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1. to increase interest in and raise the standards of research and compilation by means of educational programs and publications.
2. to acquaint members with research sources and materials in North Carolina and elsewhere.
3. to serve as a medium of exchange of genealogical information.
4. to promote the collection, preservation, and utilization of manuscripts, documents, and other materials of genealogical and historical value.
 
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Member Benefit: Magazine Discounts

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a new member benefit: Discounts on two great genealogy publications.

Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy are offering NCGS members a $25 rate for one-year (six issue) subscriptions or renewals to either or both Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. That's a $7.95 savings off the regular rate of $32.95 a year.

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NCGS Webinars – The North Carolina Series

Helen F. M. Leary 

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The North Carolina Series of webinars is produced by the North Carolina Genealogical Society for all interested in the history and genealogy of this state and its people. North Carolina’s renowned genealogist, Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, begins the series with the question: "Tarheels in Your Family Tree?".
 
Genealogists will find that many families came through North Carolina - some stayed, others moved on, and a few returned. The information Ms. Leary and other speakers provide will be useful to all researchers of southern states and their peoples.
 
The text for this series is North Carolina Research Genealogy and Local History, Helen F. M. Leary, CG, FASG, Editor. It is available in the NCGS Store.
 
Click Herecyan buttonfor a clip of Helen’s introduction to the North Carolina Series
 
 
This page continually under construction - check back often for new content.
 Scroll down the page for some sneak previews and a schedule of upcoming webinars.
 

dnaDNA Testing: The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research

Presented by Katherine D. Benbow, BA, MSW, LCSW

NCGS is proud to provide a recording of DNA Testing: The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research, with Katherine D. Benbow. (The live webinar was provided free to the public on 15 May 2015.) This recorded webinar will be available for a free, 3-day public viewing, over the weekend of 5-7 June 2015. This webinar will be accessible from the NCGS website.

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(Image source: "DNA", licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0, Public Domain, via pixabay)

About this webinar:
Choosing the right DNA test depends on the question you are trying to answer about your ancestry. This presentation will provide an overview of the three types of DNA testing for genetic genealogy purposes: YDNA, MtDNA or mitochondrial DNA, and atDNA or autosomal DNA. Information will be given about the major testing companies with examples of their typical displays and costs.
A case study will be presented detailing the search for the biological ancestral line for a North Carolina ancestor whose results did not match the supposed family of origin. This involved the use of Y-DNA and atDNA testing.
Ms. Benbow will recommend various resources available for further learning, including some for adoptees.

About the presenter:
A North Carolina native, Katherine D. Benbow, received her BA degree from Hollins College and her MSW degree from the University of Denver. She is licensed by the state of North Carolina as a clinical social worker. Katherine has completed eight courses at the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Welsh Research course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.
Katherine is the administrator of seven projects at Family Tree DNA: six surname (Y-DNA) projects and one atDNA project. She is the historian for the Charles Benbow Family.
Ms. Benbow is the past State Coordinator and Western Piedmont Coordinator for NCGenWeb. Currently she is a board advisor for NCGW and coordinates five counties in that project. Her affiliations include the National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, North Carolina Genealogical Society, Virginia Genealogical Society, and several county genealogical societies. She has presented talks on the subject of genetic genealogy to NCGS and the Guilford County Genealogical Society in the past.

 

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Presented by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The live webinar was presented on 13 March 2015.
This video was made available to the public for three days of free viewing on 3-5 April 2015.

The video is now only accessible on the website to NCGS members as a member benefit. NCGS members and non-members may also purchase the webinar on a CD, which includes the handout, from the NCGS online store. (Coming soon!)

(Image source: "The Carolina Constitution" by John Locke, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

About this webinar:
Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802?
Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birthdate, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.

About the presenter:
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified GenealogistSM and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM.

 

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Pre-1913 Vital Records – Challenging and Elusive and Not Necessarily Impossible to Find  

Presented by Diane L. Richard

The live webinar was presented on 16 January 2015.
This video was made available to the public for three days of free viewing on 6-8 February 2015.

The video is now only accessible on the website to NCGS members as a member benefit. NCGS members and non-members may also purchase the webinar on a CD, which includes the handout, from the NCGS online store.

(Image source: "Family-bible-births" by David Ball - Original work, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 2.5 via Wikipedia)

About this webinar:
Though North Carolina didn’t start officially requiring Birth Certificates and Death Certificates until 1913 (and full compliance wasn't fully achieved until as late as WWII), it doesn’t mean that you cannot determine when and where earlier birth, marriage, and death events occurred. So, what can you do when a certain official vital record cannot be found?
Well, you can search for the next best thing—what we call a substitute record. This means that we have to be more creative in our pursuit of this information. Some locales did start registration of such events as early as the 1880s and various Civil War records can be quite informative. Newspapers, church, voting, cemetery, estate, court, tax, directory, and school records can all help us sometimes identify those elusive birth, marriage, or death dates and places, or at least give us a better and more narrow approximation of when and where. Let’s take a look at some examples of pre-1913 vital records substitutes - both the obvious and those that are a bit more obscure.

About the presenter:
Diane RichardDiane L. Richard is a professional genealogist and owner of Mosaic Research and Project Management. She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 has focused more on the records of North Carolina, including African American (and slave) research and into those who migrated into, through, or out of North Carolina.
Diane is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She is the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society, and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society. She is a regular author for Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle. Diane can be found online at www.mosaicrpm.com.


Sneak Previews!

These short clips give insight into the content of some of our recorded webinars. (Click the green button next to the name.) The full webinar recordings are always available to NCGS members. (More to come - check back often!)

cyan buttonFinding a North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestor with Craig R. Scott

cyan buttonFreedmen's Bureau Records with Diane L. Richard

cyan buttonHow Old Did He Have To Be...? with Judy G. Russell

cyan buttonMapping Your Ancestors' Land: How to Do It - And Why Bother with Helen F. M. Leary

cyan buttonMissing Mothers with Helen F. M. Leary

cyan buttonNorth Carolina Taxes: People, Places, Time & Delinquency with J. Mark Lowe

cyan buttonPre-1913 Vital Records - Challenging & Elusive & Not Necessarily Impossible to Find with Diane L. Richard

cyan buttonProving Parentage with Probate Records: North Carolina Inheritance Laws with Helen F. M. Leary

cyan buttonTarheels in Your Family Tree?, Part 1 with Helen F. M. Leary

cyan buttonTarheels in Your Family Tree?, Part 2 with Helen F. M. Leary

cyan button"The Goodliest Soyle" - Finding, Reading, & Interpreting North Carolina Land Records with Helen F. M. Leary


 cyan button Click here for a schedule of upcoming NCGS webinars!

           Also consider taking a look at our Webinars CD Brochure, May 2015 for recorded offerings found in the NCGS Store.

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