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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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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. Marcellaus Joiner 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.
  • 3 March 2015 - Forsyth County Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at at the Reynolda Branch Library Auditorium, 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC at 6:30 PM. The guest speaker will be Dr. Nelson A. L. Weller. The subject is titled, "Warts and All". This will explore how to handle sensitive issues and deep dark secrets when we find them in our family's history. He will offer some thoughts and some suggestions. Dr. Weller is an experienced presenter, having been both leader and speaker at multiple workshops. Meetings are free and open to the public. Note that the Society does not meet if the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools have been closed due to weather.
  • 13 March 2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS)will present a live Webinar How Old Was He? with Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist. For more information and to view see the NCGS website here.
  • 14 March 2015 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - Family Discovery Day at the Greensboro Family History Center on 3719 Pinetop Road in Greensboro (near Bryan Boulevard). A variety of free classes will be offered ranging from how to use FamilySearch, to lineage society membership, to Native American and African American research, along with a video track of 2015 RootsTech classes. For more information click here.
  • 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." Sessions to be presented by Maureen Taylor: Photo Detecting 101: Identifying Family Photographs; Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs; Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing; Photo Organizing Practices. Also lunchtime sessions will be presented by the Archives personnel. Space is limited. Please register early. For more information about the workshop and to register, visit the workshop website.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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