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Special Virtual Presentations

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
20th Anniversary Year Event
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 — From: 10 am to 5 pm EDT

Celebrating during our 20th Anniversary Year would not be complete without offering practical hands-on material and research strategies to our students and guests. Our all-day Special Event on Saturday, June 27, 2020 will feature Three Special Presentations by Gena Philibert-Ortega, Director of Genealogy Services at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Please check your time zone.

1. It Helps to Know: Better Ancestry.com Searches
Description coming soon.
June 27, 2020 – 10 AM Eastern; 9 AM Central; 8 AM Mountain; 7 AM Pacific; 3 PM in London, England; June 28, 2020 – Midnight in Sydney, Australia
Meeting room: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/356394215324619/

2. A Genealogical Exploration: New to You Resources for Your Research
Description coming soon.
June 27, 2020 – 12 Noon Eastern; 11 AM Central; 10 AM Mountain; 9 AM Pacific; 5 PM in London, England; June 28, 2020 – 2 AM in Sydney, Australia
Meeting room: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/ 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/340642580239101/

3. 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started
Description coming soon.
June 27, 2020 – 2 PM Eastern; 1 PM Central; 12 Noon Mountain; 11 AM Pacific; 7 PM in London, England; June 28, 2020 – 4 AM in Sydney, Australia
Meeting room: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/ 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084869268552206/

These sessions are FREE. Anyone can join in! You do not have to be a current or past student to attend. Attendees do not need a user name or a password. At the scheduled time in your time zone, click the link provided. To enter join the virtual meeting, type in your first and last name, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest” to access the room.

BONUS SESSION

Celebrating needs to be FUN! Join Gena Philibert-Ortega and Susanna deGroot for a special bonus session with Genealogy Games. There will be draws and lots of prizes. More details here.

Genealogy Fun & Games – How Much Do You Know?
Join us to learn about some fun stuff you can do with your family history and genealogy games you can play with the family. Test your genealogy knowledge during our quiz … and there will be prizes for the winners of the games!
June 27, 2020 – 4 PM Eastern; 3 PM Central; 2 PM Mountain; 1 PM Pacific; 9 PM in London, England; June 28, 2020 – 6 AM in Sydney, Australia
Meeting room: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273133080534904/

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE! You won’t want to miss it.

Remember: There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES
See more information about our Draws.

For more information about this all-day Special Event and more, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. @GeneaStudies

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

Graduation Ceremony 2019-2020

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
GRADUATION CEREMONY 2019-2020
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 — From: 7 pm to 9 pm EDT

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE for our Annual Graduation Ceremony

We are pleased to feature our 2019-2020 Graduation as the finale to our all-day Special Event on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Plan to join us to honor our hard-working students and celebrate their accomplishments! We will post more specific details about this year’s graduation as we approach the date.

Graduation Ceremony – Help us Honor our Hard-Working Students
June 27, 2020 – 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Midnight in London, England; June 28, 2020 – 9 AM in Sydney, Australia
Meeting room: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/graduation/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273133080534904/

There will be a Special Draw just for the Graduates. You MUST be present to win this prize.

Don’t Forget: There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES
You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by email. BUT… There will be ‘on-the-spot’ prizes too. Be alert!

To enter the draw, send an email to: admin@genealogicalstudies.com answering this question: HOW MANY ONLINE COURSES DOES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OFFER?

Hint: All online courses are listed on our website.
Deadline to submit your answer for the main draws is on June 27th.

For more information about our 2019-2020 Graduation and all of the activities for our all-day Special Event, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. @GeneaStudies

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses and Professional Learning Certificate programs offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

Genealogy Fun and Games – Bonus Session

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
20th Anniversary Year Event
GENEALOGY FUN & GAMES – Bonus Session
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 — From: 4 pm to 5 pm EDT

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE! You won’t want to miss it.

SPECIAL BONUS SESSION

Celebrating during our all-day Special Event needs to be FUN! Join Gena Philibert-Ortega, Director of Genealogy Servicesand Susanna deGroot, Director of Student and Curriculum Administration at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies for a special bonus session with some Genealogy Games. There will be draws and lots of prizes.

Genealogy Fun & Games – How Much Do You Know?
Join us to learn about some fun stuff you can do with your family history and genealogy games you can play with the family. Test your genealogy knowledge during our quiz … and there will be prizes for the winners of the games!
June 27, 2020 – 4 PM Eastern; 3 PM Central; 2 PM Mountain; 1 PM Pacific; 9 PM in London, England; June 28, 2020 – 6 AM in Sydney, Australia
Meeting room: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

This session is FREE. Anyone can join in! You do not have to be a current or past student to attend. Attendees do not need a user name or a password. At the scheduled time in your time zone, click the link provided. To enter join the virtual meeting, type in your first and last name, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest” to access the room.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273133080534904/

Remember: There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES

You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by email. BUT… There will be ‘on-the-spot’ prizes too. Be alert!

To enter the draw, send an email to: admin@genealogicalstudies.com answering this question: HOW MANY ONLINE COURSES DOES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OFFER?
Hint: All online courses are listed on our website.
Deadline to submit your answer for main draws is June 27th.
See more information about our Draws.

For more information about this all-day Special Event and more, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. @GeneaStudies

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

Draws and Prizes – 27 June 2020

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
20th Anniversary Year Event
DRAWS — $10,000 worth of prizes —
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 — From: 10 am to 9 pm EDT

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE! You won’t want to miss it.

Our all-day Special Event celebration will be filled with Draws and Prizes at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES
You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by email. BUT… There will be ‘on-the-spot’ prizes too. Be alert!

To enter the draw, send an email to: admin@genealogicalstudies.com answering this question: HOW MANY ONLINE COURSES DOES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OFFER?

Hint: All online courses are listed on our website.
Deadline to submit your answer for main draws is June 27th.

SPECIAL BONUS SESSION

Join Gena Philibert-Ortega, Director, Genealogy Services and Susanna deGroot, Director, Student and Curriculum Administration at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies for a special bonus session with some Genealogy Games. There will be draws and lots of prizes.

Genealogy Fun & Games – How Much Do You Know?
Join us to learn about some fun stuff you can do with your family history and genealogy games you can play with the family. Test your genealogy knowledge during our quiz … and there will be prizes for the winners of the games!
June 27, 2020 – 4 PM Eastern; 3 PM Central; 2 PM Mountain; 1 PM Pacific; 9 PM in London, England; June 28, 2020 – 6 AM in Sydney, Australia
Meeting room: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/ 
See more information about the Genealogy Fun & Games session.

This session is FREE. Anyone can join in! You do not have to be a current or past student to attend. Attendees do not need a user name or a password. At the scheduled time in your time zone, click the link provided. To enter join the virtual meeting, type in your first and last name, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest” to access the room.

For more information about this all-day Special Event and more, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. @GeneaStudies

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

Discount Codes for May and June 2020

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
20th Anniversary Year Event
DISCOUNT CODES for COURSES
Codes Expires on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at midnight

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is continuing to celebrate 20 years of providing online courses for both family historians and professional genealogists. As previously announced, we want to make our conference discounts available to everyone who has been affected by their regular genealogy events and conferences being cancelled. Therefore, ANYONE can register for these courses using the following discount codes. All Discount Codes will expire on June 30, 2020; however, you can choose the scheduled course dates that are most convenient for you when you register. Sign up today!


Research Using Internet Tools courses provide resources and strategies to enhance your virtual research skills. These three basic courses are foundational for anyone researching their family history online. We recommend you make these a part of your Research Tool Box.

1. Choose ONE of three FREE courses: Use CODE: ngsFree at checkout
Google for the Wise Genealogist
Social Media Tools for Genealogists
Connecting Family Online & Virtually

Discounted Courses
The following courses have been chosen as our featured discounted courses. We are sure that everyone will find at least one that is applicable to their current research projects.

2. Choose ONE of six courses at 50% off: Use CODE: ngs50 at checkout
Research US Records Using Ancestry.com including DNA Strategies
This course is an introduction to census, vital, military, newspaper and immigration records that are available on Ancestry. Note: You will need to have access to Ancestry to complete this course. Ancestry has many tools that will assist the researcher in developing and recording their family history. You should have a good understanding of the tools prior to starting this course.

Research Mayflower Ancestors
You have traced your genealogy back to New England and suspect you may have Mayflower ancestry. Or perhaps you have actually traced a family line back to a Mayflower passenger. This course will cover various aspects of conducting Mayflower research and how to properly document the line by utilizing New England original and derivative records as well as sources specific to Mayflower research.

Research Social History
This introduction to social history is intended to inspire your research into the lives of your people and the times and places they lived in. By researching the specifics of their lives, their communities, the world around them and the forces and influences that shaped their environment, you can begin to know who they were.

Research US World War II Ancestors – Part 1
Through this is course, you will learn how to research the service of your military ancestors through numerous sources and then write the story of your ancestor’s life.

Research House & Farm Histories
Conducting research on property can be as rewarding as conducting research on ancestors. The goal of this course is to understand the various documents and research necessary to develop and present a house and/or farm history.

Writing Your Family History Book
Recording interesting family stories is essential if you want future generations to read your family history book. This course will help you write the story of your life or of your ancestors’ lives.

Package Discount
If you are planning on taking several courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, this section may be of interest to you. We have combined many courses into convenient themed packages. You can save by registering for a specific package instead of several individual courses. Choose your topic from groupings for Countries, Certificates, Records, Methodology, Skill Building, Librarianship, Professional Development, and even two choices for our popular DNA-themed packages. We are confident there will be a package just right for you. If not, customize your own package relevant to your current research requirements.

3. Choose any ONE package of courses at 15% off: Use CODE: ngs15 at checkout.

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an all-day Special Event on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10 am to 9 pm EDT as we continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary year throughout 2020. You won’t want to miss it.

Bonus: There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES

For more information about this event and more, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. @GeneaStudies

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary Year in 2020

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies provides online education for both family historians and professional genealogists. We are also a major Exhibitor at many events throughout the year, including RootsTech and other genealogy conferences. Due to the current COVID19 restrictions and concerns, many organizations have had to cancel their scheduled in-person events. Instead, they are offering online alternatives. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2020 Family History Conference held their first NGS Virtual Conference on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  Although we were not be able to greet NGS attendees in person at our booth this year, we were pleased to be one of their online vendors for this event, including offering our Conference Discounts.

However, we want to make these conference discounts available, not only for the NGS Virtual Conference 2020 attendees, but everyone who has been affected by their regular genealogy events and conferences being canceled. Therefore, ANYONE will be able to register for a course using the NGS discount codes. NGS attendees have already received their codes in their conference syllabus and may proceed with their registrations. All Discount Codes will expire on June 30, 2020; however, you can choose the scheduled course dates that are most convenient for you. Our final Discounts Details will be released soon.

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE!

We will be hosting an all-day Special Event on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Watch for details coming soon.

Teaser: There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES!

Check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit our website for a complete list of courses offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Contacts information:
1 (800) 580-0165
www.GenealogicalStudies.com
blog.GenealogicalStudies.com 
admin@GenealogicalStudies.com

Research Using Internet Tools

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers comprehensive online education to enhance your genealogical knowledge and provide skill building research techniques. Whether you are just starting your family research, or you are interested in pursuing one of our Certificates in Genealogical Studies programs, you will need to learn the basics of navigating the Internet environment. These courses go beyond genealogical methodology or basic computer skills as they lay the foundation for successful online research. They are a must for every family historian.
Three Basic Courses

Google for the Wise Genealogist 
This course explores Google programs and how they can be used to research family history. Google is the best non-genealogy, genealogy website there is!

Social Media Tools for Genealogists 
By using social media tools, you can connect with researchers worldwide, find distant relations, curate content, and share your research. This course provides you with just some of the tools you will need to help you take advantage of various websites and demonstrates how social media is all about sharing, education, mobility and yes, networking.

Connecting Family Online & Virtually
Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way families communicate. This course highlights specific ways to use your computer and the Internet to build and strengthen family ties while conducting your family research. By exploring various topics, participants will discover ways to find long lost cousins and stay in touch with distant relatives.

Monthly Virtual Meetings

Our Monthly Virtual Meetings are a way for students and guests to communicate with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ instructors in a fun and interactive way and provides a place to ask questions about courses and/or research. Whether you are curious, or even if you have already completed all three of courses, these meetings provide valuable tips and suggestions for finding and using online resources to assist us in our research. The current schedule will list all of the upcoming virtual meetings. These sessions are FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend. Attendees do not need a User Name or a Password. Just type in your first and last name, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest” to access the meeting room.

For more information about courses and events, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

May Virtual Meetings

Our Monthly Virtual Meetings are a way for students and guests to communicate with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ instructors in a fun and interactive way and provides a place to ask questions about courses and/or research. These sessions are FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend.

Attendees: NO USER NAME or PASSWORD REQUIRED. Please type in your first and last name, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest”

May Virtual Meetings 

Eastern European courses with Lisa Alzo
Time zones: Tuesday, May 12th – 11 AM Eastern; 10 AM Central; 9 AM Mountain; 8 AM Pacific; 4 PM in London, England; Wednesday, May 13th – 1 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/easteuro/

Canadian courses with Cheryl Levy
Time zones: Tuesday, May 12th – 3 PM Eastern; 2 PM Central; 1 PM Mountain; Noon Pacific; 8 PM in London, England; Wednesday, May 13th – 5 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: Wednesday, May 13th – 10 AM Eastern; 9 AM Central; 8 AM Mountain; 7 AM Pacific; 3 PM in London, England; Thursday, May 14th – Midnight in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Professional Development courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: Wednesday, May 13th – 11:30 AM Eastern; 10:30 AM Central; 9:30 AM Mountain; 8:30 AM Pacific; 4:30 PM in London, England; Thursday, May 14th – 1:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/professional/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: Wednesday, May 13th – 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Thursday, May 14th – Midnight in London, England; 9 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle1/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: Wednesday, May 13th – 8:30 PM Eastern; 7:30 PM Central; 6:30 PM Mountain; 5:30 PM Pacific; Thursday, May 14th – 1:30 AM in London, England; 10:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle2/

DNA courses with Shannon Combs Bennett
Time zones: Thursday, May 14th – 10 AM Eastern; 9 AM Central; 8 AM Central; 7 AM Pacific; 3 PM in London, England; Friday, May 15th – Midnight in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/dna/

STUDENT LOUNGE
Time zones: Thursday, May 14th – 6 PM Eastern; 5 PM Central; 4 PM Mountain; 3 PM Pacific; 11 PM in London, England; Friday, May 15th – 8 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Irish courses with Brenda Wheeler
Time zones: Friday, May 22nd – 4:30 PM Eastern; 3:30 PM Central; 2:30 PM Mountain; 1:30 PM Pacific; Saturday, May 23rd – 5:30 AM in London, England; 2:30 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/irish/

Methodology courses with Brenda Wheeler
Time zones: Friday, May 22nd – 7:30 PM Eastern; 6:30 PM Central; 5:30 PM Mountain; 4:30 PM Pacific; Saturday, May 23rd – 8:30 AM in London, England; 5:30 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Using Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: Tuesday, May 26th – 6 PM Eastern; 5 PM Central; 4 PM Mountain; 3 PM Pacific; 11 PM in London, England; Wednesday, May 27th – 8 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

American courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: Tuesday, May 26th – 7:30 PM Eastern; 6:30 PM Central; 5:30 PM Mountain; 4:30 PM Pacific; 12:30 AM in London, England; Wednesday, May 27th – 9:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Methodology courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: Tuesday, May 26th – 9 PM Eastern; 8 PM Central; 7 PM Mountain; 6 PM Pacific; 2 AM in London, England; Wednesday, May 27th – 11 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/    

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Cultural Assimilation

Cultures involve more than just identifying specific groups of people. They actually involve deeply rooted psychological elements which tend to govern the behaviour of the members. The folkways of a family, such as traditions, foods, music, stories, etc., can be an asset when assimilating into another culture that is very similar to their own; however, it can also be a hinderance in adapting to a new environment that is glaringly different.

Exploring some of the more subtle aspects of Cultural Assimilation reveals how they impacted not only the interactions of our ancestors in their new environments, but how they may have been aided, or hampered, by the folkways of their cultural group. As you research this aspect, you will need to investigate whether our ancestors fit in easily, or if they struggled to relate. This could be especially revealing when you study the challenges they may have faced in their places of employment. Every day would have exposed new situations with so many norms for them to learn that were not “normal” to them at all. In some cultures, adapting would naturally have been easy; however, other cultural differences would emerge in stark contrast to the expected social interactions, creating uncomfortable or embarrassing situations.

By breaking down these elements and analyzing cultural identities, you can begin to piece together a picture of what our ancestors faced in their acculturation process. This could very well reveal the origins of family traits that seemed out of character, but seem to persist in the following generations.

In Demystifying Culture and Folklore, you will get a glimpse into some of the social aspects of your ancestors’ lives as they attempted to embrace a new culture, or how they struggled with conforming to a society that may not have resembled their expectations at all. Understanding these pieces of the puzzle may well explain feelings of acceptance or rejection experienced by family members.

Blog posts in this series: 
Part 1: Demystifying Culture and Folklore: Intro
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/04/demystifying-culture-and-folklore-intro/
Part 2: Our Primary Cultures
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/04/our-primary-cultures/
Part 3: Our Immigrant Ancestors’ Culture
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/05/our-immigrant-ancestors-culture/ 
Part 4: Cultural Assimilation
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/05/cultural-assimilation/

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

Our Immigrant Ancestors’ Culture

Our Immigrant Ancestors faced many challenges as they embarked on the journey of resettling in a new and foreign land. Their original root cultures traveled with them, embedded in their very being and preserved within the traditions they practiced. As we Demystifying Culture and Folklore of those bravely making these life-changing decisions, we may also discover the encounters and trials they faced. How they responded often reflects their culture’s beliefs.

When we look at How Culture Affected Our Immigrant Ancestors’ Lives, many aspects become clear. We are all familiar with the term “Culture Shock,” but have you personally experienced it? Shock says, “This is not the same as what I have been used to!” Many major changes are to be expected in our new circumstances, but there are always surprise encounters that catch us off guard with stumbling blocks and obstacles to deal with that we didn’t see coming. Misunderstandings are sure to occur as cultural differences emerge and an alternate perspective is revealed. How did our ancestors adapt to their new environments? What did they keep “from the old country” and what was exchanged for their new experiences? Their struggles were real and their stories may be revealed as you carefully explore this time period in their lives. Everyone’s story will be different, but with familiar similarities as they found their place in their new communities. Whether it was in the work place, or interacting with new neighbours, our ancestors made adjustments to fit in. It is interesting to see some strong traditions thrive, while other customs from the home country are traded or forgotten in just a few generations.

As you continue to work through the Demystifying Culture and Folklore course, you will recognize elements for their root cultures have indeed survived, although you may not have known its origins until revealed by digging deeper into your family’s traditions.

Blog posts in this series: 
Part 1: Demystifying Culture and Folklore: Intro
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/04/demystifying-culture-and-folklore-intro/
Part 2: Our Primary Cultures
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/04/our-primary-cultures/
Part 3: Our Immigrant Ancestors’ Culture
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/05/our-immigrant-ancestors-culture/ 
Part 4: Cultural Assimilation
http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/05/cultural-assimilation/

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

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