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May 29, 2007 Bren Landon
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NSDAR Genealogists Present Lectures at NGS Conference

NSDAR Genealogists Present Lectures at NGS Conference

WASHINGTON, DC – Three professional genealogists from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Genealogy Department contributed their expertise to the National Genealogical Society Conference in the States and Family History Fair 2007 held May 16-19, 2007 in Richmond, VA. The conference brought together genealogists and family historians from across the country who have a common interest in learning more about genealogical research.

Representing the NSDAR, Terry Ward, Penny Seacord, and Thomas Ragusin gave lectures at the conference, which included a variety of tracks that attendees can participate in for a wide range of genealogical research insight. Ward, the NSDAR Director of Genealogy, presented, “The Five John Shacklefords of Virginia,” which focused on methodology for separating several men with the same name who lived in Virginia during the Revolutionary War period. Seacord, an NSDAR genealogist since 2000 and former director of the Suitland Family History Center, presented, “North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee,” which discussed the history of North Carolina land grants in Tennessee, the various types of land grants awarded, and the required procedures for obtaining title to the claimed land. Ragusin, an NSDAR genealogist since 2005 after nearly 20 years in the Department of Defense as a U.S. Marine and civilian employee, presented, “The Continental Line: Some Not So Revolutionary Land and Organizational Considerations,” which drew links between the rank and organizational structures of the Continental Line to help identify the men who served in the fledgling army.

The Virginia State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a luncheon during the conference. Bana Caskey, incoming Virginia State Regent, was the featured speaker with her talk, “Where Did I Come From Mommy, and What Really Happened at Jamestowne?”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children.  Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. With more than 168,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation’s premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington, D.C.’s largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit


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