Interested in contributing content to the NCGS Journal?
Journal Editor Larry W. Cates has written an article providing insights and guidelines on doing just that. This article appeared in the September NCGS News, and is now available on its own page on the website. Look under Publications>NCGS Journal on the top menu bar, and click on "Contributing to the NCGS Journal".
If you would like to contribute, please visit our Volunteer! page to complete the form sent to our Volunteer Coordinator.
A new project is under way at NCGS! Volunteers are in the process of transcribing all the printed indexes from the NCGS Journal. From 1975 to 1993, these were added to the last Issue of the year, as an annual index. From 1994 onward, indexes were included at the end of each Issue. This is a massive undertaking, and we are just getting started. You can see our results, so far, under "Publications" at the top menu. Look at the drop-down menu item "NCGS Journal", then "NCGS Journal Index". This is made freely available to the public as a research tool. Past issues of the NCGS Journal are available on CD in our online store, and are always available to members online.
2015 NCGS Awards – Call for Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 NCGS Awards. Among the most rewarding of NCGS programs, the awards promote continued excellence in North Carolina genealogy and also inspire others to publish abstracts and transcriptions of North Carolina county and state records, cemetery and Bible records, family histories, and society journals and newsletters and to develop informative genealogical websites. The Awards Committee urges you to join the society in recognizing the labors of deserving individuals and societies by submitting a nomination for a 2015 NCGS Award in one of several categories.
The NCGS Awards nominations are open from January until 15 August 2015.
The categories for the 2015 NCGS Awards are as follows:
1. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERIODICAL PUBLISHING for a periodical (newsletter) published by a local North Carolina genealogical society.
2. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERIODICAL PUBLISHING for a periodical (journal) published by a local North Carolina genealogical society.
3. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WEB PRESENCE for a freely accessible website promoting North Carolina genealogy.
4. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book, or a set of books, of abstracts or transcriptions of original North Carolina primary source material and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2014 – 15 August 2015).
5. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book of secondary source material relevant to North Carolina and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2014 – 15 August 2015).
6. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book of family history relevant to North Carolina and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2014 – 15 August 2015).
7. THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO NORTH CAROLINA GENEALOGY for an individual whose longtime genealogical contributions have greatly enhanced the study of family history in North Carolina. The genealogical contributions may be regional.
8. THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO NCGS BY A MEMBER for an individual whose work within the NCGS has been outstanding.
Each submission requires a Nomination Form, which should be mailed to NCGS Awards, PO Box 30815, Raleigh, NC 27622-0815. A copy of any publication being nominated must accompany the submission, as well as complete contact information and any relevant supporting material, data, or additional written endorsement. Please include the latest 4 issues of a nominated newsletter or journal. Closing date for submissions is 15 August 2015.
Guidelines for NCGS Awards for genealogical publications, websites, and individuals worthy of consideration for nomination are posted on the Awards page of the NCGS website. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges, and awards will be presented during the NCGS Annual Meeting to be held in October 2015. Printed materials
should properly cite their sources. Submissions of printed material are donated to Genealogy Services collection of the State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh after the judging process. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Please help NCGS acknowledge and honor worthy individual and society endeavors in publishing and other contributions to North Carolina genealogy by nominating their work for the NCGS Awards Program this year.
“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.
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.
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.