NGS Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship & Service Awards Announced at Raleigh NC Conference

Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service Honored by National Genealogical Society Awards

ARLINGTON, VA, 12 MAY 2017 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) held its annual banquet on Friday evening, 12 May, at the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, to present awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service. The banquet speaker, Stuart Watson, spoke on the topic “Who is Family.” Each year, these awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have performed outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.

National Genealogy Hall of Fame
Beginning in 1986, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame program, administered by the National Genealogical Society, has honored outstanding genealogists whose achievements in the field of American genealogy have had a great impact on our field. Qualified nominations are solicited annually from genealogical organizations. Those nominated must have been deceased for at least five years and have been actively engaged in genealogy for a minimum of ten years. Their contributions to the field of genealogy in this country need to have been significant in a way that was unique, pioneering, or exemplary. Such contributions could have been as an author of books or articles that added significantly to the body of published works, served as a model of genealogical research or writing, or made source records more readily available. Nominees could also have been a teacher or lecturer, or contributed to the field through leadership in a genealogical organization or periodical. Entries are judged by a panel of genealogists from various parts of the United States.

This year, Peter Stebbins Craig, whose nomination was made by the American Society of Genealogists and the Swedish Colonial Society, was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. Peter Stebbins Craig, a devoted historian and relentless genealogist, specialized in publishing genealogies of the first European settlers of southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. This settlement, better known as New Sweden, began in 1638 along both sides of the Delaware River. Craig was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 30 September 1928 and died in Washington, D.C., on 26 November 2009. His pioneering research and significant publications on the early Swedish settlers in the Delaware Valley earned him fellowships from both the American Society of Genealogists and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania in 1991. In recognition of his contributions to Swedish history, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden bestowed on him the title of Knight First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2002. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 by the Swedish Colonial Society in Philadelphia.

He was the founder of the journal Swedish Colonial News, published by the Swedish Colonial Society. There he published dozens of his articles on Swedish and Finnish families in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He served as both historian and genealogist for the Society. He also chaired the publication committee that initiated the Gloria Dei Church records series titled Colonial Records of the Swedish Churches in Pennsylvania. Now in six volumes, this indispensable reference work details the church records for the years 1646-1768. He left his extensive research collection including books and monographs to the Society. They are adding his research, “The Craig Collection,” to the Society’s website.

As contributing editor for the Swedish American Genealogist, he published numerous articles. Especially notable are his “New Sweden Settlers,” an eight-part series that ran from 1996 to 1999, and “The 1693 Census of Swedes on the Delaware,” a series published 1989 to 1991.

Peter Craig received his BA from Oberlin College in 1950 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1953. Prior to his career in genealogy, he was a lawyer specializing in railway law in various private and government positions. He served on the boards of the Swedish Colonial Society and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and often lectured on the “Antient Swedes.”

This year’s nomination was submitted by the American Society of Genealogists with supporting recognition by the Swedish Colonial Society and the editor of the Swedish American Genealogist.

The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism
The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism recognizes a volunteer whose generosity of spirit and time has greatly benefited the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical community in general over a period of years. Ruth J. Turner of Vienna, Virginia, was this year’s award recipient.

Ruth J. Turner has been a very active member of the National Genealogical Society, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Library Association for many years. She managed the NGS book store at Glebe House and would often stuff conference envelopes and assist with other projects at NGS headquarters. She has also served on the board of the Fairfax Genealogical Society in a number of positions, including the records chair, and selected and purchased books for the Fairfax County Library’s genealogy collection.

Turner has assisted with the Fairfax Society’s annual conference and annual fall fair, assisting with registration and other duties. For many years, she was active in the Virginia Library Association and served as registration chair for their annual conference.

The Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes dedication to the work of the National Genealogical Society. Recipients must have been a member of the society for at least one year. This award may be presented to an individual more than one time.

In recognition of her efforts on behalf of the National Genealogical Society, the Board of Directors has awarded Sharon L. McKinnis of Temple Hills, Maryland, its Distinguished Service Award. McKinnis took over the Member Ancestor Charts scanning project in December 2010. In the first six months, she scanned more than 8,400 charts. She has continued to work at least ten hours a week since taking over the project and completed the project in April 2017. As a result of her efforts, all 58,614 MAC charts in the NGS collection have been indexed and uploaded to the member only portion of the website and are available for research by NGS members.

Note: NGS is not able to accept additional ancestor charts.

The second recipient of the NGS Distinguished Service Award is Jane Van Tour of Redondo Beach, California. At the 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Van Tour observed how busy the staff was at the conference and offered to help. At every conference since she has assisted in the registration booth whenever she was needed. She has reprinted badges, stuffed conference bags, helped attendees with directions, helped with technology issues, and many other jobs, often with a funny story and always with a smile.

National Genealogical Society Past President, Jordan Jones, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was awarded the NGS Past President’s pin for his service as president from 2012-2016.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly’s Award for Excellence
The NGSQ Award for Excellence is presented for an outstanding article published in the NGSQ in the previous calendar year. For 2016, the editors have chosen Rafael Arriaga, a Mexican Father in Michigan: Autosomal DNA Helps Identify Paternity by Karen Stanbary, CGSM of Chicago, Illinois, published in the June 2016 issue of the NGSQ.

Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
This year’s recipient was Aaron Goodwin of New York, New York. The title of his entry was New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians. This award is for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a book, an article, or a series of articles that discuss genealogical methods and sources that serves to foster scholarship and/or advances or promotes excellence in genealogy.

Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book
This year’s recipient was Karen V. Sipe, of Seattle, Washington. The title of her entry was A History of the Youtsey Family in America. This award is for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book published in the past five years. Entries serve to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advance or promote excellence in genealogy.

The President’s Citation
The President’s Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the society. This year, the President’s Citation honors Charles “Chuck” S. Mason Jr. of Virginia who has given generously of his time and talents to benefit the genealogical community by acting as Chairperson for the NGS Awards and Benefits for a number of years.

Senior Rubincam Youth Award
Ryan Patrick Day of Burlington, New Jersey, was the winner of this year’s Senior Rubincam Youth Award (for students in grades 10–12 or between the ages of 16 and 18). The title of his entry was The Day/Richmond Family History Five Generations. The Senior Rubincam Award was established in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to NGS and to the field of genealogy. The award encourages and recognizes our youth as the next generation of family historians.

Junior Rubincam Youth Award
Katie Cowart of Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania, won this year’s Junior Rubincam Youth Award (for students in grades 7–9 or between the ages of 13 and 15). The title of her entry was Katherine Violet Matchie Cowart’s Biography. The Junior Rubincam Award was established in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to NGS and to the field of genealogy. The award encourages and recognizes our youth as the next generation of family historians.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

NGS Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship & Service to NGS

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

ARLINGTON, VA, 10 MAY 2017 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 10 May 2017. The Opening Session was a multi-media presentation, entitled Family History Lives Here, after which NGS President, Ben Spratling, JD, presented the following awards.

Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year’s categories and winners are:

Family Association Newsletter:

Winner: About Towne, the newsletter of the Towne Family Association, Inc., edited by Rae Russell Johnson.

Honorable Mention: The Hungerford World Tree, the newsletter of the Hungerford Family Foundation, Inc., edited by Charles C. Morgan.

County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society for societies with less than 500 members:

Winner: The Archivist, the newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, New Jersey, edited by Michelle D. Novak.

Honorable Mention: The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, the newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, edited by Patricia Mansfield Phelan.

Major Genealogical and/or Historical Society for societies with more than 500 members:

Winner: Ohio Genealogy News, the newsletter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, edited by Sunny Morton.

Honorable Mention: The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, the newsletter of the Virginia Genealogical Society, edited by Debbie Harvey.

NGS also recognized several individuals for their dedicated efforts in support of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Award of Honor
The Award of Honor was presented in recognition of dedication and sustained service in support of the conference. The recipient of the award was the North Carolina Genealogical Society, Inc., Victoria P. Young, President.

Certificates of Appreciation
Certificates of Appreciation were given to recognize the committee chairs who spent countless hours preparing for the conference. NGS is aware that there could be no conference if it were not for the volunteers’ efforts and commitment. So honored were the Local Host Chair, Victoria P. Young; Librarians’ Day Chair, Sue Kaufman; Librarians’ Day Co-Chair, Jennifer Crowder Daugherty; Registration Co-Chair, Terry Moore, CGSM, Registration Co-Chair, Maryann Tuck; Local Publicity Chair, Diane L. Richard; Local Publicity Committee, Phyllis Matthews Ziller; Vendor Support Chair, Diane L. Richard; Volunteer Co-Chair, Laurel Sanders; Volunteer Co-Chair, Sharon Gable, CG; Local Event Chair, Heather Whann Choplin; Hospitality Chair, Lisa Lisson; and National Publicity Chair, Terry Koch-Bostic.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

The National Genealogical Society Announces the 2017 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

The following news release is from Susan Yockey, at the National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 9 MAY 2017 — Larry W. Cates is the 2017 recipient of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. Cates, who is librarian at the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library, High Point, North Carolina, received his award and its $1,000 prize, which is underwritten by ProQuest, at the Librarians’ Day event of National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, also underwritten by ProQuest. The Filby Award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. Created in 1999 by NGS, the award has been sponsored by ProQuest and Mr. William Forsyth since 2006.

Cates has been Librarian at the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library since October 2007. During the course of his career, he has created innovative programs for family historians. In 2010, Cates co-founded the Heritage Book Club to introduce genealogists to the historical context in which their ancestors lived. He initiated a “Field Trip to Archives” program with the Guilford County Genealogical Society to mentor inexperienced researchers. He also has provided programs to local genealogical societies; served as journal editor for the Randolph County Genealogical Society and Guilford County Genealogical Society; and helped to promote their activities through his library’s mailing list and at genealogy fairs at his library.

Cates is equally dedicated to the preservation and cataloging of historical records. He has worked single-handedly to process and incorporate various private collections of papers into his library’s local history files. Cates also volunteered to create thorough scope and content descriptions for a sizeable body of manuscript and other textual materials housed at the High Point Museum. He is currently working to document High Point’s participation in the Great War, including a more complete roster of local participants, with African Americans who were omitted from High Point’s World War I monument. Over the years, Cates has published a wide variety of abstracts, transcriptions, and feature articles in various local and state-level genealogical publications.

From 2012- 2015, Cates served the North Carolina Genealogical Society as a director and editor of NCGS News, and North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Digital Library on American Slavery and serves as Clan Genealogist for the Clan MacRae Society of North America.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the John T Humphrey, CG Memorial Scholarship (NGS)

The following Press Release is from the NGS website:

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09 NOVEMBER 2016 – Nominations Now Being Accepted for the John T Humphrey, CG Memorial Scholarship (NGS)…

Deadline for Submissions—15 December Annually

Applicants are notified by e-mail of the decision of the committee by 1 April annually.

To encourage those who are pursuing a career in genealogy by demonstrating a strong and serious interest in genealogy.

In 2013, NGS renamed the Home Study Scholarship to the honor John Humphrey for his many years of service to the National Genealogical Society and to the field of genealogy.

About John T. Humphrey
This Scholarship was renamed after John T. Humphrey, CG SM to commemorate his work in the genealogical field. John’s work in early Pennsylvania and German genealogy was considered the most important and essential work in this topic. He was a frequent teacher and lecturer, sharing his expertise in workshops, institutes, and conferences for genealogical learning as well as serving on many society boards. John served as a director of the NGS Learning Center and also as the NGS Education Director managing online and home study courses.
Award

The winning application receives a scholarship to pay for the current NGS American Genealogical Studies series. The scholarship covers the cost of three online courses (The Basics, Guide to Documentation and Source Citation and Beyond the Basics).

These courses are cloud based so you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access to the course material. Please refer to the system requirements on the American Genealogical Studies.

Each course within American Genealogical Studies is designed for independent learning.

The Basics provides a solid foundation in genealogy while the Guide to Documentation and Source Citation helps genealogists understand the principles of citation for common sources. Beyond the Basics, one uses additional genealogical records, reinforces source documentation, writing reports, receiving comments from experienced genealogists while helping you expand your research possibilities.

Note: While the American Genealogical Studies series helps students learn about methods, skills, and standards for genealogy, NGS is not an accrediting body. So no formal genealogical credential or accreditation is conveyed upon successful completion.

The award will be in the form of a credit towards online courses offered by the National Genealogical Society, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. There is no cash award associated with this scholarship.

General Guidelines for the Awards

· It is open to applicants who are member of NGS and have been for a minimum of two years.
· All persons worldwide are eligible to apply
· The application is in English.
· It becomes the property of NGS.
o Receives no further comments on personal improvement.
o Is not returned.
o Is destroyed after the competition.
o It is not eligible for later resubmission.

· Awardees are allowed the following time limit per course.
o The Basics for six months from date of registration
o Guide to Documentation and Source Citation for six months from date of registration
o Beyond the Basics for twelve months from date of registration

· There is no monetary award for unused portions of the courses

Not eligible are: individuals who were previously enrolled in the NGS Home Study Course, received a certificate of completion from the NGS Home Study Course, or hold a genealogical credential from either The Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) or International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).

Submission Requirements

The application consists of the word document which you can complete online and an essay. Please use the essay to describe
o the type of career they intend to pursue in genealogy;
o why they plan to pursue that career path in genealogy;
o the extent of their current research experience; and
o how the NGS American Genealogical Studies series will aid in their career development.

Results
The NGS Scholarship Committee reviews all applications. Notification of the award is made annually by 1 April and announced at the annual NGS Family History Conference.

Application for John T. Humphrey, CG SM Scholarship
o Application Form (PDF 145KB)
o An essay of 500–1,000 words explaining why completing the Home Study Course would be a valuable educational experience
o e-mail the completed application (form and essay) to: awards@ngsgenealogy.org include “John T. Humphrey Memorial Scholarship” in the subject line of your message.

Questions? Contact the NGS Awards Chair at awards@ngsgenealogy.org.

National Genealogical Society Welcomes Deb Cyprych as New Editor of NGS Magazine

The following was received from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 7 November 2016 —T he National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deb Cyprych as editor of NGS Magazine. Cyprych comes to NGS with a wealth of experience as an award-winning editor and as a seasoned professional genealogist.

NGS Magazine—a quarterly print and digital publication—updates members on NGS activities and provides genealogists with specific information and guidance on conducting effective genealogical research. Articles feature genealogical records, collections, and repositories; research techniques and methodologies; databases; case studies; and genealogical problem-solving techniques. Regular columns discuss National Archives records, technology, genetic genealogy, and reference topics.

During her twenty years of editing genealogical periodicals, Cyprych has won several awards, including three from NGS, for her work as editor of The Tracer, a journal published by the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, and as co-editor of the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Ohio Genealogy News. She has written numerous articles on genealogical resources, is the author of an award-winning family history book, and served as the chair of the NGS Blog Committee for the Society’s 2012 Family History Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“It’s an honor to be selected as editor of NGS Magazine,” Cyprych said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to use my passion for genealogy and my editing experience to solicit articles from expert authors and collaborate with them for the benefit of our readers. I welcome submission of articles that appeal to a variety of interests and skill levels while delivering content useful to all.”

Cyprych has been a professional genealogist since 2002. Her specialty areas include researching Cincinnati families and German families in any locale and timeframe; conducting lineage society research, providing documentation, and writing proof arguments; and combining social history with genealogical facts to create engaging family history narratives. She has studied at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and has attended numerous conferences hosted by NGS and other organizations. She lives in Cincinnati.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, nonprofit organization is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Exhibit Space May Now be Ordered for the NGS Conference, Raleigh, NC May 10-13 2017

I just got the following announcement from Erin at the National Genealogical Society.

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NGS invites you to exhibit at its annual Family History Conference which will be held in Raleigh, NC from 10−13 May 2017.

The benefits of exhibiting at NGS conferences are endless!

  • Dedicated exhibit hall hours when attendees are not in session
  • » Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • » Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Connect with as many as 2,000 conference attendees with a specific interest in genealogy
  • Free promotional opportunities in the conference program, conference website, mobile app, and conference blog
  • Free Wi-Fi for exhibitor and attendee use within the exhibit hall (hard wire connections are recommended for mission critical tasks)
  • One free conference registration with booth purchase
  • More than 30 hours of exhibit time in four days
  • Traffic builders in the exhibit hall, including concession and Wi-Fi areas
  • Exhibitor lounge featuring free Wi-Fi

10’x10’ exhibit booths are only $310 for a business or non-profit and $250 for a society/association. The Exhibit hall will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center. For booth availability please see the floor plan at http://goo.gl/yIQBR6.

For more information on exhibiting and to reserve a booth please visit the website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/exhibit/.

Early Bird Discount for the 2016 NGS Conference in Ft. Lauderdale Ends March 31

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 18 MARCH 2016—Register early for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and take advantage of its early bird discount. Not only will you save money, you will also be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. Your registration must be received online or postmarked by 31 March 2016. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275.

The Conference will feature more than 180 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of BCG Skillbuilding lectures and twelve lectures on genetic genealogy. Diversity is another focus of this year’s conference. Eighteen lectures discuss African-American genealogical research, five focus on Jewish genealogy, two on Cuban genealogy, and nine on women. Floridians and those with ancestors from Florida will want to consider the nine lectures that focus on Florida’s rich archival history. In addition, the conference will provide a number of lectures on European ancestors, including French, Spanish, Scandinavian, Italian, Scots-Irish, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and will run from 4-7 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations such as

  • “Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear”
  • “To the Rescue: 10 Times A Local Society has Saved My Bacon”
  • “Genetic Surprises, DNA and ’Non-paternity‘ Events”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Guest speaker David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA, will discuss what matters most to genealogists and family historians. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to the sign up as quickly as possible. The Florida State Genealogical Society Host Event, “Taste of Florida,” is $42; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Roundup
On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, many of Florida’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall Lobby from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

Local Area Tours
There’s still time to sign up for two exciting tours on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see Local Area Tours. Registration for the tours closes on 22 April 2016.

Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in Ft. Lauderdale in May!

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Managing Editor for NGS Magazine

The National Genealogical Society is looking for a Managing Editor for NGS Magazine. This looks like it will be a fun job for someone. I wish I had more free time… I’d love to edit the publication. Oh, well… The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

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Arlington, VA, 1 March 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is seeking qualified candidates for the managing editor, contractor position for NGS Magazine.

NGS Magazine is published quarterly; each issue contains informative articles that provide readers with resources and helpful direction to accomplish more effective genealogical research. Editorial is contributed by leading experts in the field. Content includes articles on records, repositories, case studies, technology, genetic genealogy, family history writing as well as book reviews.

The managing editor is responsible for the overall production and editorial content of NGS Magazine and produces four (4) issues per year during the calendar year, in February, May, August and November. Applicants should have previous experience in genealogical research, writing, editing, and publishing. Proficient knowledge of grammar and writing standards is essential. The effective date for this position is 1 July 2016. The successful candidate will be responsible for producing the November 2016 issue.

Applications must be received by 1 April 2016. For more information on the application process and the position, a full job description can be viewed at the NGS website by navigating to About NGS > Careers or visiting http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/magazinemanagingeditor.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

The following is from NGS:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 01/27/2016 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Researching Your World War I Ancestors. In this cloud-based, nine-module, self-paced course, genealogists obtain an introduction to WWI research. Modules cover topics such as “Locate and Understand Records of Units,” “Serial Numbers and Unit Identification,” and “Obtaining Copies of World War I Personnel Records.” Also included are examples, citations, references, self-graded quizzes, and a comprehensive glossary.

Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, FUGA, developed Researching Your World War I Ancestors for NGS. A nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher, he has more than thirty years’ experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

Researching Your World War I Ancestors is one of a number of cloud-based NGS courses that offers the convenience of completing a genealogy course over a period of months at any location and at any time. It is available for $45.00 for members and $70.00 for nonmembers. For further information or to purchase the course, visit NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

NGS Launches Its Newest Course – Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Course

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 9 DECEMBER, 2015— The National Genealogical Society (NGS) proudly announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA.

Autosomal DNA comprises twenty-two of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, excluding the one pair of sex chromosomes. These matched pairs of chromosomes are called autosomes and contain a comprehensive record of a person’s genetic ancestry. Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA is a seven-module, cloud-based course that focuses primarily on concepts and techniques for genetic genealogy. It also introduces the concepts covering the analysis of the data, no matter how the data is accessed or which tools are used to analyze the data.

The course was developed byDebbie Parker Wayne, cgsm, a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and full-time researcher experienced in using DNA analysis and traditional techniques for genealogical research. Her DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project that includes Y‑DNA, mtDNA, X‑DNA, and autosomal DNA studies. Her traditional genealogical research focuses on Texas, the Southwest, and the Southern U.S.

In addition to being a full-time board-certified genealogist, Wayne is a trustee for the BCG Education Fund and is the Texas State Genealogical Society’s DNA Project Chair. Her publications include a column in NGS Magazine on using DNA analysis for genealogical research. She coordinates and teaches comprehensive, interactive genetic genealogy courses on how to interpret and apply DNA test results to genealogical research at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).

Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA is available for $60.00 for members and $85.00 for nonmembers. For further information or to purchase the course, visit NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies.

NGS courses are cloud-based courses that offer you the convenience of completing a genealogy course at your own pace, at any location, at any time. The Continuing Genealogical Studies courses help you expand your knowledge of specific subjects, including:

  • Genetic Genealogy, the Basics
  • Introduction to Civil War Research
  • Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors
  • NGS American Genealogical Studies offers a comprehensive program of courses structured to help you develop essential research skills. These include:

    • The Basics
    • Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
    • Beyond the Basics

    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

    [1]“CG”, “Certified Genealogist”, “CGL”, and “Certified Genealogist Lecturer” are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and are used under license by authorized associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations. The board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

    NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina

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    “Let there be no illusions: Southern genealogy is difficult–especially in remote areas and among ‘plain folk’ who resisted paper trails as fiercely as they did meddling governments. Add to this problem a legion of burned courthouses. … In truth, evidence does often exist; it just come in forms one does not expect and is found through research methods one hopes to avoid.”

     

    This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina; written by Janice Walker Guilmore.

     

    “Many genealogists, both professional and amateur, find research in South Carolina daunting. Sometimes referred to as ‘the black hole’ of genealogical research, South Carolina does present challenges. The state suffered heavy count record losses at the close of the Civil War and the late advent of circuit districts caused many of our upcountry ancestors to forego the recording of instruments or the filing of lawsuits, crating a clear dearth of records for that area.”

    On a positive note, this guide will help you around as many obstacles as possible by providing a clear list of available resources. Each resource type is described along with specific sources and how to access those materials. For example, under the heading Land Records, you will find the following:

    “Land records are the crown jewel of genealogical resources in South Carolina–which has, arguably, the most complete set of any of the North American colonies. From the first settlers, who received headrights, to the present day, land has been plentiful and cheap; and as a result most free South Carolinians from any period created land records. There are four important types of land records…”

    In the guide, the land records description continues with more specifics on available records and where to find them. Each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available an where to find them.

    About the Series

    Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

    About the Author

    Though born raised in Oregon, Janis Walker Gilmore has lived in South Carolina for 25 years. She began working with genealogy in 1986, but got far more serious about Genealogy in 2006 when she began coursework at the National Institute for Genealogical Research, the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, and the Institute for Genealogical Research. She also earned a certificate through Boston University Genealogical Research courses.

    More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

    “Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

    “Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with teh abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

    Table of Contents

    Early History and Settlements

    • Topographical and Cultural Divisions
    • Early Government of the Colony

    Archives, Libraries, and Societies

    • South Carolina Department of Archives and History
    • South Carolina Library, University of South Carolina
    • South Carolina Historical Society
    • Other Respositories
    • State and Local Genealogical and Historical Societies

    Major Resources

    • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
    • Bible Records
    • Biographical Sources
    • Business and Organizational Records
    • Cemetery Records
    • Census Records
      • Colonial Censuses
      • State Censuses
      • Federal Censuses
    • Church Records
    • County or Other Jurisdictional Formation
      • Dates of Major Jurisdictional Change
    • Court Records
      • Grand Council/His Majesty’s Council
      • Court of Chancery (Later the Court of Equity)
      • Courts of Common Pleas (Civil) and Court of General Sessions (Criminal)
      • Court of Ordinary (Probate)
      • Court of Appeals (Supreme Court)
      • Jurisdictional Maps
      • Federal Courts
    • Directories
    • Ethnic Records
      • African Americans
      • French Huguenots
      • Germans
      • Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish
      • Native Americans
    • Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
      • Institution Records
      • State Mental Institution
      • Department of Corrections
    • Land Records
      • Land Grants: From the Colony or State to the Private Owner
      • Mesne Conveyance: From Private Owner to Private Owner
      • Land Memorials
      • North Carolina Grants in South Carolina
    • Military Records
      • Colonial War
      • Revolutionary War
      • War of 1812
      • Indian Wars
      • Mexican War, 1846
      • Civil War, 1861-1865
      • Spanish American War, 1898-1899
      • World Wars
    • Naturalization and Immigration Records
    • Newspapers
    • Probate Records and Wills
    • Reconstruction
    • State Records
    • Tax Records
    • Vital Records
      • Birth, Death and Marriage Records Prior to State-wide Registration
    • Voter Records
    • Women
    • Conclusion

    These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina are available from Family Roots Publishing.

    Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

    NGS Research in the States Series: California

    ngs20I doubt anyone would question the fact that California is a unique state. Third largest in territory, largest in population, known around the world, for good or bad, for entertainment, earthquakes, technology, agriculture, and much more. California offers some of the most unique natural features from the redwoods to Yosemite; from Mt. Whitney to Death Valley; and even the ability to surfing in the morning and snow ski away the afternoon. Yet, the people of California bring even more diversity than the state’s resources. The state is a true melting pot of cultural, ethnic, economic, and political diversity.

    The NGS Research in the States Series: Californiaby Sheila Benedict, provides the insight needed to research the diversity that is California, its people, and their histories. This guide shows it’s difference from other guides by including sections like the 1906 San Francisco quake and the Movie Industry. Not typical to sections found in similar guides. Of course, the “normal” sections are included as well; such as, information on vital records collections, newspapers, census records, etc. California is big enough that it takes 7 pages, out of this 48 page guide, just to list the major genealogical/historical societies and major library collections (by county).

    Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state.

    About the author:

    Sheila Benedict is a dedicated, self-employed, genealogists with an education and background in history, writing, and forensic genealogy. She spent 10 years as the administrator of Old Mission Santa Inés, and continues today as a part-time archivist. Benedict is also a life member and former board member of the National Genealogical Society, of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Society of California Archivists, and other similarly important societies and organizations dedicated to genealogy and historical research and preservation.

     

    Table of Contents

    History and Settlement

    Archives, Libraries, and Societies

    • California State Archives
    • California State Library
    • California Historical Society
    • National Archives (NARA) Regional Centers
    • National Archives at Riverside
      • National Archives at San Francisco
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • California State Genealogical Alliance

    Major Resources

    • Aids to Research
      • Online Archive of California
      • Calisphere, California Digital Library
    • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
    • Biographical Sources
    • Cattle Brands
    • Cemetery Records
    • Census Records
      • 1890 Census Substitute
    • City and County Records
      • California County Record Offices
    • Courts and Court Records
      • Superior Courts
      • Appeals Courts
      • Federal Courts
    • Directories
    • Ethnic Records
      • Chinese
      • Japanese
      • Native Americans
      • Spanish/Mexican
      • Other Ethnicities
    • Land Records / Land Grants
      • Spanish and Mexican Land Grants
      • Federal Land Grants
    • Military Records
    • Mining
    • Mission System
    • Movie Industry
    • Newspapers
    • Probate Records
    • Railroads
    • Religious Records
      • Baptist
      • Catholic
      • Episcopal
      • Jewish
      • Lutheran
      • Methodist
      • Presbyterian
      • Quakers
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
    • Tax Records
      • Personal Property Tax Records
    • Vital Records
      • Birth Records
      • Death Records
      • Marriage Records
      • Divorce Records
      • Adoptions
      • Name Changes
      • California State Clerk-Recorder
    • Women
    • Genealogical and Historical Societies/Museums
    • County by County Listing of Genealogical/Historical Societies & Major Library Collections
    • Other Societies and Research Repositories

    These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: California are available from Family Roots Publishing.

    NGS Research in the States Series: Nebraska

    ngs23“Early native inhabitants roamed the tall-grass prairie, establishing camp villages along the clear streams and leaving behind anthropologic traces of their homes. The wide Platte River carried the early fur traders and foreign explorers, and the nineteenth-century pioneer wagon trains traveled along its grassy banks.

    Agriculture has led Nebraska’s economy since the state’s beginning. Ranching is dominant in the sandy-prairie central and western regions, while farming has thrived in the eastern third of the state. In the larger towns and cities manufacturing has become the second-leading economic activity. Tourism, which showcases the state’s natural river scenic byways, historic sites, parks, and outdoor trails, has also become an important economic activity. Nebraska’s rural community societies and museums, county courthouses, historical sites, and library districts welcome the visitor with records still largely intact and accessible.”

    Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. NGS Research in the States Series: Nebraska was written by Roberta King, and is summarized here:

    Like other NGS Research in the States guides, this volume on Nebraska begins with a short, historical summary of the state and its inhabitants. Understanding the largely rural nature of the state, the reader comes to understand the value of rural research skills needed in finding ancestral data within the state.

    The guide outlines and describes the expected resources available for research, from libraries and archives, to courthouses and vital records. There is also a list of biographical sources and information on Ethnic records. Ethnic information not only includes several Indian tribes, as would be expected, but also major European ethnic groups found in the state, including, Czech, German, Irish, and Jewish information. See the Table of Contents below for a complete list of information found in the book.

    About the Author

    Roberta ‘Bobbi’ King is a native Nebraskan (3rd generation), with extensive experience in researching rural and small town courthouse records. She has authored many articles on homestead research and continues to teach and write on rural research from her current home in Colorado.

    Table of Contents

    History and Settlement

    Geography and Early History

    Archives, Libraries, and Societies

    • Nebraska State Historical Society Library and Archives (NSHS)
    • National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri
    • Nebraska State Genealogical Society
    • American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
    • Other Libraries
    • Museums and Historical Societies
    • Other Societies and Museums

    Major Resources

    • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
    • Biographical Sources
    • Brands
    • Cemeteries
    • Censuses and Census Substitutes
      • Territorial Census
      • Federal Census
      • State Census
      • City Census
    • City and County Directories
    • County Research
    • Court Records
    • Judicial System
    • Ethnic Records
      • African American
      • Czech
      • German
      • Irish
      • Jewish
      • Native Americans
    • Land Records
      • Preemption Records
      • Homestead Records
      • Late Land Records
    • Military Records
      • Military Forts in Nebraska
      • Civil War
      • Spanish-American War
      • World War I
      • World War II
    • Naturalization Records
    • Newspapers
    • Probate Records
    • Religious Records
      • Baptists
      • Catholic (Roman)
      • Congregational
      • Lutheran
      • Mennonite
      • Methodist
      • Presbyterian
    • School Records
    • Vital Records
      • Birth and Death Records
      • Marriage Records
      • Divorce Records
    • Women of Nebraska
    • Conclusion

     

    These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Nebraska are available from Family Roots Publishing.

    NGS Releases Two-minute Video To Promote 2016 Conference

    The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

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    ARLINGTON, VA, 30 September 2015 — The National Genealogical Society releases today a video promoting its 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Produced in collaboration with Playback Now, the video is available on the NGS YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/_4QAMgx8mHw.

    Utilizing clips from the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, the video highlights the wide scope of educational and networking opportunities that the conference offers attendees. The video’s featured speakers are Angie Bush, MS, member of the NGS Board of Directors and chair of the Genetic Genealogy Committee; Elizabeth Shown Mills, CGSM, CGLSM, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, and Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, both of whom are well-known speakers in the genealogy community.

    With well more than a hundred sessions and a hundred exhibitors, the 2016 NGS Family History Conference promises to be one of the best genealogical conferences ever.

    Registration for conference opens on December 1st, but you may make your hotel reservations now at the main conference hotel, the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina, or at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel or the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. Details are available at conference.ngsgenealogy.org.

    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

    NGS Announces a New Course in the American Genealogical Studies Series: Beyond the Basics

    The following is from NGS:

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    ARLINGTON, VA, August 17, 2015: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogical Studies course, Beyond the Basics. This course joins The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation in the series of online courses developed by NGS to help those interested in discovering their roots.

    Beyond the Basics offers advanced genealogical training. During the course, you will learn how to conduct a more systematic genealogical investigation as you build your family tree. Its modules are designed to challenge you as you learn how to read, write, decipher, and cite numerous genealogical documents. You will expand your proficiency by collecting, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating genealogical information. You also will hone your skills as you write genealogical reports.

    The course contains five modules that contain information, videos, examples, self-correcting quizzes, a glossary, a topic reference list, and a final written assignment, which is graded by a professional genealogist. The modules are:

    • Module 1 – Evidence Analysis
    • Module 2 – The Library: A Research Repository
    • Module 3 – The Federal Population Schedules
    • Module 4 – FamilySearch.org
    • Module 5 – Civil Registration Records

    Beyond the Basics is the third course in the American Genealogical Study series. Registration requires students to successfully complete both The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation within the year before signing up for Beyond the Basics.

    Beyond the Basics is available for $175.00 for members and $200.00 for non-members. The Basics andGuide to Documentation and Source Citation are available individually or as a bundle. For further information or to view the syllabus, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ags_beyondthebasics .

    The courses of the NGS American Genealogical Studies are presented through anonline cloud-based learning management system. To take advantage of this system, you need either a computer or tablet with an internet connection and an updated standard browser. Please refer to the NGS website for specific computer and software needs.