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DNA Research Courses

DNA is currently a very popular topic. With the Black Friday sales season approaching next week, you will most certainly see discounts offered for many of the DNA testing kits. They will make great Christmas gifts! Many of our readers have already submitted their DNA tests to a variety of testing companies and have experienced the excitement of discovering their genetic roots.

Once you have received your DNA results, and shared your ethnicity percentages, now what? How do you make sense of your DNA results and analyze what that means for you and your genealogy research? There are many resources available. First, make sure to read ALL of the information provided by your DNA testing organization.

The BCG Genealogy Standards Second Edition is one resource that is strongly recommended to explore. Use their genealogy standards and guidelines when dealing with the DNA results that you have revealed and how to manage them. You can purchase a copy through our Genealogy Store.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers two specific DNA packages, as well as additional courses relating to DNA and genetics available to be taken individually. If you are interested in increasing your understanding of DNA, or want to learn ways to analyze your data, or learn how to implement strategies to organize your matches, please check out the following course descriptions more closely. Note: Registration fees and start dates are available under the Register tab for each course.

DNA – Understanding DNA Testing and Research Strategies
DNA: 4 Course Package
DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy (BASIC)
DNA: Autosomal DNA – Testing for Everyone (BASIC)
DNA: Tracing Maternal & Paternal Lines (BASIC)
DNA: Special Circumstances – Adoptees & Unknown Parentage (ADVANCED)

DNA and Relevant Topics
DNA: 8 Course Package (The above 4 courses plus 4 more courses)
Forensic Genealogy (INTERMEDIATE)
Organizing a One-Name Study (INTERMEDIATE)
Organizing a One-Place Study (INTERMEDIATE)
Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards (ADVANCED)

Additional Courses with DNA elements
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies (INTERMEDIATE)
Genetics & Medical Family History (ADVANCED)

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies also offers free monthly Virtual Meetings for our students and those who are interested in discussing DNA research. Check the calendar below for dates and times. You do not have to be registered for a course in order to attend our monthly virtual meetings.

Finally, the best advice is to learn all that you can about DNA testing and analysis. Read DNA materials, watch DNA webinars, attend DNA workshops, and take DNA classes. No matter the level of your understanding, there will always be more to learn… and more to discover! Review our DNA courses listed in this blog post and see if there is an appropriate course to assist you in your DNA research projects. Then register for the course or package of courses of your choice by using the links provided below. Happy DNA searching!

Virtual Meetings Calendar
Course Calendar
Complete List of Courses
Complete List of Packages
List of Certificate Programs

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165
www.GenealogicalStudies.com
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Virtual Meetings November 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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American Records courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Tuesday, November 17th – 6:30 PM Eastern; 5:30 PM Central; 4:30 PM Mountain; 3:30 PM Pacific; 11:30 PM in London, England; Wednesday, November 18th – 10:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Canadian Records courses with Cheryl Levy PLCGS
Wednesday, November 18th – 9 AM Eastern; 8 AM Central; 7 AM Mountain; 6 AM Pacific; 2 PM in London, England; 1 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

DNA courses with Shannon Combs-Bennett MSc, QG, PLCGS
Wednesday, November 18th 10:30 AM Eastern; 9:30 AM Central; 8:30 AM Mountain; 7:30 AM Pacific; 3:30 PM in London, England; Thursday, November 19th –2:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/dna/

Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Thursday, November 19th – 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Friday, November 20th – Midnight in London, England; 11 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Methodology: The How To courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Thursday, November 19th 8:30 PM Eastern; 7:30 PM Central; 6:30 PM Mountain; 5:30 PM Pacific; Friday, November 20th –1:30 AM in London, England; 12:30 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/ 

Professional Development courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Saturday, November 21st – 11 AM Eastern; 10 AM Central; 9 AM Mountain; 8 AM Pacific; 4 PM in London, England; Sunday, November 22nd – 3 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/professional/

Eastern European courses with Lisa Alzo MFA
Sunday, November 22nd 3 PM Eastern; 2 PM Central; 1 PM Mountain; 12 Noon Pacific; 8 PM in London, England; Monday, November 23rd – 7 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/easteuro/

Irish Records courses with Brenda Wheeler PLCGS
Tuesday, November 24th – 4 PM Eastern; 3 PM Central; 2 PM Mountain; 1 PM Pacific; 9 PM in London, England; Wednesday, November 25th – 8 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/irish/ 

Methodology: The How To courses with Brenda Wheeler PLCGS
Tuesday, November 24th – 6 PM Eastern; 5 PM Central; 4 PM Mountain; 3 PM Pacific; 11 PM in London, England; Wednesday, November 25th – 10 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

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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

Register for New Courses

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers online genealogical education for family history enthusiasts, genealogists and historians. These courses are rated in Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced levels. You can register for courses individually, or save by choosing from a variety of available packages. See Full List of Packages here.

The Start Dates for courses are usually scheduled for the first Monday of the month, however, not all courses are available monthly. Be sure to check our Current Course Calendar for when the course of your choice is scheduled to be open again.

Many courses are beginning on Monday, November 2nd. If you are ready to start, CALL us and register TODAY! Need more time? Browse through the Course Calendar to see which courses will begin on Monday, December 7th. Remember, you can save by bundling courses together and registering for a Package. Start with a simple 4 Course Package or Register for a 40 course Certificate Program in the theme of your choice.

Full List of Packages: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/packages.asp

Complete List of Courses: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp

Current Course Calendar: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/course-calendar.asp

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
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Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulations to all our National Institute for Genealogical Studies graduates. We have issued and mailed approximately 200 completion certificates for students who have successfully finished the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced levels of our various Certificate Programs.

A special Congratulations to our Graduates of the Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Country Streams programs (40 courses). Celebrate the dedication you’ve shown on the way to this achievement. Great research results will come to you for all the hard work you put into your studies to reach this worthwhile goal.

Congratulations!!!
Louise St Denis, Managing Director,
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

ROLL CALL of GRADUATES:
Certificate In Genealogical Studies 

John Boeren, PLCGS: English Records
Anna Dalea, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Julie Eaklor, PLCGS: American Records
Gaynol Fales, PLCGS: American Records
Laura Hall, PLCGS: American Records
James Hill, PLCGS: English Records
James Hill, PLCGS: Australian Records
Carol Mackay, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Brian Maclachlan, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Ginger Muenster, PLCGS: American Records
Maria Murphy, PLCGS: Irish Records
Maria Murphy, PLCGS: Australian Records
Dahlia Petgrave, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Kathryn Potter, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Jeannie Waters, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Justina Vickerman, PLCGS: German Records

See a complete list of all Graduates:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/Graduates.asp
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Contact information:
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A Message from Legacy Tree Genealogists

THIS MESSAGE MAY BE OF INTEREST TO OUR SENIOR STUDENTS OR OUR GRADUATES 

Are you wanting to put your research skills to work?
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The team at Legacy Tree Genealogists has remote (work-from-home)
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These positions are part-time or full-time, depending on your needs, and will include paid time off, holiday pay, 401k, and full medical benefits (full-time only). Learn more, or subscribe to notifications of future open positions at https://www.legacytree.com/apply.

FROM THE LEGACY TREE GENEALOGISTS WEBSITE: 
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Since 2004 we’ve had the privilege of helping thousands of clients around the globe discover their story.’

LegacyTree Genealogists Blog: https://www.legacytree.com/blog

Virtual Meetings October 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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Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program Part 3 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Brenda Wheeler PLCGS
Please follow the directions found in your course material and read the article.
Friday, October 16th – 4:30 PM Eastern; 3:30 PM Central; 2:30 PM Mountain; 1:30 PM Pacific; 9:30 PM in London, England; Saturday, October 17th – 7:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle3/

Methodology: The How To Courses with Brenda Wheeler PLCGS
Friday, October 16th – 6 PM Eastern; 5 PM Central; 4 PM Mountain; 3 PM Pacific; 11 PM in London, England; Saturday, October 17th – 9 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL DISCUSSION: Navigate Analysis & Skills Courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Saturday, October 17th
– 1 PM Eastern; Noon Central; 11 AM Mountain; 10 AM Pacific; 6 PM in London, England; Sunday, October 18th –4 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Canadian Records courses with Cheryl Levy PLCGS
Sunday, October 18th – 4 PM Eastern; 3 PM Central; 2 PM Mountain; 1 PM Pacific; 9 PM in London, England; Monday, October 19th – 7 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

English Records courses with Brenda Wheeler PLCGS
Sunday, October 18th – 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Monday, October 19th– Midnight in London, England; 10 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

Australian Records courses with Kerry Farmer
Monday, October 19th
– 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Tuesday, October 20th– Midnight in London, England; 10 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/australian/

American Records courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Tuesday, October 20th – 10 AM Eastern; 9 AM Central; 8 AM Mountain; 7 AM Pacific; 3 PM in London, England; Wednesday, October 21st – 1 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Tuesday, October 20th – 1 PM Eastern; 12 Noon Central; 11 AM Mountain; 10 AM Pacific; 6 PM in London, England; Wednesday, October 21st –4 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Methodology: The How To Courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Tuesday, October 20th – 2:30 PM Eastern; 1:30 PM Central; 12:30 PM Mountain; 11:30 AM Pacific; 7:30 PM in London, England; Wednesday, October 21st – 5:30 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.
Tuesday, October 20th – 4:30 PM Eastern; 3:30 PM Central; 2:30 PM Mountain; 1:30 PM Pacific; 9:30 PM in London, England; Wednesday, October 21st – 7:30 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

Demystifying Culture and Folklore

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ course Demystifying Culture and Folklore encourages students to explore their primary cultures (race, ethnicity, nationality) and their subcultures (religion, family, occupations, etc.), to determine how these have influenced their ancestors’ generation, and how they have been influenced by the intergenerational folklore passed down from their ancestors. Check out these past Blog Posts to read more about how this course helps us to discover elements of our own primary ancestral cultures, and perhaps start to recognize and understand ways folklore and subcultures have influenced and shaped our families today.

Part 1: Demystifying Culture and Folklore: Intro 
Each component of Demystifying Culture and Folklore, will stimulate the need for deeper investigation to pursue “the rest of the story” to verify what was revealed.

Part 2: Our Primary Cultures 
As you work through the course, you will discover which cultures have influenced your family and identify the elements that have survived and are being perpetuated to the next generations. Pieces begin to fit together to reveal how race, ethnicity and nationality are uniquely interwoven in your family.

Part 3: Our Immigrant Ancestors’ Culture 
Our Immigrant Ancestors faced many challenges and their original root cultures traveled with them, embedded in their very being and preserved within the traditions they practiced. Their responses are often reflecting their culture’s beliefs.

Part 4: Cultural Assimilation 
Cultural Assimilation was challenging for our ancestors as they either embraced their new culture or struggled to maintain their folkways in the midst of conflicting social or occupational settings. The Demystifying Culture & Folklore course explores how your family embraced their new culture, or how they struggled to adapt.

The final outcome from completing this course will be a richer understanding of our family and the lives of our ancestors – Demystifying its unique Culture and the Folklore that has been passed down the generations.

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

Register for July 2020 Courses

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers online genealogical education for family history enthusiasts, genealogy researchers and historians. These courses are rated in Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced levels. You can register for any course individually, or save by choosing from a variety of available packages. See Full List of Packages here: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/packages.asp 

The Start Dates for courses are usually scheduled for the first Monday of the month, however, not all courses are available monthly. Be sure to check our Current Course Calendar  for when the course of your choice is scheduled to be opened again.

In the list of courses scheduled for July 2020, there are four courses covering the Colonial period of the Eastern United States. These are valuable resources for anyone researching in this area and time frame.

Research: Mayflower Ancestors
This course studies some of the very first settlers of Massachusetts. Learn how to properly document a descendant line by utilizing New England original and derivative records as well as sources specific to Mayflower research. Following their story and tracing each generation is a great way to celebrate the 400th year anniversary of their arrival to North America.
Course Description: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=265 
Note: This course is currently being offered in our list of discounted courses. Receive 50% off by using the Code: ngs50. Code expires on 30 June 2020. See Discount details here: http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/05/discount-codes-for-may-and-june-2020/

Research: US Colonial New England Ancestors
This course explores strategies for finding Colonial New England records while incorporating colonial town records, colonial census records, colonial land records and maps, the colonial wars, religious records, and court documents. Note: This is an Intermediate course.
Course Description: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=503 

The American Revolutionary War was a major historical event which impacted many Colonial families. It is hard to imagine that any family was left unaffected. Many families were divided, with multiple factors leading to which side they chose to pledge their loyalty to. If you reach a brick wall in your research during this time period, be sure to check both Loyalist and Patriot resources. Sometimes you will find family members on both sides. This was a time of major migrations and relocations. Fortunately, they left many records. We just need to document their stories.

Research: United Empire Loyalist Ancestors
This course describes what it meant to be a United Empire Loyalist in the context of the American Revolutionary War and how it affected their ensuing lives. We also discuss the membership and lineage requirements of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada. Records include: military, claims, land, and other records that will assist with documenting your UEL ancestor. British North American colonies where the Loyalists came for resettlement include Upper Canada (Ontario)—where the original U.E. (Unity of Empire) tradition took hold—the Maritime provinces and Lower Canada (Quebec).
Course Description: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=315 

US: Military Records
This course covers conflicts of the United States and colonial America from the early colonial wars of the seventeenth century to the Second World War. The Revolutionary War records are included in Module 3. Note: This is an advanced course.
Course Description: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=215

Course Packages
Registration for these four courses could be submitted as Course Package – 4 Courses: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/packages.asp?packageID=40 
Note: Packages are currently being offered at a discount of 15% off by using the Code: ngs15. Code expires on 30 June 2020.
See Discount details here: http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/05/discount-codes-for-may-and-june-2020/

Full List of Packageshttps://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/packages.asp
Complete List of Courses: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp

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
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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

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