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.
April Meeting - Miscellanous County Land Records and How to Use Them
Presented by Stewart Dunaway
Wednesday April 4 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Duke Homestead - 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham NC 27705
So you’ve researched all the deeds and land grants that mention you ancestor and think you’re done with land records. Have you looked at other land documents like ejectments or processions? Do you know what they are and how to use them? Find out at the April meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society! For the past year local author and historian Stewart Dunaway has been photographing, researching and publishing all the miscellaneous county land record papers located at the State Archives of NC. This had given him unique insight into the value of these documents for genealogical research which he will share in his presentation. These documents are not online anywhere, so this will be a great opportunity to see how they can help your research..
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...