Archives Grant Award Announced At NGS 2011

by Julie Hill

Posted on May 16, 2011

NGS 2011
On Saturday, one lucky NGS participant was chosen as the recipient of a special Grant award. The winner was Linda D. Smith of Sullivan's Island Historic Cemetery Association. Sullivan's Island is located off the coast of South Carolina, not far from downtown Charleston. This small non-profit organization is committed to the preservation of an historical graveyard, which is the resting place for a number of Civil War soldiers.

The organization will use the $1,000 dollar award for much needed tombstone restoration, grave identification, and fencing. These repairs will help relatives to find the graves and connect with their ancestors.

Congratulations to the Sullivan's Island Historic Cemetery Association. Later this week, we'll release additional information and photos of this project.

Archives had a great time at the NGS Conference last week hosted in Charleston, SC. We met tons of great people, and reconnected with many old friends. It was particularly rewarding to hear from those of you who had success stories to share with us! One highlight at the booth was when an attendee came by to look up an ancestor, and found a record of the ancestor's arrest in our historic newspaper collection.

If you stopped by the booth to get a free six month membership, please log in and try it out! We'd love to hear your feedback, and also check back often for newly added historical records. As Director of Product Joe Godfrey mentioned during the opening session, we plan to integrate millions of records this year alone. To learn more about the new record collections added, please visit the Collections page.

We'd like to thank the National Genealogical Society for putting on the conference, and doing such a great job in the planning and execution. To all NGS Conference participants, it was a pleasure to meet you - and we look forward to catching up with you again next year!

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