30 August 2014

End of Summer Y-DNA Sale by Family Tree DNA



As the season draws to a close, join us for one last celebration with our End of Summer Y-DNA Sale! Customers can order a Y-DNA test and join the world's largest Y-DNA database today.  All Y-DNA tests and upgrades have been marked down for significant savings!

Time is limited.  The sale ends 9/3/2014.

As an added bonus, Big Y is also on sale for just $495.  Big Y coupons acquired during the Father's Day Sale can be used on Big Y orders placed during the End of Summer Sale.  With Big Y, 340,000 years of Y-DNA ancestry is just a test away!




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29 August 2014

FREE Access Weekend -- Ancestry.com -- 1 billion new records from 67 countries around the world!.



If you aren’t spending time at the beach or holding a barbecue with family, you might want to check out FREE access to Ancestry.com this weekend, or even now!

This promotion ends 1 September at 11:59 ET.

If you don’t already have an account, you’ll need to register for a free basic Ancestry.com account, to view any found records.





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Upfront Mini Bytes – North Dakota, Scottish, WWI Prisoners, TN Bible Records, Mormons, California Newspapers, Marine Casualties, and Savannah GA

Welcome to our newest edition of our periodic feature Upfront Mini Bytes.  In Upfront Mini Bytes we provide eight tasty bits of genealogy news that will help give you a deeper byte into your family history research. Each item is short and sweet.  We encourage you to check out the links to articles, blog posts, resources, and anything genealogical!

We hope you found the past editions helpful.  Use your favorite search engine with “Upfront with NGS” “Mini Bytes” or use this Google search link.

Do you have questions, suggestions for future posts, or comments?  Please post a comment or send an e-mail to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org.

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The North Dakota State Historical Society has unveiled Digital Horizons, “an online treasure house of thousands of images, documents, video, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains from the late 1800s to today.”

“... Maxwell Ancestry, [is] pleased to bring you this new website [Scottish Indexes] bringing you even more indexes to help you trace your Scottish family tree online. We now have a large collection of indexes, from unique sources such as prison and court records to more commonly used sources such as birth, marriage, death and census records. While currently many of our records are from the south of Scotland, we have Quaker records and mental health records covering all of Scotland.” Transcriptions (full or partial) are provided for found entries.  For some records, you can pay a fee to access more details (e.g. the full entry). (see editor’s note)
 
Prisoners of the First World War, the ICRC archives is a great collection which encompasses 1914-1918 and the 10 million people, serviceman and civilians who were captured and sent to detention camps.  Do look at the tab “Examples of Index Cards” to fully understand the information provided and how you might access additional information.

Tennessee Family Bible Records collection is now online. “Before the 20th century, Tennessee and many other states did not keep comprehensive records of births, marriages, and deaths. Families recorded their own vital records in family Bibles that were passed down through generations ... The Bible records featured here were taken from photocopies in TSLA’s vertical files; additional records will be added as they are donated or discovered in manuscripts collections. The bulk of the records in this collection date between the late 18th and early 20th century.“

If you have Mormon ancestors, some of the more than 60,000 who traveled overland to the Salt Lake Valley 1847-1868 in one of the more than 300 companies which departed from various places, check out Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel. If you have a family tree set up at FamilySearch, you can go to this website, Sacrifice, Faith, and Miracles, and it will attempt to match individuals in your tree to the mentioned database.

The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains almost 73,000 issues comprising over 600,000 pages and almost 7 million articles for California newspapers from 1845 to the present.

If a family member served in the marines and was a casualty (wounded, missing, killed, or deemed a prisoner of war) during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the interwar periods, there might be a casualty card found via the Casualty Card Databases. [NOTE: I did get a security certificate warning though I proceeded ahead with no issues.  Use your own judgment about whether to access or not.]

Research into the records of Savannah (Georgia) has just gotten easier!  Via a partnership with Ancestry.com, the following records are now available to researchers online through Ancestry.com:
  • Savannah, Georgia, Vital Records, 1803-1966
  • Savannah, Georgia, Cemetery and Burial Records, 1852-1939
  • Savannah, Georgia, Cemetery Burial Lot Cards, 1807-1995*
  • Savannah, Georgia, Court Records, 1790-1934
  • Savannah, Georgia, Land Tax & Property Records, 1896-1938
  • Savannah, Georgia, Naturalization Records, 1790-1910
  • Savannah, Georgia, Records of Titles, 1791-1971
  • Savannah, Georgia, Registers of Free Persons of Color, 1817-1864*
  • Savannah, Georgia, Voter Records, 1901-1917
  • Savannah, Georgia, City Council Minutes, 1790-1900*



Editor’s Note: I have one lone Scottish family in my tree and so I’m always looking for information for Newton Stewart (Penningham Parish).  The surname was Nelson/Neilson with the common forenames of Mary, John, George, etc.  My ancestors were also non-conformists meaning that they were not members of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian).  It took me years and finding a helpful archivist in Scotland to find some of the baptisms of the children listed in the records of the Newton Stewart Relief Church.  Well, these same baptisms are included in the Births/Baptisms collection on this website.



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28 August 2014

NGS is hiring! Executive Director and Editor -- NGS Magazine


NGS is seeking to fill the two positions outlined here.  You can find full details for each position on the Careers at NGS page.  The deadline to apply for both positions is 25 September 2014. 

Reports to:       NGS President, Board of Directors
Classification:   Exempt
Salary Range:   $70,000-$85,000
Work Location: National Genealogical Society Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia

Overall purpose of the position: This position provides operational leadership for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and guides the organizational systems and processes that ensure NGS remains a leading membership organization within the genealogical community. Working closely with the Board of Directors, this employee leads and motivates staff to provide high quality programs and services to members. The employee will provide support and input to the NGS Board as they collectively plan activities and carry out programs, as well as organizational and financial plans approved by the Board. The individual in this position must function in a leadership role both externally with members and groups in the genealogical community, as well as internally with the office and staff.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience is required.
Experience: Previous experience leading nonprofit organizations is preferred; an understanding of the genealogical community and the interest and needs of members is desired; an understanding of business processes and management is required.
Application Process: Interested candidates please upload resume, and any supporting materials by 25 September 2014 to http://form.jotform.us/form/42375329323151



Reports to:      NGS President, Board of Directors
Classification:   Contract
Salary Range:   $4,250 per issue

Overall purpose of the position: The Editor produces four (4) issues of NGS Magazine during a calendar year while under contract. These issues are published in February, May, August, and November. Each issue contains approximately 64 interior black and white pages with a two-color cover in the standard NGS Magazine format.

The Editor is responsible for soliciting articles, except for those provided by the Society. Advertising will be solicited by the Society; the Editor will advise the Society Advertising Manager of upcoming content when possible to promote advertising possibilities. Copy will be supplied in a format acceptable to the Editor.

The Society will pay the Editor a negotiated flat fee of $4,250 per issue and may also compensate the Editor with free advertising space. The Editor will invoice the Society upon completion of each issue (defined as the time of delivery to the printer). The Society will pay each invoice within 15 calendar days of receipt.

The Editor will have the right to appoint and engage non-paid staff, writers, columnists, and other assistants as he/she deems necessary. A layout designer to complete the layout and graphic design of the NGS Magazine and proofreaders will be provided at no cost to the Editor.
Experience: Previous experience in genealogical research, writing, editing, or publishing is expected.
Application Process: Interested candidates please upload resume, sample articles, and outline of suggested content by 25 September 2014 to http://form.jotform.us/form/42375329323151.




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27 August 2014

NGS Announces Updated Cloud-Based Courses: Dr. Thomas H. Shawker’s Genetic Genealogy, The Basics and Craig Roberts Scott’s Introduction to Civil War Research


Arlington, VA, 27 AUGUST 2014: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the re-release of two courses in its Continuing Genealogical Studies series: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics, developed by Dr. Thomas H. Shawker, MD; and Introduction to Civil War Research, developed by Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm. The tuition for each course is $45.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members.

Thomas H. Shawker, MD, is a physician with the National Institutes of Health, a nationally recognized lecturer on genetics, and chairman of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee. In 2004 he authored the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic History.

Dr. Shawker shares his medical expertise in this self-paced six- module course. You learn about:
  • The DNA Molecule — the structure of the DNA molecule, how it is organized, how it replicates, and how it functions;
  • Chromosomes — human chromosomes and how the Y chromosome is inherited;
  • DNA Markers — the two types of DNA markers used in genetic genealogy; haplotypes and haplogroups;
  • A Y Chromosome Surname Project — evaluation of a Y chromosome surname project and a discussion on how to evaluate the test results of the participants; and
  • The Mitochondrial DNA Molecule — the structure of the mtDNA molecule
  • Inheritance of mtDNA — how mtDNA is inherited, and how it can be used in genealogy. 
For more information on Genetic Genealogy, The Basics, please visit the course web page at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/genetic_genealogy.

Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm, is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

In Mr. Scott’s self-paced seven-module course, you learn how to:
  • Identify an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s Civil War service;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s service unit;
  • Understand a Compiled Military Service Record;
  • Locate provost marshal records;
  • Locate prisoner of war records;
  • Understand the pension indexes and application files;
  • Compile a post-war record;
  • Locate information on death and burial; and
  • Locate information on participation in fraternal and lineage societies.
For more information on Introduction to Civil War Research, please visit the course web page at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/intro_to_civil_war_research.


Courses currently available in the NGS learning cloud include two courses in the American Genealogical Studies Series (which is replacing the NGS Home Study Course):
·        AGS: The Basics
·        AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies courses are designed for both beginners and established genealogists who want the convenience of continuing their genealogical studies independently, at their own pace and in their own home, or wherever they access the Internet. For further information, or to purchase one of our courses, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org and click on the Educational Courses tab.

The courses available in the NGS Continuing Genealogical Study series, include:
·        CGS: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics
·        CGS: Introduction to Civil War Research

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, 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, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.  Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.



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26 August 2014

NGS Announces Publication of Genealogy and the Law by Kay and William Freilich



Press Release
Contact: B. Darrell Jackson, PHD, CGSM
Phone: 703-525-0050
jacksonda@aol.com


NGS Announces Publication of Genealogy and the Law by Kay and William Freilich

ARLINGTON, VA, 26 AUGUST 2014: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian by Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS and William B. Freilich, Esq. Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

The authors, an award-winning genealogist and an attorney, both with long service in their professions, bring the perspectives of genealogy and the law together in a book that covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.

Genealogy and the Law may be pre-ordered at the NGS booth at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27–30. After September 1, it can be ordered from the NGS online store at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org. Copies of the book are expected to be ready for shipment by October 1.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, 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, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.





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Crowdsourcing -- making recently unimaginable amounts of information available to us at our finger tips!


Crowdsourcing has become a very popular way to get large amounts of material indexed and/or transcribed.

It’s neat to see more and more facilities and groups using this means to get more material available to more people more quickly!

The most recent project I read about is “transcribe” from the Library of Virginia ... “Help improve access to historic documents by transcribing handwritten pages and reviewing transcriptions. Browse the items in each collection (“Browse all”) to see which ones need work. Create an account to enjoy additional features.”

This just shortly after reading The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections) “Many myths surround the Smithsonian Institution’s archives—from legends of underground facilities hidden beneath the National Mall to rumors of secret archaeological excavations. One underlying truth persists amid these fallacies: the Institution’s archives are indeed massive. Preserving these collections in a digital age is a gargantuan task, especially when it comes to handwritten documents. Ink fades with time, and individual scrawls sometimes resemble hieroglyphics. It could literally take decades.”


Of course, once I read a new-to-me project I then seek out other projects that are either new to me or that I’ve been reminded of.

Some other current crowdsource projects with a genealogical connection are:

Do you know of other crowdsourcing projects of direct interest to the genealogical and family history community?


Editor’s Note: Previous Upfront with NGS posts on this topic ...
+ NARA Citizen Archivist Dashboard Live! (includes transcription, tagging and other crowdsource options) (2012)






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