Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, FASG: “Research Adventures in England” New Release in Voices of Genealogy Video Series


ARLINGTON, VA, 28 SEPTEMBER 2012: The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the September video release honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ): Ronald Ames Hill’s recollections of “Research Adventures in England.”

Dr. Hill was a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he inherited a collection of early nineteenth-century letters from the collection of his great-aunt. Already a highly skilled scientific researcher, he went to work learning the stories of his ancestors with the same determination and thoroughness he brought to his profession. He undertook his first journey to Cornwall, to the parishes of his ancestors, in 1971 and by now has made sixteen such trips for fourteen months of on-site research. Since his retirement from Sandia in 1994, ancestral research and publishing have become a full-time occupation. He has published thirty-one articles in national genealogical journals (over twenty in the NGSQ) and four books based on his ancestral research.

Dr. Hill earned the certified genealogist credential in 1997. His The Tumultuous Achym/Fulford Relationship received the Jacobus Award in 2004 from the American Society of Genealogists (ASG). In 2005, in recognition of the quality and quantity of his genealogical writing, the ASG named him a fellow of the society. In 2008 he received the NGS Award of Excellence for a Genealogy and Family History Book for his The Ancestors and Descendants of Reuben Ball.

Hill is a former president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society and a former trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He has been a speaker at national genealogical conferences since 1992 and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the NGSQ.

Previous releases in the Voices of Genealogy archive now playing at the NGS website (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org) are Robert C. Anderson, FASG; Mary McCampbell Bell, CG; John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS; David L. Greene, PhD, FASG; Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS; Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS; George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS; and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS.

The Ronald Ames Hill 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 NGSQ. Ronald Ames Hill, CG, FASG, “Research Adventures in England,” is now playing for all NGS members at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org. Members of the Society can also access Dr. Hill’s articles at the website.

Video interviews with leading 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 NGSQ and the NGS Magazine, and can also take advantage of free courses and significant discounts on publications, courses, and the NGS annual conference 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.