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For Release: 29 April 2013

National Genealogical Society Announces Release
of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County Research Guide

Arlington, VA, 29 April 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of the newest edition in its Research in the States series: Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. This publication was written by native New Yorker and nationally recognized genealogist Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS. Laura is a trustee and former president of BCG and co-editor of the NYG&B Record. Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, is a former NGS president and is the current editor of the NGS Research in the States series and the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy.

Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County is an introduction to resources and repositories essential to genealogical research in these geographic areas. “Millions of Americans have ancestors who spent some time in the New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County area,” said Laura Murphy DeGrazia, author, “and knowing what resources exist and where they are located can help family historians be more successful in their research.”

The guide will be available for sale at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas from 8–11 May in the NGS booth (#205). Author Laura Murphy DeGrazia will be available for book signings at the NGS conference booth on Thursday, 9 May from 9:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.

Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County will be available in the NGS store in a PDF and print version beginning 8 May; the print version will ship after 20 May. Other titles in the Research in the States series, which are also available in PDF and print form, include Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additional states and a full New York State guide are planned for the future.

This has just been received from NGS. I will be picking up a copy for me and for a friend at the NGS Conference in Las Vegas.

NGS Announces Release of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS

ARLINGTON, VA, 24 april 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS. As a unique textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the twenty-first century, Mastering Genealogical Proof guides readers in acquiring genealogical skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical, and religious boundaries. Dr. Jones, a noted writer, lecturer, and editor in the field of genealogy, explains and develops the level of proof that is appropriate to genealogy.

Dr. Jones relies on his vast experience as a genealogist to explain the various concepts and techniques involved in the genealogical research process. Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues.

Mastering Genealogical Proof will first be available for purchase at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013. Dr. Jones will also be available for book signings at the NGS booth (#205) in the exhibit hall on Friday, 10 May, from 10:45 a.m.–12:00 noon and on Saturday, 11 May, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Purchases may be made in advance of the signings in the NGS booth starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 May, when the conference exhibit hall opens. Mastering Genealogical Proof may also be pre-ordered from the NGS online store.

Last Chance Today to Purchase Tickets for Meals and Tours for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 22 APRIL 2013: Tick tock! Today is your last chance to purchase tickets for meals and tours and to pre-register for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Pre-registration for the conference and ticket sales for meals and tours ends today, 22 April, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The conference begins in two weeks. You can still purchase tickets for meals, the Museums Tour, and the Hoover Dam Tour. The BCG Education Fund Workshop, Librarian’s Day, and the Night Tour of the Strip and Downtown are sold out.

To be placed on the wait list for the BCG Education Fund Workshop or Librarian’s, e-mail the NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org. To register for the conference, visit the National Genealogical Society website. For tour information visit Las Vegas Area Tours.

On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Add Items to an Existing Registration

Meals and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close today, 22 April 2013.

Meals: log on at the National Genealogical Society website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

Tours: log on at NGS, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 APRIL 2013: The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Las Vegas, Nevada. Register within the week to select any meals or pre-conference events or tours you plan to attend.

Pre-registration ends on Monday, 22 April 2013, which includes meals and tours sales. On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. Meals and pre-conference tours and events must be purchased by 22 April 2013. They cannot be purchased on-site at the conference.

You don’t want to miss this year’s exciting conference program from 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For conference information and to register, go to conference information.

Space is still available for most conference social activities including meal events and the Tuesday bus tours. The BCG Education Fund Workshop is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, e-mail NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org

Breakfasts, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several breakfasts and luncheons during the conference, and the NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Make your reservation by the deadline, 22 April, at Conference Registration. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Breakfasts are $28; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $51. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Las Vegas Area Tours

There’s still time to sign up for three exciting Las Vegas area tours on Tuesday, 7 May. Tour tickets are available only until 22 April 2013.

Hoover Dam and Ethel M. Chocolates Tour: This six-hour tour allows participants to explore the rich history of the Hoover Dam, enjoy a buffet lunch, and tour a chocolate factory and botanical garden.

Museum Tour: Tour the 30-acre Clark County Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum in this five-hour tour.

Night Tour: Experience the full brilliance of neon Las Vegas in a five-hour tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown!

For more information, please see Las Vegas Area Tours at National Genealogical Society Conference Tours.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

Meals and pre-conference events and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close 22 April 2013.

Pre-Conference Events and Tours: log on at NGS, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.

Meals: log on at NGS, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions

I am an Official Blogger for the NGS 2013 Conference in Las Vegas. Here is the latest release from NGS.

Arlington, VA, 8 April 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of its NGS Conference App. Get the most from your NGS 2013 Family History Conference experience by downloading the new and improved mobile app. Use the NGS Conference App to help you make the most of your trip to Las Vegas before, during, and after the conference.

The NGS Conference App is completely free! Improve your conference experience by taking the schedule, maps, Twitter, and more with you on your phone or other mobile device.

The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices.

The NGS Conference App is easy to use with these convenient features:
• The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute info.
• About This Show keeps all show information in one place.
• Alerts allow attendees to receive important real-time communications from the show organizer.
• The built-in Twitter feed allows you to follow and join in on the show chatter.
• Sync your schedule across multiple devices.
• Attendees can locate exhibitors they want to visit.
• Connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature.

You can download the conference app here.

The Early Bird Registration for the National Genealogical Society conference in Las Vegas Nevada ends on March 19th. Sign up now to save money. You may decide to put some of the money you save towards attending one of the lunches or the banquet.

Early Bird’s are also the only ones who have the opportunity to order a printed syllabus. Remember that National Genealogical Society members get even deeper discounts.

All full-conference registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, courtesy of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The prize will also include a free spot on one the Ancestor Seekers Salt Lake City research trips. Be sure to attend the opening session to find out if you are the winner. The winner must be present at the opening session to claim the prize.

To register online, visit the NGS website and complete the registration form.

The Passionate Genealogist is an Official Blogger for the 2013 National Genealogical Society Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. I will report on my experiences and all the activities at the NGS conference.

Attending conferences is a great learning experience, loads of fun and you meet all kinds of different people who are just as interested in genealogy as you are – no blank faces here when you start talking family history!

The early bird deadline for the conference is March 19th so register now.

See you in Las Vegas!

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At the 2012 National Genealogical Society conference in Cincinnati Ohio I had the opportunity to interview Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems. I asked her ten questions relating to her own family history research. You can hear what she had to say below.

Lisa Louise Cooke NGS 2012

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Well this was the last day of the conference. It is always a mixed blessing. You are tired and want to go home but you have had such a good time you don’t want it to end.

The main lecture I wanted to attend today was Elizabeth Shown Mill’s “Information Overload? Effective Project Planning, Research, Data Management & Analysis.” We were in the lecture room half an hour before it started and we could only get seats up near the front. It was the largest room and it was packed.

It was worth it though. Elizabeth never disappoints. I walked out of that lecture having learned something new. Every time I attend a conference my main goal is to learn something new every day.

The marketplace closed at 2 pm and we were packed up and on the road by 3:30 pm. We spent the night in Windsor Ontario and then drove the rest of the way home on Sunday.

Whenever I get home from a conference I am exhausted, on information overload and have a long list of things that I want to learn more about or implement. The last few weeks have been very busy for me so that list is still waiting. It will have to wait a little more as I am attending the Ontario Genealogical Society conference in Kingston this weekend.

If you ever get the chance to attend a genealogical conference, be it a regional conference or a national one, please take the chance. You won’t regret it. Just remember the comfortable shoes!

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It had to be an early start on day three of the conference because at 8 am Elizabeth Shown Mills was presenting “Okay, I ‘Got the Neighbours’: Now What Do I Do with Them.” I knew this was going to be a crowded lecture so I got there extra early.

This was a good thing because it gave me the opportunity to chat with the people around me. Right next to me was Tonya Hull and what a pleasant surprise to learn that she reads my blog. Thank you for the support Tonya I appreciate it. It was nice to meet you at the conference. Behind me was my friend Lisa Alzo.

Elizabeth’s lecture was fantastic. I always learn something new from her lectures.

The next lecture was “Cloud Storage and Backup,” still trying to learn as much as I can on the subject.

The last lecture of the day was sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists called “When Do I Link in, Tweet, Facebook, or Flickr? Social Media for the Professional Genealogist.” This is a balance I am working on. If one more new social media program comes out I will have no time for anything else.

The day ended with a dinner for those of us connected to the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Louise St. Denis hosted the meal at the Rockbottom Micro Brewery Pub in Fountain Square. Lisa Alzo and Gena Philibert-Ortega were among those in attendance.

The Cincinnati Reds were playing a home game so we were lucky to get a table so quickly for a large group. The meal was wonderful. I had a mango ice tea which was just mango and ice tea nothing else added. It was delicious. My main meal was a hazelnut crusted chicken breast with a dried cherry sauce and white cheddar mash potatoes. The whole meal was fantastic.

After dinner we wandered to the other side of the square and went to Graeter’s Ice Cream. I had a black raspberry chip ice cream – Yum!

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