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2018 NCGS Speakers Forum

June 23, 2018 8:25 am - 4:00 pm EDT

$45 – $60

The Speakers Forum Returns! And it’s bigger and better than ever! After an absence of several years, another NCGS Speakers Forum will take place at the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh on Saturday, 23 June 2018. Both aspiring and experienced speakers will present lectures on a wide variety of topics. Hear interesting case studies, learn how to solve difficult problems, or get ideas on writing your family story. Grab the opportunity to interact with the speakers and other attendees. You won’t want to miss it!


$35 for NCGS members | $45 for non-members
An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available for $15 (a vegetarian option will be available) or you may bring your own.
(June 19th is the last day lunch tickets will be available.)

Take advantage of NCGS member pricing by first joining NCGS. Visit the Membership section of the website.

The workshop will be held at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society, the State Archives of North Carolina, and the Friends of the Archives


The Day’s Schedule


General Information
Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. We cannot accept walk-ins.

Refund policy: Full refund if request is received on or before 13 June 2018.  A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received between 13 June 2018 and 22 June 2018. No refunds for requests received the day of the workshop or later.

Payments by check must be received within 7 days of registration.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website.

Download the 2018 NCGS Speakers Forum flyer.



Lauren Bellard is the North Carolina Historic Project Librarian with the North Carolina Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library Special Collections. In this role she coordinates the digitization of historic North Carolina newspapers. With a background in museum work, she holds a BA and MA in Art History, and in December 2017 she earned an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Trudie Davis-Long is Maryland resident who specializes in decedent records. She has done estate research in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina and has ten books in print. Her most recent publication, 1889 List of Taxpayers of Frederick County, Maryland, is published by Heritage Books.

Michele Doyle and Dorothy Tucker are personal photo organizers who help reclaim family photographs – whether printed or digital. They believe in saving, organizing, and sharing those precious family photos along with preserving and sharing the stories both now and as a legacy for future generations. Michele and Dorothy are APPO Certified and Home Movie Certified.

Kelly Eubank is the Head of Content and Information Delivery at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library.

Anita Finger-Smith is the principal genealogist for Cherokee Genealogy Services. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).  As the genealogist to the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, Anita conducts research and record analysis of American Indian tribes in North Carolina.

Gideon D. Hill, III, M.D. is a retired family physician who lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  He writes, teaches, and lectures on genealogy and local history.

Rebecca Hyman is the Educational Programs and Outreach Librarian at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library.

Marvin T. Jones is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. He is the founder of the Chowan Discovery Group (www.chowandiscovery.org) whose mission is to research, document, preserve, and present the 400+ year-old history of the landowning tri-racial people of color of the Winton Triangle, an area centered in Hertford County, North Carolina.

Lisa Lisson is the writer, educator, and genealogy researcher behind the Are You My Cousin? website.  She specializes in southern research and finding those elusive female ancestors.

Kristen Merryman is the Digital Projects Librarian for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Prior to working at NCDHC, she served in positions at the Durham County Library North Carolina Collection, the North Carolina State University Special Collections Research Center, and the North Carolina State Archives. She has over fifteen years of experience in the cultural heritage field.  Her work has primarily been in digitization of archival materials.  Kristen holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in public history from North Carolina State University, and a BA in history and political science from UNC Greensboro.

Louise Nottingham is the producer/host for Genealogy and You, a Charlotte, North Carolina, TV show. A former senior systems analyst and a former children’s librarian, she is now serving on the board of her local Genealogy Society and leads a weekly memoir and ancestor writing group. Louise is a Distinguished Toastmaster.

Renate Yarborough Sanders, genealogist, is a descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors as well as enslavers and free people of color. She authors two blogs, has an online funeral program database, is a member of several genealogical and historical organizations, and is a panelist on the YouTube show, “Black Pro Gen Live.”

Ashley Yandle is the Digital Access Manager at the State Archives of North Carolina.

(Image source: “Word Cloud Search Ancestry” by Maialisa, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0, Public Domain, via pixabay.)

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June 23, 2018
8:25 am - 4:00 pm EDT
$45 – $60
Event Category:


North Carolina Genealogical Society
State Archives of North Carolina
Friends of the Archives


State Archives of North Carolina
109 E. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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