May 2011 Newsletter

By , April 27, 2011

News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
PO Box 4703, Chapel Hill , NC 27515-4703
2011 dues – $20


Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
Teaching Old D-OGS New Tricks
D-OGS Needs Your Help Again
Preservation Tips
New Genealogy Database
Genealogical Glossary
Websites of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought
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Meeting Announcements

The May 2011 D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 3 May, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The street address is 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Here is a map:

The program will be presented by Sue McMurray. Sue will be talking about “Knowing your forbears inside and out”, based on the writings of James Leyburn.

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for April 6, 2011

Location: Methodist Church, Southern Village, Chapel Hill
By Ginger R. Smith

There were 17 members in attendance. Sue McMurray opened the meeting with general business while Richard tried to get the projector working.

Sue introduced Sandra Hanson, a new member, and thanked her for suggesting the use of her church, the Methodist Church for our meetings. Sandra said a few words of thanks both from herself and from the Minister for D-OGS using the meeting room; she also said she was happy to be a new member.

Sue introduced Karen Vance who spoke about the D-OGS meeting notices in the Parkwood neighborhood newsletter; Said it goes out to over 1000 families; a notice went out in the last two letters; We can purchase additional advertisements for $13.00; She also suggested that we participate in the neighborhood flea market that occurs May 7th. We could have a table with our banner, journals, books that people donate to sell, etc.

Sue gave a reminder to take your membership brochures with you when you go to events so you can give to friends interested in genealogy. MJ Hall asked if there was a digital version to print. Ginger is going to email a copy of the brochure to board members.

Sue reminded us that this year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and to keep our eyes and ears open for events going on around the State.

Sue announced about the GenFest event in High Point on April 30th and that D-OGS will have a table next to Stewart Dunaway. Sue passed around a map of the area with names of other exhibitors. She also said she would print off a stack of membership brochures to bring with her.

Ginger reminded everyone to make sure they had the most updated version of the brochure that had the new website address on it – and the updated dues information – $20.00/year (and only option of 1 year membership, NOT 2 or 3 years).

Sue announced that Ginger offered to be the secretary but that a vote needed to be taken. Richard motioned to accept Ginger, Fred 2nd and it was accepted that Ginger be secretary.

Sue announced her resignation as President, due to health issues, and encouraged members to volunteer to run a meeting.

Treasurer Ginny Thomas made an announcement to please give your dues to ONLY Ginny (the treasurer) or to the President. Ginny also gave the treasurer’s report:

Includes outstanding checks and deposits as of 3/31/11
Beginning balance 03/1/11 $2863.56
Expenses 131.62
(Duke Homestead & Newsletter)
Deposits 350.00
(17 dues & 1 donation of $10)
Ending Balance 02/28/11 $3081.94

Fran Farrell asked if everyone got their renewal notice at the same time and Ginny said “no” and that they get their renewal notices from Peg whenever a membership expires. Dates will vary based on when the member originally joined.

Sue announced that she is giving the program in May at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Sue introduced our speaker, Richard Ellington, and his book on Carrboro which he has for sale after the meeting.

Speaker: Richard Ellington

Topic: The History of Carrboro

Richard presented a slide show on the history of Carrboro. He talked briefly about his book, which he said was an “annotated picture book” because of the number of slides he had access to which he used in his book. They used Arcadia Publishing Company which gave he and his partner, David Otto, a lot of leeway in content and decision making.

The town of Carrboro was incorporated in 1911 as Venable. Richard looked at the town area well before its incorporation, however, to around 1750 when Orange County was formed. He looked at land grants and showed a slide of the Markham Map with family names included on it. Prior to the Revolutionary War, land was given out by the Crown. After the war, the State of North Carolina reissued most of these Granville “Royal” grants as State grants.

Richard shared slides about several families and places around Carrboro including the following: Lloyd-Andrews Historic Homestead Log house, Weaver House, Hogan family, Castlebury Mill on Bolin Creek, Buck Taylor, Strayhorn family, Morris Hogan (slave family), St Paul AME Zion Church, Hickory Grove Elementary School, General Robert Hoke, Carrboro depot, Thomas Lloyd, Union Chapel, “Cross-tie Capital of the World,” Julian Shakespeare Carr, school teacher Sheila Purefoy, mill houses, Sturdivant family, Fitch Lumber, Sparrows Pool, and many more.

Richard obtained many of these photos (they collected over 600 of them in total) from a childhood neighbor who collected them over a period of years as well as family photos from several other folks in town.

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Teaching Old D-OGS New Tricks

by Sue Berry McMurray

D-OGS certainly has a canine ring to it.

You might never guess, but it stands for Durham-Orange Genealogy Society, a group interested in family history. Three cousins from the Whitfield-Whitefield clan in Durham got me started: Bernard, the avid cribbage player, gave me a membership; Clarence, a former PR man for Duke, had lunch with me to celebrate the birth of his triplet great-grandchildren; and Nita shared all the family scrapbooks and genealogy charts in her kitchen, with State Fair blue ribbons for her butter-creams smiling down on us.

The monthly meetings have fascinating programs, and my love of history was called forth.

Six months after I joined, D-OGS President Richard Ellington stepped down after a productive seven-year tenure. When it was clear that the end was about to come, I suddenly volunteered my own name to take his place. For 2011, the organization now had a president with serious challenges at the computer. But as one member sweetly emailed me: “Computer skills can be learned, but enthusiasm is rare.”

With an excellent team of officers, we are off to a good year and a great roll-call of presentations lined up by our lovely program chair, MJ Hall. We meet in various places such as Duke Homestead, the Chapel Hill library, and in one instance, the church and cemetery of historic St Matthew’s in Hillsborough.

A few of our present projects are The Family History Video Contest, The Genealogy Fest in High Point, and the organization of our Far-Flungers under Gwen Olson of California.

The Far-Flungers are those who still retain membership and research their Orange County roots, while residing far away from Durham. The Genealogy Fest will be a festive get-together of many different organizations including D-OGS at the High Point library. The Family History Video Contest is taking place at the East Chapel Hill High School and offers a prize for the best family history video made by a student in their video lab classes.

Among the members, there is a great wealth of sophisticated research done on any number of highly respected websites, beginning with, which is often free in many libraries.

Carol Boggs has led workshops for newcomers to this field of genealogy, many now brought in by interest in the popular TV series, “Who Do You Think You Are.” Rob and Cathy Elias have also taught beginning courses in genealogy to those who are interested.

With a webmaster, Ginger Smith, who is a dream, D-OGS has state of the art access, and with a newsletter and a journal, The Trading Post, we have acquired a certain name for ourselves.

Recently, a group from D-OGS sallied forth to man the phones for the UNC TV fund-raising festival, and had a grand old time. Who would have guessed that one, the president in fact, could not get the hang of cutting and pasting?

Google us for more information.

Sue Berry McMurray lives in Durham. D-OGS meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. For more information call 308 0684.

(This article was originally printed in the April 20, 2011 Chapel Hill News newspaper. It is being reprinted here so that all our members will see what some of our members are doing to promote D-OGS.)

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D-OGS Needs Your Help Again

Because of some ongoing health problems, our President Sue McMurray has found it necessary to submit her resignation. Because of this, D-OGS now needs a president to lead us through the rest of this year. We need someone who is a local member to step up and take the lead. The D-OGS Board of Directors will likely make an appointment for the immediate need but we really need for someone to volunteer to serve for more than a few months. Are you ready to be the one?

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Tips to Preserve Wet Papers, Documents & Photographs from the North Carolina State Archives

The following information is from the North Carolina State Archives:

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – If your special papers and photographs are not in plastic, or stored somewhere safe, there are steps that may save water-damaged treasures.

Gov. Bev Perdue requested a Disaster Declaration for 18 North Carolina counties touched by fierce thunderstorms this past weekend, and 10 have been declared disaster areas by the federal government. This is a time for all citizens to get their emergency plans and supply kits ready for the summer storm season.

The North Carolina State Archives, Department of Cultural Resources, recommends the following suggestions from Heritage Preservation (

Safety first. There may be health risks, so wear plastic or rubber gloves for cleanup. If there is mold, wear a protective surgical mask or respirator, goggles and coveralls.

Prevent mold. You need to work fast, as mold can form within 48 hours. Reduce the humidity and temperature around your treasures quickly as you clean and dry them.

Can’t do it all? Objects that can’t be dealt with immediately should be put in open, unsealed boxes or bags. Photos, papers, books, and textiles that can’t be treated in 48 hours should be frozen.

Air Dry. Gentle air drying is best, indoors if possible. Avoid using hair dryers, irons, ovens, and prolonged exposure to sunlight. This will do irreversible damage. Increase good airflow with fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Handle with Care. Use great care when handling heirlooms, which can be especially fragile when wet. Separate damp materials by removing contents from drawers, taking photographs out of damp albums, removing paintings from frames, and placing paper towels between pages of wet books.

Clean Gently. Loosen dirt and debris on fragile objects gently with soft brushes and cloths as rubbing can grind in dirt.

Salvage photos. Rinse photographs carefully in clean water. Air dry photos on a plastic screen or paper towel, or by hanging a corner with a plastic clothespin. Don’t let the surfaces contact while drying.

Prioritize. Focus on what’s most important if you can’t save everything.

Call in a pro. A conservator may be able to help with a badly damaged treasure. Set it aside in a well-ventilated room until you find professional help. For help, contact the Guide to Conservation Services, American Institute for Conservation, (202) 452-9545,

These recommendations are for guidance only. Neither Heritage Preservation nor the State Archives in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources assumes responsibility or liability for damaged objects.

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New Web Service Provides Database of Genealogy Resources and Researchers

by Lisa Kenefick, Mar 14, 2011, Genealogy Today has launched a new website designed to bring together experienced genealogy researchers with people looking for accurate historical ancestral records and information.

Historically, it has been very difficult to find records from previous centuries and remote locations. While the internet has made this task much easier for those who know where to look, the general population is generally at a loss as to where to even start. Finding resource sites can be a challenge and many of those sites are costly and yet can lead to dead ends. experts have many years of experience working with a large number of resources and have the knowledge to provide quick and timely results. Membership is free both for experts and those seeking lookups. founder Lisa Kenefick started the website to change the process of searching for ancestors and the costs associated with it. “Many years ago I happened upon the LDS Family Search website after years of searching subscription-only websites for my ancestors. It was a revelation; as a beginner I did not know it existed. The information is out there already, these records were not created specifically for the websites that charge membership.”

As a former Investigative Genealogist Expert, Kenefick found herself relying on direct resources; the new website is designed to put together a large index of these resources that are easy to access. Genealogists, historical societies, and genealogical societies, in addition to individual genealogists, can join and make their services available to the general public. There is no charge to join either for those providing or seeking information.

Records that are not digitally archived can also be found by posting a “Lookup” on Geneapro. Professional genealogist listings, lookup service providers and thousands of direct links to digitized archives and published databases are free. Ms. Kenefick’s mission is to build one of the world’s largest directory of genealogical resources and providers.

To learn more about Geneapro visit their website or contact Lisa Kenefick directly via email to or follow them on Twitter: @geneapro.

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Susan Cogdell Schilling
5901 Mapleview Pl
Harrisburg, NC 28075

Surnames: NEAL / NAIL

I am seeking information on three Neal families in Orange County. Elinor Neal, Henry and wife Lydia Neal, and John and wife Francis Sanders Neal. I am trying to narrow down which one of these three families are the parents of my ancestor Thomas Jefferson Neal born about 1818 in Orange County. He also died in Orange County. Any information on Thomas Jefferson Neal please contact me.


Mike Minor
801 Rosemist Ct.
Ocoee, Fl 34761

Surnames: MINOR

I am seeking any information on John Minor from Granville County in the mid to late 1700’s. I suspect that I am a direct descendant to this person, but cannot find any specific information. He had a son also named John, and a grandson named Lazarus. John the son married Polly Hampton and he was born in 1760 I believe. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.

David Brown

My name is David Brown, and I am researching the family and descendants of Gov. Nathaniel Rice of North Carolina who died in 1753. I was wondering if someone at your organization could please do a look-up to see if there is a deed, will, or probate record for Charlotte Rice in Orange Co., NC during the 1850’s or possibly 1860’s. Alternative names for Charlotte Rice may include Anna Charlotte Rice or Anna Charlotte Roycroft/Rycraft (I will explain the reasoning for the Roycroft/Rycraft name below).

While reviewing census records, I recently found one Charlotte Rice, aged 82, living in the household of Paul Cameron on the 1850 Orange County, NC census. I’m not sure why she’s in this household, but have speculated that she may be the youngest daughter of John Rice & Sarah Carruthers who lived in Craven County, NC (this John Rice was a son of Gov. Nathaniel Rice who died in 1753). In one of the deeds I found for Charlotte Rice (daughter of John Rice & Sarah Carruthers) in which she was disposing of land inherited from her Grandfather Nathaniel Rice, it appears her full name may have been Anne/Anna Charlotte Rice. The confusing aspect with her is that I have a marriage record for her in 1789 in Wake Co., NC to Thomas Roycroft/Rycraft (her brother John Rice, son of the elder John Rice & Sarah Carruthers, was the first clerk of the Wake County, NC Court as well as a Deputy Clerk for the Crown in 1771). So, if the woman living in the Cameron household really is her, I’m baffled as to why she is using the last name of Rice again unless she divorced or was separated from her husband (there are no divorce records listed for her, by the way). The funny thing is that I have found evidence that some of Sarah Rice Hawk’s (elder sister to Charlotte Rice) grandchildren were living in Orange Co., NC, so perhaps this really is her.

Please respond to this e-mail address, which is


Clif Parker
17001 Highway 57
Evansville, IN 47725-9322


Seeking parents of Nancy Anne Forrest born 1761 in Orange County, NC. She married Richard Harper February 11, 1786 in Orange County, NC. Some accounts report her parents as James Forrest and Elizabeth Gricie and other accounts report parents as John Forrest and Ann Davies. Marital record of Richard and Anne (Nancy Anne) is signed by a James Forrest. I will be most appreciative of any help with this.

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Genealogical Glossary

CONSCIENCE MARRIAGE – on the continent there was ‘gewissensehe’, or ‘conscience marriage’ where a couple for the world maintained they were married, but ‘the world knew better’ and children were regarded as bastards. And then there was the ‘marriage with the left hand’. This was usually when a married ruler wanted to make their mistresses respectable but children lived in a vague condition. Their father usually gave them a title different, and lower, than their legitimate children. See also contract marriage.

CONSENT – papers file by a parent or guardian of a legally underage child providing permission to marry or some other legal action

CONSIDERATION – exchange of items of value to legalize a transaction

CONSORT – technically a companion, but in most cases, was used as synonymous with “wife” or “husband”. Frequently seen on headstones, it denoted a spouse who died first. For some royal couples, if a woman was titled in her own right, such as a queen, and her husband had a less important title, then the husband was referred to as her “consort”. The best example of this was Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria.

CONSTABLE – an English term for a policeman which was also used in the colonial America. A constable was originally also a master of the horse and a high officer of state under the later Roman emperors and among the Franks. In addition to his regular police duties he was obliged to collect any taxes levied by the General Assembly. All these duties made the job undesirable. Penalties of heavy fines were imposed upon persons who chose not to accept the post. Colonial records show, however, that many men paid fines rather than serve as constable. The lord high constable of England was judge of the court of chivalry with the earl marshal and had wide jurisdiction. The office of the High Constable, though carrying with it what may be called the Commander-in-chief of the army, was hereditary, being attached to certain manors. It was therefore held successively by the Bohuns, Earls of Hereford and Essex, with their heirs, the Staffords, and the Dukes of Buckingham. The office was forfeited by Edward Stafford, 3rd duke of Buckingham in 1521, and is only revived temporarily for coronations. The office of high constable in England was abolished in 1869, and the duties of petty or parish constables now mainly fall to the police, also known as constables.

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Websites of Possible Interest

Local Civil War Commemoration Activities – Are you interested in attending some of the many Civil War sesquicentennial activities being held throughout North Carolina? If so, there are plenty you can get involved in. See VisitNC’s Calendar of Events Page.

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Calendar of Events

Duke Homestead – (Durham, NC) Community Yard Sale – April 30, 2011 from 8:00am-noon – Buy and sell secondhand items in the site’s parking lot at our annual community yard sale!

The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar – (Tacoma, WA) May 7, 2011, with nationally-known speaker Laura G. Prescott, and emcee Cyndi Howells.

For additional details and to download a PDF brochure, see their website

Alamance County Genealogical Society – (Burlington, NC) ACGS regular monthly meetings begin again on 9 May 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215 – 336-227-1448. The program is presented by Pat Bailey and is titled “The Prettiest Tombstone”. Election of officers will also be held.

NGS National Conference – (Charleston, SC) – May 11-14, National Genealogical Society National Conference. For more information, visit their”>website

Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc. Annual Meeting & Genealogy Seminar – (Southport, CT) Immigration, Immigration, Immigration – Three lectures about how our ancestors got to the shores of North America on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave, Southport, CT featuring Norman Brouwer and Leslie Albrecht Huber

Lecture 1: Immigration in Sailing Vessels (Brouwer) – Explore immigration in sailing vessels from the earliest colonial period to the end in the mid-1800s. You will learn about conditions on board the ships, including health and sanitation, food, length of passages and hazards. Ports of departure and arrival during this period will be dealt with, and what records survive. Efforts made late in the period to improve conditions on shipboard will be discussed along with increased concern over the welfare of immigrants after they had landed; including the establishment of the first processing station at New York in Castle Garden.

Lecture 2: Immigration in Steam Vessels (Brouwer) – Follow up with immigration in steamships. The early development of passenger steamers will be described, their eventual replacement of sailing vessels, and the changes they brought in shipboard conditions for immigrants. Also covered will be changes in patterns of immigration, new ports of departure, recruitment of immigrants, their housing before departure, and the creation of Ellis Island as a processing station. Surviving records and oral history projects will also be discussed. Immigration from the closing of Ellis Island to the present day will also be covered.

Lecture 3: Methodologies for Immigration Research (Huber) – Learn some new sources, new approaches to methodology, and new insights into our immigrant ancestors’ lives as you follow along through some case studies included in the recently released book, The Journey Takers. The lecture will look at what life was like for our immigrant ancestors in the “Old World” and what the journey to the US was like, while sharing tips on using appropriate maps, relying on historical context research and personal descriptions of others to understand our ancestors’ environment, evaluating sources, and more.

Join us for these FREE lectures!

Visit to download a flyer of this event including speaker biographies and directions to the facility.

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree – (Burbank, CA) We cordially invite you to the 42nd Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held June 10-12, 2011, at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel Burbank, in Burbank California. Jamboree is the premier genealogical event on the west coast and is one of the largest conferences in the United States for family historians and genealogists.

Online registration is open, and session schedules have been posted on the SCGS website. Jamboree offers over 130 sessions for beginning, intermediate and advanced genealogists. JamboFREE sessions are offered on Friday morning for societies, librarians, kids, and novices. “We want to make genealogy accessible to as many people as possible. We don’t let finances get in the way of the search for ancestors.”

For the details on Jamboree, check out the Jamboree blog at You’ll find links to the class schedule, speakers, exhibitors, hotel reservations, and all the other details.

Last year’s Jamboree drew over 1700 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and volunteers. Register today and join us at Jamboree.

In other news:

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) monthly newsletters are now online. The newsletter is distributed to nearly 5,000 genealogists, societies, libraries and organizations throughout the United States. If you would like your society’s workshop or special event listed in the newsletter, we will be glad to include it. Instructions are in the newsletter. You can find links to the newsletters at

Have you participated in one of our 3-minute surveys? We want to hear from you! This month’s survey is about the use of DNA in genealogy. Share your thoughts at

North Carolina Summer Workshop features Pamela Boyer Sayre, CGSM CGLSM – (Aberdeen, NC) The North Carolina and the Moore County Genealogical Societies will present Gathering, Organizing, and Sharing Your Family History on Saturday, 13 August 2011, at the Hampton Inn–Southern Pines/Pinehurst in Aberdeen, North Carolina.

1. Where Do I Go From Here? – Family historians who have exhausted the usual starting places may need to seek clues in printed or online sources. These clues can guide researchers to such original governmental records as military service, property holdings, taxes, offices held, court cases, and more.

2. Our National Treasure: The Library of Congress – The Library of Congress website is chock-full of genealogical gems. This lecture explores the myriad sources available online. Attendees will learn how to use the various search features on the website to winnow results.

3. Digitizing Your Way to Organization – How do we organize those piles of notes and boxes of paper? Learn how organizing records can be easy if we know some basic information about digitizing and use simple ways to electronically file our research.

4. Sharing Your Family History – Will your many years of genealogical research end up in a trash bin when you’re gone? Not if you organize it, even a small piece at a time, and share it with others now. This session demonstrates simple ways genealogists can share the stories they uncover.

For complete details about the talks and registration, visit the North Carolina Genealogical Society Webpage.

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Cletus is passing by Billy Bob’s hay barn one day when, through a gap in the door, he sees Billy Bob doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old green John Deere.

Buttocks clenched, Billy Bob performs a slow pirouette, and gently slides off first the right strap of his overalls, followed by the left. He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move, lets his overalls fall down to his hips, revealing a torn and frayed plaid shirt. Then, grabbing both sides of his shirt, he rips it apart to reveal his stained T-shirt underneath. With a final flourish, he tears the T-shirt from his body, and hurls his baseball cap onto a pile of hay.

Having seen enough, Cletus rushes in and says, “What the heck are you doing, Billy Bob?”

“Jeez, Cletus, ya scared the bejeezers out of me,” says an obviously embarrassed Billy Bob. “But me ‘n the Ol’ Lady been havin trouble lately in the bedroom d’partment, and the therapist suggested I do ‘something sexy to a tractor’.”

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Parting Thought

“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?” – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

If you have any items of interest that you would like to submit for future publication, please contact Richard Ellington or call 919.967.4168

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