November 2009 Newsletter

By , April 20, 2011

D-OGS Newsletter – November 2009

News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange genealogists

PO Box 4703, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703

2009 dues – $20

Rob Elias – President

D-OGS Meetings for November 2009


This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 4 November 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham 27705. Phone: (919) 477-5498 – One-half mile from I-85 and Guess Rd (Exit 175), Follow the brown historic site road signs.


The program will be presented by John W. Clauser, Jr. and his topic will center on the attributes of the Southern Folk Cemetery location, types of markers, and the culture of southern folk death. Mr. Clauser has spoken to D-OGS before, when he was state archaeologist with the Office of State Archaeology in the Department of Cultural Resources. He is currently Principal Of Grave Concerns, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in cemetery recording and preservation. The company has been involved in numerous cemetery projects involving recording, moving, and evaluating and developing preservation plans and restoration of cemeteries. It also offers a machinery operation service for archaeologists.




NOTICE! Due to a scheduling problem with the Chapel Hill Public Library, there will be NO CIG meeting in November. The program for November likely will be held in December.



Other News


The president called the meeting to order at 7:00. The minutes were affirmed read and approved by a show of hands. As the treasurer was absent, the treasurer’s report will be submitted at a later date to be included in the meeting minutes.


The first item of business was the projected increase of membership dues from $20 to $25 per year. Rob explained that the board had discussed the increase at last night’s board of directors meeting and noted that there had been comments of concern from some out of town members, so they had decided to put the matter to a vote of the membership at the October meeting. Cathy Elias moved that the increase be delayed to be discussed again in the future. Ginny Thomas seconded the motion. The motion was passed.


The next topic was the nomination of officers for the upcoming year. The president asked for volunteers or nominations from the floor, saying that people had agreed to be placed in nomination for president, secretary, treasurer, and director at large. The office of vice-president and program chair remains open and he asked for a volunteer for the position. Cathy Elias suggested that because the vice-president must stand in for the president in his or her absence, and that scheduling programs for a year’s meetings can be so time-consuming that it would be helpful for one or two others agree to assist that person in arranging programs and scheduling sites for meetings. The nominees at this time are:

  • President – Richard Ellington
  • Vice president/Program chair – vacant
  • Secretary – Tonya Krout
  • Treasurer – Ginny Thomas
  • Director at large – Fred Mowry, completing Ginny Thomas’ unexpired two-year term. We still need another director-at-large candidate for a two-year term


The slate of officers will be voted on at the November meeting, and Rob asked for volunteers for all the positions if people wished to serve, especially the position of vice president.


Committee Reports

  • The new issue Trading Path was handed out to those present
  • The board of directors reviewed the new D-OGS web site and noted there will be many changes including a new web host as well as more services for out of town members.
  • The November meeting will be held at the Duke Homestead once again.
  • The December meeting will be our annual birthday party, and the members voted to hold it again at the Golden Corral in Durham where it was held last year. The members said that the food is good and the private dining room is a good setting for our meeting.
  • There was discussion whether to hold the meeting on the first Wednesday or the second Wednesday of December, and this will be decided upon at the November meeting.
  • Richard Ellington reported that the programs are set for November, 2009 through February, 2010.
  • The membership chair was absent so there was no report.
  • Carol Boggs reported that the NC Room Collection Task Force held a meeting on Thursday October 1, 2009 and reviewed the plans identified by the group. We discussed several possibilities for present and future action on the part of D-OGS:

o   Support the NC Room Collection in every possible way while it is in the OCPL

o   Explain and talk up the Heritage Center as a potential site for the NCR Collection

o   Continue to encourage County Commissioners to support the HC

o   Keep issue current with D-OGS members each month

o   Meet again once the report on the HC is issued

o   Request collections from local and distant members. The Lloyd family papers from Joyce Nunnery are an example

o   Distribute FGS sheets or PDF files to D-OGS members and other to submit family files


All in all, the “Last Friday” effort was a success, despite the weather and other interruptions such as thunderstorms. We now have a better idea of what the average person on the street knows about local and personal genealogy and the NC Room, both good things to know.


Lucinda walked up to our meeting toward the end and gave us a quick update on the library opening. They will close for three weeks, starting on Thanksgiving, and open in the new building before Christmas. We will want to think about what role D-OGS can or may want to have in the opening. She will address us briefly in the November D-OGS meeting


  • Carol Boggs reported on the Last Friday booth that D-OGS manned during the summer of 2009.
  • Over the summer of 2009, D-OGS members participated in the “Last Friday” events between April and September. The successes could be measured in the numbers of people who came by giving us a chance to talk with them about our work to support the NC Room Collection in the Orange County Public Library. We also explained about the D-OGS organization and handed out a number of brochures, as well as asked people about where their ancestors primarily came from. It was interesting to learn that almost three-quarters of them came from distant states or countries. Some who attended were only in town for the weekend, so our reach was greater than we could have anticipated.
  • Bad weather plagued the events, and the two “dueling bands” on the front of the Old Court House made it virtually impossible to hear ourselves think, much less carry on a conversation with anyone who came by. Despite the difficulties, it was enjoyable and we know we raised awareness of our efforts and the importance of the NC Room Collection. This is a good kind of activity for D-OGS to use to publicize its activities. If we had had booklets of data collections to sell, we could probably have added to our coffers, but currently we have nothing to offer. Perhaps by next summer, if we decide to participate in the “Last Fridays” again, we can prepare something to offer the public.
  • Those people who participated deserve our thanks for driving to Hillsborough and getting tired, wet, and frustrated by the difficulties. They did a great job, and as a result, we now have a new banner for our table at various events such as the Genealogy Workshops, Old Orange County Family History Days, and future “Last Fridays”. Please take a minute to tell each of them thank you for their efforts. They are:
    • Stewart Dunaway
    • Richard Ellington
    • Louis Freeland
    • Ava Nackman
    • Bill Reid
    • Nerissa Williams
    • Carol Boggs


  • Richard Ellington attends the Orange County Heritage Center Task Force as D-OGS representative and reported on its recent activities:

o   The Task force will be making recommendations to the Orange County Board of Commissioners regarding the establishment of a heritage center-type facility for Orange County

o   The task force is acknowledging that such a facility cannot be self-supporting and must be treated as a county funded service, like the library

o   The Task Force was able to gather funds from private sources to fund a short-term professional to report on the viability and location of a heritage center facility

  • D-OGS may hold its Genealogy Workshop in the spring of 2010. Tonya Krout will head up the committee to organize it. Rob asked for volunteers to assist her with the project that will be held on either the 17th or the 24th of April. The date will be finalized and announced to the membership and the public.
  • Cathy Elias announced a six week beginner’s course in genealogy to be taught by the Eliases at the North Regional Library in Durham. It will be held on six successive Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM, starting October 13, 2009.
  • Richard announced that the North Carolina Genealogical Society and The Olivia Raney Local & Family History Library present the Fourth Annual NCGS Speakers Forum, Saturday, 7 November 2009 at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610 (directions). Registration and check-in is from 8:00 until 8:30. The program runs from 8:30 until 4:30. He placed registration forms on the table near the exit and encouraged people to attend.

TOPIC: “Like a Bear with his stern in a corner”
SPEAKER: Stewart Dunaway

The program was presented by D-OGS member Stewart Dunaway. Stewart’s program was a talk on his new book – “Like a Bear with his stern in a corner” – that he has co-written with Jeffery G. Bright, past President of the Alamance Battleground Chapter (NCSSAR). Jeffrey Bright spoke to D-OGS earlier this year about the Battle at Guilford Courthouse.


His talk was entitled “The American Revolution in North Carolina”, featuring primarily the interaction of the British military and the Continental Army as they met and chased each other across the center of North Carolina. He documented site after site where their paths crossed and used slides to illustrate the people, the locations, and the maps explaining the activities. He featured some heretofore unpublished data that he and his co-author researched to enrich the story providing a new look at parts of the Revolutionary War in our state. His lively explanation of the events leading up the final retreat of Cornwallis to Wilmington was both clear and interesting. Stewart talked about how he and his co-author found material in the Archives in Scotland that had never before been published, and put a different light on events.


Because the staff of the Orange County Library told us at the last minute that we would have to leave at 8:00 PM (the new closing hours of the library), there was no time for questions, but Stewart assured us he would have more copies of his book available for purchase at future meetings. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM. The group reluctantly left after picking up their issues of the Trading Path as they went out the door.


Respectfully submitted, Carol Boggs



Trading path association November First Sunday Hike: On the Road to Synnott’s Tavern (ca. 1755)


(From Tom Magnuson of the Trading Path Association)


Michael Synnott was a sea captain.  He retired to the piedmont in the 1750s, bought land, and opened businesses.  Generally, he picked his land well.  “Synnott’s Hole” on the Eno at West Point on the Eno was his piece of the river.  He had hundreds of acres around what appears to have been a prosperous little place on the northern-most sweep of the Eno River, about five miles east of northeast from the future site of Hillsborough.  Already when Orange County and then Hillsborough came into being, there was a concentration of people gathered on what was probably the best all season, all weather ford over the Eno River.  It is likely the success of this little place without a name was what led to the construction of St. Mary’s Chapel on the Trading Path out on the north side of the occupation zone.  Anyway that is what it is starting to look like out around St. Mary’s Chapel, and we’d like to share some of our St. Mary’s findings with you on the First Sunday in November.

At 2 PM on Sunday 1 November we’ll depart from 6120 St. Mary’s Road, Lochill Farm, a horse operation six and a half miles east of Hillsborough, NC in northern Orange County.  We’ll loop out the old road that ran from Fanny’s Ford to the likely site of Michael Synnott’s Inn on the Trading Path.  We’ll visit a cemetery and a few other pretty special places on our way back in.  Along the way we’ll look for a church site, and we’ll get some idea of how these old roads evolved, came into being, fell into secondary status and finally fell out of use.

The hike may entail up to three fords.  If there’s been a recent rain we’ll reroute things, but normally there is little water in these streams and we’ll just step across.  There may be a need to step up two or three steps, but we’ve done a lot worse and should have no problems if we take our time and help one another.  The entire hike is a bit under 1.5 miles and we should be back at the trailhead by 4 PM. Wear long pants and sturdy boots, and dress for the season.



NARA Proposed Regulation 36 CFR 1254


If you use the National Archives for any of your research, you will want to read the following notice.


The following notice was received from Marilyn Redman of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is proposing a revision to the current NARA regulations on Researcher Identification Cards.  The proposed rule will require researchers using original records, NARA microfilm, and public use computers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, to obtain a researcher identification card. Researchers at regional archives are also required to obtain a researcher identification card when there is no separate research room for the use of microfilm and public access computers. The proposed rule also updates our regulations to reflect changes in available technology and research room practices, such as abolishing the three-hour time limit for using microfilm readers.


The proposed rule is available at


Comments are due:  November 24, 2009


NARA invites interested persons to submit comments on this proposed rule. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods but we strongly encourage submission through

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: Submit comments by facsimile transmission to 301-837- 0319.
  • Mail: Send comments to Regulations Comments Desk (NPOL), Room 4100, Policy and Planning Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD.



Gale and The British Library Bring Nineteenth-Century Events to Life with Online Newspaper Archive



Editor’s note: The following is a press release from Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and The British Library. This is offered for information only. D-OGS is NOT endorsing this service.


Farmington Hills, MI, September 10, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, along with The British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), have made nineteenth-century British newspapers available on the internet. The database, known as “British Newspapers, 1800-1900” and available at, gives users access to over two million newspaper pages from 49 different national and regional newspapers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Chosen by leading experts and academics, the newspapers represent a cross-section of nineteenth-century society and contain illustrated materials on a variety of topics, including business, sports, politics and entertainment.


Providing the historical news content needed to track the lives of ancestors, “British Newspapers, 1800-1900” is a powerful new resource for genealogists and family historians, providing access to property and legal notices, marriage and birth announcements, illustrations and photographs. Users are able to search for relatives by name or keyword with additional resources available including biographies, timelines and publication histories.


This web site also offers users a unique opportunity to travel back in time to uncover rarely read accounts of nineteenth-century events as if they were historians stumbling upon long-lost artifacts. Whether it be a fascination with the East End of London at the time of the Whitechapel murders, “the hunting grounds of some of the lowest and most degraded types of humanity” (Penny Illustrated Paper, Sept. 1888), or an affinity for Civil War history and Abraham Lincoln, a man who “had in him not only the sentiments which women love, but the heavier metal of which full-grown men and Presidents are made” (Penny Illustrated Paper, Oct. 1861), this database offers historians, genealogists, researchers and anyone with a curiosity for nineteenth-century history the opportunity to read first-hand accounts of momentous events.


Many key anniversaries and world-changing events — the Economic Panics of 1857 and 1873, the abolition of slavery, the Great Potato Famine, the California Gold Rush, the settling of the American frontier and many more — are documented and available via a few keystrokes. Users can also access work from celebrated authors of the nineteenth-century, including Charles Dickens and William Thackeray.


“‘British Newspapers, 1800-1900’ places the fascinating events of the nineteenth century at the fingertips of genealogists, researchers, historians and consumers,” said Jim Draper, vice president and publisher, Gale. “We are honored to be able to give audiences around the world access to content that was once only available to a small audience who had access to local library reading rooms in the United Kingdom.”


To make this collection available to users, Gale turned The British Library’s collection of nineteenth-century newspapers into a high-resolution digital format with searchable images. The database presents online access to a key set of primary sources for the study of nineteenth-century history. For the 49 newspapers selected, every front page, editorial, birth and death notice, advertisement and classified ad that appeared within their pages is easily accessible from what is a virtual chronicle of history for this period. Users of the database can search every word on every page.


“This web site was developed with the researcher in mind,” said Simon Bell, Head of Strategic Licensing and Partnerships, The British Library. “There is a huge appetite for wider online access to this kind of resource and we are pleased that so many researchers and journalists have used the web site to research material which enables users across the world to delve into this unrivaled online resource.”


Searches of the site are free and downloads of full-text articles are available by purchasing either a 24-hour pass or a seven-day pass. Content from The Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic is available free.


For more information, please visit or



New Project to Digitize Ship’s Logbooks


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


The BBC reports that researchers are digitizing the captains’ logs from the voyages of Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle, Captain Cook from HMS Discovery, Captain Bligh from The Bounty, and 300 other 18th and 19th century ships’ logbooks. Nearly 300 Royal Navy captains’ logs from voyages dating back to the 1760s. The logbooks will be available on the National Archives website next year.
The logbooks contain detailed records of weather in the oceans, which were updated daily or even hourly by senior officers. There are measurements of wind speed and direction as well as temperature and pressure recordings. As time went on the measurements became more instrumented and accurate. The researchers are cross referencing the data with historical records for crop failures, droughts and storms and will compare it with data for the modern era in order to predict similar events in the future.

You can read more at the BBC’s web site at



Identifying females is one of the hardest challenges genealogists face


Jule Miller, Enterprise columnist



It might be that only the first name and married surname are known. Or perhaps a daughter disappears from census records and it is not known whom she married. The biggest obstacle when researching women is that their name changed when they married. This is compounded by fewer records. Before the 20th century, women did not have the same rights as men and, therefore, they generated considerably fewer records. Although few research problems are as difficult as finding the identity of females in our family history, there are records and strategies that can be used to overcome the challenges.


Often the answer to identifying a woman can be found in the records of her husband, son or brother. Men owned the land, they ran the businesses and their lives were recorded in more detail than women’s. Look for clues about women in the records of the men in their lives.


Records relating to a child’s birth, marriage and death will often give the mother’s maiden name. Even a child’s name can be a clue about a mother’s maiden name. Children are often named after grandparents, uncles and aunts. A clue to a maiden name might be in a child’s unusual first or middle name when the name is typically a surname.


Women can be found as witnesses on records. Marriage, baptismal and other legal documents are all examples of the types of records a woman might have witnessed. Making a connection between the woman witnessing the event and the names in the documents can lead to finding a woman’s identity.


Some records that can be useful in finding female identities are:

1.    Marriage records are the most obvious place to look for a maiden name and names of parents. This could be a civil marriage license or bond, a church marriage record or marriage announcement. If the name of parents is not included, be sure to check the marriage records for all known siblings, since they might have information not included in the record for your direct line.

2.    Death records usually include the maiden name of the deceased. They also might include the mother’s maiden name. Again, checking for all the siblings of your direct line will increase the odds of finding the names of parents.

3.    Church records usually list the maiden name of the mother in the baptismal record and the maiden name of the woman in a marriage record. A closer examination of church records will reveal that women were often witnesses for the baptisms and marriages of close family members.

4.    Land records frequently show the passing of land ownership from one generation to the next. These records provide the names of wives and married daughters, and in some cases, the names of the daughter’s husband.

5.    Wills and probate records are one of the most useful records when looking for a woman’s identity. Parents usually named each child in their will and it is common for each child to receive a portion of the estate. A woman also could have been named in the will and probate of grandparents and other relatives. Married names are usually used, and the name of their spouse also might be listed.

6.    Pension files might include the maiden name of a pensioner’s wife. They also can include affidavits from close family members who might be related to the wife. Widow pension files should have the maiden name in the proof that the woman was married to the pensioner.

7.    Obituaries frequently list the maiden name of females or give the names of their parents. Additionally, a married name will be given when a woman is listed in the obituary of her father, mother or sibling.

8.    Letters and diaries can be a source of information about females and their families. These are usually found in family records, either immediate family or that of a collateral line. If you suspect letters and diaries exist for a female in your genealogy but have not located the items, perhaps they have been donated to a repository. Check for these treasures in the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), which is available online.

9.    Census records are easily accessible and are full of information on female ancestors. Although census records do not ask for a maiden name, they give many clues about a woman’s origins. It is common to find children living with parents directly after they marry and for parents to live with married children as they age.

10. Cemetery records might list maiden names and they often hold clues about a family. People often bought cemetery lots close to other family members or bought lots large enough to accommodate extended family members. Look for the relationship between the deceased and the owner of the cemetery lot, which may be listed on the cemetery record.


Females make up half of our ancestry, yet they are often neglected. Be sure you don’t shortchange the females in your family just because the research takes a little extra effort.


Julie Miller is a certified genealogist (CG). She is a genealogy researcher, lecturer, and writer. If you have a genealogy question, send it to


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



Is your computer ready for Windows 7?


There is a lot of “buzz” about the newest version of Microsoft Windows, due to be released late October. This new version has some very specific hardware requirements. The Windows 7’s system requirements are:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver


These requirements are the minimum requirement. Like most of Microsoft’s stuff, it will probably require a lot more resources thane these (memory, etc.) to run very well. If you’re not sure what all that means, you can run the “Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor”. It’s a small download (6.3 MB). After installing it, the advisor will perform some quick tests on your computer to see if it meets the upgrade requirements. It will let you know if there’s anything that would need attention.


I have run this software on my main computer. I got the following message:


“You’ll need to perform a custom installation of Windows 7 and then reinstall your programs. Make sure to back up your files before you begin.”


Since I currently use Windows XP, it appears that the upgrade to Windows 7 will take a bit of effort. First, I’ll need to backup all of my files, including pictures, email, genealogy files, etc. After installing Windows 7, then I’ll need to first reinstall all of my software, and then copy all of my files back to the appropriate directories, so it will take a fair amount of time if I want to upgrade. Hopefully, by the time that Microsoft actually releases Windows 7, they will have another migration tool that will work with Windows XP. There is a very large install base of Windows XP still in use.


If you want to test your computer, download and install the file below and run it on each computer you may want to upgrade. If you want, you can un-install this software after testing.


Click here to download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor software.



Can you help these folks?


I am seeking information on William Rhea who was residing in Orange County in 1780.  Abraham Parker, b 3 Oct 1764, Edenton, NC was living in Orange County, NC on 7 Jun 1780 when he was drafted into William Rhea’s Company.  Also, I am seeking information on the marriage, ca 1790, of William Hamilton Rhea in Orange County, NC to Sarah Cooper, and their parentage.  William Hamilton Rhea is possibly the son of William Rhea, identified in the above reference to Abraham Parker.  Contact me at




Peggy Walker, 1020 N Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids, MN 55744 – Phone: (218) 327-1964 – Email:

Surnames: Pool(e), Malone

I am seeking information on the parents and siblings of John Pool (ca 1797-1880) and his wife Abigail Malone (1808-1880) of Durham. I would also like to find obituaries for John and Abigail.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.



Genealogical glossary


  • AB INITIO – [Latin, from the beginning] used in situations regarding the validity of will, deed, or other legal document
  • AB NEPOS – a great-great-grandson
  • AB NEPTIS – a great-great-granddaughter
  • ABATEMENT – 1) The difference between the amount of the estate an heir is to receive as specified in a will and the amount actually received, due to property devaluation between the time the will was made and when the death occurred; the entry of a stranger into the estate after the death of the possessor but before the heir can take control.
    2) In heraldry, a mark of dishonor in a coat of arms. The most common was the point and gore, which cut off an angle on the shield and was awarded for lying, boasting, drunkenness, killing a prisoner who had surrendered, rape, and sloth in war.
  • ABAVUS – [Latin] second great-grandfather
  • ABCPSIA – blindness
  • ABD – [Arabic] servant/slave of; late it connoted ‘black slave’ and thence just ‘black’



Websites of Possible Interest


I got the following note from D-OGS member Frank Gattis. Thanks for the info, Frank::


The  (  website has lots of genealogy material pertaining to NC. I purchased the book “Orange County, NC 1752-1952” by Hugh Lefler on a CD for $13.59 including shipping. They have lots of other books available as well. D-OGS members should check it out.



Books of possible interest


Paths to your past – NGS is pleased to offer a new publication for beginning genealogists, Paths to Your Past, edited by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL and NGS Director of Education and Publications, with contributions from Marty Hiatt, CG. The new 57-page, soft-cover book replaces an earlier publication entitled Instructions for Beginners in Genealogy, which was last updated in 2001.


Because the Internet has drastically changed the way we search for our ancestors, the new publication has been rewritten and reorganized to help beginners get started in the search for their ancestors. It tells how to collect information from family, libraries, government agencies at all levels, and the Internet; how to record facts; and how to write citations for sources so that they or anyone else can find them again in the future if need be. You will also find suggestions for learning more about genealogy. The book also includes a glossary for often-used family research terms.


Paths to Your Past would make an excellent addition to your library, teaching tool, or gift for friends or relatives new to genealogy. It is available in print at click on Store, and search for _Paths to Your Past_.  Please make sure you are logged on at the NGS website before proceeding to the Store. This will ensure that the member discount is applied to your purchases. The cost, which includes shipping, is $18 for members and $21 for non-members. If you teach family history research courses and would like to purchase multiple copies, a discount is available for purchases of 12 or more copies by contacting Look for the PDF version in the online store soon!



Ngs states research series – NGS has released the 38-page Research in Tennessee, which has been revised and updated by Chuck Sherrill.


The following states are available from the National Genealogical Society Research in the States Series at the NGS website,


* Research in Arkansas by Lynda Childers Suffridge, 2008

* Research in Illinois by Diane Renner Walsh, 2007

* Research in Maryland by Patricia O’Brien, 2007

* Research in Michigan by Shirley M. DeBoer, 2008

* Research in Missouri by Pamela Boyer Porter and Ann Carter Fleming, 2007

* Research in North Carolina by Jeffrey L. Haines, 2008,

* Research in Ohio by Diane Vanskiver Gagel, 2008

* Research in Oregon by Connie Miller Lenzen, 2007

* Research in Pennsylvania by Kay Haviland Freilich, 2007

* Research in Tennessee by Chuck Sherrill, 2009

* Research in Virginia by Eric G. Grundset, 2007

* Research in West Virginia by Barbara Vine Little, 2007


Each publication is 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, slightly larger than our previous Research in the States publications. The average length is 42 pages, but it varies by state. Each publication includes a section on archives, libraries, societies, and other research facilities in the respective state, as well as a discussion of the major family history resources available, such as maps, cemetery records, census, city directories, newspapers, military records, tax records and vital records. In addition, for each state you will find a discussion of which records are available at the local, county, and state level.


These publications are available in print for $14.50 for NGS members and $17.50 for non-members. The price includes shipping. Alternatively, each book can be purchased as a PDF file, an e-book that you can download from the NGS website and then either read on your computer or print. E-books are $8 for NGS members and $10 for non-members. Both the print and PDF versions of the Research in the States series can be found on the NGS website:, click on “Store.” Please make sure you are logged on at the NGS website before proceeding to the store. This will ensure that the member discount is applied to your purchases.


NGS plans to add a few new states each year, so check the NGS website periodically for new releases at



Calendar of Upcoming Events


November Genealogy Workshops – Family History Center – Cherry Hill, NJ


  • Thursday, November 5, 2009, (11:00 AM) – Irish Church Records (D. Fox)
  • Saturday, November 7, 2009, (10:00 AM) – County Courthouse Research (S. Jordon)
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2009

o   The Stepping Stones for Genealogy (10:00 AM) (T. Mirarchi)

o   Tracing Your Italian Ancestors (12:00 PM) (T. Mirarchi)

  • Saturday, November 14, 2009 (10:00 AM) – Italian Genealogy: Language & Handwriting (J. Solimeo)


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





North Carolina genealogical society speakers forum & annual meeting – Raleigh – 7 November 2009.


The North Carolina Genealogical Society and The Olivia Raney Local & Family History Library present the Fourth Annual NCGS Speakers Forum, Saturday, 7 November 2009 at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610 (directions: Registration and check-in is from 8:00 until 8:30. The program runs from 8:30 until 4:30.


North Carolina Genealogical Society members will present lectures on a variety of important research resources including wills, deeds, court records, census, immigration, naturalization, DNA, and more!  The topics range from beginner to advanced levels.


The NCGS Annual Meeting will also occur midday with awards for publications significant to NC genealogy research.


Mark the date: Saturday, 7 November 2009.  More information on the workshop topics and speakers can be found online at .



Research trip to salt lake city – Join St. Louis Genealogical Society (StLGS) on its sixteenth annual research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Sunday to Sunday, 8 – 15 November 2009. The StLGS’ research week provides family historians with an opportunity to spend a week with two knowledgeable leaders at the world’s largest genealogical library.


The package includes seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, six days of library research including an orientation tour of both the library and surrounding area, individual consultations with StLGS’ leaders and library experts, a Sunday evening group meal, a genealogical roundtable on Monday evening, and baggage handling and transfers. Additionally, the library will schedule special German research classes with their German experts who will be available to our group throughout the week. One lucky participant will win four free nights at the hotel.


The renowned Family History Library contains more than two million microfilms, thousands of books, and microfiches that can assist the family researcher.  The Salt Lake Plaza hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is just steps away from the Family History Library, the Salt Lake light rail system, restaurants, and cultural events.


For a copy of the registration brochure, to register for the trip, and/or for more information, visit the St. Louis Genealogical Society’s website: or call 314-647-8547.



Alamance county genealogical society November meeting – The 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 program for 9 November is “Shared Research”



Duke Forest Annual Gathering – Thursday, November 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Stewart Dunaway will be talking about the George Johnston and William Robson Mill as well as the possible location of the Courtney Mill of the 1770’s. All of this was found on their land (on New Hope Creek).


This will not be an in-depth presentation, but will provide for a 20 minute overview of what has been located, new information Stewart has uncovered, etc.  He will be selling his book on the history of this site, which will soon be available on


Attendees need to RSVP since there is limited seating at the New Hope Improvement Association Center on 4012 Whitfield Road. RSVP via the web or by calling 919-613-8013.



Florida State Genealogical Society Announces Its 32nd Annual Conference – The Florida State Genealogical Society proudly announces its 33rd annual genealogy conference to be held on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, 2009. The conference will take place at the Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida. This year¹s conference features presentations by special guest Craig Roberts Scott, CG, a nationally recognized genealogical expert, author, and speaker. He will be joined by eight additional nationally and internationally recognized speakers: Pamela J. Cooper, Paul Enchelmayer, Amy Larner Giroux, CG & CGL, George G. Morgan, Donna M. Moughty, Ann Mohr Osisek, Drew Smith, MLS, and C. Ann Staley, CG.


The Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will host their popular ³Road Show² and will meet with attendees one-on-one to provide guidance and research suggestions. Vendors and genealogical societies will be present in the Exhibit Hall. The Florida State Genealogical Society will hold its Gala Banquet on Friday evening to award this year¹s certificates in the Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification Program.


Early-bird registration for the two-day conference is $88.00 for members and $98.00 for non-members through October 29th. Registration increases by $10.00 in each category after that date. Full details about the conference and a registration form are available at the society¹s website at



Western Pennsylvania genealogical society – Saturday, November 14, 2009 – 10 AM – Methodist Church Records by David R. Grinnell


David R. Grinnell is Chief Archivist of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh. Regional History Center, 1212 Smallman St.


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland Area) – Free and Open to the Public, Reservations not required – parking fee at Carnegie Library – $5.00



LUNCH AND LEARN’S 11TH SEASON MEETS AT TOSCA Ristorante Italiano in West Village – Plan now to join us for our 11th Season at Tosca Ristorante Italiano in West Village for more fun and informative programs about Durham and its fascinating history! Season passes to all seven events are now available to Preservation Durham members for $115. Single event tickets are $19 for Preservation Durham members, $17 for Preservation Durham senior members, and $25 for the public. You can make your reservations with your credit card by calling (919)-682-3036 or by email.

Lunch and Learn programs are presented the third Wednesday of each month from September through May, with December and January off and include a delicious lunch.

November 18: 35 Years Ago: Nick Galifianakis Remembers Galifianakis was a three-term US Congressman from Durham who lost the 1972 Senatorial election to Jesse Helms. Sponsorships available.


Guilford county genealogical society – GCGS meets at the First Friends Meeting, 2100 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina (1/2 mile east of Friendly Shopping Center, at the intersection of W. Friendly & W. Greenway), at 10:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month. Meeting 21 November 2009 – Diane Huffman, one of our long time members, will present “Trials and Triumphs of Cemetery Research.”



“Disease & Distress!” – Workshop in Toronto, Ontario – Saturday 28 November 2009 – The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library have joined together to sponsor “Disease & Distress!”, an all-day workshop on how our ancestors handled adversity. With expert speakers from Ontario and the United States, this event will offer a window on our ancestors’ struggles with hardships and devastation – from the “white plague” to life on the WWI home front – and the footprints they left behind. Early registration rates are available until October 23rd.


For program and registration details, visit To check availability, call 416-733-2608 (voice mail) or e-mail



Wake county genealogical society – WCG meets on Tuesday, 24 November, at 7:00pm at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. The program is currently TBA



Duke homestead state historic site – December 4 & 11 Christmas at the Homestead. 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 state historic site – December 12-13 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. Music, caroling, and refreshments will be served. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.





Playing with names in a Ruidoso, New Mexico cemetery:

Here lies

Johnny Yeast

Pardon me

For not rising


Parting Thought


Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.




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