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Today is the LAST day for Pre-Registration for the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh! #NGS2017GEN

This is an event you will not want to miss!  The conference has vast offerings to expand your genealogical knowledge.    Some of the tracks offered are BCG Skillbuilding, DNA, Research Planning, North Carolina, Historical Context, Working with Records, Methodology and so, so much more.

We have some wonderful speakers lined up including some of my personal favorites Judy G. Russell, Cari A. Taplin, Angela Packer McGhie, Rick Sayre, Pamela Sayre,  and Lisa Louise Cooke.  A full list of classes and speakers may be found at

Registration fees:

Full Registration (by 27 April)         Member     $240     Non-Member     $275
One Day Registration (by 27 April) Member     $110     Non-Member     $120
Social Events registration closes 27 April 2017

You can register now online at

Already registered?  Today is the last day to add to your reservation.  To add a banquet, luncheon, or "Pig Picken", si…

NGS Registration for All Ticket Events Closes 27 April 2017

Only a few more days left to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.  On-site registration will begin at noon on 9 May 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Registration for all meals, social events, and workshops also closes on 27 April 2017. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or workshops. For conference information and to register, go to The conference program, Family History Lives Here, features more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is the focus of fifty-seven lectures. Among the types of records discussed are a wide range of religious records, military and associated records, North Carolina and regional U.S. records, and African American and Native American records. Luncheons and the NGS Banquet Partici…

Wordless Wednesday: A series of photos, Lloyd and Lorraine Clark with Otis and Ruby Clark, cir 1961


Can't make it to NGS? Sign up for Live Streaming #NGS2017GEN

NGS To Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During the Family History Conference in May
ARLINGTON, VA, 17 April 2017 — The National Genealogical Society will live stream ten important genealogy lectures during the May 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Five lectures focus on DNA’s role in genealogical research. The other five from the BCG Skillbuilding track will center on building a family researcher’s skills and expertise. These lectures will be among more than 175 offered at the conference, 10−13 May 2017. Details about the live streaming program, plus additional conference recordings, can be found on the PlaybackNGS Website. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign up for these live streaming broadcasts.

NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally recognized speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can sign up for a one day …

Wordless Wednesday: Morris Clark 1842-1870


Meet ups at NGS #2017GEN

At just about every conference, groups attempt to meet up.  The meetups allow group members a chance to meet people that they have never met in person and allow for new friendships and business acquaintances.  It also gives members of the groups that are acquainted with each other to catch up with one another.

I am not familiar with all the groups.  I do attempt to attend meetups involving ProGen - which this conference will be meeting on May 11th, 5:00 pm in room 307 of the conference center.  If you are or were part of a ProGen Study Group please RSVP with hosts Angela McGhie and Greg Lovelace at

Check and see if any of your groups are meeting up.  Groups that usually meet up are DAR, APGEN [Associtation of Professional Genealogist], Geneabloggers, societies, BU [Boston University].

New Ancestry Database: US Army Transport Service, Passenger List1910-1939

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, Ancestry today launched a database that includes all of the passenger lists for the American troop ships going to and from Europe during WWI, and beyond. The records include the name of next of kin, among other details that might not now be easy to find, thanks to the 1974 fire at the NPRC.
U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939
I ran both my grandfathers through the passenger lists and found quite a bit of information.
Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private 1st Class, of Bethany Illinois was part of Company B 129th Infantry and traveled to France from Hoboken, New Jersey on 10 May 1918 aboard the USS Covington. Father Henry Clark listed as next of kin.Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private, departed on 4 Jan 1919 from Saint Nazaire, France aboard the SS Huron.  Mother Mary Clark of Laplace Illinois.  Full name of the organization…