David L. Greene, PhD, FASG: “Becoming a Genealogist” New Release in Voices of Genealogy Video Series

ARLINGTON, VA, 30 APRIL 2012: In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS has created for its members a historical archive of interviews with some of the most distinguished genealogists in the discipline. Among them are the editors of the major US genealogical journals.

The fourth release in the NGS video series Voices of Genealogy presents another editor of a leading genealogical journal: David L. Green, PhD, FASG, co-editor of The American Genealogist (TAG). The American Genealogist, founded by Donald Lines Jacobus, is the country’s oldest independent genealogical journal. In “Becoming a Genealogist” Green tells the story of how he discovered genealogy through his grandmother’s DAR papers and massive lineage charts that looked like “basketball playoffs” groupings. He describes ancestor hunting trips to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania during grad school as a respite from his dissertation and deciding to subscribe to TAG as a young man. Inspired to create “good genealogy” after reading journal articles, Greene relates his journey to becoming co-editor of The American Genealogist in 1984 by studying writers like Mary Lovering Holman and her careful explanations of how a conclusion was reached and Milton Rubicam, who he considers may be the best editor in the field of genealogy. Dr. Green has now continuously co-edited TAG for twenty-eight years.

In a future episode Dr. Greene will describe his own research, notably his studies of the personalities involved in the Salem witch trials. He recently retired as Professor of English and former Chair of the Division of Humanities at Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia.

The video was produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from an interview by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. David L. Green, PhD, FASG, “Becoming a Genealogist,” is now playing for all NGS members at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Video interviews represent just one of the many opportunities NGS offers its members for becoming successful genealogists. Members receive the society’s outstanding publications, The National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the NGS Magazine, and can also take advantage of free courses and significant discounts on publications, courses, and the NGS annual conference to be staged in Cincinnati 9–12 May 2012 and in Las Vegas 8–11 May 2013.

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.