10 May 2019

NGS Awards Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service


NGS Awards Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service at

Family History Conference

At our annual banquet on Friday evening on 10 May at the 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, NGS presented awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service. The banquet speaker, David E. Rencher, AG, CG®, FIGRS, FUGA, spoke about the precarious future of tombstones in his presentation, “If Carved in Stone, Your Epitaph is Already Disappearing!” Awards Committee chair Janet L. Bailey opened the awards portion of the banquet.

Each year, NGS presents awards to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have done outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.

National Genealogy Hall of Fame
Beginning in 1986, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame program, administered by the National Genealogical Society, has honored outstanding genealogists whose achievements in American genealogy have had a great impact on the field. Qualified nominations are solicited annually from genealogical organizations. Those nominated must have been deceased for at least five years and actively engaged in genealogy for a minimum of ten years.

Their contributions to genealogy in this country need to be significant in a way that was unique, pioneering, or exemplary. Such contributions could have been books or articles that added significantly to the body of published works, served as a model of genealogical research or writing, or made source records more readily available. Nominees could also have been a teacher or lecturer, or a person who contributed to the field through leadership in a genealogical organization or periodical. Entries are judged by a panel of genealogists from various parts of the United States.


This year, George Harrison Sanford King, FASG, who was nominated by the Virginia Genealogical Society, was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. Born in 1914, he was a life-long resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1935 with a chemistry degree. As a young man he developed an interest in genealogy, emphasizing a scholarly approach to research and documentation. In the 1930s he along with others lobbied the Virginia General Assembly for funds to restore deteriorating records, for which all Virginia researchers are grateful.

King was known as an expert on the complex family relationships of Virginia's Northern Neck, an area that includes what are often referred to as burned counties. Using numerous sources, he made extensive notes and transcriptions on early Virginia families. A card index to his more than 100,000 papers is available at the Virginia Historical Society and abstracts are being published in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy.

Virginia did not keep early vital records. King recognized the need to find and preserve other source materials. He published record abstracts for many church parish records. He also had the foresight to collect and preserve bible records. He published articles in numerous periodicals. In 1947 he was elected a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He was active in many societies and was a registrar for Virginia's Order of the First Families.

King was one of the experts who assisted in the compilation of the first edition, published in 1956, of Adventurers of Purse and Person. This publication has been revised and expanded several times and is considered an essential reference for early Virginia families.

The NGS Fellow
Fellowship in the National Genealogical Society recognizes outstanding work in genealogy or the related fields of history, biography, or heraldry, in addition to outstanding service to the National Genealogical Society. This year’s Fellow is Connie Miller Lenzen, CG®, of Portland, Oregon.

Lenzen is a highly regarded contributing author to national and local genealogical publications. She won the NGS Quarterly’s 1995 Award of Excellence and is a two-time winner of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Award. From 2005 to 2008, she served as president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Lenzen joined the NGS Board of Directors in 2004. That year the Society was facing financial insolvency and its future was in question. With her fellow board members, she worked tirelessly to ensure its survival. She served on the board for six years, 2004–2010. As chair of the Education Committee, she managed and edited the revised Home Study Course, 2005 revision. By the time she retired from the Board, NGS was again on firm ground. Its membership was strong and its educational programs were flourishing.


The President’s Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to genealogy or the Society. Miriam Weiner, CG Emeritus, was awarded the 2019 President’s Citation, honoring her years of service to the field.

Weiner dedicated her career as a genealogist to discovering and publishing lists of surviving Jewish and civil records from archives throughout Eastern Europe previously thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust. The New York Jewish Week Newspaper described Weiner as “The Genealogist Who Lifted the Archival Iron Curtain.” In 1990, Weiner organized the first customized Jewish genealogy tours to Eastern Europe. Participants received unprecedented access to archives with family documents, toured ancestral towns, and sometimes met previously unknown relatives. An author of two books, Weiner has received numerous awards for her writing including the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the mission of NGS. At the banquet, the Board of Directors presented the award to Terry Koch-Bostic for her outstanding service to NGS as she shepherded the new NGS website from its inception through its launch in October 2018.

Completely redesigned with a focus on the NGS Learning Center, the site includes new content and educational resources for genealogists of all levels and is available to NGS members and the genealogical community at large. Koch-Bostic meticulously managed all phases of this two-year project even as she continued to serve as the NGS vice president and marketing/communications chair.

The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism recognizes a volunteer whose generosity of spirit and time has greatly benefited the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical community in general over a period of years.

Ann Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS, of St. Louis, Missouri, is this year’s award recipient. Fleming, who has spent the past two years planning the 2019 NGS Family History Conference, has in fact chaired more than six conferences for NGS as well as numerous events for other societies over the years. Active in local and state organizations, she served as president of the St. Louis Genealogical Society, where she was involved in helping with the creation of the Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Research Collection established at the St. Louis County Library. She has served NGS as president, vice president, and secretary and was instrumental in preserving the NGS Book Collection by negotiating its move to the St. Louis County Library.


The Award of Merit is presented to an individual or non-profit genealogical or historical organization to recognize exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy over a period of five or more years, which have significantly aided research or increased interest in genealogy. This year the NGS Board of Directors presented awards to three winners.

In recognition of their efforts during the past sixty years, NGS awarded The Florida Genealogical Society, Tampa, Florida, with the Award of Merit.

Founded in 1958, the Florida Genealogical Society is the oldest genealogical society in the state of Florida. It is celebrating sixty years of service to the genealogical community. In addition to monthly educational programs and an annual seminar, the Society has worked on projects that have made genealogical and historical information available to the public. Some of these projects include the digitization and indexing of naturalization records; photographing more than 500 graves; collecting and uploading over 115,000 county cemetery records to FindAGrave; and sorting and indexing 16,000 Burgert Brothers historical photographs depicting Tampa life between 1899 and the 1960s.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received the Award of Merit in recognition of its exceptional contributions to researchers.

The Center brings together collections from more than 230 libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions into a single, searchable website, DigitalNC. Unlike other genealogy sites, DigitalNC’s locally focused content is chosen by community-based librarians, archivists, and curators. The thousands of yearbooks and newspaper pages are just part of this ever-growing archive.


The third Award of Merit was presented to Carolyn Carter of Detroit, Michigan, in recognition of her significant efforts to increase an interest in genealogy.

Carter is a professional genealogist and academic instructor in genealogy at the Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, Michigan. For the past six years, she has designed and taught research methodology and family history techniques to the students in the college’s downtown campus. She helped to maintain and grow the students’ enthusiasm by creating a student genealogy club and by providing opportunities for them to attend genealogy conferences (most recently at the 2018 NGS conference in Grand Rapids) as well as research field trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Awards for Excellence are presented for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book, a publication discussing or demonstrating genealogical methods and sources, or an article published in the NGS Quarterly. Entries serve to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advance or promote excellence in genealogy.

Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book
This year’s recipient is Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, of Burke, Virginia, who collaborated with Nancy Sands Maulsby of Greenwich, Connecticut. The title of their book is Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Alfred Sands and Kate Van Volkenburgh: Enduring Relations.

Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
Scott Andrew Bartley of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, is this year’s recipient. The title of his entry is Early Vermont Settlers to 1771, Volume 1—Southern Windsor County.

Award for Excellence: National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Worth Shipley Anderson, JD, of Vienna, Virginia, received the Award for Excellence for his article, “John Stanfield ‘as he is cald in this country’: An Illegitimate Descent in Eastern Tennessee,” published in the June 2018 issue of the NGSQ.

The Rubincam Youth Award was established in 1986 to encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians. It honors Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to NGS and to the field of genealogy.

Adriana Sela
of Miami, Florida, is the winner of this year’s Senior Rubincam Youth Award for students in grades ten through twelve. Ms. Sela’s paper documents her maternal ancestry from Ecuador to Miami.

Andre Galistinos of Ridgefield, Connecticut, is the winner of the Junior Rubincam Youth Award for students in grades seven through nine. The title of his entry is “An Unexpected Surprise.”

Honorable mentions were presented to Wyatt Anderson Taylor of Long View, Texas (Senior) for his paper, “The Walkers: A Sawmill Family,” and Tyrone Kearse of New Castle, Delaware (Junior) for his paper, “A Biography of Irving S. Young.”

08 May 2019

NGS Opening Session Awards Presented at 2019 Conference


NGS Presents Awards Honoring Excellence
in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

Today, at the opening session of our four-day Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, President Ben Spratling, JD, presented several awards to honor the conference’s local volunteer leadership and to recognize the winners of the NGS Newsletter Competition. 

The Award of Honor was presented to the St. Louis Genealogical Society, Kay Weber, president, in recognition of the Society’s dedication and sustained service in support of the 2019 NGS conference. 

Certificates of Appreciation were given to committee chairs who worked tirelessly to assure the success of the conference. The honorees included: Local Host Co-Chairs, Kay Weber and Viki Fagyal; Exhibit Co-Chairs, Robert Goode and Robert Cejka; Hospitality Co-Chairs, Karen Goode and Rich Stanton; Local Publicity Chair, Ann Hodges; Registration Co-Chairs, Barbara Larson and Diane Broniec; Social Media Chair, Laura Balluff Mackinson; and Volunteer Chair, Marilyn Brennan.

The winners of the 2019 NGS Newsletter Competition, honoring excellence in newsletter editorship in three categories, were presented to:

Newsletter for a Major Genealogical and/or Historical Society with 500 or more members
Winner: The Tracer, the newsletter of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, of Cincinnati, Ohio, edited by Eileen Muccino.

Honorable Mention: The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, published by the Virginia Genealogical Society, Orange, Virginia, edited by Deborah Harvey.


Newsletter for Local Genealogical and/or Historical Societies with less than 500 members
Winner: The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, the periodical of the Irish Family History Forum in Long Island, New York, edited by Jim Regan.

Honorable Mention: The Archivist, the newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, New Jersey, edited by Michelle D. Novak.

Family Association Newsletter
Winner: The Timen Stiddem Society Newsletter, the newsletter of The Timen Stiddem Society, a family association whose ancestor was among the seventeenth century settlers of New Sweden (now Wilmington), Delaware, edited by Richard L. Steadham.

Honorable Mention: The Hungerford World Tree, the newsletter of The Hungerford Family Foundation, Inc., in Bonita Springs, Florida, edited by Charles C. Morgan.

NGS Magazine January–March 2019 Issue


The January-March 2019 issue of NGS Magazine, Volume 45, Number 1, 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 NGS Family History Conference in May in St. Charles, Missouri, this issue explores the history, people, resources, and repositories of Missouri and some of its neighbors. 

French citizens settled in what was New France as early as 1720. After the French and Indian War ended France lost its land west of the Mississippi to Spain, but many French practices continued. Ann Fleming describes the history, cultural influence, and records of early French residents in Missouri and Illinois. 

Germans have left their mark in several states within the Louisiana Purchase: Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. Kathy Petlewski outlines the history of German settlement in these states and cites sources with further information. 

The Homestead Act of 1862 was a prime motivation for millions of settlers to travel west and obtain their own land by meeting the law’s requirements. Gail Blankenau demonstrates the valuable types of information contained in homestead records and explains where to locate them. 

Over two hundred thousand children in New York City and Boston were sent west to new homes because one or both of their parents were unable to care for them, and the managers of orphan asylums believed the children would be better off on farms. Clark Kidder discusses the history and records of the orphan train movement and provides contact information for thirteen asylums. 

Two repositories in Missouri are particularly notable for genealogical research. Cheryl Lang highlights the materials and databases of the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri, three hours from St. Charles. Bryan McGraw lists a variety of records held in the National Archives at St. Louis, with a focus on Individual Deceased Military Personnel Files, and provides details about access. 

In their columns, Claire Prechtel Kluskens features an example of an unusual Civil War accounting record, and Jordan Jones evaluates three types of task management tools. This is the final column by Jordan, NGS Magazine’s expert technology columnist for the past ten years. Many thanks to Jordan for his contributions, which have helped readers enhance their use of technology in genealogical research.

Table of Contents

Features

Early French Citizens in the Upper Mississippi Valley, by Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS


“A Comfortable Place to Live In”: Using Homestead Files in Family History
by Gail Shaffer Blankenau

Military Individual Deceased Personnel Files by Bryan K. McGraw

Researching Orphan Train Riders by Clark Kidder

Researching at the Midwest Genealogy Center by Cheryl Lang, MLS

Departments


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Ben Spratling

EDITOR’S NOTE by Deb Cyprych

NGS NEWS

2018 NGS DONATIONS AND IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS

REFERENCE DESK
German Settlement in Louisiana Purchase Lands by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
TECHNOLOGY
Task Management for Genealogists by Jordan Jones
NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Accounting for Each Penny: Revelations from Civil War Accounting Records of a Maine Provost Marshal by Claire Prechtel Kluskens

NGS MEMBERS’ BOOK NOTICES



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.

NGS Introduces War of 1812 Records Course


National Genealogical Society Introduces
Its New Online Course: War of 1812 Records

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to introduce our new Continuing Genealogical Studies (CGS) course, War of 1812 Records. The course will be available online at the commencement of the NGS 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8-11 May 2019.

War of 1812 Records takes an in-depth look at the wealth of information family historians can access to trace ancestors in this time period. Records include compiled military service, pension, bounty land, Navy and Marine Corps, and prisoner of war records. War of 1812 Records will be available in the NGS online store on 8 May 2019.

Students will develop an understanding of the cause of the war and the genealogical significance of various records associated with it. They will examine and learn how to use numerous records including muster rolls, ship’s logs, diplomatic records, state militia records, and lineage society files. The course also covers African American and Native American participation in the war.

War of 1812 Records was developed by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) with David Rencher, CG®, Rebecca Koford, CG, Ken Nelson, and Michael Hall as contributing authors. It is divided into fourteen modules which include readings, web links, self-correcting quizzes, practical assignments, and a reading and reference list. War of 1812 Records is the latest and ninth special subject course in the National Genealogical Society’s Continuing Genealogical Studies online learning series.



07 May 2019

NGS Announces Winner of the Filby Award



National Genealogical Society Announces the Winner of the
Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship


The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce that Susan Kaufman, manager of the Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, is the winner of the NGS Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. The award, along with its $1,000 prize, was presented to Kaufman today at Librarians’ Day, an event held a day in advance of the NGS 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri.

Created in 1999 by NGS, the award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. It is presented annually at the NGS Family History Conference and has been sponsored by ProQuest and William Forsyth since 2006.

In 2005, Kaufman was appointed manager of the Clayton Library. Previously, she held positions as a genealogy librarian at the Peoria Public Library in Peoria, Illinois, and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During her tenure, the Clayton Library has become one of the finest genealogy libraries in the nation with some 100,000 research volumes, 3,000 periodical titles, and an extensive microfilm collection. It also is a FamilySearch affiliate library, which allows patrons to access extensive genealogical records held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A respected librarian, presenter, and administrator, Kaufman regularly lectures at community, statewide, and national events. She has served on the boards of many genealogical organizations, including the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). During the nomination process, patrons, colleagues, and volunteers offered tributes that tell the story of a generous and skilled researcher who is always willing to help other family historians.

NGS to Release Research in Arkansas, 2nd Edition, at 2019 Conference


NGS to Release Research in Arkansas, 2nd Edition,
at its Upcoming Family History Conference

The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the latest Research in the States guide book, Research in Arkansas, 2nd edition, by Lynda Childers Suffridge, will go on sale on 8 May at our 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8-11 May. It also will be available for purchase in the online store in both PDF and print versions beginning 8 May.

Family historians and genealogists will discover a wealth of newly updated information in Research in Arkansas. The most significant revision is the renaming of the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives—now known as Arkansas State Archives—and its merger with the Arkansas Department of Heritage. Website addresses were changed, some records were given new call numbers, and its Biodex is no longer online. In addition, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives with holdings dating back as far as 1815 opened at Powhatan in 2011. The guide book also provides the latest information and website addresses for archives, libraries, and societies throughout the state.

Research in Arkansas describes where genealogists can find African American records; cemetery records; colonial, territorial, federal, and school censuses; and military records for the Mexican War, the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World I, and World War II. In the section on military records, family historians will learn where to access records on people of Japanese descent who were interned in World War II relocation camps in Arkansas. Land and property records, reconstruction era records, and religious, tax, and vital records are also covered in this comprehensive guide book.

Lynda Childers Suffridge is vice president of the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives. She has lectured at NGS conferences, IGHR at Samford University, and many local societies.

Published by NGS, Research in Arkansas, 2nd edition, is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG®, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS.

23 April 2019

NGSQ March 2019 Issue Now Online





The March 2019 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 107, Number 1, has been mailed to members and is available online in the Members Only section of the website.


CONTENTS:


FEATURE ARTICLES 

  • A Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas by Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG
  • The German Parents and Birthplace of Adam Cosner of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Wayne County, Ohio by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG
  • Recovering the Identity of Barsheba (Morris) Johnson of North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee by Worth Shipley Anderson, JD

NOTES and DOCUMENTS  

    • 1861 Plat Maps and the 1860 Federal Census of Hanover Township, Ashland County, Ohio: A Comparison by Ronald A. Hill, PhD, CG Emeritus, FASG 

    COMMUNICATIONS 

    EDITORS’ CORNER
      • Start with a Plan

      ADMINISTRATION

      SIDELIGHTS
      • 2018 NGS Quarterly Index
      • A Troublesome Cause of Death

      The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) is published four times per year, in March, June, September, and December. The journal is edited by Nancy A. Peters, CG®, CGLSM, and Allen R. Peterson, CG.

      18 April 2019

      Hurry! 50% off MyHeritage Ends Sunday 21 April for NGS Members, Family, and Friends


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      16 April 2019

      Online Pre-Registration Ends 19 April for NGS Conference and Events



      Online Pre-Registration for the NGS Conference
      and All Ticketed Events Closes 19 April 2019


      There are only a few days are left to pre-register online for the NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8‒11 May 2019. Pre-conference registration ends 19 April. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon, 7 May, in the St. Charles Convention Center. For conference information and to register, go to https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/.

      Registration for all social meal events and pre-conference tours also closes on 19 April. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for social meal events, workshops, or tours. Only a few spots remain for the St. Louis Research Trip and the Civil War Museum Tour. Seats are still available for meal events including the Friends of the Missouri State Archives lunch, the GSG-ISFHWE co-sponsored lunch, and the NGS lunch. There are also seats available in the pre-conference African American Seminar and the Librarians’ Day event.

      Be sure to make your reservations now at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on Store>My Account>Select View next to 2019 Conference>Select View Again>Select Add Sessions.

      The conference, “Journey of Discovery,” will showcase more than 150 lectures featuring a variety of tracks and topics including ethnicity, genetics, immigration and migration, military, Missouri, religion, technology, and more. The program will include all levels of genealogical skills from basic to advanced, as well as four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures. The DNA track will feature eighteen presentations on genetic discoveries, science, and methodology.

      The Family History Expo will feature more than seventy-five exhibitors and be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Check the website for a list of exhibitors and the accompanying floor plan. You do not want to miss this year’s exciting conference program. Register today!

      Hope to see you soon in St. Charles!

      12 April 2019

      Free Mobile App for the NGS 2019 Conference

      Mobile Conference App Now Available for the
      NGS 2019 Family History Conference


      Whether you plan to go to the NGS Conference or not, you may want to take a look at our free NGS Conference App. The Mobile Conference App for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2019 Family History Conference is now available. With thousands of family historians and genealogists attending more than 150 lectures, special programs, luncheons with guest speakers, and an expansive Family History Expo, the NGS Conference App will enable you to stay organized and on top of the latest information. If you have not yet registered for the conference, which is being held in St. Charles, Missouri, 8‒11 May 2019, visit https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

      If you cannot attend, the app is a good way to take a look at the fantastic program NGS has prepared and you can order our video or audio recordings from the PlaybackNGS website.

      The free NGS Conference App is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. Go to the NGS Conference website to download the app or search your app store for NGS Family.

      If you already have the NGS mobile app on your phone from a past conference

      1. go to Settings within the app, 
      2. tap “Exit to Conference,” or “Exit to Show List” 
      3. choose NGS 2019, and 
      4. scroll down 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
      • notate every speaker, their lecture topics, and descriptions to plan your day, or perhaps you want to remember to order a recording for a session you miss
      • find all conference information in one place with “About NGS 2019 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, #NGS2019GEN
      • 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 
      • take and save notes
      If you have already registered, we encourage you to begin using the app now so you can improve your conference experience in St. Charles. If you haven’t registered, we invite you to discover all the NGS 2019 Family History Conference has to offer. Online registration closes 19 April 2019.

      11 April 2019

      MyHeritage Promotion dates: 11 April to 21 April 2019


      The National Genealogical Society is excited to share an exclusive offer for members, friends, and family: 50% off the ultimate subscription to MyHeritage, valid through 21 April 2019.

      MyHeritage is an industry-leading platform that makes family history research easy and offers you some of the most advanced tools on the market to overcome genealogical brick walls. MyHeritage search and matching technologies enable you to grow your family tree effortlessly and make fascinating discoveries about your ancestors.
      Get 50% off the MyHeritage Complete subscription
      The Complete plan gives you full access to all MyHeritage advanced features, including:
      Unlimited family tree size (option to upload a GEDCOM file)
      9.6 billion international historical records
      Automatic Smart Matches™ with millions of family trees
      Automatic Record Matches
      Instant Discoveries™, which can add an entire branch to your family tree with 1 click
      Consistency Checker, which automatically identifies inaccuracies in your tree
      Advanced DNA features
      PedigreeMap™
      Family Tree Builder software premium edition
      Priority customer support via phone and email 24/7
      Hurry! For a limited time, every NGS member can get a one-year Complete subscription for 50% off. Grab this deal before it’s gone!

      Your purchase can help advance your family history and help NGS too.  MyHeritage makes a donation to our society for every new subscription purchased.
      Save 50% off now
      *Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only, valid through 4/21/2019.

      08 April 2019

      Live Stream Registration Now Open for 2019 NGS Conference


      NGS to Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures
      During its Family History Conference in May


      The National Genealogical Society will live stream ten lectures by nationally recognized speakers on some of the most popular topics in the field of genealogy during its 2019 Family History Conference. These lectures will be among more than 135 offered at the conference, 8−11 May 2019, in St. Charles, Missouri.

      Register Now for NGS Live Stream

      On 9 May, three live stream lectures will focus on DNA’s role in supplementing genealogical research. Also on 9 May, two other talks will discuss ethnic research. The five selections on 10 May feature lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) that emphasize research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. NGS members and non-members across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign-up for these live stream broadcasts.

      Registrants for live stream can sign up for a one-day or a two-day pass.



      Thursday, 9 May 2019: Viewers will be able to stream five lectures from 8:00 a.m.
      through 5:00 p.m. (CDT), including:
      • The Fisherman Who Wanted to Marry the Executioner’s Daughter: Stories From German Marriage Sources—Warren Bittner, CG®
      • UK Sources for Irish Immigrants—John Grenham, FIGRS, FGSI 
      • Using a DNA Map to Navigate Your Brick Walls—Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD 
      • Finding Relatives Through DNA When Family Trees Do Not Exist—Bernice Bennett 
      • DNA: King Arthur’s Mighty Genetic Lightsaber—Roberta J. Estes

      Friday, 10 May 2019: Five BCG Skillbuilding lectures will be live streamed from 8:00 a.m.
      through 5:00 p.m. (CDT), including:

      • Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem-Solving—Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
      • Writing the Family Narrative: A Strategy for Breaking Down Brick Walls—Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL 
      • Building a Credible Lineage Despite Missing Information, Conflicting and Incorrect Records, and Undocumented Publications—Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA 
      • Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communication—Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL 
      • Writing a Conclusion Incorporating DNA Evidence—Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
      Family historians can find details about the live stream program, plus additional conference recordings, on the PlaybackNGS Website.

      Registration for the live stream will close at midnight on 8 May 2019, to watch the sessions in real time and as they happen. NGS will offer all ten lectures as video recordings after the conference. Special value pricing for conference packages of video and audio recordings will be available for purchase only from 8─11 May. After 11 May, normal pricing will resume for video and audio packages. Live stream, conference specials, and post conference packages are available to order on the Conference Recordings page. All registrants of packages will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2019 Family History Conference syllabus.

      Registrants will receive instructions for viewing the live stream about a week prior to the conference.


      PRE-CONFERENCE & ON-SITE LIVE STREAM PASSES
      *Delivered live; Access live streamed videos for one year through 11 May 2020


      Live Stream PassesLive Stream DetailsPre-Conference & On-Site Sale
      Lectures
      One Day Pass5 Video Sessions –Choose Either Day$95DNA(three), Ethnic(two). Five lectures on Thursday, 9 May 2019, or

      BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 10 May 2019.
      Two-Day Pass10 Video Sessions –Both Days$149DNA(three), Ethnic(two). Five lectures on Thursday, 9 May 2019, and

      BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 10 May 2019.

      NGS has selected Playback Now to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Conference participants can benefit by selecting different presentations while attending the conference and expanding their overall conference experience.

      Reminder: If you are attending the 4-day event in St. Charles, online conference registration will close on 19 April 2019. Registration by mail must be postmarked by 19 April. Registration in person opens at noon on Tuesday, 7 May, at the St. Charles Convention Center.


      Please consider joining us in person or by live stream starting 9 May. And you can also check back and order recordings from the 2019 conference at the PlaybackNGS Website.

      15 March 2019

      Hurry! Early Bird Discount Ends for NGS Conference on 19 March

      Hurry! Early Bird Discount Ends 19 March
      for 2019 Family History Conference


      Please don’t miss this opportunity! Time is running out for family historians to receive a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8−11 May 2019. After 19 March, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $215 to $250 for all four days. Non-members will pay $285, up from $250. Genealogists will also no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, you must register online by 19 March or mail your registration postmarked 19 March. 

      The conference, “Journey of Discovery,” will showcase more than 150 lectures featuring a variety of tracks and topics including ethnicity, genetics, immigration and migration, military, Missouri, religion, technology, and more. The program will include all levels of genealogical skills from basic to advanced, as well as four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures. The DNA track will feature eighteen presentations on DNA discoveries, science, and methodology.

      The Family History Expo will feature more than seventy-five exhibitors and be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Check the website for a list of exhibitors and the accompanying floor plan.

      The NGS Conference will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and will run from 8−11 May. For conference information and to register, go to the NGS 2019 Family History Conference website.

      Registration for local area tours and social meal events closes on 19 April 2019.

      You will not be able to purchase tickets on-site at the conference. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible.

      Add Items to an Existing Registration
      To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on Store>My Account>Select View next to 2019 Conference>Select View Again>Select Add Sessions.

      See you in St. Charles in May!

      12 March 2019

      Reminder for 2020 Call for Proposals Deadline

      Last Chance to Submit Lecture Proposals for
      NGS 2020 Family History Conference


      Time is running out for speakers—as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures—to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society 2020 Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, 20‒23 May 2020. All proposals must be submitted electronically at https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/call-for-proposals/ by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2019.

      The study of family history gives greater meaning and dimension to our lives. As the prior generations fade from view, the results of our research illuminate the pale echoes of the past and bring our ancestors back to life to resonate for future generations. The NGS 2020 Family History Conference in Salt Lake City will explore our connections to our ancestors and the vestiges of their lives that we can discover through records that still exist. Conference tracks under consideration include the following:
      • Impact of wars, poverty, famine, persecution, and the industrial revolution on movement from ancestral homes in the Americas and abroad
      • Immigration, naturalization, and passenger records 
      • Historical migrations, trails, and events that affected patterns of settlement
      • Hard-to-find ancestors who seem to disappear from records
      • Approaches to rural and urban research
      • Military records
      • Occupations and trades
      • Modes of transportation
      • Religions and related record collections
      • Ethnic resources and research techniques
      • Postcards, letters, diaries, and manuscripts
      • Immigrant, benevolent, and religious associations
      • Specialized collections of the Family History Library and other repositories
      NGS also requests proposals that include the integration of DNA and technology into family history research as well as methodology and problem solving. NGS encourages proposals that demonstrate methods to help genealogists accurately identify ancestors through reasonably exhaustive research, proper source citations, analysis and correlation, resolution of conflicts, and sound reasoning and coherent writing.
      Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals may submit up to eight proposals electronically. The speaker compensation is described in detail on the website. Visit the website for details about required speaker information and each submitted proposal. NGS has a free webinar, Becoming a Better Conference Speaker: Proposals and Preparations, which can be found on the National Genealogical Society YouTube channel that can help you prepare your proposal.

      If your genealogical organization would like to sponsor a lecture, submit proposals to NGS. If your organization would like to sponsor a luncheon, please contact [email protected]. Do not use the sponsored lecture form.