May 2009 Newsletter

By , April 21, 2011

D-OGS Meetings for May 2009


This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 6 May 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham 27705. Phone: (919) 477-5498 – One-half mile from I-85 and Guess Rd (Exit 175), Follow the brown historic site road signs.


The program topic will be: “The NGS Conference in Raleigh, 13 – 16 May 2009 — A Panel Discussion led by Rob & Cathy Elias”. We will be talking about the preparations you need to make before going to the Conference.




The D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meeting will meet on Saturday morning, 9 May 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 Map!
Topic: “To Be Announced”



D-OGS Meeting minutes from 1 April 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 was one visitor in attendance and 15 members.


Carol Boggs introduced Kevin L. Smith, J. D., Scholarly Communications Officer, Perkins Library, Duke University. His program tonight is: “Copyright and Rightful Copying: A Balanced Approach to Research and the Law.”


“This presentation will look at those elements of U.S. copyright law that are especially relevant for genealogical researchers.  Guidance will be offered about appropriate research methods, sharing amongst peers and publication issues, including preparing websites.”


Kevin Smith is the Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University, where he works out of the main University library and is available as a resource to the University faculty, staff, administration and students for advice on a wide variety of copyright, publishing and licensing issues.  He maintains a highly regarded web log on scholarly communications ( that discusses copyright and publication in academia and he is a frequent speaker on those topics.


Mr. Smith started off by saying that he had done some research on what types of documents genealogists might be dealing with and had come up with the following:

  • Published histories
  • Memoirs and other first person accounts
  • Census records
  • Passenger lists
  • Yearbooks
  • City directories
  • Newsletters
  • Local government records
  • Church records
  • Personal papers
  • Wills, deeds and other legal documents


Copyright laws give exclusive rights to:

  • Produce copies
  • Distribute
  • Public display
  • Public performance
  • Make derivative works
  • Sell or assign these rights to others


Published versus unpublished can still matter. Prior to 1964 something that is published “without notice” (meaning without this symbol– ©) is not covered. In 1976 the law was changed from a set term to one based on the author’s life plus 70 years. International law varies but is a minimum of life plus 50 years.


This items which are not covered by copyright are:

  • Public Domain–something published before 1923
  • Facts and data in raw form
  • Works published between 1923 and 1963 without notice or without renewal
  • Works of the Federal Government


Regarding information found on the Internet—the same laws apply. We must assume materials are protected. One thing to bear in mind is that republishing an item that is no longer covered by copyright, does not automatically “revive” the copyright.


So, how do you use the materials you have found if publishing a family history or memoir:

  • Data—feel free to reuse facts and raw data, as these are copyright free
  • You can’t copy a substantial portion of a database but can use small portion of it.
  • Obtaining permission is always an option and, if you are required to purchase a license from the originator, fees are negotiable.


The exception is “Fair Use’” which is flexible without a “bright line”. It takes into account four factors:

  • Purpose of use
  • Natural of the original
  • Amount used
  • Impact on the market


Short quotations and copies for personal research use are classic examples of fair use. There is no pre-defined word limits and acknowledgement is not required but it a good practice.


Then there are “orphan works” where no rights holder can be found. In this case you would rely on fair use. A lack of a market for, say, notes in a family Bible would be a fourth factor.


Proposed legislation would reduce liability if the user made a diligent search. This legislation is opposed by illustrators and photographers.


If you are dealing with international works—most counties have now agreed to an international copyright treaty. The complexity lied in determining if the work is still protected in the country of origin.


There is a helpful chart at from Copyright Term and the Public Domain by Peter Hirtle. For additional reading: Copyright Fundamentals for Genealogy by Mike Goad.


Regarding your own work, it is copyright protected when it is written but you can register it online for $35 at


The March minutes were approved as read.


Paul said the DOGS-L website was getting a lot of traffic that had been triggered by discussion of the closing of the NC Room.


Rob said the latest issue of Trading Path had gone to the proofreaders at the meeting and should be ready for distribution at May’s meeting so it would be ready for NGS. Regarding NGS, there is still a need for volunteers.


Regarding our “Save Our NC Room” campaign, Carol said meetings continue and April 7 is the next commissioners’ meeting. Volunteers are also needed for Last Fridays in Hillsborough to man the DOGS table.


Ann Hamby submitted the Treasurer’s report via e-mail. We have $1339.15 in the bank at this time.


The meeting was dismissed at 8:59.


Respectfully submitted, Tonya Fouse Krout


Paul’s latest find:

FORM LETTERS: “Want to request information from an archive in Germany but don’t want to look up every word in the dictionary? With fill-in-the-blank form letters, contacting institutions and family members in other countries is easier than ever. To use these letters, just copy the text into a word-processing program and fill in the blanks with your information.” Letters in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

D-OGS President Paul Hollinghurst passes away


It is with the saddest of hearts that we acknowledge and report the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved president. Paul had been sick for several days with a cold or flu. He was feeling very weak and was getting around his home by rolling around in his desk chair.


Most of our members are not fully aware of all the “behind-the-scenes” duties that Paul performed for our society. Not only did he serve as an enthusiastic public face for D-OG as presiding officer for several years, he also maintained all the membership records, such as names & addresses, renewal status, generated mailing labels for our newsletter, Trading Path journals and any other mailing that needed to be done. When memberships were about to come due, Paul would send out personal notes to members as a reminder. One of Paul’s greatest contributions to our society was his infectious sense of humor and his absolute optimism.


Paul was also the D-OGS webmaster and D-OGS listserv administrator. He handled countless queries submitted through the website. He readily volunteered his services, passion and enthusiasm for projects such as our “Save the NC Room” initiative. Paul had no family connections to the “Olde Orange” area but he embraced the people and their history. We have a lot of work to do to get all these duties and functions going again smoothly. I don’t think any of us fully appreciate just what Paul did for us.


At this time, Paul’s family has been talking about what final arrangements they feel is appropriate but they have not made any plans, at the time of this publication. We will keep you informed of any arrangements. We ask that you keep Paul and his family in your thoughts and prayers.



Durham-Orange Genealogical Society Computer Special Interest Group (D-OGS CIG) April 2009 Summary


During this month’s meeting, we abandoned the usual format and discussed only one web site as a general resource. Because of the number of links involved with this site we spent the first part of the meeting evaluating the usefulness of some of the sites, and then proceeded to the topic everyone was most interested in, preparation for NGS in Raleigh, May 13 – 16 2009.

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009


As several of the group had not attended a national conference before they were anxious to know what to expect once they arrived, and how to be ready for everything they might encounter there. One question that came up from everyone was how to select a session to attend when they didn’t know any of the speakers or what the topic might actually cover. We took a look at a program of all the classes and those who attended in the past and knew some of the speakers talked about what kind of presentations they were best known for. Some are local, some talk about methodology, some maintain blogs, some feature photography for genealogists, etc. and so we looked at some of their web sites to learn a bit more so we could make the best selections of classes. Recorders are generally prohibited.


Naturally there were a number of questions about the physical facility (which none of us have seen yet) so we described past conferences as an example. One of the best things to do is find the information board and check out the booth numbers that look interesting and take a speedy tour of the whole hall so you’ll know where to find the goodies when you have time to spend with one or two at a time. There was also a lot of interest in the exhibit hall so we mentioned that on Saturday, after the conference is over Dick Eastman always has a get-together at a local eating place with the folks who have signed up at his booth throughout the conference. It is always within walking distance of the conference so transportation is not a problem, and there are often as many as 50 people taking part in the genie chowdown. It’s always a great time for everyone and a chance to talk with people who share your interests. He usually has a wireless setup for folks to sit a bit and check their email, etc. so there are usually people gathering there.


Eastman’s booth is not the only one getting a lot of traffic, places like the Ancestry, Family Tree Maker, Footnote, WhollyGenes (TMG), GenSmarts, GenealogyBank and others are staffed with knowledgeable people who can answer all those questions that are not easily found on their web sites. The primary thing we emphasized is that most of these genealogy online services offer good bargains if you sign up at the conference, so it is definitely worth it to check their offerings and based on your research direction, take advantage of what they have to offer.


We’ve noticed that on Saturday afternoon some of the booksellers tend to offer bargains on some or all of their books to keep from shipping them all back again so it’s worth taking one last walk through before you leave, especially if you have had your eye on something but feel that it’s a bit of a stretch. There will be exhibitors there chiefly with a focus on the southeast, but many have an ethnic focus such as Irish, Scots, Melungeon, African-American, German, etc. Some of the books and brochures they offer are not available elsewhere, so pay particular attention to those if you have a special population you are following.

Plan to take along with you:

  • Business cards with all your contact information to share, with your surname list on the reverse. They’re very easy to make and don’t need to be fancy. Most word processors have basic ones that can be printed on card stock from any office supply big box store
  • Cell Phone
  • Digital camera
  • Comfortable shoes, you’ll do a lot of walking
  • Sweater or light jacket, some rooms are cooler than others – layering is good
  • Trail mix or snack if you spend your entire lunch time in the Exhibit Hall
  • PDA with your genealogy software on it
  • Address book on your PDA or on your cell phone
  • Soft three-pronged folder with several pages of information in plastic sleeves:
  • Pedigrees, one for each of the lines you are working on
  • Descendancy if you are working on one line in particular from the immigrant ancestor
  • Map of the state you are working on – simple one to fit the 8-1/2 x 11 size
  • Horizontal spreadsheet for names/addresses/surnames/places of people you want to contact again. Just ask them to write in their info; it’s a lot faster than your writing it.
  • Enlarged copies of photos you want help identifying


A conference is a great opportunity for sharing and for making contact with people from across the country that may be willing to do lookups in their local facilities for you. Be ready to offer the same and you may end up a big winner.


There are going to be a lot of ways to see things that are brand new and become overloaded. Don’t be afraid to take a break and just review what you’ve seen and learned. You can change your mind about the sessions you have chosen if you find that there is something else that is better suited to your research needs.


I f you enjoy collecting “genie junk” that is fun and attractive, this will be the place for you. If you want to publish a book, there will be people there just waiting to help you make that step. If you have questions, there will be people there just to help you out, so go and have a great time!



Your Trading Path News


The Spring 2009 issue will soon go to the printers.  Members who are able to attend the May 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, including the Dunnagan family and the history of Old West Durham.  Other articles cover both the Quakers and the Welsh in North Carolina, the “dilemma of nicknames,” and more about tools your ancestors might have used.


What can you contribute about your family, or about your research techniques?  We’re more than happy to receive material for future issues at any time; just send it to


Many thanks,

Rob & Cathy Elias




Orange County Public Library NC Room Update


Well, it appears that the Orange County Commissioners are finally going to at least acknowledge that there is a problem in the new library that needs to be addressed. The county library director will be making a presentation on 5 May concerning the future of the NC Room in the new Orange County Public Library. There is speculation that she will present a program for moving the “core collection” to the new library. Some of the existing collection will very likely be removed and sent to the NC Archives. Some of the collection will likely be removed because it is duplicated in other collections or available online at locations like We expect that some D-OGS members will attend this meeting and be able to report on the meeting at the 6 May D-OGS meeting.



Trading Path Association May First Sunday Hike


Tentative it is: we intend to hike on a site owned by Burroughs Land Investors, LLC.  Being responsible developers building in a historic area, they engaged the TPA to inventory the historic landscape artifacts on land they want to develop near Hillsborough.  There wasn’t much there but what remains there is interesting.  On the land are remnants of the Fish Dam Road, an ancient old trail first noted by a European in a journal dated 1733.  There are some horse trails on the land, and a springbox or two, a ford and a old bridge abutments.  In the last days of the Civil War/War between the States/War for Southern Independence Wade Hampton’s troops probably camped on this land as one bluff on it provides a clear vista to eastward, out over St. Mary’s Road, one of the routes Sherman might have used had he decided to finish the war with a bang.  Hampton’s HQ was to the south, less than a mile away.  As soon as we’ve confirmed adequate parking off of a very busy road, we’ll push out a First Sunday Hike reminder with a map and all.  Meanwhile, mark your calendar May 3rd is the date, 2 PM the time, near Hillsborough.  We believe you will find the hike amusing.

Those of you interested in old roads will find the Fish Dam Road remnants exemplary.  The are immediately next to the current highway and there is enough fill and excavation to demonstrate both how the old roads persist and how they succumb.  One of the horse trails was sliced through by earlier construction and provides a great example of what to look for when scanning modern roads while looking for old ones.

See for yourself on the first Sunday in May.



New software for Europe: Centennia Historical Atlas (Europe’s AniMap)


If you have ever been confused by the numerous border changes in Germany, Poland, Prussia or of any other country in Europe or the Middle East, you need to check out this terrific new software.


Centennia Historical Atlas is a software program that shows the changing country boundaries in Europe and the Middle East from the beginning of the 11th century to the present. It is a dynamic, animated historical atlas and includes over 9,000 border changes. Centennia is ideal for anyone who loves maps and history, and is especially helpful for genealogists as they try to uncover their past.


The map controls evolve the map forward or backward in time bringing the static map to life. Centennia displays every major war and territorial conflict displaying the status of each region at intervals of a tenth of a year. The maps reflect actual “power on the ground” rather than internationally-sanctioned or “recognized” borders.


“As a kid I dreamed of maps that would move; I got what I wanted in Centennia. This colorful political map of Europe and the Mid-East redraws itself at yearly intervals from the year 1000 to present. It’s a living map, an atlas with the dimension of time. I can zoom around history, pause at particular dates, or simply watch how nations melt away, or disintegrate into tiny fragments, or unite! Year by year the outlines of tribes and nations spread, retreat, and reform almost as if they were tides or infections. The resolution of detail (almost at the “county” level) is astounding; the breadth of time (ten centuries) thrilling. It rewards hours and hours of study.” (from Kevin Kelly, editor-at-large of “Wired” magazine)


The Centennia Historical Atlas has been required reading for all beginning students at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis for the past ten years. Over 1,200 copies have been purchased annually for all prospective naval officers at Annapolis. The software serves as a visual introduction to Western History from a cartographic perspective. Centennia is also licensed by hundreds of secondary schools, colleges, and universities worldwide.


Individual home users also purchase the Centennia Historical Atlas. It’s ideal for anyone who loves maps and history, and it’s also extremely popular among genealogy enthusiasts. There’s no easier way to get a long-time-scale perspective on the history of the regions of Europe and the Middle East than by watching the borders shift back and forth in Centennia.


CENTENNIA covers in detail the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Hundred Years War, the Mongol invasions, the Napoleonic Wars, the Unification of Italy and Germany, the First World War, the Rise of Nazi Germany, the Arab-Israeli wars, and even recent events like the collapse of the USSR, the wars of the former Yugoslavia, and the Chechen wars.


The Centennia Historical Atlas software runs under Microsoft Windows Vista, and Windows XP/98/etc. as well as Apple Macintosh OSX (runs on Intel-based and PowerPC-based Mac computers). The software requires 20 megabytes of hard disk space and 40 megabytes of memory. Centennia does not have any other significant system requirements, and it will run well on almost any computer made in the year 2000 or later.



Genealogical glossary


unm. (abbreviation) – unmarried.

uxor. – wife, spouse, consort.

Valid – that which is legal and binding.

Vestry – administrative group within a parish; the ruling body of a church.



Websites of Possible Interest


Great Web Sites for Civil War ResearchThe American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the northern states (the Union) and the seceding southern states (the Confederacy). The Civil War began with shots fired on Fort Sumter and took over 600,000 lives. It, however, produced some of the best genealogical records in existence.  The records associated with the war, including service and pension records, are voluminous, and can help solve major research problems.


Was your male ancestor born between 1805 and 1847?  If so, he would have been a good age to have served in the Civil War.  Please check out these links:


Electric Scotland – has been on the go for ten years and is all about the history of Scotland, Scots, Scots-Irish, and people and places of Scottish descent around the world.

The site is quite international having been created in Scotland, hosted in Kentucky, and operated from Canada.

I am the owner of the site and I mostly scan in antiquarian books using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. You can see the list of some 150 publications, some of which are multi-volume sets, at

In the header you’ll find the Google search engine, which you can use to search and find any references to names on the site. There are loads of names mentioned in the historical texts, and also has a complete section on Scottish and Irish clan and family histories. has the three-volume “Domestic Annals of Scotland” from 1561 to 1748 and is currently publishing “The Scottish Nation,” which is a biographical history of Scotland. You’ll also find the multi-volume “Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen.” In addition to this you’ll find major publications dealing with Scots in Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Prussia, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, America, and Canada, to name just a few. I have also published the first four volumes of the Scotch-Irish Society of America (about 1890,) which has lists of members–some of which include brief bios.

Over the years many individuals have sent in bios of their own family as well as historical articles and many clan societies have submitted their newsletters to be archived on the site.

I have arranged to leave this site to the Scottish Studies Foundation of Toronto, a Canadian Charity, so that all the content will be preserved for future generations.

So do visit and enjoy an exploration of the wealth of historical material on the site:


(Thanks to D-OGS member Ann Hamby for this info)



Books of possible interest


New for 2009, The Genealogist’s Address Book, 6th ed., by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, gives you access to all the key sources of genealogical information, providing names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, websites, names of contact persons, and other pertinent information for more than 27,000 genealogical and historical repositories in the U.S. – $69.95 at


The County Courthouse Book is Mrs. Bentley’s companion volume to The Genealogist’s Address Book. Now available in a spanking new 3rd edition, it is a concise guide to county courthouses and their records throughout America. In it you will find up-to-date addresses and phone numbers; information about the coverage and availability of key records such as probate, land, naturalization, and vital records; and more – $49.95 at


Calendar of Upcoming Events


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


Burwell school historic site – a trip to Hillsborough isn’t complete until you visit the Burwell School Historic Site. History comes to life at the Burwell School as you:

  • Learn about daily life at an antebellum girl’s school and see a school building built in 1837
  • Hear the words of a young enslaved woman who became a businesswoman, author, activist and the confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Discover who occupied the Burwell School during the Civil War and why is was called the Beehive
  • Play the Game of Graces on our beautiful front lawn or take part in a scavenger hunt
  • Try on reproduction clothing from the 19th century
  • Explore the lovely Spurgeon Gardens and its collection of old-fashioned plants

Free admission – Open to the public Wed-Sat 11-4 & Sun 1-4 – 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough – 919-732-7451


Conference in Missouri – The St. Louis Genealogical Society proudly announces its 39th Annual Genealogy Conference Gateways to Your Family History scheduled for 2 May 2009 at the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road, St. Louis, Missouri. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. The last session concludes at 4:00 p.m.

This year’s featured speaker is nationally-recognized researcher, David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, who is the Director of Records and Information Division, Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Additional featured speakers are: Suzanne Russo Adams, AG, of, John Dougan, Missouri State Archivist, and William Seibert, chief of archival operations at the National Personnel Records Center.

Further topics rounding out the program include getting started, military, migration, and vital records.

Advance registration ($40 for St. Louis Genealogical Society members and $60 for non-members) ends today. To see a complete program details or register online, check out the StLGS website at

Conference in texas – Austin Genealogical Society will hold its annual seminar on May 2 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 East 8th St., Austin, TX. Doors open at 8:30. The speakers are Pam Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre, certified genealogists. Cost is $48 for members and $53 for nonmembers. This includes free parking, lunch, and a full day of genealogical camaraderie.  See all details and register online at: For more information:  email or  call
512-413-2638  or  512-401-6357

Walking Tour of Pittsboro’s Historic Buildings – Sunday afternoon, May 3 – Pittsboro, NC

IRELAND – A TRIP THROUGH TIME – May 7 – 24, 2009 – You are invited to Travel in Time with your Dream Team to discover Ireland at its finest.  Experience the culture of both the past and the present as you research your ancestors’ lives.


Nancy Bier, noted leader and Irish genealogist; Linda Jonas, an expert in DNA and genealogical research problems; and Ginger Aarons-Garrison, Director of Time Travel,  will lead you on a true trip through time to the Ireland you have been longing to find.


You will research in the finest archives and libraries in both Ireland and Northern Ireland under expert guidance by day. By night we   will hear local historians, Linda or Nancy lecture on any of the topics of DNA research, Scots-Irish history or spend an amusing evening listening to a local storyteller.  No research or spouse that doesn’t research? You will always have the opportunity to choose one of our day trips.  The trip may include trips to visit local farmers, historic gaols and waterfronts, Irish museums, manor houses, castles, cottages and the lovely gardens of Ireland or even a great game of golf at one of Ireland’s famous courses.


Assessments of your personal family history needs will be made prior to the trip.  Personal help is guaranteed along the way.


Four star accommodations, all breakfasts, all dinners, personal guide and genealogists, driver/guide, admissions and tips are all included. Please inquire for itinerary, pricing guidelines. Pricing starts at 3075.00 Euro per person, double occupancy.


For a full itinerary and pricing options please visit and inquire at: : Members of ASTA, ICTA, CLIA –


LOST CEMETERIES LECTURE AND BUS TOUR – The Hudson County Genealogical Society and The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, in celebration of Preservation Month 2009, will co-sponsor a lecture and bus tour entitles “The Lost Cemeteries of Hudson County”. The event will begin with a lecture by historians Richard Veit and Mark Nonestied entitled “Stranger Stop and Cast and Eye”, an informative lecture on the last four hundred years of New Jersey cemetery and tombstone design. Richard and Mark are the authors of the recently published “New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape”. They will discuss the evolution of burial sites and grave markers from the seventeenth century to the dawn of the twenty-first century. Such topics as colonial gravestones, stone carvers, Victorian cemeteries, monuments, mausoleums, and ethnic and cultural burial grounds will be discussed.
The lecture will be held in the Panasonic Room of the Secaucus Public Library, at 1379 Paterson Plank Road, ( and will start promptly at 10:00 am on May 9. The meeting will be followed by a bus tour of four of Hudson County cemeteries in different stages of the histories:

Hudson County Cemetery, or Snake Hill Cemetery, which has ceased to exist and has been replaced by a New Jersey Turnpike Exit; Speer Cemetery, which has been abandoned for over one hundred years and sits forlornly in the middle of Jersey City; Old Bergen Reformed Church Cemetery, which sits across from Speer and hold some of the earliest Hudson Count residents including Jane Tuers, a heroine of the American Revolution; and Historic Jersey City-Harsimus Cemetery which, if not for a dedicated band of local activists, would likely follow the same path as other forgotten cemeteries.

The tour starts first at the Secaucus Library and then everyone will drive to Snake Hill to park and where buses will pick up tourists. Cost is $5.00 for HCGS members, $10.00 for others to defray the cost of the meeting and buses. Checks made out to Hudson County Genealogical Society may be mailed, by May 4, to HCGS, 135 Irving Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307. Go to the HCGS website,, and fill out the registration form if you are planning to attend. Reservation box is on the right side of the home page.


Conference in pennsylvania – Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 10 A.M. – Orphan, Pauper or Prisoner? – Researching Institutional Records in Western PA – Program presented by Audrey Abbott Iacone, MLS – An overview of resources and methods for locating information for orphanages, poor houses and prisons. Audrey has many years experience in assisting researchers and is co-creator of the orphanage pathfinder and database on the website of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland Area)
Parking fee at Carnegie Library – $5.00
Free and Open to the Public – Reservations not required
For more information – visit or 412-687-6811

Librarians’ Day Pre-conference Event in Raleigh NC – Librarians’ Day is scheduled for Tuesday, 12 May 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. All librarians who work with genealogical and family history patrons are welcome. There is no charge, but participants much register by mail or online since space is limited. Registration is now open. Librarians’ Day is made possible through the sponsorship of ProQuest.


Speakers will include Susan D. Kaufman, manager of Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston, Texas, on the collection development; Pam Cooper, past winner of the Filby Prize for genealogical librarianship, on working with volunteers; and Jason Toberlin, Special Projects Librarian, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, on the digital resources of the North Carolina Collection and the process of creating digital collections.


Librarians who participate in Librarians’ Day are also encouraged to stay in Raleigh and register for the NGS 2009 Family History Conference, which begins the following day.


Trip to salt lake city – The dates for the 4th annual RootDig research trip to Salt Lake City have been announced: 14-21 May 2009. More information on our trip and registering is on our website 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


May 20: Project RED: Revitalize East Durham Learn about efforts and opportunities like Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits available to help rejuvenate the newest National Register of Historic Places Historic District in Durham.


Conference in California – The Pommern Special Interest Group and the Polish Genealogical Society of California are pleased to announce a special joint meeting on Saturday, May 23, in Lakewood, California.  Blanche Krbechek, long-time president of the Kashubian Association of North America (KANA), will lecture from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on these two topics: “Is it Pomerania or Kashubia?” and “Traveling in Northern Poland.”  She will appear in costume with bagpipes –and we are offering this program to the public at no charge!

The location is the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood (two miles north of the Long Beach Airport, near the intersection of Lakewood and Del Amo Blvds).  The Weingart Center is centrally located between the (710),(91),(605),and the (405) freeways.  It is best to drive to the intersection of Lakewood and Candlewood (2 blocks north of Del Amo Blvd).  Go west on Candlewood to the first driveway on the left that is a service road behind the Mall and next to the fire station.  Continue on that road for about 1/2 block to Weingart that will be on the right.  Look for balloons at these last two spots– and you’ll be there!


Trip to allen county public library – Michael Neill will be leading an annual genealogy research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana this May from 27 May through 31 May 2009. Participants are staying at the Hilton, close to the library with a pretty good room rate.
There is more information on his website at This year’s trip is a little different and will be run like his trip to Salt Lake–participants meet me there instead of travelling together as a group.


Dna workshop in Indiana - The Marion Public Library in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Howard County Genealogical Society, Indiana Genealogy Society and many others will present a one day workshop on May 30, 2009. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak will present 5 sessions on Using DNA in Genealogy Research at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Marion, Indiana.

The cost for the one day seminar is only $65 if you register by April 1, and includes all sessions, lunch and evening banquet. For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit our website at:, email or call 765-668-2900 ext 153.


Courses at samford institute – June 14-19, 2009.  The Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, AL provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students may choose one of the offered courses that range from a course for beginners to courses on specialized topics.  Course topics include Techniques and Technology; Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies; Research in the South; Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis; Writing and Publishing for Genealogists; Professional Genealogy; Virginia: Her Records and Her Laws; Understanding Land Records; Researching Ancestors in France, Quebec, and the French Caribbean; and Tracing Your English Ancestors.  The cost of registration ranges from $425/$500.  Each course has a limit of 25 individuals and some of the courses are already full.  Additional information can be found at


Speakers for the 2009 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Announced – This list looks like a “Who’s Who” of genealogy lecturers. The 40th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society, promises to be an exceptional event for genealogists of all experience levels. This year’s Jamboree will be held Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, 2009, at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, in Burbank, California.  Jamboree will feature nearly 50 lecturers.
This is a year of collaboration with several leading genealogical organizations and societies. Jamboree will feature speakers and exhibitors from,, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA). Several Southern California societies will also be in attendance. 2009 Jamboree will focus on British Isles research (English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh) and the British Isles Family History Society will be participating. Addressing the special challenges of those with Irish ancestry are Feargal O’Donnell, Vice Chair of the Irish Family History Foundation, Manager of Armagh Ancestry and Managing Director of Genealogy Ireland, and David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, director of planning and coordination, Family History Department, in Salt Lake City.
Registration information for the 2009 Genealogy Jamboree will be available in the near future. For up-to-the-minute Jamboree information, subscribe to receive email updates on the GenealogyJamboree Blog at Your email address will not be used for purposes other than Jamboree and will not be shared or sold. Sign up to receive your copy of the Jamboree program in snail mail here:





The Church Gossip


Sarah, the church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business. Several residents were unappreciative of her activities but feared her enough to maintain their silence.


She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.


She commented to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing. George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny; he said nothing.


Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Sarah’s house… and left it there all night!



Parting Thought


The strongest bond in life is that of a small child holding your hand.





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