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Our Mission is:
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.
 
For more detailed information, please view our short slideshow about the North Carolina Genealogical Society.

 

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Preserve the PensionsDonate Now! Join with the NCGS to support the FGS to raise funds to digitize the War of 1812 pension files and make them accessible online – free and forever!

For more information, see the FGS Preserve the Pensions page.

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.

To receive this benefit, log into the NCGS website, then visit our NCGS Members Magazine Discount page.

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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.
  

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

Presented by Diane L. Richard

LIVE Presentation: 16 January 2015.

Though North Carolina didn’t start officially requiring birth certificates until 1913 and death certificates until 1930, 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.

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

After the free 16 January live presentation, the recording of the webinar, “Pre-1913 Vital Records Challenging & Elusive & Not Necessarily Impossible to Find,” will be presented on the NCGS website from 6-8 February 2015 and will be free for all to view. After 8 February the video will only be 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 syllabus, from the NCGS online bookstore (available Feb 2015).

Please note that the syllabus (handout) for the live event is only available to NCGS members in the members only section. (Syllabus not yet available - coming soon!)

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.

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This event is sponsored through Citrix GoToWebinar, and will be viewable via the link sent to you after registration. This live presentation will not be hosted on the NCGS web site. Citrix has made it easy to attend live webinars using mobile devices. The app for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) is available at iTunes, and an Android app is available at Google Play.


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Finding a North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestor  

Presented by Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA

The live webinar was presented on 21 Nov 2014.

This video was made available to the public for three days of free viewing on 5-7 December 2014.

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 syllabus, from the NCGS online store.

(Image source: "The Minute Man", statue by Daniel Chester French, via Wikimedia Public Domain)

About this webinar:

North Carolinians were active participants in the Revolutionary War, providing men, supplies, and support for the revolutionary cause. Records
were created before, during, and after the war. There is more to research than compiled military service records and pension application files,
such as public claims, pension ledgers, and pension payment vouchers. Records are found in the National Archives, Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, the State Library and Archives, and in some unexpected places. Clues to information on ancestors and descendants can be found in the lineage application papers of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.

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Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,100 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-nine years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He is the Coordinator of the Military tracks at Samford University Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh.

For more information on the speaker, please see our flyer (pdf file).


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

cyan buttonFreedmen's Bureau Records with Diane L. Richard

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

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

cyan buttonMissing Mothers with Helen F. M. Leary

cyan buttonMapping Your Ancestors' Land: How to Do It - And Why Bother 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, July 2014 for recorded offerings found in the NCGS Store.

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