November 2010 Newsletter

By , November 1, 2010

News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
PO Box 4703, Chapel Hill , NC 27515-4703
2010 dues – $20
Richard Ellington – President

Table of Contents

Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
Upcoming D-OGS Elections for 2011
D-OGS Treasurer’s Report
North Carolina Genealogical Society Fall Workshop
Chatham County Historical Association Inc Presentation
FamilySearch Bloggers Day
Confederate Cemeteries
Genealogical Glossary
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

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Meeting Announcements

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 3 November, 2010 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 for this meeting will be presented by Josh Howard. Josh is a Revolutionary War specialist and co-author, along with Dr. Lawrence E. Babits of East Carolina University, of Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781, winner of the 2009 Army Historical Society’s Distinguished Writing Award.  He is a research historian for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. Josh will speak about the ongoing 150th Civil War commemoration activities at the NC Department of Cultural Resources, specifically the Civil War Death Study ( that they have undertaken.

The November meeting of the D-OGS Computer SIG will be held on 13 November 2010 from 9am until noon at the Chapel Hill Public Library downstairs conference room. Come join us!

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for 6 October 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM. Thirty-eight members were present, as well as four visitors.

After welcoming the members and guests in attendance, Richard Ellington introduced our speaker, Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD. She is the author of two of the best-selling books in genealogy. In addition she has been featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio program, has written cover articles for Internet Genealogy, Family Tree Magazine and Family Chronicles. She is a regular contributor to Ancestry magazine. Fitzpatrick received her BA in physics (1976) from Rice University, and her MA (1983) and PhD in nuclear physics (1983) from Duke University, and has 25 years experience working in the field of high resolution optical measurement techniques. She is a Fellow of the Society of Photo Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) optical society. She is the group administrator for the Fitzpatrick DNA study, which she founded in 2000.

Ms. Fitzpatrick went from being a rocket scientist to forensic genealogist and has worked on identifying remains as well as debunking the myths of Misha Defonseca and Herman Rosenblatt and was the only person to identify a descendent of Fred Noonan (who flew with Amelia Earhart) so that DNA could be compared to any remains that might be found from the doomed flight.

Colleen said that Forensic Genealogy can be compared to when “CSI Meets Roots”. When you have a photo you have everything you need but you have to figure out what you are looking at. She showed us a photo from her personal collection and asked if we could tell who the person was who was very ill.  Members offered many guesses but no one got it quite right. She said the mother was sitting slightly higher than the other members of the family on the first row because she was in a wheelchair and shows signs of having had a stroke.

She showed us another photo and asked if we could tell when it was made. Most people were looking at the woman’s hat and clothing but she said that clothing was only one part of the equation. Close inspection would show that this was taken in a photo booth. We needed to find out the history of photo booths. Colleen said the first one was in New York in 1926 and in 1927 they went into broader distribution so the earliest this photo could have been taken was 1926.

She went on to show us a variety of photos and to explain what went into dating them. There was one that turned out to be a photo of the survivors of the Battle of Shiloh that would have been taken 1908-1912 per the various clues. Another was an outdoor daguerreotype that had long thought to be a photo which included Mozart’s widow. Since this type of outdoor photography wasn’t developed until 1842, it made it quite unlikely that was Madame Mozart.

Colleen also showed us a photo that had another face shown on the back which provided a great deal of information. She stressed that we should look at the back of the photos for information. She also said when scanning in photos to create the largest file possible as this was sometimes a way to get more detail and visual clues.

The second part of her presentation was “The Database Detective”. She said so much more information was available now on the Internet and more was being made available every day.

We need to mine:

  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • Census records
  • City Directories
  • Newspaper obits
  • Coroner’s reports
  • Orphan records
  • Destitute records
  • Medical records
  • Ebay and other collectible websites

New Orleans was a major port of entry for Irish immigrants in the early 1850s. She had done a search for medical records, entered all the records and found that admission records varied greatly at the Charity Hospital. What was driving it? By comparing rainfall records in 1851 she learned that a few weeks afterwards there was an increase in admissions. This was the time of virulent Yellow Fever outbreaks. Also there was an upward tick in admissions shortly after passenger ships put ashore because of all the disease that bred in the close quarters of the immigrant ships.

Her third presentation was “The DNA Detective”. She said that DNA picks up where your paper trail leaves off. She spoke about her own Fitzpatrick study and how Terry Fitzpatrick, #1 in the study in 2000, has never matched anyone. She said there were many online sites for DNA testing and she had used DNA Heritage. She mentioned, and

The program ran long but there were many questions. Finally Richard reminded us that Colleen had brought some of her books if anyone wanted to purchase any and get them autographed. While that was happening, he announced that there was a distinct need for officers for the 2011 year and people needed to step up and take responsibility or programs like this would be in jeopardy, as well as the organization itself. There was mention of continuing the Trading Path but Carol said she thought that under the rules for a 501(3c) we would have to totally disband.

Treasurer’s Report—As of September 1 our balance was $2371.35, with deposits of $335 and expenses of $343.54, culminating in a balance of $2362.81 for October 1.

The nominating committee is chaired by Rob Elias as the Past President. Contact Rob if you wish to serve as an officer for the upcoming year.

The next meeting will be November 3 and will feature Josh Howard speaking on Privateering.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:14 PM. Colleen had a collection of her books available for sale and autographing.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout

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Upcoming D-OGS Elections for 2011

Annual elections will be held at the November meeting and we still do not have a complete slate of officer candidates. Your help to keep D-OGS alive and well is needed. Please step up and volunteer for whatever task needs to be done. Don’t wait to be asked. This organization belongs to ALL of us! We are a small group so everyone needs to be committed to helping out with “running the show”. All too long we have depended on a very few to do what needs to be done.

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D-OGS Treasurer’s Report

Includes outstanding checks and deposits as of 10/31/10

Beginning balance  – 10/1/2010      $ 2,362.81

Expenses                                                85.00

Deposits                                                260.00

Ending Balance                               $ 2,537.81

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North Carolina Genealogical Society Fall Workshop

The North Carolina Genealogical Society Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting will be held on Friday and Saturday, 12-13 November 2010, at the Brownstone Inn in Raleigh. The featured speaker will be Dr. Paul Milner, professional genealogist, author, and lecturer specializing in British Isles research.

Dr. Milner will present seven lectures on locating ancestors that include techniques and resources important to British, Scottish, and Welsh researchers of all levels. The topic titles are: Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four; Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: The Big Five; Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles; Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest; Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website; Overlooked Sources for English 17th and 18th Century Research; and Internet Tools and Sites for British Isles Research.

Descriptions for these topics and the registration form are on the NCGS website and in the NCGS newsletter.

The Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Genealogical Society will be conducted during this workshop. The 2010 NCGS Awards for excellence in genealogical publishing will be also announced.

There will be blank registration forms on the handout table at the D-OGS November meeting.

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Chatham County Historical Association Inc Presentation

Memorable Courthouse Stories From Those Who Worked There

Invited Panel: Attorney Jack Moody, Mrs. Celeste Bryan, Attorney Ed Holmes, former Sheriff Don Whitt, retired Clerk of Court Janice Oldham, Attorney Wade Barber, and Judge Allen Baddour. Panel Moderator will be Tommy Emerson.

Photographic Displays from Invited Photographers: Duane Hall, Jeff Davis and Gerald Dukes

Sunday, November 14, 2:00 pm at the Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro Campus, Multipurpose Room,  764 West Street

The program is free and open to the public.

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FamilySearch Bloggers Day

By Diane Haddad, Family Tree Magazine editor

You might’ve read on the blogosphere that FamilySearch is hosting a bloggers’ day at its Salt Lake City headquarters, with about a dozen genealogy bloggers in attendance and one on the phone (you can see their tweets on Twitter with hashtag #FSBlogDay).

Most of what was covered was context: a look at the changes in FamilySearch products and services over the last few years, and what direction future developments might take. Over the next few days, I’ll share what I’ve learned that’ll be especially helpful to you.

Sometimes it’s helpful to have an overview. You might be using parts of the FamilySearch website in your research right now, but not know that other parts exist. Eventually, all the parts will be integrated into one site where it’s easier to move from one to another, but for now, here are the parts and where to find them:

  • “Classic” FamilySearch: This familiar site has Ancestor File, the International Genealogical Index and other pedigree databases, the Social Security Death Index, the Family History Library Catalog, research outlines, and more.
  • FamilySearch Record Search Pilot Site: For a few years, this is where Familysearch was publishing its digitized records and volunteer-created searchable indexes. The site is still there and will remain for awhile, but new records are no longer being added. Instead, those new digitized records are being added to …
  • FamilySearch Beta: This is where new FamilySearch features are being incorporated, and it’ll be the main FamilySearch site in the future. Right now, it has all of FamilySearch’s digitized records and the volunteer-created searchable indexes, searchable family trees, plus links to FamilySearch online classes, the Research Wiki (with articles you can search for genealogy advice), a new version of the Family History Library Catalog, a Family History Center search and a FamilySearch news blog.
  • Forums: I just learned about this resource–post your research questions here, and genealogists (including Family History Library or Family History Center consultants) lend their expertise. No need to register if you don’t want to.
  • FamilySearch Indexing: FamilySearch has mobilized volunteers around the world to help index its digitized genealogy records. Here is where you can join the volunteer effort and see what projects are in the works.
  • “New” FamilySearch: This is a place (eventually to be called FamilySearch Family Trees) where users can post and collaborate on family trees. It’s currently available only to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as kinks are worked out. We got a look at some of the kinks, which include how to reconcile differences in trees for the same family.

Of course, FamilySearch also has the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the branch Family History Centers (also called FamilySearch Centers).

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Confederate Cemeteries

By Melissa Shimkus

Following the Civil War, the federal government created seventy-two national cemeteries for the burial of Union soldiers. In addition, in 1879, Congress permitted Union veterans not entombed in these federal cemeteries to receive government headstones. No corresponding federal actions to provide gravesites or headstones for Confederate soldiers were legislated. Instead, these services were performed at the local level by the Confederate Memorial Association and other patriotic organizations, as well as by local and state governments. Records of these southern efforts are scattered and can be difficult for genealogists to locate and access.

One helpful source is “Confederate Cemeteries” volumes one and two by Mark Hughes. The set’s title is a bit misleading because the first two volumes only cover cemeteries in Virginia, but more than 20,000 burials are listed including those of some two hundred Union soldiers and about twenty civilians. One example of a civilian burial included in this work is that of fourteen year old Nanie Horan, killed 15 March 1863 in the explosion of C.S. Laboratory, a gunpowder plant, and buried in Shockoe Cemetery in Richmond. Source material for these volumes included tombstone inscriptions, cemetery records, unpublished manuscripts and burial lists from patriotic organizations, local, state and national archives.

Introductory matter in the books includes a section on how to use them, keys to the sources, a history of post-war burial efforts, and descriptions of each cemetery covered.  The lengthy list of burials in each volume is arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased and provides each person’s state, unit, date of death or burial and place of burial. For example, J.T. Bookout of the 7th Georgia, H. Saunders of the 4th Virginia, and Corporal Emory Cook of the 9th South Carolina died in the Confederate Hospital at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The final resting places of the first two men can be determined using the reference number key and cemetery descriptions provided by the author. Bookout’s data notes that he died 17 November 1861 of disease and was buried in the Charlottesville Soldier’s Cemetery. Saunders died in 1861 and was buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Charlottesville. Cook died 20 January 1862 of pneumonia, but no place of burial is given.

With no centralized collection of burial information for Confederate soldiers, a resource such as the “Confederate Cemeteries” volumes is important to genealogists despite its limited focus.

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Tony Wood, PO Box 246, Coffeyville, KS 67337 – 620-251-0750 –

Surnames: Wood

Query: I believe John Wood/s died in Orange in 1813. I also believe his parents were William Woods and Martha Drake, both Irish immigrants. Would someone please verify this for me?
Carol Ann Auty, 1 Rolling Lane, Medway, MA 02053 – 508-533-0490 –

Surnames: Forrester, Whitlow, Leathers

Seeking information on the names of children born to Benjamin Forrester (Jr) and Susannah Whitlow. They were married 28-Feb-1799 in Orange Co., NC. Some further background information on Benjamin (Jr):
Parents are Benjamin Forrester (Sr) and Sarah Leathers


I am far away in Massachusetts.  Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.  Thank You, Carol Ann

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Genealogical Glossary

CADASTRAL – a public record, survey or map for tax purposes showing the ownership and value of land

CADENCY – [Heraldry] royal license by a sovereign that allows the father to grant to all the sons and their (normally) male issue the right to bear the same arms, i.e., coats of arms. Except for the eldest son, the arms are differentiated by marks of cadency.

CANON – a member of the staff of a cathedral

CANON LAW – a law of the church

CAPIAS – [Latin] A legal writ, the most common of which is the the writ of capias ad respondendum, ordering the sheriff to arrest a defendant in a civil case for appearance in court to answer the plaintiff’s declaration. The writ states the name of defendant, the court term when he was required to appear; the name of the plaintiff, the form of action (in non-bailable cases this was a fictitious trespass); and the names of the justice, clerk, and plaintiff’s attorney. The writ does not contain a statement of the plaintiffs claim. The Alias Capias is the second issuance of a capias after the original had gone without answer.

CAPITAL MANOR – The principal residence, or caput manierii

CAPITATION TAX – tax on people, also called a head tax or poll tax

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Alamance County Genealogical Society – ACGS regular monthly meetings begin again on 8 November, 2010 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 Eric Richardson and is titled “Jefferson Davis Women’s Papers”

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 – Australia/New Zealand – Nov 8-21 – The 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held November 8-21, 2010, starts and ends in Sydney, Australia and visits the following New Zealand ports: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. We will sail on Princess Cruises Sun Princess ship. On the days we are at sea attend the Legacy Family Tree genealogy classes and learn the real secrets to becoming an expert with Legacy and improving the way you do your research. Go home with the knowledge and tools you need to be more successful than you ever thought possible. You will be learning directly from the experts. Last year’s classes were recorded for each of the students so they could replay them at home.

Prices begin at US $1595 per person, double occupancy. The price includes:

  • genealogy classes
  • shipboard accommodations
  • ocean transportation
  • meals
  • some beverages
  • most onboard entertainment

Port charges, taxes, gratuities, airfare and optional tours are extra.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel agency, AA Travel Time at 888-505-6997 or send an email to

NCGS annual meeting and workshop – 12-13 November 2010 – Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) will present its Annual Meeting and Workshop at Brownstone Inn, 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. Paul Milner, the speaker, is an expert on English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish research. Workshop topics will be published on the NCGS website and in the NCGS newsletter soon.

Atlanta Family History ExpoNovember 12-13, 2010 – Come join us for 2 days of Genealogy! Learn about all aspects of researching your family history from our expert speakers.  Try out the latest in genealogical tools in our Exhibit Hall. Whether you are new to tracing your family tree or are a professional genealogist, spend time with us learning the tech to trace your roots!

Florida State Genealogical Society annual conference – November 12-13 – Saratoga, Florida – FSGS presents its annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota featuring keynote speaker Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, and other speakers. For more information, visit the conference blog at

New Jersey meeting – The Hudson County Genealogical Society will be holding its November 13, 2010 meeting at the Secaucus Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ. The meeting will start promptly at 11:00 am. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. This is our Annual Meeting, and Officers’ Reports will be given, and Elections of Officers will be held. Roundtable/Open Discussion follows. Come and find out what we are all about!

New Jersey annual meeting – The Genealogical Society of New Jersey Presents our 89th Annual Meeting – Saturday, 20 November 2010 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm – Pane Room, Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce our 2010 Annual Meeting. A brief business meeting, including a vote on updating the by-laws, will be followed by a presentation on Records of the Courts of Quarters Sessions by Gerald Smith, CG and a discussion of a new resource guide Research in the States: New Jersey by author Claire Keenan Agthe. Special Collections will be open for research after the event.  The event is free, but registration is requested.  Registrations are accepted by email to or by mail using the form on the reverse.

Program Information:
10:30 am                             Registration and Coffee
10:45 – 11:00 am                Business Meeting
11:00 – 12:00 pm                Bastards, Bridges & Bawdy Houses: Using Quarter Sessions Records in Genealogy – Gerald H. Smith, CG
12:00 – 12:15 pm                New Resource: Research in the States: New Jersey – Claire Keenan Agthe
12:30 pm                             Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm                               Special Collections and University Archives, including GSNJ collections, opens!

More information may be found on our website, under “Events.”  For questions: please contact

No fee for event.  Registration is requested

Directions may also be found online at

Parking:  Street parking is available along College Avenue and nearby and is free on Saturdays.  Please see GSNJ website for information on additional free parking in the Rutgers’ College Avenue Parking Deck for the day.

North Carolina Museum of History events – 15th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration – Saturday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month with musicians, dancers, artists and storytellers from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes.* Catch the excitement of the 15th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. This lively festival is the museum’s largest annual event. Admission and parking are free, so all you need to spend is your time.

And what a time it will be! The celebration has plenty of activities for all ages. In fact, the festival is so large that it flows outside to Bicentennial Plaza. The celebration is a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s Indian culture, past and present.

During the Call of Nations at noon, see dancers in colorful regalia move to the rhythm of the drum groups Southern Sun and Red Wolf. Throughout the day, watch a dugout canoe take shape, or talk with artisans at work, such as John Blackfeather Jeffries, a member of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, who crafts traditional weapons. Other artists will carve gourds and stone, make pottery, create ribbon work and feather art, and more. (This is a great opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping.)

Hands-on crafts, traditional games and workshops provide interactive experiences galore. You can play a game of corncob darts, shoot a blowgun, grind corn or join a beadwork workshop, among other things. Hear storytellers from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and the Lumbee tribes share tales of long ago, or join a presentation by Dr. Malinda Lowery, a Lumbee tribe member and an assistant professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill. She recently wrote Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South.

Stay for lunch and make a day of it. Vendors will sell fry bread, sweet potato fries, Sappony salsa, buffalo burgers, fried pies and other tasty treats. Speaking of food, explore the museum’s gardens to see plants that were grown by American Indians in North Carolina before the first European contact, such as a Cherokee flour corn variety, the Seminole pumpkin, and the Hidatsa Shield Figure bean.

This event is the perfect way to spend a fall day and celebrate American Indian Heritage Month. For more information, go to or call 919-807-7900.

The American Indian Heritage Celebration is supported by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Food Lion; Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel; the North Carolina Museum of History Associates; IBM; Lumbee tribe; N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs; and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with funds from the United Arts campaign, the N.C. Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is provided by the UNC American Indian Center; the Native American Resource Center at UNC-Pembroke; the Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Gaming Commission; Arrowhead Graphics; Lumbee Guaranty Bank; the Haliwa-Saponi tribe; and Thomas, Judy & Tucker, P.A.

* The eight state-recognized tribes are Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony, and Waccamaw-Siouan. For more information about the tribes, go to

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Whoever said “seek and ye shall find” was NOT a genealogist.

Parting Thought

I’d rather be looking for dead people than have them looking for me!

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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