16 April 2018

Five Days Left to Register Online for NGS Conference


Pre-Registration for #NGS2018GEN and All Ticketed Events Closes 20 April 2018

If you are still planning to join us at the annual conference, there are only a few days left to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2‒5 May 2018. Pre-conference registration ends 20 April. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon, 1 May, in the DeVos Place Convention Center. For conference information and to register, go to online registration.


Registration for all meals, social events, and pre-conference tours also closes on 20 April. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or tours. Only a few spots remain for the Grand Rapids City Tour and the Civil War Tour. Seats are still available for meal events including the WMGS Host Event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and the NGS Banquet with guest speaker Ric Mixter who will share riveting stories about famous storms and shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. The pre-conference research excursion to the Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan is sold out.

Be sure to make your reservations now at our online conference registration page


If you have already registered, and you want to add pre-conference events, local tours or social meal events to your existing registration, log on at the NGS Store to view "My Events" and select "Add Sessions."

The conference program, Paths to Your Past, features more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures. The DNA track will include twenty presentations on DNA discoveries, science, and methodology. Friday and Saturday will feature lectures on African American, Native American, Jewish, and other ethnic groups. Other tracks will include resources in Michigan, New York, midwestern states, Canada, and some European countries. With more than twenty tracks, there is a wide of variety of lectures from which to choose. You do not want to miss this year’s exciting conference program. Register today!


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12 April 2018

2018 NGS Mobile Conference App Ready for Download


2018 NGS Mobile Conference App
Ready for Download 


Start planning your trip to Grand Rapids now.  It’s just three weeks away. Everything you need to plan a successful conference trip is at your fingertips using the NGS Conference App and your mobile device.

The Mobile Conference App for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2018 Family History Conference is designed to keep you informed. And the app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. The conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2‒5 May 2018. There is still time to register for the conference, visit https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/

To download the free NGS Conference App, go to https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/mobile-app/. Or search your app store for NGS Family. 

If you already have the NGS mobile app on your phone from a past conference, 
  • go to settings within the app, 
  • tap “Exit to Conference,”  
  • choose NGS 2018, and 
  • tap download. 


Some of the convenient features on the app allow users to


  • stay organized with the Dashboard’s up-to-the-minute information;
  • find all conference information in one place with “About NGS 2018 Family History Conference”;
  • receive important real-time communications from NGS with Alerts;
  • follow and join in on the conference chatter with the built-in Twitter feed, #NGS2018GEN; 
  • sync your schedule across multiple devices;
  • locate sessions and exhibitors on the convention center’s maps;
  • connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature; 
  • link to syllabus material for each lecture, which will be available beginning in late April; and
  • take and save notes.


We encourage you to begin using the app now so you can improve your conference experience in Grand Rapids. You do not have to be registered for the conference to view all the events and lectures and use the app.  But time is running out.  Register online by 20 April, or after that date, register in person at the conference.

Hope to see you in Grand Rapids!




Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Falls Church, 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.


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30 March 2018

NGS Magazine Volume 44, Number 1


The January–March 2018 issue of NGS Magazine has been mailed to members and is available online in the Members Only section of the website.

EDITOR’S NOTE by Deb Cyprych 

In celebration of the fortieth NGS Family History Conference in May in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this issue explores the history, people, resources, and repositories of the Great Lakes region.

A large concentration of Dutch immigrants settled in this area in the nineteenth century, and the conference features eight sessions on Dutch genealogy. In this issue, Yvette Hoitink delineates their reasons for emigration, methods for researching Dutch immigrants in American records, and resources for research in Dutch records.

The Archives of Michigan is the repository for Michigan state and local governmental records and the home of the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection, one of the larger genealogical collections in the United States, with many materials beyond Michigan’s borders. Kris W. Rzepczynski describes the Archives and the Abrams Collection as well as the digital resources on the Seeking Michigan website.

Created by a federal ordinance in 1787, the Northwest Territory included all of the land in the current states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and part of eastern Minnesota. Kathy Petlewski’s column explores the settlement of the area and genealogical resources for the early period.

Registration is now open for NGS’s guided research trip to Madison, Wisconsin, in August. Pam Stone Eagleson shares some of the discoveries she and others made as participants in the inaugural trip last year, in the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Max Kade Institute.

Two articles continue the search strategies theme featured in the last issue. Kimberly Powell provides a guide to unusual and sometimes complicated indexing systems used in many courthouse records. Many of these indexes have been digitized, and an understanding of their organization can help with locating records. Mary Kircher Roddy reports on the reasons names may be spelled differently in newspaper databases, ranging from reporters’ misspellings to inaccuracies resulting from optical character recognition systems. Searching for incorrect spellings can lead to relevant articles.

During World War I, fifty-three thousand men with a connection to the United States enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including both Canadians and Americans living in the United States and American-born residents living in Canada. Michael Strauss outlines the numerous records that survive.

In their columns, Jordan Jones discusses the benefits of note-taking software, Diahan Southard gives tips on communicating effectively with DNA matches, and Claire Prechtel Kluskens presents an example of unusual records in the National Archives.


Table of Contents

Features

  • Reasons to Attend the NGS Family History Conference by Janet A. Alpert, FNGS
  • Notice of 2018 NGS Annual Meeting, Nominations, and Election for Officers and the Board of Directors 
  • Researching Nineteenth-Century Dutch Immigrants by Yvette Hoitink, CG
  • Family History Gold at the Archives of Michigan by Kris W.  Rzepczynski, MLIS, MA
  • The Newest NGS Research Trip: Madison, Wisconsin by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG
  • Navigate Courthouse Indexes Like a Pro by Kimberly T. Powell
  • Goodspelliarmus! Wizardry for Effective Newspaper Searces by Mary Kircher Roddy
  • Brothers in Arms: Americans in the Canadian Expeditionary Force by Michael L. Strauss, AG
Departments

  • President’s Message by Ben Spratling
  • Editor’s Note by Deb Cyprych
  • NGS News
  • Reference Desk The Northwest Territory and Its Settlement by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
  • DNA Demystified Effective Communication with DNA Matches by Diahan Southard 
  • National Archives No Horsing Around! Unusual Records in the National Archives by Claire Prechtel Kluskens
  • Technology Note-Taking Software by Jordan Jones

NGS Magazine is published quarterly to update members of the National Genealogical Society on NGS activities and to provide genealogists with special information and guidance on conducting effective genealogical research. The magazine is sent to libraries by subscription. Online access to NGS Magazine is available only as long as membership is active.

copyright ©2018 National Genealogical Society, 6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
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