25 September 2020

NGS Announces Results of Board of Directors Elections

NGS Announces Results of

2020 Board of Directors Election 

The National Genealogical Society announced the results of its 2020 Board of Directors election at its annual meeting on 1 September 2020. The incoming slate includes three new positions to reflect the upcoming merger of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) on 1 October 2020. These new board positions are Vice President for Society & Organization Management and two directors at large drawn from FGS ranks.

Outgoing President Benjamin B. Spratling, JD, of Birmingham, Alabama, announced the results of the election and the incoming board members who will be seated on 1 October.

NGS Officers (1 October 2020 – 30 September 2022)

  • President: Kathryn M. Doyle, California
  • Vice President: Ellen Pinckney Balthazar, Texas 
  • Vice President of Society & Organization Management: Cheri Hudson Passey, South Carolina
  • Secretary: Ed Donakey, Utah
  • Treasurer: Deborah Lebo Hoskins, Pennsylvania
NGS Directors serve four-year terms that are staggered so that the entire slate does not turn over in one election cycle.

NGS Regional Directors
  • Director of Region 2: Faye Stallings, Texas
  • Director of Region 3: Janet L. Bailey, Virginia
  • Director of Region 4: Bernice Alexander Bennett, Maryland
Directors at Large
  • Janet A. Alpert, South Carolina
  • Colleen Robledo Greene, California
  • Marlis Humphrey, Florida
  • Andre Kearns, Washington, DC
  • David Rencher, Utah
Continuing their terms on the Board of Directors are Angie Bush, MS, Director of Region 1, and Ronald V. Hodges, PhD, Director at Large.

“I congratulate the incoming Board members,” Spratling said, “And I extend my sincere gratitude for their commitment and service to the National Genealogical Society. I also thank the Nominating Committee, including Jordan Jones, chair; Deborah A. Abbott, PhD; B. Darrell Jackson, PhD, CG; Darcie Hind Posz; CG, and D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, for their excellent work.”

The entire 2020 NGS Annual Meeting can be viewed on YouTube. It includes a short video about the upcoming merger of NGS and FGS, which will be finalized on 1 October 2020, and features outgoing President Benjamin B, Spratling, FGS President Faye Stallings who has been newly elected to NGS Board, incoming President Kathryn M. Doyle, and Executive Director Matt Menashes.

21 September 2020

NGSQ September 2020 Issue is Now Online!

Oliverel Eves "O.E." Guillory (1875–1944)

The September 2020 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 108, Number 3, is available online in the Members Only section of the website. Members should see the new edition in their mailboxes in the next few weeks.

Although not obvious by the titles, one of this month's articles features sibling research and Y-DNA to support the conclusion. Another inferential case determines the identity and parentage of an African American women born in the 1850s, despite her many name changes.


  • “A Father for Walter Griffith of Tuscarawas County, Ohio” by Ann Raymont, CG
  • “A Woman of Many Names: Henrietta Dixon of Baltimore City, Maryland” by Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG
  • “The Case of the Missing Moffetts of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts” by Pamela Lyons Brinegar, CG

  • “The Records of the English Chancery Court Revisited: A New Search Paradigm” by Ronald A. Hill, PhD, CG Emeritus, FASG, FNGS


  • Only a Name Survives


  • Housekeeping 1870s Style
  • There Goes the Neighborhood   4
  • Women Lawyers
  • A Burglar Caught Napping
  • Victorian Social Distancing?
  • Achieving Equality in Marriage


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, AG, CG®.