NEW MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION BEGINNING JANUARY 2017
Our new meeting location is at the Greensboro Public Library, 219 N. Church Street in downtown Greensboro, NC. Click here for a map.
Downtown deck and on-street parking are free on the weekend. The parking deck arm will be up when you arrive for easy access.
Do not park in the Greensboro Children's Museum lot.
Membership meetings are at 10:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month, January through May and September through November.
From 9:00 a.m. until noon on meeting days, GCGS's genealogical exchange journal library is open for members to check out some other societies' journals.
Regular meetings usually end about 11:30 a.m.
Non-members are always welcome to attend these free programs.
You will find the Society's programs posted on our Events page.
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Scheduled GCGS Meetings:
18 March 2017, 10:00 am to noon - Peggy Johnson, President of the North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will dress in the character of her ancestor, Elizabeth Blackwell Frazier, to present "My Name is Elizabeth: The Story of a War Mother 1861-1863". Her journey to find family started in 1962 but fast-forward in 2005 when husband Troy gifted her with a genealogical research program and a new computer. With Aunt Essie, the family historian's passing, her nieces found a farm wagon load of her photos and papers in her two-story. Peggy found a metal, slightly rusty PA map box full of papers which included letters that gave her much of the program she presents about Elizabeth Blackwell Frazier, "A Mother's Story, 1863". See the address above for the new meeting location.
20 May 2017 - Jimmy Campbell, will speak about "Observations on the North Carolina Militia and its impact on citizens from 1590-1870". He has been involved with the Revolutionary War Living History community since 1981 and is the past commander of The Guilford Miltia. Now he is the NC Militia regimental blacksmith. He also is a blacksmith interpreter at the High Point Museum. Retired from the machining industry, he is a Baptist minister and foundations teacher at a local Baptist church.
21 October 2017 - Michele Doyle and Dorothy Tucker will present a Photo Organizing Workshop: Sorting, organizing, and displaying print and digital photos. They will walk us through steps necessary to sort and organize your photos at home and give tips and tools for using your photos to tell your family stories.
Other Genealogical Events of Interest:
18 November 2017 - Ann Palmer will speak about "Those Elusive Females," the female ancestors are simply tougher to trace than male ancestors. Their maiden names disappeared with their marriage. Their roles in history have been less celebrated and less recorded. Join us explore thinking "out of the box" along the maternal line, discover clues to maiden names, and learn some pitfalls to avoid. Ann is a retired Tampa-Hillsborough County librarian where she served as the supervisor of the Florida History and Genealogy Library for several years. She is a member of several genealogical societies in New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida. While living in North Carolina she served as president of the Guilford County Genealogical Society. On a personal level, she has been researching both her and her husband's family ancestry for 20 years. She enjoys developing and presenting program to share with others and especially enjoys researching using census records, cemeteries, and old photographs.
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14 - 16 March 2017 - The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park 2017 Revolutionary Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00pm, Greensboro Historical Museum "Equipping the Southern Army: Manufacturing Military Stores for an Insatiable Patron";
Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm "Colonial Spirits, A Toast to our Drunken History";
Thursday, March 16th at 7:00pm "A Good & Valuable Officer: Daniel Morgan in the Revolutionary War".
Click here for lecture series flyer. Visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park calendar page for more information.
All lectures are free to the public, but reservations are required. Seating is limited.
25 March 2017 (Saturday), 2:00 to 4:00 pm - "Genetic Genealogy: Basic Science and Real Life Case Studies", Lecture Gallery, High Point Museum, 1859 E Lexington Ave, High Point, NC 27262. Bryana Campbell of 23andMe presents hour one with a basic overview of the science behind genetic genealogy and how it can be useful in overcoming some of your brick walls. She will also introduce participants to the 23andMe DNA test offerings. Larry Cates follows in hour two with a series of case studies taken from his own research using his own and his father's autosomal DNA results. Y-DNA results will also be used to show how he reached certain genealogical conclusions using the test results of total strangers.
13 April 2017 - 7:00 pm - Greensboro Family History Center, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3719 Pinetop Road, Greensboro, NC 27410. Lisa Lisson will present "Common Surnames". Do you have a Family History surname like Smith or Jones? These common surnames can be challenging to research. Lisa Lisson will share her expertise in finding Your Mr. Smith or Ms. Jones among the many. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please arrive a few minutes early to be seated.
21 April 2017, 5 May 2017, and 26 May 2017, 10:30 to noon - SPRING BOOK CLUB, "Southern Friends: The Call to Conscience in a Hostile World", The Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public LibraryBook Lover's Room, 3rd Floor. Many areas of the South were at first seen as a refuge for Quakers escaping persecution in New England and Great Britain, but Southern ideas about hierarchy, gender roles, deference, and slavery ultimately drove a deep wedge between the Church and society. This session will examine the strategies Quakers used to remain true to their ideals while living in a sometimes hostile world. Contact Larry at (336) 883-3637 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
24 April 2017 (Monday), 6:30 to 7:30 pm - "Thomas Day, Cabinet Maker: Man in the Middle", The Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library, 1st Floor Morgan Room. Thomas Day (1801-c. 1861) was a highly-successful free African-American cabinet maker based in the Piedmont of North Carolina. His striking and innovative designs still inspire awe among furniture and antiques collectors. But his life and work were complicated by many competing antebellum social forces: black and white, slave and free, North and South, Africa and America, art and craft. This dynamic presentation by Laurel B. Sneed, film-maker, educator, and researcher, will analyze the historical evidence, savor Day's legacy in wood, and explore the mystery of Thomas Day and his workshop. This program is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For further information, contact the library at (336) 883-3637.
7 May 2017 (Sunday), 3:00 to 4:30 pm - "Roads Less Traveled" - (Basic Genealogy III), The Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library, 1st Floor Morgan Room. Expert genealogist Timothy Rackley, well-known for his publications concerning the Tar River section of North Carolina, will lead us through a variety of sources that are frequently overlooked by genealogists including county court records, tax records, school censuses, coroner's records, and others. For further information, contact the library at (336) 883-3637.
10 - 13 May 2017 - Raleigh, NC. The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 Raleigh Family History Conference program, Family History Lives Here. The online searchable program, which includes more than 175 lectures, is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and as a sixteen-page registration brochure, which can be downloaded here. Registration is now open. The online registration form is on the NGS website.
5 June 2017 (Monday), 6:30 to 7:45 pm - "Military Records for Genealogy" (Basic Genealogy IV), The Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library, 1st Floor Morgan Room. Military records exist at both the state and national levels and include a great variety of document types from combined service records to unit diaries and log books to pension files, bounty land grants, muster rolls and pay rolls. Learn the basics with Marcellaus Joiner of the HRC. For further information, contact the library at (336) 883-3637.
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19 June 2017 (Monday), 6:30 to 7:45 pm - "Suspicion and Sacrifice: High Point During World War I", The Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library, 1st Floor Morgan Room. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I. Discover the surprising facts about High Point's mobilization. The war effort brought out valor, thrift and self-sacrifice among those who remained at home, but it also agitated suspicions and tensions among various social groups, dampened free speech, and involved a great deal of propaganda and lock-step regimentation. High Point's experience was similar to that of the nation at large. Learn the surprising facts with Larry Cates of the HRC. For further information, contact the library at (336) 883-3637.