30 Aug 2014 - Four new counties have been added to the Index - Ashe, Cumberland, Macon, and Forsyth.
22,921 new names were added to the Surname Decedent Index, with 17,232 names from Forsyth County, alone. This brings the total number of names in the Index to 110,809. All name groups have more names added to them (some more than others, of course).
Who will you find today?
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.
The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) will hold its Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting, "The Law, Your Ancestors, and You", on 15 November 2014. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. It will be held at the Comfort Suites Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP, 5219 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703.
Registration will begin at 9:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures:
1. “From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large—How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists.” To understand our ancestors’ lives – why they did what they did, we need to understand the law that governed their lives in so many ways. How knowing the law our ancestors lived by helps us make sense of the records they left and find clues to more and different records.
2. “Don’t Forget the Ladies—A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law.” In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
3. “The Ties that Bond.” From marriage bonds to officials’ bonds, sureties given in a wide variety of circumstances can offer clues to our family members and their friends, associates and neighbors.
4. “Staying Out of Trouble—The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists.” As genealogists and researchers, we must understand today’s laws as much as yesterday’s. Modern law impacts our rights as researchers – rights of access to vital records, to information, and to places where information can be found. And it impacts our responsibilities, as well, particularly the need to respect another’s copyright.
The day’s activities will also include recognition of the 2014 NCGS Awards winners.
Full refund if withdrawal precedes the early registration date of 1 November 2014; between then and the workshop day a prorated refund may be made; no refund may be made if withdrawal is on the day of the workshop.
Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website.
For more information on the workshop, send an e-mail to the NCGS Administrator.
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified GenealogistSM and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM.
Judy’s web address: http://www.legalgenealogist.com
The Legal Genealogist blog: http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog
The North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:
J. Mark Lowe
“NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency”
LIVE Webinar 19 September 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
(Free Viewing Period of the recorded webinar: 3-5 October 2014)
Discover the variety of North Carolina tax records, and how they can tell you more than the amount due. Learn where they are located, and when to look at alternate sources for information.
Taxation in the Americas began within the colonies for the crown. By the time, the constitution was written in 1787, all colonies were taxing citizens on property, capitation (head), livestock, and other properties. The constitution gave specific authority to the state to levy and collect taxes. For purposes of our discussion, we will focus on the levy on people (poll tax), property and other personalty (personal property).
The North Carolina General Assembly in 1715 defined taxable persons as free Males over sixteen years of age. Basically a tax list is a register of free males, land owners, and slave owners who, by nature of their age or ownership, are required to pay taxes to the governmental authority. But there is so much more to learn.
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA was named the FGS Delegate of the Year in 2000. He is a full-time professional researcher and educator, who formerly served as President of APG, and as an officer for FGS . You can generally find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography Channel’s uneXplained. Otherwise with his love for teaching, you will see him at SLIG, IGHR, numerous webinars, or at your local society
Lowe is a professional researcher and educator, teaching at SLIG, IGHR & RIGS Alliance, researching for clients, and working on projects like "Who Do You Think You Are?"
After 5 October, the “NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency” video will only be accessible on the website to NCGS members as a member benefit. NCGS members and non-members may also purchase the webinar on a CD, which includes the syllabus, from the NCGS online bookstore.
To register for this free live event, visit our Webinars page, or go directly to the Registration Page.
This event is sponsored through Citrix GoToWebinar, and will be viewable via the link sent to you after registration. It will not be on the NCGS web site.
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Can't attend the live webinar on September 19th, or just missed it?
NCGS is proud to provide a recording of NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency, with J. Mark Lowe. This recorded webinar will be available for a free, 3-day public viewing, over the weekend of 3-5 October 2014. This webinar will be accessible from the NCGS website.
The registration link is now active. You will find the registration link on our Webinars page (top menu bar).
You may register any time prior to the free viewing dates (3-5 October 2014), or on any day of the free viewing period. Upon registration, an email will be sent to the email address you provide on the registration form, containing a link to the webinar viewing page. This link will not be active until the free viewing period starts. You may wish to add the dates to your personal calendar as a reminder.