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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:

  • 17 May 2014 - Once again we are fortunate to have author Stewart Dunaway as our speaker. Stewart will talk with us about the "History of Road, Bridge, Mill, Tavern, and Ferry Laws in NC." He will discuss the laws established by England in order to develop transportation infrastructure in the Colonies. As the colony grew, the laws were modified to accept new transportation demands. Stewart has written numerous books including Ashe County, N.C. - Road, Bridge, and Mill Records (1827-1916); Beginners Guide to Grist Mills in North Carolina; Orange County, NC - Mill Records (1782-1859); Lord John Carteret, Earl Granville and the Granville grants in N.C.: a history, and many more. (POSTPONED FROM FEBRUARY}
  • 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 - Topic to be announced.
  • 15 November 2014 - Vann Evans of the N.C. State Archives will be the speaker. Topic to be announced.

Other Genealogical Events of Interest:
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  • 25 April 2014 (continued 16 May 2014)- High Point Library's Spring Heritage Book Club: Family Trees Friday mornings, Apr 25th and May 16th, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Third Floor Book Lovers' Room, High Point Library They will be reading Francois Weil's Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America. This recent book discusses why Americans have investigated their families from the colonial period to the present day. What social purposes did the study of family history serve different generations of Americans? What has led to the rapid increase in interest over the last four decades? Contact Larry Cates before April 15th if you would like to join the club and obtain a book. 883-3637 or
  • 28 April 2014 - The Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library 6:30-7:45 pm in the Morgan Community Room, 1st Floor High Point Public Library. "Follow the Land, Find the Lineage" - Larry Cates presents this program on the use of land records in genealogy, focusing on various American land-related sources including state and federal land grants, title deeds, deeds of trust, and land litigation. He explores how land was conveyed and how and when these instruments were recorded. He explores the implications of various land record categories for genealogists. No pre-registration required. For further information, contact the library at (336) 883-3637.
  • 3 May 2014, 11 am to 12:30 pm - Register for the workshop, "Preserving Your Memories," Saturday, March 8th, at the High Point Museum, 1859 East Lexington Drive, High Point. Spend the morning with the experts at Interwoven Heritage Services as they share ways to preserve your textiles, photos, documents and other artifacts and the best methods for producing your personal biography or family history. The folks from Interwoven are not coming to sell their services, but to offer tips about preserving your heirlooms and memories. The expense of retaining them has been generously contributed by the Friends of the High Point Public Library; so this workshop is free, but you must pre-register at 883-3637 or in order to plan refreshments and handouts.
  • 6 May 2014 - Forsyth County Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium of the Main Forsyth County Library at 660 West 5th Street in Winston-Salem, NC. James E. Gist will present a program on "African American Genealogy Roadblocks". James E. Gist is a Winston-Salem native. He is retired from the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin Aerospace. His interest in genealogy began almost 30 years ago when he found an old family Bible and wanted to "fill in the blanks" with his grandmother's help. His family database has grown to over 2400 names. He is looked to as a family historian by the Gists of Chester County, SC. He recently developed and presented a class in African American Genealogy at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, where he is chair of the Computer Lab Ministry. Note that if the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools have been closed on the meeting date owing to weather, the Society does not meet. Meetings are free and open to the public.
  • 7 - 10 May 2014 - The National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. For genealogists of all skill levels, the program will feature ten tracks per day covering a broad array of topics including records for Virginia and its neighboring states; migration into and out of the region; military records; state and federal records; ethnic groups including African Americans, Germans, Irish, and Ulster-Scots; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research. Click here for registration information and a link to the Conference Brochure.
  • 19 May 2014 - The Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library 6:30-7:30 pm in the Morgan Community Room, 1st Floor High Point Public Library. "Using FamilySearch and your Local Family History Center" - Michele Doyle of the Greensboro Family History Center of the LDS Church will provide an introduction to using the free FamilySearch website, with its virtual smorgasbord of genealogical records on-line. She will also explain how to use your local Family History Center (in Greensboro, High Point, or Winston-Salem) to get access to remote genealogical sources on microfilm for a small fee while minimizing travel expenses and saving time. No pre-registration required. For further information, contact the library at (336) 883-3637.
  • 26 July 2014 - The North Carolina Genealogical Society Regional Workshop in Fletcher, NC. The workshop will be co-sponsored by the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society. The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG. Look for details in the registration flyer to be posted on the NCGS website and in the NCGS News.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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