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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Researching Military History by Monica and Martin Fleming
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center (public) and Online via Zoom (members only)
Presentation:

Researching Military History

Speaker Name: Monica and Martin Fleming
Date: 06 October 2021
Location:
OWASA Community Center
Online via Zoom (members only)
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time:
7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
We are continuing with our "hybrid" monthly meetings, both in-person meetings and online.  Masks are required for in-person meetings, and please do not attend if you could possibly be contagious.
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Presentation Topic
Military records are a great source of genealogical information.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, OR ONLINE via Zoom, to hear Monika and Martin Fleming present “Researching Military Records”.  This presentation includes information on military records for Korea, WWII, WWI, Spanish American War, and Civil War.   The speakers will share examples of the types of records found and where they are available online and from government agencies. 
 
Speaker Biography
Monika Fleming recently retired as chair of the Historic Preservation Program at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. She taught at the college for 40 years in English, humanities and history. She has a BA in English and Journalism from East Carolina University. She also earned her MA in English from ECU and then went back for further study towards an MA in history. Considered by many in the area to be the “local historian” she wrote a monthly column on local history for the Daily Southerner for over seven years and for the Tarboro magazine for the past five years. She has written five books on Edgecombe and Nash County history.  She lives in the historic district in Tarboro with her husband Martin and their rescue dogs.
Martin Fleming, an Ohio native, moved to NC in 1995 after teaching in Nebraska, Ohio and West Virginia. He worked at several middle and high schools in Eastern NC as a counselor and teacher for 20 years. His passion in military history has led to his visiting most military historic sites/battlefields on the east coast and mid-west. He worked for several years as a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg, Petersburg, and Ft. Laramie.  He earned his degrees at University of Nebraska Lincoln, Chadron State and Akron University.
Directions:
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.
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.  Access information will be emailed to you on the day of the lecture.
 
Recording
This lecture will be recorded and made available on the member-only section of the D-OGS website.



Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Why the Scots-Irish Immigrated to America by John Miles
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center (public) and Online via Zoom (members only)
Presentation:

Why the Scots-Irish Immigrated to America

Speaker Name: John Miles
Date: 01 September 2021
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time:
7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
We are continuing with our "hybrid" monthly meetings, both in-person meetings and online.  Masks are required for in-person meetings, and please do not attend if you could possibly be contagious.
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Presentation Topic
Many settlers in North Carolina as well as other parts of the county are of Scots-Irish descent.  Please join us on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, OR ONLINE via Zoom, to hear Scottish descent and expert John Miles present “Why the Scots-Irish Immigrated to America”.  Scots-Irish Americans are descendants of Presbyterian and other Protestant Dissenters from various parts of Ireland, but usually from the province of Ulster, who migrated to North America during the 18th and 19th centuries.
 
Most of these emigres from Ireland had originally been settlers from England and Scotland who had gone to Ireland to seek economic opportunities and freedom from the control of the Anglican Church of England & the Scottish Episcopal Church.
 
Speaker Biography
John Miles is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and former college professor who now writes and delivers lectures about historical topics to groups.  He has presented lectures to multiple Scottish Highland Games, Celtic Festivals, and military units.  In addition to highland games and military organizations, he also gives historical presentations at various retirement homes, Genealogical Societies and libraries in the Carolinas.
 
In addition to his novel Magnus Saga Beyond Vinland, John is a multiple-time published author in professional journals and periodicals that cover history. These magazines include the Marine Corps Gazette, American frontiersman, The Highlander, Military History, Ireland’s Own, Scotland Magazine, and Military History Quarterly.
He holds or has held membership in the following organizations; Clan Gillean USA, Clan Donnachaidh USA, The Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), Scottish American Society Palm Beach, FL, the St. Andrew’s Society of Albany, NY, and the Scottish American Society of Tidewater, VA.
 
He received his Master of Arts degree in Military Studies from American Military University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in History from Texas A&M University.  
 
Directions:
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.
 
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.  Access information will be emailed to you on the day of the lecture.
 
Recording
This lecture will be recorded and made available on the member-only section of the D-OGS website.



Stroll Through Ledgers and Explore Ancestors’ Everyday Lives by Diane L. Richard
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Stroll Through Ledgers and Explore Ancestors’ Everyday Lives by Diane L. Richard
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center (public) and Online via Zoom (members only)
Presentation:

Stroll Through Ledgers and Explore Ancestors’ Everyday Lives

Speaker Name: Diane L. Richard
Date: 07 July 2021
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time:
7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Topic
Business/organization ledgers document everyday business transactions that involved our families and can uncover information about their life as well as genealogical clues.  Please join us on Wednesday, July 7 at 7:00 PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, OR ONLINE via Zoom, to hear Diane L. Richard present “Stroll Through Ledgers and Explore Ancestors’ Everyday Lives”.   We’ll discuss many different kinds of ledgers as kept by these businesses, what we can learn from these ledgers, and how we can locate them. Besides placing individuals and families in space and time, relationship information is sometimes noted -- family, an employer/employee, enslaver/enslaved – as well as life events, FPOC, enslaved, and so much more! Some ledger types we’ll explore are the following:  Physician, General Store, Distillery, Lawyer, Livery, Blacksmith, Cotton/Tobacco Pickers, Midwife, Mill Operator (Textile, Lumber, Saw, Grist, etc), Pharmacy, Port-related, rural Post Office, Farm, Renters, Sanitorium, Tolls/Bridge/Ferry, Undertaker, etc., from the 18th to 20th-centuries. Don’t assume that your ancestors will not be listed!
 
Speaker Biography
Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, other Southern States and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.
 
Since 2006 she has authored almost 300 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal).  Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1700 posts. She is currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society.
 
She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), NCGS, and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS).  She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars (coast-to-coast), conference presentations (FGS, NGS, TxSGS, FxGS, NERGC, SCGS Jamboree, etc), workshops, and local meeting programs about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians, genealogical research techniques and tips, under-utilized resource collections and much more.
 
Directions
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.  Our in-person meeting is free and open to the public.
 
Online Access - D-OGS Members Only
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.
Access information will be emailed to members on the day of the lecture.
 
Recording
This lecture will not be recorded due to the speaker's contractual obligations, so it can only be viewed at the scheduled time.
 
 



Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Planting Roots: Building Online Family Trees and GPS-ing Family Graves by Taneya Koonce
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ONLINE
IMPORTANT - Our June D-OGS meeting will be conducted ONLINE ONLY.  The meeting link will be emailed around noon on the day of the lecture.
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Presentation Topic
We're used to traditional "roots" in genealogy, so now it's time to learn more about modern techniques.  Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 PM to hear Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS, MPH, present “Planting Roots: Building Online Family Trees and GPS-ing Family Graves”.   In this two-part presentation, you will 1) learn how to leverage both Ancestry Public Member Trees and the FamilySearch Family Tree with maximum efficiency for genealogy research sharing and 2) gain insight into the potential BillionGraves offers for precisely identifying family burial locations.
 
Speaker Biography
Taneya Koonce is an enthusiastic genealogist with a long-standing passion for exploring family history and more than 20 years of professional expertise in information science, research, and information organization. Through her initiative, the Academy of Legacy Leaders™, Taneya provides solutions that aid genealogy and family history enthusiasts in implementing strategic and systematic approaches to save, organize, and preserve family history, so they can focus on being leaders in sharing family memories & legacies over generations. Taneya also volunteers extensively in the genealogy community and is currently serving as President of the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.
Taneya Y. Koonce
Enjoy family history? Join my Facebook group, The Academy of Legacy Leaders™
https://www.facebook.com/groups/academy.legacy.leaders
 
Accessing the Presentation
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.
Access information will be emailed to you on the day of the lecture.



Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Using Funeral Programs to Inform Genealogy Research by Renate Yarborough Sanders
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ONLINE
Presentation Topic
Funeral Programs are often rich with genealogical information.  Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00 PM to hear Renate Yarborough Sanders present “Using Funeral Programs to Inform Genealogy Research”.   In this talk, the presenter will dissect the parts of commonly used funeral programs, and model how to extract important genealogical information and clues from these valuable documents.
 
Speaker Biography
Renate Yarborough Sanders has been engaged in genealogy research since 1997 and has been giving genealogy related presentations, to a variety of audiences, since 2012.  She is the descendant of formerly-enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color. Renate is the author of two blogs: “Into the LIGHT”, which focuses on her own family history; and, “Genea-Related”, which is a platform for presenting a variety of information of genealogical interest.  Renate also produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online database, in which she publishes vital data extracted from funeral programs. For a more extensive bio, please email Renate at yarsan@aol.com.
 
Accessing the Presentation
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.
 
Access information will be emailed to members on the day of the lecture.



Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Making English Connections by Bob Dawes
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ONLINE
Presentation Topic
Do you have English ancestors?  Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM to hear Bob Dawes present “Making English Connections”.  This presentation will provide an overview of the English geographic and record structure.  It will itemize the best free and paid websites to use for English research.  It concludes with a case study which demonstrates how to use the resources discussed.
 
Speaker Biography
Bob is a retired technology industry executive who got turned onto genealogy in the early nineties.  He enjoys combining technology and travel to research his family.  Bob and his wife, Barbara also an avid genealogist, have traveled throughout North America and the United Kingdom in pursuit of their ancestors.  Their most recent trip was to Scotland for thirty-five days in the falloff 2019 where they filled in for the staff at the Buchan Family History Centre, in Peterhead, for a week.  Bob is a past chair of Quinte Branch - OGS and has given presentations to many branches and conferences.  He currently coordinates their IT and database activity.
 
Accessing the Presentation
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.
 
Access information will be emailed to members on the day of the lecture.



Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Using City Directories as a Genealogical Aid by Jeff Houser
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ONLINE
IMPORTANT - Our March D-OGS meeting will be conducted ONLINE ONLY.
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Presentation Topic
City Directories are an often-overlooked genealogical tool.   Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM to hear Jeff Houser present “Using City Directories as a Genealogical Aid”.  Jeff will cover what city directories are, what is contained in them, and how they can be used for genealogical and historical research projects as well as the interesting tidbits that can be found in the directories!   Jeff will also give specific examples, including how they can be used in conjunction with other resources.
 
Speaker Biography
Jeff Houser is originally from New England and moved to Charlotte in 2007. He soon became fascinated with the area's long history and began working on historical research projects as a hobby. This interest led to him connecting with the Mecklenburg Genealogical Society and has been a member since 2013. He is the current President of the Society and has also served on its Board of Directors. He has a full-time job in the engineering field and in his spare time, regularly works on research projects and finding new adventures that he and his two beagle dogs can go on together.
 
Accessing the Presentation
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.
Access information will be emailed to members on the day of the lecture.



Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Family Legends and Stories: What to Believe by Ken Thomas
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ONLINE
Everyone has family stories passed down through the generations, but how do we know what is real and what is fiction?   Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 PM to hear Ken Thomas present “Family Legends and Stories: What to Believe”.  Ken is a historian, genealogist, and author, and writes a long-running genealogy column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Using his own family research as an example, Ken will take the audience on a memorable and informative tour on great family myths in many families. Employing his over 50 years’ experience as a genealogist, Ken uses examples in research on what to look for, how to interpret, and helpful tips. This presentation is full of humor and information beneficial to the experienced and beginner family genealogist.
 
Speaker Biography
Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., is a native of Columbus, Georgia, and a graduate of Emory University. He has had an interest in genealogy since the early 1960s when he was in high school. From 1973 until his retirement in 2006 he was Historian in the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Atlanta, Ga., working with the National Register of Historic Places. That state job had no connection to his genealogy work or his free-lance work with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Through his work on the genealogy of Governor and President Jimmy Carter, his genealogy expertise came to the attention of the AJC staff, and thus the column was born.  As of 2021 for 44 years, it is the longest-running genealogy column in the United States.
 
Ken has published two books, Columbus, Georgia, in Vintage Postcards and Fort Benning, Images of America seriesHe has served or is serving on numerous boards, including the Georgia Historical Society; the Dekalb History Center; the Wren's Nest; Friends of Georgia Archives and History; Georgia Postcard Club, President; and Georgia Professional Genealogists.
Ken became a Fellow of the Society of Georgia Archivists in 2009. He is the recipient of the Governor's Award in the Humanities, the Sarah Turner Butler Heritage Award from the Historic Columbus Foundation, the Georgia Historical Society's John McPherson Berrien Lifetime Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement/Legacy Award from Historic Westville; Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) award; National Genealogical Society's "The President's Citation" and several awards for advocacy. 
 
Ken has a genealogy website and is a frequent lecturer on genealogy and history He lives in Decatur, Ga. To visit Ken’s website Ken Thomas on Genealogy go to: http://www.kenthomasongenealogy.com/
 
Accessing the Presentation
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.



Wednesday, January 6, 2021
ow Your Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Probably Made A Living – Tools of the Trade
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ONLINE
IMPORTANT - Our January D-OGS meeting will be conducted ONLINE ONLY.  Please see additional information at the end of this email.
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Presentation Topic
Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00 PM to hear D-OGS V-P and newsletter editor Richard Ellington present “How Your Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Probably Made A Living – Tools of the Trade”. This program will focus on what the early Europeans found here and how they set about making a new life in the New World. He will discuss and illustrate many tools and techniques they used to start a new life. He will also talk about how the new conditions forced them to be creative in successfully establishing themselves here.
 
Speaker Biography
Richard was born in 1945 and raised in Carrboro. His father Carl Ellington was a prominent building contractor for many years in the Chapel Hill community. His mother Beulah Dillehay and her family moved here from Durham about 1912 so his grandfather could work in the Durham Hosiery Mill #4, now known as Carr Mill Mall. The Dillehay family lived across the street from the mill until the mill closed during the Depression.
Richard retired at the end of 2010 from UNC-Chapel Hill after 43 years in the IT division. He was conferred the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his many years of outstanding public service to the people and State of North Carolina.
He has been a member of Durham-Orange Genealogical Society since 1992 and has served as President, Vice-President/Program Chair and newsletter editor for several years.
Richard is a founding member of the Lincoln High/Chapel Hill High Community Service Grant committee. This group is working to foster bridge-building between the high school communities that were legally segregated from each other for many years. This committee works to make some small financial grants to high school seniors in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community who are working in their neighborhoods to build trust and promote interaction among all peoples.
He is a past President and long-time board member of the Chapel Hill Historical Society and is deeply interested in saving, promoting, preserving and presenting the history and heritage of our area. He sees exciting times ahead for the society.
 
Accessing the Presentation
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.



Wednesday, November 4, 2020
A British View of the American Revolution by Dr. Hugh Dussek
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Your computer
IMPORTANT - Our November D-OGS meeting will be conducted ONLINE ONLY.  Please see additional information at the end of this email.
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Presentation Topic
The Carolinas played a significant role in the British attempts to win the American War of Independence. The resistance of determined Patriots, and the inability of Britain to reestablish royal control in the Carolinas, ultimately led to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.  Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 PM to hear history professor and native Londoner Dr. Hugh Dussek present A British View of the American Revolution.  This presentation examines the American Revolution and the developments in the Carolinas during the later stages of the war - focusing on a British perspective.
 
Speaker Biography
Originally from London, England, Hugh Dussek has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over twenty-five years. Hugh holds a doctoral degree in history from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a professor at Central Piedmont in Charlotte, where he teaches courses on world civilizations and American history. Hugh serves on the Board of Trustees for The Charlotte Museum of History, and gives presentations in the community and on television about American, British and local history.
 
Accessing the Presentation
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.
 
We encourage you to test your device prior to the meeting to make sure the Zoom software works properly.  To do this, go to https://zoom.us/test and click [Join].  Detailed instructions on will be provided prior to the presentation.



Wednesday, August 5, 2020
D-OGS ONLINE Weds August 5 @ 7:00PM - "Show and Tell" /Genealogy Roadshow - anyone can present!
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Your computer
Our August D-OGS meeting will feature … you!   We always reserve August for short member presentations, and since this will be online we are no longer restricted to local members.  Join us on Wednesday August 5th at 7:00PM ONLINE to view and/or give presentations.  These have always been some of the more interesting and interactive meetings, and being online will only enhance that.
 
Members can present information about their research, findings, or anything of interest to our group.   We generally allow no more than 10 or 15 minutes per presentation, but can go longer depending on the number of requests.  If you are interested in presenting, please send an email to vicepresident@dogsnc.org as soon as possible with your topic and approximate time so we can make sure you will have a time slot - don't be shy!
 
You will have a variety of options for your presentation – it doesn't have to be a formal Powerpoint.  You can simply share your screen and show us what you want – photos, videos, documents, etc.  You can also just to a "talking head" presentation, or even audio only.  Whichever way you choose, we will be available to test it out ahead of time to avoid any glitches.  Unlike our more format presentations, we will allow all attendees to show themselves on video if they so choose, and will encourage a more interactive format.
 
 Accessing the Presentation
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. 
 
We encourage you to test your device prior to the meeting to make sure the Zoom software works properly.  To do this, go to https://zoom.us/test and click [Join].  Detailed instructions on will be provided prior to the presentation.
 
Please note we are aware of issues related to unwelcome guests disrupting meetings and other security concerns, and have taken the necessary precautions.   Because of that and limitations of the number of attendees we are allowing only active members and for those with memberships that have expired in the past year. We will revisit this decision on a case-by-case basis each month. 
 



Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Finding and Understanding NC Court Records by David McCorkle
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Your computer
IMPORTANT - Our June D-OGS meeting will be conducted ONLINE ONLY.  Please check your email for additional information
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Presentation Topic
Courts have always had the role of dealing with crimes and disputes, but in the past they also handled much more routine items that can be of great interest to your research.   Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00PM to hear David McCorkle present Finding and Understanding NC Court Records.    Courts handled many functions now done by other government offices such as proving deeds, probate, petitions, taxes, appointment of local officials, licenses, bastardy, manumission – the list goes on.  To complicate things the type of courts and what they were responsible for has changed over time.   This discussion will help you know not just what you can find but how and where to find it.
 
Speaker Biography
David McCorkle is the current President of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) and is a native of North Carolina with deep roots on many lines dating back to the 1700s.  He created and maintains the free website http://nclandgrants.com which contains data and images for over 200,000 NC land grants issued from 1663 to 1960.  He has given lectures and webinars to national, state, and local audiences.



Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Our May meeting will be online only.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Your computer
Please check your email for details.



Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Our April meeting will be online only.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Your computer
Please check your email for details.



March 2020 D-OGS Meeting: Higher Education: What’s land got to do with it?
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
March 2020 D-OGS Meeting: Higher Education: What’s land got to do with it?
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation:

Higher Education: What’s land got to do with it?

Speaker Name: George Thomas
Date: 04 March 2020
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Few of us have heard of the time when the citizens of now Stanly County almost lost their hard-earned lands to a scheme aimed at funding UNC- Chapel Hill - our state’s first university. And, as events unfold, we learn that some of these folks had earlier come from Orange County.   Please join us on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00PM at Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC to hear George Thomas present Higher Education: What’s land got to do with it?.   George will share an intriguing story of family and of governmental oversight reaching back to a king’s speculative order encouraging the early development of our state’s western reaches. George’s narrative also converges with stories of gold, the burning of Washington D. C. and of a woman who happened to be one of the state’s largest landowners.
 
Speaker Autobiography: 
I remember my first visit to NC archives following my father’s passing in 1995. Not knowing what to do or how to begin, I was oblivious to the chuckles from the information desk when I extended a greeting …“hello, I’m George Thomas and I’m here to find everything I can about my family.” Both of my parents are rooted in Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties and as for me, I grew up in Charlotte. My many trips digging into the various collections housed at archives has given me a solid understanding of the places where my people once lived. Now retired after 34 years in education, I find joy in telling stories revealed from little known legal sources. For me it’s all in the challenge of putting the meat back on the bones of forgotten communities from my distant past.  My stories can be found at http://rockyrivernc.com. I’ve also grown especially fond of all things related to land. I’ve mapped many miles of land grants and deeds and have digitized my plat maps along with corresponding title histories for public consumption. As you will learn from my presentation, understanding land in my neck of the woods is no easy task. 
 
All Durham-Orange Genealogical Society meetings are free and open to the public.
 
You can find more information on Duke Homestead at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/duke/



February 2020 D-OGS Meeting: Using Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
February 2020 D-OGS Meeting: Using Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA
Presentation:

Usings Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy

Speaker Name: David McCorkle
Date: 05 February 2020
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
It's great to find the exact location or at least general area where you ancestors lived on a modern map, but that alone is only part of the story.    Please join us on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, NC to hear D-OGS President David McCorkle present Using Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy.  In addition to helping find your ancestor's home, maps can provide clues to questions like where to find county and state records, who were their neighbors, what migration routes they used, why they might have settled in that area, what church they attended, where they are buried, what newspapers to search, and much more.  David will discuss the many historical and modern maps available online, where to find them, and how to use them.  He will also discuss and demonstrate various mapping tools that allow you to combine different types of maps and data to help with your research.
 
Speaker Biography: 
David McCorkle is the current President of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) and is a native of North Carolina with deep roots on many lines dating back to the 1700s.  He created and maintains the free website http://nclandgrants.com which contains data and images for over 200,000 NC land grants issued from 1663 to 1960.  He has given lectures and webinars to national, state, and local audiences.
 
Directions:
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..
 
 



Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Dec 2019 D-OGS 24th Annual Birthday Party
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Golden Corral, HW 55, Durham, NC
 
Presentation: D-OGS Annual Birthday Party
Speaker Name:  
Date: 04 December 2019
Location: Golden Corral
Address: 5006 Apex Highway 55, Durham, NC
Map: Golden Corral
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
 
Program Description:
Bring yourself and a guest and join us for some fun times at our 24th Annual Birthday Party at the Golden Corral, 5006 Apex Highway 55, Durham, NC, on WEDNESDAY December 4 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  There will be no formal speakers, so we will have time to share a meal and get to know each other. We will also have fun with our traditional geneaolgy/NC triva quiz where you can earn prizes.  This will also be our annual meeting to elect new board members.
 
All D-OGS meetings are free and open to the public. Simply purchase your meal and join us in the restaurant's meeting room!



Wednesday, November 6, 2019
November 2019 D-OGS Meeting: Revolutionary War County Records at the State Archives
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation:

Tracing your Revolutionary War Ancestor in the County Records at the State Archives of NC

Speaker Name: Alison Thurman
Date: 06 November 2019
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
When researching Revolutionary War ancestors, we tend to deal with national and state military records.  Did you know there is a rich collection of documents at the county level which can also be useful?   Please join us on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00PM at Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC to hear Alison Thurman from the State Archives of North Carolina present Tracing your Revolutionary War Ancestor in the County Records at the State Archives of NC.  She will focus on records created on a county level in NC during the Revolutionary War and how to utilize the information they contain, whether it be used for proving an ancestor's patriotic service or providing a window into their daily life during the war.  Although some types of records are specific to North Carolina, others can apply to other colonial states.
 
Speaker Biography: 
If you've researched at the State Archives in the past few years you've probably been helped by Alison.  She is a native of Kinston, NC, and graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh with a BA in History. She then pursued her interest in the archival field at NC State University, graduating with a Master's degree in Public History.  She has worked at the State Archives for twenty one years and as a reference archivist in the Search Room for twelve years.  She loves assisting researchers with historical and genealogical puzzles. She is also the mother of a very energetic five year old who wanted to play dinosaur the last time he visited the Search Room - never a dull moment!.
 
All Durham-Orange Genealogical Society meetings are free and open to the public.
You can find more information on Duke Homestead at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/duke/



September 2019 D-OGS Meeting: Ringing the School Bell, Carrboro Schools from Jim Crow to Integration
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
September 2019 D-OGS Meeting: Ringing the School Bell, Carrboro Schools from Jim Crow to Integration
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA
Presentation:

Ringing the School Bell: Carrboro Area Schools from Jim Crow to Integration

Speaker Name: Richard Ellington
Date: 02 October 2019
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Schools in the Carrboro area were formed in the early 20th century during the Jim Crow era with separate facilities for blacks and whites.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, NC to hear local historian and long-time D-OGS member Richard Ellington discuss the history and differences between these two school systems that existed simultaneously in Orange County.  He will show photographs to illustrate those differences.
 
Directions:
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.
 
Speaker Biography: 
Richard has been a member of D-OGS since 1992. He has been President & Vice-President for several terms and is currently newsletter editor.   His family connections go deep in central NC with Ellington, Cole, Brown, Cheek, Dillehay and several other family lines.
 
 



September 2019 D-OGS Meeting - Using Church Records for Genealogy Research
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
September 2019 D-OGS Meeting - Using Church Records for Genealogy Research
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA
Presentation:

Using Church Records for Genealogy Research

Speaker Name: Diane L. Richard
Date: 04 September 2019
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Discovering where denominational records are held, what might be available, and how to access them can challenge us.   Please join us on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, NC to hear nationally acclaimed speaker Diane L. Richard discuss how you can find and use these records for your genealogical research.
 
Helpful finding materials are being published or placed online to assist in non-secular research. Fortunately, we also find online archives (digitized records) of religious records we can access from home. This increased access to these incredibly valuable and insightful records enriches our family history research. Let’s explore how to research the spiritual affiliations and faith-based lives of our ancestors. General resources and strategies will be discussed as well as some specifics regarding Methodist, Quaker, Baptist, Moravian, Presbyterian, and the records of other denominations.
 
Directions:
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.
 
Speaker Biography: 
Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, other Southern States and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.
 
Since 2006 she has authored almost 300 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal).  Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1700 posts. She is currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society.
 
She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), NCGS, and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS).
She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars (coast-to-coast), conference presentations (FGS, NGS, TxSGS, FxGS, NERGC, SCGS Jamboree, etc), workshops, and local meeting programs about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians, genealogical rese
 
 



Wednesday, August 7, 2019
August 2019 D-OGS Meeting - Member Show and Tell / Genealogy Roadshow
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA
Presentation:

Member Show and Tell / Genealogy Roadshow

Speaker Name: D-OGS Members
Date: 07 August 2018
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Want to know what D-OGS members have been up to this past year?  Join us on Wednesday, August 7 2019, 7:00PM, at OWASA Community Center for our annual "Show and Tell - Genealogy Roadshow" event. 
 
Members can present information about their research, findings, or anything of interest to our group.   We generally give 10 to 15 minutes per presentation.  If you are interested in presenting, please send an email to vicepresident@dogsnc.org as soon as possible so we can make sure you will have a time slot – it's filling up fast!
 
 
 



Saturday, July 20, 2019
Digitizing Documents and Objects for Genealogy
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library - Meeting Room A
 
Presentation:

Digitizing Documents and Objects for Genealogy

Speaker Name: Various
Date: 20 July 2019
Location: Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room A
Address: 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
   
Time: 10:30AM to 12:30PM
 
Presentation Description:
 
Digitization always you to preserve the original sources used in genealogical research, as well as easily sharing them with other researchers.  We will give a brief overview of digitization, followed by demonstrations of various devices, software, and techniques you can use.  Feel free to bring a document or object and we can show you how to digitize it.   We will have copy stand, a digital camera controlled by a PC, a slide scanner, and other tools and techniques.
 
 

 

 



Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Daniel Bills: A Man for His Time and Place
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation:

Daniel Bills: A Man for His Time and Place:  How this Quaker 4X-great grandfather made his mark on the world and the sources that surprised me.

Speaker Name: Ann Myhre
Date: 05 June May 2019
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
Genealogical research involves using many sources.  Many are commonly known and covered in books and lectures, but others can be surprising and could help with your own research.    Join us on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro to hear D-OGS member Ann Myhre discuss her research into her Quaker 4th great grandfather Daniel Bills, and tell how he this made his mark on the world and the sources that surprised her.
 
Speaker Biography: 
Long-time D-OGS member Ann Myhre began writing about her family in the 8th grade. She has two degrees in Biology from East Tennessee State University and a BS in Science Education from NCSU. History was not on her list of priorities until about 1998, when her mother-in-law died and left piles of genealogical material from both sides of her husband's family.  Since then she's worked on both families, including research in several US states and in libraries in Norway and Ulster. She is a member of three lineage societies and numerous other societies covering areas of interest.
 
Directions:
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.
 
 

 

 



Wednesday, May 1, 2019
New and New-ish DNA Tools
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation:

New and New-ish DNA Tools

Speaker Name: David McCorkle
Date: 01 May 2019
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
Has it been a while since you last looked at your DNA results?   There have been a number of helpful tools introduced both recently and over the past few years to assist with your analysis.  Join us on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro to hear D-OGS President David McCorkle review some of these and show how to use them.  After a quick introduction to autosomal DNA testing (e.g. ancestryDNA or Family Finder), we will show tools like DNA Painter, new options in ancestryDNA like ThruLines and color coding, and various browser extensions that help sort things out.   Feel free to bring information on your own favorite tools, especially if they have helped you solve problems.
 
Speaker Biography: 
David is the current President of D-OGS and is a native of North Carolina with deep roots.  All of his father's ancestral lines settled in present-day Union County prior to 1800.  He created and maintains the free website http://nclandgrants.com which contains data and images for over 200,000 NC land grants issued from 1663 to 1960.
 
Directions:
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.
 
 

 

 



Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Proving Colonial Migration of Mountain Ancestors Using Various Techniques
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: Proving Colonial Migration of Mountain Ancestors Using Various Techniques
Speaker Name: Lisa Laws
Date: 03 April 2019
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
Putting together your family history requires a combination of techniques, both traditional and modern.  Please join us for the next meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro for our program Proving Colonial Migration of Mountain Ancestors Using Various Techniques.
 
D-OGS member Lisa Laws will follow the paths of her ancestral lines in Pre and Post-Revolutionary America through books, online resources and DNA connected results.  Her small town and rural mountain families unknowingly had 1600s-1700s ancestors all originating in pre-colonial NY, PA, MD, VA.   These lines’ migrations typically ended in NC and Eastern TN, with ancestral families who still live there 250 years later.
 
Directions:
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.
 
 

 

 



Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Overlooked Websites – What's Your Favorite?
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: Overlooked Websites - What's Your Favorite?
Speaker Name: David McCorkle
Date: 06 March 2019
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
We all know about the big/popular genealogy websites, but there are many more local and national websites that can provide tons of information not found elsewhere.   Please join us for the next meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro for our program Overlooked Websites – What's Your Favorite?.   We will talk about a number of these sites from various categories, and show some of them live.  We had good audience participation at our last meeting, and encourage everyone to bring information about their own favorite websites to discuss and give a demo if you wish (we will provide the computer and internet).  If you would prefer to let us talk about it instead, simply email the website information to us and we will add it to the program.
 
Directions:
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.
 
Speaker Biography: 
David is the current President of D-OGS and is a native of North Carolina with deep roots.  All of his father's ancestral lines settled in present-day Union County prior to 1800.  He created and maintains the free website http://nclandgrants.com which contains data and images for over 200,000 NC land grants issued from 1663 to 1960.

 

 



Wednesday, February 6, 2019
What is Your Plan? Saving, Sharing and Preserving Your Research
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: What is Your Plan? Saving, Sharing and Preserving Your Research
Speaker Name: Richard Ellington
Date: 06 February 2019
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
D-OGS will meet for February at the OWASA Community Room. Our speaker will be Richard Ellington and the program will be "What is Your Plan? You've collected it, now what do you do with it? Saving, Sharing and Preserving Your Research".  We will talk about presenting and preserving your family history research. THIS PROGRAM WILL BE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION. Come prepared to tell about how you got to where you are with your research and where it is going. Bring your computer if you want to show off something you are doing special.
 
Directions:
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.
 
Speaker Biography: 
Richard has been a member of D-OGS since 1992. He has been President & Vice-President for several terms and is currently newsletter editor. His family connections go deep in central NC with Ellington, Cole, Brown, Cheek, Dillehay and several other family lines.

 

 



Thursday, December 6, 2018
Dec 2018 D-OGS Annual Birthday Party
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Golden Corral, HW 55, Durham, NC
 
Presentation: D-OGS Annual Birthday Party
Speaker Name:  
Date: 06 December 2018
Location: Golden Corral
Address: 5006 Apex Highway 55, Durham, NC
Map: Golden Corral
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
 
Program Description:
Bring yourself and a guest and join us for some fun times at our Annual Birthday Party at the Golden Corral, 5006 Apex Highway 55, Durham, NC, on THURSDAY December 6 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  There will be no formal speakers, so we will have time to share a meal and get to know each other. We will also have fun with our traditional geneaolgy/NC triva quiz where you can earn prizes. 
 
All D-OGS meetings are free and open to the public. Simply purchase your meal and join us in the restaurant's meeting room!



Wednesday, November 7, 2018
November 2018 D-OGS Meeting -
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation:

The Durham County Library North Carolina Collection, and Other Local Resources

Speaker Name: Elizabeth Shulman
Date: 07 November 2018
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Many local libraries and organizations have collections geared towards genealogy, and are a great and easy resource to use.   Come and hear about two of those at the November meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society.  Our main presenter will be Elizabeth Shulman from the North Carolina Collection at the Durham County Library who will discuss that collection, followed by a short presentation from our own Richard Ellington about the Chapel Hill Historical Society archives.

Speaker Biography:

Elizabeth Shulman is the North Carolina Collection Librarian at the Durham County Library.  She has a B.A. in History from Rice University and an Master’s in Library Science with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Richard Ellington is a long-time D-OGS member and avid local history fanatic. He has deep family roots in central NC. He has served as president of D-OGS as well as president of the Chapel Hill Historical Society.

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TRADING PATH GIVEAWAY - FINAL CHANCE!  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 November 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!  This is your last chance - anything left after the meeting will go to recycling!



Post Office Records: Geography, Politics, Religion & More
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Post Office Records: Geography, Politics, Religion & More
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: Post Office Records: Geography, Politics, Religion & More
Speaker Name: Diane L. Richard
Date: 05 September 2018 
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
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. 
 
Speaker Biography: 
Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, other Southern States and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.

Since 2006 she has authored almost 300 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal).  Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1700 posts. She is currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society.

She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), NCGS, and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS).

She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars (coast-to-coast), conference presentations (FGS, NGS, TxSGS, FxGS, NERGC, SCGS Jamboree, etc), workshops, and local meeting programs about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians, genealogical research techniques and tips, under-utilized resource collections and much more.

 


Trading Path Giveaway!
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Trading Path Giveaway!
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
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.
 
 



Finding Your Ancestors in the Newspaper
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Finding Your Ancestors in the Newspaper
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: Finding Your Ancestors in the Newspaper
Speaker Name: Carol Boggs
Date: 05 September 2018 
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
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 website 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 vicepresident@dogsnc.org by end of day Monday, September 3.
 
Speaker Biography: 
Born in Connecticut to a Canadian mother,  tenth generation New Englander father, Irish-Canadian grandfather, and a gr-grandfather from Prussia, Carol Hubbell Boggs saw daily evidence of the richness of the human experience in every aspect of life. Food, clothing, dialects and expressions as well as stories of what childhood and life were like for women were fascinating. She pestered everyone who would listen to tell "what was it like when you were a kid?" and marveled at the stories of the differences over time and space. The family moved up and down the Atlantic coast for years, settling in Florida in 1947 for the school years providing even more contact with people from many varied backgrounds. 
 
Originally planning to complete nursing school then enter the USAF as an officer, her plans were side-tracked by meeting and marrying her husband Bob who was studying to become a graphic designer and art director. His career ensured that they were on the road once again so her interest in people and their backgrounds continued to grow as she corresponded with cousins and ancestors to learn more about her heritage. Continuing her nursing education while working ER, ICU and various other assignments through the U. of Florida, Emory U., NCCU, then finally a MSN from Duke, she spent thirty years at Duke planning throughout to spend retirement doing genealogy. 
 
In 1983 Carol received a clipping from Connecticut announcing a meeting of The Hubbell Family Historical Society near her home there. Once she joined the Society she attended biennial reunions held across the US and Canada, joining a group of members to visit the home church of her Hubbell ancestor in Rock, Worcestershire, England in 2004. She has continued to work as a director, president and genealogy committee member for the Society since then. A D-OGS member since the '80s she continues to find genealogy compelling and enjoys the company of its members.
 



Wednesday, August 15, 2018
August 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Member Show and Tell / Genealogy Roadshow
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation:

Member Show and Tell / Genealogy Roadshow

Speaker Name: D-OGS Members
Date: 15 August 2018
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Want to know what D-OGS members have been up to this past year?  Join us on Wednesday, August 15 2018, 7:00PM, at Duke Homestead for our annual "Show and Tell - Genealogy Roadshow" event. 
 
Members can present information about their research, findings, or anything of interest to our group.   We generally give 10 to 15 minutes per presentation.  If you are interested in presenting, please send an email to vicepresident@dogsnc.org as soon as possible so we can make sure you will have a time slot – it's filling up fast!
 
 
 



July 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Using UNC Wilson Library for Genealogical Research - Onsite Visit
Saturday, July 28, 2018
July 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Using UNC Wilson Library for Genealogical Research - Onsite Visit
10:30 am to 11:30 am
UNC-Chapel Hill Wilson Library
Presentation:

Using UNC Wilson Library for Genealogical Research - Onsite Visit

Speaker Name: Sarah Carrier, North Carolina Subject Librarian
Date: 28 July 2018 [Saturday]
Location: UNC Wilson Library
Address: 200 South Road, Chapel Hill NC 27514
Map: Map to Wilson Library
Time: 10:30am to 11:30am, library is open until 1pm if you wish to do individual research
 
Presentation Description:
Do you think everything you need for your genealogical research is available online?  It's not even close, and one local place where you can find an extensive collection of North Carolina and regionally related original documents, newspapers, maps, books, and more is Wilson Library on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.   Join us on Saturday July 28 at 10:30 AM at Wilson Library for an overview of how to use these public facilities, what's available, and examples to review, provided by Sarah Carrier, North Carolina Subject Librarian.  The library and special collections are open until 1PM that day, so there will be time afterwards to do your own research or just explore.  Even if you don't have anything specific to research right now you can still see how to register, find items, etc.
 
As always, our meetings are free and open to the public.   Although an RSVP is not required, it would help with planning if you send an email to vicepresident@dogsnc.orgif you are going to attend, and any general topics or particular items of interest to you.
 
We will meet in the classroom to the right of the front lobby – just use the main entrance up those big steps!
 
You can find more information about Wilson Library at https://library.unc.edu/wilson/
 



June 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Land Genealogy and the American Revolution in Orange County by Gene Dorris
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
June 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Land Genealogy and the American Revolution in Orange County by Gene Dorris
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation:

Land Genealogy and the American Revolution in Orange County, NC.

Speaker Name: Gene Dorris
Date: 06 June 2018
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Have you ever wanted to find exactly where your ancestors lived?  Come and hear Gene Dorris discuss his personal experiences at the June meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society!   In addition to the fun of actually standing on their land, location can be a goldmine for genealogical research.  Knowing neighbors, geography, and local history can help solve some of those mysteries and give insight into their lives.   Mr. Dorris will review of what he has learned about using a variety of land resources for genealogical work and the results of that work, and research as it relates to the Dorris family history he is currently writing.
 

Speaker Biography:

D-OGS member Gene Dorris was born in Southern Illinois and grew up in Oklahoma.   He is an expert in Asian history and language with a PhD in Modern Chinese History, and has broad experience in business practices and management consulting.  He spent 20 years in the US Foreign Service and another 20 years as a management consultant.  He has completed Volume 1 of his 4 volume history of the Dorris family.  He is the Mid-Atlantic Region Regent for the Delta Chi fraternity, and lives in Hillsborough with his wife Chrysan and 12 year old son Isaac. 

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May 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Manuscript & Archival Collections by Diane L. Richard
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
May 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Manuscript & Archival Collections by Diane L. Richard
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation:

Genealogical Gems Found in Manuscript & Archival Collections

Speaker Name: Diane L. Richard
Date: 02 May 2018
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Running out of places to look for information about your ancestors?  Come and hear professional genealogist Diane L. Richard discuss options you might not have considered at the May meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society!    Private and little known archival collections are full of ledgers and account books, membership lists, and so much more!   Have you explored these? You can learn so much about your family and the neighborhood through these records. Relationships are sometimes noted. Store, business and physician ledgers can link family members and provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history narrative.search.
 

Speaker Biography:

Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, other Southern States and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.

Since 2006 she has authored almost 300 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal).  Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1700 posts. She is currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society.

She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), NCGS, and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS).

She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars (coast-to-coast), conference presentations (FGS, NGS, TxSGS, FxGS, NERGC, SCGS Jamboree, etc), workshops, and local meeting programs about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians, genealogical research techniques and tips, under-utilized resource collections and much more.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
April 2018 D-OGS Meeting -
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation: Miscellaneous County Land Records and How to Use Them
Speaker Name: Stewart Dunaway
Date: 04 April 2018
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
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.

Speaker Biography: 
Stewart Dunaway, a 5th generation Floridian moved to North Carolina in 2001. Meeting a genealogist at the Hillsborough public library, he instantly started to research the American Revolution. This research led him to the State Archives, where he began researching road petition documents. Now, 10-years later, he completed every county’s - road, bridge, mill, ordinary, and ferry records – for the entire State. This represents 48,673 pages published in almost 175 volumes.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
February 2018 D-OGS Meeting - Planning and Brainstorming Session
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library
Presentation:

D-OGS Planning and Brainstorming Session

Speaker Name: David McCorkle and other D-OGS members
Date: 07 Februray 2018
Location: Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room D
Address: 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514
Map: Map to the Chapel Hill Public Library
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
 
Presentation Description:

This meeting will serve as a general planning / brainstorming session to present and discuss new services and projects for our organization, especially with respect to members who cannot typically attend our monthly meetings. We will present projects and ideas we are working on, and will solicit input from the members.  Topics will include The Trading Path journal, website content, the Bastardy Bond project, monthly meetings (content, location, and schedule), and hands-on workshops.

 

All members are welcome to submit ideas, concerns, comments, etc. prior to the meeting so we can discuss them. 



January 2018 D-OGS Meeting - So You Got A DNA Kit for Christmas, Now What?
Saturday, January 20, 2018
January 2018 D-OGS Meeting - So You Got A DNA Kit for Christmas, Now What?
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library
Presentation:

So You Got A DNA Kit for Christmas, Now What?

Speaker Name: David McCorkle, Ginger Smith, and other D-OGS members
Date: 20 January 2018
Location: Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A
Address: 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514
Map: Map to the Chapel Hill Public Library
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Presentation Description:
Did you get a DNA kit for Christmas and want to know what it all means and what to expect?  Have you already received your DNA results and have no idea what they mean and how to use them?   Do you understand how to interpret your results, but have a particularly tricky issue? 
 
Join the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10AM to 12PM at the Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room A for a free presentation and hands-on workshop on how to use DNA for genealogy.  We'll help you no matter what your level of expertise.  DNA can help you break through those brick walls, and also find distant cousins you never knew who might have family information and artifacts.
 
If you have a DNA kit you have not used yet, be sure to bring it – we can help you spit!   We will have computers available, but feel free to bring your laptop or tablet if you have one.
 
 



Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Dec 2017 D-OGS Annual Birthday Party
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Golden Corral, HW 55, Durham, NC
 
Presentation: D-OGS Annual Birthday Party
Speaker Name:  
Date: 06 December 2017
Location: Golden Corral
Address: 5006 Apex Highway 55, Durham, NC
Map: Golden Corral
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
 
Program Description:
Bring yourself and your spouse and join us for some fun times at our Annual Birthday Party at Golden Corral. We will share a meal and get to know each other. We will also have fun with an exciting "quiz" and earn some prizes. 
 
All D-OGS meetings are free and open to the public. Come out and Join us!



Saturday, November 18, 2017 through Saturday, November 18, 2017
4th Annual Family Discovery Day, LDS FHL
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
Presentation: 4th Annual Family Discovery Day
Speaker Name: Durham-Chapel Hill LDS Family History Center
Date: 18 Nov 2017
Location: LDS Family History Center
Address: 1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Map: Map to LDS Family History Library
Time: 9:00am - 4:00 pm
 
The Durham/Chapel Hill North Carolina FHC is hosting the 4th Annual Family Discovery Day on Saturday, November 18th. Learn how to find your ancestors using the latest tools of the digital age, including FamilySearch and other databases. Think your tree is full? Learn how to uncover what’s missing so you don’t miss a branch. All are invited, and the event is free. In addition to live classes, many classes are recordings from RootsTech 2017, the largest genealogical event in North America.
 
More information on the classes that will be offered to follow.
 
The Family Discovery Day is 9am-4pm at the Durham/Chapel Hill Family History Center (1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514). Lunch provided!
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
November 2017 D-OGS Meeting - Monument Art & Symbolism: The Stories Behind the Stones
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Duke Homestead
Presentation: Monument Art & Symbolism: The Stories Behind the Stones
Speaker Name: Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Date: 01 Nov 2017
Location: Duke Homestead
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Map: Map to Duke Homestead
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
Ever wander through a cemetery and see symbols that make you scratch your head?  Do you think about the messages that these monuments may have conveyed to people of their era?  Here's your chance to learn more!  Join Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Oakwood Cemetery, and learn about the evolution of gravestone symbols over time. We'll also talk about the important partnership between cemeteries and genealogists as we work together to help families and our community understand their past! 

Speaker Biography: 
Robin Simonton has been the Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery since November of 2011. Robin holds a BA in US History from the University of Hawaii and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Previously, she was the Program and Volunteer Services Executive at Girl Scouts — North Carolina Coastal Pines. Robin served as the researcher of the book Oahu Cemetery: Burial Ground & Historic Site, written by Nanette Napoleon in 1997 and has a written a chapter in the upcoming publication of the book Reinterpreting Death: A Guide to Creating Cemetery Tours and Programming by Rachel Wolgemuth. Robin and her husband Jeff live in Raleigh with their son, Cullen.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017 through Saturday, October 28, 2017
DNA testing and genealogy, part III, FHL
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
 
Presentation: DNA testing and genealogy, part III
Speaker Name: Margo Fariss Brewer
Date: 28 October 2017
Location: LDS Family History Center
Address: 1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Map: Map to LDS Family History Library
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 pm
 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The ABC's of Photo Organizing
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: The ABC's of Photo Organizing
Speaker Name: Michele Doyle & Dorothy Tucker
Date: 04 Oct 2017
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:

 This workshop will teach participants the ABC's of Photo Organizing and help them create an action plan for organizing, preserving and sharing their photo collections. In addition to the organizing aspect, we will also share best practices for scanning, back up and cloud storage as well as creative ways to share your photos with the people you love.

 

Speaker Biography:

Michele Doyle has an extensive background in genealogy and family history research as well as archiving and preservation. She is uniquely qualified to answer questions and guide you as you safely preserve your memory collections.  Dorothy Tucker has experience in photography, Photoshop and photo book design. She loves to bring clarity and life back to damaged and faded photos. She also enjoys creating meaningful photo books and gifts that allow you to get your photos out of boxes and into the hearts and hands of the people you love.  Together they own Preserving Your Heritage which offers comprehensive photo organizing, digitizing and preservation.

 



Saturday, September 23, 2017 through Saturday, September 23, 2017
DNA testing and genealogy, part II, FHL
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
 
Presentation: DNA testing and genealogy, part II
Speaker Name: Margo Fariss Brewer
Date: 23 September 2017
Location: LDS Family History Center
Address: 1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Map: Map to LDS Family History Library
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 pm
 


Sign of the Times: Using Timelines in Genealogy
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Sign of the Times: Using Timelines in Genealogy
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Carrboro Century Center
 
Presentation: Sign of the Times: Using Timelines in Genealogy
Speaker Name: Diane L. Richard
Date: 13 Sep 2017 
Location: The Carrboro Century Center - NOTE This is a different location than usual
Address:
100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27519
Free parking directly across the street
Map: http://www.townofcarrboro.org/290/Century-Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
Hit a brick wall? Wondering why your ancestors did what they did? Learn about timelines and how they might just help you solve your puzzles! Visual representations of data can make gaps, conflicts and paths to future discoveries easy to spot. If you use color-coding or other distinguishing methods to highlight locale or surname overlaps, connections sometimes just jump out at you.  And, these are NOT the timelines you learned to make in school!

Timelines are very visual. Creating a multi-columned matrix can help you focus on missing gaps, seemingly contradictory information, previously invisible relationships, and so much more. Color-coding or other distinguishing methods can also highlight locale or surname overlaps, related records, etc.

As you summarize your data, it’s not unusual to have questions jump out at you – insert as a comment?  Found a "gap" in your knowledge -- add it to your "to do" list.  Have put your project aside for a while --  just review your timeline for all the key details as you resume your research.

These are not simple linear timelines. These are multi-column matrices that can involve very complex information in an easy-to-see format.  They are "living" summaries too. As you acquire new data, add it in!

Besides helping you visualize information, timelines save you from having to constantly refer to your paper (or digital files)!

 
Speaker Biography: 

Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, other Southern States and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.

Since 2006 she has authored almost 300 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal).  Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1700 posts. She is currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society.

She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), NCGS, and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS).

She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars (coast-to-coast), conference presentations (FGS, NGS, TxSGS, FxGS, NERGC, SCGS Jamboree, etc), workshops, and local meeting programs about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians, genealogical research techniques and tips, under-utilized resource collections and much more.




Saturday, August 19, 2017 through Saturday, August 19, 2017
Introduction to African American Genealogy, FHL
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
 
Presentation: Introduction to African American Genealogy
Speaker Name: Margo Fariss Brewer
Date: 19 August 2017
Location: LDS Family History Center
Address: 1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Map: Map to LDS Family History Library
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 pm
 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Annual Show and Tell - Genealogy Road Show
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: Annual Show and Tell - Genealogy Road Show
Speaker Name: D-OGS Members
Date: 02 Aug 2017
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:

 

We invite you to attend and to share your latest genealogical find with us. It can be a photograph of your ancestor, a new cousin found through DNA, new research or research technique.

 

Please email Vice-President David McCorkle at vicepresident@dogsnc.org to let him know you would like to present so he can add you to the presenter's schedule, and a general idea of how long your presentation will be. If you need, we can set up tables for display.  Also, please let us know of your A/V requirements: projector, slide clicker, computer, and connecting (PC or MAC) cables, etc., so we can make your presentation run smoothly. We plan to tape the Show and Tell meeting to share with the rest of our members on YouTube, but please let us know if you'd prefer not to be recorded.

 
 
 
 
 



School Records in the State Archives of North Carolina
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 through Wednesday, June 7, 2017
School Records in the State Archives of North Carolina
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: School Records in the State Archives of North Carolina
Speaker Name: Josh Hager
Date: 07 Jun 2017 
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
Documenting young people using official records can prove difficult in North Carolina, but school records might prove useful in filling in this gap. In this talk, we will discuss records from the State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction (including the Division of Negro Education from the early 20th century), and various counties. Learn how Common School Reports, High School Annual Reports, and other kinds of records can provide new avenues for genealogical and historical research.
 
Speaker Biography: 

Josh Hager is a Reference Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina. He has an undergraduate degree in History from Duke University, a Master’s of Public History from NC State, and a Master’s of Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill. His research on using social media for effective archival outreach won a national award in 2015 and is published in a national journal, The American Archivist. 

 



Wednesday, May 3, 2017 through Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Using Estate and Deed Records to Construct Families in Early 19th Century North Carolina
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OWASA Community Center
 
Presentation: Using Estate and Deed Records to Construct Families in Early 19th Century North Carolina
Speaker Name: Ginger R. Smith
Date: 03 May 2017 
Location: OWASA Community Center
Address: 400 W. Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
Map: Map to OWASA Community Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Presentation Description:
 
Land Grants and Deeds are a very valuable resource to have in your research toolbox. They allow you to tract the transfer of land from one person or persons to another They can tell you where your ancestors lived and who their neighbors were, which may be helpful when tracing persons with the same name. If you are lucky, familial relationships will be identified in many deeds as well. My lecture "Using estate and deed records to Construct Families in early 19th century North Carolina” will show you how a family unit was constructed out of deed and land grant records.
 
Speaker Biography: 

Ginger R. Smith has been researching in North Carolina for the past 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.  She is a professional genealogist specializing in North Carolina research and DNA consultation services. She loves to help adoptees utilize their DNA results to find their birth families and she enjoys speaking at genealogical libraries and societies on DNA and research topics.