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NGS Introduces Two New Research in the States Books:
Florida and Texas

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the publication of two, new books as part of its Research in the States series, which now covers research in more than twenty-four states. The newest volumes are

  • Research in Florida by Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM and Amy Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL
  • Research in Texas by Kelvin L. Meyers

The books will be available in the NGS store in both PDF and print versions 10 May.

Research in Florida
Research in Florida joins the NGS Research in the States series as its twenty-fourth volume. Boasting the earliest permanent white settlement in the United States, Florida's early boundaries stretched along the Gulf coast to the Mississippi River. Sources and guides to records of its early history under the British, French, and Spanish governments, which are found in specialized collections or in the archives of those governments, are discussed. From the time of its establishment as a territory of the United States, Florida has suffered little record loss resulting in a rich array of records for the researcher. In addition to a discussion of general record groups, emphasis is placed on Special Archives publications detailing Florida's military history including its Indian wars, which, along with school, tax, and voter records, provide focused sources for research. Sources for information on Florida's Sunshine Law are also provided.

Author, Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL, is an award-winning author with articles published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, and The Genealogist (American Society of Genealogists). Her research interests include New York City; the Lower Hudson Valley; the Pensacola, Florida, Creole community; burial iconography; and ethnic studies. Amy serves as the editor of the Florida Genealogist, the journal of the Florida State Genealogical Society, a vice co-chair of the 2016 National Genealogical Society?s annual conference, and webmaster for the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Author, C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is an instructor, consultant, trip leader, and a lecturer. She is kept busy as the education chairman for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; a faculty member of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies; a trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society; and as the National Genealogical Society's 2016 conference chair. Ann is also the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976 and the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine.

Research in Texas
Research in Texas, begins with a brief review of Texas's rich history from early exploration and settlement to the Battle of the Alamo. It continues with an overview of the major research facilities including the well-known Texas State Library and Archives, the Dallas Public Library, and Houston?s Clayton as well as lesser known but equally important smaller collections. Resources for major research categories from atlases, maps, and gazetteers to women are also provided. Researchers will also find a discussion of differences in probate law under the Spanish and Mexican governments and the English common law adopted by the Republic of Texas, as well as topics specific to Texas including cattle brands and the Texas Rangers.

Author, Kelvin L. Meyers is a a fifth-generation Texan who worked at the renowned Dallas Public Library under the tutelage of Lloyd Bockstruck and a professional genealogist since 1996. Kelvin now has a solo practice as a forensic genealogist serving clients that include probate attorneys, trust department of banks, the United States Immigration Service and energy companies. He also conducts research for clients with Southern brickwall problems. Kelvin is a former board member of the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG), a former president of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG).

The Research in the States series editor Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, is a former NGS president and editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. Other titles in the series includes Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additional states guides are planned.

Learn more about our entire Research in the States series.

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