Durham-Orange Genealogical Society
Durham-Orange Genealogical Society

The 2014 Raleigh Family History Fair

Join us for the North Carolina Family History Fair to be held on October 25th, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. This annual event features two presentations, "Grants in North Carolina before 1776," and "Road, Bridge and Ferry Records: a New Path in Genealogy Research," given by Dr. A. B. Pruitt and Stewart Dunaway respectively.
Also, new this year, will be Collections Manager Jennifer Blomberg and Conservator Emily Rainwater from the State Archives to answer your questions about preserving, protecting, and caring for your family papers and photographs. 
D-OGS will have a table at this event, so be sure to stop by and say hello. Also, if you would like to sign up to sit at the table for an hour or two, please email our President, Fred Mowry at president@dogsnc.org. 

NCGS 2014 Annual Fall Workshop

This year's NCGS workshop, "The Law, Your Ancestors, and You," will consist of 4 lectures given by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. It will be held on Nov 15 at the Comfort Suites, 5219 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703.  Registrations starts at 9 am. Click here to Learn More and Register. 

New Committees Forming!

D-OGS Members and Officers have been hard at work creating committees and getting ready to tackle various projects. 
Don't miss out on this opportunity to express your opinions, ideas and creativity.
New Committees are forming! 
Trading Path Journal Committee - tasked to compile, transcribe, and edit materials for the D-OGS Journal
Ginger Smith, Karen Vance, Richard Ellington
Programming Committee - tasked to solicit program speakers for upcoming monthly meetings, develop workshops and education opportunities - Elizabeth Hamilton (Program Chair), Ginger Smith, Jim Ward

Can You Help Me?

This month's query comes from Ben McNutt of Lewisburg, TN. He has the following query from Orange County, NC: 
“I am currently researching one of our oldest (almost) confirmed ancestors. His name was David NUTT. According to an old diary entry from a grandson, he was born to MCNUTT parents. It seems he changed his name sometime in the late 1700′s. As it pertains to Orange County, NC, he was the sheriff (exact year unknown) in the range from 1770′s to 1790′s. Several sources say he was born in Maryland in 1746 and traveled to Pennsylvania, then North Carolina. I am trying to find out more about his early years in hopes of finding out about his parents or siblings. They are listed in several sources, but I can’t find any records of them. David married Rachel CATES, who later moved to Bedford county, Tennessee."
If you have any information pertaining to Ben's McNutt family, please email him directly at 

Do YOU have a query you would like to see featured on our website?  Fill out our Query Submission Form.
To view all queries, click here.

Surname Page

Are We Related?
We have decided to start a fresh Surname List but WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please visit your member profile and enter the surnames you are researching. You do not have to restrict them to Durham and Orange Counties. We welcome surname entries for all locations.
We now have the capability of allowing people to contact you through our surname list. Members and Non-Members alike can contact you for information about your surnames. However, they cannot see your contact information as the email is generated automatically and forwarded to the email address you have on file with D-OGS. It is important to keep your email address updated with the membership chair. (In the future we will be able to edit our own contact information, but for now, please forward all changes to membership@dogsnc.org).