The January-March 2021 Issue of NGS Magazine is Now Online

The January–March 2021 concern of NGS Journal, Quantity 47, #1, is available online within the Members Solely part of the web site. This concern’s theme is “Virginia analysis.”

EDITOR’S NOTE by Deb Cyprych

Though the COVID-19 pandemic could pressure the NGS 2021 Household Historical past Convention in Richmond to turn out to be fully digital, Virginia analysis stays an important subject for genealogists tracing ancestors with connections in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky (as soon as a part of Virginia).

Household historians planning a analysis journey to any location could profit from the steps outlined by Nicki Peak Birch. Her description of on-line sources, repositories, and the distinctive points of Virginia analysis—similar to separate data for Virginia’s thirty-eight impartial cities—provides genealogists a head begin of their journey of discovery.

The Library of Virginia in Richmond is the premier vacation spot for Virginia researchers. Virginia Dunn highlights its wealthy collections of printed abstracts and indexes, manuscripts, maps, microfilmed county and metropolis data, analysis guides, and digital collections.

Many assume that almost all free Black individuals lived in northern states previous to the Civil Warfare, however half lived in slave states in 1860 together with fifty-eight thousand in Virginia. Leslie Anderson explains the restricted authorized standing of free Black Virginians and the historical past of the state’s underutilized free Negro registers, some starting within the eighteenth century.

Legislative petitions provide private particulars and tales of individuals in Virginia and different states. Jennifer Davis McDaid discusses the worth and number of petitions in Virginia Reminiscence’s Legislative Petitions Digital Assortment and the Race and Slavery Mission’s database of petitions in fifteen southern states.

German and Scots-Irish individuals headed south from Pennsylvania to settle within the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia through the colonial interval. Kathy Petlewski’s column describes their migrations and presents on-line sources for researching these settlers.

This concern kicks off a brand new column known as Society Discussion board, devoted to sharing concepts and recommendation for genealogical organizations. The primary visitor creator is Julie Cahill Tarr, previous editor of FORUM (previously printed by the Federation of Genealogical Societies), who describes an enticing approach to contain society members: a genealogical scavenger hunt.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, the historical past of the 1918 flu pandemic turns into much more related. Lori Lyn Worth describes the similarities and variations of the 2 pandemics, with a give attention to the influence of the 1918 pandemic on each day life and researching its native ramifications for ancestors.

Carla Cegielski’s column options By the Folks, a Library of Congress transcription venture, and two Library of Virginia initiatives. Paul Woodbury continues his collection of columns on genetic family tree testing choices by profiling the 4 main DNA testing corporations: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritage.



  • Getting ready for a Analysis Journey to Virginia by Nicki Peak Birch, CG
  • The Library of Virginia Welcomes Researchers by Virginia Dunn
  • Free Negro Registers in Virginia by Leslie Anderson
  • Public Information, Non-public Lives: Legislative Petitions by Jennifer Davis McDaid
  • The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Impression on Each day Life by Lori Lyn Worth, MAS, MLA


  • PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Kathryn M. Doyle
    • Create a Scavenger Hunt for Your Members by Julie Cahill Tarr
    • Early Settlers within the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
    • Transcription Tasks: Giving Again by Carla S. Cegielski
    • The place to Check? Genetic Family tree Testing Choices by Paul Woodbury

NGS Magazine is printed quarterly to replace members of the Nationwide Genealogical Society on NGS actions and to offer genealogists with particular data and steering 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.