June 2009 Newsletter

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D-OGS Meetings for June 2009


This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 3 June 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: “18th Century Wake County, NC Land Grant Research”. Our presenter will be Jim Jones. Jim will demonstrate the use of DeedMapper software as a part of deed & land grant research.


Jim Jones and his wife, Diane, have lived in Cary, North Carolina, for the past 22 years. They have two adult children and three granddaughters.

After 35 years of service, Jim retired from IBM at the end of 2004 to focus on his American Colonial history, Colonial numismatic, and North Carolina genealogy interests. He researches and lectures on selected topics of personal interest.

Born in Birmingham, AL and raised in NY, Jim has Jones and Lee family ancestral roots in 18th century Edgecombe, Johnston, Chatham, and most likely Wake and Orange Co, NC. At the end of the American Revolution, his  Jones family ancestors moved from Chatham Co, NC to Wilkes Co, GA, and then  in 1818, on to Shelby Co, Alabama. Similarly, in 1790, his Lee family  ancestors moved from Johnston Co, NC to Hawkins Co, TN, and then in 1816, on  to Shelby Co, AL.

Jim is a member of the Wake Co., NC Genealogical Society, the North  Carolina Genealogical Society, the Shelby Co., AL Historical Society, and  the Birmingham, AL Genealogical Society.




The D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meeting will meet on Saturday morning, 13 June 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 6 May 2009

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

Richard Ellington called the meeting to order. He discussed the loss of Paul and of how much Paul had meant to the organization. He pointed out how much Paul had done for the organization. He said “we’ll have to do a lot of soul searching and see if some of us could step up and take on some parts of what Paul did.”

Richard pointed out Paul’s dedication to D-OGS when his closest family was in New Jersey and over the pond. Family was important to Paul, as were his flower gardens and Scandinavian dancing. He also pointed out that the NC room in Orange County was something Paul threw himself into for the benefit of others.

Carol said she got email from someone who had just heard about Paul’s loss. Richard said Paul was a reluctant leader—but an enthusiastic doer.

Other members spoke up about Paul and their interactions with him.

Richard made the introduction of the evening’s program:

“The NGS Conference in Raleigh, 13-16 May 2009—A Panel Discussion

Speakers: Rob and Cathy Elias, Trading Path Editors, and Carol Boggs, Computer Interest Group Leader

Cathy addressed how to get the most from the NGS Conference or any other large genealogy conference you might attend. Pace yourself because if you don’t you’ll be too exhausted to full appreciate the experience. If you want to visit local repositories, you may have to arrive days early to visit the libraries.

You can bring your own lunch or return to your hotel, eat and rest until the afternoon session starts up as there is usually a long break. At NGS there is an Exhibit Hall with up to 100 vendors and a lot of them will offer specials. Frequently the prices go down as the conference continues—vendors want to reduce the amount of materials they have to pack up.

If your conference offers it, get the syllabus ahead of time and study it to see if there are recordings or good notes available so you don’t have to take such comprehensive notes.

Bring the supplies you would normally take to a repository, Post-It notes, stapler, paper clips, etc. Calling cards are also good to have.

Rob said for NGS you can hear 18 lectures for $200 spread over four days with seven or eight for each time slot from which to choose. There is a day pass available for $100 if you can’t commit to 4 days. There are also free events such as Society Night and the vendor exhibit area.

Just because you’ve registered for a certain speaker doesn’t mean you have to stick to that schedule. Something you can do ahead of time is to check the reputations of speakers and look for the number of times they’re mentioned. Many speakers try to use humor to make their presentations more engaging. He said that humor is good but too much humor might cause you to miss the point of the lecture.

Carol said they’d covered this topic in the CIG group and had come away with some of the following points:

Think about what you want to learn and search through the syllabus for speakers on those topics.

Organize your thoughts, materials, etc. Define what you don’t know and make a list of those things you need to learn.

When you get to the vendor area check out the indexes of the books they have to see if it will be of help to you.

Prepare a folder with foreign language papers you need translated—you might meet someone who can do the translation.

Bring your family group sheets with the blanks you’re trying to fill.

Print out an expanded pedigree chart and put your questions on it..

Make up an Excel spreadsheet for contacts with the date, name of person and ways to reach them.

Make a list of books you have or take photos of them so you aren’t buying the same book twice. List books you want to buy.

A cell phone with a camera comes in handy and eliminates the need for two items.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, dry snacks are good to have, as is a water bottle.

It’s a good idea to carry a list of your medications, next of kin and how to reach them and your doctor’s name and location. No one wants to get sick while away from home.

Rob said one of the highlights of the programs was that on Thursday at the dessert reception Cathy was speaking.

Richard opened the business meeting and asked for a report on the NC room. He also reported on the Orange County Commissioners meeting that had been held on 5 May. Lucinda Munger has lain out on paper what they plan to do about the existing collection. The plan is to move about 90% of the collection to a space near the Reference area on the second floor of the new Orange County Public Library with a shelving area of 8′ tall and 15′ long, double sided. There were some old Orange County records that would become the property of the Archives.

Commissioner Alice Gordon said she wanted to make sure there were a sufficient number of tables and chairs for research. It was clarified that the vertical family files would be moved and left intact, a microfilm reader & the microfilm collection as well as a dedicated computer would occupy some space.

Richard then went over all the jobs that Paul had on his plate at the time of his death and asked for volunteers. Among them were President of D-OGS, Membership Director, Webmaster, volunteer at D-OGS table for Society Night and NC Room Committee. Also there is a void at Vice President.

Richard said the D-OGS Board of Directors would be having a meeting later this month to discuss the situation and determine what needs to be done.

The Treasurer’s report is $1622.03 but she also said she had just written about $1000 in check that same night so funds are very low. (Reminder: this past Fall, membership dues were formally raised by $5.00 for this year and another $5.00 beginning next year.

The meeting was dismissed at 8:53.

Respectfully submitted, Tonya Fouse Krout

In honor of Paul, here is a link to a Research Calendar from Ancestry.com:




celebration for Paul Hollinghurst



You are invited to join Rita Hollinghurst and family at:



A Remembrance Celebration of Paul Hollinghurst’s Life

20 June 2009
2 PM TO 7 PM
Open House

115 Montclair Circle, Durham, NC



D-OGS Computer Interest Group (D-OGS CIG) Summary – May 2009


Questions and problems you’re having:


TMG Questions:

What’s New?

Correct format saves genealogical work


Librarian Pro


A Better Way to Cite Online Resources


GEDxlate Converts GEDCOM to Excel, Access or CSV Files



What is a First cousin, Twice Removed?


Samsung SCH-i910 Omnia Specs


Detailed Tech Specs

Palm-sized Projector

Note end of page:


Web sites worth visiting:



Genealogy: Ten Ways Researchers Can Attach Their Own Brick Walls


Stephen Morse Pages


Time and date


Time zone menuWorld ClockCalendarCountdown

Free Genealogy Charts & Forms


Keeping a Genealogy Task List Part2: TaskPaper





Splashup Online Photo Editor


Learn A Language Online



How to Trace Family Tree…Family Fortune


Genealogy Software Reviews


Pure Text



Eclectic Web Sites:

Conficker Eye Chart


Nuggets from blogs, newslists, bulletin boards, podcasts and emails:

Ginger’s Blog



Topic Du Jour:

The Windows 7 Release Candidate is available to everyone today. Here is a good overview by Ed Bott of ZDNet:



Here is a little chart of relationships, from of all places a Microsoft employee blog:



He refers to this article on Genealogy.com:



Carol H. Boggs/11-04-2009



D-OGS Board of Directors Meeting Notes


The D-OGS Board of Directors met in a special session on 19 May to discuss the special circumstances created by the death of D-OGS President Paul Hollinghurst. We will need to hold some sort of special election to fill the vacant position for president since we also have a vacant vice-president/program chair position.


Paul also handled all our membership records, which included receipt of dues. If a member was late with payment of dues, Paul would contact them as a reminder. We have a volunteer to fill this position. D-OGS board members will be meeting with the new membership person to transfer records and software.


Paul also handled the administrator for the D-OGS email list and website. We do have a volunteer who will be handling the email list but we are still in need of a website person. Please consider volunteering for this duty if you have any expertise in that area. This duty can be handled by anyone, not just a “local” member. Most of these duties would involve posting materials on the website that are furnished to you, ready to post.



The NGS Conference was fantastic!


All our members who attended any of the 2009 NGS Conference of the States know what I am talking about. If you didn’t attend at least one day, you have missed out on a treasure trove of information. The informative sessions and presentations were as diverse as could reasonably be expected. The sessions were divided into several tracks of interest; Migrations, Ethnic, etc. OK NGS attendees, why don’t you write a short review of your favorite session and send it to me for next month’s newsletter?


The attendance was about what was expected. Typically, 1500 or so attend this annual conference, according to Rob Elias. This year’s conference was about average, even in spite of the economic climate. Folks came here from all over the US.


Speaking of Rob Elias, he and his wonderful wife Cathy need to be commended on the great job they did in helping coordinate volunteers for room monitors, registration desk and all the other volunteer slots that needed to be assigned and trained to make this conference a real success. Many hours of planning and execution was put in by the Eliases to help make sure that many aspects of the conference would run smoothly. Our hats go off to them for a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work that most folks did not even realize had been done.


Also, Cathy Elias gave a wonderful presentation at the NC Museum of History reception evening about her ancestor from Illinois who served in the Union Army and died of dysentery at home. Cathy had given this presentation several times (even to D-OGS at one of our meetings) but it was as fresh and engaging as could be expected.


Society Night at the Conference was a huge success. Many local chapters of historical or genealogical societies had information tables set up on the mezzanine of the Convention Center. D-OGS had two tables; on for the display of our “Save the NC Room” stuff plus another with materials about D-OGS. We signed up a couple of new members and sold some copies of past editions of the Trading Path Journal. Lots of attendees stopped by to chat and ask questions about “Olde Orange”, since so many families came through here on their way south or west. We even had a couple of D-OGS members from out-of-state stop by to say hello.


The photo below was taken at the Saturday night “unofficial” wrap-up dinner, hosted by Dick Eastman. Several D-OGS folks attended, including Carol, Peg, Rob, Mike, Cathy and Narissa (group in the middle).





Query from an NGS Conference Attendee


I received this query from a nice lady, Nancy Stephens, from Stone Mountain, GA. She asked me about this on Society Night. She is looking for information on a “David Pinkerton”. He is supposedly on a list of members of Capt. William Williams’ Co., 7th Orange Militia. Nancy had the following quote, “The foregoing is a list lodged with me at Hillsborough by Capt. Williams of Col. Butler’s Battalion.  Thos. Person, Br. Gen., 22 Aug, 1776”. This list, if available, needs to be published in our Trading Path Journal.


If you can help her with pertinent information, please send the information to me at Richard_ellington@unc.edu, or to the D-OGS post office at PO Box 4703, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703.



Genealogy Myth – Determine Your Coat of Arms


By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack


Before you shell out for a family coat of arms, check our primer and learn how you can discover if you really have heraldry in your heritage.


Debunking the myth

A key fact to keep in mind is that coats of arms are not and never have been granted to families. They’re granted to individuals and belong to individuals. Arms can, however, be inherited. According to an informational brochure, “Heraldry for United States Citizens,” published by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG):

  • Anyone whose uninterrupted male-line immigrant ancestor was entitled to use a coat of arms has the right to use this same coat of arms.
  • If the uninterrupted male-line immigrant ancestor has no such right, then neither does the descendant.
  • Anyone who claims the right to arms under European laws must prove the uninterrupted male-line descent.


As an exception, United States citizens can obtain a grant or confirmation of their arms—from the College of Arms in England or other appropriate national heraldic authority in other countries—by payment of required fees.


The brochure also warns, “Commercial firms that purport to research and identify coats of arms for surnames or family names—and sell descriptions thereof under the guise of a ‘family crest’—are engaged in fraudulent and deceptive marketing. The consumer’s best defense is a proper knowledge of the laws of heraldry.”


While the laws of heraldry differ with each country, in some parts of the world it’s actually illegal to display a coat of arms or to use it on stationery or a blazer breast pocket unless you’re the rightful owner. Having the same last name does not entitle you to use the arms. Here in the United States, you won’t be thrown in the slammer if you’ve already bought and proudly displayed in your living room what you thought was your family crest.


And who knows? You could really be descended from an ancestor who rightfully inherited a coat of arms.



Genealogical glossary


Vidua – widow.

Viduus – widower.

Virgo – used to describe an unmarried woman in English and European marriage records.

vital records – birth, marriage, and death records.


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

DNA workshop in Indiana – The Marion Public Library in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Howard County Genealogical Society, Indiana Genealogy Society and many others will present a one day workshop on May 30, 2009. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak will present 5 sessions on Using DNA in Genealogy Research at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Marion, Indiana.

The cost for the one day seminar is only $65 if you register by April 1, and includes all sessions, lunch and evening banquet. For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit our website at: http://www.marion.lib.in.us/departments/indianahistory/dna/dna_workshop.htm, email rstoffer@marion.lib.in.us or call 765-668-2900 ext 153.

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania workshop – Saturday, May 30th, for “Genealogy Software: Back to Basics.”

Presented by David Kleiman and Kate Myslinski of Heritage Muse. Lecture and Fair – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. At the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA.

Wondering what genealogy software to use? Did you import data to a new program and now have to clean up your files? Does the data you entered years ago fail your current criteria for completeness of inputting, sourcing, and consistency? Want to know how to output your data to share with others? Our speakers will discuss these issues and more to help you understand and use genealogy software programs, merge files, resolve conflicts, clean up old files, identify potential issues, and document sources and repositories. Examples from all major programs will be presented, so you can find the best software for your own use and see how others have resolved similar problems.

David M. Kleiman: Publisher, historian, and educator, David has been a genealogist for over 35 years. He is President of Heritage Muse, Inc., co-founder and chair of The NY Computers and Special Interest Group and a member of The Association for Professional Genealogists and Genealogical Speakers Guild.

Kate Myslinski: Experienced as a NYC/Mid-Atlantic and Colonial Jewish Researcher, Kate’s talents extend as well to writing, editing and publication planning of family history books and adding historical and social context to family history narratives. Kate Myslinksi is well experienced in the development of family genealogy and historical websites and providing technology consulting to genealogists.

Secure online registration is available on our website:  www.genpa.org. The event is $30 for GSP/CCHS members, $40 for non-members, with a $10 optional lunch (choice of beef, chicken, or veggie sandwich box.)    Payment by check is also available.  Please print a copy of the registration form from our website, and mail with your check to:  GSP, 1300 Locust Street, 2nd Floor,  Philadelphia, PA 19107

RSVP requested by Wednesday, May 27th.   Late registrations or walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Advance registration is requested so that we can make adequate arrangements.


Duke homesteadJune 6Herb, Garden, and Craft Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of herb and craft vendors, 19th century games for children, traditional herbal use displays, and an herb tasting party.  Enjoy musical entertainment, attend craft demonstrations, and more.  10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Walkable Hillsborough Day – Come to Gold Park on Saturday, June 6th, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and celebrate Walkable Hillsborough Day.


Historic Preservation Workshop City Cemetery – East & Hargett Streets, Raleigh, NC – Saturday, June 13, 10:00 am- 2 pm – (Rain or inclement weather date: Sat., June 20).  Registration Required! Cost to attend: $15 (includes box lunch). The registration from is available on the Wake County Genealogical society website under “Meetings”.


Courses at samford institute – June 14-19, 2009.  The Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, AL provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students may choose one of the offered courses that range from a course for beginners to courses on specialized topics.  Course topics include Techniques and Technology; Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies; Research in the South; Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis; Writing and Publishing for Genealogists; Professional Genealogy; Virginia: Her Records and Her Laws; Understanding Land Records; Researching Ancestors in France, Quebec, and the French Caribbean; and Tracing Your English Ancestors.  The cost of registration ranges from $425/$500.  Each course has a limit of 25 individuals and some of the courses are already full.  Additional information can be found at http://www.samford.edu/schools/ighr/index.html.


27th Annual Hillsborough Hog Day – Sponsored by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Come to Cameron on Friday, June 19th from 6:00 – 9:00pm and on Saturday, June 20th from 9:00 – 6:00pm and enjoy great barbeque, vendors, and other attractions. Call 732-8156 for more information.


Computer Assisted Genealogy Group-Cleveland Area Meeting – WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2009 – Doors open at 9 a.m.; meeting 9:30 a.m. with general program/speaker.  Breakout sessions for the major genealogy software programs start at 11 a.m.; brown bag lunch; computer fundamentals from 1-2 p.m.

WHERE: Fairview Park Regional Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park OH

PROGRAM:  Morning Session:  On the Road to Genealogy with Jean Hoffman – Preparation for your genealogy research trip (or side trip) includes mining resources at home first, then planning your packing to get the most from your time away. Jean will share tips on learning about your destination and samples of what to take and what tools may best get the job done.

Afternoon Session: Mailing Lists, Message Boards, Genealogy News – Keeping Track of Them with Jean Hoffman. Mailing lists have been around a long time and message boards too, On-line newsletters and genealogy blogs are only a little more recent, but all of them are still important places to ask your questions and keep in touch. One problem is keeping track of those that interest you and what you may have posted in the past. We’ll look at ways to organize it and even look at some new methods like RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact: Bill Frank, CAGG President, (440) 734-2021 or visit our web site at www.rootsweb.com/~ohcagg/.


The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group was formed in 1991 to: 1) encourage the use of personal computers for researching and processing genealogy data, and 2) provide the resources for computer assisted genealogy education. Meetings of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group-Cleveland Area are held nine times a year at the Fairview Park Regional Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio.  Normally on the third Saturday of each month; no meetings are scheduled in July, August or December.  Guests are welcome.


Speakers for the 2009 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Announced – This list looks like a “Who’s Who” of genealogy lecturers. The 40th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society, promises to be an exceptional event for genealogists of all experience levels. This year’s Jamboree will be held Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, 2009, at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, in Burbank, California.  Jamboree will feature nearly 50 lecturers.
This is a year of collaboration with several leading genealogical organizations and societies. Jamboree will feature speakers and exhibitors from Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA). Several Southern California societies will also be in attendance. 2009 Jamboree will focus on British Isles research (English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh) and the British Isles Family History Society will be participating. Addressing the special challenges of those with Irish ancestry are Feargal O’Donnell, Vice Chair of the Irish Family History Foundation, Manager of Armagh Ancestry and Managing Director of Genealogy Ireland, and David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, director of planning and coordination, Family History Department, FamilySearch.org in Salt Lake City.
Registration information for the 2009 Genealogy Jamboree will be available in the near future. For up-to-the-minute Jamboree information, subscribe to receive email updates on the GenealogyJamboree Blog at www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com. Your email address will not be used for purposes other than Jamboree and will not be shared or sold. Sign up to receive your copy of the Jamboree program in snail mail here: http://tinyurl.com/SendJamboreeStuff.



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.





Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.



Parting Thought


Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.


-Mark Twain




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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