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.
The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Forsyth Genealogical Society will present "Digging Deeper Into Your Family History", on 20 June 2015 at the Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Michael D. Lacopo, DVM.
A limited number of King and Double Queen rooms at the rate of $75 for Friday and/or Saturday (19-20 June 2015) have been reserved at the Best Western Plus-Hanes Mall, 3330 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Phone 336-893-7540 and ask for the North Carolina Genealogical Society rate.
Space is limited. Please register early.
Registration will begin at 9:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Michael Lacopo:
1. “Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the Evidence.” When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn’t “add up,” it’s time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many Internet family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.
2. “More than the Census: Our Families Did Exist Between Those 10-Year Intervals.” This lecture will show the researcher that it is important to identify our ancestors’ whereabouts in as many local records as possible. A lot can happen in ten years! If you don’t look harder, you won’t find them.
3. “Incorporating Social History Into Your Research.” Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a “must-read” bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed.
4. “She Came From Nowhere” – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogy Problem. This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as employing a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research, and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.”
Full refund if withdrawal precedes the early registration date of 10 June 2015; 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: http://www.ncgenealogy.org.
For more information on the workshop, send an e-mail to the NCGS Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, use the online registration form (shopping cart) or download and print the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in the 1980s to substantiate these family stories.
Genealogical research as a hobby was in its infancy in the 1980s. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries, and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog (http://www.Roots4U.blogspot.com) with some engaging storytelling, plot twists, and new findings!
Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991 while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine—carefully, methodically, and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full time as a profession.
Michael has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives—living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, California, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.
Michael’s interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. He makes many trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states chasing ancestors in primary repositories, and also devotes a considerable amount of time to European research, being proficient in reading German script. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
In addition to his storytelling and educational blog, Michael’s presence can be found online at http://www.Roots4U.com, or for more up-to-date lecture and research information, at his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Roots4U.
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.