15 September 2017

Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members (July-September 2017)

Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members (July-September 2017)

The July-September 2017 issue of the NGS Magazine (PDF 3.6 MB) is online in the Members Only section of the website.

Please enjoy the editor’s note from Deb Cyprych introducing you to this edition.  A full table of contents list follows.


Why do we research our ancestors? Every genealogist has a different reason, but many might say, “To find their stories!”

We want to know where our ancestors came from, what they experienced, their joys and challenges—what they were like as human beings. Names, dates, and places in isolation don’t convey that, but stories do.

This issue celebrates the power of storytelling and explores methods of developing and telling ancestral stories in appealing ways, even when little information is available.

Why do we have more visceral reactions to stories than to bare facts? Curt B. Witcher explains why in a fascinating look at the science that proves the value of storytelling.

What makes a story dramatic? Sharon DeBartolo Carmack makes a case for the place of conflict in the stories we write and tell, and suggests ways to portray conflict in the lives of ancestors that can make their stories come alive.

What about ancestors who led ordinary lives as farmers? Annette Burke Lyttle uses research for a Michigan farm family to show how details derived from social history can enhance their stories.

Other elements can be used in storytelling. Jamie Yuenger describes her techniques for organizing and cataloging artifacts, conducting interviews, and producing audiovisual recordings on a budget. In their columns, Kathy Petlewski gives examples of the use of artifacts in
storytelling and Jordan Jones reports on a variety of recording tools for preserving stories.

When does storytelling cross the line? Amie Bowser Tennant delves into ethical issues that may affect when and how to share stories.

Documentation is key when verifying stories. Angela Packer McGhie’s interview with Thomas W. Jones presents an in-depth look at the value of documentation and the process he used to write his new book, Mastering Genealogical Documentation.

Continuing the commemoration of World War I, Susan Goss Johnston details an extremely useful source for identifying information about individual soldiers: statement of service cards. Jonathan R. Casey and Stacie Petersen describe the resources of the Edward Jones Research Center at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.

We welcome our newest columnist, Diahan Southard, and her column, DNA Demystified, in which she discusses two vital dimensions of DNA: time and place.

Topping off this issue, columnist Claire Prechtel Kluskens describes a little-known digitized source for information about people who owned manufacturing companies at the start of the Depression.

Table of Contents

·        NGS 2018 Conference Tours, by Janet A. Alpert, FNGS
·        Digital Rather Than Microfilm Access to FamilySearch Records, Provided by FamilySearch
·        NGS Awards, Competitions, and Recognition, by Charles S. Mason Jr., CG
·        NGS Seeks Nominations for 2018 National Genealogy Hall of Fame, by    Sandra M. Hewlett, CG
·        The Power of Story, by Curt B. Witcher
·        The Story is in the Conflict, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG
·        Uncovering the Stories of Farming Ancestors, by Annette Burke Lyttle
·        Drawing Out and Recording Six Hundred Years of Stories, by Jamie Yuenger
·        A Code of Ethics for Storytelling, by Amie Bowser Tennant
·        World War I Statement of Service Cards, by Susan Goss Johnston
·        The National World War I Museum and Memorial’s Edward Jones Research Center, by Jonathan R. Casey and Stacie Petersen

·        President’s Message, by Ben Spratling 
·        Editor’s Note, by Deb Cyprych
·        NGS News
·        Behind the Scenes – The Writing of Mastering Genealogical Documentation, by Angela Packer McGhie, CG
·       Technology – Recording Tools for Audio Family History, by Jordan Jones
·        Reference Desk – Showing and Telling Family History Stories, by Kathy Petlewski, MLIS
·       DNA Demystified – The Two Dimensions of DNA: Time and Place, by Diahan Southard
·       National Archives – Revelations of the 1929 Census of Manufacturers, by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens
·        NGS Members’ Book Notices

Editor’s Note: Please note that online access to the NGS Quarterly and NGS Magazine are available only as long as your membership is active. If you wish to discontinue this option and continue to receive print copies of the journal, please with our website and update your profile to indicate the same.

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