Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More NGS Genealogy Videos are online

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has been interviewing notable persons in the genealogy profession, and has made some videos available to any viewer on their web site, and more videos available only to NGS members.

1) The non-member videos are at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/videos_online and they include:

* Paths to Your Past. Want your own personal copy of Paths to Your Past on DVD? Click here to buy today.

* American Genealogy: Home Study Course (17.3MB)

* NGS Conferences-What to Expect

* Interviews with Thomas Adams, 2009 Rubincam Youth Award Winner

** The Award (23.8MB) Genealogy puts history into personal perspective for high school student Thomas Adams, recipient of the Rubincam Youth Award.
** My Research (11.9MB) Young family history sleuth Thomas Adams talks about his "Eureka!" moment.
** Inspiring Others (14.8MB) Thomas' discoveries encourage his friends to follow their own roots.

* Interviews with Helen F.M. Leary, CG (emeritus), FASG, FNGS (Sponsored by Jan A. Alpert)

** How I Became a Genealogist
** Jefferson Hemings Research
** My Family
** On Genealogy
** Stories from My Research

2) Behind the NGS subscription wall, there are more videos for members to screen at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ngs_videos, including:

* Interviews with Willis White, CG

** My Family (24.3MB)
** Letters from My Ancestors (47.2MB)
** How Geology Made Me a Better Genealogist (31.9MB)

* Interviews with Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

** Genealogy Is History, Up Close and Personal (43.8 MB)
** The Importance of NGS (48.9 MB)
** Family Traditions: My Choctaw Princess (23 MB)
** We Are All Cousins (43.1 MB)
** The Search (38.8 MB)

Interviews with David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

** My Family (51.5MB) -- A surprising and delightful story about how the search for family history revealed the present
** My Life in Genealogy (40.9MB) -- How David became a genealogist, his own research and his career
** FamilySearch & the Family History Library (43.3MB)-- A bit of the history of FamilySearch and the library and the importance of genealogy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
** On NGS (21.25MB) -- David’s view of the importance of NGS

There are videos coming of Thomas H. Jones, Leslie Anderson, NARA and Laura DeGrazia.

Each of these videos are relatively short - no more than five minutes for most of them. A researcher can spend several delightful hours watching and learning from these masters of the art of genealogical research.

I wonder why NGS chose to put the newest videos behind the firewall? To me, it's like preaching to the choir. Shouldn't the marketing effort of NGS be to those researchers who are not members?

1 comment:

Janet Iles said...

I think they put some in the members' only area as an extra benefit for those of us who are members.

I look forward to watching more of the videos.