P.O. Box 4225
Alexandria, Virginia 22303
The National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association
(NIGRAA) was founded in 1983. The purposes of the organization
to promote, conduct, and foster education, research,
study, and analysis relating to the field of genealogy; and,
to disseminate information and support with funds or
otherwise, undertakings that are exclusively charitable,
scientific, or educational in purpose.
Membership is open to anyone who has completed any sessions of the National Institute on
Genealogical Research, or who has lectured at any session.
The alumni association uses the money received as dues from its
members for two purposes:.
Funding the Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship to a
student attending the Institute. The scholarship is
awarded to an experienced researcher in either a paid or a
volunteer position, in the service of the genealogical
Contributing funds to the National Archives Trust Fund for the
microfilming of genealogically-significant NARA records that
would probably not otherwise be filmed. Once
filmed, these records will be available to a much wider
audience. Completed projects include:
M1164 Index to Naturalization Petitions of the U. S. District
Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1865-1957. (Before
index was available only at the regional branch of the National
Archives in New York City, NY).
M1784 Index to Pension Application Files of Remarried Widows
Based on Service in the War of 1812, Indian Wars, Mexican War,
and the Regular Army Before 1861. 1 roll.
M1785 Index to Pension Application Files of Remarried Widows
Based on Service in the Civil War and Later Wars in the Regular
Army after the Civil War. 7 rolls.
M1786 Record of Invalid Pension Payments to Veterans of the
Revolutionary War and Regular Army and Navy, March
1801-September 1815. 1 roll.
M2073 Statistics of Congregations of Lutheran Synods, 1890.
Entry 107) 1 roll.
Z1041 Papers Relating to New Mexico Land Grants Housed in the
United States Bureau of Land Management, Santa Fe, New Mexico,
2nd edition. (RG 49) 66 rolls. (The alumni
association purchased a set of the microfilms for the National
A3371 Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Knights Key,
Florida, February 1908-January 1912. (RG 85) 3 Rolls.
M2079 Final Revolutionary War Final Pension Payment
Vouchers: Delaware. 1 roll. Records of the
Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury (RG 217).
The alumni association hosts a luncheon during the National
Genealogical Society’s Conference in the States and a dinner
during the week of the institute. Newsletters are published
in the spring and fall and sent to paid members of the alumni
association and the current year’s institute class.
Correspondence should be addressed to the National Institute on
Genealogical Research Alumni Association,
P.O. Box 4225, Alexandria, Virginia22303
August 1, 2014 to July
Treasurer: Lynn McMillion
Secretary: Liz Ross
Director: Paul Finch
Palm Bay, Florida
Joy Lett Quinn
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Webmaster for NIGR and NIGRAA:
Dues: $10.00 per year. Membership year: 1 August to 31 July.
2015 NIGRAA Banquet
The 2015 NIGRAA
Banquet will be held on Friday, July 17, 2015. Click here for more details or to
In view of the recent death of
Patricia Shawker, CG, director of NIGR, 2007–2015, the board of
directors has postponed the 2015 institute until July 2016.
NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED
Malissa Ruffner, J.D., CGSM
The board is pleased to announce
the appointment of Malissa Ruffner, J.D., CGSM,to succeed as director
of NIGR, effective immediately. She will assume responsibility
for the institute in July 2016 and future years. The National
Archives, through its representative on the board of directors,
has expressed strong support for the continuation of NIGR and
will work with the new director to assure success in coming
Malissa, a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, earned a Bachelor
of Arts from Goucher College and a law degree and a Master of
Library Science degree, both from the University of Maryland.
In addition to genealogy, she has worked as a lawyer, and in
schools, libraries and archives. Her genealogical pursuits
include client work, writing and blogging, lecturing, and
participation in conferences and institutes, including NIGR,
the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of
Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, the
Genealogical Research Institute at Pittsburgh, Forensic
Genealogy Institute, ProGen, and “Come Home to New England” at
the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Malissa
currently serves on the Maryland Genealogical Society Board of
Directors and on the Intellectual Property Committee of the
Board for Certification of Genealogy.
Additional information about the
next institute will be forthcoming.
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