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Next Meeting Sept 7, 7 pm at St. Matthews Church in Hillsborough

By , August 31, 2011
St Matthews Church

St Matthews Church

The September (D-OGS) meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 September 2011 at 7p.m. at St Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough, NC.

Visit their webiste here:

There is parking behind the church and across from the church on St. Mary’s Road.

We will be listening to Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner speak about the historic cemetery at the church and take a guided tour of some of the graves of the prominent and historic persons buried there.

About the cemetery:
The historic St. Matthew’s cemetery is the final resting place for many early leaders of North Carolina, especially those from Orange County. There are 396 marked graves and 11 unmarked. Those buried here include members of local families including Cain, Cameron, Roulhac, Turner, and Webb.

About the Speaker:
The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner, Rector at St. Matthews. Rector Brooks Graebner came to St. Matthew’s in the spring of 1990, having previously served as the Assistant to the Rector at St. Peter’s in Charlotte, North Carolina. He moved to North Carolina in 1973 to attend Duke Divinity School, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1976. He then continued his studies at Duke, earning a Ph.D. in American Religious History in 1984. By then, Brooks had become an Episcopalian and had entered the ordination process in the Diocese of North Carolina, a vocational decision very much shaped by the time he spent as organist & choir director of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham, his sponsoring parish. Before ordination, Brooks also completed a year at Virginia Theological Seminary and a year in the Chaplain Residency Program at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Brooks’ love for the study of church history is very much reflected in his extra-parochial involvements. He currently serves as the Historiographer of the Diocese of North Carolina. He is a past president of the local historical society and for ten years served as an officer & director of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. He teaches Anglican and Episcopal history in several formation programs of the diocese. He also is a steering committee member of the Durham-based Pauli Murray Project, which is devoted to honoring and extending the influence of this civil rights pioneer, historian, lawyer, and Episcopal priest.

About the church (taken from the web-site):
The General Assembly of North Carolina originally constituted St. Matthew’s Parish in 1752 as the established church in the County of Orange. The parish was reorganized in 1824, and the present church building was begun in 1825 and completed in 1826. It was consecrated by the Right Reverend John Stark Ravenscroft, the first Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina on May 21, 1826.
Letters of the period indicate that William Nichols, principal architect of the old state capital which was burned in 1831, designed the present structure. As far as we are able to learn, St. Matthew’s is the oldest Gothic Revival church building still standing in North Carolina. Nichols worked mainly in the Greek Revival idiom, but he knew Gothic work from both his native England as well as from visits to the northern United States. Nichols also designed Hillsborough’s Masonic Hall (1823). He left North Carolina in 1827 to work throughout the South, and died in Mississippi in 1853. Nichols is being increasingly recognized as one of the South’s finest antebellum architects.
There were others involved in the building of St. Matthew’s Church. As St. Matthew’s first Senior Warden, Francis Lister Hawks, grandson of the architect of Tryon Palace, likely had a great deal of input regarding the building. Walker Anderson, who was a member of the first vestry and who was the nephew of the great North Carolina jurist-legislator, Duncan Cameron, seems to have been the real project director. The master mason was Samuel Hancock, under whose hand John Berry, prominent local architect/builder, learned his skills.
St. Matthew’s Church has had many alterations throughout the years; the tower was added c. 1829 and under the leadership of the Rev. Moses Ashley Curtis, Rector from 1856 to 1872, extensive remodeling of the church was carried out. The east end was enlarged for a recessed chancel with triplet window, sacristy and organ room, and the exposed beam roof was raised c. 1868; the spire was added and the wainscoting was replaced c. 1875. A marble plaque in the narthex records the installation of the bell in 1878 as a Confederate Memorial.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The tracker-action organ, Opus number 1169, was purchased in 1883 for $1,040 from the Boston firm of Hook and Hastings. The organ is housed in an oak case and has seven ranks. It was removed from the church building on June 2, 2004 and completely restored by John Farmer, Pipe Organ Builders of Winston-Salem, NC. The organ returned to a newly refurbished organ room and was rededicated to God’s service on May 5, 2005.
The church building was thoroughly renovated and repaired in 2007-2008 and rededicated on St. Matthew’s Day, September 21, 2008.

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Photo of the church from Larry Lamb’s panoramio site

Show and Tell Meeting this Wed at Christ Methodist Church

By , July 31, 2011

This month’s regular D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 3 August, 2010 at 7
p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501.
The street address is 800 Market Street. Here is a map: There is
parking behind the church. Enter the back of the church through a door which opens into the large
meeting room.

Our program will be our annual “Show and Tell”. Have you found that missing relative? Have you
broken through the “brick wall” you have been banging into for years? Do you have some
recommendations for new data sources? Bring your best stories about what you have been doing
over the last year. We will draw numbers to see who get to go first. Please keep your comments to
about 5 minutes so that we will have time for everyone to participate.

In the past, we have used this meeting to “swap” unused or unneeded items with our D-OGS
members. If you have magazines, books, CDs, software, computer hardware or any other
materials that you would like to share with someone else, bring the “goodies” with you to this
meeting. We will set up tables to spread out the “goodies” so folks can shop. If you don’t want to
take your old stuff home, anything left over will be donated to the upcoming Parkwood flea market
where D-OGS will be participating in October.

Let’s meet this Saturday at Chapel Hill Library to Watch Videos from the So Cal Jamboree!!

By , June 9, 2011


I have reserved the small conference room (downstairs) at the Chapel Hill library for this Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00 pm. Here’s the map to the library:

We will watch the first 3 videos that will be streamed lived from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank California.

Following the video presentation will be a brief discussion with questions and answers about the videos moderated by yours truly.

You do not have to register to attend this event on Saturday.
Here is the schedule:
11:30-12:30  Lisa Louise Cooke – Google Search Strategies for Genealogists

Frustrated by thousands of irrelevant search results in your recent Google searches for your family history? Do you want to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time? Learn the art of online search with genealogy podcaster and Google expert, Lisa Louise Cooke.  in this class you will expand your Google search repetoire and learn techniques, tricks and tips to achieve better genealogical search results.

1:00 – 2:00  Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF – Fingerprinting Our Families – Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

This lecture explores how the concept of “America, the Great Melting Pot,” may really be a flawed concept, and that identifying the particular ethnic group of one’s ancestor or potential ancestor can pay significant resarch dividends. Topics covered in this lecture include how to build a historical context for one’s ancestor, studying population clusters, paying attention to patterns of all sorts (naming, migration, settlement, etc.), understanding the “push and pull” of migration (i.e. the reasons behind families or inidividuals migrating), and locating repositories for various ethnic groups.

2:30 – 3:30  David A. Lambert – Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestors

This lecture will discuss the resources available from local, state, and federal sources to research your Union Civil War soldier. Descriptions of a variety of documents that will better enable you to learn your ancestor’s story from enlistment to the end of his service. Also life after the war will be discussed using records from the Pension Department and the Grand Army of the Republic.

3:30 – 4:30 Discussion with Questions and Answers

Refreshments will be provided.

Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Much More Valuable to Anyone’s Southern Research Than You Might Have Thought!

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By , May 16, 2011
Diane L Richard

Diane L. Richard

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, NC 27705
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We are pleased to announce Diane L. Richard as the presentor of next month’s meeting. She will be presenting on the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. Diane is a professional genealogist who is active with several genealogical societies and publications. She is the President of the Wake County Genealogical Society, assistant editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and editor of Upfront with NGS, the Online Blog of the National Genealogical Society. If you have not had the opportunity to learn about these invaluable records, which include freedmen and all impoverished North Carolinians regardless of race, now is the time!

Program Summary:

The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by most of those living from DE to TX, including North Carolinians, regardless of race or original circumstances. Many pertinent records are found in the Records of Field Offices for the various states, including the State of North Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872, National Archives microfilm publication M1909 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004) – the basis of the examples used during this talk.

It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot information about ALL impoverished North Carolinians, regardless of race. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or children might be found listed in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc.

If your ancestors were freed, they might also be found receiving rations, or being a party to a contract, etc. Or, maybe their children attended a school.

Topics discussed in this talk include:

  • Short History of the Freedmen’s Bureau
  • Short History of the Freedmen’s Bureau in NC
  • Samples from select record groups
    • Request/Applications for Relief/Rations
    • Ration Lists/Destitute Lists
    • Indentures and Contracts
    • Hospital/Medical treatment
    • Freedmen School Records
  • Other relevant Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Diane Richard’s website is Mosaic Research and Project Management and she can be reached by email at

May meeting 5/4 @ 7pm Chapel Hill Library

By , May 3, 2011
Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray will be presenting this Wed night, May 4th, at 7 pm. The program is entitled “Knowing your Forbears Inside and Out – based on the Writings of James Leyburn.”

We will be meeting at the Chapel Hill Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. Here is the map:

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Thank you,
Ginger Smith

Trading Path Vol 21, No. 1 now posted

By , April 26, 2011

The latest version of The Trading Path is now online for you to view, download, and print. Here is the link:

Download Trading Path Now

You must sign in to access this member’s only benefit of the website.

Please email me directly at grs3275 at yahoo dot com if you have any problems signing in to the website or accessing your journal.
Thanks to the Elias’ and the editorial staff for putting together such a great publication! Ginger

Back Issues of 2009 Newsletters now online

By , April 21, 2011


Back issues of the 2009 newsletters have been uploaded to the website are now available online for you to view and/or download

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“Teaching Old D-OGS New Tricks” – Chapel Hill News

By , April 20, 2011
Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray

Sue McMurray was featured in the Chapel Hill news today – “Teaching Old D-OGS new Tricks” in which she highlights the great things that D-OGS as an organization is doing these days. Great job Sue and thank you so much for getting the word out!

Teaching Old D-OGS New Tricks


April 6th Meeting – The History of Carrboro

By , April 1, 2011

**Note LOCATION change**

The next DOGS meeting will be held next Wednesday evening, 6 April, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. The street address is 800 Market Street. There is parking behind the church. Enter the back of the church through a door which opens into a large meeting room.

The program will be presented by Richard Ellington. He will be presenting a slide show on the history of Carrboro. Carrboro is celebrating its centennial this year. The official town celebration took place on 3 March, 2011.  Richard and a friend, Dave Otto, have published a pictorial history book of Carrboro. Richard will have autographed copies on sale after the meeting; cost is $21.99

Program: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music at Durham Public Library, March 20th, 2011

By , March 16, 2011

The Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection brings you a program entitled Sincere Forms of Flattery:  Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music, which will be held Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 in the Main Library Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro Street.

Durham’s own Billy Stevens will talk about American popular music as a product of the South’s unique culture. Focusing on North Carolina and Durham in particular, he uses musical instruments and rare recordings to illustrate the relationship between blues, ragtime, and the tobacco culture of the Piedmont. The result is a better understanding of how our music reflects America’s social fabric, affirming the contributions of performers both famous and forgotten.

Stevens has extensive international touring experience, speaking throughout the world about American music, as well as many years experience as a solo artist with a variety of bands. He has a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

For more information, please contact Lynn Richardson at the North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library, (919) 560-0171 or

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