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.
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.
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 online NCGS Journal index has been updated. Almost 23,000 more Names and over 4500 Places have been added. The structure of the page has changed again - each document is all-inclusive of the names beginning with that letter (i.e., all the "A"s in one file, etc.). These are still individual pdf files that will open in a new browser window, and still searchable. These are obviously much longer lists, but researchers should have no trouble opening them in a browser.
To navigate to these indexes, look under Publications>NCGS Journal, and click on NCGS Journal Index.
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.