, known as “Granville Grants”, but was not permitted to govern. He died in 1763 and very few Granville grants were issued.


In 1776, the newly formed State of North Carolina confiscated the Granville District and began to issue North Carolina State Land Grants in 1778.


Familiarize yourself with the dates that counties were formed and reformed so that you are looking in the right county for land records.


A Land Grant is sometimes called a patent and is the first transfer from a sovereign entity. A dead is a subsequent transfer between individuals.


There are four stages in the land grant process:


1.    Entry—request through an Entry Officer for a specific number of acres and pay the initial fees.

2.    Warrant—the Entry Officer orders a surveyor to locate and survey an appropriate tract of land in the requested area.

3.    Survey—surveyor locates a tract that “best meets” the request. The Surveyor and Chain Bearers mark off and measure the selected tract with a Gunter’s chain. Then the Surveyor draws a plat diagram, writes a description with metes and founds and returns the paperwork to the Entry Officer.

4.    Grant—the individual proves the requirements are met and pays final fees. The Governing Authority prepares a grant document. The grant is recorded.


This process often took months to years. Bill Smith might request 200 acres but the Surveyor might only be able to locate 191 that were available in the requested area. The Metes and Bounds Land Description was defined in Jim Jones’ handout as “A technique for describing the boundary of a tract of line as a series of directed and connected line segments related to fixed natural or man-made features.”


Before carbon paper, land grants were made of three hand written copies that were held together and then the top was cut in a distinctive pattern of indentations so that an original land grant could be identified and authenticated.


Jim showed all the segments of land he had identified in Wake County at this point. He had the state archives copy all deeds and he’s been identifying them and plotting them with the aid of DeedMapper. How it works is that you buy the program and then purchase segments for the underlying topography with creeks, roads, etc. This then allows you to place the land purchases. He showed us where he still had voids accountable by either miscalculation or grants not found.


He said this is an ongoing project.


Jim said the motivation for identifying the land grants and related records reveals that they contain important historical and genealogical information as to


§  who was present in the county on a specific date

§  owned land, watercourses and historical landmarks

§  other clan families or related clans

§  families that have migrated or will migrate together, as well as their origin or destination

§  important events, e.g., death, presence or residence at a specific location

§  military or militia service

§  chain bearers, as they are often related family members

§  signatures as the “actual signatures” are required



Jim identified his research objectives which contained, among others, developing a digitized searchable database online and normalize proper names of individuals and watercourses to improve the ability to search.


Check out “DeedMapper” at www.directlinessoftware.com. The software costs about $100 and the maps sell for about $10 apiece.


Jim Jones was given a round of applause for his thorough and interesting program.


Business Meeting:


The May minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.


Richard said Elizabeth Hamilton is stepping into the breach and putting up the newsletter online.


Richard said he had attended the NGS Conference and out of 19 sessions had only missed two. He said a fabulous time was had by all. He said Society Night was a lot of fun and there was standing room only around the D-OGS tables and two new members signed up that night.


He said D-OGS had a presence at Last Friday in Hillsborough the previous Friday, that it was shortened because of rain but interesting nonetheless as Barry Jacobs and Alice Gordon, Orange County Commissioners, had stopped by and appear to be allies. They thanked D-OGS for doing their due diligence because the commissioners would not have known about the situation otherwise. They wanted us to let them know what is needed in the room. Carol spearheaded an email discussion of needs and she compiled a list for the commissioners and Lucinda.


The treasurer’s report shows a balance of $678.17. Richard explained that we had expected to be low on funds due to getting caught up on the Trading Path but we were working on ways to increase that amount.


He said there had been a board meeting in May addressing this concern as well as others and there were be another meeting June 16.


Carol made a motion that we have a special election as soon as the board could put together a slate of officers. It was seconded.


All business having been concluded, we dismissed at 9:03 PM.



Respectfully submitted,


Tonya Fouse Krout



(I wanted to offer a special thank you to Jim Jones for his handout which he forward to me after the program. Without it, the minutes would have been incomplete.)



Durham-Orange Genealogical Society Computer Special Interest Group (D-OGS CIG) Agenda – 13 June, 2009


Questions and problems you’re having:

TMG Questions:

What’s New?


Big Name Sites Spread Latest Malware Infection


Using Google Timeline for African-American Research



Genealogist for Hire


Time Glider


Web sites worth visiting:

Family Health History



The Internet Genealogist



Millions of Historic Southern Records Now on the Web








Cassini Maps



Archaic Medical Terms


Easy Thumbnails


Version Tracker


Eclectic Web Sites:

Forensic Genealogist: CSI Meets Roots


Topic Du Jour:


Articles of Interest:


New Search Engines Aspire to Supplement Google



Legacy Locker


“The Sirius:The Sirius Genealogist Web Directory”



George Mason University

Dear Friends of the Center for History and New Media:

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The historians and technologists at CHNM feel lucky to serve this vast audience, but although all of our tools and resources are free, they are not without cost. With your help we hope to continue our service and innovation for another fifteen years and beyond. The National Endowment for the Humanities has given CHNM a rare challenge grant, which will match donations to CHNM’s endowment for a limited time.

Whether you use CHNM’s popular Zotero software for your research, get your daily fix from the History News Network, learn from award-winning sites such as Historical Thinking Matters and Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, or scan through unique digital archives such as the Papers of the War Department, we hope you will make a contribution today. Your tax-deductible gift will help us to reach even more students, teachers, and scholars worldwide.

To make your donation right now, please visit:

From all of us at the Center for History and New Media, I thank you in advance for helping us, as our motto says, “Build a Better Yesterday, Bit by Bit.”


Dan Cohen
Director, Center for History and New Media
George Mason University



d-ogs board of officers meeting


The D-OGS Board met again on 23 June at the home of Tonya Krout, D-OGS secretary. We are working to resolve many of the issues created by the untimely death of our then-President Paul Hollinghurst. Paul was performing many tasks for D-OGS that were crucial to our operation. Unfortunately, many of these tasks were not known by other D-OGS members. Consequently, we are just now beginning to discover the breadth and importance of these many related tasks. More details will be available at the July meeting.


Many area of our society’s operation are affected: membership records, financial receipts, email listserv activities, online queries from D-OGS and the public in general are only a few of the issues that your Board is trying to come to grips with. We will try to keep you updated as we address the needs and concerns of the Society as a whole.


Several members have stepped up to help. We will need these folks and more of you to assist in the coming months. Please offer your assistance; don’t wait to be asked. It seems we always look to the same people to take care of D-OGS business. That is one of the reasons that we are now in some degree of difficulty; we have depended on a small group to do everything. This must change.



d-ogs member alice hill passes away


Mrs. Alice Lentz Hill, 87, died Thursday evening (18 June) at Hillcrest Convalescent Center.

She and her husband owned and operated Hill’s Flowers and Gifts from 1950 until 1979. Mrs. Hill was an antique as well as a doll collector, and belonged to the Duke and Duchess Doll Club. Mrs. Hill was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Norman M. Hill, Jr.; and her daughter, Karen H. Sparks.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. in Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro.



Lectures on CD ROM Available from the 2009 NGS Family History Conference available shortly

CD-ROMS from the previous lectures are available now and the CD-ROMS from 2009 Raleigh Conference will be available shortly. If you were unable to attend the 2009 NGS conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 13-16 May, you will be pleased to know that over 100 lectures were recorded and can be purchased on CD ROM for $12 each plus shipping. Lectures are available via a link on the NGS website: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on Conferences & Events, then Annual Conference, then Lectures on CD ROM from previous conference. This link will take you to the JAMB-INC.com website, the recording company for the Raleigh conference. Once you are on the JAMB-Inc. website, click on Genealogy and look for the 2009 NGS Family History Conference or our two previous conferences in Kansas City 2008 and Richmond 2007. The CD ROMs provide you with an opportunity to hear genealogical experts discuss topics that will help you in your family research. Listed on the website is each speaker by last name, as well as the lecture track and title of each talk.



Search Four Canadian Census Indexes Free Online

FamilySearch has added indexes to the 1851, 1861, and 1871 Canada Census to its record search site (click North America on the map, then scroll down to the list of Canadian records).

The 1881 census already was online, and plans are in place to add the 1891 census.

All are the products of a three-way partnership: Ancestry.ca provided indexes to the 1851 and 1891 censuses, and FamilySearch created indexes for the 1861, 1871, and 1881 censuses. (Both sites offer these indexes.) The originals are housed at Library and Archives Canada.

Information in these census might include your ancestor’s name, age, birthplace, religion, occupation, residence and ethnicity. Some information on the records is in French.

Note that FamilySearch has posted only the indexes, not the record images. It will eventually release record images to “qualified FamilySearch members.” (I believe this means volunteer indexers who’ve indexed a certain number of records.)

If you find ancestors in the free FamilySearch index for the 1851 census, you can use the location information to find those folks in the unindexed 1851 census images at the Canadian Genealogy Centre Web site. (The Canadian Genealogy Centre also has 1901, 1906 and 1911 census images, but you must know about where your ancestor lived to use them.)

The Family History Library also has the records on microfilm (run a Keyword search of the online catalog on Canada census). You can rent the film through your local Family History Center.

The digitized records also are available on the subscription sites Ancestry.ca and Ancestry.com (which also have the 1901, 1906, 1911 and 1916 censuses).



Genealogy Myth – The courthouse burned, and all the records are gone

Many a genealogical dream has run smack against a courthouse fire. But the vital records, naturalizations, deeds, wills and other records within weren’t always completely destroyed. Sometimes records survived, or copies had been sent to another office, or the clerk asked citizens for copies of their records, or you can find the same information elsewhere. See Family Tree Magazine tips for beating brick walls and contact the county library or state archives, whose staffs may have prepared special helps for genealogists researching around courthouse blazes.



Genealogical glossary


Warranty deed – guarantees a clear property title from the seller to the buyer.

Wheelwright – person who makes and repairs vehicle wheels, such as carts, wagons, etc.

Widow – a widow is a woman whose husband has died.

Widower – a widower is a man whose wife has died.

Witness – a witness is an individual present at an event such as a marriage or the signing of a document who can vouch that the event took place.



Websites of Possible Interest


University of Alabama historical map archiveshttp://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/


Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection – http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/



Calendar of Upcoming Events


National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives – July 12-17, 2009. The 2009 program is still being developed. Enrollment is limited. Application brochures will be mailed in early 2009. For more information about the 2009 program or to obtain an application brochure, visit the Institute’s web site, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~natgenin/; e-mail NatInsGen@juno.com; or write to NIGR, P.O. Box 118, Greenbelt, MD 20768-0118. Scholarship information is available at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~natgenin/scholarships.htm.

FGS/AGS 2009 Genealogy Conference Program and Registration Now Online! – “A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists” is an annual event of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. It moves all around the U.S. and the 2009 host is the Arkansas Genealogical Society and the place is Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference theme is Passages through Time which symbolizes the journey taken as we learn more about our ancestors, their place in history, and the lives they led.


Join your fellow family historians, librarians, editors, archivists, historians, writers, professional genealogists, software developers, book and database vendors, volunteers, and the growing number of younger genealogists as we network, learn, share, and even have some fun. You might meet a 3rd cousin you didn’t know about or someone from an ancestral home town.


The FGS conference registration system is alive & kicking. It’s simple to find: just click on this link for the FGS Conference Website <www.FGSConference.org>. Once you are on the page, the links to the conference program and registration are on the left. The registration link for the Exhibit Hall is also live.


Choose from more than 160 lectures, workshops, and other learning opportunities presented by speakers from all over the U.S. over the course of four days. With the conference in Little Rock, there are plenty of sessions related to Arkansas roots, but the program offers something for just about everyone. Lectures about research in other states, on specific ethnic groups, libraries and archives, research methodology, technology, migration, military records, and some unique topics will grab your interest. A special feature of the first day is a selection of lectures devoted to assisting volunteers running genealogy societies and their websites, publications, classes, meetings, and special events.


This year’s conference is being held in Little Rock’s Statehouse Convention Center. The Exhibit Hall, on-site registration area, and the lecture rooms are conveniently located in the same building that is easily walkable. One host hotel, the Peabody, is attached to the convention center. The Doubletree is less than a block’s walk.


Be sure to click on the button for the Conference Blog www.FGSConferenceBlog.org to learn more conference details, about the city of Little Rock, the hotels, the trolley for getting around and about the lectures, speakers, and special events. The blog is updated frequently.


FGS and AGS invite you to join us as we learn more about Passages through Time.



Bennett Place State historic site – July 18-19 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. Saturday,10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.



Two upcoming events presented by the St. Louis Genealogical Society


Google Your Family Tree by Daniel M. Lynch  August 15, 2009 at the Viking  Conference Center in Sunset Hills, MO  His topics will be:  Basic facts about using search engines; Special symbols for effective filtering; Search strategies; Conducting queries for names and places; Searching Google Books Fees:  $45.00 member/$55 non-member includes lunch, prices increase after August 1.


Virginia:  The Old Dominion State by Barbara Vines Little, CG  October 24, 2009 at the Viking Conference Center in Sunset Hills, MO.  Her topics will be:  County Records: The Nuts and Bolts of Virginia Research; Patents and Grants: Virginia’s Land Records; Virginia’s Tax Records:  A Gold Mine of Information; Virginia’s Military Records: Colonial Militia through the Civil War Fees:  $45.00 member/$55.00 non-member includes lunch, prices increase after October 9.


Please see the STLGS website for more information:  www.stlgs.org



Mount Vernon Genealogical Society meeting – On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled “Bringing Great-Grandfather to Life – A Genealogical Case Study.” The program will be presented by Larry Le Doux.


The speaker will lead the audience through various methods and avenues of pursuit that he followed to uncover facts and documents which brought life to an ancestor about whom little was known, and much of what was known was erroneous. The subject of this search effort was an educated teenage German immigrant who was subsequently ordained as a Lutheran minister in the 1870s, and served much of his ministry in Valparaiso, Indiana and surrounding communities.


This presentation will benefit the novice genealogist by demonstrating how various approaches to gathering information were employed, the results obtained, and dead-ends encountered and resolved. Experienced genealogists will find the unfolding vignette of a fellow researcher’s efforts and results to be informative and entertaining. The research was accomplished over a period of six months, and entailed approximately 30 hours of dedicated effort.


The Hollin Hall Senior Center is located 4 miles south of Alexandria just off Fort Hunt Road at 1500 Shenandoah Road in Alexandria, Virginia.


MVGS is a nonprofit organization and has over 260 members residing in Alexandria, Fort Belvoir, the counties of Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery, and Prince Georges, as well as several states.


Additional information about the meeting and MVGS can be found at http://www.MVGenealogy.org/. Any questions about the program should be directed to Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920 or haroldm@erols.com.



Bennett place state historic site – August 22-23 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. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.



The 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2-5 September 2009, Little Rock, Arkansas


A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists


A genealogist’s bonanza in just one place. Four days to learn more about the Internet, databases, records in courthouses, archives, and libraries that are not online, how to locate missing records and relatives, write your family history, and break through tough problems. The presenters are from all over the U.S. and from Canada and represent many of the top experts in the field. Wish you could be a child again and attend summer camp? This is your chance, but the conference hotels are much nicer than tents and cabins.


•    Almost 200 lectures, workshops, special events, and meals offered during this four day event that are by and of interest to genealogists, writers, editors, professional genealogists, lecturers, librarians, archivists, historians, columnists, booksellers, bloggers, and others.


•    A huge Exhibit Hall filled with booth after booth of vendors and exhibitors of genealogical software, books (new, old, rare), charts, maps, databases, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, services, memberships, research assistance, and more. A special Society Corner will feature details on FGS Member societies. Some booths are still available.


•    Wednesday offers many sessions designed to help genealogy society volunteers with different aspects of running a genealogical society, seminars, publications, websites, and board meetings. A special luncheon includes an open forum for discussing society issues.


•    Luncheons and breakfasts sponsored by well-known genealogical and historical organizations. These feature speakers that will educate and entertain you.


•    A gala banquet that features a special speaker and showcases some of the best volunteers and organizations in the area of genealogy.


•    Other social events include a free Ice Cream Social, Night at the Ballpark, Networking Luncheon, door prizes, and the Peabody Ducks.


•    Need more? Lots of free wireless Internet access, two pre-conference extended sessions on Tuesday, great places for research, a Presidential Library, riverfront views, neat restaurants, historic sites, and being surrounded by others who speak the same language of genealogy.


•    A special hint: If you register by July 1st, 2009 (postmark date or online) you can save $50.00 ($175.00 fee vs. $225.00 after that date). That pays for four full days of lectures and some special events.


The Federation of Genealogical Societies and this year’s local host, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, invite you to the ‘Passages through Time” conference that takes place this 2-5 September 2009 in vibrant Little Rock, Arkansas. For the full and varied program and registration details check the Conference website at www.FGSConference.org or the frequently updated Conference Blog at www.FGSConferenceBlog.org that will tell you about the Ducks, Exhibit Hall, Parking, Travel, Hotels, last minute details, and dozens of other things.


The Conference Committee hopes you are able to join us for this great learning experience.


www.FGS.org <http://www.fgs.org>

www.FGSConference.org for the full program info

www.FGSConferenceBlog.org for extended details and much more that grows continually



For further information, contact the Publicity Chair, Paula Stuart-Warren, FGSPublicity@FGS.org






Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it


Parting Thought


If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.


-George Bernard Shaw





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




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