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Wednesday, October 4
Lost Cemeteries - Between Land Records & Genealogy by Edwin Averette  (Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center (public) and Online via Zoom
Lost Cemeteries - Between Land Records & Genealogy
Speaker Name: Edwin Averette
Date: 04 October 2023
OWASA Community Center
Online via Zoom
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Presentation Topic
Modern technology such as aerial drones can be used along with traditional research methods to discover not only lost cemeteries, but also the location of home sites and other items of archaeological and historical interest.
Edwin will share about his research and use of technology to delve into the interrelationship between cemetery layout, land records, and family genealogy to figure out the probability of where lost people are buried across our landscape.   Although his focus is on Eastern North Carolina, his methods can apply to any cemetery anywhere.
NOTE: For in-person attendees, please be aware that the speaker will be presenting remotely, but you can still come and chat with your fellow members.
Speaker Biography
Edwin D. Averette, III, a native of Craven County, is an individual with a passion for the arts and historical research. In 2021, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from ECU, concentrating in Design, Photography, and Anthropology with a certificate in Archaeology. Throughout his academic journey, he developed a deep fascination for exploring the intricate connections between people, history, and landscapes. He has deep family roots in Craven County and Eastern North Carolina going back hundreds of years.
Through research in Eastern North Carolina, he has mapped out elements of the region's history, such as land grants, deeds, and cemeteries. He is dedicated to unearthing the stories and significance hidden within these often overlooked spaces. You may view Edwin's Senior Thesis which highlights some of the Eastern North Carolina cemeteries he has researched and photographed via the following link. https://art.ecu.edu/ug20/edwin-d-averette-iii/
The OWASA Community Center is on the right side of Jones Ferry Road heading west out of town.  Park in the lower lot on the west side of the facility - the center is the door closest to the street on the lower level.   
This lecture will be recorded and made available on the member-only section of the D-OGS website.
Online Access
We will be using the popular Zoom software which runs on PCs and Macs, as well as mobile devices like phones and tablets.  It will be free for you to use.  You do not need a microphone or video camera - just speakers and a screen, but it will be easier to ask questions if you have a microphone.  There is an option to call in via telephone, but note in most cases the presentation assumes you can see the slides or demo. 
Online information will be emailed to members on the day of the program.