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Virtual Meetings 2015!

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2015 is here and so is a new year of Virtual Meetings. What will you learn this year?

We have some exciting announcements about this year’s meetings. You’ll see new faces and a new topic.

 New Faces

The National Institute is proud to announce that Kathryn Lake Hogan and Kirsty Gray are joining us as hosts of the Canadian and English Records Virtual Meetings.

Kathryn Lake Hogan. Used with permission.

Kathryn Lake Hogan. Used with permission.

Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist, author and educator as well as the driving force behind LOOKING4ANCESTORS. Specializing in Canadian and English research, Kathryn has earned the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She enjoys lecturing on a variety of family history topics at genealogy and historical society meetings, workshops, regional conferences and webinars. Giving back to the genealogy community is important to Kathryn: she is involved with the Ontario Genealogical Society as a member and as the webinar coordinator. In addition, Kathryn is the branch genealogist for the Bicentennial Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.

Kirsty Gray

Kirsty Gray

Kirsty Gray is a professional genealogist who runs her own research company, Family Wise Limited . As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and social history magazines and handbooks across the globe. She has been researching the story of her paternal West Country family for many years and, having realised in the late 1990s that her eccentric hobby was called a one-name study, joined the Guild of One-Name Studies (registering the Sillifant surname) and soon became Secretary and then in 2010, the Chairman.

In 2011, Kirsty joined The National Institute for Genealogical Studies as Director of English Records. Kirsty’s books include Tracing Your West Country Ancestors (2013) and the forthcoming  Tracing Your Industrial Ancestors with Pen and Sword Books. She  is a founder member and Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies, a new international society for family and local historians.


National Institute instructor Brenda Wheeler will be adding Analysis and Skills Mentoring Article Reviews and the Irish Records Virtual Meeting to her hosting duties. Many of Brenda’s meetings are at time convenient to our Australian students.

New Topic

You’ve been asking and now we have added the Professional Development Virtual Meeting. Led by Gena Philibert-Ortega, this virtual meeting will be a great addition to our current virtual meetings.

And More of Your Favorites 

Join us for virtual meetings on:

English Records hosted by Brenda Wheeler and Kirsty Gray

Scottish Records hosted by Sheena Tait

Irish Records hosted by Brenda Wheeler

Australian Records hosted by Kerry Farmer

American Records hosted by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Then augment your education with meetings covering Internet Tools, Analysis and Skills Mentoring Article Reviews and now Professional Development.

The 2015 schedule is up!  Check it out and schedule some time to join us!

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