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Research A-Z ~ Questions

For the month of April, we have highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The International 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.

Genealogy Research from A to Z


What would Family History be without asking questions? That is where it all begins – asking the basic questions about our family members, their relationships, and their origins. This includes family interviews, checklists, oral histories, home sources, etc. Each new item we discover inspires more questions! 

Asking the right question to the right person may just topple that brick wall in your research. Asking from a different perspective may reveal new clues to follow up, or provide valuable context and social history. Never stop asking questions, even if one family member has given an answer – there may be more to the story! Siblings and cousins have different memories of family members and family events. Photographs are great memory joggers. Ask family members what they remember about the photo, or people in the photo.

We have courses that will help you to create the questions, and then how to conduct and record effective interviews. Those answers lead us to seek out the documentation to confirm the information we gathered. Ultimately, all genealogy research is going to ask questions, but here is a list of courses that specifically focus on questions and how to find the answers to add to our family’s heritage.

Question Courses 

Connecting Family: Online and Virtually 
Demystifying Culture & Folklore 
Discover Your Family History 
Forensic Genealogy  

Genetics & Medical Family History 
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Life of Our Ancestors
Organizing a One-Name Study  
Organizing a One-Place Study 
Personal Historian 
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects 
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: The National Archives of England
Skill-Building: Breaking Down Brick Walls  
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 
Writing the Genealogist’s Memoir 
Writing Your Family History Book

Asking questions is key to genealogical research

Research A-Z 

Genealogy asks questions; our research gathers the answers. Questions are only the beginning, as those stories need to be documented and evaluated. Gather your family’s stories. Ask about the history behind family heirlooms and keepsakes. An item with sentimental value must have a great story about it. Keep asking questions!

The International Institute of Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 240 courses. Our wide range of courses cover specific countries, enhance methodology research, build skills to maximize your research time, and all count toward the certification you choose. 

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