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.
V is for VITAL RECORDS
Vital Records are vital to our research! They are usually the first records we seek out. At the minimum, it would include birth, marriage and death records (BMDs), but also baptism, marriage and burial records, plus their related records. They may be called by various names: Vital records, Vital stats, Civil registration, etc.
Religious records, Church records, Parish records, and Old Parish records (OPRs), as well as Cemetery and Mortuary records are also rich sources for revealing BMD information. The process of accessing these records may vary greatly in each country or region. Researchers must familiarize themselves with what is available and especially, special collections in local repositories. The following list of courses will give suggestions for researching specifically.
Vital Records Courses
Australian: Births, Deaths & Marriages
Australian: Church Records
Australian: Other Sources for Births, Deaths & Marriages
Canadian: Religious Records
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 1
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 2
Discover Your Family History
English: Civil Registration Records Including Wales
English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical
German: Church Records
German: Civil Registration Records
Google for the Wise Genealogist
Irish: Civil Registration
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records
Irish: Monumental (Gravestone) Inscriptions
Life of Our Ancestors
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online
Research: The National Archives of England
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records
Scottish: Beyond the OPRs (Not Scheduled)
Scottish: Old Parish Registers
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist
US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records
US: Religious Records-Part 1
US: Religious Records-Part 2
US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using the Records
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.
Vital Records are invaluable to all researchers no matter what genealogical focus you choose. After searching the common sources, go beyond and seek out unique collections for your research location.
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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