Monday, February 23, 2015

National Genealogical Society Launches NGS Monthly - A New Digital Publcation

ARLINGTON, VA. 23 FEBRUARY 2015. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) today launched NGS Monthly, a new digital publication that, each month, will feature a selection of original articles on genealogicalethodology, research techniques, sources, and the latest news from NGS. Published mid-month starting after the February launch, NGS Monthly was created to replace the Society’s older newsletter, What’s Happening, with a new content and design strategy.

NGS Monthly has a cool, clean look with predominantly green and white graphics and a lean design strategy to avoid distractions. “What’s Happening was using an older delivery system that limited the Society in terms of layout, graphics, readability and enjoyment. We wanted to provide our members with a more pleasant experience that will include visuals and varying lengths of articles, plus social media access,” said Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society.

The new content strategy has at its core the decision to give readers two thoughtful, longer-length original articles each month. One article in NGS Monthly will be devoted to genealogical methods and tie back to a past article in the digital archive of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) to give the reader examples from case studies. The concept is to “deconstruct” scholarly work so that genealogists of all levels can benefit from analysis of the fine work in this premier journal.

“There are many media options on the genealogical landscape today. NGS wanted to provide something special, something that could bring new understanding to the components of really excellent work that many of us aspire to and look at how expert writers handle sources, information and evidence to build proof of relationships,” explained Terry Koch-Bostic, Chair of the NGS Communications and Marketing Committee.

NGS Monthly editor, Melissa Johnson, added, “The inaugural articles will set the stage for future content. The lead article in the launch issue, ‘What Is an NGSQ Case Study?’ will help NGS members understand the purpose, significance, and structure of the case studies that appear in NGSQ, and the second article, ‘Eight Tips For Deconstructing an NGSQ Case Study,’ provides a look at some individual elements of a case study.”

Articles that are reflective about methodology and others providing readers with new insights, combined with NGS updates and news stories, form the core content strategy for NGS Monthly. The new format also encourages members to share news items through social media and gives them easy access to the NGS homepage, Twitter feed and Facebook page. There are also useful links to the digital archives for NGS Magazine, NGSQ and Upfront with NGS.

A subscription to the digital publication, NGS Monthly, is provided as part of a paid membership in the National Genealogical Society along with subscriptions to the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS Magazine and Upfront with NGS blog. Upfront is also available free to subscribers. For more information on NGS Monthly and these other fine publications, visit

About the National Genealogical Society

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Missouri State Genealogical Association Sponsoring Speaker Kathleen Brandt for the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri

Kathleen Brandt to present 7 Tips to Researching Slaves and Slaveholders in Little Dixie - Missouri

For Immediate Release:
Columbia, MO - February 23, 2015

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) is sponsoring Kathleen Brandt for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Brandt will explore slave and slaveholder records of Little Dixie - Missouri and share seven (7) resources to research: from Missouri migration to Post Civil War Missouri records.

Kathleen Brandt is a Professional International Genealogist and Consultant and a published freelance writer for genealogy magazines and columns. She is the author of the a3Genealogy educational and skill building blog that explores various cultural and ethnic folklife, traditions, history and genealogy research tips. Most recently, Brandt compiled and authored Colored Marriages of Saline County, MO. 1865-1870, published April 2014.

The 2015 NGS conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri May 13-16, 2015. The main mission of NGS is to "grow the genealogical community by providing education and training." One of the ways this is accomplished is through the annual conference. The NGS conference, long recognized as one of the premier conferences, has been held annually for thirty-seven years.

Register today on the NGS website at 7 Tips to Researching Slaves and Slaveholders in Little Dixie - Missouri will be presented on May 15, 2015 at 8 A.M.

About MoSGA

The Missouri State Genealogical Association, established in 1979, is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research. Contact MoSGA at: P.O. Box 833 Columbia, MO 65205-0833; email:; web:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Family Tree Tours Announces Two New Genealogy Tours

For those who wish to journey to their ancestral hometowns and experience the lives their ancestors led before emigrating, Family Tree Tours can help that dream come true. They will help you plan a visit to your hometown and make a contact for you there. Whether you choose a privately escorted, small group, or independent tour, their heritage trips provide you the opportunity to experience the culture of your heritage and create memories for future generations.

WASHINGTON, MO—February 2015Family Tree Tours, a leading European genealogy tour provider for genealogy societies and individuals, announces its two newest additions to their heritage tour line-up.

Irish Genealogy Conference Tour - June 26 - July 5, 2015

What better way to find your Irish ancestors than to learn from the experts in Ireland? Join Family Tree Tours on a small group tour to attend a genealogy summer school conference at the University of Cork in Ireland. All aspects of the subject are covered by a series of presentations and “hands on” workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts. The latest online and offline sources are described and explained in lectures which will be of great interest to the seeker of Irish roots and family history, whether beginner or expert. Plus lots of fun outings to some of Ireland’s most scenic tourist spots in southern Ireland. We can extend the tour to give you the opportunity to visit hometowns.

Swedish Heritage Tour – August 1 – 13, 2015

Join Family Tree Tours on our exciting exploration of Southern Sweden. Spend 12 days traveling back in time to see how early Vikings lived and learning more about your ancestors’ lives and why they left. Plus visits to ancestral home places.

“No family tree research is complete until you experience the place your family came from,” says Kathy Wurth, owner of Family Tree Tours. “There’s no feeling more exhilarating than walking the streets your ancestors walked. Even if you don’t know your hometown, our European Heritage professionals help you paint the picture of your ancestors’ lives. Our tours help you make your research come alive.”

Wurth notes, preplanned group tours for 2015 also include:

Salt Lake City Research Tour - March 16-22, 2015 Research in the largest genealogical library in the world with help from experts.

Northwest Germany Tour – May 23 – June 2, 2015 with 10 days of visiting towns around Osnabrück, touring castles, and exploring the Bremerhaven Emigrant Museum.

Southwest Germany Tour– September 15 -18, 2015 Join us for an enchanting journey through the Black Forest region of Germany with an opportunity to explore Baden, western Wuerttemberg and northern Switzerland for an 12 day/11 night tour. This will be a trip you will never forget.

No matter what stage you may be in your research, we have a trip perfect for you.

About Family Tree Tours

Family Tree Tours provides research assistance to genealogy enthusiasts and ancestry trips to German-speaking countries. Whether a group heritage tour, private genealogy tour, or independent heritage trip, owner Kathy Wurth and on-the-ground German expert Matthias Uthoff provide you the opportunity to learn more about your family roots, to connect with family, and to learn about your ancestors before they made their emigration journey. With a passion for both genealogical research and travel, Kathy and Matthias work closely with you to ensure your family research trip is a success.

To learn more about planning German heritage trips and genealogical research, please visit

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Kathy Wurth
Family Tree Tours
Travel Back To Your Roots.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

National Genealogical Society Appoints New Executive Director

ARLINGTON, VA 19 February 2015. The Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced the appointment of Edward Grandi as the Society’s Executive Director. Grandi joins NGS to help further their mission to promote genealogical excellence by helping enthusiasts improve their skills. His work will focus on the NGS growing portfolio of specialized family history learning resources, many of which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. NGS offers a full spectrum of educational opportunities, including its conference, in-depth publications, digital media and cloud-based, online courses from leading experts. Researchers can select from tailored educational programs to learn how to work smarter at every level and search for the right records, which helps them discover more about their ancestors.

The interest in traditional and genetic genealogy continues to grow in popularity across the country and all over Europe. The PBS Genealogy Roadshow and Finding Your Roots, plus Who Do You Think You Are on TLC, raise the hopes of many who dream of finding their ancestors, especially to connect to family across the oceans. Grandi begins his tenure with NGS at this exciting time in the marketplace and just as NGS is about to implement strategic initiatives, that will guide the work and the development of new educational products and courses, over the next three years. He recently commented, “I care deeply about family history and I am excited to begin this new role. Not only do I want to foster new ways to advocate education and quality standards in family history, I want to make sure that access is maintained and records are preserved for future generations.”

Working with nonprofits allowed Grandi to hone skills critical to the NGS Executive Director role including communications, fundraising, advocacy, marketing, and in today’s world, social media planning. He had long experience in senior corporate roles specializing in insurance and risk management for nonprofits and most recently served as an Executive Director to a patient-interest association in Washington, D.C.

Jordan Jones, President of NGS said, “Edward Grandi brings a wealth of business and nonprofit expertise to our Society. As part of our recent strategic planning, we are refocusing some of our energies on staff development. Edward is part of that investment and he will help us take NGS in exciting new directions. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to leadership in the genealogical field.”

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.