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NCGS Mission Statement

Our Mission is:
1. to increase interest in and raise the standards of research and compilation by means of educational programs and publications.
2. to acquaint members with research sources and materials in North Carolina and elsewhere.
3. to serve as a medium of exchange of genealogical information.
4. to promote the collection, preservation, and utilization of manuscripts, documents, and other materials of genealogical and historical value.
For more detailed information, please view our short slideshow about the North Carolina Genealogical Society.


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Save the Pensions!

preservethepensionsDonate Now! Join with the NCGS to support the FGS to raise funds to digitize the War of 1812 pension files and make them accessible online – free and forever!

For more information, see the FGS Preserve the Pensions page.

Member Benefit: Magazine Discounts

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a new member benefit: Discounts on two great genealogy publications.

Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy are offering NCGS members a $25 rate for one-year (six issue) subscriptions or renewals to either or both Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. That's a $7.95 savings off the regular rate of $32.95 a year.

To receive this benefit, log into the NCGS website, then visit our NCGS Members Magazine Discount page.

DNA Testing - Live Webinar

New NCGS WebinarThe North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:NCGS logo inkjet color-x-small 

Katherine D. Benbow, BA, MSW, LCSW

 “DNA Testing:
The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research”

LIVE Webinar 15 May 2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
(Free Viewing Period of the recorded webinar: 5-7 June 2015)

  Choosing the right DNA test depends on the question you are trying to answer about your ancestry. This presentation will provide an overview of the three types of DNA testing for genetic genealogy purposes: YDNA, MtDNA or mitochondrial DNA, and atDNA or autosomal DNA. Information will be given about the major testing companies with examples of their typical displays and costs.
  A case study will be presented detailing the search for the biological ancestral line for a North Carolina
ancestor whose results did not match the supposed family of origin. This involved the use of Y-DNA and
atDNA testing.
  Ms. Benbow will recommend various resources available for further learning, including some for adoptees.

Benbow Katherine  A North Carolina native, Katherine D. Benbow, received her BA degree from Hollins College and her MSW degree from the University of Denver. She is licensed by the state of North Carolina as a clinical social worker. Katherine has completed eight courses at the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Welsh Research course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

  Katherine is the administrator of seven projects at Family Tree DNA: six surname (Y-DNA) projects and one atDNA project. She is the historian for the Charles Benbow Family.
  Ms. Benbow is the past State Coordinator and Western Piedmont Coordinator for NCGenWeb. Currently she is a board advisor for NCGW and coordinates five counties in that project. Her affiliations include the National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, North Carolina Genealogical Society, Virginia Genealogical Society, and several county genealogical societies. She has presented talks on the subject of genetic genealogy to NCGS and the Guilford County Genealogical Society in the past.

After the free 15 May live presentation, the recording of the webinar, “DNA Testing: The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research”, will be presented on the NCGS website from 5-7 June 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. (The handout will be posted in the members only section of the NCGS website at least one week prior to the live webinar.) After 7 June 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 late June/early July 2015).

To register for this free live event, visit our Webinars page, or go directly to the Registration Page. From either page, click on the Register Now button to complete the registration form.

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.
Citrix has made it easy to attend live webinars using mobile devices. The app for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) is available at iTunes, and an Android app is available at Google Play.

Loose Estates Records Index Update Feb 2015

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.

Coming Soon! NCGS Live Webinar 16 Jan 2015

“Pre-1913 Vital Records - Challenging & Elusive & Not Necessarily Impossible to Find”
On 16 January 2015, the North Carolina Genealogical Society will present a new, live webinar, featuring Diane L. Richard.
Full details and registration coming soon!

Journal Index Update Feb 2015

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.

Journal Indexing Project Update - Nov 2014

Update - 13 Nov 2014: over 10,000 more Names and over 2,000 Places have been added. The structure of how these indexes are accessed has been changed, using a table format rather than a page with a list of downloadable documents. Each entry in the table will open a pdf file in a new browser window. It is hoped this will make it less cumbersome for researchers. (The previous method is still available on the main Publications page.)

Access the online index from the main menu, under Publications > NCGS Journal > NCGS Journal Index. Currently, the total is 40,342 Name entries and 5,154 Place entries.

Latest Publications

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.

Upcoming Events


12:01 am Friday, 5 June 2015 - 11:59 pm Sunday, 7 June 2015


12:01 am Friday, 7 August 2015 - 11:59 pm Sunday, 9 August 2015


Friday, 18 September 2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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