28 September 2012

New Voices of Genealogy Release: Ronald Ames Hill, CG, FASG “Research Adventures in England”

From guest editor, Arlene V. Jennings

The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the September video release honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ): Ronald Ames Hill’s recollections of “Research Adventures in England.”

Dr. Hill was a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he inherited a collection of early nineteenth-century letters from the collection of his great-aunt. Already a highly skilled scientific researcher, he went to work learning the stories of his ancestors with the same determination and thoroughness he brought to his profession. He undertook his first journey to Cornwall, to the parishes of his ancestors, in 1971 and by now has made sixteen such trips for fourteen months of on-site research. Since his retirement from Sandia in 1994, ancestral research and publishing have become a full-time occupation. He has published four books and thirty-one articles in national genealogical journals based on his ancestral research.  NGS members can read over twenty of his articles at the Society’s website www.ngsgenealogy.org where they can access the NGSQ back to 1978.

Dr. Hill earned the certified genealogist credential in 1997. His The Tumultuous Achym/Fulford Relationship received the Jacobus Award in 2004 from the American Society of Genealogists (ASG). In 2005, in recognition of the quality and quantity of his genealogical writing, the ASG named him a fellow of the society. In 2008 he received the NGS Award of Excellence for a Genealogy and Family History Book for his The Ancestors and Descendants of Reuben Ball.

Hill is a former president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society and a former trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  He has been a speaker at national genealogical conferences since 1992 and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the NGSQ.

Previous releases in the Voices of Genealogy archive now playing at the NGS website (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org) are Robert C. Anderson, FASG; Mary McCampbell Bell, CG; John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS; David L. Greene, PhD, FASG; Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS; Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS; George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS; and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS.

The Ronald Ames Hill video was produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from an interview by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the NGSQ. Ronald Ames Hill, CG, FASG, “Research Adventures in England,” is now playing for all NGS members at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

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