September 2009 Newsletter

By , April 20, 2011

D-OGS Meetings for September 2009


The next D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 2 September 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Senior Center on 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

From Durham:

  • Take 15-501 to I-40 West. Exit onto I-40 West
  • Take the next exit “Chapel Hill,” also called new HWY 86.
  • At the end of the ramp, turn Left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Historic Airport Road)
  • Go to the 5th stoplight (1.4 miles), turn Right onto Homestead Road.
  • Count to 15. Seymour Center will be on your left, followed by the entrance.


From Hillsborough and I-40 Intersection:

  • Take I-40 East.
  • Take Exit # 266 and at the end of the ramp, turn Right at the stoplight onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Historic Airport Road)
  • Go to the 5th stoplight (1.4 miles), turn Right onto Homestead Road.
  • Count to 15. Seymour Center will be on your left, followed by the entrance.


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




The next meeting of the CIG will be held in the small conference room, downstairs in the Chapel Hill Public Library, at 9:00am, Saturday, 12 September. The D-OGS Computer Interest Group will feature a talk by the new webmaster to D-OGS, Ginger Smith. She has an interest in cutting edge tools and techniques for the genealogist with access to the Internet. Web pages are great, but they are not interactive; now genealogists can participate in social networking sites, blogs, and online classes as well as maps that track our ancestors across the globe. If you have an interest in learning more about any of these this is the meeting for you. What’s in the future? What can we do that will push our genealogy forward in giant steps? The answer may lie in your keyboard.



D-OGS Meeting Minutes for 5 August 2009


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.


In the absence of Rob Elias, Richard Ellington led the program which was the annual Show & Tell. Following tradition, numbered ticket stubs were passed out and the speakers’ order was determined by a drawing.


Two visitors were in attendance and 16 members.


Carol Boggs asked to cover two items before the program started:


1. DOGS member Sherry Titus was put in touch with Allen Dew’s cemetery site and she wanted to thank everyone for a good job of doing what we do.


2. Margo Brewer’s company has a special offer of offering a donation of $35 per person to the DOGS Treasury if DOGS has six people who want to go on their next trip. However, the deadline for sign up is August 15.


The first speaker was Bill Reid:

He said a couple weeks ago he was in New Jersey for a funeral in his home town and he allowed an extra day for research.


He said he was told there was a restaurant in the old A & P that he should visit, but it was closed. However, the people let him in and the first thing he saw was a picture of his father on the football team. Then he saw photo of him on the baseball team. The owner suggested he go to the men’s room—where he saw another photograph of his father on the basketball team! Then he learned that the guy had a website with pictures which are on Shutterfly that he can order in any size.


Don Holloway:

Don said he didn’t research the Holloway name because his parents were divorced and his mother remarried a Mr. Holloway who adopted Don. His actual birth name is Ramsey.


The Ramsey’s had arrived in Pennsylvania in the 1860s as simple coal miners and one rose to a significant position with Carnegie and other steel and coal companies. Don and a cousin visited his house which was built in 1894 and were welcomed by the present owners. They went upstairs and looked out on the rolling hills but in 1890 it was closer to a vision of hell. Don said the house looks the same on outside. He and his cousin had found pictures of the house and surrounding land from the 1890s and he had assembled a binder with the photos of the property then and now.


He said he’d also visited Birmingham, Alabama and found a number of buildings named after a great-uncle; most notably Erskine Ramsey High School.


Ginny Thomas:

Ginny said she was continuing the saga of her husband’s great-great-grandfather, the Quaker who ran off with his employer’s daughter and got kicked out of the Quaker church. They went to Old Salem to get married. It was said they had married “at the print shop.” Ginny and her husband made their first visit to Old Salem and saw the house and print shop as well as Belo House which was up from the print shop. The great-great-grandfather’s obituary tells that he had help build the house and created the animals in front of the house, some of which still survive.


Mr. Blum owned the print shop. He had started as a banker and become a printer. The Thomases purchased a pamphlet about Mr. Blum and later had spotted the same pamphlet at a friend’s home. They were amazed to discover that the friend’s wife was a descendent of Mr. Blum!

Richard Ellington:

He showed old family pictures in books that he’s created for family reunions and updated Ellington family connections. He regards these as a work in progress. He said he asks relatives—no matter how distant—if they have family photos he can look at, he copies them with his camera mounted on a tripod and adds them to his binders. He said when you go to a family reunion, talk to the people you aren’t immediately connected to; spread the word, share information—this is what we need to do!


He said he is also working on his Cheek connections and that Anthony Cole, the Cole Mill Road miller, is connected to his family (3rd great-grandfather).


Richard stressed that it is important to have the family history in print so your family can hold it in their hand; make it available to all who are interested.


Lynn Belvin:

Lynn said she had a cousin in Massachusetts who descended from his second wife. She ordered a tombstone for free because of his service in the Virginia militia in the War of 1812. He built a home place in 1830.


Nerissa Williams:

She said she’s been in D-OGS a year and had learned a lot. She attended the NGS conference and attended a presentation by Reginald Washington and learned of some sources to aid her research.


Nerissa said she’s trying to connect the members of her family who started out life as slaves. Few photos have been found and not many records so far. There was Harriette who died in 1910 of heart disease. She died in Goldsboro near her son.


Family lore is that Harriette’s mother was a child of a white owner and his slave and supposedly he freed his lover and her children on his death but that’s been proven incorrect through a will, found in Duplin County, of the man’s daughter that left the woman and six children to a man named Frank.


Nerissa’s father was a dentist with a practice near the Apollo Theater in Harlem. His practice served many of the great entertainers, as well as other influential men in the African-American community. Because of this association, she was able to meet many of these individuals. Her father was an impressive man with a thriving practice and also a Fellow at Columbia.


She’s learned he had a first wife who attempted suicide. And she wished she could find his photo in a restroom!


Elizabeth Hamilton:

She attended a reunion in Tennessee which she reached by car. On the way, since she has Crowell’s in the family, she decided to stay in a motel in Asheville on Crowell Road.


A Crowell ancestor married a Kaplan. The family ordered a marker with names and additional information. There was a marker dedication at Crowell Lutheran Chapel and two members of the Daughters of the War of 1812 were in attendance. Elizabeth said that was the first time she’d heard of that organization and was interested. (Lynn Belvin spoke up and said she was a member and gave Elizabeth some information of where local chapters were located.)


Elizabeth said several family and related events were schedule in the area and on the last day of the Crowell Reunion she met some people whose family farm was taken over. It was on the road in Asheville—Crowell Road—where the motel was located she had stayed in on her way over.


Carol Boggs:

She said she’d been involved in a 15 year search for descendents of Samuel Burrage Reed who was born in her hometown. He had started life as a child of a widow, being born after his father’s death, and had fathered a number of children but she had been unable to locate an obituary. He was a famous architect. At age 7 had been apprenticed to an architect. Carol looked for years for these people and finally located the obituary of one of his sons, Curtis. She posted inquiries on the web and has received quite a bit of information from the wife of one of his descendents.


Samuel was quite a prolific and well-known architect and author of books of house plans. He built quite a number of churches, houses and courthouses.


He said his office in Manhattan in the same building as Orange P. Judd.


Barbara Spruill:

She said that Rob and Cathy’s class on African American genealogy gave her a boost in her research.


She said he grandfather’s family had been a big roadblock. In January she went to a funeral in New Bern. Her grandfather’s grandmother was buried at New Bern and Barbara want to find the plantation her great-great-grandmother belonged to so she can connect the children. At the funeral Barbara saw a friend of her mother’s who told her than in 1930 she saw a picture of Barbara’s grandfather in the paper. Her grandfather was a pastor but, while there were pictures of the church’s other pastors, there was none of her grandfather. She was able to track down the picture in the newspaper and have a drawing made from it, which she intends to donate to the church.


Business Meeting:


The minutes from July were approved as printed.


The treasurer’s report: $1604.67.


Publications—the Eliases have the Trading Path ready to go to press for a cost of approximately $800 to print. There is a proposal being discussed by the D-OGS board of directors to go with an option for an electronic version to cut back on printing expenses. We have spent approximately $6000 for the Trading Path since the Rob and Cathy took it over.


D-OGS member Ginger Smith has agreed to take over as webmaster of the D-OGS website. Ginger is currently webmaster of the USGENWEB Durham County site. She was introduced briefly.


Richard said the Task Force for Orange County appears to want to divest from the county and he is opposed to that.


We dismissed at 8:50 for refreshments and our exit from the building was delayed due to a severe rainstorm.


Respectfully submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout



notes from the D-OGS CIG meeting – August, 2009


Questions and problems you’re having:

TMG Questions:

What’s New?

Transfer Big Files – beta

Web sites worth visiting:

The Original Genealogy Barrel-

Digital Library –

Research Tools –

The New Netherland Institute –

Eclectic Web Sites:

Nuggets from blogs, newslists, bulletin boards, podcasts and emails:

Dick Eastman- Convicts –

Topic Du Jour:

“Where are we today?”


To help us get a handle on where we stand, everyone summarized where their genealogical efforts had taken them so far this year, and then outlined a plan for the remaining months to help them meet their goals for 2009. It was clear that we’re all very busy these days, but folks have made some tremendous progress so we reviewed some painless ways of keeping genealogy on the front burner with as little time spent as possible. One way to put questions before the online community and bring in information without having to search for all the details is to craft some good quality queries to post on message boards and list serves. Examples of message boards are:, click on Collaborate and select “Message Boards”; RootsWeb (now owned and operated by Ancestry) select Message Boards at the top of the page; and GenForum and select the board you are interested in. There are others, but these get the most traffic by far, and that is what you want when you are going to post a very important question to help solve your research questions.


Another important way to put your message before the genealogical public is to seek out a newslist or listserve that suits your question. The difference between a message board and a newslist is chiefly that one is passive and the other is active. If you’re pushed for time, choose a message board as your payoff may be days, weeks, or months in coming. I’ve gotten answers to my queries three and four years after posting them. After all, we have to wait for some genealogists to grow up and become interested in seeking their ancestors and they may not even have had a clue about genealogy when we first posted our question.


Newslists may be very quiet or very busy, depending upon the subject matter. For instance, the TMG newslist can fill your mailbox every day, but an obscure county in a small state that did not enjoy a migration pathway may post a message a month. Newslists are particularly good if you have a “How do I…” kind of question.  You are likely to get a dozen replies if your question is sufficiently complicated. The people who frequent newslists are often the true experts on their little area of genealogical turf so if you have a very specific area of curiosity you are very likely to encounter the experts here.  Remember to thank people for their help, you will be more likely to get additional help when you need it!

Articles of Interest:

Lost in the Cloud –

Afraid of Internet security? Here’s an article that will get your attention.


Your Trading Path News


The Summer 2009 issue of your journal, The Trading Path, is about ready, and we expect to have it in your hands by the beginning of October.  We are currently reviewing our 2009/2010 budget for all Society activities and expect there will be some belt tightening soon, especially if there is a significant decrease in our membership due to the current recession.  Because November is the start of the new fiscal year for D-OGS, we will delay publishing the next issue (Fall, 2009) until December/January, when we are sure that we have funds available.


We are committed to sending you the very best journal that we can.  If we have a significant reduction in membership (as some organizations are now experiencing), the issues in 2010 may be a bit smaller, or even fewer in number, but we’ll do our best to make sure our issues are packed with the same kind of articles, extracts and genealogical tidbits that you’ve become accustomed to.



Rob and Cathy Elias



Fees for N.C. birth certificates, other vital records to rise


RALEIGH – Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, the fee for a single copy of a birth, death, marriage or divorce certificate or a report of fetal death from North Carolina Vital Records will increase from $15 to $24. The fee for additional copies will remain at $15 each. The change is due to a new law, the Current Operations and Capital Improvements Appropriations Act of 2009 (G.S. 10.22 130A-93.1), passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor on Aug. 7.


The cost for conducting a search of files for the record, even if no copy is made, will also rise to $24.


New forms for requesting vital records, with the updated fee information, will be available on the N.C. Vital Records website ( beginning Aug. 24.  Mailed applications postmarked on or after Aug. 24 must include the new fee, or the request cannot be filled and the application will be returned to the sender.


Vital records are also available from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place.  For questions about the fee change, contact N.C. Vital Records at 919-733-3000.



The 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, Reactivated, Funds Conservation of Battle of Gettysburg Confederate Flag

The North Carolina Museum of History is home to one of the nation’s largest collections of Confederate flags. However, conservation of these banners requires expensive, specialized textile treatment. To help fund this need, the museum has formed a thriving partnership with the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, Reactivated, the state’s largest Civil War re-enactment group.


The 26th Regiment recently unveiled the second flag it has helped conserve: the battle flag of the 52nd Regiment North Carolina Troops. Carried into the Battle of Gettysburg, the banner was captured during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble charge on July 3, 1863, by a soldier from the 14th Connecticut Volunteers. The regiment’s colors were sent to the United States War Department in Washington, D.C., and returned to North Carolina in 1905. It is currently on exhibit in A Call to Arms: North Carolina Military History Gallery.


“Our goal is to be able to raise enough money each year to restore at least one battle flag from the museum’s collection,” says Skip Smith, colonel of the 26th Regiment. “Simply put, we feel it is our duty to preserve for future generations these battle flags that guided many a Tar Heel boy.”


The organization’s first flag project resulted in conservation of 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops’ colors that were captured at the Battle of Burgess’ Mill near Petersburg, Virginia, on October 27, 1864. A third banner is undergoing conservation, and funds for a fourth flag are being raised by the group through a statewide grassroots effort.


“We are most grateful for the conservation funding provided by the 26th,” says Tom Belton, curator of military history. “Their help is more essential than ever.” Each flag costs approximately $7,500 to conserve, and the 26th Regiment is covering the entire cost. Now other Civil War remembrance organizations are joining the 26th Regiment by adopting additional museum flags for conservation projects.


The 52nd Regiment, part of Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew’s Brigade, suffered most of its losses on July 3, the final and bloodiest day at Gettysburg. The regiment had 46 men killed in action and 64 wounded. Another 140 were wounded and captured, and 91 non-wounded soldiers were captured.



Tv program on human genetic migration


On April 13th, 2005, IBM and the National Geographic Society launched the Genographic Project, a landmark scientific initiative to gather and analyze the world’s largest collection of human genetic samples for the express purpose of better understanding humanity’s migratory history.

On Sunday August 30, 2009 at 9pm ET, Human Family Tree a new two hour film will premier on the National Geographic Channel, narrated by Kevin Bacon.

This partnership showcases IBM’s thought leadership and experience in analytics. Research scientists from IBM’s Computational Biology Center worked in lock step with the Genographic Consortium’s population geneticists to help uncover humanity’s common migratory history that is hidden within our genes


(Thanks to D-OGS member Holt Anderson for making us aware of this upcoming TV program)



trading path association September First Sunday Hike, Sunday, September 6th


(From our friend Tom Magnuson)


This is a reminder and an update on hike conditions.  We will meet, as noted in our TPA Events list, atop Mount Tirzah (Southern Person County, NC) at 2PM on Sunday the 6th of September.  There will be signs at the top of the mountain pointing the way to parking.

Since our last visit to this old Indian quarry much has changed, not least of all nature has reclaimed the mountain top and now intrudes on views.  The last time we were up on Red Mountain there had just been a clear-cut and, except for residual slash the mountain top was open.  One of the main areas of debitage is still open but most of the rest of the crown of that old monadnock is covered with impenetrable regrowth; blackberry and scrub pine waiting to be thinned.  Our host has agreed to dress the parking area, and from there to the quarries the terrain is open but very rough, badly cut by erosion.  The grade we’ll climb is about 7% and we rise about 130 feet in 1500 feet.  With luck, between now and the hike date there will be some brush-hogging done to open up a westward view.

We will try to get a geologist to come along on this hike and explain the processes that create rhyolite as magma pushes up a volcanic vent.

Sturdy footwear, water and maybe a situpon are recommended for this hike.  It will take a half hour to get up to the quarry and a half hour back.  After the hike we can retire to the country store at the top of Mount Tirzah for refreshments and a pause on the deck behind the store.



New york city databases added


The German Genealogy Group has added an exciting new database on it’s web site.


See the index to 735,333 New York City birth records, all Counties, for the years 1901 through 1907. This is just the first set of birth records with more years to follow.


13,087 names from 54 yearbooks have been added to the yearbooks database which now contains over 140,000 names in 426 yearbooks from around the country.


The Southern District Naturalizations database has been updated to include 6,331 repatriations, 2,381 WW II naturalizations, 856 Korean War naturalizations and 209 transferred naturalizations.



Dangerous temptations in genealogical research


What do you do with genealogical information you find on the Internet? Do you quickly download and add the information to your family file? If you’ve ever been tempted, read on….


The Internet is booming with user-contributed lineage-linked databases. These databases are often the first place researchers look, and for good reason. Before performing original research, we should find out if someone else has already published information on the family. But what should we do with the information we find?


The easiest thing to do is to simply add the newly-found information to our family file, either by downloading a GEDCOM file, copying/pasting, or manually retyping the information. We have all faced this dangerous temptation. This week as I searched for and found new information on Oliver STROUD and his wife Mary BROWN, I was faced with the decision – accept what was published, or research and verify the information.


I was looking for Oliver and Mary’s marriage information. I found information in nine separate databases.

  • Six different researchers published their marriage information as November 21, 1870 in Mills County, Iowa.
  • Two different researchers published April 25, 1871 in Butler County, Nebraska.
  • One researcher published April 28, 1871 in Butler County, Nebraska.


How should you determine which is correct? Is the 1870 Iowa marriage “most correct” because it was published the most? No. This most often indicates that one person originally published it, and the others copied and republished.


Quality research requires more investigation – not relying on published, undocumented findings as fact.


Just yesterday I obtained a copy of the original marriage record and was astonished at what I found. First, I learned that a marriage license was issued in Mills County, Iowa on November 21, 1870. Although six different researchers published this date/place as the date/place of the actual marriage, they were 5 months and 7 days early and about 120 miles off. The marriage record showed that they were married on April 28, 1871 in Butler County, Nebraska.


The record also gave the birth place, age, current residence, and the names of each set of parents. Imagine what I would be missing if I relied on someone else’s published information. My research rule is to obtain original documents whenever possible, and always locate as many other records as I can to corroborate my findings. A careful evaluation of my findings is now possible.


User-contributed databases are wonderful tools as they can help us get in touch with other family researchers who may have other pieces to our ancestral puzzle. However, maintaining a “sense of skepticism” in any genealogical research is crucial to to our genealogical success.


(This article is reprinted from Legacy software newsletter)



Books of possible interest


Images of America – Caswell County – will be available for purchase 21 September 2009. The book contains 223 photographs and an excellent introduction by Dr. Houston G. Jones, Ph.D.


Actually, the Caswell County Historical Association (CCHA) is already taking orders, as is Here are links:

Arcadia Publishing


Price is $21.99 – the CCHA would rather sell direct as they make more on those sales. All proceeds go to the non-profit CCHA to help them preserve and share Caswell’s heritage.



Calendar of Upcoming Events


The 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2-5 September 2009, Little Rock, Arkansas


A genealogist’s bonanza in just one place. Four days to learn more about the Internet, databases, records in courthouses, archives, and libraries that are not online, how to locate missing records and relatives, write your family history, and break through tough problems. The presenters are from all over the U.S. and from Canada and represent many of the top experts in the field. Wish you could be a child again and attend summer camp? This is your chance, but the conference hotels are much nicer than tents and cabins.


  • Almost 200 lectures, workshops, special events, and meals offered during this four day event that are by and of interest to genealogists, writers, editors, professional genealogists, lecturers, librarians, archivists, historians, columnists, booksellers, bloggers, and others.
  • A huge Exhibit Hall filled with booth after booth of vendors and exhibitors of genealogical software, books (new, old, rare), charts, maps, databases, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, services, memberships, research assistance, and more. A special Society Corner will feature details on FGS Member societies. Some booths are still available.
  • Wednesday offers many sessions designed to help genealogy society volunteers with different aspects of running a genealogical society, seminars, publications, websites, and board meetings. A special luncheon includes an open forum for discussing society issues.
  • Luncheons and breakfasts sponsored by well-known genealogical and historical organizations. These feature speakers that will educate and entertain you.
  • A gala banquet that features a special speaker and showcases some of the best volunteers and organizations in the area of genealogy.
  • Other social events include a free Ice Cream Social, Night at the Ballpark, Networking Luncheon, door prizes, and the Peabody Ducks.
  • Need more? Lots of free wireless Internet access, two pre-conference extended sessions on Tuesday, great places for research, a Presidential Library, riverfront views, neat restaurants, historic sites, and being surrounded by others who speak the same language of genealogy.
  • A special hint: If you register by July 1st, 2009 (postmark date or online) you can save $50.00 ($175.00 fee vs. $225.00 after that date). That pays for four full days of lectures and some special events.


The Federation of Genealogical Societies and this year’s local host, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, invite you to the ‘Passages through Time” conference that takes place this 2-5 September 2009 in vibrant Little Rock, Arkansas. For the full and varied program and registration details check the Conference website at or the frequently updated Conference Blog at that will tell you about the Ducks, Exhibit Hall, Parking, Travel, Hotels, last minute details, and dozens of other things.


The Conference Committee hopes you are able to join us for this great learning experience. <> for the full program info for extended details and much more that grows continually


For further information, contact the Publicity Chair, Paula Stuart-Warren,




Lil john’s mountain music festival – Held Sept. 3-5, 2009 in Snow Camp, NC – 336-376-8324



Old fashioned farmers’ day – Sept. 4-6, 2009 at the Silk Hope Ruritan Club fairgrounds in Silk Hope, NC – 919-742-2972 –



Cemetery preservation workshop – A cemetery preservation workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  It will be held at the meeting room of the Quitman Public Library, 202 E. Goode St., Quitman TX 75783, (903) 763-4191.


Gerron Hite, cemetery preservation specialist, and his staff will present the program.  You may bring a sack lunch or sack lunches will be available for sale.  We will provide drinks and snacks, as well as coffee, etc. before the workshop.


There will be no cost unless you buy a lunch which will cost $5.  We didn’t want to charge so that hopefully more people could come.



Duke homestead state historic site – September 12 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.  Throughout the day, enjoy the hornworm festival, which will be highlighted by the 3rd Annual Duke Homestead Hornworm Race.  10 a.m.-4 p.m.



Nc hot sauce contest –11am to 3pm on Sept. 12, 2009 in downtown Oxford –



Annual Family History and Genealogy Workshop – The Baltimore Family History and Genealogy Workshop will be held on September 12, 2009. This community service event is for those interested in researching their family roots and is FREE.   There are many beginning classes, including Where to Start, Beginning Maryland Research, Beginning Genealogy on the Internet, and African-American Research with a Maryland emphasis, as well as intermediate and advanced classes.   A total of over 50 classes in 6 time periods are offered.   Doors open at 8 AM, classes are from 9 AM to 4 PM.


Keynote Speaker this year is L. Ren Cahoon speaking on “Family History Re-born: Progress, Perils and Possibilities


The Baltimore Family History Center at 120 Stemmers Run Road, Essex, is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.   It is open T, W, Th 10-4 and T 7 – 10, and Saturdays 10-4.     Phone 410-686-8481.   Please call ahead.


This event is sponsored by the Baltimore Family History Center of the Baltimore Maryland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


For a complete list of classes and other details, see our website at: or call 410-734-7536 for further information.



10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research – Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Family History Center, Cherry Hill, NJ – presenter is Shamele Jordon


Are you stuck? Do you feel that you are not getting anywhere with your genealogy research? Tips include technology, the internet, and good ole fashion research techniques. Learn ways that you can enhance your research NOW.


Next:  Mid-Atlantic Family History Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ (Sat., October 17, 2009)





Given by the St. Charles Co. Historical Society (SCCHS) in conjunction with the St. Charles Community College. (SCC)


Saturday Sept. 12, 2009 – 8:30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. – at the St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. outside of St. Peters, MO


Registration:  $20.00 for SCCHS members and SCC students, faculty & staff. $30.00 for non-members


PRESENTER: Bill Popp, archivist of the St. Charles Co. Historical Society for the past 5 years. Previously for 18 months, Bill has provided computer-based training to in-coming volunteers for the Family History Library at Salt Lake City, Utah. He has taught a variety of genealogy classes and seminars throughout the St. Louis area.


For more information, contact Joan Koechig at 636-946-2820 or



Western Pennsylvania gen society meeting – “The enemy will be informed of our Weakness”: Pennsylvania’s Provincial Military Forces in the French and Indian War, 1755-1765” – September 12, 2009 from 10 AM – 12 Noon


This talk will examine the creation and evolution of Pennsylvania’s provincial military forces during the French and Indian War to the conclusion of Pontiac’s War, 1755-1765. No other British colony in North America had Pennsylvania’s unique ideological founding; namely Quaker idealism of non-violence and aversion to war. Started by immigrants fleeing persecution at the hands of authorities at home, the province would welcome with open arms, all other religious and ethnic groups fleeing similar persecution.


Chris Kubiak was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, growing up just north in Franklin Park. As a boy he became fascinated with the rich and exciting history of the Ohio Country frontier, largely from his parents (who often dragged him to and his sister to various museums and re-enactments across the Commonwealth). Chris decided to pursue history as a career, earning his undergraduate degree from Pitt, and recently completing his Master of Art in History at Slippery Rock University in December 2008.  He is currently finishing his Master of Science in Education at Robert Morris University, and plans to pursue his doctorate in 2010. Chris has worked at the Fort Pitt Museum as a seasonal educator and interpreter, and currently teaches history at Robert Morris University and CCAC. Specific interests in history include the Ohio Country Indians, the evolution of Pennsylvania’s military forces during the French and Indian War and Revolution, and environmental history.



Family History: Beyond the Basics, A Two Day Mini-Course at the allen county library – September brings the advanced course on research techniques on Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19. Margery Graham, ICG and Steve Myers, MLS will share their expertise with a limited number of attendees. Sessions include Problem Solving, Probate Records, Land Records and Tax Lists, Military Records, Church Records, and Tracing Your Ancestors Across the Atlantic, as well as tours of the Genealogy Center, assisted research, and personal consultations. Cost is $50 for the two days. Expanded course descriptions and registration form will soon be at . Register early because space is limited.



2009 Florida Genealogical Society Fall Seminar – The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) is very pleased to announce the details of its 2009 Fall Seminar, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College.


This year’s speaker is Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, distinguished, internationally recognized genealogy expert, speaker, author, and researcher.


Ms. Mills is a historical researcher and writer who has spent her life studying American culture and the relationships between people. A popular lecturer and author who has appeared on radio and television on three continents, Elizabeth has been widely cited as “The person who has had the most impact on family history in the post-Roots era.”


She will present four excellent lectures:

  • The Elusive Ancestor: There¹s No Such Thing as “Too Poor to Trace”
  • Sources & Citations Simplified: From Memorabilia to Digital Data to DNA
  • The Identity Crisis: Right Name, Wrong Man? Wrong Name, Right Man?
  • Okay, I Got the Neighbors ­ Now What Do I Do with Them?


Join us for an exciting day of genealogical presentations, vendors and exhibitors, and great door prizes! In addition, an informal luncheon workshop about getting started with your genealogy will be presented. Box lunches will be available for purchase at HCC on the day of the conference. We will arrange for quantities to be available based on the number of registrations received by 15 September 2009.


Registration for the Fall Seminar is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. If you join FGS in conjunction with registering for the seminar, you will be entitled to the Member registration fee of $35 and your membership will include the last quarter of 2009 and all of 2010!


You will find the 2009 FGS Fall Seminar Registration Form, a Map of Hillsborough Community College, Site of 2009 FGS Fall Seminar showing the location of HCC’s parking and the building in which the auditorium is located, and the FGS Membership Application in the right-hand columns of our website at <> (under IMPORTANT FGS DOCUMENTS). For more information, please email us at



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 in the next week for schedule and registration information.



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.



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:





The irony of life is that, by the time you’re old enough to know your way around, you’re not going anywhere.



Parting Thought


If you want to see the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.





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