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We usually meet in the fellowship hall at
Peace United Church of Christ located at 2714 West Market Street
in Greensboro just off W. Wendover Avenue. The fellowship hall is located in the rear of the building.
Park in the back and enter the door nearest N. Lindell Road. Click here for a map showing our meeting location.

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month, January through May and September through November. GCGS's genealogical exchange journal library is open for members to check out some other societies' journals from 9:00 a.m. until noon on meeting days. Regular meetings usually conclude about 11:30 a.m. Occasionally our Computer Users' Group will meet at the conclusion of our regular meetings. Non-members are always welcome to attend these free programs.

Scheduled GCGS Meetings:

  • June, July and August - no meetings
  • 20 September 2014 - Ed and Sue Curtis will present the History of Salisbury Confederate Prison. Sue is President of the organization and Ed is the Editor of the quarterly newsletter to 200+ members. They have a slide presentation which includes information on the history of the prison, and often includes references diaries/letters, and some of the individuals who were there (Col. John Gilmer of Guilford was a Salisbury Prison commandant for a while).
  • 18 October 2014 - Rachel Hiatt and Cindy Green with the Winston-Salem (NC) Family History Center will return and bring us up to date on what's new on FamilySearch is posting new digitized records and indexes every day. Don't miss this informative program.
  • 15 November 2014 - Kay Tillotson, Genealogy Research Librarian at the N.C. State Archives, will be the speaker. She will talk with us about using the genealogical services area at the Archives.

Other Genealogical Events of Interest:
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  • 25 August 2014, 6:30 to 7:45 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. "The Law of the Land: How Court Cases Regarding Land Can Enrich Your Genealogy". In the second of a series of three land-related programs, Larry Cates will cover several typical legal actions related to land use and ownership, explore the usual documents these disputes generate, and pinpoint where the records are located. He will show how exploring land litigation has enriched his family history research and that of others. No pre-registration necessary.
  • 8 September 2014 - Alamance County Genealogical Society will meet at the Western Steak House, 142 N. Graham-Hopedale Road Burlington, NC 27215, 336-227-1448. The buffet and fellowship is at 6 PM and the program, Julia Ebel on "Keeping Family Records and Sharing Family Stories", at 7 PM.
  • 15 September 2014, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. Lamar DeLoatch, Piedmont-Triad Chapter, Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society will speak on "Bridging the Gap between Freedom, Slavery, and Africa in Your Family History". One of the most difficult problems in African American genealogy is convincing newcomers that records of their ancestors do exist and that they can make the connection between freedmen and their enslaved forebears. Surnames were mostly absent during the era of slavery and were sometimes chosen at will by former slaves. Individuals can be difficult to follow through this period. Mr. DeLoatch shares his expertise. This program is free. Preregistration is not required.
  • 19 September 2014, NCGS will present its first LIVE webinar! Registrants for this webinar will hear J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, lecture on "NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency" and will, at the end of his talk, be able to ask questions. This is an exciting next step for NCGS and ...YES... it will be free! Discover the variety of North Carolina tax records and how they can tell you more than the amount due. Learn where they are located and when to look at alternate sources for information. Mark is a full-time professional researcher and educator. NCGS Webinar Registration Form - NCGS has added a registration form in preparation for the live webinars, which will begin in the fall. The registration process is being introduced because the program NCGS uses to provide the video has a limit on the number of viewers at a single time. After you register for a webinar, you will receive three e-mails: 1. Confirmation of the registration. 2. A reminder e-mail prior to the webinar. 3. Another reminder e-mail on the day of the webinar. All three e-mails will have the link required for viewing the live webinar. NCGS suggests that you sign in to the webinar via the link provided at least 15 minutes prior to the live webinar. Registration also provides you, the viewer, a reminder of upcoming webinars and events during the year. Your e-mail address and other registration information will never be shared with third parties. You may unsubscribe from the e-mail notifications at any time.
  • 13 Oct 2014, 6:30 to 7:45 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. "Honoring the Ancestors: One Man's Journey through Researching and Restoring an Abandoned Cemetery". Scott Wesson will share how he uncovered and restored an abandoned cemetery in rural Cleveland County. He will take you through the stages of locating and surveying the site for damage, researching as history, obtaining the proper permissions, rising funds to clear and maintain the burial ground, providing military markers, and honoring the memory of those buried there through a commemorative ceremony. This will be and evening full of heartfelt reflection illustrated with photographs and song. No preregistration is required.
  • 9 November 2014, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. "When DNA and Paper Collide". John Reynolds, past president of the Forsyth County Genealogical Society, will treat attendees to a discussion of those moments when the kinships we expect to see because of research in public records are contradicted by DNA results of alleged descendants? How do we handle the emotional fallout from such revelations? What are the best methods for redirecting our paper-based research to get at the truth? Preregistration is not required.
  • 10 November 2014, 6:30 to 7:30 pm 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. Lamar DeLoatch, Piedmont-Triad Chapter, Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society will speak about "Black Indians". Many African American families treasure traditions of Native American forebears. This session will focus on basic steps and sources that apply to African and Native American genealogical research. Mr. DeLoatch will emphasize Indian tribal communities in North Carolina and Virginia and their interconnections with African Americans. This program is free. Preregistration is not required.
  • 15 November 2014 - The North Carolina Genealogical Society's Annual Meeting and Workshop will be held in Raleigh. Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, will be the speaker. Judy is also known as The Legal Genealogist, lecturing on a variety of genealogical issues, including the importance of the law to genealogy. Look for details in the registration flyer to be posted on the NCGS website and in the NCGS News.
  • 26 January 2015, 6:30 to 7:45 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. Larry Cates will lead the class "Research at the North Carolina State Archives: How to get the Most out of the Experience". It is intended to help the first-time visitor to the North Carolina Archives prepare him or herself for the experience. What rules must you follow? How are the collections organized? How should you plan to tackle a typical research question? The intention is to prepare participants for our Heritage Research Center-sponsored Field Trip to the Archives in May, but all are welcome to attend. No preregistration is required, but you must preregister and prepay for the May trip by April 1st.
  • 12 - 14 February 2015 - Two national genealogy events are joining forces in 2015. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference will take place in conjunction with the FamilySearch/RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. Attendees of one event will be able to participate in the other for an additional fee. Click here for more information.
  • 22 February 2015, 3:00 to 4:30 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. Heritage Research Center Staff will present "Introduction to African American Genealogy". Staff will provide an overview of the sources and methods that African-American researchers typically employ when attempting to uncover their lineages. Special problems exist but can be overcome. This program is free. Preregistration is not required.
  • 16 March 2015, 6:30 to 7:45 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. "Warts and All: Confronting the Skeletons in Your Family Closet". Nelson Weller, a genealogy instructor at Forsyth Tech and Davidson County Community College, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, will speak about the unavoidable scandals and peccadilloes that confront us when we dig deeply in our ancestral closets. How do we best come to terms with what we have discovered and how do we treat this material sensitively when sharing it with others? No preregistration is necessary.
  • 13 April 2015, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. "An Introduction to Freedmen's Bureau Records" by Diane Richard, CG, Editor, Wake County Genealogical Society (Raleigh, NC). In the aftermath of the Civil War, the South was completely devastated. The Freedmen's Bureau was organized as a temporary measure to give aid and assistance to displaced people, the impoverished and, most of all, the freed slaves. Records cover such diverse subjects as food allowances, labor contracts, law and order, marriages of former slaves, the reunion of families, and education. This program is free. Preregistration is not required.
  • 7 May 2015, All Day FIELD TRIP to the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, Co-sponsored by the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library and the Guilford County Genealogical Society. Do you need to travel to Raleigh to perform crucial family history research but feel overwhelmed by the idea? Have you traveled to the Archives before but found the experience to be bewildering and unproductive? The Heritage Research Center (HRC) of the High Point Library and the Guilford County Genealogical Society will sponsor a guided field trip to the Archives next May. Ten customers of the HRC and ten members of GCGS will be matched with experienced guides. The guides will not perform research for their advisees, but they will in advance help them develop a research plan and steer them in the right direction on the day of the trip. We will charter a bus leaving from the High Point Library parking lot and return there late in the afternoon or early evening. Each participant will be responsible for making his/her own lunch arrangements. Preregistrants should plan to participate in a preparatory workshop (see January 26th above) and/or schedule an appointment with HRC staff or an advisor to discuss the research they will perform on the field trip in advance. Planning is not complete as of August 2014. The dates of the registration window and exact travel expenses will be announced by January of 2015.
  • 15 June 2015, 6:30 to 7:45 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC - "Land Platting: Techniques for Mapping Ancestral Landscapes". This is the third installment of the Heritage Research Center's land research series. Scott Wesson will share his insights into the complexities and revelations associated with platting ancestral properties. He will demonstrated the techniques used to create the plats and share strategies for overcoming the challenges posed by metes and bounds descriptions. No preregistration is required.

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