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An Invitation to Our Student Lounge

We are all experiencing uncertain times and many of us are practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Many genealogists, as well as our students, are taking advantage of this extra time to work on family history and the National Institute’s online courses.

To help you at this time, we have decided to open our Student Lounge to a broader audience to give you the ability to communicate with those that have like-minded interests… family history and especially our National Institute’s courses. During your time spent in the Student Lounge, we ask that you PLEASE KEEP THE DISCUSSION ABOUT GENEALOGY AND THE ONLINE COURSES ONLY. We are all dealing with enough stress and do not want to add to it. This is a time to enjoy your family history, courses, and learn genealogy from others.

The sessions will be monitored during the Student Lounge hours. Please note that this is an opportunity for attendees to interact. As time permits, monitors will pop into the Virtual Learning Room to answer questions. There will be a Question of the Day posted to encourage conversation, PLUS note the information for a Special Discussion Session each day at 2 PM EDT.

Please join us in the Student Lounge. When signing in, select “Enter as a Guest” and enter your first name along with your geographical location. See you there!

Student Lounge hours for this week are:
Tuesday, March 31st
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – Midnight to 9 AM on Wednesday, April 1st

Wednesday, April 1st
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – Midnight to 9 AM on Thursday, April 2nd

Thursday, April 2nd
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 4:30 PM; Central – 8 AM to 3:30 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 2:30 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 1:30 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 8:30 PM; Sydney, Australia – Midnight to 7:30 AM on Friday, April 3rd

Topics of Special Discussion Sessions:
Tips for Navigating your Student Briefcase with Sue de Groot 
Tuesday, March 31st – Time zones: Eastern – 2 PM; Central – 1 PM; Mountain – Noon; Pacific – 11 AM; London, England – 7 PM; Sydney, AU Wednesday, April 1st – 5 AM

Fun & Games with Sue & Gena
Wednesday, April 1st – Time zones: Eastern – 2 PM; Central – 1 PM; Mountain – Noon; Pacific – 11 AM; London, England – 7 PM; Sydney, AU Thursday, April 2nd – 5 AM

Methodology Tips with Gena Philbert-Ortega
Thursday, April 2nd – Time zones: Eastern – 2 PM; Central – 1 PM; Mountain – Noon; Pacific – 11 AM; London, England – 7 PM; Sydney, AU Friday, April 3rd – 5 AM

We hope you will join the discussion with our students. Please keep yourself and your family safe — follow the recommendations of your country’s government. Happy Researching!

Note: Facebook Event here 

See complete list of Virtual Meetings here.

Researching in Scotland – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing Skills Including Preparation, teaches the skills needed to present genealogical-related lectures. It is a “hands on” course where the student presents a lecture via our Virtual Learning Room. We invite you to participate and hear our current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!


Student Lecture: Researching in Scotland presented by Angela Breidenbach
Friday, March 20th – NOON Eastern; 11:00 AM Central; 9:00 AM Pacific; 4:00 PM in London, England;
Saturday, March 21st – 3:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/  

Presentation Description: Traveling to Scotland can be more than a dream trip. With tips on preparation, travel, where and how to research you’ll simplify the overwhelm. Your dream can be a reality.

Presenter: Angela Breidenbach is a screenwriter, broadcaster, genealogist, bestselling author, and the Christian Authors Network president. She was awarded Outstanding Broadcasting from the NSDAR. @AngBreidenbach. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508

Libraries, Repositories and Archives. OH MY! – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing Skills Including Preparation, teaches the skills needed to present genealogical-related lectures. It is a “hands on” course where the student presents a lecture via our Virtual Learning Room. We invite you to participate and hear our current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!

Student Lecture: Libraries, Repositories and Archives. OH MY! presented by Lynne Jakobowski
Sunday, March 15th – 2:00 PM Eastern; 1:00 PM Central; 11:00 AM Pacific; 6:00 PM in London, England;
Monday, March 16th – 5:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/ 

Presentation Description: Hitting a brick wall? Have you never researched in an archive before and are scared to begin? An archive may be your solution. Learn how to plan your first visit, and how to elevate your results.

Presenter: Lynne Jakobowski is a genealogical researcher with an interest in house and farm histories as they relate to the genealogy world.

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508 

Finding Your Family’s Footprints in Ireland – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing Skills Including Preparation, teaches the skills needed to present genealogical-related lectures. It is a “hands on” course where the student presents a lecture via our Virtual Learning Room. We invite you to participate and hear our current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!


Student Lecture: Finding Your Family’s Footprints in Ireland presented by: Margaret Gaffney
Saturday, March 7th – 6:00 PM Eastern; 5:00 PM Central; 3:00 PM Pacific; 11:00 PM in London, England;
Sunday, March 8th – 10:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/

Presentation Description: Not sure whereabouts your Irish ancestor hailed from?  Find out how Griffith’s Valuation and the subsequent Revision books can help you discover the place where your family left their footprints.

Presenter: Maggie Gaffney is a web and genealogy professional based in Wellington, New Zealand.  She runs a family history blog (www.iwikiwi.com) and tweets as @iwikiwichick.

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508

Finding Records on FamilySearch – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing Skills Including Preparation, teaches the skills needed to present genealogical-related lectures. It is a “hands on” course where the student presents a lecture via our Virtual Learning Room. We invite you to participate and hear our current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!


Student Lecture: Finding Records on FamilySearch presented by: Tara Shymanski
Thursday, March 5th – 9:00 PM Eastern; 8:00 PM Central; 6:00 PM Pacific; Friday, March 6th – 2:00 AM in London, England; 1:00 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/ 

Presentation Description: There are thousands of digitized records on FamilySearch.org. Some records are indexed but many are not. Learn tips to find them using the record and catalogue search tabs.

Presenter: Tara Shymanski, genealogy professional with 10 years experience, is proficient in research methods. She has a BA in history and a Genealogy Research Certificate.

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508

February Virtual Meetings

Have any questions about your courses or your research? Attend a virtual meeting applicable to your course/research.

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Virtual Meetings are a way for you to communicate with an instructor and your fellow students. These are NOT mandatory, but a fun & interactive way to ask questions about courses/research.

Note: NO USER NAME or PASSWORD REQUIRED. Please type in your first and last name; then click “Enter as a Guest”.

Wednesday, February 12th – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL with Gena Philibert-Ortega            
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 3:00 PM Eastern; 2:00 PM Central; Noon Pacific; 8:00 PM in London, England;
Thursday, February 13th – 7:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Wednesday, February 12th – Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 5:00 PM Eastern; 4:00 PM Central; 2:00 PM Pacific; 10:00 PM in London, England;
Thursday, February 13th – 9:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Wednesday, February 12th – Methodology courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 6:30 PM Eastern; 5:30 PM Central; 3:30 PM Pacific; 11:30 PM in London, England;
Thursday, February 13th – 10:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Wednesday, February 12th – American courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 8:00 PM Eastern; 7:00 PM Central; 5:00 PM Pacific;
Thursday, February 13th – 1:00 AM in London, England; Noon in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Thursday, February 13th – Canadian courses with Cheryl Levy    
Time zones:
Thursday, February 13th – 10:00 AM Eastern; 9:00 AM Central; 7:00 AM Pacific; 3:00 PM in London, England;
Friday, February 14th – 2:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

Thursday, February 13th – STUDENT LOUNGE
Time zones:
Thursday, February 13th – 7:00 PM Eastern; 6:00 PM Central; 4:00 PM Pacific;
Friday, February 14th – Midnight in London, England; 11:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Saturday, February 15th – Professional Development with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Saturday, February 15th – 9:00 AM Eastern; 8:00 AM Central; 6:00 AM Pacific; 2:00 PM in London, England;
Sunday, February 16th – 1:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/professional/

Saturday, February 15th – Eastern European courses with Lisa Alzo Time zones:                                                                                                                  Saturday, February 15th – 10:30 AM Eastern; 9:30 AM Central; 7:30 AM Pacific;
3:30 PM in London, England;
Sunday, February 16th – 2:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/easteuro/

Sunday, February 23rd – Methodology courses with Brenda Wheeler
Time zones:
Sunday, February 23rd – 5:30 PM Eastern; 4:30 PM Central; 2:30 PM Pacific; 10:30 PM in London, England;
Monday, February 24th – 9:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Sunday, February 23rd – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Brenda Wheeler     
Time zones:
Sunday, February 23rd – 7:00 PM Eastern; 6:00 PM Central; 4:00 PM Pacific; Monday, February 24th – Midnight in London, England; 11:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle3/

Monday, February 24th – English courses with Brenda Wheeler  
Time zones:
Monday, February 24th – 7:00 PM Eastern; 6:00 PM Central; 4:00 PM Pacific; Tuesday, February 25th – Midnight in London, England; 11:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

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Calendar of Virtual Meetings is at www.genealogicalstudies.com; top menu > INFORMATION > VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM.             

If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read the Instructions at www.genealogicalstudies.com/instructions.pdf.     

Sunday’s Virtual Meetings

This is a reminder we have several virtual meetings scheduled for Sunday. Hope you can join us!

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You can enhance your learning experience by joining a virtual meeting regarding your studies and asking questions. Even if you don’t have questions you are welcome to just listen, lurk and learn! We don’t mind in the least.

Remember, these Virtual Meetings are NOT mandatory. They are a fun and interactive way to ask questions about the courses and/or research at a relevant session.

NOTE: Times given are Eastern Standard Time. To check the current time and date, Log In to your Student Briefcase and click on “Time at Home Office” near the top right of the page.

Sunday, November 17th – Scottish courses with Sheena Tait   
Time zones:
Sunday, November 17th – 2:00 PM Eastern; 1:00 PM Central; 11:00 AM Pacific; 7:00 PM in London, England;
Monday, November 18th – 6:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/scottish/

Sunday, November 17th – Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Brenda Wheeler           
Time zones:
Sunday, November 17th – 7:00 PM Eastern; 6:00 PM Central; 4:00 PM Pacific; Monday, November 18th – Midnight in London, England; 11:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle2/

Sunday, November 17th – Methodology courses with Brenda Wheeler
Note: This Virtual Meeting is for the convenience of our Australasia students; however, everyone is welcome.
Time zones:
Sunday, November 17th – 8:30 PM Eastern; 7:30 PM Central; 5:30 PM Pacific; Monday, November 18th – 1:30 AM in London, England; 12:30 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

October Virtual Meetings

Have questions about your courses or your research? Virtual Meetings are a way for you to communicate with an instructor. These meetings are NOT mandatory, but a fun & interactive way to ask questions about courses/research. 

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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Below are the September scheduled sessions. Join us!

Wednesday, October 16th – Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, October 16th – 10:00 AM Eastern; 9:00 AM Central; 7:00 AM Pacific; 3:00 PM in London, England;
Thursday, October 17th – 1:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Wednesday, October 16th – Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, October 16th – 11:30 AM Eastern; 10:30 AM Central; 8:30 AM Pacific; 4:30 PM in London, England;
Thursday, October 17th – 2:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Wednesday, October 16th – American courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, October 16th – 1:30 PM Eastern; 12:30 PM Central; 10:30 AM Pacific; 6:30 PM in London, England;
Thursday, October 17th – 4:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Thursday, October 17th – Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Thursday, October 17th – 1:30 PM Eastern; 12:30 PM Central; 10:30 AM Pacific; 6:30 PM in London, England;
Friday, October 18th – 4:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle3/

Thursday, October 17th – Methodology courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Thursday, October 17th – 3:00 PM Eastern; 2:00 PM Central; Noon Pacific; 8:00 PM in London, England;
Friday, October 18th – 6:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Thursday, October 17th – STUDENT LOUNGE
Time zones:
Thursday, October 17th – 5:00 PM Eastern; 4:00 PM Central; 2:00 PM Pacific; 10:00 PM in London, England;
Friday, October 18th – 8:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Saturday, October 19th – Professional Development courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Saturday, October 19th – 11:00 AM Eastern; 10:00 AM Central; 8:00 AM Pacific; 4:00 PM in London, England;
Sunday, October 20th – 1:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/professional/

Friday, October 25th – English courses with Brenda Wheeler
Time zones:
Friday, October 25th – 6:00 PM Eastern; 5:00 PM Central; 3:00 PM Pacific; 11:00 PM in London, England;
Saturday, October 26th – 9:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

Friday, October 25th – Methodology courses with Brenda Wheeler
Note: This Virtual Meeting is for the convenience of our Australasia students; however, everyone is welcome.
Time zones:
Friday, October 25th – 7:30 PM Eastern; 6:30 PM Central; 4:30 PM Pacific;
Saturday, October 26th – 12:30 AM in London, England; 10:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Saturday, October 26th – Canadian courses with Cheryl Levy
Time zones:
Saturday, October 26th – 10:00 AM Eastern; 9:00 AM Central; 7:00 AM Pacific; 3:00 PM in London, England;
Sunday, October 27th – 1:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/ 

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Calendar of Virtual Meetings is at www.genealogicalstudies.com; top menu > INFORMATION > VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM.             

If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read the Instructions at www.genealogicalstudies.com/instructions.pdf.           

Virtual Meeting Weekend Reminder

Have questions about your courses or your research? Virtual Meetings are a way for you to communicate with an instructor. These meetings are NOT mandatory, but a fun & interactive way to ask questions about courses/research. 

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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Sunday, September 22nd – American courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega 

Time zones:

Sunday, September 22nd – 6:00 PM Eastern; 5:00 PM Central; 3:00 PM Pacific; 11:00 PM in London, England;

Monday, September 23rd – 8:00 AM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/  (Note: “Enter as a Guest”)

Sunday, September 22nd – Methodology courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega 

Time zones:

Sunday, September 22nd – 7:30 PM Eastern; 6:30 PM Central; 4:30 PM Pacific;

Monday, September 23rd – 12:30 AM in London, England; 9:30 AM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/   (Note: “Enter as a Guest”)

This Week in Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings September 17th – 19th

Tuesday, September 17th – Scottish courses with Sheena Tait    

Time zones:

Tuesday, September 17th – 3:00 PM Eastern; 2:00 PM Central; Noon Pacific; 8:00 PM in London, England;

Wednesday, September 18th – 5:00 AM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/scottish/

Wednesday, September 18th – Irish courses with Brenda Wheeler 

Time zones:

Wednesday, September 18th – 8:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Central; 5:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM in London, England; 10:00 PM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/irish/

Thursday, September 19th – Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Brenda Wheeler   

Time zones:

Thursday, September 19th – 8:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Central; 5:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM in London, England; 10:00 PM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle2/

Thursday, September 19th – STUDENT LOUNGE

Time zones:

Thursday, September 19th – 4:30 PM Eastern; 3:30 PM Central; 1:30 PM Pacific; 9:30 PM in London, England;

Friday, September 20th – 6:30 AM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Thursday, September 19th – Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega  

Time zones:

Thursday, September 19th – 6:30 PM Eastern; 5:30 PM Central; 3:30 PM Pacific; 11:30 PM in London, England;

Friday, September 20th – 8:30 AM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle1/

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