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Correlation of Mined Evidence to Advance Research Objectives

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies courseLecturing Skills Including Preparation, teaches the skills needed to present genealogical-related lectures. It is a “hands-on” course where the student presents a lecture via our VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM

We invite you to participate and hear our student: Jennifer Roodzant. Her 30-minute lecture will be followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period, and a short poll to provide feedback on her skills. Please come and support your fellow student! 
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***HELP INFORMATION*** Adobe Connect instructions and TROUBLESHOOTING information are available on our website. If you are experiencing any issues when attending a virtual meeting, please obtain the INSTRUCTIONS document in PDF format near the top right of our Virtual Learning Room page on our website. 

Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com
In top menu bar, select Information. 
In the dropdown menu, select Virtual Learning Room. 
Click on INSTRUCTIONS near the top right (you may have to scroll over to the right). 

The PDF document has Adobe Connect information, Troubleshooting steps, and Adobe Connect Technical Support contacts. 
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***CHECK SCHEDULED TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE*** 
Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com 
In top menu bar, select Information. 
In the dropdown menu, select VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM
Click the virtual meeting name in list (a new window will open). 
Click on Check Time to see the time in your local time zone. 
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“Correlation of Mined Evidence to Advance Research Objectives” 
presented by Jennifer Roodzant on Monday, June 20th at 8 PM Eastern. 
Presentation Description: When genealogists correlate mined evidence, they consider source independence, reliability, bias, and assumptions. See examples that identify a question of relationship and learn strategies to use in your own research. 
Presenter: Jennifer Roodzant is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA and the Southern U.S. She volunteers as Napa Valley Genealogical Society Board of Director’s secretary. 
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/ 
(Note: “Enter as a Guest”) 
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We would like to thank Kathy Holland for hosting this student presentation. 
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TO JOIN A VIRTUAL MEETING, simply click on the URL or enter the URL provided in your browser. Alternatively, you can download the Adobe Connect Desktop App (see instructions above) to attend the virtual meetings. When joining a session, a USERNAME or PASSWORD is NOT REQUIRED. Please type in your first name & surname initial, along with your geographical location; then click Enter as a Guest. 
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LISTEN ON THE GO 
Want to listen to the virtual meeting but will not be at your computer? No problem! You can download the FREE Adobe Connect Mobile App from the Apple App Store (for iPod/iPhone/iPad) or from the Google Play Store (for Android). 
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See the calendar of future Virtual Meetings sessions at www.genealogicalstudies.com; top menu > INFORMATION > VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu. 

If you have any questions regarding the Virtual Meetings and/or the schedule, please send an email to degroot@genealogicalstudies.com

Sue de Groot, PLCGS 
National Institute for Genealogical Studies 
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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers our 14-week Lecturing Skills Including Preparation course three times per year. If you choose to include this course in your genealogical education plan, you will find the course schedule under the Register tab.
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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. List of Packages available 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. 

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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Virtual Meetings for Mid-June

Just a reminder that The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a couple of virtual events and a regular virtual meeting scheduled. Hope you can join us! Details are outlined below. 

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. 

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. 

Below are the remaining scheduled sessions for the month of June. 

***HELP INFORMATION*** Adobe Connect instructions and TROUBLESHOOTING information are available on our website. If you are experiencing any issues when attending a virtual meeting, please obtain the INSTRUCTIONS document in PDF format near the top right of our Virtual Learning Room page on our website.

Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com
In top menu bar, select Information.
In the dropdown menu, select Virtual Learning Room.
Click on Instructions near the top right (you may have to scroll over to the right).

The PDF document has Adobe Connect information, Troubleshooting steps, and Adobe Connect Technical Support contacts. 
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***CHECK SCHEDULED TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE*** 
Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com 
In top menu bar, select Information. 
In the dropdown menu, select Virtual Learning Room. 
Click the virtual meeting name in list (a new window will open). 
Click on Check Time to see the time in your local time zone. 
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GRADUATION CEREMONIES 
Everyone is welcome to join and celebrate our graduates! 
Saturday, June 18th at 4:30 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/graduation/

United Kingdom & Ireland (English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish) Records courses with Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS 
Sunday, June 19th at 7 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/ 

Lecturing Skills – Student Presentation with Kathy Holland 
“Correlation of Mined Evidence to Advance Research Objectives” 
Description: When genealogists correlate mined evidence, they consider source independence, reliability, bias, and assumptions. See examples that identify a question of relationship and learn strategies to use in your own research. 
Presenter: Jennifer Roodzant is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA and the Southern U.S. She volunteers as Napa Valley Genealogical Society Board of Director’s secretary. 
Monday, June 20th at 8:00 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/  
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TO JOIN A VIRTUAL MEETING, simply click on the URL or enter the URL provided in your browser. Alternatively, you can download the Adobe Connect Desktop App (see instructions above) to attend the virtual meetings. When joining a session, a USERNAME or PASSWORD is NOT REQUIRED. Please type in your first name & surname initial, along with your geographical location; then click Enter as a Guest. 
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LISTEN ON THE GO 
Want to listen to the virtual meeting but will not be at your computer? No problem! You can download the FREE Adobe Connect Mobile App from the Apple App Store (for iPod/iPhone/iPad) or from the Google Play Store (for Android). 
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See the calendar of future Virtual Meetings sessions at www.genealogicalstudies.com; top menu > INFORMATION > VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu. 

Send questions regarding Virtual Meetings or the schedule to degroot@genealogicalstudies.com

Sue de Groot, PLCGS 
National Institute for Genealogical Studies 
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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. List of packages available 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 since 1997 

Research A-Z ~ Research

For the month of April, we have highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, we will feature some courses that you were not aware of and pique your interest to explore further.

R is for RESEARCH

Ultimately, all genealogy involves Research! The courses listed below will generally relate to any research project. They are the topics most recognized by genealogy enthusiasts and researchers. 

Research Courses
Demystifying Culture & Folklore 
Discover Your Family History 
Genealogy and Copyright Guidelines 
Google for the Wise Genealogist 
Life of Our Ancestors 
Organizing a One-Name Study  
Organizing a One-Place Study  
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: The National Archives of England
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records 
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies 
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting 

Research methodology is the basis of all that we do as family historians and genealogists. For that reason, we have six methodology courses, which will lead you step-by-step through recognized research practices and standards. The Methodology Certificate combines these six courses, along with the Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program and other essential courses, to form the foundation of our main certificate programs.

Methodology Courses
Basic Level
Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started 
Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building 
Intermediate Level
Methodology – Part 3: More Strategies 
Methodology – Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording 
Methodology – Part 5: How to Prove It 
Advanced Level 
Methodology – Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice 

Methodology Certificate 

Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3  

The Skill-Building Package includes skills courses for more advanced researchers, who are looking to dig deeper and really analyze their discoveries. This includes getting organized by using tools like maps, name variation lists, research logs, timelines, using the FAN club, creating locality guides, and writing reports on our findings, complete with citations. Reports are not just for clients; they should be written by all researchers, as a record of what was found, or not found, in our searches. This an excellent package for every serious researcher.

Skill-Building Package
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  

Additional Course Packages

Lastly, you can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some courses and need to register for the balance of courses required to complete your desired genealogical projects. 

Course Package – 4 Courses 
Course Package – 7 Courses 
Course Package – 8 Courses 
Course Package – 10 Courses 
Course Package – 13 Courses

Research A-Z 

Research is what we do! However, there are a variety of resources that you can add to your Research Toolbox to hone your research skills and enhance your research projects. Enriching your research knowledge with our online genealogical education, along with practical coursework on methodology and standard practices, will encourage you to become a more efficient researcher.
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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ 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. 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 at our course calendar and see which courses will accomplish your genealogical education goals. 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. List of Packages available 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 since 1997 

Research A-Z ~ Kinship

For the month of April, we have highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, we will feature some courses that you were not aware of and pique your interest to explore further.

K is for KINSHIP

Who are your Kin? That’s the main question for family historians! It is the beginning of your genealogy journey to find your family members. There are a few basics for every researcher to discover, such as searching for the BMDs for each individual, establishing family groups, documenting parental linkages, and tracking descendants from specific ancestral couples. 

Once this information is gathered, we begin to build our “family tree” on pedigree charts and family group charts, eventually entering into a software program and/or creating on online tree. Relationships can then be calculated.

Some relationships can be challenging to calculate or define. The FamilySearch Blog post: Cousin Chart—Family Relationships Explained may help you to understand and sort out some details. Kinship is also a major focus when trying to document linkages between generations for Lineage organization applications.

The following Courses will help you to discover, analyze and confirm your Kinship relationships and build your tree with extended family members:

Connecting Family: Online and Virtually 
Discover Your Family History 
Forensic Genealogy  
Genetics & Medical Family History 
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Life of Our Ancestors 
Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started 
Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building 
Methodology – Part 3: More Strategies 
Methodology – Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording 
Methodology – Part 5: How to Prove It 
Organizing a One-Name Study  
Organizing a One-Place Study   
Personal Historian: Beginning Genealogy 
Personal Historian: Oral History & Interviewing Techniques 
Personal Historian: Telling the Stories
Personal Historian: Video Techniques

Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects 
Planning a Fabulous Family Reunion 
Preserve Your Family History Documents & Heirlooms 
Producing Your Family Video 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters-Tracing Women 
Research: Social History 
Research: The National Archives of England
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies
Skill-Building: Breaking Down Brick Walls 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 
Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Reports and so much more  
Writing the Genealogist’s Memoir 
Writing Your Family History Book

Establishing relationships becomes even more imperative when analyzing DNA test results. Referring to the FamilySearch Blog post: Untangling the Centimorgans on Your DNA Test may assist researchers to estimate possible relationships. 

In addition, consider courses in the DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate – 15 Courses package. More information can be found in the Research A-Z ~ D ~ DNA blog post. 

Course Packages

You can also customize your own package of courses. Register for the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy project, or add them as electives to one of our certificate programs.

Course Package – 4 Courses 
Course Package – 7 Courses 
Course Package – 8 Courses 
Course Package – 10 Courses 
Course Package – 13 Courses

Research A-Z 

Kinship is an important aspect of genealogical research and documents our extended family members. Identifying some relationships is easy; defining other relationships is more complex. Cousins come in many forms. Discover how to identify your Kin!
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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ 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. 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 at our course calendar and see which courses will accomplish your genealogical education goals. 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. List of Packages available 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 since 1997 

Transcription Tuesday INDEX

As researchers, there are many skills we need to employ in order to achieve success in our research projects. One of the foundational research skills to develop at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is Transcribing. All family history researchers, no matter what their level of expertise, should strive to acquire this core skill.

Our Transcription Tuesday Series shares guidelines and practical suggestions to help our readers to develop the necessary skills for making effective transcriptions.

You can follow the blog posts from this INDEX (BOOKMARK this page)
You can also follow by joining our Transcription Tuesday GenealogyWise Group.

TRANSCRIPTION TUESDAY INDEX
Transcription Tuesday – 7 September 2021
Transcription Definition – 14 September 2021
Census Names – 21 September 2021
Handwriting – 28 September 2021
Line Numbering – 05 October 2021
Finding George – 12 October 2021
Practice! – 19 October 2021
Definitions – 26 October 2021
Census Errors – 2 November 2021
Census Extract – 9 November 2021
Abstractions – 16 November 2021
Handwriting – 23 November 2021
Scottish Handwriting – 30 November 2021
Italian Handwriting – 07 December 2021
Town Clerk – 14 December 2021
Colonial Records – 21 December 2021
Happy Holidays – 28 December 2021
Dutch Handwriting – 04 January 2022
German Handwriting – 11 January 2022
Projects – 18 January 2022
More Projects – 25 January 2022
Context Matters – 01 February 2022
Religious Records – 08 February 2022
Indexing Project – 15 February 2022
Transcription Tuesday – 22 February 2022
RootsTech 2022 – 01 March 2022
Definitions – 08 March 2022
Resources – 15 March 2022
The Long S – 22 March 2022
Practice – 29 March 2022
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These three core courses demonstrate Transcription principles. They are offered monthly, beginning on the first Monday of every month:
Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building (Basic Level)
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting (Basic Level)
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents (Advanced)
Additional Courses which are useful for Transcriptions (Check Course Calendar):
Eastern European: Languages & Alphabets
German: Reading the Records 
Italian: Language and Location
Research: Danish Ancestors
Research: U.S. Colonial New England Ancestors

Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research
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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 since 1997

March – Learning, Sharing, Preserving

March is upon us, as we are preparing for the launch of RootsTech 2022. Once again, the conference will be virtual, with more than 1,500 sessions on 185 topics in over 30 languages. We are anticipating record numbers of attendees again this year. There will be plenty of Learning opportunities to explore and you are sure to discover new topics presented by new speakers, along with many familiar offerings. A common theme woven through the sessions is Sharing our family’s stories and Preserving the documents that help us to tell those stories. Search the sessions for your topics of interest. Remember – recorded sessions from past RootsTech conferences are also available.

Be sure to visit The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ virtual booth in the Expo Hall to check out our Conference Discounts and download our handouts. The Expo Hall will open on Wednesday evening.

The first of the month always means a new rotation of courses will be offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. New courses are scheduled to begin on March 7th. Check our Course Calendar here to see which courses will be opening in March. Learning opportunities don’t end there, check the dates for our FREE Virtual Meetings scheduled for March here.

Many with Irish origins will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day this month. Are there Irish family traditions that you will be observing with your family this year? It is important to preserve your family stories and traditions for future generations.

We have an Irish Certificate program, but any of our Irish research courses can be used as electives as well. Other courses that may be of interest are: Demystifying Culture & Folklore [starting on April 4th] and Research: Social History [starting on May 2nd].

We are confident that no matter which courses you focus on this month, you will be Learning, Sharing and Preserving. Glean all you call and apply it to your family history projects!
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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ 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. 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 at our course calendar and see which courses will accomplish your genealogical education goals. 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. List of packages available 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 since 1997 

Virtual Meetings – 23 February 2022

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a few virtual meetings scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 23rd. Hope you can join us, if applicable to your studies and/or research. Details are outlined below. 

You can enhance your learning experience by joining virtual meetings 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. 

***HELP INFORMATION*** Adobe Connect instructions and TROUBLESHOOTING information are available on our website. If you are experiencing any issues when attending a virtual meeting, please obtain the INSTRUCTIONS document in PDF format near the top right of our Virtual Learning Room page on our website (you may have to scroll over to the right). The PDF document has Adobe Connect information, Troubleshooting steps, and Adobe Connect Technical Support contacts. 
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***CHECK SCHEDULED TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE*** 
Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com 
In top menu bar, select Information. 
In the dropdown menu, select Virtual Learning Room. 
Click the virtual meeting name in list (a new window will open). 
Click on Check Time to see the time in your local time zone. 
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CANADIAN Records courses with Cheryl Levy 
Wednesday, February 23rd at 11 AM Eastern  
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/ 

METHODOLOGY courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega 
Wednesday, February 23rd at 5 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/ 

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL DISCUSSION with Gena Philibert-Ortega 
The instructor will be available to provide guidance and answer questions regarding any aspect of these courses.  
Wednesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/ 

AMERICAN Records courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega 
Wednesday, February 23rd at 8 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/ 
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TO JOIN A VIRTUAL MEETING, simply click on the URL or enter the URL provided in your browser. Alternatively, you can download the Adobe Connect Desktop App (see instructions above) to attend the virtual meetings. When joining a session, a USERNAME or PASSWORD is NOT REQUIRED. Please type in your first name & surname initial, along with your geographical location; then click Enter as a Guest. 
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LISTEN ON THE GO 
Want to listen to the virtual meeting, but will not be at your computer? No problem! You can download the FREE Adobe Connect Mobile App from the Apple App Store (for iPod/iPhone/iPad), or from the Google Play Store (for Android).  
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See the calendar of future Virtual Meetings sessions at www.genealogicalstudies.com; top menu > INFORMATION > VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu.  

If you have any questions regarding the Virtual Meetings and/or the schedule, please send an email to degroot@genealogicalstudies.com.  

Sue de Groot, PLCGS 
National Institute for Genealogical Studies  
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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. List of packages available 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 since 1997 

Sometimes Waiting is Hard!

Do you like surprizes? The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a secret! Watch for a Special Announcement coming next week. 

We don’t like waiting! As family historians, we must learn patience. We need to take our time when doing our research, following the steps we learned in the Methodology courses, and carefully examining each new clue or document. We start with what we know and document each generation before moving back to the previous generation. Making assumptions and jumping to the next generation impulsively will cost us valuable time. Learn patience. Work methodically. Be thorough.

Waiting is not foreign to genealogists. We know that some research questions will not be answered quickly or easily. We know that new areas of research with new record types will require our time to learn and understand what is and is not included. We know that a family mystery is not solved in an evening, and our research is never really “finished.” We learn patience, and perseverance.

We also like surprizes. When we make a discovery, no matter how small, we celebrate! We like puzzles. Each clue we find leads to making the “big picture” clearer. We like a challenge. If we hit a Brick Wall in our research, we will work to find the solution. Whether it takes learning about another resource, or taking another course to learn a new skill, we will work until we figure it out. 

Be patient. Follow the research principles that you have already learned and work through it. If you need to research a new topic, see if it is in our list of courses, and then add it to your list of electives. We want our students to succeed in their projects.

So, what is the Secret? You’ll have to be patient. The Special Announcement is coming next week.
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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 since 1997

Virtual Meetings for End of October

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a couple of virtual meetings scheduled for Friday and Saturday, as well as a Student Presentation. Hope you will join us, if applicable to your studies and/or research. Details are outlined below.

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.

***IMPORTANT*** New Adobe Connect information and instructions are available on our website. If you are experiencing any issues when attending a virtual meeting, please obtain the INSTRUCTIONS document in PDF format near the top right of our Virtual Learning Room page on our website.

Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com
In top menu bar, select Information.
In the dropdown menu, select Virtual Learning Room.
Click on Instructions near the top right (you may have to scroll over to the right).

The PDF document has Adobe Connect information, Troubleshooting steps, and Adobe Connect Technical Support contacts.  
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***CHECK SCHEDULED TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE***
Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com
In top menu bar, select Information.
In the dropdown menu, select Virtual Learning Room.
Click the virtual meeting name in list (a new window will open).
Click on Check Time to see the time in your local time zone. 
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Methodology courses with Brenda Wheeler  
This session is for the convenience of our students in Australasia; however, all students are welcome.
Friday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM Eastern   
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/   

Professional Development courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega   
Saturday, October 23rd at 1 PM Eastern   
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Lecturing Skills – Student Presentation with host Kathy Holland 
Student Presenter: Kathleen Provan, Topic: Alberta Homestead Records  
Description: The Alberta homestead records (1870-1930) are valuable for researching your Alberta ancestors. This presentation includes the process for applying, locating the records, and what information can be learned from these documents. 
Sunday, October 24th at 1 PM Eastern
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Transcription Tuesday: Transcription Definition

As part of the online skill-building education at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, new students, as well as professional genealogists, learn the importance of Transcribing every document they discover in their family research. Although it may take extra effort to make a transcription, the benefits will soon be apparent. How often have you left a document written in an older script for a few days, and when you returned to your research, you found that you needed to decipher the handwriting again?

The first step is to make a copy of the original document and put it away. This is especially true for those of fragile materials. By using this copy to make a transcription, the text of a document can be worked on, while avoiding the wear and tear of the original document. Never write on an original; copies of documents can be marked with notes, highlighters, and notations for further examination and research, preserving the original document. First, let’s look at a definition.

What is a Transcription?
A transcription is a true, word-for-word rendering of a document with the original punctuation and spelling (i.e., an exact copy of the original, line by line, sentence by sentence, word by word, and letter by letter). All notes and marks on any page are copied as faithfully as possible in the presented formatting. It includes all spellings, capitalizations and punctuations as it was written. No corrections are made to spelling or capitalization. It includes the whole record—front and back, with all its headings, insertions, endorsements, notations, etc.

By transcribing everything on a document, we don’t miss those important clues. We can have a tendency to skim over long blocks of text, or those oh-so-familiar boilerplate sections. By doing so, you could miss that slightly different instruction, or that note tucked in the middle of the text. 

Transcribing forces us to record every single word (and symbol!) and explore why it was included, or used in that fashion. Transcriptions take obscure handwriting and reveal the contents in “plain English,” making it much easier to read and to tease out the finer details needing to be clarified. It can be a challenge, don’t give up!

Sometimes, handwriting really does need letter-by-letter deciphering. Many letters can look the same; some letters may even be illegible. Some letters just need time. If they have you stuck, walk away and come back with fresh eyes – an hour later, or the next day. It is amazing how you can see it so clearly the next time. When having difficulty with a particular word, count how many letters there are. Use blanks (like in hangman) and try to figure out the word that could fit in the context of that sentence. Sometimes, it is like solving a coded message.

Don’t change any spelling, even when it varies on the same page. There was no “A” for correct spelling – they often wrote phonetically. Try speaking it out loud (and with a strong accent!). Don’t expand abbreviations, especially for names. Edd could be Edward or Edmund. Keep the original capitalizations (or lack of), and keep the punctuation exactly the same. Often personal letters are written as one long sentence!

These are just a few tips to start. You can develop your Transcription Skills – it just takes practice and patience. See the list of our core Transcription courses below.
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Check back next week for more skill-building tips.
Previous Transcription Tuesday blog post:
Transcription Tuesday
Transcription Tuesday Index
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These three core courses demonstrate Transcription principles. They are offered monthly, beginning on the first Monday of every month: Register today!
Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building (Basic Level)
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting (Basic Level)
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents (Advanced)
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