March 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
D-OGS Workshop Coming Up in April
Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors Presentation
Premiere of Who Do You Think You Are?
Call for Papers for 5th Annual NCGS Speakers Forum
2010 NGS Family History Conference
Trading Path Association February First Sunday Hike
Ohio Probate Court Posts Online Record Archive
Genealogical Glossary
Websites of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

Meeting Announcements

This month’s regular D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 3 March, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Seymour Senior Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Here is a map:

The program will be presented by D-OGS member Ginger Smith, our new webmaster. Ginger has been doing a lot of work to create a more usable website for D-OGS. She will be giving us a “walk-through” of the new features she wants to add to the new website.


The February meeting of the D-OGS Computer SIG will be held on 13 March, in the small conference room in the Chapel Hill Public Library. We want everyone to feel free to attend, and bring their questions, problems, and examples of tips and techniques they have found to be helpful. The program is TBA

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for February 3, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm in the new Orange County Public Library, 137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. There were 23 members in attendance and 1 visitor.

Richard introduced the guest speaker, Lucinda Munger, Orange County Library Director. Ms. Munger said the library was opened January 8 at 10 AM and they had planned for 70 attendees and had 250! She said they had 900 people in the library on the first day and it’s been continuing like that with 16,000 people through in the 18 days they were open in January. She said the staff had been used to answering 2000 questions a month and now they are answering 9000.

She said children’s programming was going well. There were 120 at the first Saturday program and they are averaging 45-50 at a program.

Lucinda commented that she had arranged a photo exhibit entitled “Another Side of Orange County” by a local photographer Kent Corley, as well as a display of hand puppets from the Puppet Parade.

She said she’s scheduled author events.

Apparently they had a community Focus Group to determine what was wanted in a library and a meeting room was one of the main wishes. The meeting room that was created holds around 100 people, has it’s own kitchen, bathrooms across the hall and a separate exit so that meetings could extend past closing time. And like the rest of the library, it’s wireless.

She said we would soon be going on tour but she wanted to explain ahead of time that the ground floor was the children’s floor with no computers, comfortable reading chairs for parents and children, tables that are child size and low shelving.

The second floor houses the computers, local history collection, enclosed teen center, administration and study rooms.

Ms. Munger said if we have ideas for local history programs or displays that could be done to let her know.

There were questions about the Wall Room and Lucinda said her will does not call for a room with walls but for an area and we would see that her picture was up there along with the hand painted plate.

Then Lucinda led us on a tour of the library with time spent in the Local History area.

After the tour we reconvened in the meeting room for the rest of the program.

The minutes were approved as read. The committee reports followed:


Website—Richard said unfortunately Ginger wasn’t with us but she had been hard at work redesigning the website and had made a detailed presentation at the last Board meeting and a number of details were worked out at that meeting, enabling her to move forward. Ginger received a round of applause (in absentia) for stepping up and accomplishing so much.

Newsletter—Richard mentioned that the program “Stories of Hillsborough 1940-75” had been rescheduled to the 14th at the Senior Center at the Sportsplex.

Trading Path—the new issue is ready to be picked up from Cathy and Rob. Cathy asked that you think of members who live near you and deliver it to them. She will bring undelivered local copies again in March.

The future of publications—Richard said we have planned to go to electronic copies of the monthly newsletter and the Trading Path journal in an effort to “go green” and to balance the ever-escalating costs of printing and postage. The Eliases printed the current issue at home and will continue to print the few that are needed in hard copies for those without computer access and repositories for as long as they are provided with articles. Richard said the Board had been talking about the reduction in cost per unit by going to an electronic format for a several months now. Richard also explained those who are considered complimentary members—which means they trade publications with us but do not pay dues (these are the ones he carries in to meetings in milk crates). However, some are societies and some are libraries and not all have been trading with us. Richard has sent them a letter in the last newsletter asking for a way to send them an electronic copy. Also there is a letter in the latest issue of the Trading Path explaining that we are “going green” and in the future members can read it online or print out the complete publication or any article that interests them.

Carol Boggs asked if we had discussed having older issues of The Trading Path available online. Richard said that had not come up yet since we had not begun to public it electronically. He did say that the newsletter is going to be a public document because it contains current news and advertising for upcoming meetings and events but the journal will be reserved for access by D-OGS members only.

Update of Orange County Heritage Center Task Force — Richard said there was a meeting tomorrow and Barbara Taylor, consultant to the task force, had been given names of D-OGS members in the area, such as Nerissa Williams, Stewart Dunaway and Carol Boggs. Ms. Taylor wants to gauge the response of the public to issues surrounding the establishment of a heritage center and the relocation of the NC Room in the new Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough.

He said the task force report would go to the commissioners around the end of March and had been told it takes some time to get on their agenda. There were questions about the Native American population and he said no one had mentioned contacting the Occoneechee Indians up to that point.

Richard said no one had yet come forward to take on the Vice President/Program Chair or the Director-at-Large. D-OGS members are asked to consider taking on this very important post.

Ginny presented the Treasurer’s Report:

The balance at the beginning of January 1778.76

Deposits 530.00

Checks written (Duke Homestead) 100.00

Balance 2208.76

April Workshop Report: Volunteers are still needed to present programs on Saturday, April 17. If able to present a program, phone me at 919-620-8478, 919-471-2400 or email at This is your organization and needs your support.

Budget—Ginny has been working on our budget along with other board members and committee representatives. There has never been a budget and that accounts for some of our financial woes.

We have a few programs scheduled for the upcoming year but we have several months without a program. All members are invited to come up with a speaker and make arrangements for any month without a program.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tonya Krout, Secretary

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D-OGS Workshop Coming Up in April

D-OGS member Tonya Krout has been working diligently on plans for our next public workshop. The workshop will be held from 9:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, 17 April at the Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Many plans need to be finalized and much work remains to be done. Some presenters have been secured but others are needed. Please offer your assistance to: setup tables and chairs before the workshop begins; present a program; clean up after the event is over or; offer to help wherever you are needed. You may contact Tonya at or 919-620-8478.

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Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors Presentation

Fintan Mullan and Brian Trainor of the Ulster Historical Foundation: “Our Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors”

The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) presents “Our Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors” with Fintan Mullan and Brian Trainor of the Ulster Historical Foundation, Monday, 15 March 2010 at the North Carolina Archives Auditorium, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (directions). Registration and welcome is from 1:30 until 1:45 p.m. The program runs until 5:00 p.m.

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation, a board member of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), a member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum, and a non-executive director of the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History. He has spoken widely in the United States about Irish family history research, and has also spoken in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. He was educated at Queen’s University Belfast where he received a bachelors degree in Irish Politics and Philosophy and a masters degree in Organization and Management.

Brian Trainor retired as Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation in 2006 and now works part-time as a consultant for the organization. Formerly Director of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Chairman of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, he has also held a lecturing post in history at Queen’s University Belfast and a fellowship with the Institute of Historical Research in London. Educated at St Columb’s College in Derry, and Queen’s University Belfast, he holds a 1st Class Honours degree in History, has been awarded a Doctorate of Letters from the University of Ulster, and holds Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland.

Registration is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. For additional information, or to register via US Mail, see the Registration Form (1.7 MB PDF), or by registering through our web store.

The agenda for the day includes:

1:30 p.m. — Registration and Welcome

1:45 – 2:35 p.m. — “Emigration from Scotland and Ireland to America”

2:50 – 3:40 p.m. — “The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th Century Families”

3:55 – 5:00 p.m. — “Solving Our Brickwalls: Practical Internet Tutorial and Resolving Research Queries”

Registrants will be able to attend all lectures. See for parking information.

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Premiere of Who Do You Think You Are?Family History Program on NBC, March 5, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are? – begins Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8/7 Central on NBC. Share a heartwarming journey through family history with Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee as they discover the stories of their ancestors.

Who Do You Think You Are? also shares ideas and research strategies that could help you make new breakthroughs — and help people everywhere understand what they could discover about their own family stories. We hope you’ll invite your friends and family to watch the show on Friday nights at 8/7 Central starting March 5, 2010.

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Call for Papers for 5th Annual NCGS Speakers Forum

NCGS would like to invite speakers to submit lecture proposals for the Fifth Annual Speakers Forum which will be held 24 July 2010 in Raleigh [place to be announced later]. The main purpose of the forum is to give a venue for speakers to broaden and develop their topics and become comfortable with the speaking experience.

Speakers receive free registration (including lunch) for the workshop; however, they will not be given an honorarium.

We would like to have the talks centered around three specific areas: basic records, research techniques, and technology.

Preference will be given to the following topics:

* Records, history, and how-to methods specific to North Carolina
* General methodology topics
* Topics relating to surrounding states where North Carolinians lived before or after their time in North Carolina

Each session will be limited to one hour, including questions and answers. Speakers should plan to submit a handout of no more than four pages. This handout will be included in the conference syllabus distributed to conference participants at the workshop.

Proposals should include the following information:

* Speaker’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address
* Title of lecture
* Outline or abstract of lecture
* Short lecture summary (2 or 3 sentences) which will be used for publicity brochure
* Speaker biography (2 or 3 sentences)
* Resume of previous lecture experience
* Whether you will bring your own audio-visual equipment or will need to have it provided


* For submission of the proposal — 15 April 2010
* For submission of the handout — 03 July 2010.

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2010 NGS Family History Conference – Early Bird Registration Ends 8 March

This year the annual NGS Family History Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 April─1 May 2010. Whether your family helped settle the nation, migrated across the country, stayed in the same place, or recently arrived in America, this conference has much to offer. The family history resources in Salt Lake City, Utah, will provide a depth and breadth to your research.

The event features, 200 educational sessions taught by the nation’s leading lecturers, a vendor hall with over 150 exhibitors, Ask an Expert Consultations, International Workshops, Open Houses, and more. Click here to read more.

The full conference event registration will include a ticket to “An Evening Celebration of Family History.” The evening will include a multi-media tribute to family history, special guest speaker, and mini-concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Also featured during the week, will be free scanning of documents and photos by Click here to read more.

Registration details and the conference program can be found online at < cs>. Early bird pricing for this event ends 8 March 2010. So register today, and miss out on the last minute rush to receive the discounted pricing.

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Debra J. Henanger, P O Box 553, Starke, FL 32091 – 904-964-4702 –

Surnames: Sparrow, Junius H.

I am seeking information on the above mentioned name and desire correspondence with anyone working on or otherwise with info on that family. Understand the above named DOB: 5/20/1913 – DOD: 11/16/70. Thank you so much.


Bonnie Pflum, 4124 Old Course Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277 – 704-846-1187/704-502-4327 –

Surnames: Gilbert

I am seeking information on Thaddeus Gilbert and Louise Lumley. They were the parents of John Wesley Gilbert.


Hamilton McDonald, 5515 Woodsong Trail, Dunwoody, GA 30338-2828 – 770-710-0850 –

Surnames: John McDonald

Seeking information on John McDonald who served as an officer in the 77th Montgomery Highland Regiment in the F & I wars. He married a Nancy ? in NC after 1760 and John was a land owner in Orange and Rowan County in 1760. His property was on both sides of the South Buffalo River or Creek. He moved to Georgia cir 1772 with a group of Quakers. His son James McDonald married a Flora McNair also from NC in 1775 in GA. John died in Columbia County GA in 1803.


Vivian Bobbitt, 195 Highview Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596 – 919-562-2809 –

Surnames: Bobbitt

Query: looking for information on Green Bobbitt, James Dewitt Bobbitt.

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Trading Path Association March First Sunday Hike to be on Mary’s Creek

We’ll meet at 5767 Jewell Road in lower Alamance County on March 7th, as usual at 2 PM to visit mill sites and see what may be a portion of the “Lower Trading Path.” Click here to get a map.

There is an outstanding up-thrust of rock in southern Alamance County called the Cane Creek Mountains and Bass Mountain. The Lower Trading Path passed the south end of Bass Mountain, a major obstacle to east-west travel. It may w ell be that John Lawson (traveling from southwest to northeast, headed for Petersburg, VA) spotted the Haw River from a rise on one end or the other of this mountain. We’re not sure where he was but he said that toward the end of the day he saw from an eminence, in the distance, the Haw River and continued to that river. When he got there he nearly drowned as the river was in spate; it w as winter, the water was high, and he had just finished about a ten mile walk. The next day he gave up on reaching Virginia, but that’s another story. It is possible, though, that t he was on the Lower Trading Path as he moved across what would become Alamance County.

Between Great Alamance Creek and the Deep River there are a handful of creeks that effectively channel east-west travel. From north to south they are: Varnels, Mary’s, and Cane Creeks, and Rocky River. Each was large enough to present crossing problems. Coupled with the Cane Creek Mountains Mary’s Creek, in particular, forced traffic to go either to Saxapahaw or to Cedar Cliffs. Movement using fords farther upstream on the Haw probably called for passage around the north end of the mountains.

Lawson could have taken either route, north of the mountains or south, but his description of the Haw River where he crossed indicates a crossing at Cedar Cliffs or Saxapahaw. Farther north. But smart money would bet on our never really being able to sort out where that young man crossed the Haw. But he saw it from a hilltop, and the only hills in the neighborhood were the Cane Creek Mountains and Bass Mountain. Was he to the north or to the south of these obstacles?

The mills we’ll visit are on parallel roads trending toward on an axis from northeast to southwest and connect the Mary’s Creek crossings with the crossings of the Haw at Saxapahaw and at Cedar Cliffs, and facilitating the roads’ passage around the south end of Bass Mountain.

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Ohio Probate Court Posts Online Record Archive

The probate court for Hamilton County, Ohio launched an Archived Record Search for records from 1791 to 1994.

It’s not a database search where you type in a name. Instead, you open image files (PDFs or TIFs) of index books and/or record books for records including:

* Estates, 1791 to 1984
* Wills, 1791 to 1973
* Trusts, 1791 to 1984
* Guardianships, 1791 to 1984
* Marriages, 1808 to 1983
* Minister’s Licenses, 1963 to 1975 (index books only)
* Birth Records, 1863 to 1908
* Birth Registrations and Corrections, 1941 to 1994
* Death Records, 1881 to 1908
* Naturalizations, 1856 to 1906 (index books only; you can request photocopies from surviving record books from the court, or rent Family History Library microfilm through a Family History Center)
* Probate Court Journal Entries, 1791 to 1837 (no index; you must browse by volume and page number)
* Physician Certificates, 1919 to 1987 (no index; you must browse by volume and page number)

Start by going to the Archive Record Search page and clicking the link for the type of record you’re interested in. On the next page, read the information: it’ll tell you whether the website has the index and/or the record volumes, whether the court has additional index or record volumes that aren’t online, years of coverage, and how complete the records are.

If an index book is online, click the name of the record at the top of the page. Click on the alphabetical range for the surname you want, which opens the file (it may take awhile). You might have to check several index books if you’re not sure of the year you need.

You also might have to scroll through the entire index: In some cases, surnames aren’t alphabetized beyond the first letter, or all S surnames with E first names (for example) might be grouped.

Once you find a suspected relative in the index book, note the volume and page number. Then, if the record book is online, go back to the main page for that record and search for a volume and page number to see the record. Otherwise—assuming the record book still exists—you can request photocopies from the court or see if it’s on FHL microfilm.

If there’s no index book, check the information on the site to see which volumes cover which years. Then type in your best guess of a volume and page number, and start browsing.

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Genealogical Glossary

· AEDILE – [Latin] a Roman magistrate in charge of the Games and management of the temples. In later times they were in charge of the public buildings, the water system, food supplies, and the markets.

· AETAS – [Latin] lifetime; age; generation

· ÆGROTANTEM – [Latin] illness – sickness

· ÆTHELING – [Anglo-Saxon prince royal] the eldest son of the king

· AFFEER – to settle the amount of an amercement; to assess

· AFFIDAVIT – a written and signed statement sworn in front of a court officer

· AFFINIS, AFFINITAS, AFFINITY – [Latin] relationship via marriage, as opposed to by blood. See also CONSANGUINITY.

· AFFIRMATION – a declaration, sometimes as a replacement for someone who objects to taking an oath

· AGE OF MAJORITY – Prior to the modern designation of 21 as the age of majority, different ages applied: If the fee is a military fee, the heir will be of full age when he has completed his twenty-first year and reached his twenty-second. If he is the son and heir of a sokeman, when he has completed his fifteenth year. If he is the son of a burgess, he is taken to be of full age when he knows how properly to count money, measure cloths and perform other similar paternal business.12 Thus it is not defined in terms of time but by sense and maturity. A woman may be of full age [in socage] whenever she can and knows how to order her house and do the things that belong to the arrangement and management of a house, provided she understands what pertains to ‘cove and keye,’ which cannot be before her fourteenth or fifteenth year since such things require discretion and understanding. — from Bracton’s Laws c.1400.

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Websites of Possible Interest

Script tutorials – Resources for old handwriting & documents – This website offers guidance in the deciphering of manuscripts and other old documents that were printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles. Languages covered here include English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The content of this website may be useful for genealogical, historical, and literary research. –

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Calendar of Events

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

  • How Researching History And Culture Can Aid Your Irish Genealogy, Thursday, March 4th (11 am)
  • Irish Research Tips, Thursday, April 1st (11 am)



Last chance to join Ann MarTrips’ May research trip to Salt Lake City – The deadline for joining our May 2010 research trip to Salt Lake City is 1 March 2010. This trip is unique because it begins the day after the National Genealogical Conference in the States ends and both are in Salt Lake City. The hotel for our trip is also one of the conference hotels so you can arrive a few days early, go to the conference and then research for another week with our assistance without changing hotels and probably not even your room. Visit the Ann-MarTrips website for all the details. While you’re at the website take a look at the Gallery and Links.

If you can’t join us for the May trip, take advantage of the early registration discount and sign up for the October 2010 trip; both levels of assistance are available for this trip.

Margo Fariss Brewer C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL

Salt Lake City Research Trip Leader Salt Lake City Research Trip Leader

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Jacksonville, Florida

919-967-9280 904-771-1865

Alamance County Genealogical Society – meets the second Monday of each month except June, July and August, at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215, 336-227-1448. The 8 March program will be Shared Research (Group Project).

2nd Saturday Walking Tour of Hillsborough – Saturday, March 13th, 10am and 2pm. Come to the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough. Explore Hillsborough’s history on a 90-minute guided walking tour through its historic district. $5, More Information at 732-7741 or

Happenings at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

– Sunday March 14, 2010, 1:00-2:00 PM: “Genealogy Center Tour” — Genealogy Center Entrance – Join us for a tour of the Genealogy Center. If you ever have felt overwhelmed by the sheer size of the department, this tour will help familiarize you with the different areas and their contents, as well as research procedures. Space is limited. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

– Monday, March 15, 2010, 2:00-3:00 PM: “How To Use the Genealogy Center Basics” — Globe Room – Have you taken the tour of the Genealogy Center and still felt confused? Do you wonder how all the details make sense to other people? Spend time with a staff member who will explain the catalog, microtext area, and how to use the facility. Note: This session is not a beginning genealogy class, but rather an explanation of the collection. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

– Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:00-3:00 PM, “Using Periodicals at the Genealogy Center” — Meeting Room A – Why would anyone want to use those little newsletters for genealogy research? What can you find in those little newsletters? And where can you find those little newsletters? This lecture will discuss the benefits of using all types of genealogy and local history periodicals in the quest for your ancestors, provide a brief overview of how to use the “Periodical Source Index” (PERSI), and give information on how to locate the specific issue you seek in the ACPL Genealogy Center’s massive collection. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

– Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 10:00-11:00 AM, “Writing Your Family History: A Primer” — Meeting Room A – This course will present an overview of some of the attributes of good genealogical writing and will offer some guidance on how to produce a book or article of lasting quality. The class will NOT discuss or review genealogy software. Instead, we will look at various forms of genealogical writing, the philosophy of documentation, and other aesthetic attributes that go into making a quality family history. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

– Thursday, March 18, 2010, 10:00-11:00 AM, “Using” — Meeting Room A – Learn how to browse through documents or search for an individual’s documents or a specific historic event using View, print, and save original historical and federal documents from the Colonial era to events of the 20th century. Footnote also allows you to share personal stories and upload digital copies of historic documents that you own. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

– Friday & Saturday, March 19 & 20, 2010, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, “Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part 2, A Two Day Mini-Course” — Meeting Room B-C – This workshop is an excellent way for researchers with some experience in using basic Irish records to learn about additional sources and techniques that lead to success. Topics covered include Irish local history publications and manuscript collections. There is a fee for this program. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for more information.

11th ANNUAL RESEARCH TRIP TO ALLEN CO. LIBRARY – FT. WAYNE, IN – Date: March 17 -21, 2010. Sponsored by the St. Charles County Historical Society and St. Charles County Community College. 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 5 day trip Includes:

· Pretrip planning

· 4 nights at the Hilton Ft. Wayne, just a few blocks from the library

· Bus transportation to and from St. Charles and Illinois along Rt. I-70 or drive you own car

· Bus transportation to and from the library

· Banquet Saturday night

For information about fees and hotel registration, go to

If you have questions, contact Joan at 636-946-2820 or email:

LUNCH AND LEARN’S 11TH SEASON MEETS AT TOSCA Ristorante Italiano in West Village – Plan now to join us for our 11th Season at Tosca Ristorante Italiano in West Village for more fun and informative programs about Durham and its fascinating history! Season passes to all seven events are now available to Preservation Durham members for $115. Single event tickets are $19 for Preservation Durham members, $17 for Preservation Durham senior members, and $25 for the public. You can make your reservations with your credit card by calling (919)-682-3036 or by email.

Lunch and Learn programs are presented the third Wednesday of each month from September through May, with December and January off and include a delicious lunch.

March 17: Rosenwald Schools in Durham Philanthropist Julian Rosenwald built schools all over the South to educate black children in the early 20th century. Sponsorships available.

State Capitol – March 21. “Thomas Day, Cabinet Maker: Man in the Middle.” Thomas Day is mostly remembered as a furniture maker who had the largest furniture business in the state during the height of slavery. This dynamic mediated presentation by long-time Day researcher Laurel Sneed encourages audience participation as they analyze the historical evidence, savor his legacy in wood, and explore the mystery of one of our state’s most extraordinary and fascinating historical figures. Presented with the Wake County Historical Society. This lecture made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 2:30 p.m.

Wake County Genealogical Society – Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. – Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. The presenter is Helen F. M. Leary and the program is “Recording Your Evidence”

Carl Sandburg College workshops – Carl Sandburg College has announced its annual spring series of genealogy computing workshops for March and April 2010.

Topics include:

*Using – 26 March 2010

*Using – 27 March 2010

*Using Family Tree Maker – (2 days) – 4 and 9 April 2010

*More Problem-Solving – 16 April 2010

*Searching Free Online Scanned Books – 30 April 2010

We’ve brought our prices back to old levels–$35 a day. Handouts are included, lunch is on your own, or you can brown bag it.

Sessions are held in state of the art computer facilities and each attendee will have their own computer to use. Registration is limited, but you do not need to live in the Carl Sandburg district to enroll.

Galesburg is easily accessible via interstate. The college has no housing, but there are several motels within a mile of the college. Questions about the workshops can be sent to me at either or

More information (including registration details) is available at

Bentonville Battleground – March 20-21. 145th Bentonville Anniversary Reenactment. Thousands of Civil War re-enactors and spectators will converge on Bentonville Battlefield to reenact the Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865. In that struggle, 20,000 Confederate soldiers engaged 60,000 Union troops in the largest battle ever fought on North Carolina soil. Reenactment tickets can be purchased from In addition to the battle reenactments, there will be numerous free activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days, including tours of the circa 1855 Harper House, used as a Union field hospital during the battle. The battle reenactments will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 21.

State Capitol – April 10. “Raleigh Occupied.” A Civil War-era troop encampment and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 occupation of the Capitol by Sherman’s troops. Visitors will meet costumed interpreters portraying former governors, a local plantation wife, a Union officer and a newly freed slave. Characters are based on personal letters, diaries, and period accounts. Tours will take place at 10 a.m., 11a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration encouraged.

NCGS & Wilkes County Genealogical Society Workshop – 10 April 2010 – North Wilkesboro, North Carolina – “Farmhouse, Meeting House, Court House: Breathing Life Into Your Family’s Story” with J. Mark Lowe, CGSM, will be presented by the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Wilkes County Genealogical Society at the North Wilkesboro Elks Club.

The program includes “Making Those Early Census Records Talk to You,” “My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for your Rural Ancestor,” “Bible Thumper or Pious Pilgrim: Religious Ancestors on the Frontier,” and “Follow a Case through Court.” Book and map vendors will also be present.

For more information and a registration form, visit or write to the North Carolina Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 30815, Raleigh, NC 27622-0815.

2nd Saturday Walking Tour of Hillsborough – Saturday, April 10th, 10am and 2pm. Come to the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough. Explore Hillsborough’s history on a 90-minute guided walking tour through its historic district. $5, More Information at 732-7741 or

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George Phillips, an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing his things.

He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?”

George replied, “No, but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.”

Then the police dispatcher said “All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available.”

George said, “Okay…”

He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed.. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, and the dogs are eating them right now.” He then hung up.

Within five minutes, six police cars, a SWAT Team, a helicopter, two fire trucks, a Paramedic, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George, “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

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Parting Thought

There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. – Booker T. Washington

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