June 2008 Newsletter

By , May 8, 2011

D-OGS Newsletter – June 2008

News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange genealogists


The next D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 4 June 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 June will be presented by Diane L Richard. Her topic is Exploring North Carolina through Maps from your easy chair.

The D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) Meeting will hold its next meeting on 14 June from 9:00am-noon in the small ground floor conference room at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The meeting topic is TBA.


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

The program was “Stories of the Common Soldier” and the speaker was Kent McCoury. This is the program that had been scheduled for April. Kent McCoury holds a B.A. in History from Appalachian State University. He has worked for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources for almost twenty years. For over 10 years, he has been the assistant site manager at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. He has taught at North Carolina State University and has published book reviews for The North Carolina Historical Review.

Bennett Place, the popular name for the farmhouse in Durham, North Carolina, owned by James and Nancy Bennett (proven Bennitt), was the site of the largest surrender of troops during the American Civil War, on April 26, 1865.

He said that the majority of common soldiers on both sides of the Civil War were either farmers or from related industries and were young men 18-22. For instance, 76% of North Carolina’s population were yeoman farmers. He pointed out that while there is a belief that all southerners were plantation owners with many slaves, the truth was that the plantation class consisted of 4069 men, women and children. That means that about 2000 men controlled 300,000 slaves in North Carolina.

Kent said that 625,000 men died—mostly from disease. Their systems were weakened by dysentery from eating bad food and drinking bad water. He said they did not have access to good medical knowledge or doctors. After all, a doctor at that time was pretty much someone who said he was.

The United Stated Regular Army started out with 17,000 enlistees and that swelled to 2 ½ million while the south only had 1 million men to put in the field. He said that neither side was able to supply all the needs of the troops.

He showed us some of the gear and equipment that a soldier would be issued or would have supplied from home. In the beginning both sides wore similarly colored uniforms and many of the home troops wore uniforms designed by their own officers or officers’ wives. However, after the Battle of Manassas blue was standardized for the north and gray for the south. The clothing a solder wore was similar to what farmers wore—sack coat, trousers and brougham shoes—and either didn’t get issued or wore out quickly so soldiers asked the women back home to send shirts, socks, hats, etc. Also the Southern soldiers captured clothes and equipment from the Northern army.

They carried a canteen, bedroll, and a haversack which held a tin cup, plate, utensils, hard tack crackers and whatever else they wanted to carry such as a Bible, writing materials, letters from home, etc. They would march for up to 50 miles a day. Weapons were musket rifles and Kent said more Enfields were used than any other.

A question was asked about financial incentives for enlisting. Soldiering paid $13-14 a month and did not always reach the enlisted man. Bounties of $100-300 were offered up North and there were people who joined several companies under an assumed name in order to get the bounty. There were a number of Canadians who served for money.

A question was raised about horses and Kent said in the South if you furnished your own horse, you were supposed to be paid if it died but by the time you got home the money was worthless and the majority transferred from cavalry to infantry. Otherwise, you were to be paid so much per day for the use of your private property—but this was mainly in theory. The North had a remount system with horses stationed around Washington.

Kent said there was a lot of civil war soldier information at Bennett Place, as well as at the Olivia Rainey Library in Raleigh and the North Carolina Room at the Durham Public Library main branch in downtown Durham. If you are in the area and need assistance with your Civil War ancestor, those are good places to go.

Kent received an enthusiastic round of applause for a fascinating presentation and invited everyone to come up and see the books and the trunk he had brought with typical military supplies.

Business Meeting:

The minutes for April 2008 were approved as published in the Newsletter.

Paul Hollinghurst announced that the latest Trading Path was available for distribution after the meeting was dismissed.

Rob Elias asked for submissions or ideas for articles for the next Trading Path. He said he and Cathy were leaving for Kansas City for the NGS meeting and were volunteering there which would enable them to see how the conference was scheduled and organized.

Paul reported that a check had been given to the Orange County Library. D-OGS Member Bill Reid said that the room probably won’t be any different next year.

Paul reminded us about Olde Orange County Family History Day which will occur Saturday, May 10, 10 am to 3 pm.

Ann submitted the Treasurer’s Report to Paul. Our current balance is $4607.41.

Elizabeth Hamilton said the next meeting is June 4 with the program: Exploring North Carolina through Maps from Your Easy Chair. It will be presented by Diane I. Richard.

All business having been concluded, we dismissed at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout


Again this month Paul included a research form on the back of the agenda. He stumped the attendees as none of us had ever seen this form before tonight. Enjoy…

Sheets for Keeping Track of Cemeteries “These sheets are useful for people who wish to keep track of information in graveyards or sexton’s records. This ‘first page’ allows one to map a cemetery and has room for cemetery contact information, as well as room for two gravestone entries. And ‘following pages’ has a smaller map (perhaps a portion of the map on the first page), and room for six gravestones inscriptions.”

Available from: http://www.cs.williams.edu/~bailey/genealogy/ . About two thirds down the page, look for Sheets for Keeping Track of Cemeteries. This page also has some other interesting forms. Take a look!



How much Yankee vs. Dixie are you?


What’s New?

Audacity- http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Zoom H2 – http://www.amazon.com/Zoom-H2-Handy-Track-Recorder/dp/B000VBH2IG

The Ten Weirdest Flashdrives -http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2284958,00.asp

ThreatFire 3.5 – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2301072,00.asp

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008

Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA


Family Health – Genogram – http://www.genopro.com/genogram/

Genespice Manager – http://www.genespice.com/

Web sites worth visiting:

West Virginia Death Certificates – http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx

Genealogy Charts & Forms – http://www.ldpierce.com/recordsforms.html

A Vision of Britain Through Time – http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp

From the site:

“The Vision of Britain system holds the full text of three 19th century descriptive gazetteers, a total of over 90,000 entries:

John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales (1872)

Frances Groome’s The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1885)

John Bartholomew’s Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)”

Googling Names – http://www.familytreemagazine.com/insider/Googling+Names.aspx

Topic Du Jour:

Google Alerts – http://www.google.com/alerts/

Article of Interest:

Research Recommendations: Making of America

by Michael J. Leclerc

Making of America (MOA) is a major collaborative effort to preserve and make accessible a major body of resources related to the development of the United States. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell University and the University of Michigan began in 1995 to develop a digital library documenting the social history of the United States from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.

Cornell University started by digitizing 955 volumes, including 109 monographs and 22 journals with imprints between 1840 and 1900. The University of Michigan started by digitizing 1,600 books and 10 journals with imprints published dating between 1850 and 1877. The collections have since grown to more than 1.5 million images from 5,000 volumes at Cornell University, and more then 3.5 million images from more than 10,000 volumes at the University of Michigan. Each university maintains a their own website for their MOA titles.

Many of these titles, such as Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Scientific American, and Vanity Fair, may be familiar to you. Others, such as American Jewess and the Journal of the United States Association of Charcoal Iron Workers, may be less so, but are equally valuable.

Both sites provide similar functionality. You can browse the contents by subject, author, or title. There is also a robust search engine that allows you to search on the full text of the contents as well as the title and subject. It also allows for Boolean and proximity searches as well as bibliographic searches.

Search results show you the number of hits in each title, with links to images of the original pages where the text was found. You can add a result to your bookbag so that you have the bibliographic citation, and then download them later. One nice feature is that you can increase and decrease the size of the image, making it easier for you to read.

You can search the Cornell University MOA website at http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/

The University of Michigan’s MOA site is available at http://quod.lib.umich.edu:80/m/moagrp/ .


Tate House

Tate House being moved


By Monica Chen, Herald-Sun, 19 May 2008

It felt like half the Old West Durham neighborhood came out to witness the move of the historic Tate House on Sunday morning.

There was John Schelp, the neighborhood organizer who had sent an alert earlier that week for folks to keep their cars clear of the area. There was Ellen Dagenhart, president of Preservation Durham, who snapped away shots of the century-old house as workers prepared it for the move. And there were Charlie Delmar and Gary Ray, who camped out in chairs with a table of cranberry juice and baked goods between them, looking on at all the commotion as Delmar’s car blasted banjo renditions of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” from behind them.

“This is the most documented move of a house ever,” joked Gary Kueber. The blogger behind the history-obsessed Endangered Durham Web log also came with his camera to record the momentous event.

CLICK HERE for video of house move…


Because, let’s face it, how often do you see a 1,000-square-foot house get jacked up on steel beams and wheels and get pulled up Ninth Street behind a truck? The yellow and white Tate House, so named because its first occupant was one W.G. Tate, is estimated to date back to the 1920s, if not the turn of the century, according to current owner John Martin.

Before Martin, the house at 1704 Markham Ave. by the Dollar General was owned by Jeff Monsein, owner of The Aluminum Company of North Carolina. According to an e-mail Schelp sent out that was documented on Endangered Durham, the house had been approved for demolition in 2007. But Monsein earlier this year offered the house up for free to anyone willing to move it, along with $5,000 to help pay for the move.

Enter Martin, who has experience with renovations and happens to love old houses.

“I teach history for a living and it seemed a shame to lose the house,” he said.

After getting the OK from a number of city departments, Martin paid $30,000 to Kountry Boys House Moving & Recycling to move the house on Sunday. The first section with the kitchen moved without a hitch around 8:30 a.m., but workers hit a snag with the main body of the structure when a front wheel of the truck backing it out of its lot fell into a ditch.

After an hour of jacking up the truck itself and laying metal boards under the wheel, the house finally began its three-fourths-of-a-mile journey west on Markham Avenue, north on Ninth Street, then west on Englewood Street and finally south on Edith Street to its new home, nestled in the middle of other historic homes.

“It’s all about context,” Dagenhart said. “We wanted a place where it would fit, in terms of shape and size. With preservation, you don’t want to put McMansions where Victorians are.”

Along the way, workers crouched on the open top of the house, pushing traffic lights, power lines and tree branches out of the way. Taking advantage of a beautiful sunny day, kids pedaled on bicycles and adults out with their dogs walked alongside it. The sight of a house slowly inching along also drew surprised and curious stares from people enjoying brunch at Elmo’s Diner.

Martin is planning to keep the existing windows, doors, floors and woodwork in the house, and is considering removing the yellow vinyl and taking it back to wood siding. The house also only had one bathroom. Martin will add a porch enclosure for an additional bedroom, bathroom and breakfast area, he said.

Working with David Parker of Riverbank Custom Home Builder on the renovations, Martin will also rebuild the two chimneys in the house, which were dismantled recently. The Tate House could nearly double in size to about 1,900 square feet when all is said and done.

At least one person watching the move on Sunday had connections to the house.

Billy Cotter, co-owner of the downtown restaurant Toast, lived there off and on when he was a teenager, he said. He split his time between his mother’s place in southern Durham and there, where his father lived.

On Sunday, as Cotter looked on, old neighbors came up to him and shared their memories of the good times had there.

“It takes a village to move a house,” Schelp said.


I would like to thank everyone who came out to help with the OOCFHD event. We had a small but enthusiastic crowd of attendees. The program presented by Tom Magnuson with the Trading Path Association was very enjoyable and informative and right up there with Tom’s usual dissemination of interesting history trivia. Next year we will do our biennial spring genealogy workshop and then do the OOCFHD again in two years.

The biggest disappointment was the lack of involvement by the surrounding societies and libraries. Several groups did not even bother to return the self-addressed, stamped postcard to say that they were not going to attend. This may be a sign of bigger issues, with many volunteer societies experiencing a drastic drop in membership participation.


“From Ulster to the Carolinas: Finding Your Scots-Irish Ancestors” sponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society & the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society will be presented in Charlotte on 26 July 2008. David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Director of the Records and Information Division of the Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City will provide sessions on “Irish Jurisdictions and Reference Works”, “Irish Immigration – the Sources in Ireland”, “The Scots-Irish in North Carolina” and “Irish Church Records: Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Catholic”. Additionally, he will provide insight on “Where Genealogy is Heading Over the Next Few Years”. Information and reservations: www.ncgenealogy.org or email: info@ncgenealogy.org


The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 310 North Tryon, Charlotte, NC will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 2008. Additionally, staff will assist visitors with research, provide free copies of research from microfilm and photocopy machines, and supply light refreshments from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Researchers will also have access to Ancestry.com Library Ed. and HeritageQuest. Laptops are welcome; the building has Wi-Fi.

The extended hours are offered to accommodate researchers, especially early arrivals for the conference “From Ulster to the Carolinas: Finding Your Scots-Irish Ancestors” sponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society & the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society on July 26th. The presenter will be David E. Rencher, Director of the Records and Information Division of the Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

The library will resume regular hours from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 26th.

For further information contact:

• Conference: “From Ulster to the Carolinas: Finding Your Scots-Irish Ancestors” – email info@ncgenealogy.org

• Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County: 704-416-0150 or email ncr@plcmc.org.


We have received correspondence from the NC Archives concerning a Cemetery Survey and Stewardship Program that they are beginning. They are looking to gather county-level cemetery materials and coordinate efforts of county agencies to preserve cemetery data.

D-OGS really needs to get involved with this project and possibly take on the task of being the county cemetery survey committee for Orange or Durham or both. A great deal of this information has already been collected and made available on Allen Dew’s website, www.cemeterycensus.com. There is still much work to be done.


The TPA will hold its June First Sunday Hike at Hill Forest on the 1st of June, from 2 PM until 4 PM. The Hill Forest is NCSU’s experimental forest and outdoor classroom for students of forestry and the environment. It sits astride one of the more import channels of the Trading Path too. We will meet at the George K. Slocum Forestry Camp, just west of the Flat River bridge that carries State Forest Road eastward from the camp. Keep an eye out for signs after leaving 501.

Directions from I-85 at Durham: Take Hwy 501 north 12 miles to Moore’s Mill Road at Quail Roost. Turn east on to Moore’s Mill Rd, and then after 300 yards turn east again on to State Forest Road. The meeting place will be about 4/5 of a mile, 1.5 kilometers from the turn.

We haven’t actually settled on the hike route yet, but we can say with confidence that the hike will be on trails minimally prepared, on slopes not excessive, and will see artifacts as yet to be defined. So, wear sturdy shoes, and know we’ll probably encounter ticks. It promises to be hot so bring water.


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch announced today (2 May 2008) the release of two new free research tools that will help those with British and Scottish roots to find their ancestors. The research guides, Finding Records of Your Ancestors, England, and Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Scotland feature easy-to-follow instructions, colorful graphics, and removable worksheets. Free copies can be viewed, downloaded, or printed online at FamilySearch.org.

The guides will help take the guesswork out of British and Scottish genealogical research by simplifying the process and giving users a specific, proven strategy to use. In an inviting workbook style, the guides show users which records to search, what to look for, and what tools to use. The steps and tools needed to navigate British and Scottish historical records to find ancestors are colorfully outlined.

Finding Records of Your Ancestors, England and Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Scotland, are the latest additions to the popular series of free online publications. The guides are designed for those who have already gathered some family history information about their British or Scottish ancestors and are ready to search public and private records—they are must-have reference tools for researchers of British or Scottish genealogy.

The guides explain different types of records in England and Scotland and instruct the user when and how to use specific records. Real-life case studies allow readers to see for themselves how the research process works. Expert search tips, including tips on how to use the Family History Library Catalog, are included. Also included are maps, key dates in British and Scottish histories, and guides for reading respective genealogical records. Other guides in the Finding Records of Your Ancestors series include African American, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Jewish, Mexico, Norway, and Sweden.

FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world’s largest repository of genealogical resources. Patrons may access resources online at FamilySearch.org or through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries. FamilySearch is a trademark of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. and is registered in the United States of America and other countries.


s. (abbreviation) – son.

s. & h. (abbreviation) – son and heir.

secondary evidence – evidence that is inferior to primary evidence or the best evidence.

secondary source – a secondary source is a record that was created a significant amount of time after an event occurred. For example, a marriage certificate would be a secondary source for a birth date, because the birth took place several years before the time of the marriage. However, that same marriage certificate would be a primary source for a marriage date, because it was created at the time of the marriage.

self-addressed stamped envelope (sase) – when you request records or other information from people and institutions, you should include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) in your letter. Of course, a SASE with U.S. postage stamps on it is only good in the United States. If you are expecting return mail from overseas, you should include an International Reply Coupon with your self-addressed envelope. This coupon serves as payment for any international postage you may need to pay. They can be purchased at your local post office.


ADOBE PHOTOSHOP FOR FREE – When it comes to image editing, the gold standard is Adobe Photoshop. Even if you haven’t used the full-blown version, you’ve likely come across its less expensive sibling, Photoshop Elements.

Now, a free version of the software is available online—with 2 GB of storage thrown in. Adobe Photoshop Express offers many of the features included with Elements, such as cropping, color correction and some fun filter and distortion options. (Be aware, though, that agreeing to the terms of service gives other users the rights to display, print and distribute your shared images. If you don’t want your pictures to go public, don’t opt to share them through the site.) – https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html

NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – according to their website, founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest and most respected nonprofit genealogical organization in the country. Visit their new website and see what they offer to help you with your Yankee ancestry – http://www.newenglandancestors.org


Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948 by Dennis Northcott (2007) (ISBN-13: 978-0-9728344-2-1; ISBN-10: 0-9728344-2-7; soft cover, 658 pages)

Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948 by Dennis Northcott (2005) (ISBN 0-9728344-1-9, soft cover, 416 pages)

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947 by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks (2003) (ISBN 0-9728344-0-0, soft cover, 548 pages)

The G.A.R. was founded in Illinois in 1866 and became the largest association of Union Civil War veterans, its national membership peaking in 1890 at 409,489. As the veterans died, the membership inevitably declined. The national membership dropped to 213,901 in 1910 and 16,597 in 1930. The last surviving G.A.R. member died in 1956.

Books are $30 each plus shipping & handling. Contact Dennis Northcott, PO Box 11801, St. Louis, MO 63105 or visit his website at www.ngpublications.com for more details.


HISTORIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF DURHAM WALKING TOURS – For the past three years the Historic Preservation Society of Durham has entertained and educated hundreds of Durham natives and visitors with our 1 to 2 hour guided tours of downtown Durham. Many scholars helped HPSD review existing oral histories for this project, which HPSD then used to create tours which use actual quotes and interviews by Durham citizens and others, including Dr Martin Luther King.

Second Saturday–Durham’s Tobacco Heritage, a walking tour that examines the times, the people, and the businesses that gave a unique flavor to the Durham protest movement.

Third Saturday–Durham’s Civil Rights Legacy, a walking tour that delves into the industry that literally put Durham on the map. Stories of tobacco warehouse workers, farmers, musicians and others bring this history to life.

Fourth Saturday–Durham’s Architecture and Landscape, a walking tour that uses the architecture of downtown to reflect on Durham’s identity as a community past, present, and future.

All walks are free and begin at 10 AM at the Durham Farmers Market, across from Measurement Inc. (423 Morris Street), rain or shine. No need to reserve a space, but for more information or to arrange a special tour for your group, call HPSD at 682-3036, or info@preservationdurham.org, or visit us at www.preservationdurham.org.

BURWELL SCHOOL HISTORIC SITE – a trip to Hillsborough isn’t complete until you visit the Burwell School Historic Site. History comes to life at the Burwell School as you:

• Learn about daily life at an antebellum girl’s school and see a school building built in 1837

• Hear the words of a young enslaved woman who became a businesswoman, author, activist and the confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln

• Discover who occupied the Burwell School during the Civil War and why is was called the Beehive

• Play the Game of Graces on our beautiful front lawn or take part in a scavenger hunt

• Try on reproduction clothing from the 19th century

• Explore the lovely Spurgeon Gardens and its collection of old-fashioned plants

Free admission – Open to the public Wed-Sat 11-4 & Sun 1-4 – 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough – 919-732-7451 www.burwellschool.org

OWSLEY FAMILY REUNION – Mark you calendars now for the Owsley Family Historical Society 2008 Annual meeting in Independence Missouri June 5-7, 2008. This will be our thirtieth anniversary meeting! Independence is home to the Mid-Continent Library, home of the third larges genealogical collection in the US as well as the Harry S Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Plans are being made for an orientation to the library as well as time for research. We’ll have a talk about Owsleys as authors and an introduction to designing your own genealogical website.

Registration information will be available at www.owsleyfamily.org or by emailing Sheila Patterson at lmnop9@juno.com or Connie Howard at rh823@centurytel.net

We will be meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence. Rooms are available for a special rate of $92 per night. You can call 1-816-350-3535 to make reservations. Be sure to mention you are attending the Owsley Family Historical Society annual meeting to get the special rate.

SLADE FAMILY REUNION – The descendants of brothers Samuel, Simon, William and Harris SLADE will hold a reunion on June 6-7, 2008 in Meansville, Georgia. Descendants have been identified now living in NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX, OK, NM, KY, PA At the 2006, there were more than 100 attendees and we expect more this year. Contact info@SladeGenealogy.net for additional information.

DUKE HOMESTEAD EVENT – June 7 – Herb, Garden and Craft Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of herb and craft vendors, 19th century games for children, traditional herbal use displays, and refreshments. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

BIRD-BYRD FAMILY REUNION will be held on June 8, 2008 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Flat Creek, SC, on Sunday, June 8. A covered-dish lunch is served at 1 pm followed by a business meeting at 2 pm. Everyone welcome. Bring your favorite covered dish. For more information contact Joan Raney at kenraney@bellsouth.net

THE VEAZEY/VEASEY FAMILY REUNION – will be held for the second time in Durham on June 13-15, 2008. We will be staying at the Millennium Hotel. Dinner on Friday night will be at McMannen United Methodist Church. A bus trip around Durham and to Duke Homestead for a sack lunch on Sat. and then a bus tour of “The Veazey Ridge.” Then the bus will transport us to the “Cedar Lane” home of John Albert Hall, where his mother, Ema Veazey Hall hosted the local Veazey-Veasey Reunion for so many years. There will be a fried chicken catered picnic there along with a display of the Halls’ antique farm equipment. A newsletter will be posted on the Veazey-Veasey website in the near future with registration information. All family and friends are cordially invited to participate and register for this event.

The first of these “international” events was held in 1993 in Cecil County, Maryland. This is the 16th reunion, including two Family Reunion Cruises in 2004 and 2007. Go to www.veazey-veasey.com and click on the link for “2008 Veasey-Veazey Reunion”

CHAPMAN FAMILY REUNION – the Chapman Family Association will hold its 8th Annual Convention and Reunion June 13-15, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley, Nashville, TN. Further information is available by contacting Lennae Seevers at huskerfan@juno.com or visit the website at www.chapmanfamilies.org/conv.html

HISTORIC STAGVILLE EVENT – Thursday, June 12th, 2008 – African-American Genealogy: Roots, branches and limbs – Presented by Durham-Orange Genealogical Society – Presenters Rob and Cathy Elias will provide an in-depth “how to” on African-American genealogy. If you’ve always wanted to know more about your family and didn’t know where to start, then come out for this interactive evening program. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

HILLSBOROUGH SECOND SATURDAY WALKING TOUR – June 14 – 90 minute guided tour of the historic district. No reservations needed, meet at 150 E. King St. 10:00 & 2:00. $5 fee.

HISTORIC STAGVILLE EVENT – Forever Free Juneteenth Celebration – Join us for the Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration – June 14th, 2008 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! For details, go to http://historicstagville.googlepages.com/juneteenth

DIGGING HISTORY EXHIBIT – Interactive exhibit at the Orange County Historical Museum exploring archaeology in Hillsborough. Open June 17 through August 29.

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – June 21 Civil War Cinema. “Great Locomotive Chase”, starring Fess Parker. Donations gratefully accepted. 5:30 p.m.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGY JAMBOREE – We are pleased to announce that the website for the 2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree has been launched, and we are now taking registrations for this year’s event. The 39th Jamboree will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 27-29, 2008 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California. You can register online, by mail, or by phone by calling the Southern California Genealogical Society.

As in years past, we have an exhibit hall filled with the most popular products and services to help you solve your genealogical mysteries. We have special events to provide lots of networking opportunities, door prizes, and many other extras to entice you.

Break out your lederhosen, dirndls, and beer steins!! To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first German immigrant to Jamestowne Colony, we are focusing our ethnic track on German, Eastern European and Jewish research.

The Jamboree website at www.scgsgenealogy.com holds lots of information about the schedule, the lecture topics, the speakers, exhibitors, registration, hotel — you name it, it’s there! Check out the website, check out the blog, and register for Jamboree today!!

MCCRAW FAMILY REUNION – The 2008 biennial reunion of the US McCraw Family Association will be held in Kansas City, MO on June 27-29. Three McCraw brothers settled in North Carolina in 1801, leaving many McCraw descendents living in the state. For more information visit www.mccrawfamily.net.

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.

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.

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.


Genealogists never die; they just lose their census.


Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

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