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Protect Yourself and Your Data – Make Your Computer Safe for Data!

By , December 31, 2012

databackupThe January 2013 D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, January 9th at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church offices in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. The street address is 105 Market Street, rooms 103 & 105. Here is a map: This address is the office building for Christ Church and is across the street from the church. There is parking on the streets around the church and the lot behind the offices.



The speaker will be long-time D-OGS member Richard Ellington. Richard’s program topic will be: Protect Yourself and Your Data – Make Your Computer Safe for Data! He will be talking about things that you need to do to protect your computer and precious data from damage from all sorts
of potential problems – hardware, software, malware, backups and such.


The McCulloh Great Tracts by Stewart Dunaway – Feb 1, 2012

By , January 23, 2012
Stewart Dunaway
Stewart Dunaway

Date: February 1, 2012

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Topic: The McCulloh Great Tracts – Their Impact on Genealogy Research

Speaker: Stewart Dunaway

Location: Bennett Place located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham,
NC 27705-2307 – (919) 383-4345 –

*Note*  Stewart will sell and sign books at the end of the meeting.

About the topic: 

The McCulloh Great Tracts – and their impact on
genealogy research

Henry McCulloh was a typical adventurer in the realm of colonial
politics and economics. He is said to have been a merchant of London,
and his home was at Turnham Green, Middlesex County. He probably became
interested in North Carolina through his relations with Gabriel
Johnston, to whom he advanced considerable sums of money between 1726
and 1733.  McCulloh’s deepest interest in the New World was that of a
land speculator. In 1737, the Crown delivered to Murray Crymble and
James Huey, trustees for McCulloh, warrants for 1,200,000 acres in North
Carolina, on condition that 6,000 foreign Protestants should be colonized.

Related information about the topic:

About the speaker:

Stewart Dunaway, formerly an executive of Siemens Telecom (FL), is
retired and now spends time researching colonial and revolutionary war
history in North Carolina. He has published myriad historical books as
well as genealogy-related material from the State Archives. He has
transcribed over 19,000 records from the Archives, now provided in book
form. His books can be found on the internet at:
Stewart, his wife Maryellen, and daughter Sarah reside in Hillsborough.

Meeting Minutes from Jan 4, 2012

By , January 5, 2012

Here are the meeting minutes from our D-OGS monthly meeting held on January 4, 2012 at the Christ Church Meeting Place at 105 Market Street, Chapel Hill.

D-OGS Meeting, 4 January 2011


The new President, Fred Mowry, introduced himself and asked for visitors to introduce themselves. There were 11 members in attendance and 5 guests/visitors.

Fred introduced the officers: Ginger Smith as Secretary and Webmaster, Ginny Thomas as Treasurer, Karen Vance is an At Large Director, Rob as an At Large Director, Richard as Newsletter Editor, Peg Edwards as Membership Director.


Richard introduced the speaker as Ann Myhre.


The topic was “The War of 1812 in the Lower South – The Rest of the Story” by Ann Myhre


The PBS special that Carol Boggs sent to the mailing list was told from the perspective of the Canadian, British and New England researchers with very little mentioned about the South. The point of Ann’s talk was to give more of a perspective from the Southern Soldiers’ standpoint.


The Conditions Leading to War:

  • Trade with France was impeded by the British
  • There was an impressment of 6000+ US sailors
  • British supported the Native Americans
  • US expansionism into Canada
  • US political conflict between North and South

She showed us a map of the US in 1812

She mentioned the USS Constitution which was called an “ironside” because it resisted Britain’s cannon balls. This is the oldest ship still in commission.

Scientific American article about the New Madrid MO earthquake, similar to the one that happened in VA last year; caused the Indians to take caution about the Americans who were taking their land. They thought it was a “sign”

  • Fort Mims and Other Indian Battles consisted of Red Sticks (not Friendly Creek Indians) vs the Friendly Creeks

North Carolina:

  • North Carolinians were divided


  • More people fought from TN than any other state
  • Two of Ann’s ancestors fought

James McEwen (Ann’s 3rd great-grandfather) was from Rowan Co., NC fought from Tennessee, son of David McEwen

  • They moved to Madison Co., KY about 1790, then moved down to TN about 1797 with their cattle, horses, pigs, and sheep
  • Their house is now on the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Course, which John and Ann visited in 2011
  • Visited the Williamson Co., Historical society and they showed her the portraits of David McEwen, and James’ 2 brothers and nephew
  • Ann also found a record on for James McEwen as  a patroller against the slaves in Williamson Co
  • Married Betsy Goff, daughter of Andrew Goff about 1804 and they had six children

Compiled military service records for 1812 cost $20 from NARA

  • Captain James McEwen
  • Pay was $40/mo
  • Ann showed us the muster roll of his “company”
  • Mustered in Dec 10, 1812 for 12 months
  • They drilled on flat boats as they floated down to Natchez

John read a letter from Andrew Goff about what happened when they arrived at Natchez. They found that the enemy had backed out and Gen’l Jackson ordered them to return to Nashville.

Ann showed a photo of Natchez Trace from present day which is the trail they walked back on. Jackson paid for their travel back. has a free? Index for soldiers for the War of 1812 which tells you what unit they served in and who their commanding officer was.

Got called up again and James got promoted to Major.


Joel Henry Region/Regen

  • Parents and date and place of birth unknown, was in Williamson Co., TN by 26 Sept 1813
  • Also from Tennessee
  • Was a private, mustered in Fayetteville
  • Built Fort Strother and fought in the battle of Talladega
  • Served under Christopher McEwen
  • James made a total of $259.97, Joel only made $25.95 for pay. The difference between a private and a Captain/Major
  • Joel Regan married Loretta Bateman



Battles of New Orleans:

The PBS special only mentioned 1 but there were actually 3 different battles.

Joel was involved in the Night Battle of New Orleans


The Treaty of Ghent ended the War, signed 24 Dec 1814, ratified by British 27 Dec and by the US 18 Feb 1815; But the Battles were still going on. The Americans gained fishing rights to the Greater St. Lawrence

Americans lost about 3,000 slaves


What the war accomplished:

For the US:

  • Increased nationalism
  • Increased in the Navy
  • Demise of the Federalist Party

For Canada:

  • Increased nationalism

For Britain:

  • Return to status quo
  • Return to trading with the US

For the indigenous people:

  • They lost the most territory


Soldiers were allotted a certain number of acres based on how long they were enlisted for and how long they served for


Ann has provided this related information about the topic:


Business Meeting:

Ginny – Dec Treasury holds $3803.89 – from that, she paid $18 check for copy costs, brought in $300 deposits, including $200 check from Shirley Mallard for 10 yrs dues, final $4085.89

Ginger – the newsletter is posted to website, events are posted to the blog; and will be posted to the calendar

Peg – currently 155 members, 25 complimentary members who receive publications; she put a call out for volunteers for membership development

Fred – looking for volunteers to coordinate the Civil War workshop on Feb 25th at Duke Homestead. A committee has been formed with Richard, Fred, Elias’; might have some slave records, scanning table, available records; Please let Fred, Richard, Cathy or Rob know if you would be interested in helping to put together a workshop for this event.

Next meeting will be Feb 1st with Stuart Dunaway, talking about “The McCulloch Great Tracts – Their Impacts on Genealogy Research” will be at Bennett Place State Historic Site at 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC.

Richard – NCGS spring meeting in Rocky Mount, March 31st;

NC Museum of History – hosting a conservation assistance day; make an appointment, bring by your old documents to ask how to conserve it, on Jan 20th, call Jan Sweat at 919-807-7023; Will not take live ammunition or items infested with mold or pests.

This Sunday they are doing the Music of the Carolina Series with Mr. Locklear, a Lumbee Indian who will be performing held at 3pm and is free.

NGS will be held this spring in Cincinnati.

Fred – In March, Mark Clinton will talk about State Land Grants; April – Allen Dew will talk about cemetery research and his website; May – Richard will discuss his new findings; June – David Southern, using maps for genealogical research; August – Show and Tell for members to talk about their projects; September – Carol Boggs will talk about things you find on the internet; October – Melanie Crane will talk about more advanced genealogy topics.

The computer interest group is still looking for a new moderator/leader.

There will be a genealogy workshop at the Senior Center taught by Margo next Wednesday. (She takes groups to SLC and teaches at Duke’s lifelong learning center).

End of Business


Next Meeting – “The War of 1812 in the Lower South”

By , January 3, 2012

War of 1812

The January 2012 D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 4 January, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church offices in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. The street address is 105 Market Street, rooms 103 & 105. Here is a map: address is the office building for Christ Church and is across the street from the church. There is parking on the streets around the church.

Our speaker for January will be D-OGS member Ann Myhre. Ann’s topic will be “The War of 1812 in the Lower South – the Rest of the Story.” James McEwen, Ann’s great-great-great-grandfather, served as a Captain and a Major in the war in the lower South. He and other members of his family left stories about the war and their service from their perspective. A great-great-grandfather, Joel Regen, also served but left only official records; he was a private. What official records are available for those who served, and how do we find them?

Ann Regen Myhre grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, but has lived in Garner more than two-thirds of her life. She has a BA and an MS in Biology from East Tennessee State University and a BS from NCSU. She has taught, worked in a lab and was a church administrator. She began her genealogy search over 55 years ago and has researched her ancestors and those of her family members in New England, the South including Texas, the upper Midwest, Canada, Norway and the Czech Republic. She and husband John have two married children and two grandchildren.

Ann has provided this related information about the topic:

Next Meeting, December 7th, 6pm at Golden Corral in Durham

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By , November 21, 2011

The next general meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 December 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Golden Corral on NC55, just south of the intersection of NC54 and NC55. Address: 5006 NC Highway 55, Durham, NC 27713, (919) 544-2275 – Map. There is a “Senior Discount,” if you qualify.

This is not a regular meeting. There will be no speaker or fixed program. This is our annual “birthday party” for everyone to enjoy. Come and enjoy the fellowship of your fellow D-OGS members and their guests. Dress will be as formal or casual as you require.

When you arrive, pay for your meal and proceed to the back right of the restaurant to their meeting/party room. This is a good time to bring your spouse, a significant other, friend or potential new member so that you can introduce them to all those people that you have mentioned during the last year – yes, we plan on having name tags.

Next Meeting, October 5th, 7pm at Duke Homestead

By , September 27, 2011

The next D-OGS meeting will be Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm at Duke Homestead.

The speaker will be Thomas H. Krakauer, Ph.D. He will be speaking about the Museum of Durham History, a new virtual community that ties elements of Durham’s past together into a cohesive story for generations to come. More information can be found on their website at the Museum of Durham History.

museum of durham history

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.

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

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