The April–June 2021 Issue of NGS Magazine is Now Online

The April–June 2021 difficulty of NGS Journal, Quantity 47, Quantity 2, has been mailed to members and is available online within the Members Solely part of the web site. This difficulty’s theme is Laborious Occasions. 

The registration deadline is 12 Might for all stay occasions in the course of the NGS 2021 Family History Conference. NGS 2021 On-Demand! supplies entry to much more lectures beginning 15 June, out there via 31 December 2021. An article within the information part has extra particulars on all convention parts.

EDITOR’S NOTE by Deb Cyprych

The previous yr has been troublesome for everybody and tragic for a lot of. Apart from the direct influence of sickness, long-term well being issues, and dying brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of individuals have suffered from lack of earnings, social isolation, psychological well being problems, and different hardships.

Our ancestors endured arduous occasions, too. Though few wrote about their experiences, many data of the organizations the place they sought reduction have survived. This difficulty explores the data of people created by almshouses, Freedmen’s Bureau places of work, federal chapter courts, and troopers’ properties.

Almshouse residents included poor households, mentally sick folks, orphans, frail older folks, vagrants, and other people with disabilities. Darryn Lickliter demonstrates that the admission registers, annual stories, and different data of almshouses can present knowledge not simply present in different sources earlier than 1850.

After the Civil Conflict, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Deserted Lands operated in fifteen states and the District of Columbia to help previously enslaved folks and refugees struggling to outlive. Whereas lots of the Bureau’s data present private particulars, their quantity and methodology of group makes utilizing them troublesome. Sharon Batiste Gillins presents an intensive information for understanding and accessing the data.

One other complicated however doubtlessly wealthy report group was created by federal chapter courts. Between 1800 and 1940, one and a half million people and corporations filed for chapter below 4 federal acts. Jessica Hopkins outlines the necessities of the acts and the present course of for finding and requesting data.

“Previous troopers’ properties” have assisted veterans in america since 1833. Kathy Petlewski discusses the historical past and data of the US Naval Residence in Philadelphia, the US Troopers’ Residence in Washington, DC, the department properties of the Nationwide Residence for Disabled Volunteer Troopers in varied states, and the properties funded by states and Accomplice organizations.

Devoted county archives present many benefits to genealogists. Pam Pracser Anderson and Magdalena Radovic-Moreno describe the everyday holdings of county archives and the way to use them to broaden analysis choices.

In our new column, Society Discussion board, Gail Schaffer Blankenau illustrates the advantages of household associations for researchers and the hallmarks of profitable societies.

Genealogists have develop into accustomed to assembly on-line in the course of the pandemic. Study extra about discovering and attending webinars in Carla Cegielski’s Tech Ideas column.

Paul Woodbury continues his sequence on DNA testing with eight steps to pursue when new autosomal DNA take a look at outcomes are obtained.

Might the following yr convey higher well being and fewer stress than the final!



  • NGS 2022 Household Historical past Convention: Our American Mosaic by Kathleen O. Beitiks 
  • Researching Poor Ancestors: Almshouse Data by Darryn Lickliter
  • Navigating Freedmen’s Bureau Data for Analysis Success by Sharon Batiste Gillins
  • A Wealth of Info: Federal Chapter Data, 1800–1940 by Jessica Hopkins
  • Distinctive Assets in County Archives by Pam Pracser Anderson, MS, CG, and Magdalena Radovic-Moreno


  • PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Kathryn M. Doyle
    • It’s All within the Household: Advantages of Household Associations by Gail Schaffer Blankenau
    • The Historical past and Data of Previous Troopers’ Houses by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
    • Family tree Webinars by Carla S. Cegielski
    • Eight Steps to Pursue with New Autosomal DNA Take a look at Outcomes by Paul Woodbury

NGS Magazine is printed quarterly to replace members of the Nationwide Genealogical Society on NGS actions and to supply genealogists with particular info and steerage on conducting efficient genealogical analysis. The journal is shipped to libraries by subscription. On-line entry to NGS Journal is on the market solely so long as membership is energetic.