New Release in Voices of Genealogy Video Series: Mary McCampbell Bell, CG - “Becoming a Genealogist”

ARLINGTON, VA, 29 JULY 2012: For the July celebration of the 100th anniversary of the NGSQ, the NGS video series Voices of Genealogy presents the delightful Mary McCampbell Bell and her story of “Becoming a Genealogist.” Mary chats about her inspiration to study, her learning, her teachers, and the joy and strains her passion for genealogy brought to her marriage.

A future episode with Bell will describe her experiences as a much-appreciated teacher who is known especially for her courses in land platting at national conferences, Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Institute of Texas. One of her teaching colleagues, whom Mary recalled fondly in her interview, was Birdie Monk Holsclaw, whose posthumous article on land platting, co-authored with Karen Mauer Green, appears in the June issue of the NGSQ. A second video segment featuring “Adventures in Land Platting” will appear in the future as well as “Healing,” a poignant story of a family tragedy and the healing that eventually followed.

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. Mary McCampbell Bell, CG, “Becoming a Genealogist” is now playing for NGS members at

Video interviews with important genealogists represent just one of the many opportunities NGS offers its members for honing their skills. Members receive the society’s outstanding quarterly 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 conferences to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013; Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014; and St. Louis, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015.

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.