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 - Post Office Records: Geography, Politics, Religion, and More!
Presented by Diane L. Richard
WEDNESDAY October 3 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Franklin Rd., Carrboro NC
Post offices aren't just about mail! Come and hear professional genealogist Diane L. Richard discuss how you can use post office records to find out more about your ancestors than just names and dates at the October meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society. Post offices used to define communities and people used their location, in records, to define where they lived. Post offices also handled newspaper subscriptions and related materials. How would you like to see great great grandpa's subscription list? Talk about insight into a person -- often indicating religious and/or political leanings.
See more details on our EVENTS page.
Trading Path Giveaway!
All issues of the quarterly D-OGS journal The Trading Path are available in PDF format in the members-only section of our website, and at several local libraries and repositories such as the North Carolina Collection of the Durham Public Library. We still have several boxes of paper copies of back issues, and will be bringing them to the October meeting to give to whomever wants them! Some issues have only 1 extra copy, while others have as many as 18 - take whatever you want! We will repeat this in November, and anything left after that will go to recycling.
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...