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.
Y is for YOUNG GEN
There was a time when it was thought that genealogy was only interesting to seniors! This is truly a myth. Family History is appealing to researchers of ALL ages. The younger they are when they begin, the more likely they will have opportunity to interview grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as many elderly extended family members. It is especially important to start asking them personal questions while their memories are sharp. Too many family historians have regrets – missing the opportunity to ask about their childhood memories, or intimate details about family experiences connected to historical events, because they were never written down. So many pioneer or immigrant ancestor stories were not passed down through the generations.
There are always young people who are interested, the ones who want to hear the stories, and love to browse through the old vintage photo albums. They will remember, because they love the stories that have taken root in their imaginations. They will quickly blossom under the mentorship of more experienced researchers – they just need direction and encouragement. The Young Genealogists are extremely valuable to the genealogy community. They bring fresh ideas and genuine enthusiasm. They can see how to use modern technology to organize and display those Heritage stories in exciting new ways. They just need a place to participate, and we must take the time to make opportunities to share with them and pass it on.
The following Courses may help you to discover ways to share your passion for family history with the Younger Generation, and it includes topics that may appeal to enthusiastic Young Genealogists to explore:
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 1
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 2
Connecting Family: Online and Virtually
Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation
Demystifying Culture & Folklore
Discover Your Family History
Electronic Resources: Using the Internet
Google for the Wise Genealogist
Life of Our Ancestors
Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started
Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects
Planning a Fabulous Family Reunion
Preserve Your Family History Documents & Heirlooms
Producing Your Family Video
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
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist
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.
The future of our genealogy communities lies with the younger generation, to preserve the research gathered by this generation and pass it on. They need to understand the value of the work we have done in order to appreciate the significance of discovered family history and the stories that bring it alive. Invest in the young family historians and the future genealogists. The next generation will be glad you did!
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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