Spring Workshop 2017: “Putting Down Roots: Grounding Your Ancestors in Time and Place”

The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library, in conjunction with The Schiele Museum, will present Putting Down Roots: Grounding Your Ancestors in Time and Place, on 25 February 2017 at the The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Jeff Haines, CGSM, and Diane L. Richard.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1856 Remount Rd., Gastonia, NC 28204 for $109/night. Make your reservations early.

Space is limited. Please register early.   RegisterToday


Registration will begin at 8:45. The full-day workshop will include two lectures by Jeff Haines and two lectures by Diane L. Richard:

“Making Sense of a Senseless Census: Dealing with Erroneous Records” – Many records contain erroneous information, but this does not make them useless. Learn to approach possible misinformation systematically with the Genealogical Proof Standard. (Jeff Haines)

“Working in an Unsettled Frontier: The Border Disputes between North and South Carolina” – The Carolina boundary survey was completed in 1815, and both colonies granted land in the other. Learn about records and people in these disputed areas. (Jeff Haines)

“NCGS Journal Gems” – Finding previously unpublished content for the NCGS Journal is like hunting for gemstones. Diane L. Richard has found that the holdings of North Carolina repositories include some real gems when it comes to unpublished, invaluable, and often overlooked types of records. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ledgers (business, physician, etc.), petitions, treasurer and comptroller records, poor records, election records, Red Cross membership rolls, and stock marks are just a few of the treasures already discovered. We’ll look at these and other off-the-beaten track records that are sure to enhance your family history. (Diane L. Richard)

“Sign of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy” – Hit a brick wall? Wondering why your ancestors did what they did? Need to separate out several same-named contemporaries? Learn about timelines and how they might help you solve your puzzles. Visual representations of data can make gaps, conflicts, and paths to future discoveries easy to spot. Use color-coding or other distinguishing methods to highlight geographic or surname overlaps and connections sometimes just jump out at you. These are NOT the timelines you learned to make in school. (Diane L. Richard)

Download, print, and share the Putting Down Roots: Grounding Your Ancestors in Time and Place flyer.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be given if the request is received on or before 17 February 2017. A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received after 17 February 2017 and before 9:25 a.m. on 24 February 2017 (24 hours before the start of the workshop).

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website: http://www.ncgenealogy.org.

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

To register, use the online registration form or download and print the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment (to receive the member discount, be sure to include the email address associated with your membership account).

Our Speakers:
Jeff HainesJeff Haines, CGSM, is a professional genealogist specializing in the Carolinas and British West Indies. He is a past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is the current president of the North Carolina Chapter. He is the author of the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States Series volume on North Carolina and is a former editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. He has been a board-certified genealogist since 1996.


Richard Diane small2Diane L. Richard is the Principal of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM). She holds ME and MBA degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Diane has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and neighboring locales. She has provided research for and appeared in the Bryan Cranston episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. Diane is the current editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal.