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New Year ~ New Goals

Happy New Year 2021! The holiday celebrations are coming to a close and most schedules are returning to a more regular routine. Hopefully, you were able to complete your 2020 projects. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to have opportunity to interview family members, or break through one of your break walls in 2020. Don’t forget to record any family stories you were able to discover over this holiday season, as well as recording your own 2020 memories. It certainly was a year to remember!

Now it is time to get ready for new genealogical opportunities for 2021! What will you discover? Instead of making “New Year’s Resolutions” that may or may not be attainable, make Realistic Genealogical Goals that will benefit your research, both in the short term, and with long lasting rewards. To begin, what do you want to accomplish? Make a plan! Do you need to get your files and documents organized? Implement a system that works for you. Have you lost where you left off in your research? Review the notes for your findings and make a proper research plan. Forgot where you found that information? Be sure to cite your sources! Review your work and make sure you will be able to find that source again. At a time when many repositories are closed to in-person visits, work on what you can achieve at home. Make a list of what has been left undone and needs follow-up. Then set your goals for how you will complete each research project. You have a brand-new open calendar before you, plan your time wisely.

Do you have education goals for 2021? Make a list of topics you want to pursue. How can you accomplish this goal? Is there a new book to read on the topic? Are there webinars to watch? Does the topic require more in-depth study? Is online education on your list of goals for 2021?

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 230+ courses to choose from. Some of our courses are topic/country-specific, or provide insight into research methodology, while others are skill-building courses to maximize your research time. The first Monday of a new month means another rotation of courses will start on January 4th. You can still join the class until this Friday. Most courses feature 6 modules over an 8-week period, easily adapted to most busy schedules. Many courses have been bundled into packages to provide discount options. Take a look and see which courses will accomplish your 2021 education goals and register today!

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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here.
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*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly.

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

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION

 

Genealogy in a Package

What’s on Your 2021 Wish List?

Tis the season for packages! We all love to receive them and to open them. However, some package contents are better than others. We have made our genealogy wish lists and dropped several hints, but what will we receive? Slippers and socks are fun (usually), but how much better if your package was genealogy-related? The National Institute for Genealogical Studies can make sure your package has just the right courses for your 2021 genealogy education plan.

You can choose any of our 230+ courses individually, or one of our specific Course Packages listed below, but did you know that you can also create your own unique package? Choose 4, 7, 8, 10 or 13 courses and make your package with the exact courses needed for your own distinctive research project. See details for all Course Packages here.

Special Genealogy Course Packages

DNA Packages
These packages include courses relevant to your understanding of DNA and how it can be used in your genealogical research.
DNA and Relevant Topics: 8 Courses
DNA – Understanding Testing and Research Strategies: 4 Courses

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

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

Professional Learning Certificates

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

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

The exception is the Librarianship Certificate, which includes only 12 courses. There is an option to combine the Librarianship Certificate with a country-specific certificate as the elective portion.

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

American Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Canadian Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Eastern European Certificate in Genealogical Studies

English Certificate in Genealogical Studies
German Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Irish Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Italian Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Scottish Certificate in Genealogical Studies

Packages for Specific Countries

If you are interested in just a few of the country-specific courses, but not a full certificate, you can choose a smaller All Countries Package of courses for the country of your choice, or a package for the records for these countries.
American Records Packages
Australian Records Packages
Canadian Records Packages
Eastern European Records Packages
English Records Packages
German Records Packages
Irish Records Packages
Italian Records Packages
Scottish Records Packages

Lastly, be sure to check the Complete List of Courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, as there are several courses not included in the descriptions above that are eligible for packages. We hope that you will find the perfect package for your Genealogy Wish List… to sharpen your research skills, complete your family history projects, and accomplish your 2021 Genealogy Research Goals.

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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here.
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest.
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly.

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

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION

Presentations Come and Go, but You Always Remember Your First

One of the truly valuable courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is our Lecturing Skills Including Preparation course. This course focuses on the skills needed to present genealogical-related lectures to a variety of audiences. It is a “hands on” course where the student will develop all aspects of the lecturing process including the proposal and biographical sketch; marketing; syllabus material; creating lecture slides; and much more. Linda Debe is one of our most recent students who has completed this course, and she shares her experience below.

Presentations Come and Go, but You Always Remember Your First
by Linda Debe, Student 

On Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, I presented my first official webinar to fellow students, colleagues, friends, and family. This presentation was part of the National Institute’s course: Lecturing Skills Including Preparation.

First, I had to decide on a lecture topic. I started my list, but none of the topics really gave me that warm fuzzy feeling. Adding to the topic dilemma, I only had 30 minutes to present, so it had to be interesting yet explained in the allotted time.

A friend suggested, “Talk about what you love… maps.” With that, I decided to do an introductory presentation on Google My Maps. I have watched many presentations explaining Google Earth Pro, but not as many on My Maps.

Once I had the presentation topic, I needed to decide on a title. I decided on “Google My Maps: Visualizing Your Ancestors’ Lives.”  It was to the point, yet kind of catchy.

I have used Google My Maps for about a year, and I really like “seeing” my ancestors on a map as I track them from their origins and immigration into the United States to their migration across the country as they lived their lives. I can add photos of my ancestors, their homes, tombstones, or any other photo I have, to that location, to help bring it to life. For example, it’s great to find your family in the 1880 US Census, but what if you added that census record to a pin in the exact location the family lived on your map?  How cool would that be?

Another nice thing about this app is you can color code your pins (places on your map). You can even change the pin icon, so it’s not the boring default balloon pin, but maybe a house, cow, hospital, castle, or piece of pizza.

With Google My Maps you can build layers, which are groupings of pins, in a way that makes sense to you. Group the pins by a family name, a state, paternal or maternal line, or a layer with all of the locations where a veteran served. Imagine the difference in just knowing your dad served in Viet Nam, then getting his military records so you can plot out on a map the actual locations where he was stationed.

With Google Maps, you can share and collaborate your maps with family, friends, and other genealogists. Because the maps are saved to Google Drive, you can share your map with a few clicks, so others can see and appreciate your work.

Now at Thanksgiving dinner, or any other family gathering, rather than the eye rolls or the glassy-eyed stare you get when you bring up the topic of genealogy, hook up the laptop to the big screen TV and show your map to the family. You will have a captive audience and everyone will want a front-row seat.  With Google My Maps, family history ceases to be just a bunch of dull dates, places, and documents and instead can be “seen.”

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course is available here. 

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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

DNA Research Courses

DNA is currently a very popular topic. With the Holiday season comes sales and  discounts offered for many of the DNA testing kits. They make great gifts any time of the year! 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

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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here.
Follow us on Social Media: BlogFacebookTwitter, Pinterest.
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly.

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

 

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?
Have you started your genealogical research business?
This may be the opportunity you have been hoping for!

The team at Legacy Tree Genealogists currently has remote (work-from-home)
positions available for several positions, with experience at three levels of genealogical expertise.

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 about these opportunities and how you can join their team at https://www.legacytree.com/apply.

FROM THE LEGACY TREE GENEALOGISTS WEBSITE:
‘As a company, we cultivate an atmosphere of support centred around our company values of CARE—Cooperation, Accuracy, Respect and Efficiency. It’s this commitment to providing exceptional quality and care to each client that has earned us the prestige of being the world’s highest-rated genealogy research firm. Since 2004, we’ve had the privilege of helping thousands of clients around the globe discover their story.’

At the bottom of the page, you will find which positions are currently hiring. You also have the option to subscribe to notifications for future open genealogy positions by completing the digital submission form.

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

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

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?
Have you started your genealogical research business?

The team at Legacy Tree Genealogists has remote (work-from-home)
positions available for Eastern European Researcher and Historical DNA Researcher.

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: 
‘As a company, we cultivate an atmosphere of support centred around our company values of CARE—Cooperation, Accuracy, Respect and Efficiency. It’s this commitment to providing exceptional quality and care to each client that has earned us the prestige of being the world’s highest-rated genealogy research firm.

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

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

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

Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

The Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, “Building A Heritage”, will be taking place May 1st – 4th and we here at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are excited. Why are we excited? Because we will be attending! 

Image courtesy of Angela Rodesky

We enjoy meeting with our current students, those who have graduated, and new students. No matter where you are at in your genealogy education, we have courses for you. I’m sure you have questions for us so please stop by our booth and visit with Angela Rodesky she will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.  

Plus, while there don’t forget to register for your FREE complimentary course just for attending the conference. 

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