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Wednesday, April 8
Monthly Meeting - Using Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
7:30 pm
It's great to find the exact location or at least general area where you ancestors lived on a modern map, but that alone is only part of the story.    Please join us ONLINE on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:00PM to hear Olde Mecklenburg board member David McCorkle present Using Maps and Mapping Tools in Genealogy.  In addition to helping find your ancestor's home, maps can provide clues to questions like where to find county and state records, who were their neighbors, what migration routes they used, why they might have settled in that area, what church they attended, where they are buried, what newspapers to search, and much more.  David will discuss the many historical and modern maps available online, where to find them, and how to use them.  He will also discuss and demonstrate various mapping tools that allow you to combine different types of maps and data to help with your research.
Speaker Biography: 
David McCorkle is a native of North Carolina who grew up in Charlotte, and has deep NC roots on many ancestral lines.  His McCorkle ancestors first settled in Mecklenburg County in 1767.  He created and maintains the free website which contains data and images for over 200,000 NC land grants issued from 1663 to 1960.  He has given lectures and webinars to national, state, and local audiences.  He is President of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society, and is on the board of several other county societies.
Accessing the Meeting: 
We will be using the popular Zoom software which runs on PCs and Macs, as well as mobile devices like tablets.  It will be free for you to use.  This meeting will be conducted like a webinar as opposed to an interactive meeting, so you do not need a microphone or video camera - just speakers and a screen.
We encourage you to test your device prior to the meeting to make sure the Zoom software works properly.  To do this, go to and click [Join].
Due to technical limitations along with this being our first attempt, we are restricting this meeting to those with active or recently expired memberships.  We will email detailed instructions including the meeting link on the day of the meeting.

Wednesday, May 13
Monthly Meeting - Medieval English Genealogy, Part II  (Monthly Meeting)
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 Gerald Montagna returns to fill out the remainder of his study of English life from medieval times. At our October 2019 meeting, he focused on the upper class nobility and its structure. This new presentation will describe the common folks who lived during that period, including their legal business and many other condititions pertinent to understanding records from that time.
The meeting will occur in electonic format. We will provide details closer to the date which will allow you to access this fascinating collection of slides and useful genealogical information.

Wednesday, May 20 through Saturday, May 23
Echoes of Our Ancestors - 2020 National Family History Conference  (Conferences)
Salt Lake City

Learn new strategies, resources, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills at the NGS 2020 Family History Conference.

Saturday, June 20
Beyond The Barriers, Sponsored by Olde Buncombe County Genealogical Society  (Workshops)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Reuter Center, UNC Asheville Campus
Presenter Dr. Thomas W. Jones, a board-certified genealogist, award-winning writer & recipient of awards from genealogical organizations, will offer 4 sessions designed to help both beginning & experienced researchers find paths around research barriers.
Topics include   1) “Building a Credible Lineage, Despite Missing information, Conflicting and Incorrect Records and Undocumented Publication,”  2) ”Finding ‘Unfindable’ Ancestors,” 3) “The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames,” and 4) “Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls.”
Registration information will be available in late March on Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society website,

Wednesday, October 14 through Monday, October 17, 2929
AAHGS Annual Conference  (Conferences)
Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA
The AAHGS Annual Conference is the largest international African American conference that promotes African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by bringing together subject matter experts who promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories.
In addition to attending sessions on many relevant topics, you may also explore intergenerational learning experiences on Family Day, take tours of local historical sites, and join in special dinners, recognition ceremonies, and other special events. Go to for more information and registration.