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“The Bull City–A Short History of Durham” – July 7, 2010

By , July 1, 2010

The next D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 7 July, 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 Lynn Richardson, NC Room director at the Durham County Public Library on Roxboro Street. The title for the program is The Bull City–A Short History of Durham, North Carolina.

This presentation is a whirlwind tour of the highlights of Durham history. Lynn Richardson, local history librarian for the Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection, will talk about the local American Indians and the explorers who first “discovered” them, settlements that predated Durham (and a bit about their reputation!) and Durham’s founding, the Civil War and the tobacco boom it engendered, the entrepreneurs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Durham’s two institutions of higher learning and how they got here, the beginning and growth of the Civil Rights Movement, and urban renewal and its consequences. Pictures from the library’s photo archive will enhance the talk.

CIG Meeting, July 10, 2010

By , June 15, 2010

The next D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon downstairs in the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.

Program:
The topic to be presented by Peg Edwards will be “Using Excel Spreadsheets to Assist In Your Genealogical Research”. If you have made use of spreadsheets for your genealogy, bring along some examples and add to the discussion.

Please continue to send your web sites of interest to Carol Boggs as you come across them. There are new sites showing up every day, and genealogists all across the country spend hours of volunteer time transcribing and indexing records for all of us to use. Send along your favorites to share with the group.


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CIG Meeting, June 12, 2010

By , May 25, 2010

The June meeting of the D-OGS Computer SIG will be held on 12 June, in the large meeting room in the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The June meeting will consist of the various email programs we all use, and how to archive emails as well as other files so that they are easily retrievable and more importantly, safe. This should be a topic that is good for everyone.

Here is a list of links that were reviewed during the meeting. Please feel free to comment or share your thoughts on these programs or websites if you’ve had experience with them:

WSJ article today – of general interest about genealogy moving up to the # 2 hobby

MS Office is now live on SkyDrive! – You can now  log into your MS Live account, and upload or create new MS Office documents and save and share to your SkyDrive – your free online storage drive provided with your MS Live account

Who Owns the Genealogy Companies? – A nine-part series from the award winning Genealogy’s Star Blog

Fifty Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks – from Online University’s blog, placed into categories

Fifty Best Genealogy Websites for 2010 – from ProGenealogists

Diana The Goddess of the Hunt: For Genealogists – A word on Copyright – What every genealogist should know

From the Green Valley News and Sun - Genealogy: Alternative genealogy Web sites to consider

Genealogy Electronic Resources List – from the New York Public Library

TMG Cheat Sheets – from DeAnna’s blog

Preceden – Make a timeline – See a review here

Historical Markers Database

Information about the 1940 Census – when it will be available and what information was included

Historical Directories - a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.

Train Your Voice Recognition Software To Do Your Genealogy – Launa Darby says you can save 40-50% of your time by using Voice Recognition software to transcribe your genealogy records, but you need to train your voice and your software to recognize your voice

African Ancestry Seminar – from Dick Eastman’s blog

Save a Buck: Trade in Those Outdated Electronics

My Blood Version 1.2 for Windows and Macintosh – Nice export to HTML capabilities

Forty Best Genealogy Blogs – from Diane Haddad at the Genealogy Insider

Gary Minder’s Census Tools – over 40 various excel spreadsheets you can download and use to input data from the census records you collect and research. Check out Dick Eastman’s review from his blog here

Attention Human Genetic History Buffs

“Moving Midway” – June 2, 2010 at 7 pm

By , May 25, 2010

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 2 June, 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 the showing of a video, “Moving Midway” that details the moving of an old plantation house and its effects on the families that had lived there. Watch the trailer here.

When New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire returns home to North Carolina in early 2004 and hears that his cousin Charlie Silver plans to uproot and move the buildings of Midway Plantation, their family’s ancestral home, an extraordinary, emotional journey begins.

Charlie’s plan is a controversial one within their extended family. Some fear the move will destroy Midway. Others worry about the reaction of the plantation’s ghosts, including Miss Mary “Mimi” Hinton, Midway’s eccentric owner when Charlie and Godfrey were kids.

There’s another group who may be concerned too. Charlie says he was recently visited by a man who claimed that their family has a large, previously unknown African-American branch, due to a liaison between Midway’s builder and a plantation slave.

Back in New York, Cheshire fortuitously encounters Dr. Robert Hinton, an NYU professor of African-American studies who says his grandfather was born a slave at Midway.

While beginning a dialogue on the meaning of Midway from their very different perspectives, Cheshire and Dr. Hinton examine how the Southern plantation, a crucial economic institution in early America, generated a powerful, bitterly contested mythology that was at the center of a string of American cultural milestones, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind and Roots.

CIG Meeting Summary May 8, 2010

By , May 20, 2010

The D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) met Saturday, May 8 in the Chapel Hill Public Library and our featured speaker was Luba lsawczyn, the reference librarian. She demonstrated the features that are available to the home user who has a library card in the Orange or Durham County libraries. NC Live and the use of Heritage Quest may help you find things that are not generally available on the web. At least it’s worth taking a look at these sites as part of your research plan.

We talked a lot about a variety of subjects, but as the web connection at the library was unavailable, we were not able to visit the web sites on the agenda. They will be saved for the next meeting or two.

The June meeting will consist of the various email programs we all use, and how to archive emails as well as other files so that they are easily retrievable and more importantly, safe. This should be a topic that is good for everyone.

Carol

CIG Meeting, May 8, 2010

By , May 5, 2010

The next D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon downstairs in the small conference room in the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.

Program: I wouldn’t doubt that you may be tired of hearing it, but this time we
really are going to have a presentation by the CHPL Head Reference  Librarian,
Luba Sawczyn, who will discuss and demonstrate library tools that we  can
use from home such as NC Live and Heritage Quest. Your questions are
welcomed, and if you are even the least bit new at genealogy you will find
something useful here.

Please try to be punctual if possible, we will try to be all set up  and
ready for her to start at 9:30 AM in the small downstairs conference room.
The presentation will be thirty minutes in length with time for questions
afterward.

As usual, bring along or send in advance any useful sites or  techniques
you have come across since we last met. We’ll share progress on our  work, and
share tips and tools to help each other  problem-solve.

Carol Boggs

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“Road, Bridge, Ferry, and Mill Records – Another Genealogist treasure” – May 5, 2010

By , May 3, 2010

This D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 5 May, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Orange County Public Library on 137 West Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Here is a map

The program will be presented by D-OGS member and author Stewart Dunaway. His program will be “Road, Bridge, Ferry, and Mill Records – Another Genealogist treasure”. These county records (located at the State Archives) contain amazing information about families and their locations. These records are now being cataloged and indexed by Stewart Dunaway, allowing easy access to these valuable county records. His talk will include a brief overview of how infrastructure laws evolved from British Rule to early American expansion. Using old Orange County records to illustrate this evolution, Stewart will also show examples of genealogy oriented information, not just trade route or other historical information. Included in these records are law suits which can include amazingly detailed information as well.

Speaker Handout Notes now Available

By , April 12, 2010

Speaker handout notes from January and April’s D-OGS meetings are now available to view, print, and download here

January’s presentation by Ben Franklin – “Genealogical Datamining

April’s presentation by Debbie Keelean-Fuller, MS, CGC, UNC Genetics and Metabolism – “The Intersection of Genetics and Genealogy

“The Intersection of Genetics and Genealogy” – April 7th 2010

By , March 31, 2010

The Intersection of Genetics and Genealogy is the program for the April D-OGS meeting that will be held this Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 7 pm at Duke Homestead. Our speaker for the evening will be Debra Keelean-Fuller. Debbie is a certified genetic counselor at UNC, where she splits her time between the Cytogenetics Lab and the Pediatric Division of Genetics & Metabolism. In the Cytogenetics Lab, she acts as a liaison between the lab and outside providers. In the Division of Genetics & Metabolism, she spends most of her time counseling patients regarding new diagnoses of genetic disorders and has an interest in chromosome disorders and Huntington disease. She also volunteers for the state chapter of the Huntington Disease Society of America, as a committee member of the Communications Committee for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and at the Open Door Clinic through Urban Ministries of Raleigh. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her almost 4-year old son. She anticipates life will become more chaotic in the near future as she is expecting twins, due at the beginning of June. She will be talking about “The Intersection of Genetics and Genealogy”.

Speaker Handout Notes

Join us this Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 7 pm at 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.


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CIG Meeting – Mar 13, 2010 – Cancelled

By , March 11, 2010

Due to scheduling conflicts with the Chapel Hill Public Library, our Saturday, March 13, 2010 CIG meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2010.


The March meeting of the D-OGS Computer Special Interest Group will be held on 13 March, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon downstairs in the small conference room in the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. Click here for map.

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