June 2010 Newsletter

By , January 7, 2010

News Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange genealogists
Durham-Orange Genealogical Society
PO Box 4703, Chapel Hill , NC 27515-4703
2010 dues – $20
Richard Ellington – President

Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
May 2010 CIG Report
Confederate Military Manuscripts
Czech Republic, Mexico, and U. S. Records added to FamilySearch
The Draper Manuscript Collection
Genealogical Glossary
Websites of Interest
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

Meeting Announcements

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 2 June, 2010 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 for this meeting will be a video, “Moving Midway” that details the moving of an old plantation house and its effects on the families that had lived there.

When New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire returns home to North Carolina in early 2004 and hears that his cousin Charlie Silver plans to uproot and move the buildings of Midway Plantation, their family’s ancestral home, an extraordinary, emotional journey begins.

Charlie’s plan is a controversial one within their extended family. Some fear the move will destroy Midway. Others worry about the reaction of the plantation’s ghosts, including Miss Mary “Mimi” Hinton, Midway’s eccentric owner when Charlie and Godfrey were kids.

There’s another group who may be concerned too. Charlie says he was recently visited by a man who claimed that their family has a large, previously unknown African-American branch, due to a liaison between Midway’s builder and a plantation slave.

Back in New York, Cheshire fortuitously encounters Dr. Robert Hinton, an NYU professor of African-American studies who says his grandfather was born a slave at Midway.

While beginning a dialogue on the meaning of Midway from their very different perspectives, Cheshire and Dr. Hinton examine how the Southern plantation, a crucial economic institution in early America, generated a powerful, bitterly contested mythology that was at the center of a string of American cultural milestones, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind and Roots.


The June meeting of the D-OGS Computer SIG will be held on 12 June, in the large meeting room in the Chapel Hill Public Library. The June meeting will consist of the various email programs we all use, and how to archive emails as well as other files so that they are easily retrievable and more importantly, safe. This should be a topic that is good for everyone.
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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for May 5, 2010

The meeting was called to order by Richard Ellington, President, at 7:05 PM at the Orange County Main Public Library, Hillsborough, NC. Two guests were in attendance, as well as 19 members, a few for the first time.

Richard stated that author and D-OGS member Stewart Dunaway would be presenting a program entitled “Road, Bridge, Ferry and Mill Records—Another Genealogist Treasure”. Richard said he had a forefather who had owned a mill and had discussed this with Stewart. Then he showed an illustrated report Stewart had given him on the mill and surrounding area. Richard passed it around while Stewart began his presentation.

Stewart said he had started on Revolutionary War research at the NC State Archives and found that the road, bridge, ferry and mill records were full of general information. He said as of April 2010 he had over 15,000 records. At the State Archives their collection is original records—not really bound books.  He said the records he was researching are filed by county under Miscellaneous “R” for road or Miscellaneous in the very back of the box. He showed photos of the record boxes he was talking about. A box contains folders which contain original documents and they may be titled and organized differently from county to county.

Road and bridge records might show up in court minutes and be an entry by a clerk for a piece of paper. Then you’d go to Minutes and Petitions which would have the details. A mill petition, for example, is really a request to dam up a river.

British Law defined how roads, bridges, ferries, mills and taverns are to be established, as well as maintained and regulated. This varied between counties; however, these laws were state wide.

In 1756 the law required mile markers and signs at crossroads indicating the direction of a major city. Road maintenance was done by land owners so from these records you could learn who owned land and were neighbors, as well as who was the Overseer for that particular area.

There were also lawsuits in these boxes and they can be a wealth of information. Lawsuits contain depositions where you get an amazing amount of background and family relationships.

In 1809 lawyers made up a law where people could sue with their land was flooded and many lawsuits were about this. Stewart cited some of the cases he came across and the unexpected details on family relationships—sometimes for several generations—contained therein.

There were also petitions for roads which contain a number of names. Freeholders are named and only land owners are mentioned in county records. Sometimes a drawing or a map is included.

Stewart said the Archives houses a lot of original county documents and you should not ignore the miscellaneous records. He mentioned that deed records also have a lot of information of interest to genealogists.

His program concluded with several questions from the audience and a round of enthusiastic applause. Attendees were given a few minutes to leave if they so wished before the business meeting began.

The Minutes for April 7, 2010, were approved as published in the newsletter.

Committee Reports:

  • Website–Richard encouraged everyone to go to the new D-OGS website and sign in to the Members Only pages if they hadn’t done so. He said that Ginger is still making refinements to the website.
  • Membership—Peg had not prepared a formal report but said we had gained 5 new members in the last two months. She said we had also lost some members who had not renewed but that was to be expected. She said she’d have a complete report for next month’s meeting.
  • Newsletter—Richard said there were several things in the calendar of upcoming events that might be of interest to members.
  • Trading Path—Cathy and Rob were in NGS but Richard said they are working on new material for the next issue and are looking for submissions from members—no matter where you are located. It does not have to be specifically dealing with Durham-Orange County.
  • There was a discussion on electronic versus traditionally printed. Carol was concerned about the length of time past issues would be available to members.
  • Orange County Library NC Room/Heritage Center—Richard said the Task Force has submitted a report and are on the agenda of the county commissioners May 22. He said the county says they have nothing they can donate for the Heritage Center.
  • Carol brought up Civil War records in possession of family members and wondered what would D-OGS role be in getting these preserved. Richard said this subject had come up in the Heritage Center meetings.
  • Treasurer’s Report—As of May 1 our balance is $2083.72.

Upcoming programs were printed at the bottom of the Agenda.

June 2            Movie—“Moving Midway”                           Duke Homestead

July 7             A Short History of Durham County          Duke Homestead

We still need volunteers for the positions of VP/Program Chair and one Director At-Large.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout
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May 2010 CIG Report

The D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) met Saturday, May 8 in the Chapel Hill Public Library and our featured speaker was Luba lsawczyn, the reference librarian. She demonstrated the features that are available to the home user who has a library card in the Orange or Durham County libraries.  NC Live and the use of Heritage Quest may help you find things that are not generally available on the web. At least it’s worth taking a look at these sites as part of your research plan.

We talked a lot about a variety of subjects, but as the web connection at the library was unavailable, we were not able to visit the web sites on the agenda. They will be saved for the next meeting or two.

The June meeting will consist of the various email programs we all use, and how to archive emails as well as other files so that they are easily retrievable and more importantly safe. This should be a topic that is good for everyone.
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Confederate Military Manuscripts

By Melissa Shimkus

When searching for a Confederate soldier of the Civil War, one might use service records, pension applications, and unit histories, but another excellent source of information is the microfilmed “Confederate Military Manuscripts.” These primary source documents illustrate the effects of the war on the southern population. Within the series, a researcher may locate military enlistment rolls, battle reports, prisoner of war records, and order books, as well as discover family information in personal letters and diaries.

The set consists of 106 reels of film divided into four sections or series. Series A contains materials from the Virginia Historical Society, including the papers of Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and J.E.B. Stuart. Series B, from Louisiana State University, focuses on the western theater of the war. Series C features events west of the Mississippi River, with documents from the University of Texas at Austin. Series D concentrates on the eastern theater of the conflict, with sources from the University of Virginia Library. “The Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Confederate Military Manuscripts” (973.7 Sch34g), edited by Joseph T. Glatthaar, describes the contents of each reel in the set, but is not an index.

Among these content rich documents, for example, one can find the papers of Robert Taylor Scott. Prior to becoming the Attorney General of Virginia, he corresponded with various family members discussing matters such as weddings, visits, ailments, and the courtship of his future wife. Military papers within the manuscripts include a muster roll for the Texas Cavalry’s, 1st Mounted Riflemen, Company C, which provides genealogical data on Sgt. Solomon H. Owens, who enlisted on May 7, 1861 and died June 15, 1861.

Personal letters found in the collection can also help military researchers document battlefield decisions. For example, Isaac “Ike” Jordan, of the 11th Mississippi Regiment, wrote his family concerning his time at Harpers Ferry and Manassas Junction. His account of the regiment’s movements within Virginia and of his service to the Confederacy provides a personal report of the war, and helps the researcher understand military decisions as well as the fears and concerns of those fighting.

The “Confederate Military Manuscripts” is a valuable resource for southern historians and genealogical researchers. The first-hand accounts of daily life during that turbulent time give us a glimpse of the trials and conditions our ancestors experienced. The military records hidden within this source can also help us follow their service to the Confederacy.
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Czech Republic, Mexico, and U. S. Records added to FamilySearch

(The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 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.)

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Eight new searchable collections were updated or added this week at FamilySearch.org—millions of new free images and records.

This week the complete name indexes for the states of Alabama, Colorado, and Illinois were published online at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or Beta.FamilySearch.org.

The Delaware state birth records, 1875 Minnesota State Census, and Illinois, Cook County birth records were also added.

Also released was a digital image collection of church records from Litomerice, Czech Republic—60,000 images! Consumers will see these types of collections more and more online as FamilySearch digitizes microfilms in its Granite Mountain Records Vault. Instead of a microfilm reader in a local family history center, patrons use FamilySearch’s image viewer online to search these high quality digital collections—and they are accessible 24/7.

See the chart below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections. None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to help by donating a few minutes here and there online with projects of personal interest, become a FamilySearch community volunteer at FamilySearchIndexing.org. Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

Collection Name Indexed
Digital Images Comments
Czech Republic, Litomerice State Regional Archive Church Records 1552-1905, pt. 03 – WP 60573 Browsable images only
Mexico Census 1930 Index, Yucatan 378550 1061300
U.S Delaware State Birth Records 1861-1922 – FSI 121234 93600
U.S Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers 1873-1908 1240000 33245
U.S 1875 Minnesota State Census 475000 13600 Must be registered to see images.
US Federal Census, 1910, Alabama 1870520 46763
US Federal Census, 1910, Colorado 767680 19192
US Federal Census, 1910, Illinois 5024520 125613

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The Draper Manuscript Collection

By Steven W. Myers

The State Historical Society of Wisconsin’s Draper Manuscript Collection is a unique research source that should interest many American family historians. Assembled by Lyman Copeland Draper, the manuscripts focus on the history of the so-called “Trans-Allegheny West” in the period between the French and Indian War and the War of 1812 (ca. 1755-1815). Although Draper’s many intended publishing projects never materialized, he succeeded in gathering a massive amount of source material for future historians through his extensive interviewing and collecting. The results provide an equally important source for genealogists with links to early settlers in the entire Ohio River valley, as well as in the western Carolinas and Virginia, portions of Georgia and Alabama, and parts of the Mississippi River valley.

The manuscripts are largely Draper’s research notes and correspondence, but also contain an assortment of legal documents, maps, diaries, family and personal records, business records, land records, court martial lists, muster rolls, order books, and extracts from newspapers and other publications. Draper’s notes and collected documents are especially rich on the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, as well as on Indian conflicts in the intervening period. Organized into 491 volumes in 50 series, the complete collection is also available on microfilm in 100 American research libraries including the Genealogy Center.

Using this valuable resource does take some investment of time, since there is no complete index, but Josephine Harper’s detailed “Guide to the Draper Manuscripts” (call number 016.978 H23g) provides a good starting point. In addition to detailed descriptions of each manuscript volume’s contents and a general index, useful appendices include an index to Revolutionary War pension applicants, an index to the names of authors, cartographers, correspondents and interviewees, and an extensive inventory of maps present in the collection. Separate, detailed calendars of each document in several series of the Draper Manuscripts have also been published, providing researchers with other useful indexes to at least portions of the collection.

One example should suffice to prove the unique value of this important collection. The index to Draper’s interviewees in the appendix to Harper’s “Guide” references several individuals named Sprott in volume 19 of Series S, Draper’s Notes. Draper had interviewed the children of Scots-Irishman John Sprott and provides biographical details as background for his interview notes. In these he writes that John was “born in Co. Down on January 2d 1760″ and that his “father Thomas Sprott migrated to Pennsylvania in 1763.” Both of these facts have not been found documented in any other source. Perhaps you can solve your own research problem using the Draper Manuscript Collection.

(This article originally appeared in an Allen County Public Library newsletter)
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Barbara Crutchfield Higgins, 2850 Broadview Ave., Maryland Heights, MO 63043 – 314-739-5619 – barbinmo@aol.com

Surnames: James W. Crutchfield, born July 6, 1811

Seeking information on James W. Crutchfield’s siblings and/or parents. Calvin Crutchfield is listed next door in some censuses, and I would like to know if he is a brother or cousin.


Deanna Cooley, 5808 West 1000 South, Rexburg, Idaho 83440 – 208-356-3479 – alfalfacreek@gmail.com

Surnames: Nelson

Seeking information on wills, land records and burial records for any information on Abraham Nelson (1736-1800) or his wife and family. Any historical information of original burial headstones in the New Hope Presbyterian Cemetery (old Orange County) would be of interest as well or anyone affiliated with its restoration.


Carolyn Lage, 617 Larson Rd., Weippe, Idaho 83553 – (208)435-4845 – sclage@orofino-id.com

Surnames: Standifer

Seeking historical information about James and Israel Standifer who had a loading wharf on Blackwater River and later a plantation on Second Creek in Orange County.  Title to Israel’s land is registered Nov 27, 1807.  I think it is near what is now Hillsborough.  I am a relative and would like info for a family book. Copies of any accounts of the plantation and their life would be wonderful to add. Thank you so much for keeping the history. Carolyn.
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Genealogical Glossary

  • ANCESTOR – a person from whom you have descended
  • ANCESTOR CHART – report or chart that shows a person and all of their ancestors in a graphical format. As opposed to the Ahnentafel which is more of a narrative report.
  • ANCESTRAL FILE – a searchable database of 35 Million names developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (commonly known as the Mormon Church). Can be accessed at: http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchaf.asp
  • ANCIENT PLANTERS – those who arrived in Virginia, USA before 1616. They may have been VA’s first ‘aristocracy.’ Each such person with 3 years of residence was entitled to 100 acres as a ‘first division’
  • ANCILLA – a female slave
  • ANGLYDE – [Anglo-Saxon] compensation to a wronged person
  • ANNO DOMINI – [Latin, in the year of our lord] a date as measured from the birth of Jesus Christ
  • ANNOTATION – interpretation, explanation, clarification, definition, or supplement. Many types of genealogical presentations contain statements, record sources, documents, conclusions, or other historical information that require an annotation. Generally, annotations appear in footnotes, end-notes, or in the text itself. Genealogical software provides a field for documentation, comments, notes, and analysis. Genealogists use annotations to explain discrepancies between two or more documents, to add information from another source to support a statement or conclusion made in a different record, and other difficult to interpret situations.

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Websites of Interest

The Granite Mountain Records Vault – take the virtual tour:

The Granite Mountain Records Vault

All genealogists benefit from it, but very few have ever visited the Granite Mountain Records Vault where 2.4 million rolls of microfilm are preserved. Thanks to new videos from FamilySearch, you can now tour the vault from your home.

After viewing these videos I was energized about the work FamilySearch is doing to preserve our ancestors’ records. In less than ten years they expect to have the microfilm digitized and available for researchers. Many of the records are already available. Click here for a link to a tour of the mountain.

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Calendar of Events

FREE Spring 2010 Genealogy Workshops – Family History Center – Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Thursday, June 3, 2010 – (11:00 am) Basics of Irish Research (D. Fox)
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2010 – (10:00 am) The Stepping Stones for Genealogy (T. Mirarchi) and (12:00 pm) Tracing Your Italian Ancestors (T. Mirarchi)
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – (10:30 am) Writing Your Life-Stories (A. Young)
  • Saturday, June 26, 2010 – (10:00 am) Getting the Most Out of Census Records (S. Jordon)

LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 252 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey – (856) 795-8841

WEBSITE: www.southjerseyfamilyhistory.org

EMAIL: classes@southjerseyfamilyhistory.org

A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier – Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site – June 5 from 10am to 4pm – This military living history program will feature costumed interpreters conducting drill and weapons demonstrations and discussing the life of the average Civil War soldier.  Highly trained volunteers will also demonstrate the loading and firing of a 3″ Ordnance Rifle, a popular Civil War cannon.  All demonstrations are subject to change.  For more information please contact the site at (910) 594-0789 or by email at bentonville@ncdcr.gov.

Genealogical Society of New Jersey 2010 SPRING SEMINAR: Off the Beaten Path – Saturday, 5 June 2010 – Monmouth University, West Long Branch

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey and our cosponsors, Monmouth County Genealogy Society are pleased to announce our upcoming Spring Seminar: Off the Beaten Path.

Information on the Seminar and the registration packet for the 2010 Spring Seminar are now available online.  They can be found on the GSNJ webpage under “Upcoming Events.”   All current GSNJ members will receive a copy of the full brochure as an insert in the Spring GSNJ Newsletter, scheduled to be mailed in late April.

Information on sessions, speakers, directions and parking are provided on the website and in the brochure.  Topics include getting the most out of church archives for Catholic, Dutch Reform, Methodist, and Quaker churches. Sessions will also provide information and how-tos on using the DAR Library and website, researching your Dutch ancestors in NJ and NY, researching common surnames, and using city directories in your research.

Area societies and vendors will be participating in an exhibit area available to all attendees.  Registration fee includes a light breakfast and full lunch.

If you are not a current GSNJ member or subscriber, and are unable to download the form from our website, you may request that a copy be mailed to you by sending your name and mailing address to the GSNJ Program Chair .

Space at the seminar is limited, so please register early!

“Houses, Lands, and Histories of Some Western Wake County Families” – By Phil Upchurch and Kim Wrenn – June 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Halle Cultural Center in Apex, N. C. Kim has done extensive research on homes in western Wake and her work will be showcased in this presentation. Jointly sponsored by The Apex Historical Society and The Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex.

“Upchurch and Related Families of Franklin County, N. C.” – June 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the Methodist Church in Louisburg, N.C. Presenter Phil Upchurch will have a handout showing intermarriages for the period 1750-1850. Dunn Township, where the Upchurches lived, was actually a part of Wake County from 1771 to 1787.  Sponsored by the Franklin County Heritage Society.

It’s Time For the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree!! – Registration is now open for the 41st Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held Friday through Sunday, June 11-13, 2010, at the Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, California.

The 2010 Jamboree follows the longstanding tradition of delivering the perfect mix of lecture sessions, exhibitors, networking and social activities. This year’s Jamboree offers nearly 130 quality classes conducted by the most knowledgeable and experienced genealogy speakers from the US, Canada and points beyond. The geographic focus for this year’s Jamboree is North America — Canada, Mexico, and all regions of the United States. DNA and technology will also receive special emphasis in 2010.

The exhibitors represent the leading organizations, data providers and commercial companies who supply products and services to today’s genealogists and family historians, as well as local, regional, and national genealogical societies.


1. Thursday Evening Registration. Many of our attendees requested that they be allowed to pick up the syllabus and other registration materials on Thursday evening. We listened, and in 2010 we will have a Jamboree check-in period on Thursday evening. Thursday night’s check-in will be for pre-registered attendees only, and no walk-in registrations will be processed until the registration desk opens Friday at noon.

2. More Seats. In response to last year’s post-conference satisfaction survey, we are expanding our seating capacity by adding a pavilion that will be situated adjacent to the Convention Center. The pavilion will hold 300 seats, will be fully air conditioned, with wireless internet access. Jamboree will take over the Marriott Hotel as well as the Convention Center and hold sessions in both buildings as well as the pavilion.

3. Mini-courses. We will be running a track of hands-on computer lab workshops throughout the weekend. About 20 people per course will bring their laptops and go through hands-on workshops on using Excel, Word, blogging software, Skype, Google Earth, etc. These mini-courses are open only to paid Jamboree registrants. A special online registration for mini-course attendees will open on May 1.

4. Free Friday Forenoon sessions will ensure that in these economically challenging times, expense will not be a barrier to learning. Several concurrent sessions, each lasting three hours, include a Genealogy Librarian’s boot camp, a repeat of last year’s highly popular Kids’ Family History Camp, and beginner and advanced beginner genealogy sessions. Registration is required to attend the Free Forenoon Friday sessions.

5. The “Small World” round table discussion has been expanded to three hours and moved to Friday morning. The session affords an excellent opportunity to network, to explore research tactics for specific geographic regions of the world, and to exchange tips and techniques on an informal basis. A complete list of round table discussion topics will be announced at a later date. There is no charge to attend the Small World session, but registration is required.

6. Ancestry Scanning. Ancestry will be bringing four high-speed scanners and scheduling free, 15-minute scanning sessions. Ancestry has provided this service at other conferences, and we are thrilled that they will be scanning documents and photos for Jamboree attendees.

As in years past, registration discounts are available for SCGS members and early-bird registrants (before May 1). Get all the details here.

Blacksmithing and Gunsmithing – Alamance Battleground State Historic Site – June 12 from 10am to 4pm – Artisans from the area will demonstrate and/or sell their wares.  Learn about blacksmithing, gunsmithing, and other crafts. Open to the public and FREE.

West Hillsborough photographsDepot at Hillsborough Station, 246 South Nash Street – June 13th at 4pm – Do you have family photos of life in West Hillsborough and the mill villages? Do you have photographs of the Eno and Bellevue mill housing or the West End? On Sunday, June 13th bring your mill memorabilia and your stories to the Depot at Hillsborough Station. This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough Historic District Commission and Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County. Road Scholar speaker, Dr. Roxanne Newton will present Hard Times in the Mill: Working Lives Past and Present. Dr. Newton is the daughter and granddaughter of North Carolina textile mill workers.  This portion of the program will be free and open to the public.  Following the presentation, at 5:30pm, the Historical Foundation will hold their Annual Dinner and announce the winner of the Engstrom Award.  Tickets for the dinner are $20 per person and will be sold in advance.  Dinner will be a buffet of three courses and wine.  For more information, or to purchase a dinner ticket, please call the Orange County Historical Museum at 919-732-2201 or visit our website at www.orangeNChistory.org.

“The Formation of Inwood Church and its Impact on People” – June 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM at Inwood Baptist Church on Lake Wheeler Road in Wake County. Presenter Phil Upchurch will talk about how his ancestors helped to form this Church in 1877 and he grew up in this Church. The presentation will tell of his memories and of the results of research on the subject. Cousins will perform musically. Sponsored by The Board of Deacons and the Historical Committee of Inwood Church. There will be a Church Supper at 5:00 PM in the Hospitality Room of the Church prior to the meeting to allow all who come to get acquainted. Please bring a covered dish.

Rail Days at the N.C. Transportation Museum – N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer – June 12 & 13 from 9:00am to 5:00om – Re-live the golden years of railroading with a weekend full of family fun! Train rides, model trains, live music, children’s activities, the Rail Days Chili Cook-off and more.

Trains run from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, departing every 45 minutes.

Tickets will go on sale in April, both at the museum and online.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event.  Discounts are available for museum members.

Visit www.nctrans.org for more information.

State Capitol – June 14. African American Read-In. Local authors, community leaders, and students read from works by their favorite African American writers at the Capitol for the 21st annual National African American Read-In. Fiction and non-fiction for children, teens, and adults will be featured in an afternoon of great works. Presented with Wake County’s Richard B. Harrison Library. Noon- 4 p.m.

Hillsborough hog day – River Park, East Margaret Lane in Downtown Hillsborough – June 18th and 19th – Friday, 6pm-10pm and Saturday, 9am-6pm

Come to River Park in Downtown Hillsborough for the 28th Annual Hillsborough Hog Day.  Hog Day offers family fun, good food, live music, crafters, merchandise vendors, games and rides, and the area’s largest classic auto show. The festival starts on Friday night, when pig cooking teams from all over the state roll into town.  On Saturday the judges will compare notes and make their final decisions as to the top 5 barbecue cooking teams.  The remaining barbeque is shuttled to the main tent, where it’s made into sandwiches and pounds of the freshest barbecue in the state. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded for best barbecue.  The Triangle Thunder Cruisers will present the area’s largest car show, with a car show featuring hot-rods, street rods, classics and vintage automobiles from all over the area. On the stage, the band is warming up for a day full of fine music.  Admission to this festival is FREE!

Colorado Family History Expo – Friday, June 25, 2010 8:00 AM through Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:00 PM (Mountain Time) at the Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel & Conference Center, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, Colorado 80538 – Map and Directions. Online registration is available here.

A Life of Dysentery and Death, The Story of the Civil War Surgeon – Bennett Place State Historic Site – June 26 & 27, 2010 – The American Civil War was America’s most horrific war in dealing with sickness and disease in the military camps. More soldiers died of disease and sickness than from the wounds attributed to combat. More than 625,000 American lives were lost in the immediate end of the war, but thousands more died as a result of limited medical care.

Visit a medical station of the Civil War as surgeons and stewards demonstrate the various methods of medicine in trying to keep the armies from disintegrating.

Tarheels and Textiles – Bennett Place State Historic Site – July 10 from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Visit artisans from across North Carolina who specialize in textiles and sewing who will demonstrate and sell their wares.

Living history of the Tarheel Confederate soldier will also be among the ongoing activities.

African American Heritage Day – Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Sedalia, NC – July 10 from 10:00am to 4:00pm – During this free annual event the museum strives to recognize the history, music, dance, and craftwork of African Americans locally and throughout the world.  In keeping with Dr. Brown’s legacy, we hope to promote a sense of community, as well as encourage cultural support.

Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina – Duke Homestead – July 10 from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Food and art are the themes of the day!  The festival will include a barbeque cook-off and juried competitions of pickles, pies and preserves.  There will be historical cooking demonstrations given by costumed interpreters.  Art and craft vendors will be located throughout the site, with music, prizes, and fun available for all!

Five lectures on “Genealogical Research Tools You May Not Know About” – 24 July 2010 Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Genealogical Society.  Talks will provide genealogists with non-traditional ways to research.  Tried and true techniques will be discussed to improve research skills.  Location: North Carolina Museum of History Auditorium, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh.  Visit the NCGS website (http://www.ncgenealogy.org) for further information and registration forms.

Charting Your Path to Success – APG PMC, 17 August 2010, Knoxville, Tennessee – As professional genealogists we must educate ourselves on business issues, methodology, technological advances, and many other issues related to research. Conferences offer formal training opportunities as well as the ability to network with other professionals. Lunchtime and after–hours are often great times for networking. Put education at the top of your priority list and join us at this upcoming event.

The 2010 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) on 17 August 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee offers great educational opportunities. Register by 1 June and save $20.00. For more information see:


The topics for the 2010 PMC include:

*From the Trenches: How We Manage Clients, Time, and Projects* – Laura Prescott

*A Key to Success: Your Online Presence* – D. Joshua Taylor

*Overcoming Obstacles that Interfere with Genealogical Research* – Anne J. Miller, PhD

*Expand Your Revenue: Produce and Sell Your Lectures in Video Format* – Donna M. Moughty

*Niche Planning and Marketing* – Paula Stuart Warren, CG

*Choosing the Best Continuing Education Opportunities* –Elissa Scalise Powell, CG

*Get Published in Magazines!* – Leslie Albrecht Huber

*Notice*: There are two important changes to remember about the 2010 PMC. Prior PMCs were held on the Wednesday before the FGS conference started, but this year the PMC is a day earlier. The 2010 PMC is scheduled for Tuesday, 17 August. Lunch is included this year and is not a separate registration item.

Go to http://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html for program details.

To register, go to http://www.fgsconference.org/. In order to attend the PMC, individuals must also register for at least one day of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference.
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Baptist Shampoo
While shopping in a grocery store, two Baptist church ladies happened to pass by the beer, wine, and liquor section. One asked the other if she would like a beer. The second good Baptist sister answered that, indeed, it would be very nice to have one, but that she would feel uncomfortable about purchasing it.
The first sister replied that she would handle that without a problem. She picked up a six-pack and took it to the cashier.
The cashier had a surprised look, so the good Baptist sister said, “This is for washing our hair.”
Without blinking an eye, the cashier reached under the counter and put a package of pretzel sticks in the bag with the beer. “The curlers are on me.”
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Parting Thought

Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment.
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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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One Response to “June 2010 Newsletter”

  1. chyer says:

    What a FANTASTIC web page!!!!!!!!!
    Lots of information here & various methods to get more info.

    Congrats to the DOGS members for such an accomplishment!!!!!!
    Keep the info rolling

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