Dec 2022

Finding Relatives Residing Elsewhere: A Brief Guide to Institutions

Like me, you may have a great-grandparent who seemingly went “missing” from records, family stories about a long-departed relative’s battle with mental illness, or an adopted ancestor. Or, like an increasing number of historians and genealogists across the globe, you may be interested in the stories of historically marginalized, underrepresented, and under-researched communities and individuals. […]
Oct 2022

Exceptional Digital Projects to Aid Black American Research

There are many missing pieces in American ethnic studies for people of color. Historians, librarians, and teachers are helping to fill in the gaps by curating materials and writing textual history that can be digitized for larger audiences to study. This issue highlights excellent digital projects that support the goal of identifying Black ancestors and […]
Oct 2022

Genealogy Records Roundup – October 2022

October is Family History Month and I hope you are celebrating by sharing your genealogy work and resources with family and friends. NGS has ideas and images available for you and for sharing, especially with your local societies. Celebrate with us… see the links on the NGS home page, ngsgenealogy.org. Also to celebrate this month, […]
Aug 2022

New Irish Resources: The Beyond 2022 Project

Researching Irish ancestors has often been described as difficult, and for many reasons. The reason most discouraging to American researchers, excited to discover their ancestors who flooded into this country in the nineteenth century, is that the Four Courts containing the Public Record Office in Dublin burned to the ground on 30 June 1922. It […]
Aug 2022

Revisiting the 2022 NGS Conference in Sacramento

As attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and the NGS team arrived in Sacramento, the temperature soared to 97+ degrees, but everyone’s spirits were high too. Luckily daily temperatures dropped quickly to agreeable mid-70s. It was the first in-person conference for NGS since the 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, and everyone was ready for a great […]
Aug 2022

Genealogy Records Roundup

Keeping up with available recent records and sources, especially newly digitized records, is either a full-time job or hit and miss, depending on how many emails or notifications you are willing to wade through in your in-box. I often miss announcements and learn about records of interest from chatting with friends or attending a local […]
Aug 2022

Highlights of the 2022 NGS Annual Meeting and NGS Board of Directors Election

The 2022 NGS Annual Meeting took place virtually on Zoom, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The meeting was recorded and can viewed in its entirety on the NGS YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4H3Ofu4boE. Kathryn Doyle, president of NGS, welcomed the virtual attendees, who numbered about two hundred participants. In her opening remarks, Kathryn reviewed […]
Apr 2022

Help For Researching German Roots: German-Related Resources and Strategies

Finding the ancestral town of your German ancestors is typically not easy—especially for those of us with family members who arrived before the twentieth century and no oral history or home sources still exist. Few if any US records may state their exact place of birth. Most US citizenship records for German immigrants before 1900 […]
Apr 2022

Webinar Libraries: Easily Accessible Genealogy Knowledge

The advent of easily accessible, affordable, user-friendly technology has changed the field of family history forever. While there has been constant change and improvement in access to genealogical learning materials in the last three decades, the last three years accelerated access to expert instruction via webinars exponentially. Today, webinar libraries have become a critical component […]
Mar 2022

Learning How to Access the 1950 Census

It’s important to realize that 1 April 2022 kicked off the first stage of access, and in the coming months it will be easier and more fruitful to search records in the 1950 census. Now that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has provided access to the digitized census forms, other organizations can begin […]