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Join Us at RootsTech 2017

Photo courtesy of Shannon Combs-Bennett. (c) 2017.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Combs-Bennett. (c) 2017.

 

Are you at RootsTech? We are and we look forward to talking to you about what’s new at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. And of course we would never come to a conference without some gifts and prizes. So be sure to ask Louise about:

Talk to Louise at booth 1419 in the Expo Hall.

Have a great time at RootsTech!

We Want You! For the FGS Conference

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Would you like to attend the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference August 31-September 3, 2016?

We’re looking for students who would like to help in our Exhibit Hall booth in exchange for a conference registration (a $250 value).

Requirements? Assist with answering questions between presentations. All you need is a friendly, outgoing personality and your passion for genealogy education!

Interested? Email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com

Are You Going? The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

21-23 OCTOBER 2016 | Courtyard by Marriott Brampton 
Derived out of a passion for family history, three Canadian genealogists banded together to develop a conference structure which has a mission to promote Canadian genealogists by providing them a platform to showcase their talents as well as share their knowledge and passion for genealogy with others.

Those three Canadian genealogists are:

Christine Woodcock. Used with permission.

Christine Woodcock. Used with permission.

Christine Woodcock of Genealogy Tours of Scotland.

 

Kathryn Lake Hogan. Used with permission.

Kathryn Lake Hogan. Used with permission.

Kathryn Lake Hogan of Looking4Ancestors, and Dominion Genealogist, UELAC.

 

Mike Quackenbush. Used with permission.

Mike Quackenbush. Used with permission.

Mike Quackenbush, professional genealogist specializing in English and Canadian research.

The summit will feature five research tracks of interest to Canadian family history researchers: Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian. Other options include a pre-summit day at the Archives of Ontario and a Loyalist workshop with the Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.

Jennifer Debruin. Used with permission.

Jennifer Debruin. Used with permission.

Opening Keynote Speaker is Jennifer Debruin, author of the soon to be published book Daughter of Conflict.  With deep ancestral roots in New France/Quebec, Upper Canada/Ontario, and colonial America, Jennifer is interested in exploring the human story within this rich history. Combining her passion and experience in writing, education, history, and genealogy, she writes fact-based historical fiction.

In addition to Christine, Kathryn and Mike, session speakers will feature:

 

Ruth Blair. Used with permission.

Ruth Blair. Used with permission.

Ruth Blair, PLCGS of Blair Archival Research. Ruth is a Canadian professional genealogist specializing in Irish research.

 

Louise St Denis. Used with permission.

Louise St Denis. Used with permission.

Louise St. Denis, PLCGS is the Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Research. Louise is home-grown French-Canadian and specializes in genealogical methodology and French-Canadian research.

Closing Keynote Speaker is The Armchair Genealogist. Lynn is a popular blogger, writer and author known for her passion for writing and sharing family history through stories.

All the details about The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit can be found at www.cangensummit.ca

Graduation 2016

Online Study by ddpavumba/Courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net

Online Study by ddpavumba/Courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net

 

Congratulations to the 2016 National Institute for Genealogical Studies graduates!

Graduation ceremonies are taking place today at 5:30pm EDT at the  Ontario Genealogical Society Conference. Not at the conference?  You can take part in the festivities from home! Graduation will be live streamed in the Virtual Meeting room.

We hope to see you there!

On the Road: Join us at OGS!

Are you on the road to the Ontario Genealogical Society conference? We are and we are looking forward to talking to you about what’s new at The National Institute.

This is an exciting time of the year for us at The National Institute. It’s graduation weekend, and Louise is celebrating! Here’s what you can expect at the OGS conference:

  • Librarians at  the OGS Genealogy Boot Camp for Librarians  are each receiving our course Librarianship: Genealogy Reference Interview.
  • Attendees at the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists pre-conference meeting, Business Skills for Genealogists  are each receiving the course Business Skills: Developing your Career-Choosing a Niche-Part 1
  • Join us at 4:30pm on Friday for the First Timers’ Gathering. Everyone in attendance will receive their choice of either a Methodology course or Skill-Building course. At the end of the gathering one lucky first timer will walk away with a package of 9 courses worth nearly $900
  • The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Graduation will be held  on Friday at 5:30. Graduation cake and refreshments will be served. Not at OGS? You can attend the ceremony from home in the Virtual Meeting room. Please join us in cheering on our graduating students.
  • Continuing with the giving… all OGS attendees will receive one of three complimentary courses. Google for Wise Genealogist, Connecting Family- Online and Virtually, or Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist. The registration forms are in the registration packet. VERY IMPORTANT—complete the form  and turn it in at The National Institute booth. Why is this important? First, because you will then be registered into the course of your choice. Second, at 1:00pm on Sunday, a big draw will take place from the forms submitted. The prize—a full 40 course package.
  • The National Institute is sponsoring the closing ceremony at OGS featuring CeCe Moore who is presenting, Lessons from the Cutting Edge.

Don’t forget about all the great presentations at OGS. Make sure to spend time at presentations  provided by some of our course instructors including Ruth Blair, James Thomson, Thomas MacEntee,  and Marian Press.

So maybe you’re reading this and saying “But I’m not going to OGS” well we have some great news for you. Wishing you could be at the conference to get some of these freebies? Guess what — register any package and get 10% off. Use coupon code Grad16 at checkout.

 

Will You Be There? The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

TORONTO:

For Immediate Release

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit (CANGEN) is pleased to announce their inaugural conference, to be held October 21-23, 2016, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Brampton, Ontario.

The Summit showcases Canadian genealogists who have an expertise in the record sets relating to the early settlers of Canada.

On Friday, October 21, we have arranged a day at the Archives of Ontario. And better still, for those with Loyalist ancestors who are mind boggled with the documentation required for your UEL certificate, former UELAC Dominion Genealogist Kathryn Lake Hogan will be offering a workshop at the Archives. Kathryn will share her expertise on what documentation is required and how to access the records at the Archives.

Our Opening Plenary speaker on Friday evening is genealogist and author Jennifer DeBruin who will share with us some of the struggles of our Canadian ancestors. This energetic talk will be followed by a social time. A time to get to meet fellow Canadian genealogists, an opportunity to get to know the speakers better, or browse the vendors/exhibits in the marketplace.

Saturday’s programming offers five streams of research. Registrants are welcome to mix and match:

  • Ruth Blair – who will talk on researching Irish ancestors
  • Mike Quackenbush – who will talk on researching English ancestors
  • Louise St Denis – who will talk on researching French Canadian ancestors
  • Kathryn Lake Hogan – who will talk on researching Canadian ancestors
  • Christine Woodcock – who will talk on researching Scottish ancestors

Sunday starts with Louise St Denis, Director of National Institute for Genealogical Studies, sharing her extensive knowledge on Methodology. THEN she is providing each registrant with a certificate for a FREE course at the Institute.

We wrap up the weekend with Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist, who will help us to get a better handle on writing our family stories so that our work can be preserved for future generations.

REGISTRATION for the full weekend is just $159cdn ($125 usd). Registration for the Saturday only is just $119cdn ($93 usd) http://www.cangensummit.ca/

All registrations include breakfast and lunch on Saturday, free access during the weekend to Findmypast, and admission to the exhibition hall/marketplace.

 

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

A special note about the press release below. We’re excited about this new 2016 conference featuring some of our course authors, instructors, students and managing director Louise St Denis. This is a great educational opportunity. Save the date!

 

 

21-23 OCTOBER 2016 | Courtyard by Marriott Brampton 
Derived out of a passion for family history, three Canadian genealogists banded together to develop a conference structure which has a mission to promote Canadian genealogists by providing them a platform to showcase their talents as well as share their knowledge and passion for genealogy with others.

Those three Canadian genealogists are:

Christine  Woodcock. Used with permission.

Christine Woodcock. Used with permission.

Christine Woodcock of Genealogy Tours of Scotland

 

Kathryn Lake Hogan. Used with permission.

Kathryn Lake Hogan. Used with permission.

Kathryn Lake Hogan of Looking4Ancestors, and Dominion Genealogist, UELAC

 

Mike Quackenbush. Used with permission.

Mike Quackenbush. Used with permission.

Mike Quackenbush, professional genealogist specializing in English and Canadian research

The summit will feature five research tracks of interest to Canadian family history researchers: Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian. Other options include a pre-summit day at the Archives of Ontario and a Loyalist workshop with the Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.

Jennifer Debruin. Used with permission.

Jennifer Debruin. Used with permission.

Opening Keynote Speaker is Jennifer Debruin, author of the soon to be published book Daughter of Conflict.  With deep ancestral roots in New France/Quebec, Upper Canada/Ontario, and colonial America, Jennifer is interested in exploring the human story within this rich history. Combining her passion and experience in writing, education, history, and genealogy, she writes fact-based historical fiction.

 

In addition to Christine, Kathryn and Mike, session speakers will feature:

Ruth Blair. Used with permission.

Ruth Blair. Used with permission.

Ruth Blair, PLCGS of Blair Archival Research. Ruth is a Canadian professional genealogist specializing in Irish research.

 

Louise St Denis. Used with permission.

Louise St Denis. Used with permission.

Louise St. Denis, PLCGS is the Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Research. Louise is home-grown French-Canadian and specializes in genealogical methodology and French-Canadian research.

Closing Keynote Speaker is The Armchair Genealogist. Lynn is a popular blogger, writer and author known for her passion for writing and sharing family history through stories.

All the details about The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit can be found at www.cangensummit.ca

 

Graduation 2015!

Doctorate Hat With Degree by digitalart/Courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

Doctorate Hat With Degree by digitalart/Courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

It’s that time of the year! Congratulations to our graduates! They’ve worked hard and it’s time to celebrate!

Please join us as we honor the Class of 2015. You can join us in person or virtually.

Attending the Ontario Genealogical Society conference in Barrie, Ontario? Join us there as we conduct the graduation ceremony live.

Or, join us online at  4:30 PM EDT on Friday, May 29th to celebrate the achievements of your fellow students . Everyone is welcome.

Time zones:
Friday, May 29th4:30 PM Eastern; 3:30 PM Central; 1:30 PM Pacific; 9:30 PM in London, England;
Saturday, May 30th6:30 AM in Sydney, Australia

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

Show your support for the graduates of 2015! See you there!

Ulster Historical Foundation Lecture Tour, 2015:  Yakima, Washington

http://www.ancestryireland.com/

http://www.ancestryireland.com/

By Deborah Dale, student

Whether or not three brothers on my paternal side really did make the journey from Ulster to Maryland during the seventeenth century is beside the point. The point is that I recently traveled to Yakima, Washington to attend several fantastic lectures hosted by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and presented by Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation, who were winding down their 2015 genealogy lecture tour.

I arrived just in time for the introductions of the speakers and the first lecture. After giving my name at the registration area, I picked up my conference packet, which included pages and pages in a spiral-bound book created by PRONI (the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland), which began with a section on How to Trace Your Family Tree and continued with sections on the 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses, census substitutes, wills and probate, church records, valuation records, national education records, and much more.

The room was full with only a few seats still open. I sat down at a table at the back of the room as Fintan Mullan started speaking, and as I noticed various flyers of family history resources lying on the table, which apparently complemented my conference packet and included a nice heritage map of the Ulster Plantation, large enough to hang on a wall. Also included was a flyer from the Irish Manuscripts Commission, a public body established in 1928 that promotes access to sources of Irish history and culture. At its website, one can find out of print titles and even digitized editions.

I made notes of things I hadn’t known, such as the average size of a townland (about 325 acres) in Ireland and the size of the largest townland (over 7,000 acres) and the smallest (about  1 acre). I also didn’t know that the reason some townlands like Lower Aghaboy in County Tyrone is actually north of or above Upper Aghaboy is because their distances were measured from Dublin, so that lower Aghaboy appeared farther away.

During a lecture by Gillian Hunt, I made notes on interesting, humorous tidbits found in Irish censuses such as the occupation of a 6-year-old as “He torments the house,” or the occupation of an 8-month old as “sinner,” or the reporting of a wife with a “loose tongue,” or the more serious occupation of a woman as “militant suffragette.”

I also took notes about the Registry of Deeds (Dublin) Indexing project that you can read about here:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~registryofdeeds/, but before I knew it, the day was over all too soon and I was leaving Yakima, headed east on I-82, on a somewhat blustery, sunny afternoon.

Now as I contemplate the information I gleaned, I am thinking about other conferences I will be able to attend and their importance to my genealogical education. I end by wishing you the ability to attend as many local and national conferences that you can.

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