Query: Geddes/Gattis/Gaddus

By , April 5, 2013

4/5/2013 9:07:24

Martha Fontenot

1418 Deer Ledge Trail

Cedar Park, TX 78613




I am helping a Prospective Member of DAR trace her lineage to John GEDDES/GATTIS/GADDUS  who moved from PA to Orange County, NC with the Presbyterian Group.  He received a land grant.  I found his will which names her ancestor, Isaac GATTIS, who moved to Lincoln Co., TN.  I also found a John GADDUS from Hillsborough, Orange County, who was appointed as a juror in Feb., 1777.  Is there a list of person’s who signed oaths of allegiance to the provisional government that was set up in 1777, and was John GADDUS on that list?  I am hoping he is the same John GEDDES, as I found that the name spelling was later changed to GATTIS. If an oath can be found, how can I receive a copy?



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Query: Holloway

By , April 3, 2013

4/3/2013 9:49:32

Kitty Jones

10107 Bottoms Rd.

Troy, Texas 76579




I am interested in finding the parents of Mary Elizabeth HOLLOWAY born in 1844/46 in Durham, Orange Co. NC. She has a sister Martha Frances HOLLOWAY several years younger. We can find them in Mississippi in 1890, but cannot find them on the Census in O.C.,N.C. for those years. Mary married a David A. CLEMENTS in Dec. of 1860 and then he died in the C.W. She then married Robert JONES in N.C. in July of 1865 in O.C.,N.C. then they moved to Mississippi. We know they were illiterate. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Mary E. is my husband’s great, great, great grandmother.



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Query: Edwards

By , April 2, 2013

4/2/2013 12:08:12

theresa williamson




“I am researching the John EDWARDS (1730/40-1818) family history, his father was John EDWARDS, his son Young EDWARDS. I have traced them to a Orange Co. 1779 tax/census record, I am looking for an official copy of this document. Can you help direct me to a resource?





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Query: Scarlett, Lockhart, Holloway

By , April 1, 2013

4/1/2013 10:16:54

Herb Englishman

5 Peridot Place

Durham, N. C. 27703




“I am currently researching the SCARLETT, LOCKHART, HOLLOWAY families of the Eno Community. If anyone out there has any information to share please contact me. Anything I publish will be donated to the Libraries in the area.


The Durham County Library has copies of my work on the COLE, BREEZE, SYNNOTT, and CABE Family of the area .”



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Query: Page

By , March 27, 2013

3/27/2013 10:26:07

Loretta Hill

Bridgeport, TX 76426




“Howard Shuler PAGE was aboard the submarine, Pompano, with my uncle. The submarine went down during WWII.

Would you check any sources you might have   to see if we can find family?  I have exhausted any Ancestry contacts that seemed promising.


The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park in Honolulu, Hawaii is establishing a Pompano Family Network. Recent developments may prove to be successful in finding out what happened to that submarine and relatives will be notified if such is the case.


The web site www.OnEternalPatrol.com (WWII boats) you will find a memorial page for Howard Schuler on that site. They need a photo of him.


We know father was Arthur Bernard PAGE living at 221 S. Alston in Durham, N.C. as that was where he  was when he was  notified that his son  was missing and later dead.  He can be found on the 1930 and 1940  there.

The US Navy is seeking permission from the Japanese government to do an identifying dive on the wreck they find this summer off the coast of Honshu, Japan which they believe to be the Pompano.

Finding family for these sailors has just hit the top of the list. I hope you can help.


My email address is lmhill35@embarqmail.com

Loretta Hill ( in Texas)



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The Durham Daily Globe newspaper to be digitized

By , March 20, 2013


North Carolina is participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) which is endeavoring to digitize historic newspapers across the country in order to make them available online for research.

The Durham Daily Globe will be included in the list of titles to be digitized in 2013.

The Durham Daily Globe started in Durham, North Carolina in 1889 by publisher Edward A. Oldham. It was published daily with an additional Durham Sunday Globe published on Sundays from 1889 to 1894.

It had previously been called The Daily Tobacco Plant (1888-1889) and the Durham Daily Recorder (1886-188?).

Following 1894 the title changed to The Globe-Herald, the Morning Herald, and the Durham Weekly Globe. 

If you can’t wait until 2014 when the digital copies of this newspaper will be posted online to the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America site, you can view the microfilmed copies of this newspaper  at the following locations:

Duke University Library, Durham County Library, East Carolina University, the North Carolina State Archives, the State Library of North Carolina, and UNC-CH.

“Mastering Genealogical Proof” by Thomas Jones

By , March 18, 2013

Mastering Genealogical Proof

from the National Genealogical Society website: 

Pre-order your copy today of this essential guide to genealogical  research today. The National Genealogical Society presents this important work as part of its Special Topic series.
As a unique textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the twentyfirst century, Mastering Genealogical Proof guides readers in acquiring genealogical skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical, and religious boundaries.

About the Book and Author

Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for  proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues. Answers are at the back of the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.

Thomas W. Jones, who has pursued his family history since he was fifteen, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 – Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
  • Chapter 2 – Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
  • Chapter 3 – GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
  • Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
  • Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
    Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
  • Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
  • Chapter 8 – Using the GPS
  • Chapter 9 – Conclusion
  • Appendix A – Pritchett Article
  • Appendix B – McLain Article
  • Glossary
  • Reading and Source List
  • Answers to exercises
See the PDF for the full list of contents. See also a sample exercise.

Ordering Information

You can pre-order your copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof today. Order online (payment in full required at time of pre-order). Cost is $25 for NGS members and $30 for non-members.

Mastering Genealogical Proof will also be available for purchase at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, 8-11 May, where Thomas W. Jones will hold two book signing events.

Estimated Ship Date: 20 May 2013

Query: Copley

By , March 13, 2013

3/12/2013 19:55:16
Peggy Copley

I am looking for further information on Irley COPLEY (1816-1878) and buried at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and married to Clarsa COPLEY (1801-1880s). I am looking for his parents and anyone before him.


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Query: Chisim (Chisum/Chisholm)

By , March 11, 2013

3/11/2013 1:28:01
Kim Schlinke

I am trying to find a marriage record for William CHISIM (CHISUM/CHISHOLM?) and Mary “Polly” POND who were married in Orange County sometime between around 1775, or perhaps just a bit later. My mother and I are working on the family genealogy. We have traced William’s son John from North Carolina to southern Illinois. We are particularly interested where the family property might have been located. I grew up on the family story that the “great-great-‘s” had come from a plantation. Based on what we know of John, we think that there may have been a substantial piece of property. Any advise you can offer about where to start looking for this information would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


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Query: McCulloch

By , March 11, 2013

3/10/2013 16:29:11
Claire Dillenburg
PO Box 176
Onancock VA 23417

Has anyone researched a John MCCULLOCH (D 1784) of the Little River area.


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