March 2009 Newsletter

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D-OGS Newsletter – March 2009

News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists


The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday, 4 March 2009 from 7:00-9:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Duke Homestead Visitor Center auditorium in Durham. The Duke Homestead site is located on Duke Homestead Road, off Guess Road on the right just north of the I-85 overpass. Follow the brown state historic marker road signs. The program topic is Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781. SPEAKER: Joshua Howard, Research Historian, Office of Archives and History. A discussion of the work the speaker and his colleague have recently published on the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The role of the Orange County militia will also be included.

Joshua Howard, Research Historian, Office of Archives and History. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Appalachian State, and a Masters from East Carolina University in Maritime History. North Carolina Office of Archives and History:


The D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meeting will meet on Saturday morning, 14 March 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. Topic: TBA


Meeting Minutes: February 4, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM.

Paul welcomed those in attendance and asked if there were any guests in the audience. There were two visitors present—Amy Clement of Mebane and Tom Freck of Bahama. 29 members were attending

Paul made the introduction of the evening’s program:

“For No God, but for Country: Understanding the Civil War Enlistment of the North Carolina Grays”

Speaker: Ernest Dollar, Director of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill

Ernie started off by saying that he was 23 when Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” came out. He said he asked himself “what would I do, what group would I join?” He had slides and pointed out an area in Wake County he identified as the present day Morrisville area and said this would be the area he would have lived in pre-Civil War times. He said in exploring the area he was about one-quarter mile from Mt. Pisgah Church when he came across eight or 10 graves. The tallest headstone was transcribed with a story about a gentleman named James Bevers who had served with the Confederate army and that he had been excommunicated from his church in October 1862 for “grossly immoral and unchristian acts…opposing white and colored equality within the church”. The story told of his death several months later. This caught Mr. Dollar’s imagination and he wondered what this meant. He said it was an area of small farms, plantations and free blacks.

This part of the Piedmont served as a dividing line between large farms with large numbers of slaves and yeoman small farms when the war began in North Carolina in 1855.

One of the things that was noticeable was the huge spike in the formation of Masonic lodges and about this time the railroad came across the state (creating a technical revolution). All this occurs during an agricultural boom time. Paramilitary organizations started forming. In 1855 James Bevers joined the Mt. Pisgah Church. According to the Raleigh Standard, after the Harper’s Ferry incident, Cedars Fork Academy founded by Richard Watson York (son of Brantley York) formed the Cedars Fork Rifles led by York, educator, professor, military leader. He organized a pre-Civil War unit, and took them through four years of bloody war.

Brantley York was an educator, author, and Methodist clergyman in North Carolina. He organized Union Institute Academy at Brown’s Schoolhouse in Randolph Co., N.C. in 1839, which would evolve into Normal College, Trinity College, and later Duke University.

According to church records, at the Mt. Pisgah Conference in 1861 George and James Bevers and other young men were being looked into for “grossly immoral and uncharacteristically unchristian acts”. This shows the breakdown of church control over the young men which was happening in other locales as well.

Military service called to the young men for various reasons, such as racial biases, social pressures and just to get away from the farm and have an adventure.

Ernie has done a lot of research on about 90 men in the area but is still left with the question:

What did this man do that was so “grossly immoral and unchristian” and who put this story on his headstone that he was excommunicated in October and dead in January?

Ernie took questions after his presentation and was surprised with one “have you checked the court records in the area to see if it might have become a court case” as this was something that had not occurred to him. He was given an enthusiastic round of applause.

Paul said we would have a brief business meeting so we could discuss the closing of the NC Room in Hillsborough.

The minutes for January 2009 were approved as printed in the newsletter.

Paul reported that the website had been recently updated. Richard reported on the upcoming programs at Carrboro’s Century Center. We were asked to provide some programming and Margo Brewer, Melanie Crain and M. J. Hall had responded with programs that had begun on Monday, February 2 and would send on March 19.

Rob said the Trading Path had gone to the proofreaders at the meeting and should be ready for distribution at March’s meeting. Regarding NGS, there will be a society night and it would be good to have a booth.

Regarding our “Save Our NC Room” campaign, Paul said the library funding had been requested for 65,000 square feet but was reduced to 25,000 so the library did not feel there was space for the NC Room. It had been proposed that the NC room could move into an old furniture store that will soon be empty but water can be heard running under that building. Plans have to be made soon as June 9, 2009, the NC room will no longer exist.

There have been a lot of letters written by Carol Hubbell and members far and wide to County Commissioners, the new librarian and assistant librarian, the City Manager and newspapers.

There was much discussion on this subject and Carol had brought in a display for us to study and had sign up sheets for a table at First Fridays.

Ann Hamby submitted the Treasurer’s report via e-mail. We have $2253.05 in the bank at this time.

The meeting was dismissed at 8:59.

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout

Instead of one of Paul’s great forms: My Family Tree 3 generation chart complete with decorative tree. A unique chance to record your family history on an informative keepsake…very detailed and lots of color. Print this one for yourself, fill it in carefully and frame. Available here: There are a number of charts to choose from on this page.


The first issue for 2009 is about to go to the printers. Members who are able to attend the March D-OGS meeting should receive their copy that evening; all other copies will be mailed out the following day.

There are some wonderful stories in this issue! We hope that you’ll enjoy every page, and that you’ll consider the story you can share about your own family.

The deadline for submission for the Spring issue is March 15th, and we’re already beginning the layout process. We’re more than happy to receive material at any time, however; just send it to

Many thanks,

Rob & Cathy Elias, Editors


In case you have not heard, the good news is that Orange County is building a new main library in Hillsborough. The bad news, among other things, is that there is NO SPACE for the NC Room that now exists in the old library on Tryon Street. This is a critical problem for researchers in Orange County. There is currently no plan to accommodate any of the research materials in the NC Room anywhere in the new library. D-OGS has an ad-hoc task force working on issues and ideas of how we want to address these issues. We will try to keep you informed via the D-OGS email list as events occur. We can’t really count on “snail mail” because of the time factor; things are changing on a daily basis.

What will happen to the current resources in the NC Room? We don’t know. They could be:

• Boxed and put in a county warehouse until a new location is decided upon;

• Broken into several chunks and dispersed to several other facilities;

• Disposed of completely;

• Left intact and moved to another facility or;

• Several other options too numerous to list.

The best of all scenarios would be to keep the collection intact and inside the new library. That is not likely to happen but definitely will not happen unless there is an up-swelling of support for this. What we really need is for as many folks as possible to express concern about the potential loss of the NC Room and its resources. MAKE YOUR FEELINGS KNOWN! The politicians keep mentioning other options without defining what those options are. A stand-alone facility would be wonderful if they also including permanent staffing. We have no assurances that this will happen.

Please consider sending a letter to the Orange County Board of Commissioners (BoCC), the county manager and the county library director as well local newspapers. Go to for a complete list of contact info for the Orange County BoCC officials, the county manager and the library director. Be sure to send a copy of your letter to at least one of the following:

• News of Orange – PO Box 580, 109 East King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278 – Editorial Email

• Chapel Hill News – 505 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 –

• News & Observer – 215 South McDowell Street, P.O. Box 191, Raleigh, NC 27602

• Durham Herald-Sun – 2828 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705 –


Standing Tall In Proud Shoes: Pauli Murray’s Life and Legacy

Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 pm

Durham County Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham

Murray scholars Anne Firor Scott, professor emerita, Duke University Department of History; Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director, Duke Center for Documentary Studies; Barbara Lau, community programs director, Duke Center for Documentary Studies; and Davison Douglas, Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law, William and Mary Law School, will discuss the life and work of Pauli Murray. Audience members will have time to tell of their own encounters with Pauli Murray and what she has meant to them. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 560-0171 or email


CHAPEL HILL — Two film screenings and a workshop on African American genealogy will be presented by the Institute of African-American Research at UNC Chapel Hill.

The institute will screen excerpts of the PBS special “African-American Lives,” hosted by Harvard University and former Duke University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., in which African American celebrities researched their family histories.

The free public screenings will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and March 18 in the Kresge Foundation Commons Room (Room 039) in Graham Memorial Building, located off East Franklin Street near the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

The free public workshop will be from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 26 in the University Room of Hyde Hall, off East Franklin Street across from the downtown post office. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Advance registration is requested. To register and for more information, visit or call (919) 962-6810.

The workshop will offer practical suggestions for researching African American and cross-cultural ancestries.


Don’t forget that the NGS Conference is coming to Raleigh May 13-16, 2009. Early-bird registration ends on 31 March. Be sure to register by then! Go to to get all the details. Having a conference of this prestige this close to us is a rare treat.

Rob and Cathy Elias are also soliciting volunteers to perform a variety of duties at the Conference. If you would like to serve as a room monitor or some other type of functionary (for free, of course), please contact them at

D-OGS will also have an information table set up to distribute information about membership and the Orange County Public Library NC Room situation. We also need some volunteers to watch our table and talk to visitors. Since the table space will be in a public space, you will not even need to be a paid attendee to look after the D-OGS table.


What – Workshop: Overcoming Brickwalls: Craig R. Scott, CG

When – Sat Mar 14 8:30am – 4pm

Where – Broad Street Christian Church, 802 Broad Street, New Bern, NC 28560

Description – For more information and registration, refer to:

Sponsors: NCGS & the Craven Co. Genealogical Society

Comfort Suites Riverfront Park has set aside a limited number of rooms for registrants. Contact the hotel directly at (252) 636-0022 for reservations. Mention either NCGS or the Craven Co. Genealogical Society to the reservations clerk.

Comfort Suites Riverfront Park, 218 E. Front Street, New Bern NC 28560

Rooms: $116 per night city view, $126 per night river view, plus tax.


FamilySearch Indexing continues to publish free indexes of historical records for the public to search. Over the holidays they added over 4 million new records including records from Brazil, Hungary, Czech Republic, Southern Bohemia, Trebon, Arizona, West Virginia, and Indian Territory records from the 1900 U.S. census.

Collection Name Indexed Records Digital Images Comments

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration 1,291,670 Updated – New localities added to browse

Hungary Funeral Notices 539,096 New

Czech Republic, Southern Bohemia, Trebon Archive Church Books 24,835 New

Arizona Death Certificates 265,726 264,534 New

West Virginia Births 242,781 Ten new counties added

West Virginia Deaths 402,154 Ten new counties added

West Virginia Marriages 393,867 Ten new counties added

1900 United States Census 826,030 Added Indian Territory

How to Search these records – Visit

How to help index – Looking for something else to do today? Index a few records from this project. Currently, you can choose to help index records from the following countries:

• Argentina

• Belgium

• Canada

• Germany

• Italy

• Mexico

• Nicaragua

• Norway

• Russia

• Spain

• United States

Visit for more information.

(I saw this notice on the Legacy Software newsletter and thought that others might be interested. Ed.)


(This article appeared in a recent Dick Eastman Genealogy Newsletter. I believe that the pertinence of the subject matter is something that D-OGS members need to consider. Get those old family home movies copied to digital format now, while you still have access to the necessary equipment! If you don’t have access, ask someone who knows about what you need to do to save those old VHS tapes)

This newsletter often talks about new or emerging technologies. Perhaps it is time to note the death of another technology that nearly all of us have used in the past. In case you haven’t heard, VHS videotape is dead.

Nobody manufactures VHS videotapes anymore. The major chain stores, such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy, stopped selling VHS recorders and players some years ago. Not long after, the manufacturers of videotapes stopped manufacturing them, due to a lack of sales outlets and a lack of sales.

The same companies stopped manufacturing VHS video recorders as well. The reason was the same: declining sales. However, several manufacturers still produce combination VHS and DVD recorders, designed to copy your old VHS tapes to modern CD or DVD disks.

In October, what is believed to be the final truckload of VHS tapes rolled out of a Palm Harbor, Florida, warehouse. You may find videotapes in stock in various stores for several more months, but there are no more VHS tapes left in the supply chain. Wal-Mart and other major department store chains stopped selling VHS videotapes a few years ago although you might still find some for sale at the Dollar Store, convenience stores, and at truck stops across the country. Be aware that these videotapes are for sale “as long as supplies last.” The wholesalers have since moved on to other products, so retail sales will soon dry up.

What does this mean if you have a stash of old family videos on VHS tapes? Well, there is no emergency as the VHS-to-DVD copiers will probably be around for a few more years. VHS tapes all deteriorate slowly over time, but they will probably still be playable for another ten years or so, assuming you can find a VHS player. The problem is that the analog video signals stored on VHS slowly deteriorate, something the engineers refer to as “noise.” If you copy a tape to CD today, the result will probably be good. You will probably obtain a clear video.

The problem arises when you procrastinate. Every year, a bit more noise will be introduced to every VHS video tape in your library. The result will not be dramatic if you wait a year or two. However, if you wait 5 or 10 or 20 years, the result is cumulative: every year you procrastinate will result in more and more noise introduced to the tapes. Copying a VHS video tape to DVD twenty years from now will result in a much “noisier” video than copying the same tape today.

Unlike the analog VHS videotapes, DVD disks are digital and do not suffer from video degradation with the passage of time. There may still be an issue of finding suitable DVD players some years from now, but the signals on DVD disks should still be playable for many years.

DVD disks do not last forever, however. The disks themselves will suffer from some internal chemical changes and will deteriorate for different reasons than those of VHS tapes. Even so, the life expectancy of a DVD disk is significantly longer than that of a VHS videotape. When copied, the video on a DVD disk will not have induced noise like a VHS videotape.

While not perfect, engineers agree that DVD disks last a lot longer than do VHS videotapes. The signals stored on that disk twenty years from now will be much clearer and have much less induced “noise” than the same video stored on VHS videotape. By that time we all will be copying to Blu-Ray disks or perhaps to some other as yet unknown technology that will eventually replace Blu-Ray.

Do you have old family videos stored on VHS? The time to copy them to DVD is NOW.

If you do not have a VHS-to-DVD copier already, you might think about purchasing one before supplies dry up. Prices range from $75 and upwards. I’d suggest that you purchase one soon as the VHS-to-DVD copiers probably won’t be available within a few years.

Preserving old videos is about the same as preserving old digital data; it is easy to do as long as you make sure that you do not wait too long. Always copy your old files and videos to new technologies as soon as it is cost-effective to do so.

I’d suggest that the time is now.

For more information about the death of VHS, look at the recent article in the Los Angeles Times at


We will study the area of Cox’s Mill a Revolutionary War site in Randolph Count for our March First Sunday Hike, on Sunday March 1st. Colonel David Fanning is said to have had his Tory militia headquarters in this area. Our meeting will be at Bill Johnson’s farm at 2580 Highway 22 South, south of Ramseur on the east side of Deep River. As usual we will depart the trailhead at 2 PM and be back to the cars by 4 PM. Mr. Johnson’s fields were covered by armies several times during the course of the Revolution. Both sides camped forces here probably because there was good water and two or three grist mills within easy reach. We’ll visit one of these mill sites, a point that has hosted a succession of bridges over the Deep. The route planned is not long and not particularly rough but neither is it easy. There are some steep slopes and the trail is utterly unimproved. Sturdy shoes, a walking stick, and patience will be required. Provided all of the above, this will be a most rewarding hike as the mill seat is highly evolved as are the stream crossings. Lots to see. If we have the weather granted for the pre-hike, it will be a marvelous day.


By Becky Schipper

Remove pencil marks and other spots with an eraser. This can be an art gum or plastic eraser. Use a light touch so as not to abrade, thin, or grind down the paper. Crayon, ink, and marker are typically very difficult to remove and in most cases, impossible to remove completely. Using chemicals or other liquids will only wrinkle the paper and/or cause the paper fibers to swell. When the paper fibers are further apart, it is easier to loose parts of the ink.

Document cleaning pads are another good option for removing dirt and soil from paper. They should be held above the page and twisted to release their powder. Then gently move the powder over the page with your fingers or a soft brush to absorb the soil. Finally, brush off any residue. Document cleaning pads can be purchased through art or library supply sources such as Gaylord, Demco, and Metal Edge, Inc.

Gum and other sticky material can sometimes be removed by placing the book in a plastic bag and putting it in the freezer for several days. The hardened substance can then be lifted with a knife or spatula.


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• Metal Edge, Inc. –


Tithe – in English law, the tenth part of one’s annual increase paid to support noblemen and clergy; amount of annual poll tax.

Township – in a government survey, is a square tract six miles on each side containing thirty-six square miles of land; a name given to the civil and political subdivisions of a county.

twp. (abbreviation) – township


CEMETERIES IN PARKING LOTS – Boy, talk about some bizarre locations! At least the graves were left alone. Check out this website with photographs at

ENDANGERED DURHAM WEBSITE – this site has some very interesting articles and photos of some of old Durham –

SAVE THE SLAVES WEBSITE – this website contains content about a slave cemetery located close to Wake Forest, NC. The Wake County Board of Education wants to build a school on this site that would potentially destroy the cemetery –


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

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

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

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

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

LUNCH AND LEARN’S 10TH SEASON MEETS AT TOSCA RISTORANTE ITALIANO IN WEST VILLAGE – Single tickets are $25, $19 for Preservation Durham members, $17 for Preservation Durham senior members. Season tickets allowing admission to all 8 programs are $115 and include preferred seating and recognition. Contact the Preservation Durham office by phone at (919)-682-3036 or by email for more information. The next session on March 18 is From Cows to Condos: The Story of Croasdaile Farm

CARRBORO RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT GENEALOGY SEMINARS – three of our D-OGS members are going to be presenting free workshops for the Town of Carrboro Rec & Parks department. The schedule is:

• M. J. Hall – Genealogical Resources, Organization & Research (Tuesday, 3/24 – 6:30pm-8:30pm)

Registration is required, even though the workshops are free. Contact the Rec & Parks Office at 919-918-7364 for registration or go to for more details on the programs.

MARCH MADNESS AT THE ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – We will have our third annual “March Madness, Genealogy Style” week of programs March 1 through 7, 2009:

• Sun March 1 at 1:00 p.m. Melissa Shimkus presents “Southern Lore.”

• Mon, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. Don Litzer demonstrates “Family Search Labs.”

• Tues, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. Cynthia Theusch describes “Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942.”

• Wed, March 4 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Daughters of the American Revolution provide Research Assistance for Membership.

• Thurs, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. John Beatty explains “Evaluating Published Family Histories.”

• Fri, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. Delia Bourne offers “Tech Time.”

• Sat, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. Sara Patalita presents “Using Flickr to Document Your Genealogy.”

SCOTS-IRISH FAMILY RESEARCH – Sponsored by the California Genealogical Society & Library on Saturday March 7, 2009 from 9:00 am -4:00pm at the new Oakland Airport Holiday Inn and Suites on 77 Hegenberger Road (near airport Hilton), Oakland CA. Shuttle from airport isavailable.

WEBSITE: to download the form.


PHONE: 510-663-1358 (leave a message and we will get back to you during library hours)

DESCRIPTION: The California Genealogical Society and Library and the Ulster Historical Foundation present a full day Scots-Irish Family History Research Seminar on Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Dr. Brian Trainor, former Director of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and former Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation will present several lectures, including: Emigration from the North of Ireland to North America in the 18th Century, Records Relating to the Different Churches in Ireland, Irish and Scots-Irish Research: ‘Not Always at the Bottom of the Pile’ (See brochure on our website for complete information)

ILLINOIS CONFERENCE – The schedule and topics for our 11th annual Genealogy Week at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, have been announced.

Days and Topics:

• 9 March 2009-Using

• 10 March 2009-Using

• 11 March 2009-Using

• 12 March 2009-Using Land Records

• 13 March 2009-Genealogy Problem Solving

• 14 March 2009-Using Non-English Language Records

Registration for each day is separate. Workshops based upon a website will be in a computer lab and attendees will have computer and website access for the duration of the workshop. Registration is limited, includes handouts, but does not include lunch. More details are on our website at

Questions can be directed to Michael Neill at

OVERCOMING BRICK WALLS WORKSHOP – New Bern, NC – 14 March 2009, Craig Roberts Scott, CG, will provide a four-part workshop “Overcoming Brickwalls”. The talks include: Service Not Found: Finding Your Ancestor in the Military; Maiden Name Not Found: Finding Your Female Ancestors; Land Not Found: Finding Your Ancestor on the Ground; and Where Oh Where: Using the Internet to Solve Brickwall Problems.

This workshop, to be held at the Broad Street Christian Church, New Bern, is cosponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Craven County Genealogical Society. For more information:

FREE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP – BELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY – The Bell County Genealogical Society, Middlesboro Library, and the local Kentucky path of the Daughters of the American Revolution are sponsoring a workshop at the Middlesboro Library on Mar 14th, 2009. Pre-Registration is free but required by March 12th, 2009 – Call 606-242-0005

9 am-1pm

• Book Fair

• Genealogical Material by Mark Treadway

• Paul Johnson “Claiborne Cemetery Book”

• Bell County Historical Society


• Basic Genealogy Workshop

• Guest Speaker: Michele Lawson

• Bell County Library

12:30 pm-1:00 pm Lunch


• Melungeon Speaker Johnnie Rhea – “Life on Newman’s Ridge” – Melungeon is a term traditionally applied to a group of people that lived on Newman’s Ridge. Newman’s Ridge stretches a great distance over eastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia, and eastern Kentucky.


• One on One Workshop – Members of the Bell County Genealogy group and the local DAR will be on hand to offer one on one help with your genealogy needs.

ITALIAN FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH SEMINAR – featuring Marcia Iannizzi Melnyk and Jonathan D. Shea on Saturday, March 14, 2009 from Noon to 4:00 PM at the Housatonic Community College (Beacon Hall Events Center, 2nd Floor), 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Before You Jump the Pond: Explore how to use American records to document your family members who came to the United States in vital records, church registers, US census records, ship passenger lists, and naturalization records.

Italian Records: See what records are available both in Italy and from home to research your family and how history affected the record types and availability of birth, marriage, publication, and death records, including military, processeti, and church records.

Translation of Documents: See how to make sense of Italian language documents of genealogical value, even without fluency.

Admission is FREE thanks to the generosity of Connecticut Society of Genealogists members, Connecticut Ancestry Society members, and the Housatonic Community College. Ample parking is available in a security monitored garage, and check in will be available beginning at 11:45 AM.

While the lecture is FREE, please RSVP with the number of attendees to either:

Stephanie Hyland, CSG at (860) 569-0002,

Robert Locke, CAS at (203) 778-4794,

SCOTTISH HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM AT ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE – March 20-22, 2009 – Originally founded in 1989 as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the coming of the first group of Highland Scots to North Carolina, the “Our Scottish Heritage” Symposium has provided an unparalleled opportunity for persons interested in Scottish and Scottish-American history and culture to learn from top scholars in their fields. The Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium provides a forum for study and interaction for anyone interested in Scottish history, culture, and tradition. There is a printable schedule and registrations form on their website at:

10TH ANNUAL RESEARCH TRIP TO ALLEN CO. LIBRARY, FT. WAYNE, IN – March 25 – 29, 2009 – sponsored by the St. Charles Genealogical Society and St. Charles Community College History Dept.

The annual Family History Research Trip to the Allen County Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) features experienced guidance from members of the Society to asist you in developing your research strategy and using the resources of the Library. We will help you get the most out of your trip through individualized attention.

Your trip includes:

• Pre trip planning

• 4 nights at the Hilton, just a few blocks from the Library

• Bus transportation to and from St. Charles and Illinois along Rt. I-70, or drive your own car

• Bus transportation to and from the Library

• Banquet Saturday night

For information about fees and hotel registration go to or contact Joan at 636-946-2820 or email:

FAIRFAX GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO – March 27 & 28, 2009 – Friday will provide for consultations and information on Google Maps. Saturday will include presentations by Chuck Mason (Basic Genealogy), John Humphrey (German Research), Claire Bettag (NARA Land Records), and Pam Boyer (Digital Organization). Registration fees range from $53/$73 plus an additional $20 to consult with one of the speakers. The conference will be at the Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks. Additional details can be found at

OLD NEW HANOVER GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GENEALOGICAL SYMPOSIUM – The Symposium set to celebrate 20 years of sharing information by the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society is coming up fast: March 27-28. Pre-registration by March 1st is requested. Get additional info and forms at

VIRGINIA BEACH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE – Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – entitled “Tell Me About It.” The featured speaker is John Philip Colletta, Ph. D. Topics to be covered at the conference are lesser-used Federal records, understanding research repositories, interviewing, and historical context. Registration fees range from $35-$45. The conference will be at the Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA. If there are any questions, contact J.B. Wright at 757-495-0672 or Additional details can be found at

UNCLE ELI’S QUILTING PARTY – 2 April 2009 – This event has been held every year since 1932. This event has been featured on local TV as well as in the State magazine. It will be held at the Eli Whitney Community Recreation Center from mid-morning until afternoon. Take NC87 13 miles south of Graham – turn left at the blinking light. The Rec Center is ¼ mile on the left. Anyone interested in quilting is invited to join in. you don’t even need to have your own quilt. If you do bring a quilt, label it with your name and anything interesting about it (made by your Grandma, historical significance, etc.). The organizers ask that you bring a dish to share for lunch but no one is ever turned away. There will be food and refreshments and fun for all. Call Pat Bailey (336-376-3149) for more details.

SWEDISH EMIGRANT GENEALOGICAL SEMINAR – Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Drott Lodge #168 of the VASA Order of America (a Swedish-American Fraternal Organization) will present a seminar entitled “Swedish Emigrant Genealogical Seminar.” National speakers including Stephen Morse, Kathy Meade, and Leslie Dalley Bouvier as well as consultation options. Registration fees range from $10/$20. The seminar will be held at the Universities at Shady Grove Campus at 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland. Contact Janet Johnson at or 301-962-3788 with any questions.

VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SPRING CONFERENCE – Saturday, April 18, 2009. The Virginia Genealogical Society will sponsor its spring conference at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. The title of the conference is “Secrets for Successful Research” and the featured speaker is Barbara Vines Little, CG. Cost of the conference ranges from $30/$50. There is also a Leadership Summit on April 17th at 3:00 p.m. at the Library. Additional details can be found at

MID-ATLANTIC GERMANIC SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE – Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:30 a.m.-400 p.m. The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society will present its annual conference entitled “Exploring New Record Groups in Germany & the USA.” Speakers include Kenneth Heger and Susannah Brooks. The cost of the conference ranges from $40/$50. The conference will be held at the Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown, Maryland. Additional details can be found at

NATIONAL ARCHIVES FIFTH ANNUAL GENEALOGY FAIR – Wednesday, April 22, 2009-Thursday, April 23, 2009. The National Archives will present its “Fifth Annual Genealogy Fair.” The program will be presented in the Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza and Research Center that can be reached through the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building. Additional details can be found at


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