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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:

  • NOT A MEMBERSHIP MEETING. REGISTRATION FOR THE TRIP IS FULL. 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. See the full announcement in the "Other Genealogical Events of Interest" section below.
  • 16 May 2015 - Asheboro native Mac Whatley, will give us a Tour of Randolph County's Civil War Past. Mr. Whatley is a local historian, attorney, author, and blogger.
  • June, July and August - no meetings
  • 19 Sept 2015 - A representative from the LDS Family History Center in Greensboro will tell us how the Center can be used to advance our genealogical research.

Other Genealogical Events of Interest:
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  • 2 May 2015 - Palatines to America, North Carolina Chapter, Spring Seminar will be at Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Speaker Dr. Gary Freeze: "There are a few Obstructionists About: Looking for Pro-German Sentiment in North Carolina 1914-1919." Additional speaker Pat Beck. First talk will be at the Organ Lutheran Church; the next two talks will be at the nearby Grace Lower Stone Church . Tours of both will be available, plus a tour of the Bonds/Ward farm house. Fee including full catered meal: members $20; member couples $30; non-members $30. Raffle for door prizes. Click here for the agenda and registration form. For further information, please contact: Pat Beck,
  • 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.
  • 13-16 May 2015 - The National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2015 Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri. More information is available at on the conference website. Topics include records that highlight research in Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; and ethnic and religious groups including African Americans, Czech, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish. Also covered is methodology, analysis, and problem solving; the use of DNA testing and genetic genealogy; the use of technology including mobile devices for genealogy, and websites useful in genealogical research.
  • 14 May 2015 - 11:00 AM - The Greensboro Public Library Genealogy Club will meet in the Nussbaum Room located at the front of the Central Library at 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC. Ginger Smith will discuss the types of DNA tests that are commercially available, how to choose a test based on what your goals and expectations are, and how the various tests can satisfy your genealogical needs. She will then present a case study illustrating how DNA testing can be used to break down your brick walls and answer your research question. Handouts will be provided. Ginger is a Senior Scientist at North Carolina Central University with a BS in Biology and an MLS in Library Sciences. If you park in the deck, take your ticket inside with you where you can have it stamped it for free parking. For further information contact Arthur Erickson, Genealogy Librarian, at or 336-574-4099.
  • 15 May 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT - The North Carolina Genealogical Society will present a live webinar with Katherine D. Benbow, BS, MSW, LCSW "DNA Testing: The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research". Free viewing period of recorded webinar: 5-7 June 2015. Beginning 8 June the webinar will be available only to North Carolina Genealogical Society members. For registration information, go to
  • 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.
  • 20 June 2015 - North Carolina Genealogical Society 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 at the Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem, NC 2710. Registration will begin at 9:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Michael Lacopo: 1. "Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the Evidence." 2. "More than the Census: Our Families Did Exist Between Those 10-Year Intervals." 3. "Incorporating Social History Into Your Research." 4. "She Came From Nowhere" - A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogy Problem. For further information see the the NCGS website at Space is limited. Please register early.
  • 7-9 August 2015 - Clapp Family Reunion - More information to come.
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  • 3 October 2015 - The 2015 Scotland County Highland Games will be held Saturday, October 3rd on the grounds of the John Blue Home and Historical Complex in Laurinburg, NC. This site contains the John Blue Home and several other historic Scottish-American homesteads. For more information see
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  • 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.

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