In response to requests for guidelines for genealogical publications or websites worthy of consideration for nomination for the annual NCGS Awards, the Awards Committee has prepared written criteria for outstanding works.
Comparing one publication with another in its category to consider which is more worthy of an award, NCGS Award judges take into account what is good and what needs improvement in each publication with a number of specific qualities being considered, as appropriate, for periodicals, books, and websites.
Detailed criteria are available in the following document: NCGS Awards Guidelines.
Phyllis Matthews Ziller, the Editor of the NCGS News, received first place in "Category 3, Original Research Story" in the 2009 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Excellence-In-Writing Competition with her story: "Finding Facts to Support a Family Tradition." The award was announced at last week's NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh.
The article is not currently in print anywhere, but we will provide a link to it when it is.
The latest NCGS Journal, Vol. 40 No. 3, August 2014, is now available online. To access it, you must be logged in as a member. The hard-copy print version should be going out late July/early August.
Update - 13 Nov 2014: over 10,000 more Names and over 2,000 Places have been added. The structure of how these indexes are accessed has been changed, using a table format rather than a page with a list of downloadable documents. Each entry in the table will open a pdf file in a new browser window. It is hoped this will make it less cumbersome for researchers. (The previous method is still available on the main Publications page.)
Access the online index from the main menu, under Publications > NCGS Journal > NCGS Journal Index. Currently, the total is 40,342 Name entries and 5,154 Place entries.
Four new counties have been added to the Index - Chowan, Currituck, Dare, and McDowell. This added 7943 new names to the Surname Decedent Index, for a new total of 87, 888 names.
In the process of adding the latest counties, with the appropriate links to Family Search, it was discovered that Family Search had changed the URL for all the county files, making ours obsolete. These have all been updated.
In updating this page, it was also discovered that the links in the table for the county pages had been broken in the January software upgrade, and gone unnoticed and unreported. These have been repaired.
The latest issue of the NCGS Journal (Vol. 40, No. 4) is now available. Remember, you must be logged in as a member to access it. The print edition should be mailed out early in November.