October 2009 Newsletter

By , April 20, 2011

D-OGS Meetings for October 2009


The next D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 October 2009 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Orange County Public Library on 300 W. Tryon Street in Hillsborough, NC. (Click here for map: http://tinyurl.com/mgj5r6)


The program will be presented by D-OGS member Stewart Dunaway. Stewart’s program will be a talk on a 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.


This book documents the Revolutionary War in Orange County. Books will be available after the talk. This new book documents a part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution immediately after the Race to the Dan and leading up to the Battle at Guilford Courthouse. The period between February and March 1781 was an important time for North Carolina as well as America as a whole. Patriot forces continued to skirmish with British Gen. Cornwallis. Although none of these events were paramount or decisive, they illustrated the fortitude of the American Spirit. This strong resolve sent a clear message to the British that the Patriots would rather fight than remain loyal to the King. Read about Hart’s Mill, Pyle’s Defeat, Clapp’s Mill and Weitzel’s Mill. Learn what occurred, the issues and impacts surrounding each of these unique events.  The title of this book comes from a letter written by Colonel Otho Williams to General Greene describing Cornwallis’ tactics during this time period, detailing one of the many aspects that are fully documented in this book.




The next meeting of the CIG will be held in the large meeting room (NOTE CHANGE OF ROOM), downstairs in the Chapel Hill Public Library, at 9:00am, Saturday, 10 October 2009. The program is TBA.



D-OGS Meeting Minutes from September 2, 2009


The meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM in a new venue—the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill.


Rob Elias called the meeting to order. One visitor was present as well as 31 members. In the absence of tonight’s speaker, Rob proposed moving right into the Business Meeting portion of the program which we could suspend when the speaker arrived.


Rob announced that the Secretary was in need of a tape recorder that could be used to record the meetings.


He also reported that the Board was decided to suspend the January 2010 increase in dues at this time. The Board will revisit the subject at a later time. At the September Board Meeting, it was also decided to eliminate the 3 year membership option as it’s proving to be a budgeting problem.


Rob reported that the Nominating Committee is working on a slate of officers which will be announced at the October meeting.


Other Committee Reports:


Trading Path—Cathy Elias said there needed to be a correction in the minutes that said expenses for the Trading Path had been $6000 since 2006. She and Rob did not take over until 2008 and there had been no Trading Path in 2006 and 2007. It also was stated that the Trading Path costs $800 an issue but they are working on various ways to save money and have it down to a present quote of $650.


The Trading Path is at the printers now and will be given out in October. Cathy said they would like members to deliver to fellow members who live in their neighborhood as another cost-cutting measure.


Richard Ellington reported that the Newsletter has received a number of press releases of interesting things happening in the area and he pointed out some of them and mentioned ones he had received after the Newsletter went to press.


He said the program for October will be announced in the next newsletter as he is finalizing details at this time and is not ready to make an announcement.


Regarding the Website, Rob said Ginger Smith is our new Webmaster and she had attended the Board Meeting and made a very good presentation. She also will be at CIG this month. More information on the Website will be forthcoming.


The subject of which comes next, either Olde Orange Family History Day or a Spring Workshop, was introduced and the question was asked of why we did not have one or the other this year. The answer was that the work necessary for NGS replaced either activity this year but that we are due to produce the Workshop next year.


Carol said that, as announced, Ginger will be at the meeting talking about interactive ways to use the Internet with Facebook, blogs, Twitter, etc. The meeting is Saturday, September 12, 9-12 at the Chapel Hill Library.


The Treasurer’s report was $2076.36.


Stewart attended the last Friday with Nerissa. He showed the banner he had created for the table. He said one couple signed the book. The Mayor was there and said he was glad to see the table. It’s good PR for DOGS. Carol said the table has been attracting people from out of state as well as locals.


The question was asked as to what the current status is. Richard said the Task Force is making a presentation to the Orange County Commissioners in November. They have been told by Lucinda and shown plans to create a 3 sided corner. Books currently in the NC Room will be transferred as well as 90% of the collection. There are some original records in the collection that will be transferred to the Archives and duplicate books will be dealt with in various ways.


He said the Task Force for the Heritage Center is looking for a vision statement. He said the King Street building which has been used as the Purchasing Department is about 10,000 square feet. It could be converted to storage. There is on ongoing discussion of what to propose and how to go about it.


Having reached the end of the business meeting and still without the scheduled speaker, Rob proposed a trivia game which caused a lot of laughter and exercised the ol’ gray matter. It ended in a tie.


The meeting was dismissed at 8:33.


Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout



D-OGS Computer SIG (CIG) – September 12, 2009

The September CIG featured new D-OGS member Ginger Smith’s presentation on blogs and social networking sites and related issues. When asked how many use these sites it turned out that few of the attendees have had much experience with them and there were many questions about not only what they are, but what the benefits are in their use. Curiously, one of the barriers the group self-identified was a serious lack of typing skills and the amount of time it takes to generate entries. Funny, the things you learn in an open discussion. Ginger showed us a number of entries to her blog that illustrate her research techniques and progress, and the documents used to establish her findings.  She has developed several tools to use as a research log that facilitate her plan for future research.  Having them on the web allows her to access them from anywhere and update them as her goals are met. For working with genealogy for only five years, she has made exceptional progress and it can easily be viewed by anyone at any time.


Comparisons between Family Tree Maker and TMG as well as other programs highlighted what they offer the genealogist for research and publication, and we discussed the pros and cons of several programs.  Because of the number of questions and the length of discussion time, we decided to schedule the maps segment of her talk for the October meeting in order to allow ample time for both the presentation and discussion and follow-up questions.


Looking for some upcoming changes, we spent some time toward the end of the meeting citing the pros and cons of genealogy web pages and the features that make them successful.  The group suggested some things that they feel are important in a web site, and what people may expect to find there when they visit the site.  The D-OGS web page has remained the same for years, and we look forward to including some new features and capabilities. The discussion will continue next month.


Respectfully submitted, Carol Boggs



upcoming d-ogs elections


As usual, D-OGS Nominating Committee will announce its proposed slate of officers for 2010 at the regular October meeting for elections to be held at the regular November D-OGS meeting. We have been going through a very trying time since the death of our president Paul Hollinghurst but several members have stepped up to take reins that were left dangling by Paul’s death. We are extremely glad to have this “new blood” on-board in positions of responsibility. Many unseen tasks take place everyday in the normal activities of our society. These folks are keeping us on-track.



October is family history month


This can be a special time for all family history researchers. Take the opportunity to share some (or all) of your years of accumulated researching and share it with your family members. Print out some pedigree charts to show the younger generations who their ancestors were. Start teaching them now about their families and how you went about collecting this material. When you have gone, there will be someone else to continue and maintain the work you have begun. Without the involvement of the younger generations, all the time and effort you have put into your passion will likely be lost once again.



A letter from one of our members


About two months ago we located a great-great-grand daughter of the person who had enslaved my great-great-grand mother Easter Harris. There was a family history of cordial relationship between our families both during and after the period of enslavement. Louise had only recently discovered that her great-great grandfather Elzey Harris had owned slaves. From the 1867 marriage certificate of Frank Harris, Easter’s older brother, we discovered their mother’s name was Mary. Louise was able to verify from her previous research that the family did own a slave by the name of Mary. Louise also noticed that there was a black Harris family living between her great-great grandfather and great-grand parents in the 1880 census. I had not noticed this. This turned out to be another of Easter and Frank’s siblings by the name of Daniel Harris. Daniel and his wife Francis Nichols had children by the name of Daniel jr, Nathan (Easter’s husband’s name) Easter and, Frank–in that order! I also found information supporting the cordial relationship between the families when I discovered the marriage certificate for Daniel and Frances. The bondsmen for the marriage were Elzey’s son-in-law and the son-in-law of Frances’ former owner.
Louise and I were attempting to figure out how Easter met Nathan McMannen. Although we have not yet discovered the location of Elzey’s farm, it did not appear that they lived nearby. Elzey married Sarah Wilson and Mary Jane Turrentine’s (the wife of Charles McMannen) mother was also a Wilson, as well as many of her Turrentine aunts. Louise had hit a brick wall researching the family of Sarah Wilson and this has given her another avenue of research, we believe the two families were related and now must prove it. I had been trying to figure out where Elzey had purchased his slaves and Louise was able to tell me that he inherited his slaves from his step-father Willis Roberts, a relationship I was not aware of, this has given ME a new avenue of research. Louise and I will continue to collaborate on our research because it appears that our family histories are so intertwined that we will find more together than separately. Her family is excited that we have discovered each other and we have since exchanged photos and of course, family trees!
Gwenn Olson, D-OGS member
(Of course, I have encouraged Louise to join the D-OGS!)



Preparing, Protecting, Preserving your Family Treasures


(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 http://www.eogn.com. )


Many of us possess family heirlooms. They may be old family photographs or marriage certificate or a handmade quilt that is more than 100 years old. Whatever the object(s), they are handed down from generation to generation and are cherished by each new recipient.


What happens if your home is flooded or in a hurricane or tornado or other disaster? Even a simple burst water pipe or a few roof shingles blown off in a thunderstorm can result in damage to all sorts of things, including heirlooms.


No one likes to think about disasters, whether natural or man made, but thinking ahead and preparing, together with knowledge about first steps, can save those family treasures from ruin.


The Library of Congress has a great webpage offering simple instructions and links to more in-depth information regarding preserving family documents. The information provided is often simple but contains a lot of common sense. For instance, the section on where to store heirlooms states:


The single most important decision you can make to mitigate damage from a future disaster is selecting an appropriate location for your most valued family treasures. Avoid basement and attic when possible. Consider the safest location based on the most likely threat; if flooding, avoid the basement; if tornado, avoid attics and outside walls. Are there certain times of the year when you are most vulnerable? Can you store some things offsite during those periods?


Another consideration is small disasters and prevention. Don’t store valuable materials under water pipes and keep materials off the floor. If you must store items in the basement, don’t put materials against an outside wall that may let in dampness. Small leaks that go undetected for a period of time can cause irretrievable damage through mold growth and staining. Be sure to check your storage at least twice a year to be sure there are no problems.


This is but one example of the common sense advice offered. You will also find links to more comprehensive information for many topics. It also contains information about handling damage AFTER a disaster, such as water, smoke, and soot damage.


“Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures” may be found at http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/familytreasures/index.html. Don’t your family heirlooms deserve some protection?



trading path association First Sunday Hike for October


Mystery Site in Northern Orange County, NC – Northeast of Hillsborough, NC, about six miles from town is a wooded knoll, an upland marsh full of spring heads.  On this knoll is an array of artifacts that simply mystify.  We’ll visit this site on October 4th for our October First Sunday Hike.  As usual we’ll meet at the “trailhead” at 2 pm and be back to our cars by 4pm.  Between those hours we’ll see how much more of this site we can find.  It is big and complex and, so far, utterly mystifying.  Somewhere in the neighborhood is the long dormant Green Grove Church site.

We haven’t had a sweep through the woods in a while and that is what we’ll probably do on this hike.  Hikers will become the eyes of the TPA as we try to find enough remnant of whatever it is we’re looking at to make it clear what it once was.  All that is known right now is that it was big.  But what was it?  By the end of the day on the 4th, maybe we’ll know.

This site is about six miles east of Hillsborough, NC, ten miles north of Chapel Hill, NC, and northwest of Durham about ten miles.  It is off the old Trading Path, AKA St. Mary’s Road (Mason Road in Durham County).  At the corner of St. Mary’s Road and Pleasant Green Road go north on Schley Road.  Go a bit over a half mile and turn right/east on to Lipscomb Grove Church Road.  In a bit under a half mile, at 811 Lipscomb Grove Road turn left into the dirt drive and follow that drive until you see a place to park and sign in to the hike near the cemetery.



Preservation Tip of the Month–Dealing with Smelly Books & Paper


By Becky Schipper, Allen County Public Library


The question of how to handle books that have an odor comes up frequently. Most recently it was brought to my attention because of a small periodical collection we are treating for this problem here at ACPL.  In working to remediate this situation, I am using a product called “MicroChamber Interleaving Paper”. It is available from Conservation Resources International, LLC.


The description in their online catalog states that it is a very thin, nearly transparent paper that contains SPZ zeolite, which gives it the power to remove pollutants. It also removes odors such as those from smoke, mold, and mildew. It will not however, stop active mold and mildew.


This paper is 100% cotton, approximately one half the thickness of a sheet of bond paper. It can be used with all collections, whether paper-based or photographic. It comes in different sizes and widths, the smallest being 8-1/2 X 11 in a pack of 250 sheets. The price for this pack is $23.95.


Conservation Resources International, LLC has been in business in both the U. S. and the U. K. for more than twenty years and is known for many innovations in the Conservation field. Their website is <www.conservationresources.com>



Can you help these folks?


Pamela P. Crumb, 8815 Territorial Rd., Benton Harbor, MI  49022 – Phone: 269-463-6713 – Email: macppc@qtm.net

Surnames: Williams

Query: Seeking information/family group/parents etc. of JOHN WILLIAMS who in 1778 lived on Meadow Creek/Haw River Orange Co. NC adj. Hugh Rogers and Nehemiah Pain/PAYNE. My ancestor is Caleb Williams b. 1760, Dorchester Co MD (Rev war soldier Orange Co. NC, applied for a pension in Stewart CO., TN) 1832, married ANN TROUSDALE in Orange Co. which was witnessed by JAMES PAYNE, and moved to Montgomery Co TN along with the Trousdales (see Blooming Grove Creek). In Caleb’s pension Stmt. he says that his birth record is in his Grandfather’s Bible in Dorchester, MD. My research has taken me to the possible family association. The descendants of Edward and Philadelphia Williams had some sons Arthur, Andrew and John Williams all born around 1700 Dorchester MD. They each owned land on Watts Creek, a branch of the Choptank River in Dorchester.


Living next door to Arthur Williams was Isaiah Payne b. 1730 who m. Ann Williams (probable connection to above mentioned Williams family) When these families move to Orange County, NC they appear to remain near each other .This is why I wonder who this JOHN WILLIAMS is as I know that NEHEMIAH and ISAIAH Payne (Meadow Creek /Haw River) are both sons of Isaac Payne of Dorchester and along with their brother Thomas settled on Meadow Creek. Also James Payne, as mentioned above witness Caleb’s Marriage. I do not know who Caleb’s father or grandfather is.  I appreciate all information that anyone has to offer.




Jason Kinder, 1615 Edson Ave., Evansville, Indiana  47714 – Phone: 812-303-8328 – Email: jason.kinder@insightbb.com

Surnames: Dossett

Query: Seeking information on Moses Dossett born in 1733.  I know that he lived in Orange County for a while, and then moved to South Carolina.  He had a son named Thomas Dossett.  Thomas was married to Nancy Cates.  I am trying to find out where Moses came from and who his parents were.  Thanks for your help.




Carolyn Keeton, 1117 Ridge Top Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37421 – Phone: 423 883 6588 – Email: carolyn.keeton@yahoo.com

Surnames: Chance

I am seeking information on Ezekiel Chance born 1750 in Childsburg, Orange County. His father was John Chance who died in Aug 1764 Childsburg Orange County. Ezekiel was bonded to John Ross to learn the trade of weaving. There were two sisters Ruth and Mary. I would like to find his wife as he had eleven children and most of them were born in Orange County.




Celia Cabe Graham, Rt. 1, Box 269, Meeker, OK 74855-9795 – Phone: 405-279-3652 – Email: cgraham329@aol.com

Surnames: Cabe, Perkins

This is not a query, but I wanted to let your organization know that the Cabe researchers have been submitting Y-DNA samples to be tested. A descendant of Barnaby Cabe of Orange County (1758 is the first recorded date of his residence in Orange Co.) has been tested. His Y-DNA profile was matched 67/67 by a descendant of John Cabe/McCabe who lived in Old Buncombe Co. in southwestern North Carolina and left a will in 1810. With a match that close, it is probably that Barnaby and John were either
brothers or uncle/nephew.


If you are interested, I will send the analysis of the Cabe Y-DNA Test results written by Dr. Jim Freed who taught genetics on the college level and is very much involved in the “world” of genetics and genealogy research.




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 rheajc@msn.com.



Genealogical glossary


Websites of Possible Interest


North Carolina family records online – a project of the State Library and State Archives of North Carolina – Explore this website to browse all the items in the collection, search by topic, date, or location (using the interactive map), and learn more about North Carolina family history using the “Resources” section of the site. Join us on an exciting journey as we delve into 200+ years of North Carolina family history. http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/dimp/digital/ncfamilyrecords/


Rubber stamps for decorations – Personalize your family history with “Rootstamps” – handmade, quality rubber stamps that really make a statement.  http://www.fhexpos.com/store/rootstamps_line.php



Calendar of Upcoming Events


Preservation Durham presents free walking tours at 10:00am Saturdays from April through November. No reservations are required; simply meet your guide at Preservation Durham’s sign at the Durham Farmers Market in Central Park, on Foster Street just north of Downtown. The tours take approximately 1-2 hours and return to the Farmers Market. Tours can also be arranged at other times by appointment.

Tour of Durham’s Tobacco Heritage – 2nd Saturdays – Preservation Durham’s enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer tour guides will lead you through the history of the tobacco industry as they tell many tales from Durham’s past, using oral histories and photographs to illustrate the history of tobacco and the people who supplied tobacco products known throughout the world. The tour includes descriptions of life in the factories and at home for the thousands of workers who made the Bull City one of the biggest industrial cities in the South as well as those who, like guitarist John Dee Holeman, trekked to Durham’s tobacco auctions to play the blues.


Tour of Durham’s Civil Rights Legacy – 3rd Saturdays – Explore Durham’s Civil Rights Legacy with HPSD’s walking tour. This exciting tour focuses on many of the sites in downtown Durham that were important during the 1950s and 60s Civil Rights movement, including the Durham County Courthouse, the Arts Center (originally Durham High School and later City Hall), and the Kress and Woolworth buildings, sites of sit-in protests. Learn about the contributions of ordinary Durham residents to the struggle for equality as well as local leaders like Floyd McKissick and national figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who brought America’s attention to the campaign for civil rights in the Bull City.


Tour of Architecture and the Urban Landscape – 4th Saturdays – Explore Downtown Durham with HPSD’s newest walking tour! Learn about how Durham as grown and changed as it has transformed itself from an industrial center to the City of Medicine. Docents describe the history of many of the landmark buildings that make up the Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. Featured on the tour are the 1915 1st National Bank, the 1921 Mechanics and Farmers Bank Building, and Preservation Durham’s one-time home, the Snow Building, built in 1933.



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.

October 21: Blues, Jazz, and The Piedmont Style: Local Music Traditions and Musicians The Piedmont Blues developed in Durham when musicians gathered at the tobacco auctions. Sponsorships available.


Old Chapel Hill cemetery tours – Walk This Way – Fact or Fiction Tours of Chapel Hill will begin weekly Saturday morning walking tours of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery at 10a.m. on October 3.


Those interested should meet at the gazebo on South Road at 10a.m. call the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill at 919-942-7818 to reserve your space Office hours are 10a.m. to 4pm. Tuesday to Friday. The price is $5.



September 15-October 4 – Orange County Historical Museum – On display will be dresses of different brides of Orange County exploring the various traditions of Southern weddings and showcasing how different wedding dress styles have been through the ages. This exhibit is a prelude to Here Comes the Bride, a traveling exhibit from Rogers Museum in Arkansas.



BASIC GENEALOGY CLASS – St. Charles County historical society – LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE


Tuesday September 15–October 13, 2009 from 7:00—9:00 PM

Saint Charles County Historical Society, 101 S. Main Street, St. Charles, MO

$50.00 for general public

$45.00 for SCCHS members



  • 5 two-hour sessions
  • Individual help
  • “Basic Genealogy” textbook and forms
  • Additional handouts
  • CD of printable forms and research aids
  • Opportunity to browse in the Historical Society library



1. will answer the question “How do I begin?”

2. covers use of ancestor charts and family group sheets

3. discusses vital and census records

4. stresses correct methods of recording data and citing sources

5. aids in the organization and filing systems of family data

6. provides ideas for interviewing relatives


For more information and a registration blank: http://www.scchs.org/news.html



OCTOBER programs at the mid-atlantic Family History Center

  • Thursday, October 1, 2009 (11:00 AM) – Irish Census Substitutes (D. Fox)
  • Saturday, October 10, 2009 (10:00 AM) – Italian Genealogy: Language & Handwriting (J. Solimeo)
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – The Stepping Stones for Genealogy (10:00 AM) (T. Mirarchi)
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – Tracing Your Italian Ancestors (12:00 PM) (T. Mirarchi)
  • Wednesday October 28, 2009 (10:30 AM) – Writing Your Life Story (A. Young)



Keynote: Dick Eastman – More than 20 classes – Exhibit Hall – Door Prizes – Special Brickwall

October 17, 2009 – $12, lunch included – Register at http://www.mafhc.org


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

WEBSITE: www.southjerseyfamilyhistory.org

EMAIL: classes@southjerseyfamilyhistory.org



Second Annual Military Symposium at the Allen county library – Make plans now to attend the Genealogy Center’s second annual Military Symposium, emphasizing Patriotic Lineage Societies, on Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10. Speakers Ron Darrah, Curt Witcher, and Delia Cothrun Bourne will present  “American Hereditary Military Societies: An Overview,” “Keep Your Powder Dry: The Revolutionary War and Genealogy,” “After Johnny & Billy Came Marching Home: Post-Service and Hereditary Societies of the American Civil War,” “A Splendid Little War: Family History and the Spanish-American War,” “The War To End All Wars: World War I Genealogy,” and “Marching On: The ‘Our Military Heritage’ Website.”  See http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/programs.html in the next week for schedule and registration information.



The British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A – Seminar on October 10, 2009


There is still time to register for British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A.’s annual seminar held on October 10, 2009 at Noski Auditorium on the campus of California State University, Northridge.


The event will feature Judith Eccles Wight AG, speaking on census and census substitutes, poor law records, and estate records for the UK and Ireland.


BIFHS–USA members: $40; non-members: $45


Seminar price includes seminar syllabus (if registration postmarked on or before September 30) and door prize ticket!


GRAND PRIZE: two nights at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel.


NO REGISTRATIONS AT THE DOOR. For registration form or more information, see www.bifhsusa.org/seminar OR Contact Mary McKinnon at (818) 225-8991



Western pennsylvania genealogical society meeting – Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 10 AM – Victorian Mourning Customs by Joanne Shelby-Klein


Joanne Shelby-Klein has been a Civil War Re-enactor and Living Historian since 1991. Joanne serves as a Board Member and Civilian Coordinator for the 9th Pa Reserves Pittsburgh Pa. She is best known for her portrayal of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln wife of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. She does many other presentations on Civil War Era topics. Visit her website at: www.freewebs.com/pacivilwarlady1861-65/index.htm


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



Bennett place state historic site – October 10-11 Road To Secession. Experience what life was like for the people of Piedmont North Carolina during the beginning months of the Civil War. A recruitment station and encampment will be set up on the grounds of the Bennett Farm, much like camps established throughout North Carolina and the South, recruiting men to defend the Southern cause. 19th century civilian interpreters will enlist in the army and be transformed into soldiers. Other civilian interpreters will demonstrate domestic chores such as cooking, gardening, sewing for their husbands and sons heading off to war. Soldiers will share their stories of enlistment, and their new life in the Confederate army. Visitors will have the opportunity to “enlist” and become soldiers as well. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.



Mid-Atlantic Family History Conference – Cherry Hill, New Jersey – October 17th, 2009 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Register now to hear nationally-known genealogists share a wealth of resources and techniques available for family history research.  This year’s keynote speaker is Dick Eastman. Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter is read by more than 40,000 people worldwide!

  • More than 20 classes
  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced topics
  • Technology, European, African American, Military Records, Church Records, Repositories and more
  • Special brickwall panel
  • Exhibit hall & Door prizes


Cost: $12 per person (lunch included). For more information and to register, go to www.MAFHC.org. The conference is sponsored by the Family History Centers of Southern New Jersey.



Fogleman Family Reunion – at the Clapp Family Library in Burlington, NC on October 24. Check http://lynnpdesign.com/foglemanreunion/ for more information



Duke homestead state historic site – October 24 An Evening at the Homestead. Join the Duke Homestead Junior Interpreters as they prepare the Homestead for winter.  This afternoon program features traditional music, wagon rides, fall roods, relays and 19th century games.  Bring a picnic for dinner on the grounds.  2-6 p.m.

Virginia: The Old Dominion State by Barbara Vines Little, CG – October 24, 2009 at the Viking Conference Center in Sunset Hills, MO.  Her topics will be:  County Records: The Nuts and Bolts of Virginia Research; Patents and Grants: Virginia’s Land Records; Virginia’s Tax Records:  A Gold Mine of Information; Virginia’s Military Records: Colonial Militia through the Civil War Fees:  $45.00 member/$55.00 non-member includes lunch, prices increase after October 9.


Please see the STLGS website for more information:  www.stlgs.org



October 24th talk at St. Mary’s School – The Trading Path Association spent much of this summer (about 60 hours in the field) mapping old roads around St. Mary’s Chapel in northern Orange County.  The object of the labor was to understand the relationship of the chapel and the roads.  We may not have a clear answer, but we’ll make an effort to present our findings on October 24th at 10 AM in the cafeteria of St. Mary’s School at the northeast corner of St. Mary’s Road and Pleasant Green Road.



Pittsburgh fall genealogy conference – The North Hills Genealogists [of Pittsburgh] are having Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, of Minnesota give 4 lectures and Sandy MacLean Clunies, CG, of Maryland give 2 lectures on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Fall Conference to be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. A continental breakfast and hot lunch are included. Early bird deadline September 15. Walk-ins welcome! For more information and registration see www.NorthHillsGenealogists.org.


At the regular 3rd Tuesday meeting on October 20, 7 pm, our speaker will be Tim Pinnick of Illinois on “World War I Draft Cards.” This meeting is free and open to the public.



Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference – Piecing Together the Puzzle of Our Past! – Saturday, October 24, 2009 – Fox Valley University and Business Center on the campus of Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois


Featured Speaker:  Michael John Neill plus many other professional speakers


Register online using MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, a PayPal account or print a registration form: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/


Any questions:  ISGSConference@comcast.net


Conference Motels – Make your reservations today!


Comfort Suites – 2480 Bushwood Dr., Elgin, IL 60124 – Call them direct at 847-836-9500 before October 3 for special conference rates. Mention the conference.


Country Inn and Suites – 2270 Point Blvd., Elgin, IL 60123 – Call them direct at 847-426-6400 before October 3 for special conference rates. Mention the conference.



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:  http://www.wakegov.com/locations/government/commonsbldg.htm ). 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  http://www.ncgenealogy.org .



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: www.stlgs.org or call 314-647-8547.



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 http://www.flsgs.org/.





The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.



Parting Thought


A person without history is like the wind on the buffalo grass.


– Sioux saying




If you have any items of interest that you would like to submit for future publication, please contact Richard Ellington at mailto:richard_ellington@unc.edu or 919.967.4168


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