NCGS's newest webinar, Freedmen's Bureau Records by Diane L. Richard, is now available to all NCGS members by logging in, then clicking on the video offerings under the Webinar tab.
Members and non-members may purchase a Webinar CD of the presentation, which includes the syllabus (coming soon!).
Also available in the NCGS online bookstore is North Carolina Research - Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series and Webinar CDs for all released webinars.
A sneak preview is available on the Webinars page.
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 NCGS Journal, Vol. 40 No. 2, May 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 the first week of May.
The Loose Estates Records Index has been updated with 5 more counties - Gates, Graham, Granville, Jones, and Lincoln. This adds 9673 new names to the Decedent Surnames Index, for a new total of 79,945 names. All surname groups increased.
During the update, it became apparent that the redirect for the "B" group of surnames was off by 1 digit, so all the links were offset by one, and the first group, "Babb-Balcon", was not accessible. That has been corrected. If anyone experiences a problem with any of the links, it would be helpful to send a note to email@example.com.
“Franklin County, NC Destroys 100 Year Old Records” was the byline of an article posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter last week.1 Along with many who read the account of the herculean efforts of local historian Diane Taylor Torrent and others with The Heritage Society of Franklin County, NC,2 I was appalled and outraged. It seemed a matter that should have come to the attention of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, but it was confirmed that no one on the board had been contacted through official channels. One board member, Jordan Jones, who is also President of the National Genealogical Society, was contacted in his role as a voting member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), a joint committee of NGS, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).3 By the time this communication was received, however, the records had already been destroyed. Although the eventual outcome to this misfortune would likely not have been altered, certainly resources though NCGS’s affiliation with the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies would have had an impact on the public awareness of the evaluation process to facilitate a larger community discussion.