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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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Member Benefit: Magazine Discounts

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a renewal of two great member benefits - discounts on two great genealogy publications - plus a discount on all purchases through the publisher's online store!

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle) and Internet Genealogy are offering NCGS members a 20% discount on all purchases, including magazine subscription.

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

Member Benefit: FindMyPast Discount

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The North Carolina Genealogical Soceity has partnered with Findmypast to provide a members-only reduced rate on subscriptions. To receive this benefit, log into the NCGS website, then visit our Find My Past Discount page.

For questions about the North Carolina Genealogical Society, and it’s participation in the program, contact Lisa Lisson.

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Born NC Webinar Free View

Diane RichardDid you miss Diane Richard's live webinar? This is another opportunity to watch!

NCGS is proud to provide a recording of “Born NC and Living Elsewhere: Making the Connection Back” with Diane L. Richard, ME, MBA. This recorded webinar will be available here for a free, 3-day public viewing, over the weekend of 7-9 October 2016 (12 am Fri to 12 pm Sun).
   What if you only know born NC from a census, military record, or a child’s death record? Is it possible to figure out where in NC? With the 1850 census as the first census that provided the names of all individuals in a household as well as age and birthplace, this is often the first clue to where one’s ancestors were born! Given that most state records are organized and often retained on a county level in NC, it is often not feasible to search through the records of all the however many counties existed during the time period of interest to find someone when there are no specific clues as to what county to search. Does this mean that it’s hopeless to try to learn where in NC someone came from? No! It is possible; however, it often requires perseverance with a pinch of serendipity thrown in.
   This webinar will present some rules of thumb and strategies for research into those born NC individuals to determine where in NC they came from. Also shared will be a select list of records that are key to this type of NC research with a discussion on what makes them so invaluable.


No registration required! Use the link below any time during the 3-day period. Now viewable on iPad!
(The pdf handout is only available to members, on the Members Webinars page.)

Born NC and Living Elsewhere: Making the Connection Back

(This link will not be active before or after the free viewing period.)

Quaker Records Preview

Friends Meeting House smallEnjoy this preview to Quaker Records and Migration, with Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA.

This webinar will examine the creation of Quaker records and their meaning for the researcher. The reasons for migration and migration patterns before and after the Revolutionary War will also be explored. North Carolina, prior to the Revolution, was a destination. As slavery became more of an issue for Quakers, North Carolina was the major source of out migration.

This webinar was presented live on 20 Nov 2015. A free public viewing of the entire webinar was available 4-6 Dec 2015.

The full webinar, along with handout, is available in the Member Webinars section of the website.
Also available in the NCGS online store. Webinar CD includes the PDF handout. Also available in the NCGS online bookstore is North Carolina Research - Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series, and Webinar CDs for all released webinars.

(Image source: "Friends Meeting House" (Guilford Co. NC 1869) by John Collins, Public Domain (PD-US) via Wikimedia)

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German Settlement Preview

NewBernMarkerEnjoy this preview to The German Settlement of North Carolina, with Victor T. Jones, Jr.

This webinar will discuss the Swiss and German colony of 1710 around New Bern and the Moravian and Pennsylvania Dutch settlements through the Piedmont (including Salem), while briefly touching on the resources to help discover your North Carolina-German ancestor.

This webinar was presented live on 15 Jan 2016. A free public viewing of the entire webinar was available 5-7 Feb 2016.

The full webinar, along with handout, is available in the Member Webinars section of the website.
Also available in the NCGS online store. Webinar CD includes the PDF handout. Also available in the NCGS online bookstore is North Carolina Research - Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series, and Webinar CDs for all released webinars.

(Image source: "New Bern", licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain, via Wikimedia.)

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Maiden Name Not Known Preview

Nancy Hanks Lincoln depiction-smallEnjoy this preview to Finding Women: Maiden Name Not Known, with Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Learning the maiden name of a wife can be one of the more difficult tasks in genealogical research. It is clear that women can be hard to find. At least more difficult than finding the husbands. When a maiden name is hard to find you may have to learn it through the records of the men in her life. The males in a woman’s life may be her father, her grandfather, her husband, her brother, her son, and her son-in-law. They could be her ex-husband, her father-in-law, her brother-in-law, and so many others.

This webinar was presented live on 20 May 2016, and again on 8 July 2016. A free public viewing of the entire webinar was available 5-7 Aug 2016.

The full webinar, along with handout, is available in the Member Webinars section of the website.
Also available in the NCGS online store. Webinar CD includes the PDF handout. Also available in the NCGS online bookstore is North Carolina Research - Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series, and Webinar CDs for all released webinars.

(Image source: "Depiction of Nancy Hanks Lincoln", by Lloyd Ostendorf, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.)

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Where They Walked: Working With Deeds Preview

Nathaniel Batts Deed 1660-smallEnjoy this preview to Where They Walked: Working With Deeds, with Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG.

A one-hour PowerPoint presentation on researching deeds, discussing terminology, the variety of conveyances a researcher may encounter, analyzing details, and following clues to additional resources. Suitable for all genealogists.

The live presentation on 18 Sep 2015 had to be cancelled due to technical difficulties, but a free public viewing of the entire recorded webinar was available 2-4 Oct 2015.

The full webinar, along with handout, is available in the Member Webinars section of the website.
Also available in the NCGS online store. Webinar CD includes the PDF handout. Also available in the NCGS online bookstore is North Carolina Research - Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series, and Webinar CDs for all released webinars.

(Image source: "Nathaniel Batts Deed, 1660", licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain, via Wikimedia.)

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DNA Testing: The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research Preview

dnaEnjoy this preview to DNA Testing: The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research, with Katherine D. Benbow, BA, MSW, LCSW.

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.

This webinar was presented live on 15 May 2015. A free public viewing of the entire webinar was available 5-7 Jun 2015.

The full webinar, along with handout, is available in the Member Webinars section of the website.
Also available in the NCGS online store. Webinar CD includes the PDF handout. Also available in the NCGS online bookstore is North Carolina Research - Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series, and Webinar CDs for all released webinars.

(Image source: "DNA", licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0, Public Domain, via pixabay)

DNA Testing: The Three Types We Use in Genealogy Research Preview
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