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Lecturing Skills – Student Presentations

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 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. 
***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
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. 
Go to 
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. 
“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. 
(Note: “Enter as a Guest”) 

“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. 
(Note: “Enter as a Guest”) 

“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. 
(Note: “Enter as a Guest”) 
We would like to thank Kathy Holland for hosting the student presentations. 
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. 
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; 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

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.
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