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Student Presentations: November 2022

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies has student presentations coming up. We hope you can join us to show support to your fellow student. 

Our 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 your fellow student. This is a 30-minute lecture, 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 your fellow students! 

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. 
NOTE: These sessions are FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend. 
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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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Beyond the Birth Death, and Marriage Dates: The Story of Henry Beckendorf of Lehighton, Pennsylvania” presented by Melissa Cantlin Bell
Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 4 PM Eastern 
Click here for more details.

An Irish Genealogy Secret” presented by Ciara Chivers 
Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 2:30 PM Eastern 
Click here for more details.
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We would like to thank Kathy Holland for hosting the student presentations. 
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TO JOIN this Student Lecture, go to the VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM .
Click on Lecturing Skills – Student Lecture in list (a new window will open).
Click on the Genealogical Studies Virtual Meeting Room link. 
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To see our Calendar of Virtual Meeting sessions, go to our website; in the top menu, choose INFORMATION; then choose 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
Sue de Groot, PLCGS at degroot@genealogicalstudies.com
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The International Institute of Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ courses to choose from. Our 14-week Lecturing Skills Including Preparation course is scheduled three times per year. If you choose to include this course in your genealogical education plan, click the Register tab and you will find the upcoming scheduled start dates. 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical StudiesCheck out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Student Presentation: Beyond the Birth, Death, and Marriage Dates

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies has a student presentation coming up. We hope you can join us to show support to your fellow student. 

Our 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 your fellow student. This is a 30-minute lecture, 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 your fellow students! 

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.
NOTE: This session is FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend. 
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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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Beyond the Birth, Death, and Marriage Dates: The Story of Henry Beckendorf of Lehighton, Pennsylvania presented by Melissa Cantlin Bell 
Thursday, November 3rd at 4 PM Eastern
ZOOM LOCATION  | Time Zone Convertor 

Description: This presentation teaches you to ask questions and seek additional information to assist you with writing biographies that bring your ancestors to life.

Presenter: Missy is a professional genealogist with over thirty years of experience in genealogy research, a published author, and Vice Regent of a DAR Chapter. 
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We would like to thank Kathy Holland for hosting the student presentations. 
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TO JOIN this Student Lecture, go to the VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM .
Click on Lecturing Skills – Student Lecture in list (a new window will open).
Click on the Genealogical Studies Virtual Meeting Room link. 
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To see our Calendar of Virtual Meeting sessions, go to our website; in the top menu, choose INFORMATION; then choose VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu. 
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The International Institute of Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ courses to choose from. Our 14-week Lecturing Skills Including Preparation course is scheduled three times per year. If you choose to include this course in your genealogical education plan, click the Register tab and you will find the upcoming scheduled start dates. 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical StudiesCheck out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*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 ~ Social History

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.

S is for SOCIAL HISTORY

What is Social History? How is it different than historical research? Simply put, it is the study of the everyday lives of people in a certain place in a specific timeframe. It is a close up look at what was happening at that time to impact their lives and influence their decisions and beliefs. It is exploring at all aspects of their lives, not just major life events. 

What opportunities did they have? What did they wear? What foods did they prepare and how – every day and traditionally for special occasions. How did they raise their children? What cultural traditions did they follow and pass down to future generations? The answers to these questions and more will get you started on documenting the social history for your family members. 

Social history places you on the streets where your ancestors walked and lived out their lives. It is a glimpse into their household on a personal level, rather than through the facts and information gleaned from official documents. Newspapers, diaries, letters, memoirs, and even which organizations they held memberships with, can tell us a lot about them.

All these factors build a picture of their lives and add to their life story. It is well worth studying the social aspects of the times in which they lived. The each of the following courses will pose the questions needed to dig deeper into their life experiences, or inspire interview questions for extended family members that you didn’t think to ask, or will lead you to resources required to seek out “the rest of the story” with background details.

Social History Courses

Connecting Family: Online and Virtually 
Demystifying Culture & Folklore 
Discover Your Family History 
Forensic Genealogy  
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Life of Our Ancestors 
Organizing a One-Name Study  
Organizing a One-Place Study  
Personal Historian 
Preserve Your Family History Documents & Heirlooms 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters-Tracing Women 
Research: House & Farm Histories 
Research: Social History 
Research: U.S. Fraternal Organizations 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 
Writing the Genealogist’s Memoir 
Writing Your Family History Book

Course Packages

You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you want to bundled courses of a specific theme together and receive a discount for your customized package. Register for the courses you need to complete your desired social history theme. 

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

Research A-Z 

It would be wonderful to find a diary documenting the life of every ancestor on your pedigree chart. Some family members have written out their life story for their grandchildren, or for cousins and extended family members. At the very least, they have answered some key interview questions about their family memories and life experiences. We are constantly reminded to interview elderly family members before the opportunity has passed us by. Many have regrets for not asking the questions that now no one else can answer. 

Make sure those questions go beyond birthdays, anniversaries, and the number of cousins you have. Seek out the social aspects. Identify heirlooms and keepsakes, but find out the story behind them as well. Ask why holiday traditions are followed, and ask about childhood memories. These make up the social history – the every day lives of your family.
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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 

Heritage, Families, Stories

Our students at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are looking forward to a new month and preparing for new online courses opening this week. On the first Monday of every month, a new round of courses begins, each created to enhance their genealogical knowledge. Their selections have been chosen from over 230 genealogy and research courses. Some courses follow a specific country theme, while others focus on methodology and building research skills. No matter your topic of interest, there will always be another course to pique your curiosity and lead you to more research discoveries.

Our February schedule includes several courses for gathering genealogically-relevant information. Learn all you can about your topic. Search out the historical events that earlier generations of your family experienced. Were they observers or participants? Then writing out your family stories. What a great way to preserve your family’s heritage and pass on memories of generations past to the next generations. 

Discover Your Family History 
Life of Our Ancestors
Organizing a One-Name Study
Organizing a One-Place Study
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects 
Research: House & Farm Histories
Research: Social History
Writing Your Family History Book

We wish you success for whatever project you are working on this month. Check out our scheduled courses and see which ones will be beneficial to your research. Register and start today, or schedule them for a future date. Happy Researching!
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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 230+ 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.
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

Family Time, Memories, Traditions

Our students at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are preparing for the last month of courses for 2021December is a busy month for many. Schedules and outside expectations compete for our attention. Be sure to plan your month carefully. Self-paced education takes perseverance and focus. We are here to help you succeed in meeting your genealogical education goals.

The Holiday season is upon us – filled with Family Time, Traditions and Memories. It is a time to gather with extended family members and share memories of years gone by. There will be well-known family traditions mixed in with new traditions – welcoming new family members to our celebrations. It’s a good time to take note of changes in our families over the past year of 2021. As family historians, we record the BMDs as we receive the news, but the holidays are usually a time to welcome those new cousins and in-laws into your family circle.

It’s a time for stories of, “Remember when….?” and photos! Take lots of photos, especially of family groups and elderly family members. And then there is the food! Traditional recipes with Grandma’s chocolate fudge – made only as she does, and Great-Aunt Mable’s dressing recipe. Be sure to record these. Find out why certain foods are served, and why these traditions were formed, and carried on year after year. Record them and preserve them as the treasures they truly are.

We have courses that will give you some ideas of what to ask, with questions to dig deeper into the origins of your family traditions. Here are a few examples to put on your Wish List:
Demystifying Culture & Folklore 
Discover Your Family History
Life of Our Ancestors
Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters-Tracing Women
Research: Social History
Writing the Genealogist’s Memoir
Writing Your Family History Book

Make December a month to remember! Prepare for Family Time, for sharing Memories, and for exploring your holiday Traditions. Record what you learn and document the new stories. The online education you are pursuing to preserve your family history will not only benefit your immediate family, but it will bring together extended family members as well. You may even discover some new cousins!

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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 230+ 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.
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

Celebrating Student Success

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies encourages family historians and researchers to expand their skills, not only for research, but in many areas. Our online courses cover a vast array of topics related to documenting our family history.

We strive to assist our students in the development of new skills, while providing the knowledge and practical application for the material covered in their selected studies. We love to celebrate the achievements of our students and share their successes.

Today, we want to share a testimonial from our student, Carol Walsh, in her own words as she shared her achievement with her fellow students:

I would like to share with you a great thing that comes from these courses. After attending the Roots Tech conference earlier this year, one of the presenters talked about writing stories to share genealogical events with our younger family members. Having completed a segment of work on my Grandfather, I did just that…started to write a book around this event. I am so excited to share that this book has been published. Thank you for all the lessons learned through my experience in this program.

This project all started from a couple of photographs, studying the elements in the photographs, investigative research, and bits of retained knowledge from family stories – put this all together. Not only does this book retain the story, but provides some insight into teamwork, dreams, boats, and dreams coming true. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the training we received through this program.

For Carol, a Dream turned into reality. It began as an Idea that became a Goal. It was then crafted into a Plan. She worked out the Process needed to accomplish her Objective – telling her grandfather’s story. She did her Research, sought out the required Knowledge, and developed the necessary Skills. She took Action, and Worked towards her goal, not giving up along the way. She overcame the Obstacles, and she achieved SUCCESS. This is the practical application of what she learned from her genealogical education. Congratulations Carol Walsh on the publication of your first book – We are proud of you!
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Jolly Boats on the River
By Carol Walsh – book published on 3 Sep 2021

Description from Amazon:
As Grandad and Lizzy are on an outing to the harbour park in Collingwood, Lizzy spots small boats on the water and pretends she is rowing along with them. She grabs her Grandad’s attention to what she is doing. He sees the boats and recalls his story about being on a rowing team in Scotland when he was a young boy. Read along to learn about jolly boats, castles, and champions.

You can find Carol’s book Jolly Boats on the River on Amazon.com; Amazon.ca; and Amazon.co.uk.

For more information about courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies related to writing your family history stories, check out our blog post: Writing Our Family Stories.
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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

Writing Our Family Stories

Our Family History is filled with names, dates, places, and the discoveries of our families’ involvement in historical events. Most importantly, it is filled with STORIES! Stories that need to be recorded and preserved, and then shared, not only with our own family members, but also with others who may have similar connections, or just want to learn the history of their communities. Many of our stories involve the social history of our ancestors. They tell of countless everyday lives and the activities that they participated in, as they interacted within their neighbourhoods and family relationships.

We uncover mysteries and heroism, courage and perseverance, tragedies and triumphs, love and loss – stories stranger than fiction, and stories we have never heard before, because they were never passed down. These stories are the real reason we continue researching – to find the why, and the where, and the how of our ancestors’ lives. We must find…. the rest of the story! We become the caretakers of those stories, and we have a responsibility to ensure they are preserved. They are our Heritage.

At The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, it is our goal to provide genealogical-related educational materials to assist family historians and researchers to expand their skills, not only for research, but in many areas. Methodology is foundational; and knowing where to locate essential documents is absolutely vital. However, our online courses cover a vast array of other topics related to documenting our family history.

One of those areas is Writing. It is so important to not only document our findings, but we must write them out as well. Otherwise, they may be lost again to the next generation. Our family stories must be thoroughly researched, verified, drafted into sharable narratives, and then written into a final project. This can be in the form of simple ancestor profiles, detailed research reports, family history books, or a variety of other formats. The choices will be as varied as the families they represent.

Family History Projects take on new life through the creative insights of their authors. Their only limitation is the necessary skills needed to take their idea and transform it into their vision for the final product. This is where The National Institute’s courses assist them in developing these skills to achieve their goals. Listed below are some of our courses dealing with the gathering those stories and the genealogical writing skills involved to preserve them.

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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers 230+ online courses on a wide variety of topics, providing genealogical education for those interested in beginning to research their family history, as well as professional genealogists.

These featured courses are related to this blog post:
Demystifying Culture & Folklore
Discover Your Family History
Genealogy and Copyright Guidelines
Life of Our Ancestors
Personal Historian: Telling the Stories
Research: Social History

Skill-Building: Nuts & Bolts of Reporting Research

Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Reports and so much more

Writing the Genealogist’s Memoir

Writing Your Family History Book

A new rotation of courses begins on the first Monday of every month. Check our Course Calendar to discover which courses are scheduled to begin next month. To find out when a specific course begins, check under the Register tab for that course.
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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

New Course: Life of Our Ancestors

Used with permission of Gena Philibert-Ortega.

Used with permission of Gena Philibert-Ortega.

Looking to learn more about writing a book about your family history? We have a new course that will guide you in writing a book that all your family will want to read. Life of Our Ancestors is written by researcher and author Jennifer Holik.

Creating interesting family history stories involves adding details of your ancestor’s life that go beyond just names and dates. What was their occupation? What religious and political beliefs did they hold? Did they serve in the military, and why did they do what they did? This is an interesting way to start fleshing out the bones of your genealogy and to make your family history come alive.

In this course we will explore how to find and incorporate information about your ancestor’s life to how to write and publish your family history story. Not sure how to go about writing the story of your ancestor? We cover the very beginning steps of writing to the final product.

To learn more about this course and to register, see our website.

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