2016 Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting : “Unused, Underused, and Misused Records in Genealogical Research”

McDonald David smallThe North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) will present Unused, Underused, and Misused Records in Genealogical Research, on 29 October 2016 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop featuring four lectures by Rev. David McDonald, D.Min., CG.


$56 for current members of NCGS 
$66 for non-members of NCGS
Lunch is included with the registration.

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Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Rev. McDonald:

1. “Churches in North Carolina”. An examination of various Christian bodies in the Tar Heel State, their records, and their utility for genealogical researchers.
2. “The Draper Manuscripts”. Lyman Copeland Draper (1815-1891) spent decades gathering information on Federal era pioneers through interviews and correspondence. His vast collection, much of it pertaining to North Carolina and surrounding states, is preserved in the Wisconsin state archives. Will you find new clues there?
3. “Brick Wall or Black Hole? Knowing When to Stop”. Sometimes genealogical researchers strike up against so-called brick walls. Sometimes they are insurmountable. Sometimes, in our effort to be reasonably exhaustive in our efforts, we fail to close our research when a conclusion is clear and chase endlessly after an elusive clue or confirmation. Some tips for recognizing when it’s time to write up your findings.
4. “Reach for the Power Tools: Record Transcription and Analysis”. A look at the tools any genealogist must master in order to develop successful strategies for continuing research.

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Our Speaker

McDonald David smallRev. Dr. David McDonald, D. Min., CG, a Wisconsin resident and Illinois native, is the principal of Old Northwest Research, LLC. He has lectured throughout the United States and in England on genealogical matters since the early 1980s.
   Dave is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, former director of the National Genealogical Society, and past editor of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter. With nearly 40 years of research experience, his interests include churches and their records, migration paths and causes, English and Germanic research, and Presidential genealogy as well as genealogical instruction. He has conducted extensive research in New England, New York, the Middle Atlantic states, the states of the old Northwest Territory, and the Great Plains from the Mississippi to the Dakotas south to Oklahoma.
   In addition to genealogical endeavors, Dave is a Protestant minister serving in the United Church of Christ. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Beloit College, a master of divinity from Eden Seminary in Saint Louis, and a doctorate in theology from Christian Seminary in Indianapolis.
   With his wife, Dr. Jennet Shepherd (an optometrist), Dr. McDonald has three adult children. They live outside of Madison with two cats and an aging basset hound.

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Hotels: https://onece.ncsu.edu/mckimmon/divisionUnits/mctc/hotels.jsp

Refund Policy
Full refund if withdrawal precedes the early registration date of 19 October 2016; 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: https://www.ncgenealogy.org.

For more information on the workshop, send an e-mail to the NCGS Administrator at info@ncgenealogy.org.