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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.

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

Happy DNA Day!

April 25th has been named as DNA DAY under such names as: National DNA Day, International DNA Day, or World DNA Day. It commemorates the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure in 1953 and the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. DNA is currently a very popular topic. Many have taken DNA tests from various companies. Now what? How do we make sense of our results and analyze what that means for ourselves and our genealogy research? There are many resources available. First, make sure to read ALL information provided by your DNA-testing organization.

The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual is one resource that is strongly recommended to explore genealogy standards and guidelines when dealing with the DNA results we reveal.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers two specific DNA packages, which include several 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 how to implement strategies to organize your matches, please check out the following course descriptions more closely. Registration fees and dates are available under the Register tab for each course.


DNA – Understanding DNA Testing and Research Strategies
– 3 Course Package

DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy (BASIC)

DNA: Autosomal DNA – Testing for Everyone (BASIC)

DNA: Tracing Maternal & Paternal Lines (BASIC)

DNA and Relevant Topics – 6 Course Package (The above 3 courses plus 3 more courses)

Organizing a One-Name Study (INTERMEDIATE)

Organizing a One-Place Study (INTERMEDIATE)

Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards (ADVANCED)


Additional Courses with DNA elements

Forensic Genealogy (INTERMEDIATE)

Genetics & Medical Family History (ADVANCED)


Complete List of Courses here

List of Certificate Programs here

Demystifying Culture and Folklore: Intro

Every family historian begins their search with a few simple questions: Who were my ancestors? and… Where did they come from? Most of our first and second-generation answers are easily obtained from close family members – usually. However, our true story is far deeper than the basic facts of names, dates and locations. The complexity of our families cannot be defined in simple terms; we need to explore the inner dynamics and subtleties in the undercurrents of the inter-woven fabric of our family.

Culture and its accompanying behaviours, traditions, stories, etc. (Folklore) are an interesting and integral part of who we are as human beings. As we explore our roots, we are encouraged to begin to determine:

  • how has our primary cultures (race, ethnicity, nationality) influenced our ancestors over the generations; and,
  • how has our subcultures (religion, family, occupations, etc.) been formed and influenced by the intergenerational folklore passed down from our ancestors.

Looking more intently into our own lives and the lives of our forebears, we will discover unique family experiences, and uncover what has been hidden in plain sight. Unlike other research projects where official documents are accessed, and the basic facts are extracted and analyzed, examining the inner workings of our families – the things that have not been written down and perhaps never previously investigated, will stimulate the “why” questions for further study. These cause us to dig deeper in order to gain an understanding of the origins of our own folkways.

In the course Demystifying Culture and Folklore, each component will stimulate the need for deeper investigation and will prompt participants to pursue “the rest of the story” to verify what was revealed. The outcome 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 courses offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Student Lounge Bonus Sessions

We are once again opening our National Institute for Genealogical Studies Student Lounge this week for discussion. Please see below for the Pop-up session topics and times.

During your time spent in the Student Lounge, we ask that you PLEASE KEEP THE DISCUSSION ABOUT GENEALOGY AND THE ONLINE COURSES ONLY. We are all dealing with enough stress. This is a time to enjoy your family history, courses, and learn genealogy from others.
Gena Philibert-Ortega and/or Sue de Groot will be monitoring the Student Lounge during the scheduled hours and will be inactive as they still have work to do. As time permits in the workday, Gena or Sue may pop into the Virtual Learning Room to answer questions and give a small presentation.

Please join us in the Student Lounge at https://adobe.ly/39vDrLo. When signing in, select “Enter as a Guest” and enter your first name along with your geographical location.

The Student Lounge Bonus sessions schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, April 14th
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – 11 PM to 8 AM on Wednesday, April 15th

Wednesday, April 15th
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – 11 PM to 8 AM on Thursday, April 16th

Thursday, April 16th
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 4:30 PM; Central – 8 AM to 3:30 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 2:30 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 1:30 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 9:30 PM; Sydney, Australia – 11 PM to 6:30 AM on Friday, April 17th

Pop-Up Session Topics:
Finding Images To Tell The Story of Your Ancestor’s Lives with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Tuesday, April 14th – Time zones: Eastern: 2 PM; Central: 1 PM; Mountain: Noon; Pacific: 11 AM; London, England: 7 PM; Wednesday, April 15th – Sydney, AU: 4 AM.

Transcribing … Basics with Sue de Groot
Wednesday, April 15th – Time zones: Eastern: 2 PM; Central: 1 PM; Mountain: Noon; Pacific: 11 AM; London, England: 7 PM; Thursday, April 16th – Sydney, AU: 4 AM

Finding Your Genealogy in Digitized Books with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Thursday, April 16th – Time zones: Eastern: 2 PM; Central: 1 PM; Mountain: Noon; Pacific: 11 AM; London, England: 7 PM; Friday, April 17th – Sydney, AU: 4 AM

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We hope to see you in the Student Lounge. And, please keep yourself and your family safe — follow the recommendations of your country’s government.
Happy Researching!

Note: Facebook Event here 

See complete list of Virtual Meetings here.

April 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” April Virtual Meetings

Thursday, April 16th – Australian Virtual Meeting with Kerry Farmer
Time zones – Eastern: 5 AM; Central: 4 AM; Mountain: 3 AM; Pacific: 2 AM; London, England: 10 AM; Sydney, Australia: 7 PM.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/australian/

Saturday, April 18th – Canadian Virtual Meeting with Cheryl Levy
Time zones – Eastern: 10 AM; Central: 9 AM; Mountain: 8 AM; Pacific: 7 AM; London, England: 3 PM; Sunday, April 19th – Sydney, Australia: Midnight.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

Tuesday, April 21st – Methodology Virtual Meeting with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: – Eastern: 2:30 PM; Central: 1:30 PM; Mountain: 12:30 PM; Pacific: 11:30 AM; London, England: 7:30 PM; Wednesday, April 22nd – Sydney, Australia: 4:30 AM.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Tuesday, April 21st – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: – Eastern: 4 PM; Central: 3 PM; Mountain: 2 PM; Pacific: 1 PM; London, England: 9 PM; Wednesday, April 22nd – Sydney, Australia: 6 AM.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle3/

Wednesday, April 22nd – STUDENT LOUNGE 
Time zones – Eastern: 10 AM; Central: 9 AM; Mountain: 8 AM; Pacific: 7 AM; London, England: 3 PM; Thursday, April 23rd – Sydney, Australia: Midnight.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Wednesday, April 22nd – American Virtual Meeting with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones – Eastern: 1 PM; Central: Noon; Mountain: 11 AM; Pacific: 10 AM; London, England: 6 PM; Thursday, April 23rd – Sydney, Australia: 3 AM.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Wednesday, April 22nd – Internet Tools Virtual Meeting with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones: – Eastern: 2:30 PM; Central: 1:30 PM; Mountain: 12:30 PM; Pacific: 11:30 AM; London, England: 7:30 PM; Thursday, April 23rd – Sydney, Australia: 4:30 AM.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Saturday, April 25th – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones – Eastern: 10 AM; Central: 9 AM; Mountain: 8 AM; Pacific: 7 AM; London, England: 3 PM; Sunday, April 26th – Sydney, Australia: Midnight.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Sunday, April 26th – English Virtual Meeting with Brenda Wheeler
Time zones – Eastern: 8 PM; Central: 7 PM; Mountain: 6 PM; Pacific: 5 PM; Monday, April 27th – London, England: 1 AM; Sydney, Australia: 10 AM.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

Monday, April 27thMethodology Virtual Meeting with Brenda Wheeler
Time zones – Eastern: 5 AM; Central: 4 AM; Mountain: 3 AM; Pacific: 2 AM; London, England: 10 AM; Sydney, Australia: 7 PM.
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/ 

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Calendar of Virtual Meetings is at www.genealogicalstudies.com;
Read the Instructions at www.genealogicalstudies.com/instructions.pdf.

Student Lounge Open Again This Week

We are opening our National Institute for Genealogical Studies Student Lounge again this week and again we will be having a discussion each day the Student Lounge is open … please see below for the topics, descriptions, and dates/times.

During your time spent in the Student Lounge, we ask that you PLEASE KEEP THE DISCUSSION ABOUT GENEALOGY AND THE ONLINE COURSES ONLY. We are all dealing with enough stress. This is a time to enjoy your family history, courses, and learn genealogy from others.

Gena Philibert-Ortega and/or Sue de Groot will be monitoring the Student Lounge during the scheduled hours and will be inactive as they still have work to do. As time permits in the workday, Gena or Sue may pop into the Virtual Learning Room to answer questions or even give a small presentation.

Please join us in the Student Lounge at https://adobe.ly/39vDrLo. When signing in, select “Enter as a Guest” and enter your first name along with your geographical location.

The Student Lounge schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, April 7th
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – 11 PM to 8 AM on Wednesday, April 8th

Wednesday, April 8th
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – 11 PM to 8 AM on Thursday, April 9th

Thursday, April 9th
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 4:30 PM; Central – 8 AM to 3:30 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 2:30 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 1:30 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 8:30 PM; Sydney, Australia – 11 PM to 6:30 AM on Friday, April 10th

Pop-up Session Discussions this week will be as follows:
Tips for Navigating your Student Briefcase with Sue de Groot
Tuesday, April 7th – Time zones: Eastern 2 PM; Central 1 PM; Mountain Noon; Pacific 11 AM; London, England 7 PM; Sydney, AU on Wednesday, April 8th 4 AM

Mastering the FamilySearch Catalog with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Wednesday, April 8th – Time zones: Eastern 2 PM; Central 1 PM; Mountain Noon; Pacific 11 AM; London, England 7 PM; Sydney, AU on Thursday, April 9th 4:00 AM

Source Citations… Some Basics with Sue de Groot
Thursday, April 9th – Time zones: Eastern 2 PM; Central 1 PM; Mountain Noon; Pacific 11 AM; London, England 7 PM; Sydney, AU on Friday, April 10th 4:00 AM

We hope to see you in the Student Lounge. And, please keep yourself and your family safe — follow the recommendations of your country’s government. Happy Researching!

Note: Facebook Event here 

See complete list of Virtual Meetings here.

An Invitation to Our Student Lounge

We are all experiencing uncertain times and many of us are practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Many genealogists, as well as our students, are taking advantage of this extra time to work on family history and the National Institute’s online courses.

To help you at this time, we have decided to open our Student Lounge to a broader audience to give you the ability to communicate with those that have like-minded interests… family history and especially our National Institute’s courses. During your time spent in the Student Lounge, we ask that you PLEASE KEEP THE DISCUSSION ABOUT GENEALOGY AND THE ONLINE COURSES ONLY. We are all dealing with enough stress and do not want to add to it. This is a time to enjoy your family history, courses, and learn genealogy from others.

The sessions will be monitored during the Student Lounge hours. Please note that this is an opportunity for attendees to interact. As time permits, monitors will pop into the Virtual Learning Room to answer questions. There will be a Question of the Day posted to encourage conversation, PLUS note the information for a Special Discussion Session each day at 2 PM EDT.

Please join us in the Student Lounge. When signing in, select “Enter as a Guest” and enter your first name along with your geographical location. See you there!

Student Lounge hours for this week are:
Tuesday, March 31st
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – Midnight to 9 AM on Wednesday, April 1st

Wednesday, April 1st
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 6 PM; Central – 8 AM to 5 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 4 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 3 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 11 PM; Sydney, Australia – Midnight to 9 AM on Thursday, April 2nd

Thursday, April 2nd
Time zones: Eastern – 9 AM to 4:30 PM; Central – 8 AM to 3:30 PM; Mountain – 7 AM to 2:30 PM; Pacific – 6 AM to 1:30 PM; London, England – 2 PM to 8:30 PM; Sydney, Australia – Midnight to 7:30 AM on Friday, April 3rd

Topics of Special Discussion Sessions:
Tips for Navigating your Student Briefcase with Sue de Groot 
Tuesday, March 31st – Time zones: Eastern – 2 PM; Central – 1 PM; Mountain – Noon; Pacific – 11 AM; London, England – 7 PM; Sydney, AU Wednesday, April 1st – 5 AM

Fun & Games with Sue & Gena
Wednesday, April 1st – Time zones: Eastern – 2 PM; Central – 1 PM; Mountain – Noon; Pacific – 11 AM; London, England – 7 PM; Sydney, AU Thursday, April 2nd – 5 AM

Methodology Tips with Gena Philbert-Ortega
Thursday, April 2nd – Time zones: Eastern – 2 PM; Central – 1 PM; Mountain – Noon; Pacific – 11 AM; London, England – 7 PM; Sydney, AU Friday, April 3rd – 5 AM

We hope you will join the discussion with our students. Please keep yourself and your family safe — follow the recommendations of your country’s government. Happy Researching!

Note: Facebook Event here 

See complete list of Virtual Meetings here.

February Virtual Meetings

Have any questions about your courses or your research? Attend a virtual meeting applicable to your course/research.

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Virtual Meetings are a way for you to communicate with an instructor and your fellow students. These are NOT mandatory, but a fun & interactive way to ask questions about courses/research.

Note: NO USER NAME or PASSWORD REQUIRED. Please type in your first and last name; then click “Enter as a Guest”.

Wednesday, February 12th – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL with Gena Philibert-Ortega            
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 3:00 PM Eastern; 2:00 PM Central; Noon Pacific; 8:00 PM in London, England;
Thursday, February 13th – 7:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Wednesday, February 12th – Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 5:00 PM Eastern; 4:00 PM Central; 2:00 PM Pacific; 10:00 PM in London, England;
Thursday, February 13th – 9:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Wednesday, February 12th – Methodology courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 6:30 PM Eastern; 5:30 PM Central; 3:30 PM Pacific; 11:30 PM in London, England;
Thursday, February 13th – 10:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Wednesday, February 12th – American courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Wednesday, February 12th – 8:00 PM Eastern; 7:00 PM Central; 5:00 PM Pacific;
Thursday, February 13th – 1:00 AM in London, England; Noon in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Thursday, February 13th – Canadian courses with Cheryl Levy    
Time zones:
Thursday, February 13th – 10:00 AM Eastern; 9:00 AM Central; 7:00 AM Pacific; 3:00 PM in London, England;
Friday, February 14th – 2:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

Thursday, February 13th – STUDENT LOUNGE
Time zones:
Thursday, February 13th – 7:00 PM Eastern; 6:00 PM Central; 4:00 PM Pacific;
Friday, February 14th – Midnight in London, England; 11:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Saturday, February 15th – Professional Development with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Time zones:
Saturday, February 15th – 9:00 AM Eastern; 8:00 AM Central; 6:00 AM Pacific; 2:00 PM in London, England;
Sunday, February 16th – 1:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/professional/

Saturday, February 15th – Eastern European courses with Lisa Alzo Time zones:                                                                                                                  Saturday, February 15th – 10:30 AM Eastern; 9:30 AM Central; 7:30 AM Pacific;
3:30 PM in London, England;
Sunday, February 16th – 2:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/easteuro/

Sunday, February 23rd – Methodology courses with Brenda Wheeler
Time zones:
Sunday, February 23rd – 5:30 PM Eastern; 4:30 PM Central; 2:30 PM Pacific; 10:30 PM in London, England;
Monday, February 24th – 9:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Sunday, February 23rd – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Brenda Wheeler     
Time zones:
Sunday, February 23rd – 7:00 PM Eastern; 6:00 PM Central; 4:00 PM Pacific; Monday, February 24th – Midnight in London, England; 11:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle3/

Monday, February 24th – English courses with Brenda Wheeler  
Time zones:
Monday, February 24th – 7:00 PM Eastern; 6:00 PM Central; 4:00 PM Pacific; Tuesday, February 25th – Midnight in London, England; 11:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

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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.     

DNA Virtual Meeting

This is a reminder we have the DNA virtual meetings scheduled for Thursday. We hope you can join us!

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You can enhance your learning experience by joining a virtual meeting regarding your studies and asking questions. Even if you don’t have questions you are welcome to just listen, lurk and learn! We don’t mind in the least.

Remember, these Virtual Meetings are NOT mandatory. They are a fun and interactive way to ask questions about the courses and/or research at a relevant session.

NOTE: Times given are Eastern Standard Time. To check the current time and date, Log In to your Student Briefcase and click on “Time at Home Office” near the top right of the page.

Thursday, January 16th – DNA courses with Shannon Combs Bennett   
Time zones:
Thursday, January 16th – 8:00 PM Eastern; 7:00 PM Central; 5:00 PM Pacific; Friday, January 17th – 1:00 AM in London, England; Noon in Sydney, Australia MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/DNA/

20th Anniversary Celebration Extended

We’ve decided to continue celebrating our 20th Anniversary!  So yes we are bringing back those 1999 registration fees of only $50.00 per course.

You can register for as many courses as you wish.  That’s right, there is NO limit.  Heck, you could even register for a 40-course package and save $850. (We will make a final adjustment if the package is not calculated correctly.)

This is a limited time offer starting TODAY and ending at 6AM EST on Monday, December 30th, 2019.

***We have extended this offer! It will end at Midnight on December 31st, 2019.

Simply enter the following coupon code to take advantage of this limited offer:  Single Courses – 2019Dec27                                                                                                Packages – 2019DecPack

So, join us in continuing our 20th Anniversary Celebration!

As always, if you have any questions call us at 1-800-580-0165 ext. 3 or email us at media@genealogicalstudies.com.

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