For the month of April, we have highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, we will feature some courses that you were not aware of and pique your interest to explore further.
Q is for QUESTIONS
What would Family History be without asking questions? That is where it all begins – asking the basic questions about our family members, their relationships, and their origins. This includes family interviews, checklists, oral histories, home sources, etc. Each new item we discover inspires more questions!
Asking the right question to the right person may just topple that brick wall in your research. Asking from a different perspective may reveal new clues to follow up, or provide valuable context and social history. Never stop asking questions, even if one family member has given an answer – there may be more to the story! Siblings and cousins have different memories of family members and family events. Photographs are great memory joggers. Ask family members what they remember about the photo, or people in the photo.
We have courses that will help you to create the questions, and then how to conduct and record effective interviews. Those answers lead us to seek out the documentation to confirm the information we gathered. Ultimately, all genealogy research is going to ask questions, but here is a list of courses that specifically focus on questions and how to find the answers to add to our family’s heritage.
Connecting Family: Online and Virtually
Demystifying Culture & Folklore
Discover Your Family History
Genetics & Medical Family History
Google for the Wise Genealogist
Life of Our Ancestors
Organizing a One-Name Study
Organizing a One-Place Study
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects
Preserve Your Family History Documents & Heirlooms
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online
Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters-Tracing Women
Research: House & Farm Histories
Research: Social History
Research: The National Archives of England
Skill-Building: Breaking Down Brick Walls
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist
Writing the Genealogist’s Memoir
Writing Your Family History Book
You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some of the courses above. Register for the balance of the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy theme.
Genealogy asks questions; our research gathers the answers. Questions are only the beginning, as those stories need to be documented and evaluated. Gather your family’s stories. Ask about the history behind family heirlooms and keepsakes. An item with sentimental value must have a great story about it. Keep asking questions!
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ courses to choose from. Some of our courses are topic/country-specific, or provide insight into research methodology, while others are skill-building courses to maximize your research time. The first Monday of a new month means another rotation of courses will start. Most courses feature 6 modules over an 8-week period, easily adapted to most busy schedules. Many courses have been bundled into packages to provide discount options. Take a look at our course calendar and see which courses will accomplish your genealogical education goals. Register today!
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