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“Civil War Death Study” – Feb 2, 2011

By , January 26, 2011

The next meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society will be held February 2, 2011 at the Duke Homestead meeting place in Durham and will feature research historian Josh Howard and his program entitled “Civil War Death Study.”

Meeting Details:
Date:  February 2, 2011
Time:  7:00pm
Topic: Civil War Death Study
Speaker: Joshua Howard
Location: Duke Homestead – 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, N.C. 27705;  Phone: (919) 477-5498

About the topic: The Civil War Death Study is a project assigned as part of the Department of Cultural Resources (DCR) 150th Anniversary of the Civil War commemoration.  The study involves analyzing the number of Confederate and Union soldiers from North Carolina who served and died in the conflict utilizing military service records, archival resources, and period newspapers.  The results of the study are to be published in a future book called The North Carolina Civil War Atlas.

About the speaker:
Josh Howard
Josh Howard is a research historian with the Office of Archives and History.  He is the co-author of two books about the Revolutionary War, the most recent of which,  Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, published by the University of North Carolina Press, was awarded the 2010 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.  He is the co-editor of the North Carolina Civil War Atlas, a DCR initiative of North Carolina’s Sesquicentennial commemoration of the war.  His duties for the project currently include analyzing the number of North Carolinians who served and died in the Civil War.

Josh Howard:
Co-author – Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Co-author – Fortitude and Forbearance: The North Carolina Continental Line in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=1620


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Jan 25 – Free Lecture on NC Civil War Death Study

By , January 12, 2011

Free Lecture to Discuss Groundbreaking North Carolina Civil War Death Study

A new study shows that while North Carolina still lost the most men in the war of any Southern state in the Civil War, the figures used since 1866 are wrong. Josh Howard, a research historian in the Research Branch of the N.C. Office of Archives, will discuss his work on the North Carolina Civil War Death Study on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Government and Heritage Library, 109 East Jones St., in downtown Raleigh. The talk is free and open to the public.

The project, spearheaded by Howard, encompasses reviewing the military records, as well as archival and newspaper accounts of military deaths during the American Civil War amongst North Carolina Confederate and Union units. The project also reveals for the first time ever the number of black and white North Carolinians who died in Union service within North Carolina’s total losses, which prior to now have only focused on the Confederate troops. For more information on the lecture, contact Rebecca Hyman, (919) 807-7454, rebecca.hyman@ncdcr.gov.

The Government and Heritage Library is part of the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com.

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

By , January 5, 2011

This is a repost from January’s program….

Start the New Year right by joining us for the 1st meeting of the year.
We will be meeting in Chapel Hill at the Chapel Hill Preservation
Society, the Horace Williams House, at 610 E. Rosemary Street – see map
here . Our speaker will be Ernest Dollar,
Executive Director of the Preservation Society. Ernest will be speaking
on the work exploring grave-sites that the society has been sponsoring
in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. I’m sure that this will be a very
informative session. Ernie always has interesting material to present.

Happy New Year!

– Richard

NCGS Conference Attended by Local D-OGS Members

By , November 17, 2010

The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) held its fall workshop and annual meeting in Raleigh this weekend, and several D-OGS members took part. This year’s featured speaker was Paul Milner who presented the topic “Finding Your British Isles Ancestors” and to say he did it with thoroughness is only puting it mildly. The two days’ worth of information was enough to keep the attendees busy for an entire year of research and we came away with a whole new armamentarium of tools and techniques to use in prying our ancestors out of the old record books and cemeteries. Paul was well-informed, engaging and indefatigable throughout the two days, and was still good-natured enough at the end of the second day to agree to have his photograph taken with the D-OGS members who attended. We are maintaining our tradition of staging these post-presentation photo ops. The event was highly enjoyable and well worth the drive, so if you have British ancestors and missed this opportunity to hear him speak this time, be sure to watch for his name to appear again in another venue.

Paul Milner and D-OGS Researchers NCGS 2010

Photo courtesy of Carol Boggs, November 13, 2010. From left to right: Elizabeth Hamilton, Rob Elias, Cathy Elias, speaker Paul Milner, Karen Vance, Ginny Thomas, and Carol Boggs

Article written by Carol Boggs

Apex Historical Society Presents “Pluck, Perseverance and Paint – Apex, North Carolina: Beginnings to 1941″

By , November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 North Salem Street, Apex, North Carolina

FREE (limited seating)

Warren Lee Holleman and C. P. “Toby” Holleman make one of two planned
presentations as part of the Apex Historical Society and Halle Cultural Arts
Center Speaker’s Series on the History of Apex.  The second presentation of
this series will be made January 25, 2011.

Description of book:

“Pluck, Perseverance and Paint – Apex, North Carolina: Beginnings to 1941,”
first published in 1973, at the time of Apex’s Centennial Celebration, has
been revised and expanded to five times its original length.  The new book
is 340 pages in length and features 160 photographs, maps, and
illustrations.  The book’s title is drawn from Apex’s first motto,
describing the virtues of her early citizens and the tools required to turn
a swampy “Log Pond” into a bustling community.

“Pluck, Perseverance and Paint” covers not only early Apex, but all of
western Wake County prior to World War II.  The new edition presents both
written and oral histories of the Apex area on such topics as slavery, the
Civil War, Reconstruction, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression.
While learning about the history of Apex, readers will also learn about the
history of central North Carolina, the South, and the entire United States
during this formative period of our nation’s history.  And because the book
is written with both intelligence and wit, the reader will be entertained as
well.

Apex Historical Society Website/


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Free Workshop at the Government and Heritage Library

By , October 29, 2010

If you missed the last FREE workshop, now’s your chance to sign up for next one at the Government and Heritage Library in Downtown Raleigh.

Date: November 16, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Government and Heritage Library, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh

Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick spoke about DNA, photography, and Databases

By , October 26, 2010

at October’s monthly D-OGS meeting.

The following was provided by our Secretary, Tonya Krout.

After welcoming the members and guests in attendance, Richard Ellington introduced our speaker, Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD. She is the author of two of the best-selling books in genealogy. In addition she has been featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio program, has written cover articles for Internet Genealogy, Family Tree Magazine and Family Chronicles. She is a regular contributor to Ancestry magazine. Fitzpatrick received her BA in physics (1976) from Rice University, and her MA (1983) and PhD in nuclear physics (1983) from Duke University, and has 25 years experience working in the field of high resolution optical measurement techniques. She is a Fellow of the Society of Photo Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) optical society. She is the group administrator for the Fitzpatrick DNA study, which she founded in 2000.

Ms. Fitzpatrick went from being a rocket scientist to forensic genealogist and has worked on identifying remains as well as debunking the myths of Misha Defonseca and Herman Rosenblatt and was the only person to identify a descendent of Fred Noonan (who flew with Amelia Earhart) so that DNA could be compared to any remains that might be found from the doomed flight.

Colleen Speaking to D-OGS

Colleen Speaking to D-OGS

Colleen said that Forensic Genealogy can be compared to when “CSI Meets Roots”. When you have a photo you have everything you need but you have to figure out what you are looking at. She showed us a photo from her personal collection and asked if we could tell who the person was who was very ill.  Members offered many guesses but no one got it quite right. She said the mother was sitting slightly higher than the other members of the family on the first row because she was in a wheelchair and shows signs of having had a stroke.

Colleen Demonstrates A Photo

Colleen Demonstrates A Photo

She showed us another photo and asked if we could tell when it was made. Most people were looking at the woman’s hat and clothing but she said that clothing was only one part of the equation. Close inspection would show that this was taken in a photo booth. We needed to find out the history of photo booths. Colleen said the first one was in New York in 1926 and in 1927 they went into broader distribution so the earliest this photo could have been taken was 1926.

She went on to show us a variety of photos and to explain what went into dating them. There was one that turned out to be a photo of the survivors of the Battle of Shiloh that would have been taken 1908-1912 per the various clues. Another was an outdoor daguerreotype that had long thought to be a photo which included Mozart’s widow. Since this type of outdoor photography wasn’t developed until 1842, it made it quite unlikely that was Madame Mozart.

Colleen also showed us a photo that had another face shown on the back which provided a great deal of information. She stressed that we should look at the back of the photos for information. She also said when scanning in photos to create the largest file possible as this was sometimes a way to get more detail and visual clues.

The second part of her presentation was “The Database Detective”. She said so much more information was available now on the Internet and more was being made available every day.

We need to mine:

  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • Census records
  • City Directories
  • Newspaper obits
  • Coroner’s reports
  • Orphan records
  • Destitute records
  • Medical records
  • Ebay and other collectible websites

New Orleans was a major port of entry for Irish immigrants in the early 1850s. She had done a search for medical records, entered all the records and found that admission records varied greatly at the Charity Hospital. What was driving it? By comparing rainfall records in 1851 she learned that a few weeks afterwards there was an increase in admissions. This was the time of virulent Yellow Fever outbreaks. Also there was an upward tick in admissions shortly after passenger ships put ashore because of all the disease that bred in the close quarters of the immigrant ships.

Her third presentation was “The DNA Detective”. She said that DNA picks up where your paper trail leaves off. She spoke about her own Fitzpatrick study and how Terry Fitzpatrick, #1 in the study in 2000, has never matched anyone. She said there were many online sites for DNA testing and she had used DNA Heritage. She mentioned www.ysearch.org, www.ybase.org and www.smgf.org.

Lastly, she displayed a photograph of Benjamin Kyle, a man who was found beaten who does not know who he is to see if we recognized him.

Colleen Discusses Unidentified Man

Colleen Discusses Unidentified Man

The program ran long but there were many questions. Finally Richard reminded us that Colleen had brought some of her books if anyone wanted to purchase any and get them autographed.

Photographs courtesy of Carol Boggs.

Free Web Tutorial for New Genealogists

By , September 27, 2010

Free Web Tutorial

Family Tree Magazine is offering a free online tutorial to help new genealogists trace their roots. If you are new to genealogy and not sure where to start, then this is the place to be!

When: Sat, Oct 16, 2010 2pm-3pm EDT (1 CDT, 12 MDT, 11 am PDT)
Where: Your computer!

You’ll learn:
• The best places to gather information
• Tips for online searching and genealogy websites
• Records that contain information about your ancestors
• Ways to record and share what you find, including genealogy software

Who should attend:
• People who are completely new to genealogy
• “Armchair researchers” who’ve dabbled a bit with genealogy websites but want more direction
• Intermediate genealogists looking for a refresher on research fundamentals

Genealogy Jamboree in Lexington Sept 18, 2010

By , September 15, 2010

genjamboree

The Genealogical Society of Davidson County, NC, will host their 2nd
Genealogy Jamboree this Saturday, September 18 from 10 am – 3 pm at First
Reformed UCC Educational Bldg located at the corner of East Center Street
and North Salisbury Street [abt. 1 block down from court square] in
Lexington (see map below).

The event is **free** to the public & is designed as a day of sharing genealogical and historical data with those who have an interest.
Those who attend will visit table by table of interest to them and speak
with the participants on a one-on-one basis during the event. [No
reservations are needed to attend-stay as long as you like!] Parking &
entrance to the event will be in the back of the bldg.

At the present time the following will have displays and share data and
information with those who attend:

Genealogical Society of Davidson County, NC
Genealogical Society of Guilford County, NC
Genealogical Society of Forsyth County, NC
Lexington Library History Room, Davidson County Public Library
Heritage Research Center, High Point Public Library
Tonya Lanier
Frances Tysinger Robinson
Randy & Anne Hepler
Bonnie Jones
Becky Lassiter
Melissa Gregory
Elizabeth Saunders
Ray Haupt

We continue to seek participation from those who have ‘roots’ in Davidson
County who may have family histories and/or publications they have created,
old documents and/or photos they may own, etc. on genealogical and
historical data relating to this county. We further seek participation from
adjoining county genealogical societies and libraries to come share about
materials and resources they have available to aid genealogical/historical
researchers or those who may have a general interest in learning more about
their local history in surrounding counties.

Setup space is free but limited and **participants must pre-register no
later than noon on Friday, 17th**. Contact us at the email addy given
below.

For more information please visit our website at:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncgsdc or email us at GSDC1980@yahoo.com

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Belinda Rodgers
President, GSDC


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Rebecca B. Wall Local History Collection Dedication at the Orange County Public Library

By , September 6, 2010
Rebecca B. Wall Dedication Plaque

Rebecca B. Wall Dedication Plaque

The Rebecca B. Wall Local History Collection was dedicated at the new Orange County Public Library last month thanks to the hard work and support of Bill Reid who started the whole effort to save the NC Room, Richard Ellington, President of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society, Lucinda Munger, Director of the Library, and Barry Jacobs and Alice Gordon, County Commissioners who were all in attendance at the dedication ceremony and pictured below.

Rebecca B. Wall Dedication

Rebecca B. Wall Dedication at the Orange County Public Library, August 6, 2010

Rebecca B. Wall Dedication at the Orange County Public Library, August 6, 2010

Rebecca B. Wall Dedication at the Orange County Public Library, August 6, 2010

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