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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:

  • 21 May 2016 - Mike Williams will entertain us with a talk about "The History of Embalming: Civil War" while dressed in period costume. His knowledge of the era is encyclopedic, so you won't want to miss this special presentation. Peggy Johnson, who was originally scheduled to fill this slot, has been prevented from joining us. We have provisionally rescheduled “My Name is Elizabeth” for 19 November.

    June, July and August - no meetings

  • 17 September 2016 Tim Rackley "Case Studies: Batchelor, Hendrcks, & Joyner Families"
  • 15 October 2016 - Marti Friddle "DAR Documentation: Solving Roadblocks"
  • 19 November 2016 - Peggy Johnson will perform "My Name's Elizabeth: The Story of a War Mother, 1861-1863." Peggy, dressed in period costume, becomes her ancestor, Elizabeth, and tells her captivating story based upon letters from those years. She comes to us highly recommended, so you won't want to miss a dynamic performance.

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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. This gathering has been dubbed, "Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time." Registration opened December 1, 2015, at the NGS website.
  • 9 - 15 May 2016: Visit High Point, NC, to immerse yourself in historic architecture, art, garden tours, concerts, culinary adventures, historic preservation symposiums, and once-in-a-lifetime access to private destinations. You are invited to participate in the living history of North Carolina, one of America's original thirteen colonies, and the first with an English settlement. For information and event calendar click here.
  • 21 May 2016: The North Carolina Genealogical Society Spring Workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 4 pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church Friends and Family Hall, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill. Patti Hobbs CG will present "Genes & Genealogy: DNA Testing Basics" with sessions on Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA and Autosomal DNA. The cost is $42 for NCGS and Durham Orange Genealogical Society members and $52 for non-members (lunch included). See the NCGS website for more details.
  • 20 May 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT - New NCGS Webinar by Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA "Finding Women: Maiden Name Not Known". Learning the maiden name of a wife can be one of the more difficult tasks in genealogical research. It is clear that women can be hard to find - at least more difficult than finding the husbands. When a maiden name is hard to find you may have to learn it through the records of the men in her life. The males in a woman's life may be her father, her grandfather, her husband, her brother, her son, and her son-in-law. They could be her ex-husband, her father-in-law, her brother-in-law, and so many others. Registration is required. For more information and to register, go to the North Carolina Genealogical Society web site.
  • 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. 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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