Phyllis Matthews Ziller has been awarded first place in the Genealogy Newsletters category in the annual Excellence-In-Writing Competition, sponsored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.
Phyllis edits the NCGS News, the bimonthly newsletter of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, which is published electronically at www.ncgenealogy.org. The award was based on two issues of the newsletter: September and November 2012.
There is still time to nominate a worthy individual or society for the NCGS Annual Awards that honor outstanding efforts in publishing and other contributions to the North Carolina genealogical community. This year’s deadline for submitting nominations is 15 August 2015. The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Fall Workshop, on 3 October 2015 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.
Further details about the categories of awards and Guidelines for the NCGS Awards are posted on the Awards page of the NCGS website. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest NCGS News, July 2015, is now available online under the Publications -- NCGS News menu tabs (scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest issues).
We also have a new resource available. "Tools of the Trade" is a series of articles previously published in the NCGS News, written by Terry Moore, CG.
These articles are now consolidated in one place, under the Resouces tab on the top menu, and are freely available to all. The latest article, featured in the current NCGS News, has just been added. New articles will be added as they are written.
The Awards Committee offers the following guidelines for publications, websites, and individuals worthy of consideration for nomination for the annual NCGS Awards:
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.
Five new counties have been added - Hyde, Scotland, Stanly, Swain, and Surry - with 8144 new names added to the Surname Decedent Index, for a current total of 118,953 names.
The Decedent Index page has also been redesigned. All surnames beginning with the same letter will be found in the same searchable pdf file.
The latest NCGS Journal (Vol. 41 No. 3) is now available in the Member's section of the website. Hardcopy should mail out within the next two weeks.