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NCGS Member Appreciation Day

We sometimes forget, as genealogists, just what goodies we get when we join the genealogical societies in the areas where we live or where our ancestors came from.

Things like — in one case in particular — a subscription to a quarterly journal and full online access to past issues of the journal, a subscription to a monthly electronic newsletter, discounts on workshops and bookstore items, unlimited access to website content that’s being updated all the time, and unlimited access to recorded webinars.

And — oh yeah — in this particular case — a full-day of online education with The Legal Genealogist.


Just for being a member.


The North Carolina Genealogical Society offers all of this to its members including, this Saturday, November 7th, its Member Appreciation Day where yours truly will be presenting four sessions:

Property Rights and Wrongs – African-Americans at the Courthouse: From being treated as property to having their property stolen by those who used the law against the freedmen, African Americans’ experience at the courthouse had only one bright spot: it created records for the genealogist-descendants of slaves and slave owners alike.

No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is … and isn’t: Negative evidence is the hardest type of evidence to understand or use in genealogical research. By definition, a type of evidence arising from an absence of a situation or information in extant records where that information might be expected, it is, as the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes told us in the short story Silver Blaze, the curious incident . . . in the night-time – the thing we would expect to see or hear but that just isn’t there. Learn more about what negative evidence is – and what it isn’t – and how to use it.

NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives: All the military records were burned in the fire. There isn’t any birth, marriage or death information in federal records. There aren’t any details about ordinary families at the National Archives. These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.

No Vitals? No Problem! – Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence: When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family. It features A Family for Isabella (tracing a woman married before the 1850 census).

And the price of all of this — the subscription to the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal and access to all of its back issues, the subscription to the NCGS News, the discounts on workshops and store items, the
website content, the webinars and the day with yours truly — is just $40 a year for individuals and $45 for a family (two persons in one household).

Not to mention the enormous satisfaction of supporting the work of a great state genealogical society in protecting and preserving the records of the Tarheel State.

Me — I’ve never lived in North Carolina. But I’ve been a member of NCGS for years. Why? Because several branches of my mother’s family lived there as far back as the Revolutionary War. The Pettypools and Buchanans and Wisemans and Davenports and Bakers. Bakersville, the county seat of Mitchell County, North Carolina, is named for my fourth great grandfather, David Baker.

This is one of the places where my roots run deep, and where there’s still so much I need to learn and to find out. And supporting NCGS is one easy way for me to get started on those efforts.

So if your folks, like mine, spent any time at all in North Carolina, or if you just want to support Tarheel genealogy, come on out and join us.

Join the North Carolina Genealogical Society — the page to join online is here, or just click on the image above. Do it by Friday, November 6th, and you can spend the day with NCGS and me on Saturday, November 7 — free.

When the North Carolina Genealogical Society says thanks to its members.

And we members can all offer our own Tarheel thanks.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Tarheel thanks,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 2 Nov 2020).

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