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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.
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 

Student Presentation: Money Talks

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: Drew von Hasselbach. His 30-minute lecture will be followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period, and a short poll to provide feedback on his 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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“Money Talks: Translating old prices over time” presented by Drew von Hasselbach on Tuesday, June 14th at 8:30 PM Eastern. 

Presentation Description: Business journalist Drew von Hasselbach shows how online “inflation calculators” can reveal the present-day value of the prices in your old family documents. And without the math! 

Presenter: Journalist and lawyer Drew von Hasselbach has pursued genealogy for 30+ years. He has experience with records from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Germany and Eastern Europe. 

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.
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 

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For some, it is just another long weekend. As family historians, we need to dig deeper to learn the history behind it. Why does it merit a federal holiday and how does it relate to your family? If you have any connection to military personnel, you fully understand the significance of this day. It is to remember and honor those who have fallen while serving their country. 

But did you know that it is not a modern holiday? It was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 and was originally known as Decoration Day. Here are a few resources to explore:

Why is Memorial Day Important? – FamilySearch
Memorial Day: A Commemoration – National Archives (NARA)
Memorial Day – Public Domain Archive (NARA)
First Memorial Day 1868 – Library of Congress
Memorial Day – Wikipedia 
Memorial Day – National Day Calendar

Several of our courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies explore resources relevant to military service. Here are a few courses that may help you in your research of American military records.

Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records 
Research: U.S. Colonial New England Ancestors 
Research: U.S. Fraternal Organizations 
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies 
Research: U.S. World War II Ancestors – Part 1 
Research: U.S. World War II Ancestors – Part 2  
US: Military Records 

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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 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Student Presentation: Family Legends

This is just a reminder we have a Student presentation scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st. Please join us to show your fellow student support! 

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: Sheila Tully. Her 30-minute lecture will be followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period, and a short poll to provide feedback on her skills.

This is an excellent learning experience for all involved–the student presenter and the audience! We all can learn new and interesting tidbits, even from topics that are not in our area of research. 
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“Family Legends: How Our Ancestors Influence Future Generations” 
presented by Sheila Tully on Tuesday, May 31st at 12 PM (Noon) Eastern. 

Presentation Description: Sheila will be discussing family legends and how their stories impact the generations that come after. She will explain what methods can be used to validate the legends talked about in this lecture.

Presenter: Sheila Tully is a genealogist who has been researching for approximately forty years. She loves to discuss and help others find the family research bug. 

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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***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 on the name of the session in the list of scheduled virtual meetings. (a new window will open). 
Under When, click on Check Time and you will be provided with the time for the National Institute in Eastern Time as well as your local time. 
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***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. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
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. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  
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). 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
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 not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read these INSTRUCTIONS

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 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
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.
—————————————————- 
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 

Happy Mothers’ Day 2022

It is time once again to honour Mothers and celebrate this special day. Where would we be without all of the Moms on our Pedigree Charts? 

Tracing the women in our family tree may be relatively easy now, but the farther back we go, the more challenging it is to find their day-to-day activities being recorded. The valued records that were preserved tend to be about the legal issues within the family rather than the social aspects of their daily routines. Yet, her role was so important.

Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters

Our female ancestors not only played significant roles in our lives; they played their part in historical events as well. Researching at times can be a challenge, but we need to ensure that we persevere and tell their stories. Their voice must be heard. 

Start with home resources, family heirlooms, and treasured mementoes connected to milestone events. Such items remind us of the connections we have to the past generations, and they provide great clues to pursue in our research. What were her interests? Did she belong to a volunteer organization? What were her accomplishments?

If you have hit a brick wall in the quest to find information about your female ancestors, consider registering for our Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters – Tracing Women course, which is just one of the online genealogy courses from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

This course is designed to guide you through the process of researching your family’s history by covering strategies and key sources you will need to access in order to overcome common challenges when tracing female ancestors. It will show you how to document “her” story and reveal the often-hidden aspects of their lives.

The Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters – Tracing Women course draws our attention to the material covered in this course. Check out course highlights in the following blog posts:

Part 1: Researching HER Story
Part 2: What’s in a Name?
Part 3: Digging Deeper into HER Story
Part 4: Timelines for the Ladies in our Tree

Check the Course Calendar schedule below to find the next start date 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. 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 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Special Announcement

A Special Announcement from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies:

In December, we announced that our course fees hadn’t been adjusted since December 2007! Yes, you read that correctly, 14 years ago! Nearly two years ago, in March 2020, we were in the process of again starting the process and then… Covid hit. 

We did a very small raise in regular course fees in January but haven’t been able to finish the updates on the packages. The time has come for us to finish updating the course package fees. 

Tip: If you’d like to take advantage of the current prices, please place your order prior to May 15, 2022. You’ll save up to 20% before the course package and certification programs increase. Once the change occurs, the prices will be set.

If you have any questions, or you would like to know the most economical way of completing your program, please contact us:

  1. Send an email: admin@genealogicalstudies.com
  2. Call: 1-800-580-0165 ext 1

We are here to help you reach your genealogical goals…

Angela Breidenbach, PLCGS, Managing Director
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
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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 ext 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Research A-Z ~ INDEX

In the month of April 2022, we 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, some of the courses we featured included ones that you were not aware of and we has piqued your interest to explore further.

Research A-Z ~ INDEX to Blog Posts

A ~ Archives 
B ~ Business Skills 
C ~ Certificates (packages)
D ~ DNA (courses, packages, certificates) 
E ~ European

F ~ Family
G ~ German
H ~ Heritage
I ~ Italian

J ~ Journey
K ~ Kinship
L ~ Librarianship
M ~ Military
N ~ Niche
O ~ Origins
P ~ Professional
Q ~ Questions
R ~ Research
S ~ Social History
T ~ Timelines
U ~ United States
V ~ Vital Records
W ~ Women
X ~ X Marks (Signatures)
Y ~ Young Gen (Next Generation)
Z ~ Z not the End (Names)
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The list of research topics is endless. Glean all you can from every source to build your Research Toolbox. We hope that you found some courses of interest for your genealogy research projects, and have added them to your Genealogical Online Education Plan. Please contact us if you have any questions, or we can assist you further.
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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! 
—————————————————- 
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 ~ Z not the End

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.

Z is… NOT THE END

Z may be at the end of the alphabet, but it’s not the end! Our research will never be finished. There are always more leads to follow and another generation up or down the tree to seek out and document. There aren’t many names starting with Z: Zoey, Zachary, Zachariah, Zenas are a few forenames, and for surnames: Zinck, Zwicker, Zimmerman will be at the end of the line or the end of the index.

The study of Names in genealogy is interesting and can provide many clues when facing a brick wall in your research. Naming Patterns are extremely useful when families followed this tradition. German Rufnamen have thrown off more than a few researchers until it was understood. Some surnames were derived from occupations or geographic locations. Names can have several spelling variations, be shortened to specific nicknames, be found in abbreviated forms in documents, or look totally different when translated into another language. Knowing what to look for is important when researching, especially if you are identifying multiple people with the same name.

There are several Courses dealing with understanding the use of names and their origins. 

Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 
Eastern European: Languages & Alphabets 
Electronic Resources: Using the Internet 
English: Understanding Names in Genealogy
German: Naming Practices 
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Organizing a One-Name Study  
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents 
Research: Danish Ancestors 
Research: Dutch Ancestors in the Netherlands 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: Scandinavian Ancestors 
Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 

Course Packages

You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some courses and want to register for the balance of the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy theme.

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

Research A-Z 

Names are a major part of our research. When we understand their origins and the traditional naming patterns that may be used, we can recognize clues to their proper identity. A brick wall may seem like the end of your research, but there are always clues to take us further. Investigating all leads and following known practices will help you to analyze any conflicts you may discover.
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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! 
—————————————————- 
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 ~ Young Gen

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.

Y is for YOUNG GEN

There was a time when it was thought that genealogy was only interesting to seniors! This is truly a myth. Family History is appealing to researchers of ALL ages. The younger they are when they begin, the more likely they will have opportunity to interview grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as many elderly extended family members. It is especially important to start asking them personal questions while their memories are sharp. Too many family historians have regrets – missing the opportunity to ask about their childhood memories, or intimate details about family experiences connected to historical events, because they were never written down. So many pioneer or immigrant ancestor stories were not passed down through the generations. 

There are always young people who are interested, the ones who want to hear the stories, and love to browse through the old vintage photo albums. They will remember, because they love the stories that have taken root in their imaginations. They will quickly blossom under the mentorship of more experienced researchers – they just need direction and encouragement. The Young Genealogists are extremely valuable to the genealogy community. They bring fresh ideas and genuine enthusiasm. They can see how to use modern technology to organize and display those Heritage stories in exciting new ways. They just need a place to participate, and we must take the time to make opportunities to share with them and pass it on.

The following Courses may help you to discover ways to share your passion for family history with the Younger Generation, and it includes topics that may appeal to enthusiastic Young Genealogists to explore:

Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 1
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 2

Connecting Family: Online and Virtually 
Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation 
Demystifying Culture & Folklore 
Discover Your Family History 
Electronic Resources: Using the Internet 
Forensic Genealogy  
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Life of Our Ancestors 
Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started 
Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building 
Personal Historian 
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: House & Farm Histories 
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 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 
Writing Your Family History Book

Course Packages

You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some of the courses above. Register for the balance of the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy theme.

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

Research A-Z 

The future of our genealogy communities lies with the younger generation, to preserve the research gathered by this generation and pass it on. They need to understand the value of the work we have done in order to appreciate the significance of discovered family history and the stories that bring it alive. Invest in the young family historians and the future genealogists. The next generation will be glad you did!
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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! 
—————————————————- 
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 ~ X Mark

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.

X is for X Mark

As researchers, we are looking for the names that are found on documents. These are often written by others. When they are not, we may be fortunate enough to find an ancestor’s original signature. This is especially true for Town Clerks or an ancestor who was the Justice of the Peace. However, not everyone could sign their own name; some used an X with “his X mark” or “her X mark” to sign formal documents. There are always exceptions to this rule. In the examples below, notice the X could be on its side, or the X may be replaced by initials or another symbol. 

Locating and collecting ancestor signatures can not only be fun, but also valuable. Signatures can be compared to confirm the identity of two individuals with the same name. Names are found written on many documents, but they may not always be original signatures, so be careful to identify who has written the names. Signatures should be written in different ink and be noticeably different than the handwriting on the rest of the document.

Signatures can be found on land records, wills, probate records, military records, and even informants on death records. Marriage records could have original signatures, but check carefully as many are copied over several times in various registers and copy books. The following courses may give you a few ideas on where to find original signatures.

X Mark Courses 

Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3  
Australian: Other Sources for Births, Deaths & Marriages 
Canadian: Land Records-Part 1 
Canadian: Land Records-Part 2 
Canadian: Wills and Estate Records-Part 1

Canadian: Wills and Estate Records-Part 2
English: Land and Property Records Including Manorial Documents and Maps 
English: Probate Records
Google for the Wise Genealogist 
Irish: Estate, Plantation and Settlement Records 
Irish: Testamentary Source Records
Life of Our Ancestors 
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: Social History 
Research: The National Archives of England
Research: U.S. Colonial New England Ancestors  
Research: United Empire Loyalist Ancestors 
Scottish: Wills and Testaments 
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting 
US: Land Records 
US: Probate Records 

Course Packages

You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some of the courses above. Register for the balance of the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy theme.

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

Research A-Z 

Watch for that X on documents. Even the way they wrote it can be unique, and in a different ink. They are clues to whether they could read and write. However, just because you find a signature, does not guarantee they could write. They may have learned to sign their name, but they are illiterate. 
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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.
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