Dec 2021

The Top 10 Most Popular NGS Monthly Articles Ever

Herewith is perhaps the last Top 10 list of the year. It’s a good way to remind ourselves that NGS Monthly has amassed a library of more than 120 articles on research methodology, resources, and genealogical writing since we began publication in February 2015. Take a browse through the NGS Monthly website. Your current research […]
Nov 2021

The Incredible Value of Probation Records

It took a remarkable amount of patience, persistence, and kindness with government officials and archivists—well over two years’ worth—but my client and friend finally did it. She got a copy of her research subject’s probation records from 1940s Brooklyn. What neither of us was prepared for was the volume of detailed information we’d find in […]
Nov 2021

Free African Americans of the Colonial Southeast

As a rule, I don’t publish book reviews in NGS Monthly, nor have any of my predecessors. Within the National Genealogical Society, book reviews are the purview of NGSQ and its review editor, Christopher A. Nordmann, PhD. While this is no formal review, I can’t keep myself from bringing attention to Paul Heinegg and the […]
Sep 2021

Philadelphia Congregations Early Records Project

Led by the Christ Church Preservation Trust with a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Digitizing the Records of Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations: Providing Documentation for the Political, Social and Cultural Developments in Philadelphia” is exactly what it says. Well, okay, it could bear […]
Sep 2021

YouTube as Contextualization Tool

I don’t think I need to tell anyone what YouTube is or how it works. I may not even need to say how useful it can be in building your genealogical knowledge base. But just in case I do, I’ll quickly point out that YouTube channels host tons of educational videos for organizations like FamilySearch […]
Aug 2021

Subtitles from the NGSQ “Genealogical Gleanings” Series

In last month’s issue, I wrote about the NGSQ online index, its limitations, and how best to use it. Among the examples of searches I discussed was author Peter Wilson Coldham and his 52 installments of the “Genealogical Gleanings in England” series published in NGSQ between 1971 and 1993. I also mentioned that this massive […]
Jul 2021

Gold-Rush Wagon Trains

“Two events occurred in 1848 that forever changed the course of American history and the lives of tens of thousands of American families:” wrote Myrtle Stevens Hyde in NGSQ in 1988. “[T]he United States wrested California from its Spanish owners; and word leaked out that gold had been discovered there on the farm of John […]
Jul 2021

Using the NGSQ Online Index

When NGS rebuilt its website a few years ago, we lost the functionality of the online index to NGSQ. It was a difficult blow, but it’s part of the reality of non-profit organizations with limited resources when advancing technology leaves outdated technology behind. Now, thanks to NGS board member, Ronald V. Hodges, PhD, and the […]
Jun 2021

Unpacking Real Estate Abstracts

As more and more newspapers are being digitized and made broadly available, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to some of their more mundane sections. Take, for example, real estate notices: brief abstracts of public real estate transactions, including transfers or conveyances and mortgages. These abstracts often name the grantee(s) and grantor(s), locate the land, and […]
Jun 2021

Same Event; Different Stories

In this month’s first feature article, we discovered a fair amount about Luke Magee and his family. We even began to discover a bit about Luke’s son-in-law, Adolph Cooning, including the fact that more records than not call him Adolph Cooney. We could see that Adolph headed a household in 1892 that included his wife, […]