Scheduled GCGS Meetings:
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.
17 January 2015 - Jeff Thigpen, Guilford County Register of Deeds, will talk with us about researching in the Register of Deed Office and website.
Other Genealogical Events of Interest:
21 March 2015 - Larry Cates, High Point Public Library, will talk with us about "Research at the North Carolina State Archives: Making 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 talk is designed to help anyone who needs to perform research at the Archives feel more comfortable and prepared. It will also help those going on our May 7th Field Trip.
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6 January 2015 - Forsyth County Genealogical Society Social at 6:30 PM, program at 7:00. The meeting will be held at the Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106. The program, "Techniques for Mapping Ancestral Landscapes", will be presented by Scott Wesson. Scott will be demonstrating techniques used for platting early grants & deeds while sharing insights into the complexities & revelations associated with studying ancestral properties. The program focuses on creating finished drawings by hand, not using computer programs. Free and open to the public. [If W-S/Forsyth Co. schools are closed owing to weather, the Society will not meet.]
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.
21 March 2015 - North Carolina Genealogical Society and The Friends of the North Carolina State Archives will present a one-day workshop in Raleigh featuring Maureen Taylor, "The Photo Detective." Maureen will teach us how to "read" clues in those old photographs and offer tips on how to keep our old and new photos organized. Program details will be available in future issues of the NCGS News and on the NCGS website as they become available.
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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Summer 2015 - NCGS Regional Workshop, co-sponsored by the Forsyth County Genealogical Society, will present Digging Deeper Into Your Family History, featuring Dr. Michael D. Lacopo. The workshop will be held in Winston-Salem. Watch for program details in future issues of the NCGS News and on the NCGS website.