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Presentations Come and Go, but You Always Remember Your First

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Student Lecture: Google My Maps: Visualizing Your Ancestors’ Lives

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing 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 current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!

Student Lecture: Google My Maps: Visualizing Your Ancestors’ Lives
Presented by Linda Debe
Saturday, November 14th – 4 PM Eastern; 3 PM Central; 2 PM Mountain; 1 PM Pacific; 9 PM in London, England; Sunday, November 15th – 8 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/

Presentation Description: With so much data collected by genealogists, having that visual to “see” things makes all the difference in the world. It’s possible using Google My Maps. Let the journey begin.

Presenter: Linda Debe has 35 years of experience researching genealogy. Her education consists of attending conferences, institutions and studying with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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

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

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

 

 

Student Lecture: Canadian Archives for Beginning Genealogists

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, “Lecturing 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 current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!

Student Lecture: Canadian Archives for Beginning Genealogists
Presented by: Darcy Hiltz
Friday, November 13th – 1 PM Eastern; 12 Noon Central; 11 AM Mountain; 10 AM Pacific; 6 PM in London, England; Saturday, November 14th – 5 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/ 

Presentation Description: Learn what is an archive, how to find, access materials, key practices that archivist employ, and what to expect upon your visit to help make your research as successful as possible.

Presenter: Darcy Hiltz is an Archivist/Librarian interested in helping customers use archival and library resources to help meet their genealogy needs.

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

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

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

Student Lectures – November 2020

Mark your Calendars! We have three student presentations coming up in November by students who are taking the “Lecturing Skills including Presentation” course. We hope you can join us and support our student presenters.

Newspapers Bring Ancestors Alive” by Arlene Courtney Ph.D. on Thursday, November 12th @ 2 PM EST.

Canadian Archives for Beginning Genealogists” by Darcy Hiltz on Friday, November 13th @ 1 PM EST.

Google My Maps: Visualizing Your Ancestors’ Lives” by Linda Debe on Friday, November 14th @ 4 PM EST.

You can find more information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course by visiting The 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.

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

Researching in Scotland – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing 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 current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!


Student Lecture: Researching in Scotland presented by Angela Breidenbach
Friday, March 20th – NOON Eastern; 11:00 AM Central; 9:00 AM Pacific; 4:00 PM in London, England;
Saturday, March 21st – 3:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/  

Presentation Description: Traveling to Scotland can be more than a dream trip. With tips on preparation, travel, where and how to research you’ll simplify the overwhelm. Your dream can be a reality.

Presenter: Angela Breidenbach is a screenwriter, broadcaster, genealogist, bestselling author, and the Christian Authors Network president. She was awarded Outstanding Broadcasting from the NSDAR. @AngBreidenbach. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508

Libraries, Repositories and Archives. OH MY! – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing 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 current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!

Student Lecture: Libraries, Repositories and Archives. OH MY! presented by Lynne Jakobowski
Sunday, March 15th – 2:00 PM Eastern; 1:00 PM Central; 11:00 AM Pacific; 6:00 PM in London, England;
Monday, March 16th – 5:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/ 

Presentation Description: Hitting a brick wall? Have you never researched in an archive before and are scared to begin? An archive may be your solution. Learn how to plan your first visit, and how to elevate your results.

Presenter: Lynne Jakobowski is a genealogical researcher with an interest in house and farm histories as they relate to the genealogy world.

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508 

Finding Your Family’s Footprints in Ireland – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing 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 current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!


Student Lecture: Finding Your Family’s Footprints in Ireland presented by: Margaret Gaffney
Saturday, March 7th – 6:00 PM Eastern; 5:00 PM Central; 3:00 PM Pacific; 11:00 PM in London, England;
Sunday, March 8th – 10:00 AM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/

Presentation Description: Not sure whereabouts your Irish ancestor hailed from?  Find out how Griffith’s Valuation and the subsequent Revision books can help you discover the place where your family left their footprints.

Presenter: Maggie Gaffney is a web and genealogy professional based in Wellington, New Zealand.  She runs a family history blog (www.iwikiwi.com) and tweets as @iwikiwichick.

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508

Finding Records on FamilySearch – Student Lecture

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Lecturing 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 current students. These are 30-minute lectures, followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period and a short poll to provide the student with feedback on their skills. Please come and support our students!


Student Lecture: Finding Records on FamilySearch presented by: Tara Shymanski
Thursday, March 5th – 9:00 PM Eastern; 8:00 PM Central; 6:00 PM Pacific; Friday, March 6th – 2:00 AM in London, England; 1:00 PM in Sydney, Australia
MEETING LOCATION (Note: “Enter as a Guest”):
http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/ 

Presentation Description: There are thousands of digitized records on FamilySearch.org. Some records are indexed but many are not. Learn tips to find them using the record and catalogue search tabs.

Presenter: Tara Shymanski, genealogy professional with 10 years experience, is proficient in research methods. She has a BA in history and a Genealogy Research Certificate.

More information about the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation Course here:
https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=508

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