The North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
“How Old Did He Have To Be...?”
LIVE Webinar 13 March 2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
(Free Viewing Period of the recorded webinar: 3-5 April 2015)
Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802?
Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birthdate, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.
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 Genealogist℠ and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠.
After the free 13 March live presentation, the recording of the webinar, “How Old Did He Have To Be...?”, will be presented on the NCGS website from 3-5 April 2015 and will be free for all to view. During the 3-day public viewing, the accompanying handout will be posted in the members only section of the NCGS website. After 5 April the 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 handout, from the NCGS online bookstore (available May 2015).
The handout will be posted in the members only section of the NCGS website one week prior to the webinar. (You may open a printable flyer about this webinar by clicking here.)
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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Spring Workshop: Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos
The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Friends of the Archives will present Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos, on 21 March 2015 at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.
Space is limited. Please register early.
Registration will begin at 8:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Maureen Taylor:
1. “Photo Detecting 101: Identifying Family Photographs.” Audiences love this interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in their family pictures. They’ll learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
2. “Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs.” A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.
3. “Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing.” Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information. Learn how to read clues in fashion trends and apply that knowledge to your own photos.
4. “Photo Organizing Practices.” Do you suffer from photo overload—historic images and photographs on your devices? Follow these basic tips to tackle that image pile. Bring your questions to this session.
Lunchtime sessions to be presented by Archives personnel*:
1. “Photograph Collections in the Archives.” Discover some of the gems “hidden” in the photograph collections. Learn what’s available and how to find historic photos of people and places that can provide clues to your family history.
2. “Preservation Techniques.” Do you know the best ways to store and care for your old family photos? Get some tips from an expert in the field of conservation on how to preserve and protect those treasured images.
* The lunchtime sessions are each offered twice to give participants a choice of attending either before or after eating lunch.
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 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.
Don't forget - the 2015 NCGS Awards nominations are open, until 15 August 2015. The categories (with descriptions) and the Nomination Form are available on our Awards page.
Both the latest NCGS News and the NCGS Journal (Feb 2015) are now available online, in the Publications section. The NCGS Journal is only available to members, after logging in.