23 September 2016

The Wait is OVER -- NMAAHC Opens TOMORROW, 24 September 2016


The Wait is OVER -- NMAAHC Opens TOMORROW, 24 September 2016

Tomorrow the newest Smithsonian Museum opens!  Though the passes for visiting in-person tomorrow were gobbled up quickly, you can still be a part of the experience …

Follow @NMAAHC all weekend-long during our Grand Opening celebration!

Follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat for some of the best moments from our Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony this Saturday and all weekend long from the Freedom Sounds Festival. We'll also be streaming live on Facebook. Share your moments from wherever you are using #APeoplesJourney and check out our Social Media toolkit for more ways to connect and be a part of #MakingHistory.

Learn more here.

Don’t have a ticket to visit the museum?  You can still enjoy the Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration to honor the opening of NMAAHC.

Best wishes to NMAAHC on its grand opening and success with its goal of [being] “a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.”


Will you be attending? If so, please let us know what invoked in you the most powerful responses, whether tears, laughter, anger, happiness, etc.




Editor’s Note: Also check out Though The NMAAHC Doors Are Not Yet Physically Open, Some "Virtual Doors" Are OPEN! #NMAAHC.









~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Follow NGS via Facebook, Flipboard, Google+, Twitter, YouTube


Read more

22 September 2016

Some Genealogy Fairs You HAVE to Attend from Home (Jammies Optional)!


Some Genealogy Fairs You HAVE to Attend from Home (Jammies Optional)!

The National Archives (NARA) is again hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair (26-27 October). Here is the full schedule.

Session Schedule (eastern daylight time EDT)

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26

Time
Activity
10 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
10:05 a.m.
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens
11 a.m.
The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren't Using by Lori Cox-Paul
12 p.m.
National Archives Innovative Online Resources and Tools to Help with Your Genealogical Research by Sarah Swanson and Kelly Osborn
1 p.m.
You too can be a Citizen Archivist! Getting the most out of the National Archives Catalog by Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak
2 p.m.
Department of State Records for Genealogical Research by David Pfeiffer
3 p.m.
American Battle Monuments Commission by Ryan Bass

Day 2: Thursday, October 27

Time
Activity
10 a.m.
Nonpopulation Census: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Social Statistics by Claire Kluskens
11 a.m.
The Morning After – Changes as Reflected in Morning Reports by Theresa Fitzgerald
12 p.m.
The Iwo Jima Flag Raisers – Chaos, Controversy and World War II Marine Corps Personnel Records by Bryan K. McGraw
1 p.m.
What's New in the Lou: A Look at the Latest Accessions at the National Archives at St. Louis by David Hardin
2 p.m.
The Faces of the National Parks Service by Cara L. Moore
3 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Acting Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings


When it comes to virtual genealogy fairs, NARA is not the only one scheduled this fall.

The North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina is holding its 1st Virtual Family History Fair (15 October). Here is the full schedule. 

  • 10:00a.m. “Genealogical Research at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.” Library and Archives staff members will discuss the types of materials, collections, and services available at their respective repositories. Presented by North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina Staff. 
  • 11:00a.m. “Freedmen’s Bureau Records:  More Valuable to ALL Southern Research Than You Might Have Thought!” Many pertinent records are found in the Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Field Offices for the various states. It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot information about impoverished southern families, regardless of race. Presented by professional genealogist Diane L. Richard, principal of MosaicRPM.
  • Noon. “Online Research Tools from the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.” Discussion on online resources from both the Library and Archives such as the North Carolina Digital Collections as well as a few resources that you might find helpful from other institutions.  Presented by State Archives and Government and Heritage Library Staff.  
  • 1:00p.m. “Genealogy and Local History Collections.” Public libraries are a valuable resource when conducting local or family research. Join us for a panel discussion featuring local history and genealogy librarians from across North Carolina.  


What other upcoming “virtual” genealogy/family history fairs/conferences do you know of?








~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Follow NGS via Facebook, Flipboard, Google+, Twitter, YouTube


Read more

21 September 2016

Let's Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! ¡Celebremos Mes de la Herencia Hispana! #‎HispanicHeritageMonth &‪ #‎HHM


Let's Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!  ¡Celebremos Mes de la Herencia Hispana! #‎HispanicHeritageMonth &‪ #‎HHM

It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month which runs September 15-October 15, 2016.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Don’t forget that the Library of Congress has a Hispanic Reading Room with a lot of helpful resources.

A Google search on Hispanic Genealogy or Hispanic Genealogical reveals several societies that may prove useful to your research – Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, Hispanic Genealogical Society, Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, and more.

There is also a FamilySearch FB page for Hispanic Genealogy Research and a print publication (since 2000), Somos PrimosTM -- a publication dedicated to past and present articles, events and information concerning Hispanic heritage issues.

So, let’s ¡Celebra!

What is your favorite resource for researching Hispanic ancestry?





Editor’s Note: Check out past Upfront with NGS posts about Hispanic Heritage here.






~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Follow NGS via Facebook, Flipboard, Google+, Twitter, YouTube


Read more

20 September 2016

Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey Join the National Digital Newspaper Program (aka Chronicling America)


Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey Join the National Digital Newspaper Program (aka Chronicling America)

More news about more digitized content coming our way!

From our friends at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) we learn …

We are happy to announce the addition of four new partners to the National Digital Newspaper Program!  NEH has made awards to digitize historic newspapers to the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums; the Colorado Historical Society; the Maine State Library, and Rutgers University in New Jersey.  With forty-three states and one territory now participating in the program, NEH is approaching its goal of representing every state and U.S. territory in Chronicling America, the open access database of historic American newspapers maintained by the Library of Congress. 

This year, NEH awards have also been issued to state partners in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas to continue their contributions to Chronicling America.  You can read more about all of the awards issued by NEH in August’s press release.

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between NEH, the Library of Congress, and state partners.  NEH awards enable state partners to choose and digitize newspapers representing their historical, cultural, and geographic diversity.  To date, over 11 million pages of historic newspapers are currently available on Chronicling America, with more being added all the time. State partners also contribute rich essays about each newspaper title and its historical context.  NDNP recently expanded its scope to include newspapers published between 1690 and 1963.

Historically, the program focused on newspapers between 1836 and 1922.  As you can see, the time period has been expanded to include earlier and later newspapers. Our research will only benefit from this!

When researching your ancestry, this collection of digitized newspapers is a great place to start.

Congratulations to the winners.












~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Follow NGS via Facebook, Flipboard, Google+, Twitter, YouTube


Read more

19 September 2016

$21 Million Awarded to Help Museums Improve Service to Public -- of interest to genealogists is the grant to the Preservation Society of Newport County (Rhode Island)


$21 Million Awarded to Help Museums Improve Service to Public -- of interest to genealogists is the grant to the Preservation Society of Newport County (Rhode Island)

IMLS announces 206 awards made through its largest museum grant program

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 206 museum projects totaling $21,149,000. 

The museums were selected from a pool of 548 applications to the highly competitive Museums for America grant program. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $29,346,091 in non-federal funds.
“Museums play a vital role in their communities supporting learning experiences and inquiry for people of all ages, fostering civic engagement, and serving as stewards of collections that represent the nation’s cultural, historical and scientific heritage,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The federal support provided by IMLS will help museums all over the country, enabling their best efforts to provide the highest level of public service.”

The Museums for America grant program funds a variety of projects developed by museums to better serve its public.  This year’s funded projects include:

·         The Preservation Society of Newport County (Rhode Island) project to digitize and create finding aids for collections that document the city of Newport’s role in shaping national cultural and social movements. Manuscripts, photographs, and scrapbooks from two centuries (1770s-1980s) will be digitized and made more accessible to scholars and the public.

·         The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (Greenville, South Carolina) project to upgrade its media lab exhibit, which explores issues relating to media literacy in the 21st century. In addition to the interactive exhibit, the project will develop distance learning STEM programs and customized curriculum units.

·         The Creative Discovery Museum (Chattanooga, Tennessee) project to create a culture of evaluation among its staff. Through staff development, the use of assessment tools, and cross-departmental meetings, the project will help staff create more meaningful and lasting experiences for museum visitors.

·         The Pratt Museum’s project to explore the cultural values of seven diverse communities of South Central Alaska, through a series of community conversations, directed interviews, and musical performance events. With participant input, the project will produce a cookbook and music album to share traditions, songs and stories among the communities’ many generations.


IMLS will be accepting applications for the FY 2017 Museums for America program through December 1, 2016. For more information see the Museums for America webpage and the blog post highlighting changes in the FY 2017 museum grant programs.

Though we've highlighted the Preservation Society of Newport County (Rhode Island) you will want to check out the complete list of grants issued, via the link above, as there are several other grants to heritage museums (versus art, science, and other themed museums).

Congratulations to the winners.












~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Follow NGS via Facebook, Flipboard, Google+, Twitter, YouTube


Read more

16 September 2016

County Historians -- Are You "Taking Advantage" of them?



County Historians -- Are You “Taking Advantage" of them?

Normally, when we talk of “taking advantage” of someone, we don’t usually mean that as a good thing!

On the other hand, if we don’t make use of the resources available to us, are we doing our ancestors and their history a disservice?

County historians aren’t the most visible resource for North Carolina researchers.  Historically there seems to have been a dynamic organization called the "North Carolina Society of County and Local Historians.” 

That said, I was re-introduced to county historians when I came across County historians play vital roll in preserving past which talks about Indiana and its county historians. Here is another article about Indiana’s great program -- County historians work to preserve, share the past.

Indiana isn’t the only state with a county historians program.  I came across one for NY State and TN.  Based on the number of website mentions across these two states, these programs seem to be pretty active.

So, if you are not “taking advantage” of the local county historian, you might be missing out on some invaluable insight into the community.



Are county historians popular in your state?  Does your county have one (or somebody similar)? Does your city/town/community have one?

What was the greatest assistance you received from a county historian?

What single nugget of information from a county historian helped crumble your brick wall?








~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Follow NGS via Facebook, Flipboard, Google+, Twitter, YouTube


Read more