19 May 2021

NGS Announces Its 2021 Awards & Competition Honorees

 

NGS Announces Its

2021 Awards & Competition Honorees


NGS announced its 2021 award honorees and competition winners at our Virtual 2021 Family History Conference, NGS Live!, on 19 May. The following awards recognize excellence, achievement, and genealogical service.

NGS Award Honorees
National Genealogy Hall of Fame: John T. Humphrey, CG®
NGS introduced its National Genealogy Hall of Fame in 1986. The award honors outstanding genealogists whose achievements in American genealogy have had a great impact on the field. We invite you to visit the National Genealogy Hall of Fame and learn about its honorees. Nominated by the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, this year’s inductee is John T. Humphrey. Born in Penn Argyl, Pennsylvania, in 1948, he died in Washington, DC, in 2012. Always a scholar, Humphrey had a passion for sharing his knowledge and teaching others.

In demand as a speaker on German and Pennsylvania topics, Humphrey became an expert in reading old German script. In 2008, at Williamsburg's 400th Anniversary Celebration, he gave a keynote address on German contributions to America. Two years later, he was invited to Germany to speak on researching Germans in America. In 2011 he taught the first-ever German course at Samford’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Humphrey authored many genealogical articles and books. Two of his most recognized publications are Understanding and Using Baptismal Records and Pennsylvania Births, fifteen volumes of birth and baptism transcriptions. He broke new ground when he unearthed ancestor charts of Nazi SS officers in captured German records housed at the United States National Archives. Humphrey served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society and vice president of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He joined the NGS staff as education manager in 2000.

All who heard Humphrey’s lectures, read his books and articles, or participated in NGS activities he initiated, benefited from his knowledge and skills.


The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship, sponsored by ProQuest since 2006, honors an outstanding librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history. This year’s winner, David E. Rencher AG®, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is director of the Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, Utah, and the chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch.

Rencher is one of the few genealogists with AG and CG credentials and a renowned lecturer who presents at local, national, and international conferences, institutes, and webinars. In his professional capacity, he partners with archives to digitize historical records and is a trusted collaborator. His leadership in technology advanced the book scanning program for FHL; record-matching methods for FamilySearch databases; and implementation of automated indexes for the 1880 census, the Social Security Death Index, and military casualty files for Vietnam and Korea.

Rencher recently authored Research in Arizona for NGS‘s Research in the States series of guidebooks. He also is the author of numerous articles, particularly regarding Irish research, and a contributing author of NGS’s online course for Continuing Genealogical Studies called War of 1812 Records.

Past president and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association, Rencher is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society. He also is a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society in London; vice president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History; advisor to the Board of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; and director for Gen-Fed Alumni Association.


The 2021 Conference Award was presented to the Virginia Genealogical Society, Mary Vidlak, president, in recognition of its dedication and sustained service to the 2021 NGS Family History Conference.

Conference Certificates of Appreciation honor the VGS host committee chairs: Mary O’Brien Vidlak, CG, & Chuck Novak; volunteer co-chairs: Katie Derby and Kathy Merithew; registration co-chairs: Donald Moore and Phillip Ciske; publicity co-chairs: Robin Dwyer-Maurice and Teresa Kelly; conference blogger: Shannon Benton; hospitality chair: Catherine Gill; VGS booth co-chairs: Deborah Harvey, CG, and Nicki Peak Birch, CG; VGS events chair: Mary O’Brien Vidlak CG.


President’s Citation
The President’s Citation recognizes and acknowledges particularly dedicated efforts on behalf of the National Genealogical Society. During the past year, in the midst of a historic pandemic, the NGS staff accepted the herculean task of transitioning to a newly merged organization while expanding the Society’s education programs and preparing for our second virtual Family History Conference. Despite lockdowns and changing protocols with all the additional work that resulted, NGS staff exemplified an extraordinary level of professionalism. “With gratitude for their expertise, energy, flexibility, and positive attitude,” NGS President Kathryn Doyle said, “I am thrilled to present this year’s NGS President’s Citation Award to our dedicated staff: Executive Director Matt Menashes; Accounting Manager Karen Soch; Conference Manager Erin Shifflett; Member Services Manager Susan Yockey; and Courtney Holmes, our Registrar for many years.

NGS Competition Winners
The NGS 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.

Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book

This year’s recipient is Kyle Hurst, of Boston, Massachusetts. The title of her book is Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Le Caron and Victoire Sprague.

Honorable mention: Michael Grow, for his book, John Grow of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Some of His Descendants: A Middle-Class Family in Social and Economic Context from the 17th Century to the Present.

Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is this year’s recipient. The title of her book is Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards.

Honorable mention: Peter J. Malia, for his book, New Haven Town Records, 1769-1819.

Award for Excellence: National Genealogical Society Quarterly
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, of Washington, DC, received the Award for Excellence for her article, “Parents for Isaac Garrett of Laurens County, South Carolina: DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition,” published in the June 2020 issue of the NGSQ.

The NGS Family History Writing Contest has been a Society tradition since 1986. This year’s winner is Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL, for her paper, “The Many Names of Frances Ellsworth: Correlating Evidence to Identify a Birth Name.”

The NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work and creativity of volunteer editors who publish the newsletters of our member organizations. The competition reviews them according to size of membership: small organizations (under 500) and large organizations (500 and up).

Large Societies and Organizations:
This year’s winner is The Tracer, newsletter of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, Eileen Muccino, editor.

Honorable Mention: Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, published by the Virginia Genealogical Society, Orange, Virginia, and edited by Birgitte Tessier.

Small Societies and Organizations:
The winner is the Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, Long Island, New York, edited by Jim Regan.

Honorable mention: Our Endicott Heritage Trail, John Endecott Family Association, Laurie Endicott Thomas, editor.

The Rubincam Youth Writing Contest 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.

Senior Category (Grades 9 - 12):
Wren Marsh of Houston, Texas, for his entry, “Generation to Generation.”

Honorable mention: Akram Elkouraichi, of Yonkers, New York, for his paper, “Project Hesperides: A Genealogical and Biographical Study of the Elkouraichi Family of Ben Ahmed, Morocco Through the Generations.”

Junior Category (Grades 6 - 8):
Asa Marsh of Houston, Texas, is the winner for his paper, “A Short History of My Grandmother: Helen F. Wren.”

Honorable mention: Ava Bielawski, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for her entry, “Dorothy Lundy: A Daughter of Emile Terrenoire, Where the Inspiration Began.”

SLAM! Idea Showcase Awards
On 18 May, during NGS 2021 SLAM! Idea Showcase, six organizations received awards. They were selected from among thirty-two recorded video “poster” presentations highlighting innovative projects, programs, and activities benefiting genealogical researchers. The winners were St. Louis Genealogical Society, St. Louis, Missouri: “Congregation Project”; German Historical Institute, Washington, DC: “German Heritage in Letters”; and Chester County (Pennsylvania) Archives: “1777 Chester County Property Atlas Portal.” Honorable mentions went to Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut: “Genealogy Roundtable”; Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky: “Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall”; and St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri: “Rooted in Inclusion: Forgoing the Family Tree Model.”

The National Genealogical Society congratulates all the 2021 award recipients and contest winners. Sincere thanks go to the volunteer judges, chairs, and evaluators from across the country who generously gave their time and expertise to review the submissions for each award and competition. Thanks, too, to Janet Bailey, awards chair, and Susan Yockey of the NGS staff.

Please help us with awards for next year, when we hope to be together again. Consider nominating an individual or organization who exemplifies the qualities we honor with our awards or encouraging someone to participate in one of our competitions.

06 May 2021

Only Six Days Left to Register for NGS 2021 Live!


Only Six Days Left to Register for NGS 2021 Live!

You have just six days left to register for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2021 Live!

Just six days to sign up to hear The New York Times best-selling author, Dani Shapiro, discuss the sometimes unintended, but life-altering, consequences of genealogical DNA testing on 19 May at 1:40 p.m. (EDT).

To date, tens of millions of people have taken consumer DNA tests to search for ancestors. Shapiro explored the subject in Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity. During NGS Live! she will share her shock when she discovered that her deceased father was not her biological father and talk about her journey to come to terms with medical ethics, kinship, and the multitudinous facets that make up one’s identity. Her talk, Family Secrets, will not be available later on-demand.

Just six days left to register for two days of fascinating lectures on family history research with live Q&A.

Just six days left to be included in drawings for terrific giveaways, including:
  • Five, Annual World Explorer memberships to Ancestry
  • Five, Annual Fold3 subscriptions
  • Five, Annual Newspapers.com Publisher’s Extra subscriptions
  • Five, Ancestry DNA kits
  • Three, One Year MyHeritage Complete Plans
  • Three, Family Finders from FamilyTreeDNA
  • Two, MyHeritage DNA Kits
  • Two, Free registrations for the NGS 2022 Family History Conference in Sacramento, CA
  • Two, One-year NGS Memberships
  • One Each, Family History Guide: Hoodie, T-Shirt, Tote Bag, Large Tumbler, Mouse Pad

These are just some of the highlights of NGS Live! Don’t miss out on a rich array of learning opportunities for every area of interest and every level of expertise in family history.

Register Today!



02 May 2021

National Genealogical Society Announces SLAM! Idea Showcase Award Winners

 


National Genealogical Society Announces

SLAM! Idea Showcase Award Winners

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce that six organizations will receive awards during its 2021 SLAM! Idea Showcase on 18 May. The award winners were selected from among thirty-two recorded poster sessions highlighting innovative projects, programs, and activities benefiting genealogical researchers. Three submissions will receive cash prizes of $250 each:

  • St. Louis Genealogical Society, St. Louis, Missouri: “Congregation Project”
  • German Historical Institute, Washington, DC: “German Heritage in Letters”
  • Chester County (Pennsylvania) Archives: “1777 Chester County Property Atlas Portal”

Three will receive honorable mention:

  • Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut: “Genealogy Roundtable”
  • Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky: “Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall”
  • St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri: “Rooted in Inclusion: Forgoing the Family Tree Model”

All six will receive a one-year library subscription to photo enhancement software from VIVID-PIX.

Videos submitted by the award winners will be featured at the SLAM! Idea Showcase mainstage program on 18 May beginning at 3:00 p.m. (EDT). The program will also include the announcement of the 2021 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship and a greeting from the Library of Virginia, the 2021 NGS Conference host library. Following the mainstage event, attendees will have the opportunity to view poster sessions and chat live with their submitters. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit the conference website to register.


The SLAM! Idea Showcase is a new NGS event to promote information sharing, collaboration, networking, and collegiality among genealogical information providers. The program is sponsored by VIVID-PIX, Ancestry, and Collectionaire.

The Virtual NGS 2021 Family History Conference is scheduled for May 19-22. Conference and registration information is available online.





21 April 2021

The April–June 2021 Issue of NGS Magazine is Now Online



The April–June 2021 issue of NGS Magazine, Volume 47, Number 2, has been mailed to members and is available online in the Members Only section of the website. This issue's theme is Hard Times. 

The registration deadline is 12 May for all live events during the NGS 2021 Family History Conference. NGS 2021 On-Demand! provides access to even more lectures starting 15 June, available through 31 December 2021. An article in the news section has more details on all conference components.


EDITOR'S NOTE by Deb Cyprych

The past year has been difficult for everyone and tragic for many. Besides the direct impact of illness, long-term health complications, and death caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people have suffered from loss of income, social isolation, mental health disorders, and other hardships.

Our ancestors endured hard times, too. Although few wrote about their experiences, many records of the organizations where they sought relief have survived. This issue explores the records of individuals created by almshouses, Freedmen’s Bureau offices, federal bankruptcy courts, and soldiers’ homes.

Almshouse residents included poor families, mentally ill people, orphans, frail older people, vagrants, and people with disabilities. Darryn Lickliter demonstrates that the admission registers, annual reports, and other records of almshouses can provide data not easily found in other sources before 1850.

After the Civil War, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands operated in fifteen states and the District of Columbia to assist formerly enslaved people and refugees struggling to survive. While many of the Bureau’s records provide personal details, their volume and method of organization makes using them difficult. Sharon Batiste Gillins presents a thorough guide for understanding and accessing the records.

Another complex but potentially rich record group was created by federal bankruptcy courts. Between 1800 and 1940, one and a half million individuals and companies filed for bankruptcy under four federal acts. Jessica Hopkins outlines the requirements of the acts and the current process for locating and requesting records.

“Old soldiers’ homes” have assisted veterans in the United States since 1833. Kathy Petlewski discusses the history and records of the US Naval Home in Philadelphia, the US Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC, the branch homes of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in various states, and the homes funded by states and Confederate organizations.

Dedicated county archives provide many advantages to genealogists. Pam Pracser Anderson and Magdalena Radovic-Moreno describe the typical holdings of county archives and how to use them to expand research options.

In our new column, Society Forum, Gail Schaffer Blankenau illustrates the benefits of family associations for researchers and the hallmarks of successful societies.

Genealogists have become accustomed to meeting online during the pandemic. Learn more about finding and attending webinars in Carla Cegielski’s Tech Tips column.

Paul Woodbury continues his series on DNA testing with eight steps to pursue when new autosomal DNA test results are received.

May the next year bring better health and less stress than the last!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Features

  • NGS 2022 Family History Conference: Our American Mosaic by Kathleen O. Beitiks 
  • Researching Poor Ancestors: Almshouse Records by Darryn Lickliter
  • Navigating Freedmen's Bureau Records for Research Success by Sharon Batiste Gillins
  • A Wealth of Information: Federal Bankruptcy Records, 1800–1940 by Jessica Hopkins
  • Unique Resources in County Archives by Pam Pracser Anderson, MS, CG, and Magdalena Radovic-Moreno

Departments

  • PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by Kathryn M. Doyle
  • NGS NEWS
  • SOCIETY FORUM
    • It’s All in the Family: Benefits of Family Associations by Gail Schaffer Blankenau
  • REFERENCE DESK
    • The History and Records of Old Soldiers’ Homes by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
  • TECH TIPS
    • Genealogy Webinars by Carla S. Cegielski
  • DNA DISCOVERY
    • Eight Steps to Pursue with New Autosomal DNA Test Results by Paul Woodbury

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.

20 April 2021

A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: #NGS2021GEN Family History Conference


 
A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift:
The National Genealogical Society
2021 Family History Conference


Are you at a loss over what gift to give the mothers in your life for Mother’s Day? Dinner out at a special restaurant may still not work this year. Round-trip airline tickets to visit you may not be an option for everyone just yet either. But, if your special mom is interested in her family’s history, a gift of registration to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Virtual 2021 Family History Conference might be the perfect gift for her.

On Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May 2021, from the comfort of home she can participate in NGS’s premier, two-day, virtual conference event― NGS 2021 Live!. Speakers include two award-winning authors and nationally recognized speakers who explore a wide variety of topics on researching family history. The two-day event also features a virtual expo hall with the newest genealogical products and services and drawings for exciting genealogy-related prizes.

In addition to NGS 2021 Live!, NGS offers a choice of either a twenty or forty lecture package on-demand. With these options, she may choose from more than eighty-five on-demand sessions available for viewing starting on 15 June. Program content also includes more than twenty additional bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.

As a free bonus, she can participate in the SLAM! Idea Showcase on 18 May. This debut showcase highlights creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs) from around the country.

Why not get your special person a wonderfully unique Mother’s Day gift. Purchase a registration for her to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Virtual Family History Conference.


 



26 March 2021

NGSQ March 2021 Issue is Now Online!

Michael Templeton (1821–1909)

The March 2021 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 109, Number 1, is available online in the Members Only section of the website. Please note that printed NGSQ delivery may be delayed by the U.S. Postal Service. 


CONTENTS:

FEATURE ARTICLES
  • “Backtracking Longstanding Errors to Prove Negatives: William Templeton’s Alleged Pennsylvania Military Service and Mahoning County, Ohio, Burial” by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS
  • “A Father’s Lynching and Multiple Maiden Names: Ida King of Ralls County, Missouri, and Des Moines County, Iowa” by Ricki L. King
  • “Whom Did Mary Marry? Finding Mary Browett’s Multiple Marriages in Early Nineteenth-Century Gloucestershire, England” by Amy Harris, PhD
  • A Birth Family for Moses W. Shields of Hardin County, Tennessee, and Spartanburg County, South Carolina” by Nicki Peak Birch, CG
COMMUNICATIONS

EDITORS’ CORNER
  • Tell Somebody about It
ADMINISTRATION

SIDELIGHTS
  • To Bow or Not to Bow? Social Etiquette, 1850s Style
  • Warning to Smokers
  • A Singular Event?
REVIEWS 

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®.


03 March 2021

Early Bird Discounts End 15 March for #NGS2021GEN



Early Bird Discounts End 15 March
for NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference


Time is running out for family historians and three representatives from each NGS society or organization to receive a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Virtual Family History Conference, 17−21 May 2021. After 15 March, the price of registration for NGS 2021 Live! and On-Demand! will increase $50 across the various packages available. To qualify for the early bird discount, attendees must register online by 15 March.

Join NGS on Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May, for its premier two-day virtual conference event― NGS 2021 Live! Speakers include two award-winning authors, Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance, and Ric Murphy, author of Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia. Other nationally recognized speakers will join them, including Barbara Vines Little, the keynote speaker for the opening session, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas W. Jones, Judy Russell, Eric Grundset, Craig Scott, Janice Lovelace, and more. The two-day event also features the announcement of winners for NGS awards; the newest genealogical products and services from exhibitors in our virtual expo hall; and drawings for exciting genealogy-related prizes.

In addition to NGS 2021 Live!, NGS offers a choice of either a twenty or forty lecture package on-demand. Those who purchase a package may choose from more than eighty-five on-demand sessions available for viewing starting 15 June. Program content includes bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.

NGS will host additional events throughout the week. On Monday, 17 May, the Delegate Council Kickoff Workshop focuses on helping member organization delegates understand their role within NGS. Tuesday, 18 May, presents the debut of the SLAM! Idea Showcase, highlighting creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs). The week ends with Focus on Societies on Friday, 21 May, an all-day event devoted to presentations offering expert advice for society leaders on managing and growing their genealogical or historical society.

Take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when signing up by 15 March 2021. NGS member societies and organizations should have their representatives contact our registrar at [email protected] to have up to three officers or directors register at the member rate.





03 February 2021

NGS Announces Call for Posters for the SLAM! Idea Showcase


National Genealogical Society Announces

Call for Posters 

for the SLAM! Idea Showcase 


The National Genealogical Society issued today a call for poster sessions for the SLAM! Idea Showcase scheduled for 18 May 2021. This event is just one of several new components of the week-long virtual NGS Family History Conference, 17–21 May 2021. The showcase will promote information sharing and collaboration among genealogical information providers.

Societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAM) as well as other organizations such as universities, are encouraged to submit virtual "posters" as PowerPoint presentations with voiceover or other videos (in mp4 format), or other media to illustrate their creative and innovative projects or programs.

Posters will be available for viewing by attendees. Presenters will also be able to discuss their posters live in a chat room with participants. The Showcase will include a live-broadcast main stage event featuring select posters. NGS will select three of the top posters for cash awards.

NGS will accept poster submissions through 15 March 2021. Submission requirements and an online submission form are posted on the NGS conference website.

Take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up by 15 March 2021.

*Note: Due to ongoing mandates in Virginia in regards to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff, NGS is unable to host an in-person conference in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021.



01 February 2021

Virtual 2021 Family History Conference Registration Opens 1 February 2021


National Genealogical Society Announces 

Virtual 2021 Family History Conference 

Registration Opens 1 February 2021


Registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2021 Family History Conference opens today, 1 February 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Plans for NGS’s forty-third annual conference include a full week of virtual events* for individuals, societies, and organizations 17−21 May 2021.

Monday, 17 May, begins the week with a Kickoff Workshop for the NGS Delegate Council. The Delegate Council is the new advisory committee for NGS member organizations created as part of the 2020 merger with the former Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). This inaugural workshop will focus on helping delegates understand their role within the National Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, 18 May, presents the debut of the SLAM! Idea Showcase, which highlights creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs). The day will also include presentations that assist librarians and others who serve genealogists.

On Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May, NGS’s premier two-day virtual conference event―NGS 2021 Live! ―features award-winning authors Dani Shapiro and Ric Murphy; an opening session by esteemed genealogist and Virginia expert Barbara Vines Little; and presentations by nationally recognized speakers including Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas W. Jones, Judy Russell, Eric Grundset, Craig Scott, Janice Lovelace, and more. Two full days are planned by NGS to offer exciting new ideas to energize family historians’ research, announce the winners of NGS awards, and offer a unique experience―the camaraderie of thousands of fellow genealogists from throughout the United States and the world. Program content will include bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.

The week ends with Focus on Societies on Friday, 21 May. This all-day event is devoted to presentations offering expert advice for society leaders on managing and growing their genealogical or historical society. The day will feature fourteen session topics, and Jill Morelli will kick off the event with ideas and new opportunities for societies based on lessons learned during the pandemic.

In addition to NGS 2021 Live!, NGS will offer a choice of either a twenty or forty lecture package on-demand. Those who purchase a package may choose from more than eighty-five on-demand sessions available for viewing starting in June. Other programs will be priced separately. Throughout the week a virtual Expo Hall will be available.

Take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up by 15 March 2021.

*Note: Due to ongoing mandates in Virginia in regards to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff, NGS is unable to host an in-person conference in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021.

Contact: Courtney Holmes
Phone: 703-525-0050
[email protected]






22 January 2021

NGS Announces Delegate Council Steering Committee


The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce formation of the Delegate Council Steering Committee, an advisory group to help create the representative body for societies and organizations in the “new NGS.” The committee is an important step in the society's work to meet the needs of the genealogy community following the merger last October. 

Chair Dawn Carey Henry notes, "The Delegate Council will be a forum where genealogical organizations can collaborate, communicate, and counsel among member organizations as part of the new NGS. This is something all organizations need, especially now during these unprecedented times. The steering committee’s goal is to build the framework for the Delegate Council to ensure effective governance and operations. It established the name for the body, keeping the word ‘delegate’ in the title to honor the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ history of member representatives serving as delegates."

The steering committee will help establish the council’s procedures to provide regular engagement with and among member organizations and an avenue for feedback to the NGS board. The steering committee is planning a virtual kickoff workshop for delegates to be held 17 May 2021 in conjunction with the NGS 2021 Family History Conference.

The Steering Committee represents genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations located throughout the United States. The members are:
  • Chair Dawn Carey Henry, Michigan
  • Vice-Chair W. Samuel Williams, Virginia
  • Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS, Tennessee
  • Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGL, Pennsylvania
  • Susan K. Howard, New Mexico
  • Laurie Hermance-Moore, MLS, AG®, Ohio
  • Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD, Minnesota
  • Ari Wilkins, Texas
Cheri Hudson Passey, Vice President of Society & Organization Management, acts as committee liaison to the board of directors.

In the coming months, the committee will further define the roles and responsibilities of a delegate. It will also identify ways for member organizations to collaborate and communicate with each other and NGS.

Please join us in welcoming this very talented committee as they further the goals and interests of genealogists across the country and the world.

19 January 2021

The January-March 2021 Issue of NGS Magazine is Now Online

 


The January–March 2021 issue of NGS Magazine, Volume 47, Number 1, is available online in the Members Only section of the website. This issue's theme is "Virginia research."


EDITOR'S NOTE by Deb Cyprych

Although the COVID-19 pandemic may force the NGS 2021 Family History Conference in Richmond to become completely virtual, Virginia research remains a vital topic for genealogists tracing ancestors with connections in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky (once part of Virginia).

Family historians planning a research trip to any location may benefit from the steps outlined by Nicki Peak Birch. Her description of online resources, repositories, and the unique aspects of Virginia research—such as separate records for Virginia’s thirty-eight independent cities—gives genealogists a head start in their journey of discovery.

The Library of Virginia in Richmond is the premier destination for Virginia researchers. Virginia Dunn highlights its rich collections of published abstracts and indexes, manuscripts, maps, microfilmed county and city records, research guides, and digital collections.

Many assume that most free Black people lived in northern states prior to the Civil War, but half lived in slave states in 1860 including fifty-eight thousand in Virginia. Leslie Anderson explains the restricted legal status of free Black Virginians and the history of the state's underutilized free Negro registers, some beginning in the eighteenth century.

Legislative petitions offer personal details and stories of people in Virginia and other states. Jennifer Davis McDaid discusses the value and variety of petitions in Virginia Memory’s Legislative Petitions Digital Collection and the Race and Slavery Project's database of petitions in fifteen southern states.

German and Scots-Irish people headed south from Pennsylvania to settle in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during the colonial period. Kathy Petlewski’s column describes their migrations and presents online resources for researching these settlers.

This issue kicks off a new column called Society Forum, dedicated to sharing ideas and advice for genealogical organizations. The first guest author is Julie Cahill Tarr, past editor of FORUM (formerly published by the Federation of Genealogical Societies), who describes an engaging way to involve society members: a genealogical scavenger hunt.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, the history of the 1918 flu pandemic becomes even more relevant. Lori Lyn Price describes the similarities and differences of the two pandemics, with a focus on the impact of the 1918 pandemic on daily life and researching its local ramifications for ancestors.

Carla Cegielski’s column features By the People, a Library of Congress transcription project, and two Library of Virginia projects. Paul Woodbury continues his series of columns on genetic genealogy testing options by profiling the four major DNA testing companies: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritage.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Features

  • Preparing for a Research Trip to Virginia by Nicki Peak Birch, CG
  • The Library of Virginia Welcomes Researchers by Virginia Dunn
  • Free Negro Registers in Virginia by Leslie Anderson
  • Public Records, Private Lives: Legislative Petitions by Jennifer Davis McDaid
  • The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Impact on Daily Life by Lori Lyn Price, MAS, MLA

Departments

  • PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by Kathryn M. Doyle
  • NGS NEWS
  • SOCIETY FORUM
    • Create a Scavenger Hunt for Your Members by Julie Cahill Tarr
  • REFERENCE DESK
    • Early Settlers in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
  • TECH TIPS
    • Transcription Projects: Giving Back by Carla S. Cegielski
  • DNA DISCOVERY
    • Where to Test? Genetic Genealogy Testing Options by Paul Woodbury

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.

11 January 2021

NGSQ December 2020 Issue is Now Online!

 

Fortier family
Oscar and Alcina Fortier Family, Summer 1893

The December 2020 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 108, Number 4, is available online in the Members Only section of the website. Please note that printed NGSQ delivery may be delayed by the U.S. Postal Service. 


CONTENTS:

FEATURE ARTICLES
  • “The Identity of Alcina, Wife of Oscar Furkey of Quebec and Vermont” by Margaret R. Fortier, CG
  • “Who Was the Mother of Samuel Kilbourn of Hartford County, Connecticut, and Baltimore City, Maryland?” by Gary L. Ball-Kilbourne, PhD, CG
  • “Charles Olin and Charles Melville of Nebraska, Montana, California, Oregon, and Nevada: One Man or Two?” by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

COMMUNICATIONS

EDITORS’ CORNER
  • Claims and Assertions: A Matter of Fact
ADMINISTRATION

SIDELIGHTS
  • Third Time Lucky?
  • "Five Times a Widow"
  • "An Awkward Discovery"
REVIEWS 

ANNUAL TABLE OF CONTENTS

ANNUAL INDEX


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®.