Beaufort County Genealogical Society
President – Ann Basnight
Vice-President – Terria Baynor
Treasurer – Louise Cowell
Corresponding Secretary – Mary Disharoon
Recording Secretary – Vernetta Lange
The Beaufort County Genealogical Society met on 5-7-02 in Brown Library. At 7:00 pm President Ann Basnight welcomed 22 members and guests.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and accepted as read. The treasurer’s report was given.
Mary Disharoon presented several newsletters and journals. Of interest was a newspaper clipping reporting that Pitt Family Researchers recently held a successful workshop. Old photos were taken in, digitally reproduced and placed on discs for retention in Pitt Researcher’s Archives. She suggested we might consider doing something similar for BCGS.
OLD BUSINESS: Ann mentioned the van trip to Archives was enjoyed by all and we plan tentatively to make another trip in the fall around October. Terria Baynor mentioned another cut in funding is expected this summer and Archives will be affected accordingly in terms of personnel and hours of operation.
Ann reminded us of the NCGS Western Regional Summer Workshop to be held in Salisbury, NC 8/3/02 and will feature J. Mark Lowe from Tennessee. Registration forms were available and some placed in the History Room.
She also reminded us of the State Annual Meeting in Raleigh, November 8 and 9. Jeffery Haines and John Colletta will be speakers. One of the subjects to be discussed is “Bringing Alive Your Family History”. Brochures for registration will be available soon.
NEW BUSINESS: The proposal to suspend meeting during July and August was discussed. Evelyn Cutler motioned, Zelma Singleton seconded and members voted to suspend those meetings. We will, however, meet in June.
Ann mentioned the Board of Directors suggested we make short trips for research from time to time to Joyner Library at ECU; Sheppard Library in Greenville; New Bern where Victor Jones, BCGS member is the Genealogy Librarian: the LDS Library and perhaps a visit to Beaufort County Court House on a evening can be arranged. On these trips we wouldn’t need to rent a van, we could car pool. All members agreed it is a good idea.
She said the Fall joint Beaufort-Hyde meeting will likely be held on October 19 or 26. The speaker will be Frank Ainsley, History Professor at UNC Wilmington who’ll speak on old maps and migration patterns.
Ann suggested as a future program for those interested, we could form small groups in the History Room to familiarize ourselves with some of the genealogical programs on the internet. She and Terria will bring lists of web sites they have found useful and dependable to the next meeting.
SHARE TIME: Virginia Credle mentioned there were seven Rose Bay area men who entered WW II. She collected pertinent biographical information on each one and sent it to Roy Clark for inclusion in the Hyde County History Book.
John Oden commented that some Hyde County discharge papers are recorded in Beaufort County. At the time, getting the discharge recorded was the important thing to do, with less attention given to the county in which it was recorded. If you can’t locate a discharge recorded in the service man’s native county, check the surrounding counties.
Evelyn said she’s had success ordering information from the Archives on the internet. Log on to www.ncgov.com then go to Cultural Resources for additional information and instructions.
She’s also looking for information on Disciples of Christ Church which had been limited. John advised her to visit Barton College. The library has all of C.C. Ware’s publications. In 1961 he published a book on Disciples of Christ in Beaufort, Pitt, Washington and Hyde County. She should ask for the Discipliana Collection.
Rose Andrew and Terria expressed appreciation for the trip to Archives. Rose has followed up on information she learned and should have a definitive answer to her research query by next meeting.
Louise Cowell has hit a dead end in her research on Ephaim Simpkins. Anybody out there??
Florine Fletcher was attending for the first time. She is researching Davis, Fletcher, Smith and Link. Jackson Potter Paul was visiting from Winston-Salem. He’s researching Waters, Potter, Smith and Keech.
John motioned, Evelyn seconded to adjourn at 8:00 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Vernetta Lange – Recording Secretary
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