D-OGS Newsletter – September 2008
News & Articles of interest to Durham-Orange Genealogists
D-OGS MEETINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2008
The next D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 3 September 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 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 month will be presented by Rob Elias. His topic will be “Tools Your Ancestors Might Have Used.”
The D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) Meeting will hold its next meeting on 20 September 2008 from 9:00am-noon in the small ground floor conference room at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Please note: Change from 2nd to 3rd Saturday for this month!
Even though the dates have been changed for our meetings recently, the D-OGS Computer Special Interest Group (CIG) continues to meet as regularly as possible. I know this may make it more difficult to follow our topics of discussion, but we will try to pull together everyone’s needs and interests and make the September meeting useful to everyone who can attend. We will be discussing new developments in technology, with a special emphasis on what that means for researchers. We’ll also emphasize what is out there that is free or cheap so that being current doesn’t have to mean you must bend or break your budget. I’d like folks from near and far to send me some of the most interesting things they’ve discovered lately so we can share them with the group.
Carol Hubbell Boggs HubbellGen@aol.com
D-OGS MEETING MINUTES OF AUGUST 6, 2008
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 PM. Paul had numbered tickets handed out to each member in attendance.
There was one visitor present. He was welcomed and asked about his family research. When he started talking about the line he was researching, he was invited to be one of the participants and was given a ticket.
Tonight’s program was the annual Show and Tell. We learned the purpose of the tickets we had been handed—Paul drew one of the tickets and the person with that ticket was invited to make a presentation on anything they had learned in the last year, any brick walls they were working on or just anything they wanted to present.
The person holding the first number had nothing to present so I was the first one up. I had been going through some of my late father’s things and came across his discharge papers, the Bible he carried in WWII and related items. I brought his patches in with the hope of having them identified–which they were. His name was Clarence Eugene Fouse.
Lynn Richardson, the librarian from the North Carolina Room of the Durham County Library, said all she had to add was that the latest things available on the website were the City Directories of 1887-1923. If you haven’t checked out what’s available on the library website, take a look at http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/ncc.php.
Lucia Headen said she’d gone to Kansas for the NGS conference and then to Cherokee City, Kansas where, in 1869, a Cushman (her great-great-grandfather) from Wisconsin had migrated. She said with the help of wonderful volunteers she had found deeds, wills and photos from cemeteries. She said the volunteers couldn’t have been kinder and more gracious.
Carol Hubbell showed the Hubbell book she had worked on with a team of five women from 5 different states. The title is “Hubbell by Choice” and is about the families of the wives of four generations of Hubbells.
She went on to say how much she loves Roots Web, finding the newsgroups to be particularly helpful. She told the story of the family name Bradway and that one professional genealogist had done lots of work and had wills showing he left lots of money to the daughter of his second wife. There was a scandal which engendered quite a bit of news coverage. She had received a lot of generous assistance from another researcher.
Carol said another name she was able to get help with through Roots Web was Samuel Burrage Reed a famous architect in New York City. He had five children and she received a lot of information from the widow of one of the sons.
The next number drawn belonged to Mike Rogers, a visitor for the evening. He said he was researching Josiah Hill Rogers who was in the Regulator movement and had signed advertisements in protest of Governor Tryon. He told us about Josiah Hill Rogers history.
Ginny Thomas talked about her husband’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Weisner and how differently he was viewed by two segments of the population. She illustrated this by reading two documents she had found which mentioned him.
The first was his obituary in the Vashti News that described is contributions to society as he ran a foundry that was the second one in the state. It said he also created statuary for one of the homes in Old Salem and was quite complimentary of Mr. Weisner.
The second document was his father-in-law’s will which had a rather snide tone toward Joseph as Joseph was employed by this gentleman before he ran off with his daughter. It was obvious that the old man wasn’t very happy that the hired help married his daughter!
The next one up was John Myhre. He said he was the designated driver and would cede the balance of his time to his wife.
Ann Myhre (John’s wife) said that while doing research on his family through Ancestry.com she came across the Kingsport Times newspaper in Tennessee and was surprised to find an account of their wedding! She went on to say they had been contacted by a cousin who said they were coming to the area to do some research on his wife’s family. They went to Chapel Hill following the name Mallette and found records in the church and the tombstone. Ann said she had not known she had any connection with this area.
Allen Ward said he had only gotten back to 1850 with his Jakeman family. Then he looked at Ancestry’s family trees and found a tree with a phone number for the contact. The phone number was in England and that gentleman had the family back to 1540 and Allen had the rest of the modern times.
He said he had an Ol’ Billy with a birthdate of 1796 and he was able to trace the Suttons to the people who established Sutton’s Creek in North Carolina. He also found that they had once been Puritans in Plymouth and they took a Bible from the church—a forbidden act—and it resulted in a court case.
Richard Ellington encouraged everyone to publish what they have and make it available to people and also make it user friendly. If you wait to publish until you’re done, chances are you’re never going to be done because it is an evolutionary process. He displayed the latest version of his Ellington family history book that he had distributed at his family reunion this past May.
Richard told the story, included in his book, of Pace’s mill in Chatham County that was destroyed by a tornado in 1924. His grandfather John Ellington was the miller there when he died in 1919. John’s father Paschal was a millwright who lived only three miles away from the mill site. Richard believes that Paschal may have actually built the mill around 1870 or so. Richard showed us a prized hand-made brick that came from the foundation of the mill.
Jeff Palmer said we hadn’t seen much of him in the last year because he was attending graduate school. For one of his classes he planned on writing a paper on his ancestor, Moses Roberts–a Quaker from Catawissa, Pennsylvania–who had been imprisoned in Lancaster, PA during the Revolutionary War without charges. He went to Swarthmore College to research what was expected to be an approximately 15-page paper and came across so much information it turned into 118 pages. Then he spent the summer in England taking classes at Oxford and visiting towns where he had had ancestors.” (Notes: He was actually arrested in Catawissa and it was a 118 page paper.)
Then he spent the summer in England taking classes at Oxford and traveling to towns where he had family.
Don Holloway said he had been Donald Ramsey for the first 5 years of his life in Greensburg, PA. He said that his Ramsey line had come from Scotland in 1864 as there was a shortage of coal miners in the US, at that time.
He explained that up to 1880 the miners were Anglo-Saxon and then Eastern Europeans came to the area to work in the mines. There was a lot of unrest and strikes. Don’s great-grandfather was the supervisor of the mine and he had a photo of the house near the mine where his great-grandfather had lived. In a trip to the area, he found that the house still stands although the land was returned to green, rolling hills.
Rob Elias was up next and he said that Carl Custer his grandfather had started the genealogy and kept meticulous records. However, apparently gremlins have been at work and Rob has been forced to deal with them. In the family history there was the name of Samuel Clemmons who lived in Barren County, Kentucky. In closer study, Clemmons was actually Cummins. His daughter was Rob’s great-aunt who married and moved to Illinois near where Rob later grew up. He spent hours looking for her marriage records. At some point the original scrap of paper was lost in a desk and it was put on a microfilm of miscellaneous records. Mr. Clemmons got a land grant in Tennessee. Rob said it took two trips to find records of the land grant and how he dispensed it to his survivors.
Cathy Elias said that she had picked up a good tip at NGS on reading census records and other old documents – visualize how a letter would look without tails or high bars – such as a Y might be read as a U.
She said she had been excited to give the presentation on her Civil War ancestor at an Illinois genealogy meeting near where he had lived.
That ended the member presentations. Paul called for a brief business meeting so we could get to the refreshments that members had brought!
The July minutes were approved as published.
It was announced that the Trading Path was back from the publisher and could be picked up outside the meeting room.
The Treasurer reports that the bank statement of July 31, 2008, shows a balance of $3232.47.
The meeting was dismissed at 8:54 with an invitation to have some refreshments.
Tonya Fouse Krout
Again this month Paul included a form on the reverse side of the Meeting Agenda. This form was entitled Deed Research Notes and can be found at http://1stopfreeshop.com/genforms.htm. Other forms are also available on this page. Please check it out.
GENEALOGY 101: HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY TREE
Event Type: Durham County Public Library North Carolina Collection program
Library: Main Library – Durham County Library
Location: Conference Room: 3rd Floor
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:45 PM
Thursdays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 30, noon to 1:30 p.m., third-floor conference room, Main Library. Led by Rob Elias, past president of Durham-Orange Genealogical Society and member of the National Genealogical Society, and Cathy Elias, staff member at Olivia Raney Local History Library and active member of D-OGS and NGS. Learn how to gather basic genealogical information, interpret records and overcome roadblocks, organize and write your family history, get the most out of internet resources, and use local, regional and national repositories. This session explains how to use census records in genealogical research. For more information: 560-0171.
Registration Ends: 9/29/2008 at 12:00 PM
Other Information: Topics:
• Week 1: Class Objectives; Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
• Week 2: Census Records
• Week 3: Library and Archive Skills; Software Suggestions
• Week 4: Planning a Genealogical Trip; Freedmen’s Bureau records
• Week 5: Writing Your Ancestor’s Story; Internet Resources
• Week 6: Overcoming Brick Walls
Rob and Cathy have conducted extensive genealogical research throughout the United States and in Great Britain and have presented talks and workshops throughout the Triangle on basic, African-American, Scots-Irish, and Welsh genealogy and writing your ancestor’s story.
Contact: Lynn Richardson
Contact Number: 560-0171
Presenter: Rob and Cathy Elias
• Attendee must be 18 Years or older.
• Attendee MUST give 24 hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend.
INDEXED RECORDS TO REMAIN FREE ON FAMILYSEARCH.ORG
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:
The recent announcements of joint census projects with FamilySearch and affiliate companies, such as findmypast.org and Ancestry.com, have caused some confusion. FamilySearch patrons and indexing volunteers are wondering if the indexes created from their efforts will continue to be free to the public. The answer is a resounding YES!
All data indexed by FamilySearch volunteers will continue to be made available for free to the public through FamilySearch.org — now and in the future. Access to related digital images may not always be free to everyone. Working jointly with other organizations ensures wider availability to improved indexes and provides a tremendous benefit to millions of people around the world who are seeking to connect with their ancestors. FamilySearch is committed to working with records custodians around the world to provide faster access to more records for more people.
Where possible, FamilySearch will seek to provide free public access to digital images of original records. Due to affiliate obligations, free access to some images may be available only to FamilySearch members (volunteers and indexers who meet basic contribution requirements each quarter, patrons at Family History Centers, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who’s contributions support FamilySearch’s operations). FamilySearch members will also enjoy convenient access in their homes or wherever they have Internet access. (FamilySearch is currently developing its ability to verify that users are FamilySearch members for future home access. This expanded access should be enabled in 2009.)
The general public will have several options to access any fee-based images offered under FamilySearch affiliate agreements. 1) Home access will be free for FamilySearch members; 2) access is free through a local Family History Center or the Family History Library; 3) access is often free through the record custodian or archive reading room; or 4) for a nominal fee, the public can access the images on specified record custodian or commercial Web sites.
(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.)
1881 CENSUS OF CANADA NOW AVAILABLE
The 1881 Census offers a rich source of information about Canada and Canadians. Through this research tool, you can access digitized images of original census returns which list the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada’s residents at the time of the 1881 Census. This includes notable figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and Alexander Graham Bell.
Library and Archives Canada gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Statistics Canada (www.statcan.ca/menu-en.htm) and the Genealogical Society of Utah (www.gensocietyofutah.org/), without which this project would not have been possible.
You can learn more about the history of the Canadian census at ‘The Living Census: Sharing 340 Years of Canadian Growth’ (http://thelivingcensus.statcan.ca/), developed by Statistics Canada in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada.
The website for the 1881 Census is http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1881/index-e.html.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
This very popular BBC TV show is going to be broadcast on NBC this Fall. The show takes viewers on an inspiring and personal journey into the past of America’s best-known celebrities, sharing their emotion and surprise as they uncover stories of heroism, tragedy, love and betrayal that lie at the heart of their family story. At the same time, the series celebrates the making of our great nation and the people who traveled here in search of freedom and opportunity.
YOUR PHOTOS, OFF THE SHELF AT LAST
By DAVID POGUE
A recipe for Toxic Photo Soup: Layer 1,000 photos in a large, watertight plastic storage tub. Place high on basement shelving unit. Fail to notice small, leaky basement window nearby. Marinate, unattended, three to four years. Open and serve.
Yield: 1,000 blank sheets of sopping photo paper and four gallons of black, stinky, toxic rainwater-chemical soup.
That’s a recipe for disaster. And it’s exactly what happened to the entire photographic record of my wife’s college and med school years. To this day, I have no idea what she looked like back then. For all I know, she could have had an eye patch and a mohawk.
The horrible discovery of her liquefied photo collection underlines two important points about photographic prints. First, they’re generally precious and one of a kind. You can easily lose them forever to fire, flood, misfiling, carelessness or divorce.
Second, most of them are sitting, at this moment, in boxes someplace where nobody ever looks at them. Is that really the proper fate for a photo?
Digital photos, of course, are another story. They can be instantly and inexpensively duplicated a million times, stored in lots of different places, stashed online, sent around to relatives. And the modern world of screen savers, slide show software, digital frames, DVD burners, photo books and other digital products make it infinitely easier to show your pictures — which, you could argue, is the whole point of having them.
So if you, like millions before you, have a collection of prints somewhere, it’s probably crossed your mind that they really ought to be scanned — converted into digital files, both for protection and for ease of displaying. In that case, you, like millions before you, have probably even decided when you’ll do all that scanning: someday.
Because let’s face it: scanning hundreds or thousands of photos yourself, one at a time, on a home scanner, is a time drain the size of the Grand Canyon.
You could send them away to a company that does the scanning, but that’s incredibly expensive; most charge 50 cents or even $1 a photo.
You’d be forgiven, then, for raising an eyebrow at the offer made by a California company called ScanMyPhotos.com. It says it will professionally scan 1,000 photos for you, the same day it receives them, and put them on a DVD for $50.
So what’s the catch?
Actually, no catch, but lots of fine print.
ScanMyPhotos relies on a certain commercial Kodak scanning machine, which processes hundreds of photos a minute. There’s no reason other companies couldn’t buy the same machine and set up similar services. Indeed, some have, although most charge 12 to 16 cents a photo, compared with the 5-cent ScanMyPhotos rate.
Because it must feed your photos through this machine, ScanMyPhotos has set some rules. Photo sizes can range from 3 by 3 inches (Polaroids) to 11 by 14.
The photos must be put into similar-size bundles (4-by-6 prints together, for example) with rubber bands. The only way to label the batches is to write on index cards, which are scanned along with the photos like title cards. If you want the bundles scanned in a certain sequence, you can number the index cards.
The photos can’t be in albums or scrapbooks. That’s understandable, but it can be heart-wrenching to have to dismantle photo albums that somebody once spent a lot of time and effort creating.
Your photos can’t be in envelopes, either. For my test, I submitted about 20 years’ worth of pictures. (I found out later that there were more than 1,800 in all. I had no idea it was that many; those bundles look deceptively small.) They came from dozens of drugstore envelopes, meaning that I had to separate them from their negatives, probably forever, given that matching 1,800 prints with their original envelopes would take the rest of my life. And my descendants’.
The photos are scanned exactly as you send them. If one is upside down or backward, that’s how it winds up on the DVD. Similarly, you’re supposed to ensure that all horizontal photos are upright, and all vertical photos are consistently rotated 90 degrees the same way.
Finally, you pack your bundles into a box, stuffing it carefully to avoid shifting.
The company’s Web site offers copious photos of the right and wrong ways to pack up your pictures. The bottom line is, ScanMyPhotos will do the scanning. But you have to do the prep work, and it’s not insubstantial.
Fortunately, the results are well worth it. The company ships your original photos back to you by Priority Mail (two or three days), complete with a nicely custom-labeled DVD. It contains standard 300-dots-per-inch JPEG photo files, ready for copying to your computer. There’s no option to get TIFF files instead, and the JPEG files are moderately compressed to fit the disc. In other words, these are not scans suitable for billboards.
Still, the scans look very good — not as sharp as digital photos, but pretty much what you’d expect of scanned ones (you can see samples at nytimes.com/personaltech).
ScanMyPhotos probably isn’t getting rich by charging only $50 for 1,000 photos. Clearly, the real money is in the optional services, some of which are ingenious and nearly irresistible.
For example, for $125, the company will send you a preaddressed shipping box that holds 1,600 photos (4 by 6); the price includes scanning and prepaid shipping both ways. If you buy two, you get a third box free, making the deal, when you consider postage, even better than the $50 offer.
For $65 per thousand photos, the company will go through all your pictures and rotate them into the correct orientation. For $10, you can order a second copy of the DVD. For $20, the company will set up a custom Web site that displays your photos for 30 days. For $50, it will color-correct your photos, a process that works best on old, faded ones. For another $50 per thousand, it’ll scan the backs of your photos too, so you won’t lose your grandmother’s precious annotations.
And for $60 per thousand photos, you can order a hardbound, custom-printed book containing every single scanned picture; the company even rotates the vertical shots upright for you. The layout is not fancy — the pictures are small and numbered — but in my family, this book was a huge hit. (“Yes, children, it’s true. We had weird hair back then.”)
The company can also scan slides or negatives, scan at resolutions greater than 300 dpi, and even convert VHS tapes to DVDs. But there are plenty of other companies that can do these jobs; ScanMyPhotos’ price isn’t anything special. Nor is its Web site, by the way; its plentiful typos and clashing fonts may cause involuntary browser closing in some patients.
But don’t be dissuaded, and don’t underestimate the emotional component of this service. There’s the joy (or shock) of unearthing all those photos and showing them to people who’ve never seen them, and there’s the immense comfort of knowing that they’re all digitized and easily backed up.
There is also, however, the terror of sending away your valuable photographs. ScanMyPhotos asserts that it has scanned more than eight million customer photos, and has never lost or damaged a single one. But there’s always a first time; consider the fate of DigMyPics.com, a rival company. In May, a fire burned its headquarters to the ground, destroying almost everything inside — including some customers’ original photos.
Yet there’s a risk of doing nothing, too. Photos kept in a dry, cool and dark place don’t deteriorate nearly as quickly as audiotape, videotape and film reels. In fact, properly stored, they can last a century or more. But because photos are still susceptible to a wide variety of destructive or negligent forces, the ScanMyPhotos service could turn out to be the best $50, plus shipping and optional services, you’ll ever spend.
(Editor’s note: This article was featured in a recent Dick Eastman’s Genealogy Newsletter. The original was published in the NY Times on 14 August 2008. Many of you know my passion for old family photos. I hope that everyone who reads this article will take it to heart and do something positive to preserve their own precious photographic memories. If you are unsure of what to do, ask several of your friends what they have done. If they haven’t done anything, encourage them to DO IT NOW! Take them to a Wolf Camera or Kodak kiosk at your local mall and scan them yourself. At the very least, you will have some peace of mind when you send that photo CD to your cousins so they will have copies of all the family photos. If you think these procedures are expensive, consider the cost of losing those images forever!)
WEBSITES OF POSSIBLE INTEREST
RECORDS OF FIRST IRISH POLICE FORCE OFFICERS NOW ONLINE – Records of more than 80,000 officers from the first Irish police force are being released online on www.Ancestry.co.uk. The new genealogical source will contain the personal details of every man that enlisted in the Irish Constabulary between 1816 and 1921, including their name, year and place of birth, age on enlistment and marital status. These records contain huge genealogical significance because many census records were destroyed during fighting in Dublin in 1922. In many cases, the Irish Police Force Officers records may be the only surviving records of the lives of these men.
“These records are the only surviving source of personnel information on members of the constabulary in Ireland 1816-1922. Although it gives only basic information, it is often an invaluable tool given the lack of alternative genealogical sources,” said Hugh Forest, archivist at the Police Service of Northern Ireland museum.
Thousands of officers immigrated to Ireland from the US, Australia and UK to enlist in the force. A recruitment drive in 1919 sought “men willing to face a rough and dangerous task”. There were almost 10,000 new recruits to the force in 1920 as many men were jobless after returning from the First World War.
(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. )
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
FALL GENEALOGY CLASS IN BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Come join us starting Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30PM for our Basic Genealogy Course. We will begin with basic record keeping and genealogy software. As we progress further we will study using the internet, free and subscription genealogy sites, personal histories, US Census, military records and land records. The course is two hours each Wednesday night for seven classes running through Oct 22nd (No class October 1) at the Melbourne Library on Fee Avenue. Cost is $30 and includes all class materials and one year’s membership in the Genealogical Society of South Brevard. Please visit our website at www.gssb.net for more information about the society and its programs.
DUKE HOMESTEAD EVENT – September 6 – Tobacco Harvest and Hornworm Festival. In the morning, come see costumed interpreters demonstrate tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. In the afternoon, hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham. There will also be hornworm races and a moon pie eating contest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
TRADING PATH ASSOCIATION FIRST SUNDAY HIKE – There is a lot happening along the Eno River in Hillsborough, NC and some of it is good. On Sunday September 7th we’ll check out the good, bad, and ugly. It can still get pretty hot in September so, taking no chances, we’re scheduling the September First Sunday Hike in a shady open setting along the Eno River.
We will meet at the foot of Cameron Street and park in Orange County parking lots. We’ll depart from the trail head at 2Pm and be back to the cars by 4 PM. Arrive early enough to sign-in. We’ll see parts of the future “Riverwalk,” what will become the River Park, the wonderfully “green,” new legal complex.
This stroll may be a mile and a half mostly on paved surfaces but it is in part over unprepared surfaces.
Come into the historic district on Highway 86. Turn east on Margaret Lane, at the courthouse. Turn south on Cameron Street. Look for TPA event signs.
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF BUFFALO MEETING – Sun, Sept. 7 at 2:00 pm – Place: Amberleigh, in the living room, 2330 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY. Contact: 716-689-9670 – Free and Open to the Public
Dr. Neil Rudin will give a very entertaining presentation entitled FROM MINSK TO MY BLUE HEAVEN: IN SEARCH OF MY PAST focusing on his journey to gain an understanding of his Eastern European Yiddish cultural roots and heritage and the methods and approaches used in this process.
Also, Jane Fischman will comment on her attendance at the 28th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Chicago.
ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY FALL PROGRAMS – The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a new lineup of courses, both for beginners and for seasoned family historians.
Here is a quick list of the fall 2008 course titles and dates:
* Computer Programs for Genealogy – (10 September – 8 October)
* Genealogical Holdings at the Archives of Ontario – (26 September)
* Basic Genealogy and Family History – (30 September – 18 November)
* Research in Colonial America – (2 October – 9 October)
* Beyond the Basics – (15 October – 5 November)
* Multimedia Scrapbooking and Digital Imaging – (23 October – 13 November)
* Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records – (15 November – 29 November)
For full course details and registration information, visit the Toronto Branch website at www.torontofamilyhistory.org/courses.html.
THE FLORIDA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY IN TAMPA IS CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY! Founded in 1958, the society is the oldest genealogical society in the State of Florida.
FGS is formally celebrating its Golden Anniversary in conjunction with its annual Fall Seminar. The seminar will be held on Saturday, 13 September 2008, at Hillsborough Community College¹s Dale Mabry campus. The special guest speaker will be Paula Stuart-Warren, CGSM. Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical expert, a certified genealogical researcher, a prolific columnist, and a celebrated genealogical author. She will present an engaging program consisting of four excellent lectures.
During its long history, FGS has conducted a number of important projects. In 1986, an eight-volume set of transcriptions of all of the Hillsborough County cemeteries was published. This work is currently being entered by society volunteers into the Find-a-Grave website at www.findagrave.com. When complete, society members will re-canvass cemeteries for interments made since publication of the original books, and data will be added to Find-a-Grave, making the information available to researchers around the globe. FGS has also established a large vertical file collection at the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa and is working on electronically indexing the contents.
On Friday evening, 12 September 2008, the evening before the Fall Seminar, FGS will host a Gala Anniversary Banquet at Valencia Garden Spanish Restaurant in Tampa. FGS will honor all the living past presidents who have served the society since its founding. Locating some of these people has been a genealogical research experience but all have been found and are being invited. Each past president will be treated to a lavish dinner and will receive a commemorative gift. Paula Stuart-Warren will deliver a special, entertaining dinner speech.
More information about the Florida Genealogical Society, its monthly programs, and its projects can be found at its web site at fgstampa.org <http://fgstampa.org/> .
BALTIMORE MARYLAND FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP – Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 9AM to 4PM (Late registration starts at 8 AM) – FREE and open to anyone interested in their Family History. Bring a bag lunch, we provide bottled water.
Classes: 61 classes – from beginning to advanced
Contact: www.BaltimoreFamilyHistoryWorkshop.org<http://www.baltimorefamilyhistoryworkshop.org/> to see instructors, class information, registration details.
Our Keynote Speaker will be Terry Glasgow, speaking to us “What is Really New about New FamilySearch, and What Does it Mean to You?”
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MURRAY REUNION – SEPT 27, 2008. Mr. William Haley (son of Alex Haley) has agreed to be one of our speakers that day. We will meet at Mebane at the A&M Grill at 11:00am for lunch and a time of fellowship around the food. After that we will go to Crossroads Church. We will begin there at 1:00pm. Please feel free to bring your research of the Murray family that you could share with others.
Those who are interested in attending Sunday services at Crossroads are welcomed to do so. If you have questions or comments please send those to:
James L Florence
4414 Shanklins Dead End Rd
Efland, NC 27243
Cell Phone 336-212-1917
2nd Annual Celebration of the Automobile, September 27 – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Occoneechee Speedway. Free. Sponsored by the Historic Speedway Group.
ROOTSMAGIC CRUISE 2008 – The 2007 RootsMagic Family History cruise was so successful we have decided to do another one next year. Next year’s cruise will be to the Mexican Riviera (Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) from Sept 28 – Oct 5, 2008.
We have already lined up some of the best known speakers in the genealogy world, and we will be offering even more RootsMagic classes, so we’re positive this will be a cruise you will never forget. Details and pricing will be announced in the next week or so, and we will be offering an early- bird discount as well.
If you would like to be notified when cabins go on sale (not a commitment, just to be notified), call Carefree Tours at 1-800-658-8758, or email email@example.com. Telephone hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm (MST) Monday through Friday.
BENNETT PLACE EVENT – October 11-12 – Soldiers and Civilians, Life in the Carolinas during the Civil War. Experience what life was like for civilians and soldiers in the Piedmont Carolinas during the time of the American Civil War. Civilians will demonstrate domestic chores such as cooking, gardening, sewing and cleaning, while soldiers share their stories of enlistment, and their life in the Confederate army. There will also be games and activities for the young and old to include sack races, horseshoe throwing, and more. Donations gratefully accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
ALAMANCE BATTLEGROUND EVENT – October 13-17 – Colonial Living Week. Learn about colonial-era life through living history demonstrations. Highly recommended for schoolchildren. Groups must make reservations. For more information and reservations, call 336-227-4785. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
DUKE HOMESTEAD EVENT – October 18 – 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 foods, and 19th century games. Bring a picnic for dinner on the grounds. 2-6 p.m.
ILLINOIS STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 40TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE – 40 Years of Discovery – Portals to the Future – October 18, 2008 – Elgin, Illinois
• D.Joshua Taylor – Research Services Coordinator at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
• Beau Sharbrough – Product manager for MyFamily.com
• Lori Bessler – Wisconsin Historical Society Library Outreach Coordinator
• Loretto “Lou” Szucs – Executive editor and vice president of community relations for Ancestry.com
• Susan Anderson – Area Family History Adviser for the FamilySearch Program
• Debra Mieszala – President of the Lake County (IL)Genealogical Society
• Eric Basir – Owner of Photo Grafix in Evanston
• Kathy Carey – Illinois State Registrar NSDAR
Discover and evaluate new web sites, online databases and free tools available on the Internet. Investigate Footnote, FamilySearch and NSDAR collections. Jumpstart your research with new techniques, get organized using MS Word tools and explore procedures for scanning and restoring documents. Web site: www.rootsweb.com/~ilsgs – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
POZNAN PROJECT – On October 18-19 in Troy, Michigan, Lukasz Bielecki, the creator of the Poznan Project, will present four lectures at the Seminar of the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan. One of the lectures will cover exclusively the Poznan Project. Please refer here for more details: http://www.pgsm.org/index_041.htm
TEXAS STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 2008 CONFERENCE at Abilene, Texas – Featuring Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL doing 6 sessions on the theme of “Following the Evidence Trail” October 24 & 25, 2008
The registration form is on-line at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsgs/tsgs2008conference.pdf
The Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will again do their Road Show with Free 15 minutes Consultations to help on a brick wall problem.
Partner Society Special Session to discuss issues that genealogical societies face.
Round Table Mini-Sessions – small group discussions on a large variety of topics.
Annual Awards Banquet honoring the Writing, Volunteer, Website, Scholarship & Grant Winners. Dinner Speaker – Dr. Don Jenkins.
Co-hosted by West Texas Genealogical Society
One morning three Alabama good old boys and three Yankees were in a ticket line at the Birmingham train station heading to Atlanta for a big football Game.
The three Northerners each bought a ticket and watched as the three Southerners bought just one ticket among them.
‘How are the three of you going to travel on only one ticket?’ asked one of The Yankees.
‘Watch and learn,’ answered one of the good ole boys from the South.
When the six travelers boarded the train, the three Yankees sat down, but the three Southerners crammed into a bathroom together and closed the door.
Shortly after the train departed, the conductor came around to collect tickets.
He knocked on the bathroom door and said, ‘Ticket, please.’ The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand. The conductor took it and moved on.
The Yankees saw this happen and agreed it was quite a clever idea. Indeed, so clever that they decided to do the same thing on the return trip and save some money.
That evening after the game when they got to the Atlanta train station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip while, to their astonishment, the three Southerners didn’t buy even one ticket.
‘How are you going to travel without a ticket?’ asked one of the perplexed Yankees.
‘Watch and learn,’ answered one of the Southern boys.
When they boarded the train, the three Northerners crammed themselves into a bathroom and the three Southerners crammed themselves into the other bathroom across from it. Shortly after the train began to move, one of the Southerners left their bathroom and walked quietly over to the Yankee’s bathroom. He knocked on the door and said, ‘Ticket, please.’
I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.
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