Family Stories, S416, “See Yourself in the Movies! Small Town Films of H. Lee Waters 1936–1942” 9:30 am, Saturday, 13 May 2017 Bio: Heather Whann Choplin, a researcher for more than 20 years, proofreader of the NCGS Journal, southerner by marriage, and North Carolinian by choice! Heathe...

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DNA, F302, “Getting Your Results Is Just The Beginning” 8 am, Friday, 12 May 2017 (FamilyTree DNA) Bio: Jim Brewster holds a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in North American prehistory and archaeology from Northern Arizona University. He interned as an archaeologist before realizing that...

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Records & Repositories, W159, “Understanding Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them” Solving Problems, T203, “Hacks and Hookers and Putting Up Pickles: Snares of Yesteryear’s English” Records & Repositories, F313, “The Library of Congress: An Introduction and Overview” Bi...

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Historical Context, T224, “Writing A Family Narrative That Your Family Will Want To Read” 11 am, Thursday, 11 May 2017 Margo Fariss Brewer, lecturer, consultant, co-leader of Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips, instructor of beginning through advanced and writing your family narrative classes through Duk...

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DNA, S452, “Case Studies in DNA” 4:00 pm, Saturday, 13 May 2017 Claudia Breland, MLS, full-time professional genealogical researcher, author, and lecturer in Washington. Her books include Genealogy Offline and Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers. Claudia describes how “re...

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North Carolina, T256, Before the Vital Records Law: What’s a Family Historian to Do? 4:00 pm, Thursday, 11 May 2017 (North Carolina Archives) Debbi Blake has been an archivist at the NC State Archives for 27 years and has seen more than her fair share of serendipities happen to researchers.  By ...

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DNA Track, S402, “Ethical and Legal Considerations for Genetic Genealogists” 8:00 AM Saturday, 13 May 2017 Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a DNA specialist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently...

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We’ve had a lot of fun on the blog in the last month talking about the great tours and research venues around Raleigh which are going to be part of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference experience. But the real reason you’re coming to the NGS Conference in Raleigh is to LEARN, right? To...

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The State Archives of North Carolina is providing special Search Room hours for the NGS 2017 Raleigh Conference. Please make a note of the hours and policies covering access to records in your conference planning. Sunday, May 7: Closed Monday, May 8: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday – Wednesday, May 9...

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Editors Note: Today’s post contains some fantastic information from J. Mark Lowe, CG(SM) about early NC record sources. Mark has a near encyclopedic knowledge of southern history and sources from many years of lecturing, researching, and writing about the south. By the late 17th century, plant...

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