October 2011 Newsletter

By , September 30, 2011

News & Articles of Interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
PO Box 4703, Chapel Hill , NC 27515-4703
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Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
Family Loss
Preserving Family Collections Before a Disaster
Free Novel-Writing Workshop with Local Author
Family History Library October 2011 Events
Sad News from Diane Richard of Wake County Genealogical Society
Genealogical Glossary
Books of Possible Interest
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

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Meeting Announcements

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 5 October, 2011 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.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Thomas Krakauer as the presenter of this month’s meeting. Tom is a founding member of D-OGS. He will be presenting a program about the new Museum of Durham History. The website for the new Museum is located at http://museumofdurhamhistory.org/. Tom is board chairman of the new museum. He is also director emeritus of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.


There are no plans for holding a D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) meeting in October.

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for September 2011

The NC D-OGS business meeting began around 7:40 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Hillsborough, NC) after a tour of the cemetery. The moderator was Fran Ferrell. Karen Vance (Director) took the minutes. More than two dozen people were in attendance.

October 1 Flea Market , 7 to 11 a.m. (Sat.)– Ads were distributed for members to use to help publicize our genealogy table at the Parkwood Community’s Flea Market (Durham, NC, near Highway 54/55 on Revere Rd. ). Used genealogical items will be for sale and membership information given out. Some special donations were received tonight from Jim Richmond. Also, Elizabeth Hamilton volunteered to help man the tables. (Karen Vance)

Attendees list follows. Members/guests introduced themselves:

Treasurer’s Report was read: Ending Balance as of August 31, 2011 was $ 3,203.23 (Karen for Ginny)

Computer Interest Group – Interest has been sparked about starting up this group again on a very informal basis. Meet maybe every 4 – 6 months to share updates and innovations. Facilitator? One possible meeting place might require attendees to be Orange County residents only. Further study is underway. (Carol Boggs)

October is FAMILY HISTORY MONTH. Other suggestions for ways to commemorate this special month other than the “membership drive” at the Flea Market on October 1 are welcomed. Make and display posters? (Carol Boggs)

Membership information had already been submitted to the board. (Peg Edwards)

Announcements of upcoming events from the September newsletter were read aloud. (Fran Ferrell)

Other close upcoming events were shared by members with the group. Also, a suggestion for a possible fundraiser – The Alamance Genealogy Group has a “white elephant auction” after they meet for dinner together during their December meeting. (Pat Bailey)

NEXT MEETING: Dr. Thomas H. Krakauer will be speaking on the Museum of Durham History at the Duke Homestead on Wednesday, October 5.

The business meeting was adjourned at 8:08 p.m.

Program Musings

Doing a walk-about in a cemetery is more than it’s cracked up to be—especially here at thriving St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, a dark red brick, small Gothic Revival church on a hill in charming Hillsborough, NC. It may be the oldest of that type of building in North Carolina (William Nichols, architect). It was built in 1825 and consecrated the next year.

First we were treated to a historical introduction by the Rector, Dr. N. Brooks Graebner as well as to practical matters such as the current status of the cemetery (not full) and its recordkeeping updating (resurvey, new plat, marker identification, etc.). A Duke Divinity School graduate plus, Dr. Graebner has served in several North Carolina and Virginia posts, coming to St. Matthews in 1990. As an aside, one of his extra-parochial involvements is as a steering committee member of the Durham-based Pauli Murray Project, honoring this civil rights pioneer, historian, lawyer and Episcopal priest.

Parcels of property for the peaceful, wooded cemetery which surrounds the church on two sides were donated ages ago at various times by Thomas Ruffin and others. The earliest grave in the cemetery is for Maria Octavia Jones (1824). Also interred there amongst many early leaders of this state — you don’t have to stay on the crushed stone paths to be respectful– is Rebecca Benehan Wall (1898 – 1986). She was the benefactor for the late cozy “North Carolina Room” in the “old” Orange County Library. It has now turned into the “Local History” Corner located on the second floor of the new (2009) Orange County Library in Hillsborough on West Margaret’s Lane.

Many will remember the heavy volunteer workload several D-OGS members took on, and the letter writing campaign, devoted to the cause of saving the availability of the North Carolina local history collection for the public’s use (It had not been factored into the new library’s architectural plans!) Great effort was expended over many months to ensure that the historical items were not totally dispersed, downsized, or boxed up to be stored in a less than ideal environment. Our gratitude goes out to Bill Reid, Carol Boggs, Paul Hollinghurst, Richard Ellington, Nerissa Williams, Lewis Freeland and Stewart Dunaway, among others. The “Corner” is a great place to spend several hours of genealogical and historical research. Give it a try!

The D-OGS members and guests finished the evening at the reception area next to the church to inspect parish records (births, baptisms, marriages, deaths). Dr. Graebner mentioned that no colonial records are extant. There were four parish volumes (not necessarily complete: 1824-1881, 1881-1918, 1918-1979 and 1980 to current). To our delight some of our members found their ancestors listed in the old books.

Also on view was a genealogy poster created by Ellen Wieg and Phyllis Wright for a future out-of-town presentation by Ellen on this church’s antebellum “Ladies Sewing Society.” This sewing group actually functioned as a professional business run by the local ladies. Many of the names on the poster were the same ones we had looked at earlier in the cemetery: Ruffin, Kirkland, Cameron, Nash, Jones, Roulhac, Webb, etc. Several 140-some year old notebooks of beautifully handwritten minutes provided Ellen with the history of the successful group, and the type of items they made and sold (QUESTION: Anybody know what a “sea foam” was? Clues: this sewn item had ribbons and was a bit more expensive than the other articles.).

There was something of interest for everyone at our D-OGS meeting at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on September 7, 2011.

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Family Loss for D-OGS member Sandra Henson

Dr. Donald Henson, Sr. passed away on 17 September 2011 at the DuBose Health Center of the Cedars of Chapel Hill after an extended illness. Donald is survived by his wife Alexandra (Sandra), son Donald, Jr., daughters Jane, Sandra and Virginia and brother Joseph. We extend our sympathies to Sandra and her family in their loss.

Sandra was instrumental in helping us find a meeting location in Chapel Hill at the Christ Methodist Church in Southern Village. This space has been wonderful and the church staff has been very friendly and helpful.

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Preserving Family Collections Before a Disaster

By Lynn Betlock

Like many people on the East Coast, I spent a good part of the last weekend of August waiting for the impact of Hurricane Irene. I worried about the two enormous trees in my front yard, bought batteries, and adjusted the drain spouts. More significantly, I was finally properly motivated to move many of my precious family possessions that long been in my basement — but shouldn’t have been. I certainly knew better, but when we moved into our house a lack of time and space upstairs led me to “temporarily” store many boxes of papers and photographs in the basement. A couple of years passed and the day-to-day demands of family and work life conspired to keep my boxes untouched.

With Irene on the way, I began to picture my things ruined by a flooded basement. Not only would I suffer the loss of many irreplaceable items, I would know it would all be due to my willful neglect and lack of care. So I finally took action. I first removed a family tree quilt from its resting place in a garbage bag on the floor of the basement. (Note to all: never store a treasured object in a dark green contractor garbage bag. I don’t deserve to still have that quilt but I’m glad I do!) I ferried boxes of nineteenth and early twentieth-century photographs upstairs, and removed cartons of documents, yearbooks, and keepsakes. In the end, Irene spared our house, and I was left with a cleaner basement — and a cleaner conscience.

Back at work on Monday morning, I exchanged emails with Carol Purinton, who wrote an article for last week’s enewsletter. I mentioned that I had cleaned my basement over the weekend and she replied that I was the fifth person she knew who had cleaned their basement during the hurricane weekend! She had spent her time scanning her father’s World War II photos. This impending disaster allowed some of us to make time that can’t seem to be found in our everyday lives to protect our family collections. (Of course, Irene did wreak havoc with some homes and communities, and people obviously suffered terrible losses, no matter their state of preparedness.)

Even so, my family papers and possessions could still use more organizing and protecting. I have resolved not to wait for the next hurricane to come barreling up the East Coast before I take action again.

Web resources:

NEDCC Offers Hints for Preserving Family Collections
The Northeast Document Conservation Center provides preservation guidelines and a list of archival suppliers [www.nedcc.org/resources/suppliers.php].

Preserving Treasures after a Disaster” and “Saving Family Treasures Guidelines
These web pages from the Library of Congress and the National Archives offer useful advice for dealing with materials affected by a disaster — plenty of incentive for protecting family collections from harm.

Readers may view Wendy Dellery Hills’s account of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the fall 2006 issue of New England Ancestors magazine.

(This article originally appeared in The Weekly Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol 14, No. 38, September 21, 2011)

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Free Novel-Writing Workshop with Local Author at the Orange County Main Library

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – On Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM, the Orange County Main Library will host “How to get past the first chapter and finish your novel,” a writing workshop with local author James Maxey. James returns to lead this free class just in time to help writers prepare for National Novel Writing Month in November. This seminar will provide writers with practical tips on organizing materials, breaking down a long project like a novel from a large, overwhelming narrative into a series of short, specific segments, and help with avoiding the dead-ends of procrastination, self-doubt, and false-perfection that lead many writers off of the path to a finished manuscript. You can register for the class online at bit.ly/NovelPages, in person at the Main Library information desk, or by calling 919-245-2536.

Hillsborough author James Maxey is the author of numerous short stories and several novels, including the critically acclaimed Bitterwood Trilogy and the best-selling superhero novel, Nobody Gets the Girl. The sequel, Burn Baby Burn will be available in October. His next novel, Greatshadow, will be released in early 2012 as the launch of his latest fantasy series, The Dragon Apocalypse. For more information on Maxey’s writing, visit his blog, dragonprophet.blogspot.com.

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Family History Library October 2011 Events

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT will host the following events in October:

Free Seminar on U.S. Immigration Research – Genealogists and family history enthusiasts looking for help with U.S. Immigration research will be interested in a free U.S. Immigration seminar being held on Saturday, October 8, at the Family History Library. The classes will include:

9:00 a.m. “U.S. Immigration, 1820-1954”

10:15 a.m. “U.S. Naturalization Records”

11:30 a.m. “Canadian Border Crossing Records”

To view the class schedule online, go to www.familysearch.org. Classes will be held in the Main Floor classroom of the Family History Library. The library is located to the west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple Streets in downtown Salt Lake City. On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum. To register for these free classes, send an email to FHLClassReg@familysearch.org or call 801-240-4950.

Free Seminar on Hispanic Research – Genealogists and family history enthusiasts looking for help with Hispanic research will be interested in a free Hispanic seminar being held on Saturday, October 15, at the Family History Library. The classes will include:

10:00 a.m. “Fundamentos Básicos Para La Historia Familiar”

11:15 a.m. “Registros Parroquiales”

12:30 p.m. “Registros Diocesanos”

2:00 p.m. “FamilySearch.org”

3:15 p.m. “Nuevo Family Search”

To view the class schedule online, go to www.familysearch.org. Classes will be held in the Auditorium on the first lower level of the Church History Museum. The museum is located to the west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple Streets in downtown Salt Lake City. On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum. To register for these free classes, send an email to FHLClassReg@familysearch.org or call 801-240-4950.

Free Workshop on Wales Research Peculiarities – Genealogists and family history enthusiasts looking for help with Wales research peculiarities will be interested in a free Wales Research Peculiarities Workshop being held on Saturday, October 22, at the Family History Library. The classes will include:

9:00 a.m. “Names, Geographical and Personal”

10:00 a.m. “Records and Research Strategies”

11:00 a.m. “Practice Time”

To view the class schedule online, go to www.familysearch.org. Classes will be held in the B2 classroom on the second lower level of the Family History Library. The library is located to the west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple Streets in downtown Salt Lake City. On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum. To register for these free classes, send an email to FHLClassReg@familysearch.org or call 801-240-4950.

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Sad News from Diane Richard of Wake County Genealogical Society

Hello fellow WCGS members and others, I learned last week that Jim was gravely ill and I just learned that he died Sunday AM. His obituary is in today’s N&O and can be seen here, http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/09/27/1521054/james-p-jones.html

For those of you who may not be familiar with Jim Hello fellow WCGS members and others. I learned last week that Jim was gravely ill and I just learned that he died Sunday AM. His obituary is in today’s N&O and can be seen here, http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/09/27/1521054/james-p-jones.html

For those of you who may not be familiar with Jim. he has created an extensive Wake (with parts of Chatham and Johnston county) land grant database, he helped Yates Mill with information in support of its activities, he has talked with WCGS members on the land grant database (and introduced Phil Upchurch to us) and DNA testing and he has also talked locally about colonial money (the varieties and valuation) etc and a few years ago he was invited to “help/support” the WCGS board as it navigated the tricky waters of declining membership, rising costs, etc. Jim’s passion and commitment to genealogy and history and Wake County genealogy were huge!

The newspaper does not have any “service/burial” information at this time, though Montlawn Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

(Jim presented a program to D-OGS in June 2009. He talked about “18th Century Wake County, NC Land Grant Research”)

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Cianne (Cain) Black, 10856 Amity Rd., Brookville, OH 45309 – 937-833-5862 – dblack6@woh.rr.com

Surnames: Cain, Cane, Kain, Kane

Daniel Cain of about 1750, a possible founder of Childsburg, is the man I research. I seek information about his wife and children and would like to correspond with anyone working on his line.


Pat Webber, 1809 Rosecrans Ct., Brentwood, TN 37027 – 615-377-1280 – parwebber@comcast.net

Surnames: Davis

Query: Searching for info on Cheryl Webb Davis who was listed in her father’s obit in TN, 17 Jul 1971. She was listed as living in Durham, NC. I am related to this Webb family and am searching for Cheryl’s grandparents who lived in TN. Thanks, Pat.


Gaston Norris, 144 Noris Road, Jasper, AL 35503 – 205-384-5637 – mgdlnorris@juno.com

Surnames: Lea/Lee

Edmund Lea/Lee born 1751 in Orange County North Carolina died 1818 in Harden County, Kentucky. I am looking for information on his first marriage and children of this marriage. His second marriage was to Nancy Wright married 1 October 1784 in Caswell County, North Carolina. I desire correspondence with descendents of or with anyone working on this family.


Phil McGinty, 1228 DeLeon Court, Clarkston, GA 30021 – 404-202-6579 – Mcgintypj@aol.com

Surnames: McGinty, Jackson, Pugh

Seeking information on the availability of tax lists in Orange County for the period of 1767-1785. Two brothers, Robert and John McGinty, married Quaker girls of Cane Creek Meeting (Deborah Jackson and Nancy Pugh) and went to GA. Need markers.


Ricki Marin – rickibraun@hotmail.com

My name is Ricki Marin and I am researching the Harrell family. I am trying desperately to connect William Nelson Harrell (supposedly born in Orange County in 1859) to Roadman (aka Rhodeman) Harrell. Roadman was born in 1816 and hopeful son to William Nelson Harrell and Dicey Hern.

I do know William Nelson Harrell was in the War of 1812. I am assuming he and Roadman were both in the Civil War.

If you have any documents to support or deny the connection I would GREATLY appreciate the help.

Thank you, Ricki Marin


John Holt – GatsbynMD@aol.com

Here is my own dilemma…My g-g-g-g-grandfather’s name was Larkin Holt, said to have been born around 1786 in NC. Family history indicates that his father was Elijah Holt, but we have found no record of this Elijah’s existence. Through DNA testing, I know that I am descended through Hans Michael Holt, who settled in Orange County around 1740. My speculation from research leads me to believe that Larkin is the son of Shadrach…son of John…son of Michael. My goal is to find some sort of definitive connection between my Larkin and Michael. Any assistance that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, John R. Holt


Don Faulkner, 2448 Mrs. Blanchard Rd, Burlington, NC 27217 – donfaulkner@earthlink.net

I am looking for the burial location of my Great Great Grandfather James Falkner and his wife Julia Scott Falkner of Cedar Grove in Orange County. Also looking for the final resting place and information on his brothers, Confederate soldiers John Falkner, Franklin Falkner, Sanders Falkner and Robert Falkner.

Thank you, Don Faulkner.


Lisa Andrews Carte, 442 Township Road 378, Steubenville, OH 43952 – crli94@aol.com

I am seeking information on Robert Andrews born in 1725 and died in 1791. His wife’s name was Sarah Anders and she was born in 1730. They were married in 1752. Their son was William Andrews born in 1753 and died in 1826. William was married to Hannah Holliday born in 1754 and died in 1844. I am interested in learning anything I can about any of these people but I am particularly interested in learning if they served in the Revolutionary War in any capacity. Also, they may have been Quakers.

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Genealogical Glossary


1. a person of European descent (French or Spanish) born in Louisiana.
2. A black born in the western hemisphere, rather than Africa.


[Heraldry] a specific part of a full achievement of arms being the three-dimensional object placed on top of the helm.


A small piece of arable land, usually an enclosed area adjacent to a house


One in which the marriage was held at a crossroads after the sun had set with the bride wearing only her shift. This was done to show she had no debts to bring to the marriage.


[Heraldry] a series of small crosses

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Books of Possible Interest

A War of 1812 Death Register – A newly published book listing the dead, wounded, killed in action and Prisoners of War during the War of 1812 in Vermont, New York and along the Canadian Border. Thousands of these men were from New England, PA, NJ, NC, VA and NY. 16 pages of illustrations, many never been published before.

Send $45.00 plus $5.00 for postage and handling to Jack Bilow, 8 Grace Ave., Plattsburgh, NY 12901. (518-563-7729) After 2011 the price will be $50.00 each plus postage.

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Calendar of Events

Special unc campus tours – UNC Visitors’ Center to launch ‘Priceless Gem’ tours – The Visitors’ Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin offering a new series of free tours for the public on Fridays. Tours in the “Priceless Gem Series,” (which takes its name from a line in the UNC alma mater “Hark the Sound”) will be given most Fridays at 3 p.m., starting from UNC Visitors’ Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St.

University experts will lead these distinctive walking tours on various topics of interest. From archeology to architecture to the African-American experience to today’s sustainability issues, tours will offer a range of information and perspective.

Here is the schedule for upcoming tours planned for this fall:

  • Sept. 30, cemetery tour, led by Stephen Rich, Chapel Hill Preservation Society
  • Oct. 7, Coker Arboretum, led by natural science educator, N.C. Botanical Garden
  • Oct. 14, Carolina classic historical tour, led by Missy Julian-Fox, Visitors’ Center director
  • Oct. 28, The Noble Grove: A Walking Tour of Trees, led by Tom Bythell, UNC campus forest manager with Jill Coleman, UNC landscape architect
  • Nov. 4, sustainability tour, led by Cindy Shea, director of the UNC Sustainability Office, and UNC student EcoReps
  • Nov. 18, archaeology tour, led by Meg Kassabaum, research assistant, Research Labs of Archaeology
  • Dec. 2, architecture, led by Wendy Hillis, UNC historic preservationist

UNC Visitors’ Center contact: Missy Julian Fox, (919) 962-1630, mjfox@unc.edu

Neill webinars – The following webinars will be presented by Michael John Neill in October of 2011:

– Determining Your Own Migration Trail–1 Oct

– Introduction to Federal Land States–16 Oct

There is more information at: http://rootdig.blogspot.com/2011/09/genealogy-webinars-in-sept-and-oct-of.html. Questions can be sent to Michael at mjnrootdig@gmail.com

Ancestor seekers – Salt Lake City research trip – October 10-15- A Week at the World’s Largest Genealogy Library. For most of us a week at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City sounds like the dream genealogy vacation! Now planning its 22nd event, ANCESTOR SEEKERS has developed a unique program designed to maximize your chances of breaking down those brick walls and finding new information on your ancestors.

With one-on-one help from professional genealogists available on a regular basis, these trips are ideal for both first time and previous visitors with all skill levels catered for. A registration limit of fifty ensures that everyone receives the help needed. http://www.ancestorseekers.com

Ontario fall seminars – The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a new lineup of family history courses, both for beginners and for more advanced researchers.

Here is a quick list of our fall 2011 course titles and dates:

¨ Biographical Research for Ontario Genealogists (13 Sept – 4 Oct 2011)

¨ Basic Genealogy and Family History (28 Sept – 16 Nov 2011)

¨ Using the Results of the New Genetic Tests for Genealogy (23 Mar – 13 Apr 2011)

¨ Maps and Mapping for Genealogists (3 Nov – 24 Nov 2011)

For full course details, speaker biographies and registration information, visit the Toronto Branch website at www.torontofamilyhistory.org/courses.html.

Pennsylvania seminar – The early-bird registration deadline is past for the North Hills Genealogists’ Fall Conference. The conference will be held on Saturday, 22 October 2011 from 9 am to 4 pm at Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. This new, larger venue will host a great program featuring Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, a well known author, lecturer, and researcher. Dr. Jones is co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, one of the premier scholarly journals in genealogy.

His lectures will include “Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor,” “Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly,” “Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European Origins,” and “Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages.” The conference registration fee includes a continental breakfast, hot lunch, and door prizes. The early bird registration deadline is 20 September 2011. Parking is free at the conference which is located just 3 miles from the Wexford exit of I-79.

For more information and a mail-in registration form, or to register with a credit card, please visit http://www.NorthHillsGenealogists.org

Ncgs annual meeting and workshop – 29 October 2011 Raleigh, NC: Researching Your Ancestors in Colonial Times will be presented by the North Carolina Genealogical Society in conjunction with the NCGS Annual Meeting. The speaker will be Barbara Vines Little, CGSM, whose talks on Working with Colonial Records, Land and Inheritance, Backtracking Your Migrating Ancestor: A Methodology That Works, and Taxes: Milk Them for All They’re Worth, will provide information to move your research to the next level. Additional information and registration at: http://www.ncgenealogy.org.

Pennsylvania family history day – The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with Ancestry.com, presents “Pennsylvania Family History Day” on Saturday, November 5 in Exton, PA at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. In addition to Loretto “Lou” Szucs and Juliana Smith from Ancestry, featured presenters will include DearMYRTLE, Liza Alzo, Curt Witcher, Michael Hait, John Humphrey, Shamele Jordon, and more. Come early Friday night to our participant reception! Meet fellow genealogists, explore the vendor area, and learn from the experts. Friday night reception, Saturday breakfast and lunch are included in the price of this special event. ($95 for GSP members, $115 for non-members.) Visit http://pafamilyhistoryday.eventbrite.com to register, or email us at execdir@genpa.org with any questions.

Writing your Family History: writing family history from genealogical data, oral history, and family lore – Free – Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2 – 4 p.m. at Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. Every family has a story to tell. Most of us grew up hearing family tales we’d like to preserve, if we only had the time and skill to write them.

Judith Paterson, author of the memoir Sweet Mystery: a Book of Remembering, will share her own experience and tips for turning information into family stories that are fun to read.

7th Annual wholly genes Genealogy Conference and CruiseNovember 13-20, 2011 – Join us for an educational and fun-filled voyage to the Southern Caribbean while we learn about genealogical research methods, sources, tools, and technologies from some of the foremost experts in those fields.

You’ll be among friends (old and new) and fellow researchers from around the world as you soak up new knowledge and skills through a lecture series that rivals any regional or national genealogy conference – but at one remarkably-low price that includes all meals, taxes, port charges, onboard entertainment, and conference events.

Unlike many traditional conferences, you won’t have to make difficult choices about which lectures to miss because none of the lecture times overlap! And since all lectures are scheduled while the ship is at sea, you won’t have to compromise your vacation time at the tropical ports!

As popular as our lecture series is, many veterans of our conference value something else even more. That is the opportunity to share a meal with a world-class genealogist or to schedule one-on-one time to discuss their specific research challenges. Come armed with your records and be prepared to hear about new resources, repositories, and finding aids that will help you to break down those brick walls. Some people find these private consultations alone to be worth the trip.

Prices start at $870.65 (inside cabin, double occupancy) subject to availability. That includes food, port fees and taxes, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference lectures and group events. The price does NOT include travel to/from Ft. Lauderdale, alcohol, tips, or optional guided shore excursions.

Pre- and post-cruise hotels will be made available at group rates for those who want them. Roommate-matching assistance may also be available. Please see our Seeking Roommate forum or tell the travel agent if you need help finding a roommate.

To make your reservation, download this registration form:

Then print it and send the completed form to our group travel agent by fax (240-487-0153) or scan and email it to Juliea@cruiseweb.com.

If you do not get a confirmation within 24 hours (or you have any other questions or concerns), please call The Cruise Web toll free between 9am and 5pm Eastern (M-F) at 1-800-377-9383 and press “8” for the special Wholly Genes reservation hotline.

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Age has its advantages

One day an old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he’s lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old German Shepherd thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!”

Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly,

“Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.

“Whew!” says the panther, “That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!”

Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.

The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.

The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!”

Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?,” but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says…

“Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!”

Moral of this story…

Don’t mess with the old dogs… Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! Quick thinking and brilliance only come with age and experience.

Of course, I am in no way insinuating that any of you are old, some are just more ‘youthfully challenged’.

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Parting Thought

Do what you can with what you have, where you are. (Proverb found in a Chinese fortune cookie)

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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