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Virtual Meetings June 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 and last name; then click “Enter as a Guest”.

Saturday, June 6th – STUDENT LOUNGE
Pop into the Student Lounge for a genealogy coffee break with your fellow students.
Saturday, June 6th – 10 AM Eastern; 9 AM Central; 10 AM Mountain; 7 AM Pacific; 3 PM in London, England; Sunday, June 7th – Midnight in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Wednesday, June 10th – Student Presentation with host Kathy Holland
Presenter: Norah Schneider; Topic: Finding German Jewish Family in the Sources During the Third Reich
Wednesday, June 10th – 6:30 PM Eastern; 5:30 PM Central; 3:30 PM Pacific; 11:30 PM in London, England; Thursday, June 11th – 8:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/

Thursday, June 11th – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL DISCUSSION with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Thursday, June 11th – 6 PM Eastern; 5 PM Central; 4 PM Mountain; 3 PM Pacific; 11 PM in London, England; Friday, June 12th – 8 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Thursday, June 11th – Canadian Records courses with Cheryl Levy
Thursday, June 11th – 7:30 PM Eastern; 6:30 PM Central; 5:30 PM Mountain; 4:30 PM Pacific; Friday, June 12th – 12:30 AM in London, England; 9:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

Saturday, June 13th – American Records courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, June 13th
– 10 AM Eastern; 9 AM Central; 8 AM Mountain; 7 AM Pacific; 3 PM in London, England; Sunday, June 14th – Midnight in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Saturday, June 13th – Methodology courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, June 13th – 11:30 AM Eastern; 10:30 AM Central; 9:30 AM Mountain; 8:30 AM Pacific; 4:30 PM in London, England; Sunday, June 14th – 1:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Saturday, June 13th – Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega 
Saturday, June 13th
– 5 PM Eastern; 4 PM Central; 3 PM Mountain; 2 PM Pacific; 10 PM in London, England; Sunday, June 14th – 7 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Monday, June 15th – Student Presentation with host Kathy Holland
Presenter: Jeannie Waters; Topic: DNA: The Gift That Keeps Giving!
Monday, June 15th
– 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Tuesday, June 16th – Midnight in London, England; 9:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/

Tuesday, June 16th – English Records courses with Brenda Wheeler
Tuesday, June 16th
– 4:30 PM Eastern; 3:30 PM Central; 2:30 PM Mountain; 1:30 PM Pacific; 9:30 PM in London, England; Wednesday, June 17th – 6:30 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

Tuesday, June 16th – Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Brenda Wheeler.
Please follow the directions found in your course material and read the article.
Tuesday, June 16th – 6 PM Eastern; 5 PM Central; 4 PM Mountain; 3 PM Pacific; 11 PM in London, England; Wednesday, June 17th – 8 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle3/

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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.
For information on over 225 courses offered, visit https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/

All-Day Special Event

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
20th Anniversary Year Event
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS and GRADUATION CEREMONY
——- $10,000 worth of prizes ——
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 — From: 10 am to 9 pm EDT

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE! You won’t want to miss it.

1. There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES

You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by email. BUT… There will be ‘on-the-spot’ prizes too. Be alert!

To enter the draw, send an email to: admin@genealogicalstudies.com answering this question: HOW MANY ONLINE COURSES DOES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OFFER?

Hint: All online courses are listed on our website.
Deadline to submit your answer for main draws is June 27th.
See more information about our Draws.

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

2. Choose ONE of three FREE courses: Use CODE: ngsFree at checkout
Google for the Wise Genealogist
Social Media Tools for Genealogists
Connecting Family Online & Virtually

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

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

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

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

7. Join us for our Annual Graduation Ceremony (7 PM EDT) Honor our Hard-Working Students
Meeting room: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/graduation/ 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273133080534904/
There will be a Special Draw just for the Graduates. You MUST be present to win this prize.
See more information about Graduation.

For more information about this event and more, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. @GeneaStudies

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

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

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

Research Using Internet Tools

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers comprehensive online education to enhance your genealogical knowledge and provide skill building research techniques. Whether you are just starting your family research, or you are interested in pursuing one of our Certificates in Genealogical Studies programs, you will need to learn the basics of navigating the Internet environment. These courses go beyond genealogical methodology or basic computer skills as they lay the foundation for successful online research. They are a must for every family historian.
Three Basic Courses

Google for the Wise Genealogist 
This course explores Google programs and how they can be used to research family history. Google is the best non-genealogy, genealogy website there is!

Social Media Tools for Genealogists 
By using social media tools, you can connect with researchers worldwide, find distant relations, curate content, and share your research. This course provides you with just some of the tools you will need to help you take advantage of various websites and demonstrates how social media is all about sharing, education, mobility and yes, networking.

Connecting Family Online & Virtually
Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way families communicate. This course highlights specific ways to use your computer and the Internet to build and strengthen family ties while conducting your family research. By exploring various topics, participants will discover ways to find long lost cousins and stay in touch with distant relatives.

Monthly Virtual Meetings

Our Monthly Virtual Meetings are a way for students and guests to communicate with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ instructors in a fun and interactive way and provides a place to ask questions about courses and/or research. Whether you are curious, or even if you have already completed all three of courses, these meetings provide valuable tips and suggestions for finding and using online resources to assist us in our research. The current schedule will list all of the upcoming virtual meetings. These sessions are FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend. Attendees do not need a User Name or a Password. Just type in your first and last name, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest” to access the meeting room.

For more information about courses and events, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

Religious Records

The Religious beliefs of our ancestors influenced, not only their daily lives, it often impacted the direction of their life journey. It caused some to pull up roots and leave friends and family members behind in their country of origin in order to pursue emigration, and perhaps religious freedom as well. Many relocated their own families to new areas with others of similar beliefs. Wherever they were, they have left records behind that tell that part of their stories. Every country-specific certificate program includes research into this vital part of their family story. In addition to Birth, Marriage and Death records, we need to look for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, along with other religious ceremonies, according to their beliefs and customs. Here are many of the religious records courses:

American: Religious Records – Part 1
American: Religious Records – Part 2
Australian: Church Records 
Canadian: Religious Records 
Eastern European: Church Records
English: Parish Records 
English: Poor Law & Parish Chest Records 
English: Non-Anglican Church Records 
German: Church Records 
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records
Italian: Catholic Church Records – Part 1 
Italian: Catholic Church Records – Part 2 
Research: Jewish Records 
Scottish: Old Parish Records 
Scottish: Beyond the OPRs 

Religious Records provide an intimate glimpse into the personal lives of its members. Three additional courses that will assist you in expanding this aspect of your ancestors’ research are listed below. Each will inspire you to dig deeper and learn what motivated the decisions they made – sometimes altering the futures of their family members for generations.

Research: Social History 
Life of Our Ancestors 
Demystifying Culture & Folklore 

The Palaeography course goes beyond looking at handwriting and transcriptions; it takes an in-depth look into a variety of historical documents, including older church records. Those may contain records written in Latin as well as the languages of their country of origin. The course material covers many of the feast days and festivals they would have attended in the church calendar, and reveals restrictions which explain why ceremonies occurred – or didn’t occur – on specific dates. The Holiday Traditions of today may be quite different than how your ancestors celebrated in their time period.

Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents 

All of these bring greater understanding of their lives. When you are researching, take note of the religious affiliations recorded on records such as census returns or civil registrations. These could be clues for where to look for additional records in their communities. Religious Records are a valuable resource and should be included in every research project.

For a complete list of courses from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, please visit our website.

 

 

 

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

Our Primary Cultures

When Demystifying Culture and Folklore, we see that who we are is a compilation of many influences. Some of these can be traced to ancestral traditions, behavior, historical events, etc. and lead to insights about our progenitors as well as ourselves. In Module 1, we look at The Value of Folklore within a Culture. This involves identifying and understanding our root cultures and the various factors contributing to its structure. Time is spent exploring several aspects, which is a good exercise to recognize the origins of our family traditions and beliefs. Within this analysis are the three primary cultures of race, ethnicity, and nationality. These are the core elements of who we are that we inherited directly from our ancestors. There will likely be overlaps as very few of us can claim a single origin.

Sub-cultures are where we personally connect and are revealed by our involvement and degree of participation. Folkways bring these elements together and keep the folklore of the group alive into future generations. As you uncover the surviving fragments, many will experience “aha” moments and declare “That’s why they do what they do!”

As you work through the course material, you will discover which cultures have influenced your family and identify the elements that have survived and are being perpetuated to the next generations. You may be surprised by what is revealed. Demystifying Culture and Folklore takes you on a journey, one that you didn’t realize you were already on. Pieces begin to fit together to reveal how race, ethnicity and nationality are uniquely interwoven in your family.

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

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.

Credits

How are Credits Assigned? 

Many students taking courses from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies will do so for personal enjoyment or to enhance their genealogical knowledge. For these students, earning course credits may not be important.  

For students earning a Certificate in Genealogical Studies, course credits are required.  

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Each course is worth a specific number of credits, typically one credit per course. To receive a credit for a course you must meet the following requirements:  

  • Be enrolled in the course. 
  • Submit assignments and exams posted in the course materials. 
  • Submit the final exam and assignments by the due date.  
  • Receive a grade of no less than a D on the final exam and assignments.  
  • Within six weeks of the class end date, your grade and credits will appear in your student Briefcase. Click My Briefcase to access your grades and credits for all the course you have taken.  
  • If you would like a paper confirmation of your grades and credits, please request this after the course end date. A $5.00 fee is charged for all hard copy transcripts. Payment may be made by cheque, PayPal or credit card. 
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