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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. Non-members are always welcome to attend these free programs.
In case of bad weather see our Inclement Weather Notice on our home page.

Scheduled GCGS Meetings:

  • 20 February 2016 - Ginger Smith will discuss with us the types of DNA tests available and how to choose which test to use. Ginger is a genetic genealogist who specializes in genealogical research in North Carolina and Virginia and using DNA testing to learn more about your family history. She has extensive experience in North Carolina and Virginia records and is a DNA consultant to adoptees and people interested in using DNA to break down their brick walls or learn more about their family history. Ginger is also a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).
  • 19 March 2016 - Larry Cates will do an introduction to the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library.
  • 16 April 2016 - David McCorkle will present a program on how to locate and understand North Carolina Land Grants. He has many deep North Carolina roots dating back to Colonial times, especially in the areas of Mecklenburg and Anson counties that are now Union County. He has a website at
  • 21 May 2016 - Peggy Johnson will present "My Name is Elizabeth: The Story of a War Mother, 1861-1863."

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  • 3-6 February 2016 - The 2016 Rootstech Conference will be held in Salt Lake City. Over two hundred lectures will be featured suitable to all ages and skill levels. Rootstech is the largest family history conference in the world with a special emphasis on technology issues. A group of the lectures are streamed for free public consumption. See the website
  • 6 February 2016 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) will conduct its 17th Annual Workshop. There is no admission cost for the Workshop, which will be at Greensboro Central Library (downtown), 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC. The purpose of the Workshop is to help individuals trace their family history. The guest speaker will be Diane L. Richard, President of Mosaic Research and Project Management, Raleigh, NC. Topics: Freedmen's Bureau Records, Researching Your Family Tree, My DNA: 23andMe, and Plantation Research. Genealogical materials and displays will be part of the workshop. For information concerning the workshop, please call 336.547.0178. Click here for flyer.
  • 7 February 2016, 3:00 to 4:30 pm, 1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. Marcellaus Joiner will present "Intro to African American Genealogy". This class covers the basic steps for getting started on the journey to reconnect with your rich black heritage. No preregistration required.
  • 22 February 2016 - Archive preparation course at High Point Public Library. The North Carolina State Archives collections are vital to any genealogical or local history research in the state. Most older records from all 100 counties have been gathered there in one place. This class is designed to acquaint you with how archival records are organized, how you should approach them with your research questions, and what rules and procedures apply to archives use. You'll also receive a visual orientation to the Search Room and the larger Department of Cultural Resources facility. The class is intended to prepare participants for our June 8th Field Trip to the North Carolina Archives, but everyone is welcome to attend. See 8 June below for details.
  • 29-30 April 2016 - The Virginia Genealogical Society will hold its Spring Conference, "The Library of Virginia: Resources and Strategies," at the Library on 800 East Broad Street in Richmond. Sharon Hodges will guide participants through the resources of this amazing repository, including newspaper databases, probate materials, militia records, African-American narratives, the LVA website, and the Annex Reading Room. A walking tour of the Library is included. See the Virginia Genealogical Society website for further details.
  • 4-7 May 2016 - National Genealogical Society Family History Conference will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. This gathering has been dubbed, "Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time." Registration opens December 1, 2015, at the NGS website.
  • 8 June 2016, High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC. The Heritage Center at the High Point Library has established a schedule for their second Field Trip to the North Carolina State Archives on 8 June 2016 (a Wednesday). Again this year, the event will be a chance for people who have trouble getting to the Archives or who need help planning a research trip and advice the day of to be partnered with a mentor. The cost is $35 per person, payable within three weeks of being selected, either by check or cash made out to the Friends of the High Point Public Library. Those funds will cover our transportation. The bus will leave from and return to the High Point Public Library parking lot. They will accept applications for twenty slots all during the month of February (Feb 1 to Feb 29) and decisions and mentor assignments will be made by mid-March. The applications (about seven or eight questions) are merely intended to ensure that every person going has significant experience with researching locally (the Archives is not a place to begin your research) and has questions that can be answered (potentially) at the Archives. They also help match you to your mentor. Another introductory class concerning the Archives will be held on Monday night, February 22, at the High Point Public Library. For all the details, see the attached application which you can either mail or scan and return as an attachment to e-mail during the month of February. Apply early in February, because after the first qualifications mentioned above are satisfied, the criterion is first-come, first-served. There will also be a waiting list. Folks on the waiting list last year had a good chance of being selected. Several were tapped later. The application gives full details. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact or call (883-3637).
  • 10 - 13 May 2017 - STOP THE PRESS! HOLD THE PHONE! The National Genealogical Society Conference is coming to Raleigh in 2017. Stay tuned here and to the NGS website.

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