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American Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post

For our American Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 14 compulsory American courses, and 12 elective courses of your choice. The American courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 5 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

American Certificate Package = 40 courses

Basic Level
US: Census Records 
This course is designed to give you a better understanding of the history, content, and uses of census records and related material.
US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using the Records
Examining Birth, Marriage, & Death records in the United States, the history of when they began to be recorded in various places and the depth of the information in them.
US: Religious Records-Part 1 
This course focuses on religions which had a significant presence in the developing new land in America, prior to 1800, including the culture and beliefs of the immigrants who settled in America.
US: Land Records 
This course will provide a brief overview of the history and types of land documents in the United States, such as Colonial Records (English, French, Mexican, Spanish), land grants, homestead records, the development bounty lands, as well as deeds and maps.

Intermediate Level
US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records 
This course will explore the history of cemeteries, the symbolism used, the types of cemeteries, the records created, how to locate a gravesite, and a summary of records published in books and online.
US: Religious Records-Part 2
This course discusses American religions in the United States primarily after 1800, exploring types of religious records available, how to use them, and where they can be accessed. 
US: Immigration & Naturalization Records 
This course discusses how to trace your immigrant ancestors to the United States, including the various immigration and naturalization sources, such as passenger arrival lists.
US: Probate Records 
This course discusses legal records created by the courts when an ancestor died.
US: Migration Patterns 
This course will discuss the history of migration across the United States, including particular routes westward; the time period of settlement of areas; and specifics about the common patterns of movement of people between areas and states through the decades.

Advanced Level
US: Newspaper Records 
This course will introduce you to newspapers as a genealogical resource; from an introductory overview of newspapers, and a look at the history of American newspapers to accessing newspapers online.
US: Military Records 
This course discusses the various types of records created by military service, such as service records, muster rolls, pension records, and draft registration. Records of conflicts of the United States and colonial America from the early colonial wars of the seventeenth century to the Second World War are included.
US: Occupational Records 
This course will focus on occupational records and what they can reveal about our ancestor’s lives.
US: Institutional Records 
This course will introduce the student to records of institutions such as orphanages, prisons, poor houses, asylums, and schools.
US: Court Records 
This course provides an overview of United States court records, selected finding aids to United States court records and strategies for gleaning the records of the courts.

We offer several additional American-themed courses, or courses relevant to American research, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the American Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory American Records courses, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates

American Records and DNA Certificate
American Records and Librarianship Certificate
American Records and Professional Development Certificate

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Canadian Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate.

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post

For our Canadian Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 16 compulsory Canadian courses, and 10 elective courses of your choice. The Canadian courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 7 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

Canadian Certificate Package = 40 courses

Basic Level
Canadian: Census Records-Part 1  
This course will instruct the student in how to access Canadian census records and how to analyze the information provided.
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 1 
This course will concentrate on the Vital Statistics gathered by the provincial governments and the various churches. A short lesson in the history and geography of each province is included.
Canadian: Wills and Estate Records-Part 1
Whether the deceased was testate or intestate, this course will show where to search for wills and estates keeping in mind the historical era and the geographical location in Canada, showing what kind of genealogical information you will find.
Canadian: Land Records-Part 1 
This course provides an overview of both early Crown land records and private property registrations in Canada.

Intermediate Level
Canadian: Census Records-Part 2 
This course will build on the basic skills developed in Part 1, with emphasis on interpreting the information found in census records, analyzing the information and formulating a research plan to prove or disprove the hypothesis formed in your analysis. 
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 2 
Part 2 will continue to describe available records at Government Archives, Offices and Court Houses, as well as present day registrations for Birth, Marriages and Deaths; Adoption Records from Government Offices and Divorce Records from both. 
Canadian: Religious Records 
This course will cover where to look for registers and other religious records in Canada, what type of data you should expect to find, and how to evaluate what you have found. This information can also provide stories that can be added to the family history.
Canadian: Wills and Estate Records-Part 2
This course will reinforce a variety of sources which should not be overlooked when researching for wills and estate records. Exploring several case studies will give opportunity to examine the documents and become accustom to their wording, their look, their feel, and, most importantly, the wealth of information they hold.
Canadian: Land Records-Part 2 
When land was “granted” from the Crown to individuals or companies specific records were created to document the change in ownership. Groups such as Military Grants, Township Papers, the Canada Company Papers, the Peter Robinson Papers, Correspondence to the Surveyor General and Commissions as well as various other land companies are reviewed with the goal of determining where these records are today and how they may be of benefit to a genealogist.

Advanced Level
Canadian: Geography and Maps 
Genealogy, geography and maps are inextricably entwined, particularly in a country like Canada. The primary text for this course, an outstanding book on this subject, authored by Althea Douglas, Genealogy, Geography, and Maps: Using Atlases and Gazetteers to Find Your Family (Ontario Genealogical Society: Toronto, 2006).
Canadian: Archival Centres 
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to using archives in genealogical research, to examine the kinds of records which you will encounter, and to see what kinds of archives there are in Canada which can provide venues for genealogical researchers.
Canadian: Immigration Records 
The course will emphasize the “push-pull” principle underlying two centuries of population growth, including significant emigrant groups, travel routes, government policies, sponsored and assisted settlement plans, ports of arrival, ships” passenger lists, North American border crossings, naturalization and citizenship.
Canadian: Newspaper Records 
Newspapers are an important source of genealogical information, not only hard date and place information, but also background material which will add to the interest of your family history.
Canadian: Military Records 
Military records constitute a major source of genealogical material in Canada. Emphasis will be on the correlation between personnel records, land transactions and nominal roles from the period of New France to the Korean Conflict.
Canadian: Migration Patterns 
This course provides an extensive overview of migration in Canada. In the study of migration, it is vital it remember that while we speak in general of peoples, each individual has a story, waiting to be explored.
Canadian: Local History & Special Collections 
This course is designed to go beyond the basic genealogical sources by introducing students to other collections that could enhance their research. Emphasis will be on the variety of sources held at Library and Archives Canada, company and professional archives, and local archives.

We offer several additional Canadian-themed courses, or courses relevant to Canadian research, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the Canadian Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory Canadian Records, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates

Canadian Records and DNA Certificate
Canadian Records and Librarianship Certificate
Canadian Records and Professional Development Certificate

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

English Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate.

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post.

For our English Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 13 compulsory English courses, and 13 elective courses of your choice. The English courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 4 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

English Certificate Package = 40 courses

Basic Level
English: Census Records Including Wales 
An examination of the history, structure and genealogical research possibilities of the 1801-1911 censuses, as well as the 1939 National Register of England and Wales. Strategies for research, location the records, reading and recording methodology and documentation discussed.
English: Civil Registration Records Including Wales 
This course will provide practical details needed to understand the system of civil registration; how to use indexes, both in microform and online, and how to interpret certificates.
English: Parish Registers 
This course provides a significant overview of what is involved when researching English Parish Records.
English: Probate Records
This course will examine probate documents, such as wills, inventories, administrations, guardianships, and Death Duty Registers.

Intermediate Level
English/Scottish: Occupations – Military and Services 
This course explores army, militia, navy, merchant marine, and many other services records, including police, customs and excise, railways, and post office employees. 
English: Non-Anglican Church Records 
This course deals with the other Judaeo-Christian denominations in England referring to Protestants, and examines the records of Non-conformists, Catholics, Jews, or other faiths.
English: Occupations – Professions and Trades 
This course looks at the many ways of finding out what your ancestors did, followed by a study of the classification of occupations. 
English: Poor Law and Parish Chest Records 
This course examines the parish administration or early ‘welfare system’ records, recipients or donors of charity, or serving their turn administering parish affairs. Equally important were those who did not need assistance but provided aid, were contracted to work or supply the church or workhouse and thus be mentioned as their accounts are rendered to the church.
English: Understanding Names in Genealogy
Genealogical research is largely based on names—but what is the origin of names—surnames, first names and place names. A knowledge of their derivation and how they are connected affords an increased understanding of the genealogical research process.

Advanced Level
English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical 
This course deals with canon law, feudal law, customary law, common law and equity; the importance of ecclesiastical courts; civil courts comprising of manor courts, petty, borough and quarter sessions as well as chancery and exchequer courts; criminal assizes and records of prisoners & convicts, gaols & transportation are discussed.
English: Education, Health & Contemporary Documents 
This course covers Britons abroad, county books, death records, diaries, directories, education, health, local histories, old magazines, newspapers, pictures, record societies and archives, titled families and visitations.
English: Land and Property Records Including Manorial Documents and Maps 
In this course, maps and gazetteers are the foundation leading to title deeds and property, land tax, ancient and modern ”Domesday” books, tithes, enclosure, manorial records, private charters and quit claims, estate papers, Land Registry and Valuation Office records.
English: Taxes, Lists, Business, Electoral and Insurance Records 
This course includes discussions on how tax & electoral records, religious & loyalty lists, annuities, tontines, insurance, friendly society, & business records can assist family history research.

We offer several additional English-themed courses, or courses relevant to English research, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the English Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory English Records, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our our Professional Learning Certificates

English Records and DNA Certificate
English Records and Librarianship Certificate
English Records and Professional Development Certificate

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Genealogical Goals for 2023

Most of the major holiday celebrations have come to a close. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to have opportunity to visit with family, and even to interview some of your family members, or browse through family photos. Be sure to take the time to record any family stories you were able to discover over this holiday season. Don’t neglect recording your own 2022 memories as well. It certainly was another year to remember!

Now it is time to get ready to plan for new genealogical adventures for 2023. What do you hope to discover? Do you have a specific research focus? Making Realistic Genealogical Goals is key to successful research, both in the short term, and with long lasting rewards. Knowing what you want to accomplish is not enough. You need to make definite plans. Are you planning to apply to a lineage society? Do you need to get your files and documents organized? Implement a system that works for you. Have you lost where you left off in your research? Review the notes for your findings and make a proper Research Plan. Forgot where you found that information? Be sure to always cite your sources at the time of the discovery. This gives opportunity for you to review your work and make sure you will be able to find that source again. When the accessibility of repositories is unavailable, or closed to in-person visits, work on what you can achieve at home and stay organized. Make a detailed list of what has been left undone and needs to have follow-up analysis. Then set your goals for how you will complete each task for each of your research projects. You have a brand-new open calendar before you – plan your time wisely.

Do you have education goals for 2023? Make a list of the topics you want to pursue. How can you accomplish this goal? Is there a new book to read on the topic? Are there webinars to watch? Does the topic require more in-depth study over a period of time? Is online education on your list of goals for 2023?

Browse our Institute courses and packages to determine which courses will accomplish your 2023 education goals. Make a Wish List and check the Start Dates under the Register tab for each course. Register for your courses and schedule them according to the availability on your 2023 calendar. Don’t worry; you can reschedule the start date later, if needed.

Do you need help choosing the best plan to meet your goals? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you accomplish your goals! 
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Happy New Year 2023

Wishing all of our students and followers – a very Happy New Year and Success in all of your Genealogy Endeavours this coming year!

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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Genealogy in a Package

Tis the season for packages! We all love to receive packages and we open them with enthusiasm. However, some package contents are better than others. Have you been thinking about your genealogy wish list? Have you already drafted some 2023 research goals? You made your genealogy wish list and dropped several hints, but what did you receive? Slippers and socks are fun (usually), but how much better if your packages were genealogy-related? The International Institute of Genealogical Studies can make sure you have the best package with just the right courses for your 2023 Genealogy Education Plan. Turn your Christmas cash into valuable, skill-building opportunities with our online genealogy courses. 

You can choose any of our 225+ courses individually, or register for one of our specific course Packages listed below, but did you know that you can also create your own unique package specifically geared to your 2023 education goals? Choose 4, 7, 8, 10 or 13 courses and make your customized package with the exact courses needed for your own distinctive research project. Check out the details for all of our course Packages.

Course Packages
Course Package – 4 Courses 
Course Package – 7 Courses 
Course Package – 8 Courses 
Course Package – 10 Courses 
Course Package – 13 Courses

Special Genealogy Course Packages

DNA Research Packages
Our DNA and Genetic Genealogy program includes courses relevant to your understanding of DNA testing and how it can be used in your genealogical research. 
DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate – 15 Courses 

Skill-Building Package
The four courses included in this package will expand your research skills. The Skill-Building Package includes these 4 courses:
Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards  
Skill-Building: Breaking Down Brick Walls  
Skill-Building: Evidence Analysis and Evaluation Using Case Studies  
Skill-Building: Nuts & Bolts of Reporting Research  

Business Skills Package

This package of 18 courses includes all the courses needed to give you a good understanding of how to start and manage a genealogical business, and examples of niche business opportunities available to genealogists.
Business Skills Package 

Professional Learning Certificates
At the heart of the International Institute of Genealogical Studies online education is our Certificate in Genealogical Studies program. Each certificate includes the study of specific topics and record groups relevant to certification. For all certificates, students are required to complete 40 courses, which includes specific compulsory courses and a choice of electives. 

The Methodology Package is at the core of all of the certificates. 

The Librarianship Certificate requires 12 compulsory courses. There is an option to combine the Librarianship Certificate with a country-specific certificate as the elective portion.

The Professional Development Certificate program will benefit those who wish to pursue a career in genealogy, create a genealogy business, or to augment their income potential by adding niche areas to their business plan. Skill-building courses are of high importance in this certificate to ensure quality results as a professional researcher. 

Country-Themed Certificates
American Records Certificate
Australian Records Certificate
Canadian Records Certificate 
Eastern European Records Certificate
English Records Certificate
German Records Certificate
Irish Records Certificate
Italian Records Certificate  
Scottish Records Certificate

Packages for Specific Themes
If you are interested in just a few of the country-specific courses, but not a full certificate, you can choose a smaller Packages of courses for the country of your choice, or a package for the records for these countries.

Lastly, be sure to check the complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies, as there are several courses not included in the descriptions above that are eligible for custom packages. We hope that you will find the perfect package for your Genealogy Wish List… to sharpen your research skills, complete your family history projects, and accomplish your 2023 Genealogy Research Goals.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Happy Holidays 2022

Tis the season for celebrations. 
Whatever the holiday you are celebrating in December,

Whether you are celebrating the season with sleigh bells through the snow, 
or a picnic on the beach, or somewhere in between,

From all of us at the International Institute of Genealogical Studies, 
we would like to wish one and all – 
a Happy and Safe Holiday Season, 
and all the best for the coming year of 2023!
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
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*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Christmas Traditions

How Did Your Ancestors Celebrate the Holidays?

Our holiday celebrations today may be rooted in family traditions of yesteryear. For instance, did you know during the late 19th century into the 20th that towns would order train cars of citrus for Christmas?

Crates of oranges were sent on trains each Christmas season

My grandparents lived in snowy Minnesota. Parents in their village collaborated to order crates of oranges sent on trains each Christmas season. Children would get so excited to find a single orange in their stocking. Sometimes the only present they would get during tough years. 

Through the generations, this tradition has continued. I found an orange each Christmas in my stocking, too! My Swedish grandmother would tell me how joyful they were to get something so precious. I felt her joy and loved my annual orange just as much. The citrus also helped avoid rickets and illness until fresh foods could be available again. So, the tradition was about more than a yummy piece of fruit. It was also part of survival. But the light in her eyes shone each time as if she were living it for the first time. I basked in the exuberance and warmth of her emotion. My grandpa would nod and smile at the memory, too. 

Family photo is of my great grandmother, Amalia, and her parents and siblings. These are the people who would be excited to give an orange to a child. This tradition could be many generations deep by now. These people spoke Swedish.

The above woman is my grandmother, Maybelle, first born Swedish-American after her family emigrated. She sparkled with joy over the memory of a single orange as her Christmas gift for many Christmases. Born in 1904, she lived well into her 90s. 

Fast forward to my children and grandchildren now. A few Christmases ago, my son asked why we get oranges when they are so basic and not everyone likes them. I realized my error. I had passed on the tradition without the social story surrounding it. So, I now tell the story of how precious oranges came on trains so parents could give them to children who had so little; no fresh foods because there was not a way to get them, and how the whole town would meet those trains with utter celebration, passing oranges to each other to surprise their children. How a juicy orange was a deeply hoped for and appreciated gift. 

Our oranges morphed to chocolate oranges a few years back, too. But I am making sure the next two generations know why we give oranges at Christmas. Why do we light Advent candles? This tradition comes from my Swedish ancestors and the faith they displayed. It is all about the stories!

Do you know the social stories of your ancestors? Do you know why certain traditions exist? They are not just lost to you. The International Institute of Genealogical Studies has courses like Research: Social HistoryDNA: Historical Studies, and more that can help you learn your family history and traditions. 

The best gift you have to give is not the next best video game. Give a sense of belonging and understanding, and celebrate those traditions that connect you and your family through the centuries. Genealogy is not just finding a name and the record proof. It is about connecting, belonging, learning both heroic and cautionary tales, and giving those to future generations. Genealogy is a bridge to relationships using the art of storytelling. The facts you discover along the way prove the stories to preserve the memories, actions and experiences of those who made it possible for you and your children to exist today. 

If you or your family are feeling disconnected, or maybe need a deeper bond, learning and sharing your family stories can help reconnect and engage all ages. 

Fully lit Advent candles set in an antique bronze Advent candelabra passed down from my husband’s father. Combining both family traditions for our children and grandchildren today. 

TIP: As you prepare your festivities, think about each meal, activity, or even specific decorations. Why do you eat those foods? Why do you do certain activities (like lighting Advent or Menorah candles)? Who taught you the recipe, or gave you the ornament? What stories did your parents and grandparents tell you that you can pass on? Is there a story in how those traditions have evolved like our oranges?

As you intentionally think through your holiday actions and memories, tell those traditions to your family around the table or the tree, and invite others to tell theirs. Your family and you will have a season of significance, belonging, and joy. 

We have quite a variety of courses to help you connect to ancestral stories at GenealogicalStudies.com. If you need help choosing, you can contact me at angie@genealogicalstudies.com

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Angie Breidenbach, PLCGS
Executive Director
International Institute of Genealogical Studies

Angie is a professional author, genealogist, and grandmother of 10, who shares traditions of Advent, storytelling, and oranges with her family. Her personal website can be found at AngelaBreidenbach.com, and you can follow her on social media with @AngBreidenbach.
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Double-Header Today

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies offers FREE Virtual Meetings every month. We invite you to join us on Monday, December 12th for a Double-Header.

First at 1:30 pm Eastern, Claire Bradley will present “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish Research” in our December Student Lounge Virtual Meeting, followed by a time for Q&A. This will be a great opportunity to meet our new Director of Irish Studies! This session will be recorded and the replay will be available on our YouTube channel. 

Biography: Claire Bradley is a professional genealogist based in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a Certificate in Family History from University College Dublin and an MA in the History of the Family from the University of Limerick. As well as taking on research for clients, Claire teaches a bi-annual adult education course in researching family history in Dublin, and regularly gives lectures to family and local history societies. She is a former chairperson of the Ireland Branch of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and also helps run the popular Boards.ie genealogy forum. Her particular interests are genetic genealogy, Irish Quakers and Dublin records. Her website is www.cbgenealogy.ie   
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Students will then be given a time to chat and then disconnect before our next session begins. 
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At 3 pm Eastern, Jennifer Roodzant will be our host for the December DNA Virtual Meeting, when she will discuss “What’s New at AncestryDNA.” You may remember that Jennifer was our Student Lounge special guest when she presented: Clustering DNA Matches with Gephi to Pinpoint Genetic Networks” in October 2022. The video replay is available on our YouTube Channel.

Biography: Jennifer Roodzant is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in DNA and southern United States research. She volunteers as secretary for the Napa Valley Genealogical Society. She is a certificate holder in Genealogical Research from Boston University and ProGen Study Groups. Jennifer applies the Genealogical Proof Standard to resolve complex research objectives. 

Plan now to join us for this Double-Header opportunity to learn tips and skills to help you in your genealogical research projects. 
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To attend a virtual meeting, go to www.genealogicalstudies.com 
In top menu bar, select Information. 
In the dropdown menu, select Virtual Learning Room
Click the virtual meeting name in list (a new window will open). 
Click on Check Time to see the time in your local time zone. 
Then simply click on the Genealogical Studies Virtual Meeting Room link at the scheduled time.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

December Student Lounge

Each month, we set aside time for our Student Lounge, to give opportunity for our students to connect. We are pleased to announce our special speaker for the December Student Lounge Virtual Meeting will be our new Director of Irish StudiesClaire Bradley. Join us as Claire shares a short presentation on 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish Research.

Biography: Claire Bradley is a professional genealogist based in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a Certificate in Family History from University College Dublin and an MA in the History of the Family from the University of Limerick. As well as taking on research for clients, Claire teaches a bi-annual adult education course in researching family history in Dublin, and regularly gives lectures to family and local history societies. She is a former chairperson of the Ireland Branch of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and also helps run the popular Boards.ie genealogy forum. Her particular interests are genetic genealogy, Irish Quakers and Dublin records. Her website is www.cbgenealogy.ie  

Plan now to take a break, pull up a chair, and join us when the STUDENT LOUNGE is open! 
Monday, December 12th at 1:30 PM Eastern | Time Zone Convertor 
ZOOM LOCATION 
Student Lounge Facebook Event
This is a FREE session. You do NOT need to be a current or past students to attend. 
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To see our Calendar of Virtual Meeting sessions, go to our website; in the top menu, choose INFORMATION; then choose VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu. 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available. 
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

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