November 2008 Newsletter

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D-OGS Newsletter – November 2008

News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists


The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday, 5 November 2008 from 7:00-9:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Duke Homestead Visitor Center auditorium in Durham. The Duke Homestead site is located on Duke Homestead Road, off Guess Road on the right just north of the I-85 overpass. Follow the brown state historic marker road signs. The program will be Funeral Homes and Their Records for Genealogists. The presenter is C. Michael Poole, Vice President of Hall-Wynne Funeral Services of Durham, NC.

The D-OGS Computer Interest Group Meeting will meet on Saturday morning, 1 November 2008 (note the date change) at 9 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Library downstairs in the large downstairs conference room. The meeting program is TBA.


The meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM.

Paul welcomed those in attendance and asked if there were any guests in the audience. There was one visitor present, Cecilia Davisson, one new member, Nerissa Williams, as well as 22 regular members.

Paul made the introduction of the video program,”The Misha Defonseca Holocaust Fraud: Forensic Genealogy Lessons for Your Own Family”.

Wikipedia’s synopsis is as follows:

“Misha Defonseca (born 1937), whose real name is Mishke (Levy née de Wael), is a Belgian writer and the author of the previously professed memoir Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, first published in 1997. It became an instant success in Europe and was translated into 18 languages. The French version of the book was a derivative work based on the original with the title Survivre avec les loups that was published in 1997 by the Éditions Robert Laffont; this second version was adapted into the French film Survivre avec les loups (Surviving With Wolves). On February 29, 2008, the author as well as her lawyers admitted that the bestselling book was a hoax, despite its having been presented as autobiographical.

Prior to the uncovering of the hoax, the book had spawned a multi-million dollar legal battle between Defonseca and the book’s ghostwriter, Vera Lee, against Jane Daniel and her small publishing company, Mt. Ivy Press. Daniel and Defonseca fell out over profits received from the best-selling book, which led to a lawsuit. In 2005, a Boston court ordered Daniel to pay Defonseca and Lee $22.5 million. Defonseca’s lawyers said Daniel has not yet paid the court-ordered sum.

Tonight’s video was a presentation by Sharon Sergeant to the Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and Seminar in April 2008. The research methods used in exposing the fraud are applicable to anyone doing family history research.

She spoke about the three parts of forensic genealogy that are used in other cases and how they were applied to this particular case:

1. Database mining

2. Photo analysis

3. DNA analysis—didn’t need it in this case but were prepared to use it

Sharon Sergeant said the clues were in the book which suffered a transmutation as the book was published in Europe. For example, photos which were In the book published in the US were omitted in later editions and the title was changed.

The premise of the story was that Misha didn’t know her last name because of the persecution of Jews; however she did know she was born in 1934, just not where. At age 7 she left home and went east on foot looking for her parents. This trip took her 4 years and covered 3000 miles. She claimed to have been nurtured by wolves on two occasions. When she had migrated to America as an adult she was telling this story. She told a beautiful story—very allegorical. She was what is known among Holocaust survivors as a “hidden” child.

Sharon read Jane Daniels’ blog ( and thought fraud could be proved. She knew a hidden child personally and knew of another one who lived In Belgium. Sharon started with the photos in the book and found more photos of Misha and compared them to photos of other children for age and resemblance to people who she claimed were foster grandparents.

When it came to data mining she searched deeds, trial transcripts, directories, interviews and newspaper reports, Belgian maps, cultural and historical records. Sharon and connections she had within the International Professional Genealogist associations searched Holocaust records looking for negative proof. The names Misha had given for her parents did not appear in any of the records. They went to street and phone directories and compiled lists of names close to the names they came across and made a timeline. This gave them family groups they could follow with obits and then they went to living family members.

When nothing turned up in the Holocaust records they went to Catholic parish records. They found her Baptismal certificate which matched US records. They found her school registration for 1943 for the first grade. This made her birth year as 1937 which would have made her 4 when she claimed to start on her 3000 mile trek.

If she had not confessed, the next step would have been DNA.

Forensic technology can change the way we do research.

After the film ended, Paul read a newspaper report that said Jane Daniels had gone back to court to have the judgment against her overturned but the judge said that the fact that Misha had lied didn’t change the case and he upheld his original verdict that Jane owed Misha $33 million dollars. The headline on the article was “Does the Truth Count?”

Colleen Fitzpatrick has written books on the subject of Forensic Genealogy. Visit her site at

The business meeting was begun with approval of the minutes for September 2008 as printed in the newsletter.

Richard read off some upcoming meetings:

• Nov. 14 & 15 NCGS Fall meeting & workshop entitled “This Land Was Their Land” (using land records).

• Randolph County meeting – October 25th from 10-2 in Asheboro.

• Oct. 18—an Evening at Duke Homestead

Rob reported that the Trading Path had just been given to the proofreaders and would be published by the November meeting.

Member Bill Reid said there would be a meeting on October 28 of the Orange County commissioners that was to include possible discussion & inclusion of an Orange County Heritage Center in the county CIP (Capital Improvement Plan).

Paul reported that the Nominating Committee needed two more members.

He also said dues would be voted on at November’s meeting and asked for any discussion and input from our out of town members. He said before a decision could be made we needed to know that right before tonight’s meeting he had been informed that Duke Homestead is being forced to charge for the use of their meeting room. The normal charge will be $100 an hour, but because of our long relationship, we are being offered the room for $50 an hour. If we can keep our meetings to 2 hours the cost will be $100 a month or $1100 a year, if we hold all our regular meetings there. When asked what we normally donated for use of the room, Paul reported it was $750. An extra $350 a year plus the cost of 4 Trading Paths a year have to be accounted for.

It was suggested that we look into other facilities. Members are to come to November’s meeting with other possibilities they’ve checked out. Libraries in Durham and Orange counties as well as senior centers, etc., are possible sites for some meetings. This would reduce our cost to Duke Homestead as long as there were no additional costs for alternative sites.

Paul reminded us that we needed to consider a restaurant for the December meeting.

The Treasurer reports that the bank statement shows a balance of $3201.11.

The meeting was dismissed at 9:14 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout


Again this month Paul included a form on the reverse side of the Meeting Agenda. An Interactive Pedigree Chart you can complete in your browser (


In November we will be holding our regular election of officers for the coming year. The nominating committee will present a slate but additional nominations may be made from the floor. Please stand up and volunteer to help serve our society. You don’t need to wait until someone asks for your help. Too few individuals are doing too many tasks, simply because other members are not willing to take a small position of responsibility. It is a very tired old statement but “many hands make light the work”.

We will also be discussing and voting on a proposal to raise our dues from $15 annually to either $20 or $25. The additional funds are needed to support our publications. Since the Cathy & Rob Elias took over the publication of the journal, they have done great things. We are all benefitting from their excellent work in producing several journals this year with at least three, or maybe more, planned for 2009. We need AT LEAST $5 increase in dues just to break even on the extra costs for the publications for next year.

I don’t know about you, but I think that we need step up and vote for a $10 increase, the first ever increase in dues for D-OGS. Times have changed and we need to adapt or die! If we don’t have these increased funds, we will have nothing to use for publications, workshops, donations to our libraries, etc.

Speaking of increases, it seems that we may need to start paying for the use of the Duke Homestead facility for our meetings. This is unfortunate because the Duke Homestead is a very nice facility with what we need to present programs. In the past, we have made an annual donation to their non-profit organization, in lieu of a monthly charge. Apparently hard times have fallen on state historic sites also, because we have been informed that a rate structure is being considered. It appears that it may cost us at least $100 per meeting, starting in January 2009. We may need to spread our meetings around to other sites, such as libraries, that may not charge us or charge less. We hope to have more details by the next meeting.


Volume 18 of your journal is now in the final stages of preparation. Copies will be handed out to all members who’re able to attend the meeting on November 5th, and those remaining will be mailed on the following day. We hope that you’ll enjoy this new issue – it’s chock full of wonderful stories, genealogical records, articles of historical interest, and some research tips.

Feel free to let us know if there’s some topic you’d like to see in The Trading Path that hasn’t yet been covered.

And remember, submissions may be sent at any time to or the D-OGS mail at P.O. Box 4703, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703.


Rob & Cathy Elias

Trading Path Journal Editors


This two-day program will present workshops on land records and grants, maps and mapping tools, legal issues and Google Earth. Land research is essential for locating and sorting people in large families and with common surnames. Additionally, the participant may learn what is needed to become a Board-certified genealogist.

Registrants will be able to attend all workshops. See workshop and registration schedule for times each day. This form is available on the D-OGS “Members Only” website for registration and program information.


Robert Alvis Blackwood, 74, of 5655 Big Woods Road, died Monday, September 22, 2008 in UNC Hospital. He was born in Durham County, NC on April 13, 1934, the son of Alvis Marvin and Lilly Canada Blackwood. He was a utility and building contractor and a veteran of the US Navy, serving in the Korean War. Robert was a service officer for Legion Post #6 Chapel Hill. Robert formed a bugle corps of volunteers from Northwood High School Band to play taps for veteran funeral services. He was also a local historian and an avid hunter who loved to share his stories.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Lowe Blackwood; his son, Shannon Blackwood of Chapel Hill; a sister, Shirley McFarling and husband, Bobby, and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2008 at Farrington Road Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, followed with a service conducted by Rev. Jim Greenlee. Burial followed in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors.


Nat Clark, longtime friend of D-OGS and resident guru at the NC Room in the Orange County Public Library for many years, passed away on the morning of 17 October after battling leukemia and more recently other cancer that was just diagnosed about a week before his death. Nat continued to be active until the last few days, still working on his beloved NCSSAR activities. Nat was a kind, gentle man whose great body of knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise will surely be missed.


(Reprinted from an article in the Durham Herald-Sun, 25 Sep 2008)

As it was in the past, so it shall be in the future.

That was the intriguing inference that a listener could draw Wednesday after hearing “Trains, Trolleys and Cars: How Transportation Affected Durham’s Neighborhoods,” the first installment in Preservation Durham’s 2008-09 “Lunch and Learn” series.

Community activist John Schelp traced how Durham’s earliest trails, including centuries-old trading paths, prefigured the construction of modern roads such as Interstate 85 and Hillsborough Road.

Durham City Transit Administrator Steve Mancuso said that current trends signal a decline in suburban sprawl and a return to denser inner-city neighborhoods.

UNC Chapel Hill environmentalist Tony Reevy predicted that possible future regulation of carbon emissions and other environmental reforms will likely make a major mode of 19th century transportation once again become a major mode of transportation in the 21st transportation: railroads.

The rich once built estates alongside the iron rails.

“That was kind of considered the best address in town, was to be near the railroad tracks,” Schelp said.

“The next generation did not like living near the railroad tracks,” Schelp said.

“They didn’t like the noise and the grit. It scared the horses. They wanted it a little bit quieter,” he said. “So the next generation moved into nearby neighborhoods like Trinity Park, where you’re away from the railroad tracks, away from the noise, not so close to the factories.”

Afterward, streetcars created their own suburbs in places such as Watts Hospital-Hillandale and Lakewood. Later, cars created yet more distant residential areas in Forest Hills and Hope Valley.

Rougemont and Bahama were both essentially created by the Norfolk and Western railroad that came south into Durham from Clarksburg, Va., around 1890.

“This really opened up North Durham,” Reevy said. “You could easily get to the national rail system to the north or the south, or locally you could get from Bahama and Rougemont, Lendover, places like that, to downtown Durham.”

Streetcars changed cities around the U.S., Mancuso said.

“What they did was they extended the distance that people could live from where they worked, and still make it relatively convenient and inexpensive to get to work,” he said. “It was the beginning of suburbanization — [but] by no means the suburbanization or the sprawl that took place under the wheels of the automobile.”

Early streetcar suburbs were very dense, Mancuso said. Houses were built in narrow lots on gridlike streets, with spacious porches but no driveways or garages. Residential neighborhoods often had commerce at street corners, so many goods and services were within easy walking distance.


This will be a very special hike. Come early and plan on staying late. Bethabara, an long-term archaeological project, is an absolute “must see.” Our hike will depart from the visitor center at about 2 and well walk down to the seat of the original town mill built by the earliest Moravian settlers in North Carolina. Rod Meyer will interpret what we see. He is a first rate historian of the area, a well known expert on the Great Wagon Road, and you’ll find his observations stimulating. If possible arrive early as, even as just reconnaissance, there is a great deal to be seen around the visitor center which also contains all those amenities so needed before a two hour walk. Rod will give us a map talk at the visitor center before we depart.

This hike will be on prepared surfaces for the most part. Click on the following links for more information on the park, a map of the park and how to find the park


The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

3 October 2008 – Over 29 million new names were posted this past week on the FamilySearch Record Search pilot. Kudos to the FamilySearch volunteer indexers for their monumental contributions! The chart below lists the current indexing projects and their completion status. Volunteers can help any time by registering or downloading a current project at (click on Index Records>Volunteer or Start Indexing) or Project Spotlight: United Kingdom, Cheshire Poor Law

The United Kingdom, Cheshire Poor Law indexing project is currently 82% complete. We would like to finish this project by the end of next week, 10 October 2008. If volunteers have time to donate before October 10th, try doing at least a batch or two (or more) from this project. (To download a batch from a specific project, click the Download From… button in the My Work section of the indexing application’s start page, select the project from the list, and click Download.) The Cheshire project includes several types of records kept by the workhouses in Cheshire County, including the Chester Union Workhouse at Hoole, from 1848-1967. Some of the poor in the community would go to the workhouses for only a short time. Some ended up spending the rest of their lives there. We are indexing birth and baptism records, death and burial records, admission registers, and creed registers.

The information gathered depends upon the record type and includes the names of those admitted, admission dates, religion, names of children, names of parents, birth dates, baptism dates, names of the deceased, death and burial dates. These are not all of the Poor Law records but a significant portion of them. It is estimated that these records include 500,000 names. [The population of Cheshire County during the time period of these records is uncertain, but the population in 2001 was 673,781—so a significant portion of the community is represented in these records.]

Current Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion Status:

• Alabama – 1920 US Federal Census, English – 1920, 79% complete

• Argentina Censo 1869 – Buenos Aires, Spanish – 1869, 66% complete

• Brandenburg Kirchenbücher, German – 1789-1875, 8% complete

• California – 1920 US Federal Census, English – 1920, 28% complete

• España Lugo Registros Parroquiales, Spanish – 1530-1930, 6% complete

• Florida 1945 Census, English – 1945, 24% complete

• France, Coutances, Paroisse de la Manche, French – 1792-1906, 7% complete

• Guanajuato Censo de Mexico de 1930, Spanish – 1930, 56% complete

• Guerrero – Censo de Mexico de 1930, Spanish – 1930, 35% complete

• Illinois – 1920 US Federal Census, English – 1920, 15% complete

• Massachusetts – 1920 US Federal Census, English – 1920, 15% complete

• Morelos – Censo de Mexico de 1930, Spanish – 1930, 68% complete

• New York – 1870 US Federal Census, English – 1870, 55% complete

• Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records, Spanish – 1879 – present, 8% complete

• Quintana Roo – Censo de Mexico de 1930, Spanish – 1930, 88% complete

• Trento, Italy Baptism Records, Italian – 1784-1924, 7% complete

• UK – Cheshire – Poor Law, English – 1848 -1967, 82% complete

• Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales, Spanish – 1654 – 1992, 0.3% complete


The following announcement was written by Everton’s Genealogical Helper:

Since the initial launch of the Genealogical Helper as an Online Edition, it has been determined that hosting the magazines on World Vital Records’ servers was causing too much confusion and difficulty of access for subscribers. To alleviate the confusion, Everton’s have undertaken the hosting themselves, with a much simpler user interface.

Everton apologizes for any inconvenience that genealogists experienced with the initial launch of the Online Edition, and are confident that your experience will now be a pleasant and rewarding one. Everton is offering access to the two Online Edition issues now available at the site: Jul-Aug 2008 and Sept-Oct 2008 absolutely FREE until October 17. Simply go to: ALSO – until October 27 the $12 annual subscription fee to the Online Edition of the Genealogical Helper will be reduced to $10.00, and the $29.00 annual subscription fee for the hard copy edition of the magazine (includes access to the Online Edition) will be reduced to $25.00.

The Genealogical Helper is widely recognized as having no equal in terms of amount of total content, educational and research information, and lists of organizations, events, and repositories. The complete magazine is online, and all websites listed in either the content or advertisements are hot-linked.


Last month’s issue of UpFront included a review of the book, “Pilgrims: New World Settlers & The Call of Home” by Susan Hardman. One subscriber’s comments made a point worth passing on:

“The excellent review of this book in UpFront compels me to add this comment:

I purchased this book last Fall. The sources listed by the author prompted me to search for some of the titles through my local library system. I was amazed to find so many available in my area through local universities. Shows once again that we must not confine our research to simply genealogical collections.”

(I found this useful tip in the 1 Oct 2008 issue of the NGS Upfront newsletter)


Two announcements from Familybuilder, the company that created the Family Tree genealogy application for social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

First, Familybuilder’s new Global Network brings the Family Tree application outside of social networking sites. Anyone can create a Family Tree profile on Familybuilder and link it to Family Tree profiles on social networking sites. (More than 20 million Family Tree profiles exist on such sites.) You’ll need a free registration to build a tree or access existing ones.

Second, starting Oct. 15, Familybuilder will offer low-cost DNA tests, focusing on the social networking market. According to a written announcement, “No genealogy service caters to the 300 to 400 million people who use social networks to research their family trees.”

The offerings include a 17-marker Y-DNA test and a mitochondrial (mt) DNA test; both cost $59.95.

Compare Family Builder’s 17-marker test with FamilyTreeDNA’s 12-marker test ($149); DNA Testing Systems’ 13-marker test ($200); Chromosomal Labs’ 19-marker test is $260.

A 17-marker test is usually enough to tell you if you’re related to someone, but higher-resolution tests (those that test more markers) are more accurate. For example, it’s possible a 17-marker test may match on 15 of the 17 markers, where a 45-marker test of the same two people might match on 30 out of the 45 markers.

Note that a Y-DNA test doesn’t tell you how you’re related to someone; but it estimates how long ago a common ancestor may have lived.

Many genealogists go straight for the higher-marker tests (my guess is that’s the market most traditional genetic genealogy companies concentrate on). Familybuilder says it plans to expand its DNA lineup and is “committed to continuously driving the costs of these tests down over time.”


Soundex – phonetic indexing system commonly available for some US Census records.

Source – the document, record, publication, manuscript, etc. used to prove a fact.

Sponsor – a sponsor is an individual other than the parents of a child that takes responsibility for the child’s religious education. Sponsors are usually present at a child’s baptism. Sponsors are often referred to as godparents.

srnm. (abbreviation) – surname, last name.

St. (abbreviation) – saint; street.

Statute – a law.


NEW E-BOOK AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD – THE RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY – “Recommended as the most comprehensive how-to book on American genealogical and local history research.” – Library Journal

In every field of study there is one book that rises above the rest in stature and authority and becomes the standard work in the field. In genealogy that book is Val Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.

Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, it is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is the one book that is consistently praised for setting a standard of excellence.

In a word, The Researcher’s Guide has become a classic. While it instructs the researcher in the timeless principles of genealogical research, it also identifies the various classes of records employed in that research, groups them in convenient tables and charts, gives their location, explains their uses, and evaluates each of them in the context of the research process. Designed to answer practically all the researcher’s needs, it is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference book. And it is this singular combination that makes The Researcher’s Guide the book of choice in any genealogical investigation. It is also the reason why if you can afford to buy only one book on American genealogy in a lifetime, this has to be it.

This new 3rd edition incorporates the latest thinking on genealogy and computers, specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women, a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence, and updated information on the 1920 census. Little else has changed, or needs to be changed, because the basics of genealogy remain timeless and immutable. This 3rd edition of The Researcher’s Guide, then, is a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the methods and aims of American genealogy–an essential text for the present generation of researchers–and no sound genealogical project is complete without it.

PDF format (requires Adobe Reader), 676 pages, published in 2000, reprinted in 2005 – $19.95 to download. Go to to download the book.


SATAN IN A BOTTLE – Temporary exhibit at the Orange County Historical Museum (210 N. Churton St.) on loan from the North Carolina Collection. The exhibit runs through November 16 and features the history of moonshine in Orange County. Free.

“SPIRITS OF HILLSBOROUGH” HALLOWEEN TOUR – October 31st – Come out to the Alexander Dickson House on Halloween night for a ghostly walking tour of Hillsborough’s Historic District. Tours are at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30pm and will leave from the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King Street, Hillsborough. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-15. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Please call 732-7741 for more information or email

SALT LAKE CITY RESEARCH TRIP WITH MARGOT BREWER – If you haven’t been to the Ann-MarTrips website ( lately, you will find a new participant category — Limited Assistance. This category was designed for those who want some assistance available, but already have their own research plan.

You are also reminded that the Full Assistance deadline for the April 2009 trip is fast approaching, 31 October 2008. This is also the deadline for choosing the installment payment option. Over the next few months some new updates are in the works for the website so be sure to check back often.

FIFTH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP – Saturday, November 1, 2008, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm – Eiteljorg Museum, 500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN. Parking is free – IAAGG Member Advance $25 – Non-member $35At the door – Lunch on your own at 12:15 at nearby Sky City Café or State Museum Café: $30 $40

Synopsis of Presentations – Visit for session descriptions & schedule. The theme of this year’s workshop is stories as passed down from your grandparents, but with added support of your research. Getting the stories firsthand, then placing your ancestors in historical content of time and place is most important.

VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY FALL SEMINAR – Saturday, 1 November 2008 – You won’t want to miss this event at the David Student Union, Christopher Newport University, 1 University Place, Newport News, VA. If you have forgotten to mail your registration form, please do not delay. After October 17th the fee goes up $5.00. You can download the Brochure/Registration form in as a MS Word Document or a PDF file (Adobe Reader) at the website:

• 8:45-9:15 – Registration

• 9:15-9:30 – Opening Remarks

• 9:30-10:30 – 17th Century Hampton Roads: Gateway to Virginia – Donald W. Moore, CG Moore

• 10:30-11:00 – Break

• 11:00-12:00 – Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina from the Colonial Period to About 1820 – Paul Heinegg

• 12:00-1:30 – Lunch

• 1:30-2:30 – Complexities of Virginia’s Land Records – Carolyn Goudie

• 2:30-3:00 – Break

• 3:00-4:00 – Discovering the Story of Immigration at The Mariners’ Museum Library – Jeanne Eubanks

PITTSBURGH 250 – COLONIAL FAMILY TREES – As Pittsburgh celebrates the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1758, we have the opportunity to reflect on the people instrumental in its formation. This program focuses on the family history and background of those both famous and obscure figures involved in the struggle to control the Gateway to the West.

Speaker Marilyn Cocchiola Holt is Department Manager of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and President-Elect of WPGS.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland Area)

Free and Open to the Public/Reservations not required. For more information, visit or call 412-687-6811. Parking fee at Carnegie Library – $5.00

NGS RESEARCH TRIPS TO SALT LAKE CITY – The National Genealogical Society offers two research trips this winter: 9-15 November 2008 and 25 January-1 February 2009. The details about the trip are below and are available on the NGS website:

If you have not been to the Family History Library before, this is an opportunity to do a week of intense family research. On the November trip, two experienced certified genealogists, Sandra Clunies and Shirley Wilcox, will help acquaint you with the resources available at the library and provide consultation about your specific research goals. A second research trip will be available 25 January-1 February 2009 with Shirley Wilcox, CG, and Marie Melchiori, CG, CGL, as your research hosts.

If you are an experienced genealogist who has visited the Family History Library before, here is an opportunity for you to consult with our leaders and perhaps take a fresh look at one of your brick walls. Several social events provide an opportunity for camaraderie with other family history researchers.

You can register for the Salt Lake City Research Trip, 9 November through 15 November 2008 at Pricing and trip details are available on the website. Sign up early because space is limited to 30 participants. A second research trip will be available 25 January through 1 February 2009 with Shirley Wilcox and Marie Melchiori as your research hosts.

THE 32ND ANNUAL FLORIDA STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE – This year¹s conference will be held on November 14th and 15th at the beautiful Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Florida. The featured speaker is Jana Sloan Broglin, CGSM, a well-known genealogical writer, professional researcher, and speaker who will present four fascinating lectures. The event is being hosted by the Central Florida Genealogical Society.

* The two-day conference registration fee for FSGS Members is $88.00! (The non-Member fee is $98.00.)

* The hotel room rate at the Sheraton is $88.00 per night!

* 8 top-notch speakers in addition to Ms. Broglin will present a well-balanced program with something for every attendee in every session time slot!

Our roster of speakers will be presenting a wealth of topics to help you learn new skills and expand your knowledge to improve your research. The speakers include: Ann Bergelt; Pamela J. Cooper; Amy Larner Giroux, CGSM, CGLSM; George G. Morgan; Donna M. Moughty; Mary P. Parker; Drew Smith, MLS; and C. Ann Staley, CGSM.

Vendors are already clamoring for exhibit hall space to showcase their products and services. Genealogical, historical, and lineage societies will be there to share information and sell their books. Drawings will take place throughout the conference for great prizes too!

The Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will once again host their hugely popular “Ancestor Road Show” and will meet with you one-on-one to provide guidance and suggestions for your toughest research problems.

The annual Gala Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, November 14th, to celebrate this year¹s successful applicants in the prestigious Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification Program. A host of cultural and entertainment attractions in the area and in nearby Orlando also make this conference weekend an ideal getaway for your family and friends. Why not take advantage of the great hotel rate and the location for great leisure fun?

Mark your calendar now! You won¹t want to miss this year¹s conference. Visit the FSGS Web site at <> to learn more and to print your registration form for what promises to be ³The Great ¹08 Conference²! And check back for more information that will be posted at the site.

THE FAMILY HISTORY EXPO MESA – November 14th-15th, 2008 – Mesa, Arizona

WHERE: Mesa Convention Center 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, Arizona

WHEN: 8 am to 6 pm on November 14th-15th, 2008 (Check-in and at the door registration begins at 7 AM on Friday November 14, 2008.)

THEME: Cyberexchange 101: Learn the tech to trace your roots – 20 jam-packed hours of genealogy!

My Ancestors Found, a local Utah business, has pinpointed Mesa, Arizona as the place to be November 14th-15th, 2008. Family history and genealogy enthusiasts will be gathering at the Mesa Convention Center and will not be disappointed with the more than 100 classes being offered to help you jump-start the process. The great thing about this is you don’t even have to have Arizona roots.

Pre-register online at, by phone at 801.829.3295, or send a check to: My Ancestors Found; PO Box 187; Morgan, UT 84050.

Questions? Email: or call Holly at 866.701.5071

LUCILLE GUDIS MEMORIAL FUND ALL DAY SEMINAR – “From Here to Eternity: Jewish Cemetery Research, Preservation and Restoration – Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sign in: 8:45 a.m. Lectures: 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. UJA-Federation, 130 East 59th Street, 7th floor Manhattan

Session 1 – The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) – Joyce Field, JewishGen VP, Data Acquisition

Session 2 – How to Catalog Jewish Cemeteries for the JOWBR – Ada Green, Chair of the JGSNY Cemetery Project

Session 3 – Do Stones Speak? – Interpreting Jewish Monuments; Visiting Jewish Cemeteries – Rabbi Abraham Laber, founder of

Session 4 – Panel on Cemetery Preservation and Restoration:

• Chaim Bruder, Heritage Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries

• Steve Lasky, Founder of the Museum of Family History

• Norman Weinberg, Executive Coordinator of Poland Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project

*Panel open to all JGS Members

$30 for JGS members – $36 for non-JGS members. Registration must be received by November 10, 2008. Advanced registration required; there will be no onsite registration. A kosher buffet lunch is included in the cost of registration

Visit <> to access the registration form.


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

November 19: One Piece at a Time: Saving Rougemont Train Station

DUKE HOMESTEAD EVENT – December 5 & 12 – Christmas by Candlelight. Celebrate an 1870 Christmas during evening tours of the Homestead. The tour features period decorations, caroling, hot apple cider and other goodies. 7-9 p.m.

BENNETT PLACE EVENT – December 13 & 14 – Christmas in the Carolinas during the Civil War. Visit Bennett Place during the holiday season and witness how Christmas was celebrated in the Piedmont Carolinas. The farm will be decorated in a typical Christmas fashion. There will be music, caroling, and refreshments. Donations gratefully accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

ALAMANCE BATTLEGROUND EVENT – December 14 – Christmas Open House. Sample light refreshments and engage in a traditional, seasonal activity. 1-5 p.m.


If you had purchased $1,000 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago, you would have $49 left.

With Fannie Mae, you would have $2.50 left of the original $1,000.

With AIG, you would have less than $15 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer in cans one year ago, drunk all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have cash back.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.

It’s called the 401-Keg


This time of year is a great time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Fall season, especially in North Carolina. Take in a local harvest festival or go to a church bazaar and eat some barbecue & Brunswick stew. Visit a farmers’ market and buy some fresh NC mountain apples. Gas prices are coming down a bit so go somewhere and do something outside! Visit that cemetery you have been talking about and do a little cleanup around those ancestors’ graves while you’re there.

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

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