D-OGS is an active genealogical community dedicated to the research and preservation of family history of Durham and Orange counties. We provide research assistance and educational opportunities to our members and the public through outreach programs, monthly meetings, newsletters, and forums. We welcome queries about your family or historical places in and around Durham and Orange counties. The society meets once a month to hear speakers on a variety of topics including general research techniques, North Carolina maps, Indian Trading Paths, cemetery records, advances in technology, DNA results and so much more. Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month and are open to the public. A schedule of our events can be found on our Events page
and announced in our popular monthly newsletter.
September 2018 Meeting - Finding Your Ancestors in the Newspaper
Presented by Carol Boggs
WEDNESDAY September 5 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Franklin Rd., Carrboro NC
Have you looked for your ancestors in the newspaper? D-OGS member Carol Boggs will present tips and techniques for searching newspaper websites along with examples from her research. There are many free and paid websites with searchable copies of old newspapers dating back to the 1800s and even earlier. You can find all sorts of information about your ancestors and about their time and place – even in articles that are considered trivial like society columns.
We also invite attendees to submit any “unexpected” articles you’ve found with information on how you found them and their significance to your research. If you wish to send articles for discussion, please email them to email@example.com by end of day Monday, September 3.
See more details on our EVENTS page.
The Durham County Public Library is closing for Renovations!
The Main Library located on Roxboro Street will be closing for renovations on January15, 2017. Renovations could take up to two years. For more information, check out their website at https://durhamcountylibrary.org/transformationmain/.
Back Issues of the Trading Path Journals !!!
have been scanned and uploaded to the website!!! You can view and download any Trading Path from the journal page found here (you must be logged in as a member to access):
D-OGS is now on Facebook!
Visit the D-OGS Facebook page to exchange stories and photos about your Durham and Orange county ancestors; learn about upcoming events; and ask questions about your brickwall ancestors. Genealogists and researchers are on hand to answer your questions and to help you find the resources to aid in your research. Stop by and say “Hi!”
D-OGS Photo Gallery - We now have an online photo gallery. Check it out!
Surname Page - We are starting with a fresh Surname Page. Please visit your member profile and enter the surnames you are researching. This is a great way to connect with other people researching your surname. You should take advantage of this!
The Trading Path wins Award for Excellence in Publishing from NCGS
At the NCGS Annual Meeting held on October 3rd, 2015, D-OGS received the "award for excellence in periodical publishing for a journal published by a North Carolina genealogical society" for the Trading Path journal. Journal editor Ginger R. Smith received the award. Read more...