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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.
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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.

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2014 Fall Conference and Workshop

Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting - "The Law, Your Ancestors, and You" -- Saturday, 15 November 2014. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. $54.00 NCGS members, $60 non-members. Lunch included.
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The NCGS Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting

The Law, Your Ancestors, and You

Judy Russell photowith Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Saturday, 15 November 2014

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Comfort Suites Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP
5219 Page Road
Durham, NC 27703

Registration Information

To register, click on the “Add to Cart” button, or you may download the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment.

$54 for current members of NCGS (includes lunch)
$60 for non-members of NCGS (includes lunch)
(To take advantage of member pricing, you may first join NCGS by visiting the Membership section of the website.)

Only registrations received on or before 1 November 2014 are guaranteed to receive lunch and the workshop packet.

Members requesting the “members rate” must have a valid and current membership. For discounts to be applied to online orders, you must be logged into a current member account. For discounts to be applied to orders received in the mail, you must indicate your membership number. To verify this number, look for a four or five digit number on mailings from NCGS, or check your member profile.

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. 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.

Refund Policy
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.

To register, use the online registration form (click on "Add to Cart") or download and print the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment.


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