The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies - LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION

New Course: Australian Church Records

Canberra Korean Uniting Church in Reid, Australian Capital Territory by Bidgee. Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canberra_Korean_Uniting_Church_in_Reid,_ACT.jpg

Canberra Korean Uniting Church in Reid, Australian Capital Territory by Bidgee. Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canberra_Korean_Uniting_Church_in_Reid,_ACT.jpg

 

The National Institute is proud to announce a new course added to our Australian Certificate Program. Australian: Church Records, authored by genealogist Shauna Hicks,  examines religious resources that are available in Australia. Major emphasis has been placed on Christianity and the various church records available for the main Christian denominations in Australia. Parish records such as baptisms, marriages and burials and other lesser known church records are examined. Religions other than Christianity are also looked at briefly as Australia has been a multicultural country since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

This course begins March 7th. Register today!

Australian Records Virtual Meeting

Australian flag By Ian Fieggen (Own work) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Australian flag By Ian Fieggen (Own work) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

On Friday, January 29th at 5:00 PM EST Kerry Farmer will host the Australian Records virtual meeting. Join Kerry to ask questions about these courses and/or your research.

If time permits, Kerry will give a small presentation on Early colonial New South Wales sources. Kerry says “As most states now were originally part of NSW, those researching other parts in Australia may need to use NSW records for the earliest years.”

Time zones:
Friday, January 29th5:00 PM Eastern; 4:00 PM Central; 2:00 PM Pacific; 10:00 PM in London, England;
Saturday, January 30th9:00 AM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/australian/
(NOTE: No user name or password required. Please type in your first and last name; then click “Enter as a Guest”.)

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LISTEN ON THE GO!
Want to listen to the student presentation but will not be at your computer? No problem! You can download the FREE Adobe Connect Mobile App from the iTunes App Store (for iPod/iPhone/iPad), from the Google Play Store (for Androids), or from Blackberry World (for Blackberry).

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See the calendar of future Virtual Meetings sessions at www.genealogicalstudies.com; in the top menu choose INFORMATION and then VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu.

If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read the Instructions available atwww.genealogicalstudies.com/instructions.pdf. If this URL does not open, please go towww.genealogicalstudies.com, click on Information in the top menu bar, and then Virtual Learning Room in the drop down menu. The link to the Instructions (in PDF format) will be at the top right of the page (you may need to scroll over to the right side of the page).

Australian: Newspapers and Biographies

Newspapers are an important resource for your family history. We are proud to announce our latest  course: Australian: Newspapers and Biographies authored by Australian genealogist Shauna Hicks.

Example from Queensland Government Gazette 1 January 1887, Text Queensland

Example from Queensland Government Gazette 1 January 1887, Text Queensland

Newspapers are a wonderful research tool as they can provide background information on our ancestors that may not be found in official documents. As well as the expected notices of births, engagements, marriages, deaths, burials and obituaries we may also find reference to their sporting activities or involvement in community events. References to insolvencies, bankruptcies, other misdemeanours or more serious crimes can lead to court and criminal records at the archives. This course focuses on using both historical and current newspapers to flesh out our knowledge of our ancestors and the communities in which they lived.

A useful companion to newspapers are biographical resources and these can be for an individual or a defined group and based on a local, state or national level. Often referred to as biographical dictionaries or pioneer registers these resources can provide a quick background on an individual which can then be followed up in newspapers and official records.

By using these two types of resources, you will be able to add substantially to your knowledge of your ancestors. As more and more of these resources are digitised and placed online making them easier to access and to search, there is a constant need to go back and revisit your research to find any new material on your ancestors.

By undertaking this course on Australian newspapers and biographies you will find lots of additional material on your families as we make our way through the modules. Shauna says, “In writing this course and undertaking the assignments, I even added to my own family knowledge which was a bonus for me.”

There is so much in this course including ethnic and specialty  newspapers, online resources, and history. This course is a must for everyone interested in newspapers or trying to find their Australian family.

This course begins in November 2014. To learn more about this course see our website .

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