May 2008 Newsletter

By , May 8, 2011

D-OGS Newsletter – May 2008

News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange genealogists


The next D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 May 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705. Phone: (919) 477-5498 – One-half mile from I-85 and Guess Rd (Exit 175), Follow the brown historic site road signs.

The program for May’s meeting is “Stories of the Common Soldier”. The speaker is Kent McCoury. Kent holds a B.A. in History from Appalachian State University. He has worked for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources for almost twenty years. For over 10 years, he has been the assistant site manager at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. He has taught at North Carolina State University and has published book reviews for The North Carolina Historical Review. This program was originally scheduled for April but there was a mix-up with the presenter.

The D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) Meeting will hold its next meeting on 17 May. The regular would be 10 May but the CIG participants are encouraged to attend the Olde Orange County Family History Day being held then.

The May CIG meeting will touch on some new sites we’ve found to assist with our genealogy, as well as a progress report from everyone who has used some of Google’s new features to do the searching for us while we sleep. We’ll also discuss a program that includes information about an image right within the file. Now that the TMG Primer is in so many hands, maybe we’ll take some time to discuss how it has helped us use TMG if we have some users in attendance.

Please send along the new sites you’ve been finding so we can look at them together. Feel free to join us even if you feel you’re not a proficient “techie” with your genealogy, we talk about everything under the sun if it pertains to our research.


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.

The evening’s program was to have been Kent McCoury, site manager at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. However, there apparently was some confusion as he had not appeared by the time the meeting was called to order. It was decided to have the business meeting first in case he was just running late.

The minutes for March 2008 were approved as published in the Newsletter. They were submitted by Carol Hubbell Boggs in the absence of Tonya Fouse Krout, Secretary.

Rob Elias announced that the Trading Path was at the proof readers and was due back from them tonight. He said they should have it ready to go in the mail by the next meeting. Then there would be two more double issues this year and that would bring the Trading Path up to date.

He said they could use ideas and/or submissions, book reviews, etc. He added that it would be even better if it arrived already written. All members are encouraged to participate…no matter where they live.

Rob also reminded those in attendance that the NGS Conference of the States would be held in Raleigh the second weekend in May 2009. 1900 people are expected to register and 200-250 volunteers are needed to staff the event.

He said the volunteer duties would begin in advance of the event as well as monitoring the rooms where the programs are held, staffing an information booth, manning the registration tables to hand out registrations packets to pre-registrants, being a floater available to answer questions, etc. Members coming from out of town for this conference are encouraged to donate some time.

Rob also said there would be activities for non-genealogical companions and possibly a special meal where D-OGS members could get acquainted. Local D-OGS members are encouraging (and in some cases actively helping) nearby repositories to prepare lists of their holdings that we can post on our website, so those coming from a distance can maximize their research time. Those lists and links should be up by the end of the year.

The local historic and genealogical groups will be apprised of the upcoming event. Cathy and Rob Elias are serving on the planning committee and will be attending the Kansas meeting to note how things are set up and operate, as well as what works and what doesn’t.

A word of warning…the weekend before the conference will be graduation for Duke and UNC so hotel rooms might be at a premium before Sunday night.

Richard Ellington addressed the upcoming Olde Orange County History Day. He said he needed volunteers to bring laptops to help attendees with their research, as well as registration and people to man the D-OGS table. The event is May 10 from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Carrboro Century Center.

He said Tom Magnuson of The Trading Path will present a talk and maps about the towns and settlements that cropped up along the trading path. There will also be an afternoon program. There is a map and driving directions available on the website

Ann submitted the Treasurer’s Report to Paul. Our current balance is $4607.41.

The Trading Path will cost approximately $800 an issue, totaling $3200 for the year.

Elizabeth Hamilton did not have a definite program for May. It was suggested that possibly Kent McCoury would be willing to give his program that month.

All business having been concluded, we dismissed at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout


For those you who aren’t able to attend a meeting, I wanted to inform you that Paul usually prints a useful form or information on the back of the Agenda and includes the source. This month’s form struck me as particularly helpful. It is “Source Summary for Family Information” and he gave the source as:


The following obituary, printed in the Durham Herald-Sun, was sent to me by Allen Dew. Thanks go to Allen for remembering and sharing this with us. Allen says that Montague’s involvement goes back to the founding of D-OGS. He was assigned member number 29, which means he probably signed up at the first or second meeting. He was a strong genealogist trying to find his black roots.

DURHAM – Montague Barnes was born in Halifax County, North Carolina on March 14, 1951, to the late Banbus and Hattie Floyd Barnes of Garysburg, NC. He peacefully departed this earthly life on Friday, April 11, after a long illness.

Montague received his early education in the public schools of Northampton County. He continued his education at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and later honorably graduated with a BS from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Montague excelled throughout school and received many outstanding honors. He was a passionate genealogist and invested countless hours uncovering his family roots. He was an avid reader, puzzle solver, chess player, Mercedes collector, self-taught mechanic, designated driver for many trips and a compassionate mentor to many, especially Rolls Royce and Lexus.

At an early age, Montague recognized his need for a Savior. He confessed his faith to Jesus Christ, was baptized, and joined Cool Spring Baptist Church in Gaston, North Carolina where he actively served until leaving for college. After relocating to Durham, Montague joined Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church where he served in various capacities. Some included usher board, trustee, Chairman of Transportation, Chairman of Sound System, and other committees. Montague always maintained a strong faith and commitment to his family and church. He often drove long distances to make sure the members were present to support members.

For 28 years, Montague worked in transportation for DATA serving as a driver, dispatcher, and supervisor. Because of his genuine love for people, especially children and seniors, he also served as a driver and coordinator for Durham Health Department’s Tooth Ferry working in Durham Public Schools. Montague worked numerous years in the Durham Police Reserves and was a member of the Old Farm Community for over thirty years.

Montague was truly loved and will be missed by many including his devoted wife and true partner of 35 years, Lou~Cynthia Hilliard Barnes; children; Nigel Barnes of Charlotte, North Carolina; Shakara Barnes of Atlanta, Georgia, Melissa Lennon of Durham, North Carolina and Dexter Anderton of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one grandchild, Malik Anderton; one brother, Melvin Ray Barnes of East Orange, New Jersey; two sisters, Regina Cromartie (Bernard) of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Dorcilla Moody of Garysburg, North Carolina; goddaughters; Kia Sellars of Whitesville, North Carolina and Chifonda Wingate of Durham, North Carolina; sisters-in-Iaw, Elsie Anderton of Halifax, North Carolina, Doris Howze (Cecil) of Occoee, Florida, Linda Fenner (Alphonso) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Tanya Bullock (Sean) and Wanda Cooper (Maurice) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; brothers-in-Iaw, Ernest Hilliard, Norfolk, Virginia, Alvin Hilliard (Vick) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, De-Leon Hilliard (Judith) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael Hilliard of Alexandria, Virginia, Paul Hilliard of Maryland; extraordinary nurses, Beverly Hilliard and Julie Simcox; devoted CNA, Sandra Davis; special students of Barnes Academy and a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, countless cousins, friends, and church family whom he loved dearly.

The family would like to give special thanks to Duke Hospital, Regional Cancer Care, and United Hospice for the care given to Montague.

Funeral services will be held Monday 1 p.m. at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.


Patriot James O’Kelley has been recognized by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Patriot number A085955, for his service as a minister and Patriot during the Revolutionary War. The North Carolina Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will honor those services of Revolutionary War Patriot O’Kelley with a grave marking ceremony on 4 May 2008 from 3-4.30 PM. Activities will include color guard, music from drum and fife, musket firing, bagpipes, and special wreath laying by numerous chapters of SAR, DAR, and Children of the American Revolution.

Patriot O’Kelley is buried in a cemetery located in the Colvard Farms Development community off Highway 751 in Chatham County, where O’Kelley resided. The cemetery has 6 tombstones and over 13 fieldstone markers. He was buried in 1828 and his burial location is identified with a prominent obelisk erected by his Christian friends and inscribed “Erected by his Christian friends to the memory of James O’Kelley of N.C. The Southern Champion of Christian freedom, 1738-1826.”

James O’Kelley was a man who truly believed and embodied the principles forged in America’s quest for Independence. While little is known of his childhood and youth, the DAR records indicate he was born in Ireland. He experienced a powerful conversion to Christ as the first shots of Lexington echoed across the country. O’Kelley’s fiery sermons attracted Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers, who sought to rid themselves of British rule.

Catching the sprit of the Revolution, O’Kelley sought the same for the Methodist Church after the victory at Yorktown, VA in October, 1781. He stepped forward to lead his own rebellion against a controlling church leadership under Francis Asbury that reflected the old order. O’Kelley, as a Circuit Rider, favored a church that gave freedom to those spreading the word of God to the masses.

In 1792, O’Kelley’s campaign resulted in a major split in the Methodist Church. Together with other ministers he formed a sect known as Republican Methodists (Republican was a term for free), who claimed the Bible as their rule, decried episcopacy, and believed in the equality of all people, lay and ministerial, and black and white. This congregational, evangelical movement had many followers. The minister moved to Chatham County, NC, with his wife, Elizabeth Meeks, and their children. Reverend O’Kelley established a series of churches in and around the Durham and Burlington areas, and attracted a loyal following that would reshape the religious world of Southside VA and Piedmont NC. Ultimately, O’Kelley‘s initiatives came to fruition when many of his complaints against the Methodist Church were finally adopted.

Directions to his grave: Take Exit 274 south off Interstate 40 in Durham onto Hwy 751; go 2 miles south and take a right at the Colvard Farms marquee, go 1 mile and take a left onto Crimson Oak, go about one-fourth mile until you see a bike/walking path, take a left and walk in about 150 feet, and the cemetery is on your right. From Hwy 64, take the exit for Hwy 751 north.

There are myriad O’Kelley web sites; here are three for further information:,james.htm


KING’S HIGHWAY PARK, HILLSBOROUGH, ORANGE COUNTY, NC – We will meet at Kings Highway Park (KHP) off Ben Johnson Road in the Great Bend of the Eno, west of Hillsborough on May 4th from 2PM until 4PM to admire the handiwork of the numerous young people who have worked on this park for five years or more. KHP is a TPA experiment. We set out those many years ago to see how inexpensively we could build a public park to protect an historic intersection. We also want to see how well a historic intersection will stand up to being a public site. Orange High School students initially mapped the park and inventoried the flora. Then Cedar Ridge High School students cleared the generations of trash accumulated in the old roadbeds leading to the intersection. Over the past three years, Boy Scouts striking to become Eagle Scouts have been adding trails, vista points, a picnic area and an entrance kiosk. This Spring a troop of Adventure Scouts cleaned the trails. This is truly a product of our children. Like so much of what we’re doing, this park is a work in progress and it may be another year before we can call it finished, but we will hold a grand opening sometime in the next year. Meanwhile, you can come out and enjoy what has been done and envisage with us what will be done. You will most likely be impressed with what our much maligned youth have done for the common wealth.


After years of searching, a Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, man has located the lost gravesite of his great-great-uncle, Lt. Col. Ephraim Anderson, who served in the Civil War. Anderson has been described as a forgotten soldier from the Union Army. David Cheslock said he and his wife, Donna, learned last weekend that the burial site was in Hanover, Maryland, not far from the BWI Airport. They spent some time to find the exact location, using great detective and genealogical investigation techniques. The search for knowledge about Anderson began several years ago, according to Cheslock. He had been doing genealogy research on his family line. As he began to gather information on Anderson, the data led him to Howard County.

Cheslock, who majored in history in college, said that he felt the need to sort out the facts from fiction. His research journey took him and his wife to Ellicott City, Maryland, where they used the local library. From there, they went to Hanover.

“He died in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “We discovered that his body was held in a congressional cemetery in a public vault.” Anderson had recently returned from Florida, where he had gone for his health. He died in the hospital. The body had later been moved to Hanover for burial.

(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2007 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at )


In the coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeast Florida, tidal marshes lent themselves to rice cultivation. Plantation owners would seek out slaves from Africa’s Windward Coast—Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia—where rice was indigenous. The traditions of these Africans make up the rich Gullah-Geechee culture, and their lives are the focus of the new Lowcountry Africana free records site.


The Missouri Death Certificate Database containing over 2.1 million death certificates was placed online one year before its scheduled completion, according to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office.

Researchers have immediate, free access to online images of Missouri death certificates over 50 years old, including those of famous Missourians like author Laura Ingalls Wilder, musician and composer John William “Blind” Boone, outlaw Frank James and political boss Tom Pendergast. Family historians, biographers, and other researchers can use these death certificates to discover key information about an ancestor or important historical figure, including occupation, burial site, birthplace, and the names of an individual’s parents and spouse.

Over 600 students and volunteers from across the United States and other countries spent 32,810 hours preparing certificates for scanning and entering data into the index. The Missouri Death Certificate Database is online


The Irish Family History Foundation, a network of county-based genealogical research centers on the island of Ireland, is now making their records available via an online research system (ORS). These centers have computerized just under 9 million Irish genealogical records, including church records, census returns and gravestone inscriptions.

At present 16 of the 32 county genealogy centers have their details on-line, with a further 5 centers coming online in the coming months, and the remaining 11 centers hoping to follow suit in the not-too-distant future. The Irish Roots website ( will eventually hold details of all church records, which in some cases go back over 400 years to 1600. The site contains the largest online, searchable collection of Parish records for the island of Ireland. The complete indexes, which list surname, first name, year and county of ALL records is freely searchable. To view a detailed record you can purchase credit online for instant access for a small fee.

The current status of each county’s records (shown here by province) is as follows:

In Connacht:

County Galway – Currently Available

County Leitrim – Currently Available

County Mayo – Currently Available

County Roscommon – Currently Available

County Sligo – Not Yet Available

In Leinster:

County Carlow – Not Yet Available

County Dublin – Currently Available

County Kildare – Currently Available

County Kilkenny – Currently Available

County Laois (formerly known as Laoighis or Leix) – Not Yet Available

County Longford – Available Soon

County Louth – Currently Available

County Meath – Not Yet Available

County Offaly (formerly known as King’s County) – Not Yet Available

County Westmeath – Currently Available

County Wexford – Not Yet Available

County Wicklow – Available Soon

In Munster:

County Clare – Not Yet Available

County Cork (north) – Currently Available

County Cork (south) – Not Yet Available

County Kerry – Not Yet Available

County Limerick – Currently Available

County Tipperary – Currently Available

County Waterford – Not Yet Available

In Ulster:

County Antrim – Available Soon

County Armagh – Currently Available

County Cavan – Currently Available

County Derry – Not Yet Available

County Donegal – Available Soon

County Down – Available Soon

County Fermanagh – Currently Available

County Monaghan – Not Yet Available

County Tyrone – Currently Available

(D-OGS makes no endorsement of this or any other web facilities. We are merely making our members aware that these services exist and may be of help – Editor)


Writing in the blog, Mike Ward is warning other genealogists of fraudulent web sites posing as genealogy sites. These sites take your credit card information and provide little in return.

Mike writes:

We have recently become aware of three websites purporting to allow family history research:, and The sites claim to have “the largest online genealogical search tool” and promote themselves as the foremost resources for genealogy, but from what we can tell, these sites are nothing more than a series of web pages with links to other services. These sites, in our opinion, are clearly fraudulent.

On each site, potential customers are lured to purchase under what we feel to be false, misleading and deceitful promotional material, and get little or no value out of money spent at the websites. Blog and message board posts from the community confirm this opinion.

You can read Mike’s entire article at

(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2007 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at )


Genealogy Cruises continue to grow in popularity. Genealogists enjoy software presentations, “how to” courses, demonstrations of the latest genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better? One of the best-known cruises is sponsored by RootsMagic. Here is an excerpt from the current RootsMagic newsletter: We just received word from the cruise line that we can extend the $50 per person early-bird discount on this year’s RootsMagic Cruise to the end of April.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Elizabeth Shown Mills, George G. Morgan, Dick Eastman, Gary and Diana Smith, and attend even more RootsMagic classes than ever. Plus we’ve heard rumors that there will be classes on using the new features coming in RootsMagic 4 later this summer.

For more information on this year’s RootsMagic Cruise, visit: or call Barbara at Carefree Tours at 1-800-658-8758, or email Telephone hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm (MST) Monday through Friday.


The reunion will be held August 1-3, 2008 in Lavonia, Georgia in Franklin County. Registration is now open for The Great Sewell Reunion of ’08. Our sponsors and hosts are already registered and require only the purchase of Friday’s lunch and dinner tickets. All attendees should complete a registration form. Please send a check for the registration fee and meals at your earliest convenience, but no later than June 1st. Go to for a registration form and information. Contact Wayne Sewell at 256-234-5437 or 584 WILLOW WAY E, ALEXANDER CITY, AL 35010 for additional details. You may also contact for info.


repud. (abbreviation) – repudiate.

res. (abbreviation) – residence; research.

researcher id card – All researchers using original records at the National Archives or National Archives regional centers must get a researcher ID card. If you just plan to use microfilmed records, you do not need to get an ID card. To get an ID card you will be asked to fill out an application. You should bring photo identification, such as a driver’s license, school identification card, or passport on your first visit to the archives. Researcher ID cards are free of charge and are valid for two years. The ID card must be presented at each visit.

ret. (abbreviation) – retired.

Rev. (abbreviation) – reverend.

Rev. War (abbreviation) – Revolutionary War.

rustica – country girl

rusticus – country boy.


FAMILY HISTORY OF JOHN MANLEY SNIPES (1761-1844), SARA LINDSEY (1770-1861) OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA & THEIR DESCENDANTS – By Alfred Marshall Snipes and Sharon Merritt. This volume contains records for these related family lines: Atwater, Bynum, Clegg, Dixon, Durham, Foust, Hatch, Herndon, Justice, Lacy, Lamb(e), Lindsey, Lloyd, Mann, McCauley, Moore, Neville, Roberson, Stanford, Stroud, Strowd, Teague, Thompson and Ward. Order from Al M. Snipes, PO Box 891556, Oklahoma City, OK 73189-1566; email: Hardcover is $46.50 plus $4.50 shipping; softcover is $29.50 plus $4.50 shipping.


WAKE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – the April meeting will be held on 22 April at the Olivia Raney Library. Topic: “Digitized Colonial Records” – Featured Speaker: Jason Tomberlin from the UNC North Carolina Collection

AUSTIN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SEMINAR – the event will take place on April 26th beginning at 9:00 AM. The location is the Norris Conference Center, Northcross Mall, Austin, TX. More information at our website: You can register online and pay using PayPal.

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – April 26-27 Anniversary Surrender Commemoration. This commemorative event marks the largest surrender of the American Civil War, an event, which helped reunify this nation. Visit Bennett Place and meet the generals who convened here and signed the papers, which made them prominent figures in history. A memorial ceremony will be held at the Unity Monument on Sunday. Living history programs will be held throughout the weekend. Donations gratefully accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

THE ONTARIO WELSH FESTIVAL will be held in the beautiful community of Stratford, May 2-4th, at the Arden Park Hotel and at Parkview United Church.

It will feature a traditional ‘noson lawen’(amateur evening) on Friday, children’s activities, a seminar and poetry reading on Saturday, a concert by the renowned Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and their award winning young soloist, Catrin Davies from Washington DC on Saturday evening, and two sessions of hymn singing conducted by Mari Morgan, director of the North American Welsh Choir, with Alan Thomas of Ottawa as organist, at Parkview Church on Sunday morning and afternoon.

For more information call 519-681-8995 or 613-725-2704 or visit our web site at

HISTORIC STAGVILLE EVENT – 19th Century Tea – Join us for our annual tea. Enjoy an afternoon of tea service complete with sandwiches, sweet breads, fruit and costumed interpreters. May 4, 2008 – 2pm to 4pm – Advance Reservations Required – $10.00 per person

TRADING PATH ASSOCIATION FIRST SUNDAY HIKE – We will meet at Kings Highway Park (KHP) off Ben Johnson Road in the Great Bend of the Eno, west of Hillsborough on May 4th from 2PM until 4PM to admire the handiwork of the numerous young people who have worked on this park for five years or more. Details are in the article included in this newsletter.

ALL-DAY SEMINAR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA – 10 May 2008 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm – British Columbia Genealogical Society presents Dr. Chris Watts, International Speaker and Author in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada at the Eastburn Community Centre (7435 Edmonds Street, corner of Edmonds & Humphries)

Dr. Chris Watts is the author of several books on tracing British military people and is The National Archives of the UK’s expert on the merchant navy. He is a well known speaker and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists


Some Underused Sources for English Genealogy, Tracing Birth, Deaths & Marriages at Sea, World War I Army Service Records at The National Archives of the U.K. & Elsewhere.

Lunch & refreshments included. To register, please contact Susan Snalam at 604-273-8209 or Eunice Robinson: For details, go to the BC Genealogical Society website: – Click ‘What’s New’ for the seminar brochure.

ELLINGTON FAMILY REUNION – the annual Ellingtons of Central NC reunion will be held at Salem Methodist Church fellowship hall, in Alamance County on NC54 between Chapel Hill and Graham, on 17 May 2008. We will begin with lunch at noon to be followed by fellowship, story-sharing and a local amateur music show. This reunion has been held almost every year since 1935. Contact Richard Ellington at 919-967-4168 or for additional details

COMPUTER ASSISTED GENEALOGY GROUP-CLEVELAND AREA MEETING – Saturday, May 17, 2008 – Doors open at 9 a.m.; meeting 9:30 a.m. with general program/speaker. Breakout sessions for the major genealogy software programs start at 11 a.m.; brown bag lunch; computer fundamentals from 1-2 p.m. The meeting will be held at Fairview Park Regional Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park OH.

The Morning Program: Smart Searching: Strategies Toward Breakthrough with Jean Hoffman – When you reach one of those “brick walls” in your research, there may be ways to detour around them. Jean will discuss some of the ways she has found around problems with examples you can adapt to your own family roadblocks.

There will also be a form for you to fill out to clarify one of these dead ends. The forms can be returned at the June afternoon session for help from other club members.

Afternoon Session: Word Processing for Genealogists, with Jean Hoffman – Whether you use a version of MS Word or Word Perfect, there are ways to get help in your genealogy from some of the program’s tools and tricks to help in writing

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Bill Frank, CAGG President, (440) 734-2021 or visit our web site at

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

SALT LAKE CITY RESEARCH TRIP – is sponsoring the 3rd annual Family History Research Trip to the Salt Lake City Family History Library with Michael John Neill, genealogist and columnist for

Our trip runs from 13-24 May 2008. Participants can stay at the Plaza next door to the library or in other lodging of their choosing. Preparation for the trip is a part of the package and begins upon registration. Michael is also in the library for the duration of the trip for personal consultations and one on one help.

For more information, visit our website at:

2008 NGS CONFERENCE AND FAMILY HISTORY FAIR – 14 – 17 May, Kansas City, MO – It’s not too early to make your reservations for the 2008 NGS Conference in the States in Kansas City, Missouri 14-17 May 2008. A link about the conference and hotel information can be found at The Hyatt Regency Crown Center is offering the discounted conference rate of $129 per night from 8 May 2008 through 20 May 2008.

The local societies, which include the Missouri State Genealogical Association, the Mid-Continent Public Library, the Northland Genealogy Society, the APG Heartland Chapter and the Johnson County, Kansas Genealogical Society, are putting together an exceptional program for you.

• Research Day: Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, Missouri, Monday 12 May.

• Librarian’s Workshop, Tuesday 13 May.

• Research Day at the National Archives, Tuesday 13 May. For more information about the records collection in Kansas City see Although NARA in Kansas City will not be moving to their new location until Fall 2008, NARA will be open at the current location during the NGS conference.

• “Show Me Missouri Wines” Reception, Tuesday Evening, 13 May for an additional fee of $15 per person

• Reception at Mid-Continent Pubic Library’s New Midwest Genealogy Center, Wednesday evening 14 May.

• Reception at the National World War I Museum, Thursday evening, 15 May sponsored by the WWI Museum and the National Archives in Kansas City. For more information see

ALAMANCE BATTLEGROUND EVENT – May 16 – 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Alamance. Join in commemorative activities featuring a wreath-laying ceremony, picnic, and program. 6-9 p.m.

ALAMANCE BATTLEGROUND EVENT – May 17 & 18 – 18th-Century Live-In & Militia Muster. Enjoy a recreation of colonial military and domestic life by costumed interpreters. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – May 20 Confederate Memorial Day (North Carolina Observance). Meet Confederate soldiers as they discuss what Confederate Memorial Day means to them. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – May 24 Memorial Day Remembrance. Join Union soldiers at Bennett Place as they discuss the days after the surrender and the meaning of Memorial Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

ALLEN COUNTY LIBRARY TRIP – 28 May to 1 June 2008 – Sponsored by the St. Charles County Genealogical Society and St. Charles Community College History Department

The annual Family History Research Trip to the Allen County Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) features expert guidance from nationally-known genealogist Michael John Neill, M.S. Michael is a columnist for, has led research trips to Ft. Wayne and Salt Lake City, and lectures nationally on a wide variety of genealogy topics.

Michael will help you get the most out of your trip through individualized attention in the following areas:

– pre-trip planning work

– developing research strategies

– using resources while you are at the library

– answering follow-up questions after the trip

Learn with short lectures each morning in at the hotel before the library opens. Stay very close to the library in the comfortable Fort Wayne Hilton Hotel. Receive an orientation to the library. Find out how you can ride the bus or drive yourself.

For more information, go to the trip website:

OWSLEY FAMILY REUNION – Mark you calendars now for the Owsley Family Historical Society 2008 Annual meeting in Independence Missouri June 5-7, 2008. This will be our thirtieth anniversary meeting! Independence is home to the Mid-Continent Library, home of the third larges genealogical collection in the US as well as the Harry S Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Plans are being made for an orientation to the library as well as time for research. We’ll have a talk about Owsleys as authors and an introduction to designing your own genealogical website.

Registration information will be available at or by emailing Sheila Patterson at or Connie Howard at

We will be meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence. Rooms are available for a special rate of $92 per night. You can call 1-816-350-3535 to make reservations. Be sure to mention you are attending the Owsley Family Historical Society annual meeting to get the special rate.

DUKE HOMESTEAD EVENT – June 7 – Herb, Garden and Craft Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of herb and craft vendors, 19th century games for children, traditional herbal use displays, and refreshments. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

13TH GENEALOGY “SUMMER CAMP” TO BE HELD IN TORONTO, 8-13 JUNE 2008 – Genealogy “Summer Camp” is a unique program that brings out-of-town and local family historians together in Toronto for an intensive week of tutorials and hands-on research at the many archives and reference libraries in Toronto. We keep the group small to allow lots of help from our experts. Some tutorials will emphasize Toronto sources, but most repositories have holdings from a much broader area. Researchers with ancestors anywhere in Ontario will benefit from Summer Camp, which is sponsored by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

The fee for 2008 is $210 (US dollars at par). This covers approximately 7 hours of lectures and tutorials, 30 hours of supervised research, all worksheets and handouts, and public transportation to venues. For complete details, including lists of venues, resources and tutorials, accommodation information and an application form, please visit, 416-733-2608 (voice mail) or e-mail The application deadline is May 2, though earlier contact is appreciated.

THE VEAZEY/VEASEY FAMILY REUNION – will be held for the second time in Durham on June 13-15, 2008. We will be staying at the Millennium Hotel. Dinner on Friday night will be at McMannen United Methodist Church. A bus trip around Durham and to Duke Homestead for a sack lunch on Sat. and then a bus tour of “The Veazey Ridge.” Then the bus will transport us to the “Cedar Lane” home of John Albert Hall, where his mother, Ema Veazey Hall hosted the local Veazey-Veasey Reunion for so many years. There will be a fried chicken catered picnic there along with a display of the Halls’ antique farm equipment. A newsletter will be posted on the Veazey-Veasey website in the near future with registration information. All family and friends are cordially invited to participate and register for this event.

The first of these “international” events was held in 1993 in Cecil County, Maryland. This is the 16th reunion, including two Family Reunion Cruises in 2004 and 2007. Go to and click on the link for “2008 Veasey-Veazey Reunion”

CHAPMAN FAMILY REUNION – the Chapman Family Association will hold its 8th Annual Convention and Reunion June 13-15, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley, Nashville, TN. Further information is available by contacting Lennae Seevers at or visit the website at

HISTORIC STAGVILLE EVENT – Thursday, June 12th, 2008 – African-American Genealogy: Roots, branches and limbs – Presented by Durham-Orange Genealogical Society – Presenters Rob and Cathy Elias will provide an in-depth “how to” on African-American genealogy. If you’ve always wanted to know more about your family and didn’t know where to start, then come out for this interactive evening program. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

HISTORIC STAGVILLE EVENT – Forever Free Juneteenth Celebration – Join us for the Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration – June 14th, 2008 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! For details, go to

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – June 21 Civil War Cinema. “Great Locomotive Chase”, starring Fess Parker. Donations gratefully accepted. 5:30 p.m.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGY JAMBOREE – We are pleased to announce that the website for the 2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree has been launched, and we are now taking registrations for this year’s event. The 39th Jamboree will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 27-29, 2008 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California. You can register online, by mail, or by phone by calling the Southern California Genealogical Society.

As in years past, we have an exhibit hall filled with the most popular products and services to help you solve your genealogical mysteries. We have special events to provide lots of networking opportunities, door prizes, and many other extras to entice you.

Break out your lederhosen, dirndls, and beer steins!! To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first German immigrant to Jamestowne Colony, we are focusing our ethnic track on German, Eastern European and Jewish research.

The Jamboree website at holds lots of information about the schedule, the lecture topics, the speakers, exhibitors, registration, hotel — you name it, it’s there! Check out the website, check out the blog, and register for Jamboree today!!

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – July 12 Civil War Cinema. “ Gettysburg”, starring Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels, Tom Berenger, and Sam Elliott. Donations gratefully accepted. 5:30 pm.


She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter as she’d done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, ‘But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!’


In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

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