The Lost Grandmother: atDNA and a 19th-Century Family History Mystery 

Monday, 6 June 2022  7:30 to 9 pm EST 

GCGS presents Larry Cates, a family history librarian at High Point (N.C.) Public Library and editor of the Guilford Genealogist, as he walks you through how he identified the parents of a woman born in North Carolina but married in Virginia and who died before death records were kept. There were no obvious conventional clues to her parents’ identity. This 19th-century case yielded its secrets with moderate effort using the DNA results of the lady’s great-great granddaughter. In this case, documentary evidence was later found to substantiate the findings. You can achieve similar results using the same method. 

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Process for research of Guilford County residents Samuel & Edward Taylor, Allen Stack b.1805, and Elliot Dixon b.1803

In the years before 1850, it can be difficult to draw conclusions about ancestors, particularly those who had little property or who fell upon hard times. Larry Cates, editor of GCGS, will offer three case studies drawn from this period. These will emphasize the process of gathering and analyzing evidence, then drawing conclusions, even when evidence is ambiguous. Two of the three queries were submitted last year by GCGS members. Larry will then take your questions via Zoom.

Larry W. Cates is a native of North Carolina who began family research in 1989 after his first year in college. He has been a local history librarian at the High Point Public Library for nearly 14 years. He has edited several genealogical publications including the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal and the Guilford Genealogist, compiled books of abstracts, and written numerous genealogical studies. He is a past recipient of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship from the National Genealogical Society.

Larry has several interesting YouTube videos with a link on High Point Library’s Genealogy webpage.

Hughes Map 1790 Guilford County

For over thirty-five years Guilford County Genealogical Society’s members have been collecting and organizing our county’s ancestral history. Most of their papers are in our journal “The Guilford Genealogist” and are in our published books. We have been fortunate having excellent editors including today’s editor Larry Cates, 2017 recipient of the National Genealogical Society Filby Award. This year Larry is organizing and digitizing Guilford County court records for our membership Journals.  Some of Larry’s books are on covering North Carolina and South Carolina.

Our genealogical society is an all-volunteer society with dedicated members who believe in research and preservation of our genealogical history. We hope you find some useful information in your search for your heritage. We welcome you to join our society in our work preserving our ancestral records and our search for new ways to improve our research knowledge.

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