September 2010 Newsletter

By , January 7, 2010

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

Meeting Announcements
Meeting Minutes
August CIG Meeting News
Trading Path Association First Sunday Hike
Exploring City Directories
Family Maps
Genealogical Glossary
Calendar of Events
Parting Thought

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Meeting Announcements

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 1 September, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham 27705. Phone: (919) 477-5498 – One-half mile from I-85 and Guess Rd (Exit 175), Follow the brown historic site road signs.

The program for this meeting will be presented by Frank DePasquale. The title for the program is “Downtown Durham Building Architecture & History.”

Frank DePasquale graduated from the NCSU School of Design in 1951. He is a founder of DTW Architects & Planners, Ltd, a group responsible for the planning of several Durham Schools. He has been highlighted on the Triangle Modernist Houses website for homes he’s designed throughout Durham. He is President Emeritus of the Historic Preservation Society of Durham and was a recipient of their prestigious Bartlett Durham Award in 2000.

Please join us in learning about how Architecture has helped to shape the history of Downtown Durham.


The next D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the New Durham South Regional Library located at 4505 S. Alston Avenue in Durham, NC, 27713. We will meet at the South Regional Meeting Room on the left side of the building.

Program details:

For the September meeting, Mike will be demonstrating a way of incorporating source information within images that accompany our genealogical data. Organizing and identifying images can be a challenge if the images become separated from their identifying information, causing unnecessary problems for the researcher. We’ll learn how to avoid these difficulties.

Come join us!

– Carol Boggs

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D-OGS Meeting Minutes for August 2010

August 4, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by President Richard Ellington. Four visitors were in attendance, as well as 20 members.

This was our annual Show & Tell Program where members and visitors tell about recent findings in their research.

First up was Wade Dorland who said he had hit a brick wall on his mother’s side. She was a Biggs and he had three generations before hitting a brick wall with Biggs who migrated through Ohio. Then he saw an article in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter about DNA projects and searching to see if your family name was included. He said he found a Biggs project and emailed a guy in California who sent him a tree but it was for the wrong Biggs. Then he took a class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke with Marge Brewer which gave him a push to find Ephraim Biggs in Ohio. Well, he learned there were two Ephraim Biggs’ in Ohio and he learned that the one in Southeast Ohio was the right one but he’d been working on the one in Southwest Ohio!

Ginny Thomas said she also had a DNA story. In 1999-2001 when she first got started on her Kendall genealogy she didn’t know much about what she was doing but managed to hook up with another Kendall researcher named Rick.   Rick was a distant cousin and he shared a lot of great information with her.   About 4 – 5 years later when another Kendall researcher named Scott started a DNA project, Ginny asked Rick to participate as a representative of the James Kendall/Ann Lucas line.

For a long time there were no matches for Rick’s DNA.  Then recently an interesting problem arose when another Kendall researcher joined the DNA project and, like Rick, claimed to descend from the James Kendall/Ann Lucas line.  The problem was his DNA sample did not match Rick’s sample.  Then the question became which person was the actual descendant of the James Kendall/Ann Lucas line–Rick or the newer participant.  Fortunately and coincidentally, about that time last spring, Ginny found a male cousin, Jerry, from her immediate Kendall line, who agreed to contribute a DNA sample.  Jerry turned out to be an exact match for Rick as well as David who had just joined.

So you never know what DNA will help you find out.  We ended up with three people matching and one who needs to review their research and rethink where they need to go next.  This whole thing took about 5 years to happen, so patience is pretty important.

Nerissa Williams said she had come across a new favorite search engine—World Cat. It power searches on any topic in libraries around the world. She said her father, Kenneth Williams, a prominent dentist in Harlem (NYC) had been interviewed at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture three months before Dr. Williams’ death in 1985. He was born in Goldsboro during the time of Jim Crow and went to Howard Dental School and worked as a red cap along with Langston Hughes and other famous African-American men of his time. Nerissa had thought the interview had been lost over time but a friend of hers, who is a local librarian is also a friend of the Director of the Schomburg Library and put Nerissa in touch.  They found the interview, which turns out to be video tape.

She would like them to be transferred to DVD and get copies in other libraries. Lynn Richardson was interested and will be in touch.  (Arturo Schomburg is a Puerto Rico-born Black writer-scholar of the Harlem Renaissance whose own extensive collection of books and other materials became the basis of what is now the largest collection of materials about African-Americans in the US).

Anne Myhre said after a program we had on Quakers she got to talking to Jeff Palmer and learned they were cousins! She said she was descended from a man who came into Jamestown in 1610—William Cox, who was either 12 or 26 at the time. According to Cavaliers of the Pioneers, there were 100 in the first group, 120 in the next, 60 in the third and in 1609 500 started for Jamestown. By 1611 there were only about 60 living when the next group arrived. The high death rate was attributed to famine. There were no land grants given for seven years. William Cox leased 100 acres for 10 years.

Barbara Spruill said she was writing a book about her family in a “James City Bound” Series. She had large display boards with family photos, as well as photos and drawings from the town. James City was across from New Bern. Her family is the Sawyer Family. James City was the first refuge for freed slaves. Former slaves were taught to read, write and other skills. There was a militia established by William Singleton who was trained by his master’s son, who was a graduate of West Point.  They were part of the 35th Regiment US Colored Troop. They later hooked up with the 54th Regiment (depicted in the movie “Glory”).

The area Barbara’s family came from is the Elizabeth City area, which contains a lot of Sawyers. The tale was told that James City was sold for a barrel of molasses about 20 years after it was established. However, research shows that the people who originally owned it wanted the land back and it took from 1863 to 1960 to get everyone off the land. It involved a litigious court case. Barbara also had a display board that contained a second chart featuring her grandfather from the photo she found and showed us last year. She said she is going to write several books.

Wayne Benson said he and his wife live at Carol Woods and he had learned that he and another resident, Wade Dorland, grew up about 20 miles apart in Nebraska and they also found they had shared ancestry in New Amsterdam through the Montfort family. They discovered that Jan and Pieter came to New Amsterdam early. He joined the New York Genealogy Society. He found information on the Montforts online but it was not the brothers he was researching, but a father and son who had not arrived until 1624. New Amsterdam was a city of refuge for people fleeing the Spanish Inquisition and many were Walloons from France. The many incarnations of New Amsterdam were well documented and the detailed maps helped in the archaeology of New York City.

Richard Ellington said he was writing a book for the 2011 Carrboro Centennial. The town was originally incorporated with the name of Venable. Julian Carr, Durham industrialist, bought a couple of mills in Venable and added them to his Durham Hosiery Mills complex. The name of the town was changed to Carrboro to honor Carr for his contributions to the town. Richard said this book is being published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series that is primarily annotated photograph books. He said his childhood neighbor had taken photographs for years and he was given the neighbor’s collection of 35mm slides after the neighbor passed away. He said people had been generous with their photos and Lynn Richardson had provided a couple of photos of Julian Carr and his home in Durham.

Richard said Carrboro was mainly a mill town and mostly populated by poor working class individuals. He said the 1920 census was a surprise as the town was actually integrated because everyone was in the same boat—dirt poor!

He said he had conducted an interview recently about what it was like before schools were integrated and black students attended a one room schoolhouse. He said Hickory Grove School was still a school into the 1950s. There was a potbellied stove and a bucket of water carried from the well. They had a reunion last weekend and met at the school which is still being used, except it’s an artist’s studio now. He said a weekly paper had run a picture of Richard and five former students. He said they had a good visit and learned that their lives were much the same as his growing up.

Bill Reid had just returned from a trip to England and Ireland with three generations of his family. He said it was most helpful and he had found a few connections but mainly it was a lot of fun and you should make a trip like that before you get too old. He answered a question that, before 1800, records are through the church.

Carol Boggs reported that she continues to try to solve the mystery of Samuel Burrage Reed and his reported daughter, Joan Marcia Reed. In the process of learning more about the Reed family she had put a message on a RootsWeb newslist for Reeds, and several years later received a response from a descendent of that family who shared both information and several photos of children whom he thought were children of Joan Marcia Reed, but in fact were children of Olive Reed Judd, one of Samuel’s known daughters. One picture in particular was of Roland W. Judd who served in WWI and was killed in the battle, “The Lost Battalion.”  He was clearly Olive’s son.  The big development this year was in making contact with Robert J. Laplander, the author of Finding The Lost Battalion, the foremost researcher and writer of that battle in the world. Carol recently found a research article in the NGS Quarterly about a man who served in that battle, and so contacted Laplander to inform him of it in case he was unaware of it. He was very grateful for the article and not only supplied burial records for Roland W. Judd who died in the battle, but sent copies of two of his books, Finding The Lost Battalion and a follow-up book, Finding the Lost Battalion -Beyond the rumors, myths, and legends of America’s famous WWI epic. He called a number of times with much background information and was pleased to have contacted someone with more information on Judd. Additionally, Roland’s resting place was identified, complete with photos.

July minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.

Committee Reports:

  • Trading Path—Cathy said they were working on the next issue—it would probably be posted in September.
  • Treasurer’s Report—As of July 1, 2010 our balance was $2438.72, plus deposits of $255, a refund of $60 and expenses of $303.49, culminating in a balance of $2330.23 for August 1, 2010.
  • The nominating committee will be chaired by Rob Elias as the Past President and he is looking for volunteers. Contact Rob if you wish to serve on the committee—it’s the safest way not to get nominated for office.

The next meeting will be September 1, 2010 at Duke Homestead and the topic is Downtown Durham Architecture and History presented by Frank DePasquale.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tonya Fouse Krout

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August CIG Meeting News

The CIG met on Saturday in the new Southern Branch of the Durham Public Library and despite there being no projector (Holt brought his), and no way to turn off the lights to see the screen, we improvised and had a great time. A new member joined the group and appeared to be having a good time along with the rest of us.

New houses and new buildings take a bit of adjusting to!  The library is large and comfortable, and the staff was more than helpful so losing our “home” in the Chapel Hill library is not the disaster we feared it might be. We will meet there again for the September meeting and have a plan to cope with some of the challenges.

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Trading Path Association First Sunday Hike

September 5th will be our first First Sunday Hike of the new season.  We will meet at Eno River State Park off of Pleasant Green Road in eastern Orange County (approximately 6200 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC for your GPSs), we’ll depart the parking lot below the park office at 2 PM and be back at the vehicles at 4 PM.  This will be a reprise of some of our work from last winter.  We’ll be on the north side of the Eno, across the river from Few’s Tavern, between Holden’s Mill and Fanny’s Ford.  We noted quite a few cairns in that area and there appeared to have been an occupation site of some sort that we didn’t have time to map in detail that we’ll go over one more time.  Eno River Park trails are pretty well laid out but trail terrain is uneven and can be muddy, so wear appropriate footwear.  Bring water too.  We look forward to another season of play in da woods.

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Exploring City Directories

Family Tree University (associated with Family Tree Magazine) offers online courses with a genealogical flavor. D-OGS is not endorsing but does suggest that you consider resources like this for a bit of enlightenment. The following notes are from one of their latest courses:

Course instructor Patricia Van Skaik is a genealogy librarian, so she really knows her stuff. Read this excerpt of a case study from the class to see for yourself: An 1846 Cincinnati city directory reveals that photographer Charles Fontayne operated a business in Cincinnati in 1845. In fact, in the 1840s and early 1850s he did not live in Cincinnati, but instead one mile across the river in Newport, Ky. However, he did not appear in any US census schedules until 1860.

William S. Porter’s family knew he moved to Cincinnati by 1850, but knew little about him before then, including his reason for migrating to Cincinnati. The 1849 directory reveals Porter’s arrival about a year after Fontayne’s, and shows Porter becoming Fontayne’s business partner in a photography studio.

The photographic method of the time, the daguerreotype, was extraordinarily expensive and could only be supported by a large and prosperous city. Cincinnati was the sixth largest city in the United States, just behind Baltimore, and very cosmopolitan as revealed through the wide range of products, including luxury goods, advertised in the directories. Photographers were an elite group with only eight listed in the 1850 Cincinnati directory.

Applying the cluster strategy to the business associates led to looking for connections between Fontayne and Porter before their partnership in Cincinnati. Baltimore city directories from the early 1840s show Fontayne and Porter as business partners there. We can conclude that Porter followed Fontayne to continue the business, a successful endeavor as demonstrated by their ornate advertisement.

The Fontayne and Porter case study illustrates several of key concepts of delving deeper into city directories:

  • Use the cluster strategy with co-workers. Business associates may have worked together elsewhere prior to their arrival in their current city.
  • Chain migration—one individual traveling ahead to be joined later by another—can apply to occupational groups.
  • Business location is important and strategically chosen.
  • Business owners may have lived in a different city or state.
  • Read between the years and compare information about the industry and your ancestor.
  • Look to advertisements for further information about the ancestor or company, including its target audience and prosperity.
  • Identification in a city directory points to new leads for genealogical sources.

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Family Maps

By Melissa Shimkus

Searching for land patents issued by the United States government is easy thanks to the General Land Office of the Bureau of Land Management website ( An additional valuable source is the series of books produced by Arphax Publishing and Gregory Alan Boyd titled “Family Maps of…” Each volume in this ongoing series focuses on an individual county. Although not yet complete, the series already features 363 titles for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Each book begins with a useful introduction and general maps showing the county’s location within the state and in the context of neighboring counties, as well as maps depicting townships, cities and towns, and cemeteries. A general surname index leads you to a “map group” for the township of interest, where you will find details on each land patent in that township as well a map outlining the location of each patent. Once you locate your ancestor on the patent map, it is easy to see which individuals obtained patents on neighboring parcels of land. The map group for each township also includes a road map and an historical map showing waterways, cemeteries, and railroads.

The surname/township index in “Family Maps of Holmes County, Florida” (call number 975.901 H73BO), for example, references two parcels of land for the Moore family in Township 4-N Range 14-W or map group 22. The index to land patents in the section for map group 22 provides details. Elizabeth and John E. Moore had a patent issued on February 21, 1893 for the southwest quarter of section 10, with a portion located in Washington County. The patent map shows that the property of Elizabeth and John is bounded to the north by that of George W. Moore, who received his land patent on the same date. Based on the information gleaned from this book, we now have a specific location for the family’s land, another individual to research, and a legal description to extend our property records search.

The “Family Maps” series by Gregory Alan Boyd is an excellent source for land patents in the United States. It provides easy to use indexes and visuals that make researching land patents simple. Genealogists will garner valuable family property information as well as leads for additional research.

(This article originally appeared in the Allen County Public Library newsletter)

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Every month, we get requests for research help from folks, both members and non-members. Please contact these individuals if you can help them.

Brett Compton –

Surname: COMPTON

I’m looking for proof that an ancestor of mine lived in either Orange or Caswell Co.  His name was Jeremiah Compton.  He would have possibly been in Orange County from his birth in around 1780 until 1805 or so.  His parents were probably James and Frances Herndon Compton.
I would appreciate it if you could look for any of these people in the early Orange County land records!


Jerry Young –
1005 La Reina Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078-1346
Phone- 760-744-7530

Surname: BOWERS

Query:  Who were the parents/grandparents of John Bowers (b. 1801, Roane Co., TN, d. ca 1849 in Hamilton Co., TN) and George Bowers (d. Hamilton Co., TN 1873), brothers, whose parents allegedly went to TN from Orange County, NC between about 1790 and 1810. Grandfather may have been George Bowers, (wife Margaret) who died in Orange Co. ca 1770.  Patricia Barnett, a member of your Society, is listed as working on the Bowers family.

John Bowers is my g-g-grandfather who was married in Roane Co., TN (8 Sep 1823) to Nancy Morgan (b. 8 July 1805 in Roane Co., TN, d. 23 Jul 1823 in Hamilton Co., TN).


Barbara West –
16435 E. Layton Avenue
Aurora, CO 80015
Phone: (408) 984-3910

Surname: BARBER

Joel & Mary Barber (both born: 1815 according to the 1860 Census Jackson, Madison County, Tenn Census Report.)
Son: Richard Lafayette Barber b. May 6, 1850 in Jackson, Tenn. Died July 14, 1920, buried Maplewood Cemetery, married Olive Beavers.
Grandson: William Lafayette Barber born 10 May 1904 in NC, died 2 June 1988 in Buncombe. William was married to ____? Any Children________?
Richard Lafayette Barber’s brother was John Franklin Barber, my gr-grandfather.

1850 Census Madison Co. Dist. 17 TN Page 712, Family 933:
BARBER, John 35 b. 1815 NC
BARBER, Mary 35 b. 1815 TN
1. William H. 16 b. TN
2. George W. 14 TN (died 1864 Civil War)
3. Mary A. 12 TN
4. Joel A. 9 TN
5. James K.P. 6 TN
6. John Franklin 3 born: Sept 15, 1847 TN died in Craighead Co., Ark.
7. Richard Lafayette 6 mo. born: May 6, 1850 TN


Wendy Randall –

2552 Jessica Lynn Court
Franklinton, NC 27525
Phone: (919) 749-9686


Looking for Jordan Cary/Carey’s origins.

There is a Benjamin and Ester O’Dear Cary listed in the early 1800 marriage bonds. Does anyone know anything about this family?

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Genealogical Glossary

BONDLAND – land which also contained dwelling houses and other buildings (such as barns) and was usually held by copyhold or charter

BONDMAID/BONDMAN – a slave or serf required to serve with wages

BONDSMAN – a person who will vouch for or be liable for a person required to post a bond.  This person can either be a friend/relative or a professional bondsman

BOUND OUT – Apprenticed or indentured out.  Most often the child was bound to a person in the community in the skilled trades.  In return for the labor that the child provided they were given food, shelter and (sometimes) clothing.  The families of the children being bound out were poor and in many cases the children were orphans or the father of the family had died and the mother could not provide for the children.  The court appointed an Overseer of the Poor who looked into these cases and reported to the court.

BOUNTY LAND – public land given by the government to induce young men to join the military, or as a reward for fighting.  Much land in the Midwest (U.S.) was given to the veterans of the Revolutionary War as a reward and payment for their time in the war.

BOUNTY LAND WARRANT – a gift of bounty land due to a person entitled by military service, or to his heirs or assigns

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Alamance County Genealogical Society – ACGS regular monthly meetings begin again on 8 September, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215, 336-227-1448. The program is currently TBA

Baltimore Family History Center Workshop – 11 September 2010 from 8 AM – 4 PM located in Baltimore, Maryland. Keynote Speaker –Dr. Gregory Prince. Free, Over 50 classes, over 25 instructors on all areas of family history both local to MD and pertaining to many areas of the world and US. To see more info and to register go to or email

Duke Homestead – Harvest, Hornworm, and Arts Festival – 11 September from 10am-4pm. Browse local artists’ wares all day.  In the morning, 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 race, MoonPie eating contest, musical entertainment, refreshments, and much more!

Digital Preservation Workshop at the Levine Museum of the New South – 11 September 2010 – Charlotte, NC – Nooma Monika Rhue of Preserve Pro giving a seminar on “Digital Preservation for Your Family” from noon to 3 P.M. Registration is $70.00 per person. It will be held at the Levine Museum of the New South in the Harris Room. For info go to Preserve Pro or call 704-995-0731 for details.

St. Louis, Missouri Research WeekThe St. Louis Genealogical Society is offering a unique research opportunity for those whose ancestors were born, lived, worked, or died in St. Louis, MO. The St. Louis Research Workshop is a weeklong program, 13-17 September 2010, which provides in-depth assistance in researching the collections in some of St. Louis’ finest repositories.

Local genealogical experts will describe the collections, give presentations about genealogical records, and answer specific method questions. Under the specialists’ guidance, participants will have the chance to research at two noted genealogical facilities, St. Louis County Library and Missouri History Museum Library. Hands-on research and consultations will also take place at the St. Louis Genealogical Society’s office located at number 4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, Sunnen Business Park in Maplewood, Missouri.

This workshop is limited to twenty individuals to ensure that each participant receives personal attention and assistance. Registration is required with early discounts available until August 15th.

For more information or to register for the St. Louis Research Workshop, call 314-647-8547 or visit the St. Louis Genealogical Society’s website at

Guilford County Genealogical Society – GCGS meets at the First Friends Meeting House, 2100 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina (1/2 mile east of Friendly Shopping Center, at the intersection of W. Friendly & W. Greenway), at 10:00 a.m. on 18 September 2010. The program will be presented by Etta Reid on “Revolutionary War Aid.”

Davidson County Genealogy Jamboree – 18 September 2010 from 10am to 3pm – Lexington, NC – The Genealogical Society of Davidson County, NC, will host their 2nd Genealogy Jamboree on Saturday at First Reformed UCC Educational Building located at the corner of East Center Street and North Salisbury Street (about 1 block down from court square) in Lexington, NC. This event is free to the public and is designed as a day of sharing genealogical and historical data with those who have an interest. Parking and entrance to the event will be in back of the building.

Bennett Place, Durham, NC – Road to Secession – In 1861, civilians rushed to the Southern Cause by enlisting in military service. Visit an enlistment camp at the beginning of the American Civil War.

Recruits will receive their enlistment papers, hardtack and coffee rations, and begin life of a soldier in the Confederate Army. 9/25 and 9/26 from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Wake County Genealogical Society – WCGS will meet on 28 September, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Olivia Raney Local History Library. The program is TBA check their website for details

California Family History ExpoAlameda County Fairgrounds – October 8-9, 2010. Register here for the California Family History Expo right now! Call 801-829-3295 to register by telephone. Go to for details.

Ohio Palatines Seminar – The Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy Society is holding its annual fall seminar Oct. 16 in Columbus, Ohio. Special presentations will cover indentured servitude and immigration to America in the 18th century.

Conference in Pittsburgh, PA – In honor of our 20th year anniversary, the North Hills Genealogists [of Pittsburgh] is hosting an all-day conference on 23 October 2010 at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, PA.  Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, a well known author, lecturer, and researcher, will be the speaker.  Her books include the reality-based historical novel, Isle of Canes, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, and the textbook Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers & Librarians.

Mills’ lectures for the day will be “Genealogical Problem Solving: Professional Techniques for Everyday Success,” “Citations & Sources Simplified: From Memorabilia to Digital Data to DNA,” “In a Rut? Seven Ways to Jump Start Your Research,” and “How to Find the Truth about a Family Story.”

The conference registration fee includes a continental breakfast, hot lunch, and door prizes.  The early bird registration deadline is 21 September 2010. Parking for the conference is free.  For more information and a mail-in registration form, or to register with a credit card, please visit

Family History Library Research RetreatOctober 25-30, 2010 – Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square – Conference Hotel, 122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 – Registration: $399

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

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

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

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

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

NCGS Annual Meeting and Workshop – 12-13 November 2010 – Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) will present its Annual Meeting and Workshop at Brownstone Inn, 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.

Paul Milner, the speaker, is an expert on English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish research. Workshop topics will be published on the NCGS website and in the NCGS newsletter soon.

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As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a grave side service for a homeless man.  He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Kentucky back-country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost; and being a typical man I didn’t stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.

There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, and we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low my heart was full.

As I was opening the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”

Why can’t men just ask for directions?

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Parting Thought

Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.

If you have any items of interest that you would like to submit for future publication, please contact Richard Ellington at or 919.967.4168

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