May 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 Annuoncements
Meeting Minutes
Your Trading Path News
Trading Path Association May First Sunday Hike
Havasupai Case Highlights Risk in DNA Research
Massachusetts Records Closed to 1841?
Turner Publishing Takes over’s Book Business
Researching in FamilySearch
Attending a Genealogy Conference
Genealogical Glossary
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

Meeting Announcements

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 5 May, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Orange County Public Library on 137 West Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Here is a map:

The program will be presented by D-OGS member and author Stewart Dunaway. His program will be “Road, Bridge, Ferry, and Mill Records – Another Genealogist treasure”. These county records (located at the State Archives) can contain amazing information about families, and their locations. These records are now being cataloged and indexed by Stewart Dunaway, allowing easy access to these valuable county records. His talk will include a brief overview of how infrastructure laws evolved from British Rule to early American expansion. Using old Orange County records to illustrate this evolution, Stewart will also show examples of genealogy oriented information, not just trade route or other historical information. Included in these records are law suits which can include amazingly detailed information as well.


The May meeting of the D-OGS Computer SIG will be held on 8 May from 9:00am-noon, 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 share with the group. The program is currently TBD.

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for April 7, 2010

The April 7, 2010 meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM at Duke Homestead. 27 members were in attendance, as well as six visitors.

The program for the evening was The Intersection of Genetics and Genealogy presented by Debra Keelean-Fuller, Certified Genetic Counselor at UNC Genetics and Metabolism. This turned out to be a very timely subject as it followed so closely on the heels of a segment on “60 Minutes” dealing with genetics and several of our visitors were in town for a meeting on the subject.

Debbie provided a handout of her PowerPoint presentation which has been posted to our website.

Debbie presented the program from a wheelchair as she is 7 months pregnant with twins and finding it difficult to stand for long periods of time. The program was enthusiastically received and she answered a myriad of questions. After her departure, we held a shortened business meeting

The March minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.

Ginger wasn’t at the meeting as she is in class on Wednesday evening but Richard reported that he has been working with her and the website continues evolving. He said she had sent out passwords to members for log-in on the Members Only pages and anyone that had not yet received a password should let her know.

Dogs-L Membership—Peg did not have a report but did say we had had some new members.¬ As she had arrived late, Richard was able to tell her that two new members were in attendance tonight.

Newsletter—Richard said he planned to include a blurb in the next newsletter that we needed officers for next year and it wasn’t too early to think about running for office. He stressed that he would not be taking an office next year.

Trading Path—Cathy said they were close to having it up on the website and a notice would go out to everyone when it had been posted. For those members who have been getting a print copy, they will continue to receive one and nothing will change.

Richard said DOGS is going to electronic publications because of our desire to be green and also because it is much more economical.

Orange County Heritage Center—Richard said a report has been generated and there will be a formal presentation to the Orange County Commissioners on May 20.

Richard said the upcoming workshop had been canceled due to the lack of volunteers and having no one to step up to take over programming had left us with no program for June. There were a few suggestions but no one offered to arrange a program. Richard said he would be out of state that month.

Next month’s program is Stewart Dunaway on the Road, Mill and Bridge Records of NC. The program will take place at the main meeting in the new Orange County Public Library.

Treasurer’s Report—Ginny Thomas said the previous balance was $2248.76 with total deposits of $265 and debits of $630.04 left us a balance of $1883.72 for April 1.

The meeting was dismissed at 9 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout, Secretary

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Your Trading Path News

We hope that those of you now receiving the journal electronically have had success downloading it.  We do want to hear from you with feedback about the Trading Path! How are you liking the format?  Are the articles of interest to you?  Do you have any suggestions about topics we could cover?  Please let us know of problems you’re having with the new format.  Also, be sure to inform us of any mistakes that need correcting.  Making changes will be so much easier now.  All communication should come to

An alert reader has already pointed out an error on page 22 of the most recent issue (volume 20, no. 1).  David Southern and his son picked blackberries in the 1980s, not the 1880s. We have good reason to believe that David is still very much alive and well.  Please correct this date in your copy.  As soon as we’re able, we will submit a corrected version of the file for posting on the web site.

Our very best to each of you,

Rob & Cathy

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Trading Path Association May First Sunday Hike

We’ll meet off of Hall’s Mill Road north of Efland, NC on May 2nd at 2PM to walk along the upper Eno and view some ancient sights.  There’ll be a mill with strange pits, a large house site with a neat springbox, bridge remnants from the 18th century, old roads galore and, should we have the time, yet another mill.  For purposes of hunting up a map from your favorite map program, you may presume the address to be 2085 Halls Mill Rd, Efland, NC, that will get you close enough to see one or more of our signs.

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Havasupai Case Highlights Risk in DNA Research

Reprinted with permission By AMY HARMON from The New York Times

Full article here

A settlement between 41 members of the Havasupai Indian tribe and Arizona State University highlights the risk researchers take when they fail to secure what is known as “informed consent,” fully informing research participants how their DNA may be used, legal experts and civil rights advocates said.

“It sows distrust,” said Hank Greely, a law professor and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University. “And researchers cannot do their research unless people are willing to trust them.”

Citing the Havasupai dispute in recent years, other Indian tribes have refused to participate in genetic research. (Under the settlement, the Havasupai agreed to ask other Arizona tribes to repeal resolutions saying they would not cooperate with researchers at Arizona State University.)

Other cases have shown that people involved in medical trials and research want to be asked before their donated DNA is used for different purposes.

Parents in Texas sued the state health agency when they discovered that blood taken from their newborns, to be screened for genetic disorders, had been made available to scientists without the families’ authorization. Some samples, they later learned, had also been provided to federal law enforcement officials for research aimed at improving the interpretation of forensic DNA evidence.

“The nurses asked me if they could give my son a pacifier. They asked me if they could give him formula,” said Andrea Beleno, 34, of Austin, Tex. “No one asked me if his DNA could be stored in a state database.”

In the Texas case, and a similar one filed by parents in Minnesota, the states agreed to destroy the samples.

“It is a gesture of respect to say, ‘We told you we wanted to do one thing, and we’d really like to do something else,’ ” said S. Malia Fullerton, assistant professor of bioethics at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Massachusetts Records Closed to 1841?

Do you have Massachusetts ancestry? Barbara J. Mathews, CG, President of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, alerts us to Massachusetts Senate Bill 820, which will close all vital records after 1841. Yes, that is not a typo: 1841.

S820 states that only the person named in a vital record or his parent, guardian, or attorney can look at a record or get a certified copy of a record. This law applies for records all the way back to 1841, that is, to all the birth and marriage records for the last 169 years.

The bill’s text eliminates the current section that closes out-of-wedlock births and replaces the entire section with text that closes all births and marriages. Proposed by Patricia D. Jehlen of the Second Middlesex District, the last sentence states, “The provisions of this section shall not apply to such records, returns or notices recorded or filed prior to January first, eighteen hundred and forty-one or to such copies thereof.” You can see the full text here

We cannot ignore this bill. Please write to members of the House Ways and Means Committee right away to stop this bill from moving forward. Massachusetts is an open records state and has been so since 1641.

To access a list of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means members, follow this link. From the committee listing, you can click on the name of any member and go to that member’s personal page. Full contact information is on the member’s page, including telephone, mail, and email. Put “Against Senate Bill 820″ in the subject line of your email. Genealogists, protect your interests!

(Reprinted from the NGS UpFront blog)

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Turner Publishing Takes over’s Book Business

By Diane Haddad of the Genealogy Insider Blog from Family Tree Magazine

Independent publisher Turner Publishing will take over’s book publishing business, according to an agreement announced recently.

Under the terms of the agreement, Turner will assume control of most existing inventory and related publishing contracts for Ancestry Publishing, a division of Turner, which has a genealogy book line, will be the vendor for more than 100 Ancestry titles, including The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, and 1-2-3 Family Tree.
Turner will support the newly acquired titles with additional marketing and distribution efforts. The agreement also grants Turner limited use of the name for publishing purposes. appears to be focusing on its digital business. Earlier this year, the company announced it would cease publication of 25-year-old Ancestry magazine with the March/April 2010 issue.

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Researching in FamilySearch

Little-known strategies for finding family in FamilySearch databases.

Looking for ancestors in FamilySearch‘s Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index or Pedigree Resource File? Follow these tips:

Ancestral File tip: Find the kids — Did you know you can search for relatives who aren’t in your direct line, such as your great-grandfather’s siblings? From the Ancestral File search form, type in the father’s full name and at least the mother’s first name. The search will return a list of their children.

Click on each name to go to each child’s individual record, which can contain vital statistics and marriage data. Each individual’s page also has links to a pedigree chart

and family group sheet.

IGI tip: Behind the batch numbers — I further confirmed my suspicions about James and Susan using a little-known IGI search technique. At the bottom of the Web page showing James Hendrickson’s marriage to Susan Strange is a batch number. Using my cursor, I highlighted the number and copied it. Next, I returned to the search form, clicked my cursor in the Batch Number box (bottom left) and pasted the number I’d copied. I typed Hendrickson in the surname box and again chose North America as the region, but didn’t narrow it to Missouri. This time when I clicked on the search button, the system returned just three results: all Hendrickson marriage records from Cass County, Mo., that were batched together when entered into the LDS system. (Click on Source Call Number to see more on the source of this data.)

One of those results was for a marriage that took place the day following James and Susan’s ceremony, between Anna Hendrickson and William Groves. This entry caught my attention because on the 1870 census, James was living in the same household as William Groves (Graves), and next door to Susan Strange! The pieces began to come together. If you’ve found an ancestor in the IGI, be sure to do a batch number search (not all IGI results will have a batch number, however). You never know what else you’ll find.

Pedigree Resource File tip: Submission search — Again, I found more information here than I’d dreamed existed. But I used another little-known search technique to find even more: Once you’ve located an ancestor using the Pedigree Resource File, click on the name to go to the individual record page. Near the bottom of the page you’ll find a section called Submission Search, with a long number written to the right. If you click on the number, you’ll be returned to the search form and the number will automatically be entered into the Submission Number blank. Next, type in your ancestor’s surname and click the search button. You’ll get a list of all of the people with your surname whose records were submitted by the same individual.

In the case of Polly Moore, my Submission Search returned a list of 12 Moores sent in by the same Indiana researcher who submitted Polly’s data. More than half the names were unfamiliar to me, and again opened up new avenues of research.

By Nancy Hendrickson (Family Tree Magazine newsletter)

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Attending a Genealogy Conference

Whether you’re attending a national genealogy conference, such as the National Genealogical Society or your state or local society’s conference, these practical tips will help you get the most from the experience:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking to classes (I’ve even seen tardy folks running), through the exhibit hall, to a lunch locale and to the car or your hotel.
  • Dress in layers and bring a sweater in case the rooms are too hot or cold.
  • Carry a water bottle and a snack. Bottled water is pricey, as are concessions can be pretty expensive, too.
  • You’ll meet a lot of people you want to keep in touch with. Bring business cards with your e-mail address, Facebook username and other contact information. Add the surnames and places you’re researching, too.
  • Bring extra address labels, too, so you can stick them on entry forms for drawings in the exhibit hall.
  • If you’re attending the conference alone and everybody else seems to know somebody, remember that genealogists are a friendly bunch. Just say hi and introduce yourself. Another great opener is “Where are your ancestors from?”
  • Take some time before the day’s classes start to learn where the classrooms are. That way, you won’t miss the first 10 minutes because you couldn’t find the room.
  • Try to get to classes a few minutes early to find a seat and get settled. Sessions may fill up fast.
  • Not sure which class to attend? Ask fellow conference goers, who may have seen the same speakers or lectures you’re considering.
  • Plan ahead for any genealogy research you want to do and be sure to pack all the charts and records you need, whether on paper or in digital form.
  • In the exhibit hall, first take a reconnaissance walk and mark on your booth map all the exhibitor tables you want to return to. Check off each one as you visit it, but be sure to leave time for browsing. If you have a bunch of questions for a vendor, plan to stop by when everyone else is in class so you’ll get the most personalized attention.
  • A good question to ask when you visit a vendor booth: “What’s your show special?” If you got a goody bag when you registered, look through the contents for coupons.
  • Some exhibitors pack up early on the last day to catch flights or hit the road, so don’t leave important business or must-have purchases for the very end of the event.

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Steven H. Cain
434 Tanyia Ct.
Havelock, NC 28532
(252) 349-2643

Surnames: DORRIS

Query: Seeking information on Benjamin William Dorris born 1751 in Ireland and died about 1790 in Orange County North Carolina.  Married Ann Cockrell in Loudoun County Virginia.  Ann was born about 1750 and died about 1793.


Yvonne S. Steger
2133 Greensward Dr.
Atlanta, Georgia 30345-3634

Surnames: Duke

Query: My Duke lineage. Mary Duke born 1740 in Jefferson, Fairfax, Virginia married John Gordon born 1739 in Baltimore County, Maryland. They married 5 June 1760 in Frederick County Marilyn. Mary died 1789 in Green County, Pennsylvania and John died 9 March 1816 in Green County, Pennsylvania.

The parents of Mary Duke are William Duke born 4 September 1712 at Hayes Farm Jefferson, Fairfax, Virginia and died 21 January 1793 in Warren, North Carolina. William Duke was married to Mary Green born 1720 in Brunswick, Virginia and died 7 Jan 1794 in Warren, North Carolina. They married 1724 in Brunswick, Virginia.

Next I have William (Raleigh?) Duke born 1701 in James City, Virginia and died on 1775 in Bute, Granville, North Carolina on. He married Thamar Taylor (not sure of this). Thamar Taylor was born 1703 in Brunswick, Virginia and died about 1737 in Brunswick, Virginia. I may have the date of William Duke’s birth incorrect.

Does any of the above information follow the Duke lineage? I desire correspondence with anyone working on the Duke lineage. I would like to contact those researching the Duke linage in North Carolina and Virginia.


Katherine Carr
4 Walnut Park Ct
Saint Peters, MO 63376-2949

Surnames: Hall

Query: I am seeking parent and ancestor info for William Hall, b. 01-Mar-1806 in Orange Co, NC, m. Pheby ? (b ca. 1806) ca. 1827, d. 1893 (IN). Children Mary, Matilda, William Jr., born in NC. Family moved from Orange Co. NC to Orange Co. IN between 1836 and 1840. Pheby died in IN ca. 1850-1853, and William Hall remarried in IN (Ruth Hunt) in 1853.

Seeking any information about William Hall or Pheby.

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Genealogical Glossary

  • ALLEGIENCE SUPREMACIE – an oath to the King of England taken by ship passengers leaving England during the 17th and 18th C.
  • ALLOD – [Latin allodium] a freehold estate
  • ALLODIAL – property exempted from mortmain
  • ALMONER – a religious official charged with distributing alms to the sick and poor
  • ALMSMAN – someone supported by charity or one who lived on alms
  • AMANUENSIS – secretary, stenographer
  • AMBER – a measure of four bushels
  • AMERCEMENT, AMERCIAMENT – (1) punishment by imposition of an arbitrary fine not fixed by statute, at the ‘mercy’ of the king or his lord, usually for minor offences.  This was the equivalent of a modern fine or (2) to punish by inflicting a discretionary or arbitrary punishment {R}

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Calendar of Events

Tobacco Planting day at Duke Homestead – May 4 from 9:00am-11:00am – Come learn how to transplant tobacco seedlings and help the site start its yearly tobacco field!

FREE Spring 2010 Genealogy Workshops – Family History Center – Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Thursday, May 6, 2010 – (11:00 am) Irish Research: Using the US Census as a GPS (D. Fox)
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – (10:00 am) The Stepping Stones for Genealogy (T. Mirarchi) and (12:00 pm) Tracing Your Italian Ancestors (T. Mirarchi)
  • Saturday, May 15, 2010 – (10:00 am) Locating and Analyzing Vital Records) (S. Jordon)
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – (10:30 am) Writing Your Life-Stories (A. Young)

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



2nd Saturday Walking Tour of hillsborough – Saturday, May 8th, 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

Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc. Annual Meeting & Genealogy Seminar – co-sponsored by the Weston Historical Society

Programs are “Pre-1850 US Censuses, 1940 US Census and US Non-Population Census Schedules” with Jean Nudd and Nora Galvin on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Weston Library, 56 Norfield Road

Following a brief annual business meeting, Jean Nudd from the National Archives and Nora Galvin from Connecticut Ancestry Society will show us how to use various US Censuses in our genealogical research.

Tour of the Weston Historical Society to follow at104 Weston Road at 2:00 PM

Jean will demonstrate relationship techniques with the early Population Schedules, pre-1850. She will then introduce the soon to be released 1940 Population Schedule. Nora will describe the Non-population Special Schedules and how to use them to understand your ancestor’s life.

While the lecture and light refreshments are FREE, please RSVP with the number of attendees to Robert Locke by leaving a message at

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 10 May program will be 2010-2011 officer elections.

May 14-15, Minnesota, St. Paul, Germanic Genealogy SocietyThe Germanic Genealogy Society’s Spring Conference will be held May 14-15, 2010, at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. The featured speaker is Stephen Barthel, well-known author and professional researcher. Sessions include Where Are We Headed? (Family History Library News) Plus: Bizarre Stories in Genealogy on Friday evening, and Breaking the ‘Sound’ Barrier: Working with Phonetics, Passenger Lists, Police Records, and Unreadable Localities, The Gazetteer Goldmine: Finding Localities in Germany, Publishing Your Family History? Yes, You Can! on Saturday. For information, see the GGS website,

239th Anniversary of the Battle of Alamance and Patriots’ Day Celebration – May 15th & 16th – Colonial military and domestic life will be recreated by costumed interpreters.  Enjoy demonstrations of flintlock weapons, cannon, open-fire cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, and toys.  An 18th-century schoolmaster and doctor will be on hand.  The local SAR chapter is hosting its annual Patriots’ Day with programs and a ceremony.  Free and open to the public.  Call 336-227-4785 for more information.

GENFEST RETURNS to High Point – Good news!  After a three-year hiatus due to construction, the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library (formerly the North Carolina Collection) is pleased, once again, to sponsor its annual GenFest family and local history extravaganza.  GenFest 2010 is slated for Saturday, May 15th, and will be held on the grounds of the High Point Museum and Historical Park (1859 East Lexington Ave.) from 10 AM to 4 PM.

We’ve enjoyed enthusiastic participation from institutions, societies, associations and individuals in the past and we hope to make this year’s celebration bigger and better than ever by including music, food and traditional crafts.  We are hoping that your organization will be interested in participating.  You will be provided with your own table (free of charge) and will have the chance to share your knowledge with the public, exhibit displays, promote publications, recruit new members/volunteers for your organization, and sell your society’s merchandise.

We are making every effort to plan and publicize this event effectively, so we hope that you will RSVP by March 31st.  Even if you are unable to attend, we invite you to send us any promotional literature that we can distribute to attendees.   In the meantime, we would welcome any questions from you.  Hope to see you in May!

Jackie Hedstrom, Supervisor – Heritage Research Center, High Point Public Library, P. O. Box 2530, High Point, N.C. 27261-2530 – (336) 883-3637 –

May 15, Missouri, St. Louis, St. Louis Genealogical Society – The St. Louis Genealogical Society presents its 40th Annual Family History Conference, “Gems of Genealogical Wisdom”, on Saturday, May 15 at the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road, St. Louis, MO, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Featured speaker Mark Lowe will focus on Southern research in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, which were migration paths for Missouri and Illinois settlers. John Dougan and Patsy Luebbert from the Missouri State Archives will cover some interesting Missouri facts. For those interested in technology, Bruce Buzbee founder and president of RootsMagic, Inc., along with Russ Wilding, CEO, and his colleague, Eric Keith, from, will share new innovations. Interested in ethnic research? Professor Steven Rowan will discuss “Why Send Germans to Missouri?”, plus there will be sessions on Irish, Czech, and German Bohemian research.

Need some help jump-starting your research? A beginning lecture is available, along with a session on using various types of directories. A lecture on exploring church records should also be of interest. Too many choices! JAMB will record many lectures, so just place your order and walk out the door with your audio CDs that same day. What is any conference without vendors? There will be books, supplies, and informational booths from across the Midwest. Shopping begins when the doors open at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit

May 15, Tennessee, Johnson City, Watauga Association of Genealogists – The Watauga Association of Genealogists of NE TN and the Johnson City Public Library will host a workshop, “Beginning Genealogy for Ages 14 to 94.” The classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Johnson City Public Library Conference Room. Lunch is on your own and the classes will end at 4:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend the workshop, but preregistration will aid in planning for the number of handouts. Call 283-0318 or email with your name and contact information (phone number &/or email address).

Genealogy programs in New Bern – In celebration of New Bern’s tercentennial, the New Bern-Craven County Public Library is sponsoring two programs featuring the renowned Palatine researcher, Henry Z. “Hank” Jones, Jr. On Friday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College, Mr. Jones will deliver a free lecture titled “The Palatines: Profiles in Courage.” The lecture will discuss the history of the Palatines and their subsequent immigration to England and North America.

On Saturday, May 22, a daylong genealogy seminar will be held at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library auditorium, beginning at 9 a.m. for registration. Topics discussed will include “When the Sources are Wrong,” “Family Tradition: Separating Fact from Fiction” and “How Psychic Roots Became an Unsolved Mystery.” Also discussed will be “Tracing the Origins of early 18th Century Palatines and Other Emigrants.” The cost for this seminar is $40 if registered by May 7 and $50 after May 7. Price includes lunch and workshop material. Contact the Kellenberger Room at 638-7808 or visit the Kellenberger Room’s website ( for more information and registration forms.

Hank Jones has written seven books on genealogy and an autobiography. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, a group whose membership is limited to 50 members. He received the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society for Distinguished Work in Genealogy, is a member and former Trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a Charter Member and former Director of The Genealogical Speaker’s Guild. In addition to his genealogical career, Hank also had a twenty-five year acting career, appearing on numerous television programs and eight Walt Disney movies in the late 1960s and early 1970s including Herbie Rides Again, Blackbeard’s Ghost and The Shaggy D.A. He retired from acting in 1981 to spend more time doing genealogy.

2010 Salt Lake City Research Trip – 27 May-3 June 2010 with Michael John Neill, Genealogical speaker and author of the weekly Casefile Clues Newsletter

Our trip size is limited to ensure each attendee has ample opportunity to ask questions and get help.

Trip includes:

  • Pre-trip planning via a private website for those who wish to participate
  • Availability to ask questions of Michael and other group members before we leave
  • Help preparing for time in library
  • Morning presentations
  • 1 on 1 consultations with Michael (both 30 minute scheduled sessions and drop in questions) as needed. More than one 30 minute consultation if time allows.

Cost of the trip is $250 per person, double occupancy. Go to for details.

FREE Spring 2010 Genealogy Workshops – Family History Center – Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Thursday, June 3, 2010 – (11:00 am) Basics of Irish Research (D. Fox)
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2010 – (10:00 am) The Stepping Stones for Genealogy (T. Mirarchi) and (12:00 pm) Tracing Your Italian Ancestors (T. Mirarchi)
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – (10:30 am) Writing Your Life-Stories (A. Young)
  • Saturday, June 26, 2010 – (10:00 am) Getting the Most Out of Census Records (S. Jordon)

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



Genealogical Society of New Jersey 2010 SPRING SEMINAR: Off the Beaten Path – Saturday, 5 June 2010 – Monmouth University, West Long Branch

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey and our cosponsors, Monmouth County Genealogy Society are pleased to announce our upcoming Spring Seminar: Off the Beaten Path.

Information on the Seminar and the registration packet for the 2010 Spring Seminar are now available online.  They can be found on the GSNJ webpage <> under “Upcoming Events.”   All current GSNJ members will receive a copy of the full brochure as an insert in the Spring GSNJ Newsletter, scheduled to be mailed in late April.

Information on sessions, speakers, directions and parking are provided on the website and in the brochure.  Topics include getting the most out of church archives for Catholic, Dutch Reform, Methodist, and Quaker churches. Sessions will also provide information and how-tos on using the DAR Library and website, researching your Dutch ancestors in NJ and NY, researching common surnames, and using city directories in your research.

Area societies and vendors will be participating in an exhibit area available to all attendees.  Registration fee includes a light breakfast and full lunch.

If you are not a current GSNJ member or subscriber, and are unable to download the form from our website, you may request that a copy be mailed to you by sending your name and mailing address to the GSNJ Program Chair at <>.

Space at the seminar is limited, so please register early!

It’s Time For the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree!! – Registration is now open for the 41st Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held Friday through Sunday, June 11-13, 2010, at the Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, California.

The 2010 Jamboree follows the longstanding tradition of delivering the perfect mix of lecture sessions, exhibitors, networking and social activities. This year’s Jamboree offers nearly 130 quality classes conducted by the most knowledgeable and experienced genealogy speakers from the US, Canada and points beyond. The geographic focus for this year’s Jamboree is North America — Canada, Mexico, and all regions of the United States. DNA and technology will also receive special emphasis in 2010.

The exhibitors represent the leading organizations, data providers and commercial companies who supply products and services to today’s genealogists and family historians, as well as local, regional, and national genealogical societies.


1. Thursday Evening Registration. Many of our attendees requested that they be allowed to pick up the syllabus and other registration materials on Thursday evening. We listened, and in 2010 we will have a Jamboree check-in period on Thursday evening. Thursday night’s check-in will be for pre-registered attendees only, and no walk-in registrations will be processed until the registration desk opens Friday at noon.

2. More Seats. In response to last year’s post-conference satisfaction survey, we are expanding our seating capacity by adding a pavilion that will be situated adjacent to the Convention Center. The pavilion will hold 300 seats, will be fully air conditioned, with wireless internet access. Jamboree will take over the Marriott Hotel as well as the Convention Center and hold sessions in both buildings as well as the pavilion.

3. Mini-courses. We will be running a track of hands-on computer lab workshops throughout the weekend. About 20 people per course will bring their laptops and go through hands-on workshops on using Excel, Word, blogging software, Skype, Google Earth, etc. These mini-courses are open only to paid Jamboree registrants. A special online registration for mini-course attendees will open on May 1.

4. Free Friday Forenoon sessions will ensure that in these economically challenging times, expense will not be a barrier to learning. Several concurrent sessions, each lasting three hours, include a Genealogy Librarian’s boot camp, a repeat of last year’s highly popular Kids’ Family History Camp, and beginner and advanced beginner genealogy sessions. Registration is required to attend the Free Forenoon Friday sessions.

5. The “Small World” round table discussion has been expanded to three hours and moved to Friday morning. The session affords an excellent opportunity to network, to explore research tactics for specific geographic regions of the world, and to exchange tips and techniques on an informal basis. A complete list of round table discussion topics will be announced at a later date. There is no charge to attend the Small World session, but registration is required.

6. Ancestry Scanning. Ancestry will be bringing four high-speed scanners and scheduling free, 15-minute scanning sessions. Ancestry has provided this service at other conferences, and we are thrilled that they will be scanning documents and photos for Jamboree attendees.

As in years past, registration discounts are available for SCGS members and early-bird registrants (before May 1). Get all the details at

State Capitol – June 14. African American Read-In. Local authors, community leaders, and students read from works by their favorite African American writers at the Capitol for the 21st annual National African American Read-In. Fiction and non-fiction for children, teens, and adults will be featured in an afternoon of great works. Presented with Wake County’s Richard B. Harrison Library. Noon- 4 p.m.

Colorado Family History Expo – Friday, June 25, 2010 8:00 AM through Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:00 PM (Mountain Time) at the Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel & Conference Center, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, Colorado 80538 – Map and Directions. Online registration is available at

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Senior Road Trip

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant, and resumed their trip. When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table, and she didn’t miss them until they had been driving for about forty minutes.

By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around, in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses. All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained, and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn’t let up for a single minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car, and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, “While you’re in there, you might as well get my hat and the credit card.”

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Parting Thought

I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.

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