Durham-Orange Genealogical Society
Durham-Orange Genealogical Society

Upcoming meeting Nov 5th

November D-OGS Meeting
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:00 pm
Chapel Hill Historical Society
523 E. Franklin St.
Lower Level
Chapel Hill, NC
Title:                         Andrew Goff,  Revolutionary War Patriot:  What Could I Learn? 1960-2014.
Speaker:                                                           Ann Regen Myhre
Ann became interested in genealogy when she was about 12 – quite awhile back.  In 1960, she began writing about her father’s family.  Her favorate ancestor was Andrew Goff, her 4th great-grandfather.  Andrew was born somewhere in Virginia in 1747, was in southwest Virginia by 1774, and moved to Middle Tennessee in 1797.  Her talk relates how much she learned about a man who lived two centuries ago. And what new sources she found?
Ann grew up near Kingsport, TN.  She attended UNC-CH for two years and then East Tennessee State University where she received a BS and MA in Biology.  In 1964, she moved to Raleigh with her husband, John.  They have two children, two grandchildren and two grand-dogs.  Early on, Ann hated history, however, her deep interest in genealogy necessiated a change in attitude.  Since then, Ann has conducted research in most of the original 13 colonies, in Tennessee and Minnesota as well as in Canada and Norway. She is a member of DAR, Daughters of 1812, and Colonial Dames, XVII Century, and several other genealogy organizations including D-OGS.

D-OGS and WCGS Joint Meeting a Success!

By Ginger R Smith, D-OGS Secretary
Thanks to everyone who came out to our joint meeting with the Wake County Genealogical Society for the “Calling in the Big Guns: When to Hire a Professional Genealogist, How They Can Help and What to Expect” presentation given by Diane Richard and her panel of Professional Genealogists! This joint meeting was held at the historic Page-Walker House in downtown Cary on October 14th, 2014. The one-hour presentation was led by Professional Genealogist Diane Richard and was followed by a question and answer period between the audience and the 2 guest panelists, Jeffrey Haines and Judy Rysdon. After the presentation, members and guests of the two groups had refreshments and mingled together.
There were 37 people total in attendance including 9 members from D-OGS, 12 members from WCGS and 16 guests. Handouts from the presentation have been uploaded to the members-only section of our website. We hope to plan more events with WCGS. If you have any ideas for a joint program in the future, please email the D-OGS programming committee at vicepresident@dogsnc.org with your ideas.
Many thanks to the volunteers of both D-OGS and WCGS who helped make this joint meeting a success and also to our presenters – Diane, Jeff, and Judy!!! 

The 1920 Orange County Census is Here!

If you have ancestors from Orange County, North Carolina, you might be able to find them on the 1920 Federal Census. Our members spent many hours transcribing this census report and we have made it available FOR FREE on our Site for your use. Please note that the actual images are NOT uploaded to the site. This is an index only. 
This is a listing of 17,895 residents of Orange County during the early months of 1920. The list was compiled from the census listings for the county. The names are listed alphabetically. The surname is first, followed by the given name (or first initial) and the middle initial, if this was recorded. Following the name are two sets of numbers. The first number is the number of the family in order of visitation. The second number, which follows the slash (/), is the Enumeration District. 
A Description of the Enumeration Districts is also included on this page. 

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).