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DNA: Special Circumstances – Adoptees & Unknown Parentage

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is pleased to announce the launch of our newest online course.

DNA: Special Circumstances – Adoptees & Unknown Parentage
This research course explores how to use genealogy and genetics to uncover genealogical roots, connect with biological family, and better understand medical history. The emphasis will be on adoptees and those helping adoptees with their DNA and genealogy.

BASIC DNA COURSES

DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy covers the basics of DNA and genetic inheritance and is a comprehensive introduction to the three main test types: mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosome DNA (YDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA). Explore how they relate to genealogy.

DNA: Autosomal DNA – Testing for Everyone examines what Autosomal or Admixture DNA (atDNA) is, how it is passed down, and what a genetic genealogy test will tell you. Discover how atDNA is a wonderful tool for unlocking your hidden past when combined with traditional paper genealogy.

DNA: Tracing Maternal & Paternal Lines focuses on two types of DNA testing for genealogy: Y-Chromosome DNA (yDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing. Discover how to read and interrupt your testing results.

DNA PACKAGES

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies DNA Research packages include courses relevant to understanding DNA and how it can be used in genealogical research. The first DNA Package includes the four DNA courses listed above. The second DNA package includes the above courses, plus the four DNA courses listed below.

DNA: Understanding Testing and Research Strategies (4 course package)
DNA and Relevant Topics (8 course package)

MORE DNA COURSES

Forensic Genealogy is a fast-growing field dealing with the genealogical research that might have legal implications. This course is designed to help forensic researchers identify and contact living people. Students will learn some of the basic skills necessary to get started and investigate specific career subsets in forensic work.

Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards examines various situations all researchers may encounter, exploring ethical considerations faced when sharing genealogy research. Whether you are a hobby genealogist, society member, serious researcher, or a professional genealogist, ethics affect your work and require the adherence to the standards of a Code of Ethics to make diverse ethical decisions.

Organizing a ONE NAME STUDY examines the art of researching a specific SURNAME. Course material will elaborate on the many different elements you should consider as you begin. Organizing your research, searching for primary sources around the world, analysing the data you acquire, publicising, publishing and preserving your work are topics to be thoroughly discussed along with tips and techniques in the field of One Name Studies.

Organizing a ONE PLACE STUDY studies the people in a community within the context of the place they live. A One Place Study brings family and local history together, reconstructing the community to gain insights into the lives of the people who have walked the streets, ploughed the fields, worked and worshipped in a place. Discover the sources of information available to researchers, how to access them and the fascinating details which can be uncovered.

Check our Course Calendar for when these courses are scheduled to begin and register today!
Full List of Packages
Complete List of Courses

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

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION

 

Virtual Meetings September 2020

Virtual Meetings are a way for you to learn more about genealogy from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ instructors. Everyone is welcome and the meetings are FREE. Join us!

Note: NO USER NAME or PASSWORD REQUIRED. After clicking on the meeting link, please type in your first name and surname initial, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest”.
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DNA courses with Shannon Combs-Bennett MSc, QG, PLCGS
Saturday, September 12th – 9 AM Eastern; 8 AM Central; 7 AM Mountain; 6 AM Pacific; 2 PM in London, England; 11 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/dna/

Irish Records courses with Brenda Wheeler PLCGS
Sunday, September 13th – 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Monday, September 14th – Midnight in London, England; 9 AM in Sydney, Australia.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/irish/ 

Canadian Records courses with Cheryl Levy PLCGS
Monday, September 14th – 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Tuesday, September 15th – Midnight in London, England; 9 AM in Sydney, Australia.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/ 

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Please follow the directions found in your course material and read the article.
Thursday, September 17th – 2 PM Eastern; 1 PM Central; 12 Noon Mountain; 11 AM Pacific; 7 PM in London, England; Friday, September 18th – 4 AM in Sydney, Australia.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle1/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR

Please follow the directions found in your course material and read the article.
Thursday, September 17th – 3:30 PM Eastern; 2:30 PM Central; 1:30 PM Mountain; 12:30 PM Pacific; 8:30 PM in London, England; Friday, September 18th –5:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle2/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL DISCUSSION: Navigate Analysis & Skills Courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Thursday, September 17th
– 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Friday, September 18th – Midnight in London, England; 9 AM in Sydney, Australia.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

American Records
courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Saturday, September 19th – 9 AM Eastern; 8 AM Central; 7 AM Mountain; 6 AM Pacific; 2 PM in London, England; 11 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/ 

Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR.
Saturday, September 19th – 10:30 AM Eastern; 9:30 AM Central; 8:30 AM Mountain; 7:30 AM Pacific; 3:30 PM in London, England; Sunday, September 20th –12:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Methodology:
The How To courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR.
Saturday, September 19th – 12 Noon Eastern; 11 AM Central; 10 AM Mountain; 9 AM Pacific; 5 PM in London, England; Sunday, September 20th – 2 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

STUDENT LOUNGE.
Pop into the Student Lounge for a genealogy coffee break with your fellow students.
Saturday, September 19th – 2 PM Eastern; 1 PM Central; 12 Noon Mountain; 11 AM Pacific; 7 PM in London, England; Sunday, September 20th – 4 AM in Sydney, Australia.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

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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.

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

Business Skills Courses

Are you interested in developing Business Skills to take your genealogical research to the next level? The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers a Business Skills Package that includes 18 courses to give students a good understanding of how to start and manage a genealogical business.

Business Skills Courses – The Foundation – 4 courses
Business Skills: Creating a Business
Business Skills: Business Administration
Business Skills: Establishing & Promoting Your Website
Business Skills: Marketing Your Services & Products

These four courses form the basic foundation to increase the skills needed for a successful business. The step-by-step process ensures you have covered all the requirements. From set up, to day-to-day management, to finding your online distinction, to letting the world know of your existence, your mandatory business practices will be covered.

Business Skills Courses – Finding Your Niche – 2 courses
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 1
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 2

An integral part of your Career Development involves Choosing a Niche. These two courses feature excellent suggestions for possible business opportunities available to genealogists. Course materials and assignments allow you to examine the requirements relating to a variety of research themes. After analyzing these results, you will easily see how you can draw from your own unique skill set to enhance your genealogical research strategies for your clients.

Business Skills Package – Researcher Essentials – 12 additional courses
Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation
Demystifying Culture & Folklore
Forensic Genealogy
Genealogy Society Creation & Management
Lecturing Skills Including Preparation 
Organising a One-Name Study
Organising a One-Place Study
Personal Historian: Telling the Stories
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects
Research: House & Farm Histories
Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Reports and so much more 
Plus add one elective course of your choice.

The remaining twelve courses in the Business Skills Package each focuses on a specific aspect of research or expertise applicable to many genealogists. Some of these subjects will expand on topics that were suggested in the two Niche courses. Whether taken individually or as part of this package, these in-depth courses instruct students in the prerequisites required to enter each area of a particular field with a genealogical emphasis. Genealogists currently have countless career options beyond simply completing client research projects. Explore your options as you investigate to see which program will suit your needs as you develop your career as a genealogist.

Please Note: All of the Business Skills Package (18 courses) are included in our Professional Development Certificate (40 courses)

Check our Course Calendar for when these courses are scheduled to begin and register today!

Full List of Packages: https://bit.ly/2UGn8WP

Complete List of Courses: http://bit.ly/32n1JoX

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

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION

Follow us on Pinterest

Do you use Pinterest? It is a free social media website where you can create a collection of visual bookmarks on whatever topic you are interested in. This quickly became very popular, but…. Did you know that it is NOT just for Recipes and Crafts? You can actually use it for Genealogy! It can become a useful online tool. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a Pinterest account and you can follow us HERE.

As you are researching online, you visit many websites while working on your research projects – how can you organize and keep track of them? Where can you keep them all in one place and have access to them wherever you are? In our Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist course, you will learn that Pinterest is a visual bookmarking website. It allows you to create “Boards” for various topics, which are like Bulletin Boards. You can “Pin” various website bookmarks to the appropriate topical board to be referenced later. These pins capture an image from that webpage and display it inside the board, along with a short description. The URL is linked so that when the image is clicked, that website will open. Boards are created with a title, which reflects your research topics and are usually displayed alphabetically. Inside your board, choose one of the pins with an image that best expresses what that board is about and save it to be displayed as the “cover” of that board. This provides a quick visual prompt as to what each board is about and builds a virtual library of your bookmarks.

Pinterest Research Tips

1. When you pin all the websites you used for a specific genealogy project to one designated board, it is a great way to check back for all of the URL sources for your bibliography or reference materials. 

2. When discussing a genealogy topic and you want to share a great resource site or database, you can quickly access it through the Pinterest app and share it on the spot.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has created boards with links to many of our courses, packages and programs. For those who are visual learners, this is a way to quickly get an overview of what is being offered. New Boards and Pins will continue to be added until all of our courses are covered. Click on the course pins to access their course description.

The second way we are using our Pinterest account is to access our National Institute for Genealogical Studies Blog posts. We have many articles that have been written in reference to our course materials, but it can sometimes be a challenge to find a specific topic quickly. Our Blog Posts have been pinned to our Pinterest Boards under the appropriate course topics for easy access. Are you thinking about the next course you will choose? Check the Pinterest Board to see if there has been a blog post about it, and read a summary or highlights of other students’ experiences. Then click the course pin to read the course description on our website.

Be sure to follow The National Institute for Genealogical Studies on Social Media:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/GeneaStudies/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geneastudies/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/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
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION

All-Day Special Event

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
20th Anniversary Year Event
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS and GRADUATION CEREMONY
——- $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.

1. 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.

20th Anniversary Year – Discount Offers NOTE: These Codes will expire on 30 June 2020.

2. 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

3. Choose ONE of six courses at 50% off: Use CODE: ngs50 at checkout
Research US Records Using Ancestry.com including DNA Strategies
Research Mayflower Ancestors
Research Social History
Research US World War II Ancestors – Part 1
Research House & Farm Histories
Writing Your Family History Book 

4. Choose any ONE package of courses at 15% off: Use CODE: ngs15 at checkout
See more information about Discounts.

5. Join Gena Philibert-Ortega, Director, Genealogy Services at The National Institute for Three Special Virtual Presentations on Saturday, June 27, 2020:
Meeting room: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/ 
It Helps to Know: Better Ancestry.com Searches (10 am EDT)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/356394215324619/
A Genealogical Exploration: New to You Resources for Your Research (12 noon EDT)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/340642580239101/
10 Things I wish I Knew When I Started (2 pm EDT)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084869268552206/
See more information about Special Virtual Meetings.

6. Join Gena Philibert-Ortega, Director, Genealogy Services and Susanna deGroot, Director, Student and Curriculum Administration at The National Institute for a Special Bonus Session on Saturday, June 27, 2020:
Genealogy Fun & Games — How much do you know?  (4 pm EDT) Win lots of prizes.
Meeting room:
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/ 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/691776961611113/
See more information about Bonus Session.

7. Join us for our Annual Graduation Ceremony (7 PM EDT) Honor our Hard-Working Students
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.
See more information about Graduation.

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

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

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.

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

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