18 April 2014

Official NGS Conference Photographer

Scott Stewart

The Official NGS Conference Photographer, Scott Stewart, will join us again this year in Richmond.

A photographer for many years, he opened Scott Stewart Photography in 2012. Usually found behind a camera at some of our recent conferences, he was officially appointed at the 2012 Cincinnati conference.

Scott has been an enthusiastic genealogist for decades, pursuing ancestors in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and a regular conference attendee since the NGS 1993 Conference in The States in Baltimore, Maryland.  

You will see Scott moving through the conference taking official as well as casual pictures of events and attendees to make this a richer experience for all our NGS members.  He loves taking pictures of people.  He said, “I see the beauty in each person I photograph, and want to share how great they look to me with others. I think it is sad people hate to have their pictures taken. Trust your photographer, because people love you just the way you are and want to treasure the moments and memories they have with you!  Love them enough to love yourself.”

Scott spent his career in the US Government, retiring in 2005. He is a full time consultant for a company developing trusted and unique solutions to address the global challenges faced by the National Security community. He is married and the proud father of a daughter who recently graduated from Virginia Tech.


17 April 2014

State Research and German Tracks

Ernest Thode

For 22 years I was a local history & genealogy librarian at the Washington County Public Library in Marietta, Ohio, a fact which impacts both of my talks.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014, W146

Ohio: Virginia's Next-Door Neighbor

"Ohio: Virginia’s Next-Door Neighbor" is an appropriate topic because my library is located six blocks from the Ohio River, old Virginia’s border, also her daughter West Virginia’s border. There is much interaction across the river. Some of the implications for genealogy include vital records laws, land surveys, slave vs. free, ownership of the river, the Underground Railroad, occupations in natural resources, and the clash between New England and southern ways of life.  

Friday, 9 May 2014, F324

Using Historic German Newspapers Online

My talk on "Using Historic German Newspapers Online" got its start from from a patron researching his Washington County Schneider family.  After we found his ancestor’s place of origin in local church records, on a whim I searched online for “Bledesbach” plus “Daniel Schneider.” We found a notice in a Bavarian official newspaper announcing the sale of the family’s land prior to emigrating.  To test whether that was a fluke, I looked for my colleague’s “Jacob Jung II” plus “Ehweiler” and found his emigration application.  I was on to something! There are more German papers online than I dreamed. Historic German newspapers are a huge untapped resource with millions of pages from hundreds of titles worldwide, digitized, online, some searchable, for vital records, emigration records, land sales, military records, court summonses, and lists of appointments.


15 April 2014

Social Media Profile

Carolina Girl Genealogy


My Blog "Carolina Girl Genealogy" was begun just over two years ago in order to help share my Family History Stories as well as a way to share my ongoing research and to discuss relevant happenings in genealogy, family history, and my road to completing the NGS Home Study Class.

 Along with blogging, several other Social Media platforms are used. By reaching out daily to others in the Genealogy Community through @CarolinaGirlGen (Twitter), +Cheri Hudson Passey (Google+), Carolina Girl Genealogy (Face Book) and Cheryl Hudson Passey (Face Book), I have been able to establish a support group of knowledgeable friends in many areas.

I am a member and participate in many of the Genealogy Communities on Face Book and Google +. including The NextGen Genealogy Network, Dear Myrtle,The Indepthers, Legacy Virtual Users Group, as well as being an administrator of the Face Book Page for my local Genealogy Club, Grand Strand Genealogy Club. I recently joined Conference Keeper on Face Book and Genealogy Conferences on Google + as a moderator to help get the word out about upcoming Genealogy and Family History events all over the world.

 Face Book Groups have been a wonderful source of State and County collaboration while the Google+ Communities have proven to be a wonderful source of learning and growth.

Another platform that is exciting to be a part of is the Second Life Genealogy Community. Through this virtual world meetings can be attended, classes can be held and book clubs can meet. Just pick your avatar, log in and there is no travel time!

Social Media is a wonderful tool for reaching out to others for help. Just last month, through Face Book and my Blog, I was able to seek out the identity and return a photo of a woman, taken in the late 1800's, to her descendants. A wonderful experience that once again showed me how necessary it is that we reach out, work together, and support one another as we do this important work of finding our people.

Cheri Hudson Passey
Carolina Girl Genealogy


14 April 2014

DNA Track

Administering a Surname DNA Project

Friday, 11:00 a.m., 9 May 2014, F329

Terry Barton is co-founder and President of WorldFamilies.netwhich is dedicated to serving the genetic genealogy communitywith a focus on projects, project administrators, and the individuals who are using DNA to further their genealogical research.

Terry started administering the Barton Surname DNA project in 2001.  He shares his learnings on the WorldFamilies site and provides Interim Project Administration to hundreds of “orphan projects” at Family Tree DNA, the world leader in testing DNA for genealogy.  He also provides direct project administrative support and/or free project sites to hundreds more projects.

Terry will share his philosophy and approach to surname project administration on Friday morning at the 2014 NGS Family History Conference.  You will get ideas to improve your project whether you are an experienced administrator, a beginning administrator, or a project member who wants to help improve their own project(s).

Terry is a pioneer in genetic genealogy, an ardent family historian and an amateur genealogist.  He serves as Atlanta Area Coordinator for ISOGG, coordinates two DNA Special Interest Groups for his local Genealogical Society, and is one of the founding Board Members of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy.



13 April 2014

John T. Humphrey, CG, Memorial Lecture

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

Saturday, 10 May 2014, 8:00 a.m., S406

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is sponsoring the John T. Humphrey, CG, Memorial Lecture in memory of one of the course coordinators of the first GRIP institute in 2012, who died shortly after presenting his week-long course on German Genealogy. John will be remembered for many things including his German expertise and his Pennsylvania baptismal extract books. Although John lived in Washington, D.C., he was born and raised, and is now buried, in southeastern Pennsylvania. GRIP honors his memory through the lecture, “What’s a Prothonotary? Pennsylvania’s Courthouse Records” presented by his seventh cousin, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. Audiences of all levels are welcome who are interested in the types of records found in Pennsylvania courthouse offices, including Prothonotary, Register of Wills and Records of Deeds, with a tutorial on the Russell index system.

Registration is now open for GRIP’s one-week long courses in Pittsburgh July 20-25. Many of which have just a couple of seats left.

For this year only, GRIP is going “on the road” to Orchard Lake, Michigan, August 3-8 where four courses have seats including “Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records” with Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG and Dr. Hal Learman; “Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard” with Thomas W. Jones, Ph. D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA; “Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest” with D. Joshua Taylor, MA; and “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG.

Please visit http://www.GRIPitt.org for more information and to register.


10 April 2014

BCG Participation at the NGS Conference

The Board for Certification of Genealogists®

Website: http://www.bcgcertification.org

The Board for Certification of Genealogists® is celebrating its 50th Anniversary at the NGS conference through two events. In addition to its traditional Skillbuilding Track of board-certified speakers, the BCG luncheon and the NGS Friday evening banquet will both celebrate this fact.
BCG President and some Past Presidents

The BCG luncheon “You Can’t Know Where You’re Going ‘til You Know Where You’ve Been” will feature past presidents Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, and Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS, each presenting a short commentary on the history of BCG during their tenure. Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, will give a short perspective on the future. Our Master of Ceremonies is F. Warren Bittner, CG. .

The NGS banquet will celebrate 50 years of credentialing and is hosted by both the International Commission for the Accreditation of Genealogists (ICAPGen) and BCG. This joint banquet will feature David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, speaking on “Celebrating Genealogical Credentials—The Accreditation and Certification Programs Turn 50!” All are welcome to attend. A special commemorative booklet will be given to all attendees.

A few seats remain for the BCG luncheon and NGS banquet. Don't wait! We expect the meal events to sell-out before registration closes on 22 April 2014

The BCG booth in exhibit hall has successful portfolios for the public to review. Stop by the booth to talk with associates about the certification process and to view the portfolios volunteered by Karen Mauer Green, CG, Michael Hait, CG, Harold Henderson, CG, Nancy Peters, CG and Judy Russell, CG, CGL.


09 April 2014

Richmond Discoveries' Tours

Some Tour Space Still Available – Register Online

Downtown Richmond
As you know, April 1 was the official deadline to determine which pre-conference tours will run. We have left registration open for a number of tours. Registration is still available through our website for most tours – http://www.richmonddiscoveries.com/ngs.php. The passcode is NGS2014 and is case-sensitive.

Please contact Richmond Discoveries DIRECTLY to register for the Williamsburg Research Trip – 804.222.8595 or richmonddiscoveries@cavtel.net.

Colonial Williamsburg and Swem Library Research Trip 5 May (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Research day in Williamsburg. Individuals responsible for making own research or touring arrangements.There are only three seats left on this tour, so registration is closed online. Please contact us directly at 804-222-8595 or richmonddiscoveries@cavtel.net to sign up.
Cost per Person: $78  
This does NOT include admission to Colonial Williamsburg's attractions.

Richmond Discoveries Tour 6 May (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 

Includes driving tour, a tour of the Virginia State Capitol, a narrated cruise on the James River-Kanawha Canal, and a visit to Dabbs House Museum, Henrico County, where the staff will do a special presentation on genealogy research in a museum setting.
Cost per Person: $59    (seats available for both time slots, especially the afternoon)
The upper story of the Dabbs House Museum is not accessible for those with mobility restrictions.

Patriots and Presidents Tour 6 May (1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

This tour is being offered in the afternoon only. Includes driving tour, St. John’s Church, Capitol Grounds, and Hollywood Cemetery (subject to funerals).
Cost per Person: $51    (only a handful of slots left!)
This tour requires some moderate walking at the Capitol Square and at Hollywood Cemetery.

Confederate Capital Tour 6 May (9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.)

Includes driving tour, Museum and White House of the Confederacy, Tredegar Ironworks, NPS, St. Paul’s Church (subject to services), the Confederate Section of Hollywood Cemetery, and our Richmond Alive! program – Life of the Civil War Soldier. Lunch on own in Shockoe Slip.
Cost per Person: $89    (only a few seats left)
This tour requires some moderate walking at Hollywood Cemetery. The upper story of the White House of the Confederacy is not accessible for those with mobility restrictions.

Feel free to contact us with questions at (804) 222-8595 or at richmonddiscoveries@cavtel.net . We are often out doing programs, but leave a message and we will respond. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next month!