June 2011 Newsletter

By , May 21, 2011

News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
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Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
Dropbox Caught with its Finger in the Cloud Cookie Jar
Civil War Exhibit to Open May 20 in Raleigh
FamilySearch Announces Releases of Hundreds of Millions of Civil War Records
Genealogical Glossary
Websites of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

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D-OGS Meeting for June 2011

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 1 June, 2011 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.

Diane L Richard

Diane L Richard

We are pleased to announce Diane L. Richard as the presenter of this month’s meeting. She will be presenting on the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. Diane is a professional genealogist who is active with several genealogical societies and publications. She is the President of the Wake County Genealogical Society, assistant editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and editor of Upfront with NGS, the Online Blog of the National Genealogical Society. If you have not had the opportunity to learn about these invaluable records, which include freedmen and all impoverished North Carolinians regardless of race, now is the time!

Program Summary:

The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by most of those living from DE to TX, including North Carolinians, regardless of race or original circumstances. Many pertinent records are found in the Records of Field Offices for the various states, including the State of North Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872, National Archives microfilm publication M1909 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004) – the basis of the examples used during this talk.

It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot of information about ALL impoverished North Carolinians, regardless of race. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or children might be found listed in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc.

If your ancestors were freed, they might also be found receiving rations, or being a party to a contract, etc. Or, maybe their children attended a school.
Topics discussed in this talk include:
• Short History of the Freedmen’s Bureau
• Short History of the Freedmen’s Bureau in NC
• Samples from select record groups:

  1. Request/Applications for Relief/Rations
  2. Ration Lists/Destitute Lists
  3. Indentures and Contracts
  4. Hospital/Medical treatment
  5. Freedmen School Records

• Other relevant Freedmen’s Bureau Records
Diane Richard’s website is Mosaic Research and Project Management and she can be reached by email at Dianelrichard@mosaicrpm.com

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for May 4 2011

Location: Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill
By Ginger R. Smith

There were 17 members in attendance with 2 visitors – Sue Bellinger’s parents who recently moved down here from VA. Sue opened the meeting with general business:

Ginny Thomas had a brain aneurysm and requested that we send cards in lieu of visiting her in the hospital.

We once again have a vacancy in the President’s officer position. Their duties are the following: presides at the monthly meetings; calls board meetings (quarterly, or as needed); keeps a finger on the pulse of the organization to make sure all is running smoothly.

GenFest, April 30, 2011 was attended by Sue McMurray, Bernard Whitfield, and Richard Ellington. Stewart Dunaway had a table nearby as well. The entire floor of the library was dedicated to the event. They had cards that were stamped for the door prizes. Richard sold three Trading Path journals.

The East Chapel Hill Family History video contest that Sue is sponsoring is under way, so be on the lookout to be called upon to help judge the contestants.

We were unable to organize a table at the May 7th Parkwood flea market, however, we do plan to attend on October 1st, which is Family History Month, so keep this in mind as we may ask for donations of old journals, books, Trading Paths, etc to sell.

The Chapel Hill Library has agreed to let us continue using their conference and meeting rooms, so the CIG can continue if someone would like to step up and organize and moderate. This led to a discussion about whether D-OGS can meet on a night other than Wednesday. Richard said it was in the bylaws that we had to meet on Wednesday night and there was a move to amend the bylaws to make the meeting night flexible.

Announcement: The June 1st meeting will be presented by Diane Richard who will talk about the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. The meeting will be held at Duke Homestead from 7-9pm.

The speaker for tonight’s meeting was Sue McMurray. Her program was entitled “Knowing your Forbears Inside and Out – based on the Writings of James Leyburn.”

The book The Way We Lived: Durham, 1900-1920 is about the town of Durham from the eyes of a 5 year old boy whose father was a minister at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street and Roxboro about 1900.

She read many passages from the book including one on General Julianne Shakespeare Carr, a millionaire; and Mr. Watts and Mr. Hill, both devoted members of the Presbyterian Church.

Durham was “Renowned the World Around” which served as their slogan and started from the Rail road named the Durham Station.

Many homes were bordered by either RR or trolley tracks. Of note was Mr. Watts who had a home out of sight from either RR or trolley tracks.

Two self contained communities were those of Trinity and Hayti. Of note was the Black Merrick Family who started the Lincoln Memorial Hospital for Black people and the Sanford Warren Public Library.

James Leyburn attended Trinity College which was not the “hardest” college, but a mere country town college. He went on to Princeton and Yale to study sociology. His book had a sociological tone to it and included different ethnic groups including Blacks and Jews who were the newcomers. They were not called “Jews” then, but rather “Hebrews.”

He noted that although there were golf courses (James Sprunt built Hillandale golf course in 1911 on his farm), many men were due to stay at home on the weekends and tend to the family.

The Durham Bulls were the first spectator sport. There was another ball park in East Durham built before the old Durham Athletic Park. It was called El Toro Park and was located on Driver Street.

The church bell was rung by the colored janitor who had to be strong and young; he would leap from a chair and pull that bell hard!

Leyburn became a Professor and Dean at Washington and Lee University where the library was named for him. He wrote several books on the Scots-Irish and Haitian people.

His memoirs which have not been published, talk of how he was brought up in a strict house, and how he left home, only to return to question his father’s teachings which caused a family rift. He was a career oriented man who regretted never being married.

The reason Sue chose this program is because she felt that even today we have things in common with Leyburn and we can learn from him.

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Dropbox Caught with its Finger in the Cloud Cookie Jar

(The following article, originally published online at infoworld.com, gives details of Dropbox, an online file backup service, sometimes offered as a “free” service. I have heard some of our members mention this service. I am posting it here just to make you aware of some potential problems with this and any other online service. If you are using the Dropbox service, I suggest that you read this article carefully. As always, discretion and caution should always be used when handing over your precious files to someone else to hold for you. Editor)

Last month I wrote about a small security problem with ultra-popular cloud file storage and sharing service Dropbox. Because of a bit of lazy programming by the Dropbox devs, copying a file from one computer to another eliminates the necessity to log on to Dropbox with your password on the second computer. It isn’t a huge security hole because a potential cracker has to be able to get onto your computer in order to grab the file.

This is a completely different problem — a much bigger problem.

Sharp-eyed doctoral candidate Christopher Soghoian caught Dropbox in a bit of, uh, let’s call it an inconsistency. Here’s what he found.

When you set up a Dropbox account, you establish a folder on your PC that’s shared and synced with similar folders on other PCs, Macs, iPads, mobile devices, whatever. You brand the folder and its contents with an email address and a password. To get into the folder — online on the Dropbox website, or on another computer, pad, or smartphone — you have to provide the correct email address and password.

When I wrote the original article — indeed, when I started using Dropbox — I assumed that I was the only person with the password for my folder. Wrong.

Soghoian found an anomaly. Even though Dropbox claimed, “All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256) and are inaccessible without your account password.” Yet the company also claimed, “If we detect that a file you’re trying to upload has already been uploaded to Dropbox, we don’t make you upload it again. Similarly, if you make a change to a file that’s already on Dropbox, you’ll only have to upload the pieces of the file that changed.”

How, Soghoian asked, could Dropbox find duplicate files — or detect which pieces of a file had changed — if it didn’t have access to the contents of those files? Dropbox responded with a resounding thud.

On April 12, the Dropbox help site said:

Dropbox employees aren’t able to access user files, and when troubleshooting an account, they only have access to file metadata (filenames, file sizes, etc. not the file contents)… All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256) and are inaccessible without your account password.

Soghoian published his findings on April 12. Starting on or before April 14, Dropbox changed that help page, and changed it again on April 23, so it now says:

Dropbox employees are prohibited from viewing the content of files you store in your Dropbox account, and are only permitted to view file metadata… we have a small number of employees who must be able to access user data for the reasons stated in our privacy policy (e.g., when legally required to do so). But that’s the rare exception, not the rule. We have strict policy and technical access controls that prohibit employee access except in these rare circumstances… All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256)

A little different, eh?

Dropbox followed up on April 21, discussing employee access to encrypted data, and explaining changes to its Terms of Service Agreement, including this new TOS provision:

We may disclose to parties outside Dropbox files stored in your Dropbox and information about you that we collect when we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) comply with a law, regulation or compulsory legal request; (b) protect the safety of any person from death or serious bodily injury; (c) prevent fraud or abuse of Dropbox or its users; or (d) to protect Dropbox’s property rights.

Yes, you read that correctly. Dropbox now asserts that it can decrypt and pass your data on to a third party if Dropfox feels it needs to do so, in order to protect its property rights.

As a result, Soghoian has filed a 16-page complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which asks the FTC to have Dropbox admit that it can get at Dropbox data, making your data vulnerable to an attack on Dropbox’s servers; require Dropbox to email its 25 million customers to warn them of the potential problem and suggest that customers encrypt their data independently; force Dropbox to refund money to people who paid for “Pro” service, if they felt they were deceived; and enjoin Dropbox from making future deceptive statements.

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Civil War Exhibit to Open May 20 in Raleigh

The Civil War was a watershed event in United States history—a military, cultural, economic, and social revolution that changed the course of the nation and redefined who we are as Americans. In North Carolina, more than 125,000 males, young and old, served the Confederacy. Nearly half of these men were wounded at least once, and more than 40,000 of them died during the war, resulting in higher casualties than any other Southern state. As the war progressed, civilians as well as soldiers faced increasing hardships. African Americans in large numbers grasped opportunities to escape the bonds of slavery and fight for their freedom.

The N.C. Museum of History will observe the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with North Carolina and the Civil War, 1861–1865, a special three-phase exhibition that tells the story of North Carolinians who lived, served, and sacrificed all during the conflict. Phase 1 of the exhibit, titled North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking Storm, 1861–1862, will debut May 20, 2011, and run through November 2012. It will address the events leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War and the early battles. Phase 2, set to open in 2013, will focus on the year 1863; and Phase 3, finishing up the series in 2014, will look at the years 1864–1865 and postwar consequences.

(Press release from the NC Museum of History)

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FamilySearch Announces Releases of Hundreds of Millions of Civil War Records

(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. )

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, people who had ancestors involved in the conflict can access millions of historical records recently published on the familysearch.org website. And millions more records are coming, as Civil War indexing volunteers enlist in an epoch campaign over the next five years to provide access to the highly desirable historic documents.

FamilySearch announced the release today of hundreds of millions of online records at Librarians Day at the National Genealogical Society conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The collections include service records for both the Confederate and Union armies, pension records, and more. Some of the records have been available for some time but are now being added to familysearch.org/civilwar as part of this project. Here is just a sampling of what is available:

  • Arizona, Service Record of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War, 1861-1863
  • Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929
  • Civil War Pension Index
  • Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950
  • Missouri Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers’ Home Admission Applications
  • South Carolina Compiled Service records of Confederate Soldiers (NARA M267)
  • South Carolina Probate 1671-1977
  • South Carolina Probate Records, Files, and Loose Papers, 1732-1964
  • United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows
  • United States, Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904
  • United States Union Provost Marshall’s Office Files of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866
  • U.S. Soldiers Index, 1855-1865
  • U.S. Navy Widows’ Certificates, 1861-1910 (NARA M1279)
  • U.S. Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
  • Vermont Enrolled Militia, 1861-1867

“These records are significant because nearly every family in the United States at that time was impacted either directly or indirectly by the war,” FamilySearch project manager Ken Nelson said. “Each soldier has a story to tell based on what his unique experience was during the war. Each family has their own story to tell. This is the paper trail that tells the stories about that period in our nation’s history.”

Many of the records are specific to the war itself, such as enlistment or pension records. These documents can provide key family data, including age, place of birth, or even name of spouse. Other collections, such as census records, tell the story of ordinary civilians who lived during that turbulent time. Even a local or state death record far away from the battlefront may contain death information on a soldier that was submitted by a family member back home.

FamilySearch’s chief genealogical officer, David Rencher, said many people can benefit from the records. “With the wealth of records created by the Civil War, I am inspired by the plan laid out by FamilySearch to make a substantial amount of this material available on their website over the next four to five years. This growing collection will be one that will serve the needs of the numerous descendants of the participants on both sides of the conflict,” Rencher said.

About 10 million of FamilySearch’s Civil War records are already indexed, so they can be easily searched by a specific name. However, there are many more records that need to be indexed, and that’s where FamilySearch indexing volunteers come in. These volunteers view a digital image online of the record and enter in important information such as names, dates, and places.

FamilySearch project manager Jim Ericson said that this data will be used to create free searchable indexes that enable people to more easily find records about their Civil War ancestors. “Once these records are indexed and published online, anyone can search for the name of an ancestor and link to a digital image of the original record, if the image is also available online,” according to Ericson. “Indexing helps people save time when finding records and enables a more powerful, engaging search experience.”

Ericson said that more than 130,000 people helped enter other FamilySearch indexing projects in the last year, but more volunteers are needed for the multi-year Civil War era project. “We expect to maintain some focus on indexing records from the U.S. Civil War for the next three or four years to make the collection of Civil War era records extremely robust,” Ericson said.

For those who want to learn more about their Civil War ancestors, there is also additional help on the FamilySearch ResearchWiki. This includes information about each regiment that fought in the conflict and records created by each states that participated in the war. There is also information for beginners who are just getting started learning about their ancestors who lived during the Civil War.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through 4,500 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Clif Parker, 17001 Highway 57, Evansville, IN 47725-9322 – 812-867-0085 – clif.parker@sbcglobal.net
Seeking parents of Nancy Anne Forrest born 1761 in Orange County, NC. She married Richard Harper February 11, 1786 in Orange County, NC. Some accounts report her parents as James Forrest and Elizabeth Gricie and other accounts report parents as John Forrest and Ann Davies. Marital record of Richard and Anne (Nancy Anne) is signed by a James Forrest. I will be most appreciative of any help with this.

Travis Githens, 1057 West College Ave., Independence, KS 67301 – 620-332-5420 – tgithens@indycc.edu
Surnames: Desire correspondence with the descendents of Dr. Sherwood Githens
Kansas Githens family trying to make ties with the Southern (N.C.) Githens family relatives. I have just started my quest and see many Githens members in New Jersey and North Carolina. Looking for ties to Dr. Sherwood Githens Jr. of Duke University. Any information would be most helpful.

Cecilia Spalding, 517 Woodsbend Circle, Tallmadge, OH 44278 – 330-784-1029 – w1c2j3@sbcglobal.net
Surnames: Markham
Seeking information on ancestors of Guy Sullivan Markham. He was born in Orange County, NC on November 4, 1824. He moved to Tennessee around 1848.

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Genealogical Glossary

  • CONSUMPTION – tuberculosis. Got its names because there is a “wasting away’ of flesh on the body, hence the body seemed to be “consumed”.
  • CONTRACT MARRIAGE – an agreement, usually reached by the parents of usually young prospective spouses, and that the real marriage would take place later. The real marriage sometimes was simply that the couple went to live together and ‘consummated’ their marriage.
  • CONVEY – transfer property or title to property.
  • CONVEYANCE – a written instrument that transfers title to property from one party to another, containing a consideration .
  • CO-PARCENARY – An estate held in common by joint heirs.
  • COPYHOLD – “a Tenure for which the Tenant hath nothing to shew but the Copies of the Rolles made by the Steward of his Lord’s Court” (Termes de la Ley). Copholders were originally villeins or slaves, permitted by the lord, as an act of grace or favour, to enjoy the lands at his (the lord’s) pleasure; being, in general, bound to the performance of certain services. By the time of Edward III, the will of the lord came to be controlled by the custom of the manor. Originally, it was property held in exchange for service, although generally the service was commuted in favor of a small annual payment. The copyholder held a written title to his lands and a copy of his admission was kept on the manorial Court Rolls. Copyholders were denied the protection of the king’s court–copyholders could only fall back on the lord’s court, within the limits of common law. The freehold mineral and timber rights remained with the lord but he could not enjoy them if he disturbed the copyholder’s occupation. Property of a copyholder dying intestate and without issue reverted to the lord of the manor.

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Websites of Possible Interest

Durham County History – Durham County, NC is working toward establishing a “bricks and mortar” Museum of Durham County. They have begun by establishing a committee with the following mission statement: “The mission of the Museum of Durham History is to serve the people of Durham and its visitors by presenting Durham’s history and encouraging research, interpretation, and appreciation.

The Museum of Durham History’s vision is to be the comprehensive centralized clearinghouse for all of Durham’s history.”

The website, http://museumofdurhamhistory.org/index.html , has a number of interesting links so far.

National Archives Documents – enjoy the convenience of ordering National Archives documents online. Pay the same as you do for paper copies and get your digitized documents faster!

Digitized records of most interest to genealogists include:

  • Immigration and naturalization records
  • Land files
  • Military service and pension records
  • Court records
  • World War I draft registration cards
  • Native American records
  • Census pages

Order now at http://www.archives.gov/research/order/. Call 1-800-234-8861 for details.

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Calendar of Events

PAL-AM National Conference – 2-4 June 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This year the National Conference of the Palatines to America (PAL-AM) will be held at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Co-sponsor and local host of the conference will be the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. An array of eminent speakers with strong roots in German-American history highlight the conference program: James M. Beidler; Keith Brintzenhoff; Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, MLS; John T. Humphrey, CG; Barbara L. Jones; Richard L.T. Orth; and Michael R. Shaughnessy, PhD. Optional events include an Allegheny City Bus Tour, a Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise, and a German lunch. “Molly’s Trolley” provides rides to and from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and to the PAL-AM Awards banquet.

Palatines to America is a German genealogy society dedicated to the study of ancestors from all German speaking lands. The society takes its name from the fact that some of the earliest German- speaking immigrants to the American colonies came from a region in present-day Germany known as the Palatinate and were called Palatines. The founding members of PAL-AM all had ancestors from this area of Germany.
Once known as the smoky city where the streetlights came on at 3:00 PM, Pittsburgh has shaken that dismal image and is now famous as the City of Champions, with multiple trophies won by the Steelers and the Penguins. Beyond its sports fame, the city is a cultural zone anchored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the home of many nationally prominent universities, hospitals, research and technology centers.

See http://www.palam.org/pdf/PalamNationalConference2011.pdf for the conference flyer and http://www.palam.org/ for more information about PAL-AM.

New Jersey Seminar – The Genealogical Society of New Jersey and The Central Jersey Genealogical Club jointly present a Spring 2011 Genealogy Seminar, featuring Megan Smolenyak, Laura H. Congleton, Carol Sheaffer and Nancy C. Nelson. The seminar will be held on 4 June 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the College of New Jersey Science Complex, Room 201, 2000 Pennington Rd, Ewing NJ

The Schedule:
• 9:00-9:45 – Registration and Coffee
• 9:45-10:45 – Megan Smolenyak, Trace Your Roots with DNA
• 11:00-12:00 – Laura H Congleton, Identifying and Researching Civil War Ancestors
• 12:15-1:15 Lunch
• 1:30-2:30 – Carol Sheaffer and Nancy Nelson, Don’t Forget the Ladies: Finding and Identifying the Women in Your Past
• 2:45-345 – Laura H. Congleton, Welcome to the Club: An Introduction to Lineage Societies

About the Speakers:

Megan Smolenyak, a popular writer, speaker and TV guest, does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. In addition to consulting on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? To Top Chef, Megan is the author of five books, including co-author of Trace Your Roots with DNA. She is a Huffington Post contributor, and former Chief Family Historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.com.

Laura H. Congleton, a professional genealogist with more than 20 years experience in family history research, specializes in Civil War research and the preparation of lineage society applications. In 2005, Laura received a Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Award for Civil War research she has been conducting at the NY State Archives in Albany, compiling details on men from Owego (Tioga County, NY) who enlisted to fight for the Union. Laura is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

Nancy C. Nelson has over 15 years of genealogical research experience and specializes in Burlington and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey. She is the Membership Chair and on the Board of Directors of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Membership Chair of Central Jersey Genealogical Club, Secretary of The General Forman Chapter, DAR and Second Vice President of The Philadelphia Chapter, United Daughters of The Confederacy. She is also a member of The Genealogical Speakers Guild, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, and The Bordentown Historical Society.

Carol M. Sheaffer has 25 years of genealogical research experience, focusing on Central and Southern NJ, and the Philadelphia and Lancaster area in Pennsylvania. She is the President and Program Chair of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, President of Central Jersey Genealogical Club, and Trustee of The Genealogical Society of New Jersey. She is also a member of The Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Daughters of Union Veterans of The Civil War, and numerous other historical and genealogical societies.

For more information, including full directions, a campus map, registration information and a registration form please see our website or contact us.

Website: www.gsnj.org – E-mail: programs@gsnj.org – Phone: 732-365-2680

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree – Burbank, California. June 10 – 12.
The deadline for advance registration is Wednesday, June 1. You can register at the door, but you’ll enjoy substantial savings if you register in advance. For example, nonmembers can register for three days for just $120, but at the door it will cost $150. SCGS members register for $105 in advance, but there are no walk-in discounts and the three-day registration will cost $150. One-day registrations are also available.

Register online at www.scgsgenealogy.com
RECOMMENDATION: Join SCGS and register right now, before you forget, and you will recoup nearly all of the cost of your membership.

Registration for the Writers Conference, tours, and meals will also close on June 1. Tickets will not be available at the door. As a reminder, you can sign up for any of the following, including Jamboree, at

• SCGS Research Library morning
• Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour
• Los Angeles Family History Library Research Morning and Tour
• Family History Writers Conference Thursday June 9
• Family History Writers Luncheon June 9
• Banquet Friday June 10, Tony Burroughs, “You Ain’t from Round Here, IzYa?”
• Breakfast Saturday June 11, Kory Meyerink “Genealogy Jeopardy”
• Breakfast Saturday June 11, Thomas MacEntee “Marketing for the 21st Century Genealogical Society”
• Banquet Saturday June 11, Curt Witcher “High Touch and High Tech of Genealogy”
• Breakfast Sunday June 12, NEHGS “Stories from the Reference Desk”
• Breakfast Sunday June 12, Anne Copeland and Don Beld, “Quilts, the Fabric of Family History”

Marriott Hotel Discount Cutoff is Extended – The Marriott has extended the cutoff date for discounted registration for Jamboree. The Marriott is the conference hotel and will be the hub of all Jamboree activity. Reservation information can be found on the Jamboree blog at www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com.

Jamboree offers a number of free activities on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Don’t let financial concerns prevent you from joining in the hunt for your ancestors:

Thursday, June 9
• Kids Family History Camp. Designed for kids aged 8 to 16. Boy Scouts can earn their genealogy merit badge. Details at www.scgsgenealogy.com

Friday, June 10
• Genealogy World – informal small-group discussions. Join one of the established topics or set up a table and topic of your own Introduction to Genealogy. Learn the basics with this top-level view at genealogy and family history.
• Advanced Beginner Genealogy. Help avoid common mistakes and get started the right way.
• Genealogy Society Leadership Workshop with classes sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the California State Genealogical Alliance. The classes will be relevant for all genealogists, not just society leaders.
• Librarians’ Genealogy Boot Camp with presentations by Patrician Van Skaik of the Cincinnati Public Library

Sunday, June 11
• Entrance to the exhibit hall will be free all day Sunday, June 11.

In other news:
The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) monthly newsletters are now online. The newsletter is distributed to nearly 5,000 genealogists, societies, libraries and organizations throughout the United States. If you would like your society’s workshop or special event listed in the newsletter, we will be glad to include it. Instructions are in the newsletter. You can find links to the newsletters at www.scsgenealogy.com.

Have you participated in one of our 3-minute surveys? We want to hear from you! This month’s survey is about the use of DNA in genealogy. Share your thoughts at http://scgs-techtalk-feb.surveyconsole.com/.

Herb, Garden and Craft festival – Duke Homestead, Durham, North Carolina – 11 June 2011 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Enjoy a wide variety of herb and craft vendors, 19th century games for children, traditional herbal use displays, musical entertainment, craft demonstrations, refreshments, and more! Free.

Self Publishing to Kindle Class at Orange County Library – Hillsborough, NC – On Saturday, June 18, 2011, the Orange County Main Library will host the class “Self Publishing to Kindle for Beginners,” in which local author James Maxey will discuss the pros and cons of using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Platform to self publish novels, story and essay collections, and other works of prose.

The class will include a demonstration of uploading a book to Kindle Direct and will show how to use the various sales tracking tools available once a book has been published. The class will also cover basic formatting guidelines that will help writers produce professional-looking manuscripts, and address how to best tackle tasks ordinarily left to a publisher like cover design, editing, and marketing. The class will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the library’s first-floor meeting room.

This class is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending the class will need to preregister by June 11th by visiting the Library’s Reference Desk, or by calling the Information Services department at 919-245-2536.

For additional information, please contact Jessica Arnold (919) 245-2537, jarnold@co.orange.nc.us.

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Genealogists live in the past lane.

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Parting Thought

A schedule defends from chaos and whim.

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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 richard_ellington@unc.edu or 919.967.4168

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