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Italian Marriage Banns

Religious Records are covered by several courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. (See this blog post about our Religious Records courses.) One specific type of records to explore are Marriage Banns. You may think they were only used in the past, but they are still in use in today, although not as common. As we continue to look at the Italian: Catholic Church Records-Part 2 course, we find that Marriage Banns are covered in Module 2.

Marriage Banns were an attempt to curb clandestine or forced marriages. Canonical law stated the marriage banns, announcing an upcoming marriage, must be read from the pulpit on three consecutive holy days (Sunday mass or feast days) and, also posted on the door of the parish.

If the bride and groom were not from the same parish, banns would be posted and announced in both parishes. It was the priest’s responsibility to determine a couple’s residence in a certain place or quasi-residence (residing there part of the year, more than six months) so that the priest knew where the banns should be posted and read. He was required to keep a written record of the banns, as well as any requests for publication that he makes to other parishes.

The banns allowed parish members to bring forth any objections or impediments, either of affinity or consanguinity. A priest could not refuse the posting of the banns unless there was a reason, as defined by canon law. If no objections were found, the couple would then be married in front of their parents with a large celebration to follow.

Parents with limited financing and several children of marriageable age would often marry off two children at once, saving themselves the cost of a second marriage celebration. Always look at the record before and after to see if it might be for a sibling of the ancestor you are researching. Depending on the time period and region, there may or may not have been a subsequent civil marriage required.

You can explore more information about these records in the Italian: Catholic Church Records-Part 2 course, where we examine in detail the various forms of Italian marriages records that were created, and what genealogical information you may find in them.

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Virtual Meetings for APRIL 2021

Do you have any questions about your courses or research? Attend an applicable virtual meeting for answers. Virtual Meetings provide a way to communicate with an instructor & your fellow students. They are NOT mandatory, but a fun and interactive way to connect.

Below are the scheduled sessions for the month of April 2021.
Note: To join a virtual meeting, simply enter the URL provided in your browser. When joining a session, NO USER NAME or PASSWORD required. Please type in your first name & surname initial, along with your geographical location; then click Enter as a Guest.

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Methodology: The “How To” Courses with Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS
Thursday, April 15th at 5:30 AM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

Australian Records courses with Kerry Farmer, BA, BSc
Tuesday, April 20th at 5 AM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/australian/

United Kingdom & Ireland Records (English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish) Records courses with Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS
Tuesday, April 20th
at 8 AM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL DISCUSSION: Navigate Analysis & Skills Courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Tuesday, April 20th
at 1 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program Part 2 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Please follow the directions found in your course material and read the article.
Tuesday, April 20th at 2:30 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle2/

Professional Development courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Wednesday, April 21st at 10:30 AM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/professional/

Methodology: The “How To” Courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Wednesday, April 21st at 1 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/

American Records courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Wednesday, April 21st at 2:30 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Canadian Records courses with Cheryl Levy, PLCGS
Saturday, April 24th at 1 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Monday, April 26th at 4 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

STUDENT LOUNGE
Pop into the Student Lounge for a genealogy coffee break with your fellow students.
Monday, April 26th at 6 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

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Have a question about your course/research you want answered at a virtual meeting? Email us your question at least 4 days in advance of the session so the instructor can prepare.

Guidelines for submitting questions:
1. Email: degroot@genealogicalstudies.com
2. SUBJECT LINE: Virtual Meeting Question
3. In the email body:
a) State the question. Be specific & short!
b) If the question pertains to a course, give full title. If specific to course content, include module number & section name (this helps to understand what you are asking).
c) If the question pertains to a record group, include location (i.e. country, state/province, county, town/city) & time period.
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Send questions regarding Virtual Meetings or the schedule to:
Sue de Groot, PLCGS
National Institute for Genealogical Studies
degroot@genealogicalstudies.com
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If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read the Instructions at www.genealogicalstudies.com/instructions.pdf
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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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Marriage in the Roman Catholic Church

Religious Records cover a wide variety of documents. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers several courses covering this topic. (See this blog post about our Religious Records courses.) It is important to become familiar with the religious records relevant to the region and specific time period where you are researching. Records for the same denomination could be different depending on location and the local laws and regulations, even within the same country.

As we continue to look at the Italian: Catholic Church Records-Part 2 course, we find that Marriage in the Roman Catholic Church is covered in Module 2. Here is a portion of what will be discussed.

A 1564 decree made marriage in the Roman Catholic Church a sacrament. This was reinforced by Papal proclamation in 1595. The requirements for marriage, as dictated by the Council of Trent, were:

  • Marriage was a sacrament and Church business
  • Couples had to have parental consent, appear with parents/guardians
  • Couples could not be forced into marriage, must have free choice
  • Marriage must be performed in front of two witness

Additionally, within parish marriage records, you will sometimes find registers for the Stato Libero (statement of free status) or Sponsati Contratti (marriage engagements/contracts). These records were for marriage engagements/contracts to be performed elsewhere, and for stating that the bride or groom was free to marry. The following is an example of this type of document.

Statement of Free Status – Francesco d’Averzo & nine-year-old Michela Pizzolato, Catania, Italy

Note: Italy has laws concerning privacy restrictions like any other country. Italian privacy law extends for 70 years after the creation of a birth record, and 50 years from the date of the event on a death or marriage record. A priest will usually follow the privacy laws when determining whether you can access the records.

You can explore more information about these records in the Italian: Catholic Church Records-Part 2 course, where we examine in detail the various forms of Italian marriages records that were created, and what genealogical information you may find in them.

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Keeping in Touch…

Do you have a question about your courses or your research? Communication is so important in genealogy in order to keep abreast of constantly evolving information. The same is true within The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. As a student of The National Institute, there are various ways you can communicate with us and your fellow students (see below).

We want all of our students to enjoy their learning experience. Please do not worry or fret over your courses by yourself. We are here to help you!

**** NOTE: Our social media accounts are NOT monitored regularly. If you need an answer quickly, please pick up the phone. We can be reached at 1-800-580-0165, ext. #1 (North America) or 416-861-0165. Please leave a message if no one answers. We will call back.

#1 By email to The National Institute 
**** NOTE: When contacting us please INCLUDE your FIRST & LAST NAME and the full COURSE TITLE including the COUNTRY, if a records course. It is also helpful if you include the module number and section title you are referring to. ****
i) admin@genealogicalstudies.com –  for general questions;
ii) alert@genealogicalstudies.com – to advise us of broken links in your course materials and assignments–Please GIVE SPECIFIC DETAILS; i.e., provide the COURSE NAME, MODULE NUMBER, WEBSITE NAME, and URL.
iii) exam@genealogicalstudies.com – questions pertaining to your course exam.

#2 By email to a fellow student 
When you view a fellow student’s public assignment SUBMISSION/ANSWER, and you would like to contact them about something in their posting, simply click on the envelope icon to the right of the student’s name. A new window will open where you can type your message. For privacy reasons, you will not see the recipient’s email address and they have the option to reply or not.

#3 Attend a Virtual Meeting 
VIRTUAL MEETINGS ARE THE BEST PLACE TO COMMUNICATE with an instructor and fellow students. Anyone can participate! You do not have to be registered in the course to attend. When attending virtual meetings, please bring questions applicable to the topic being discussed.

Watch for our emails outlining upcoming virtual meetings dates and times. Or visit our website at www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on Information in the top menu bar, and then Virtual Learning Room for the full schedule.

#4 Follow The National Institute’s Blog 
Go to http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/ and scroll down. On the right-hand side of the page, you will see Subscribe to Blog via Email. In the text box, enter your email address and click on the Subscribe button. Once subscribed, you will receive an email each time we post an article. Each blog article includes a link to write a comment or share via social media. Look for these options at the end of each blog post.

#5 Follow us on Twitter 
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#6 Follow The National Institute on Facebook 
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#8 Join a GenealogyWise group to communicate with your fellow students 
Go to www.genealogywise.com/ and Sign Up. There are groups set up for each of The National Institute’s country streams; i.e., American, Australian, Canadian, Eastern European, English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish, as well as Methodology, DNA, Librarianship, Alumni, and First Timer FAQs.

#9 Follow GenealogyWise on Facebook 
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#10 Follow GenealogyWise on Twitter 
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#11 Consultation with an instructor ($) 
If you want to have a one-on-one consultation with an instructor, this can be arranged. Please email admin@genealogicalstudies.com to request an appointment. When emailing, please provide some information as to what course and some background details you would like to discuss, so we can recommend a consultation with an appropriate instructor. The consultation with an instructor is available for a modest fee.

#12 Join your fellow students in the STUDENT LOUNGE Virtual Meeting
We have made a Virtual Meeting room available to our students once a month.
Pop into the “Student Lounge” for a genealogy coffee break and talk family history with your fellow students. The time is yours to chat, ask questions, or just listen.

Watch for our emails outlining upcoming virtual meetings dates and times. Or visit our website at www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on Information in the top menu bar, and then Virtual Learning Room for the full schedule.

Good luck with your studies and research!

Sincerely,

Sue de Groot, PLCGS
National Institute for Genealogical Studies,
leaders in genealogy education since 1997.

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Register for New Courses

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers online genealogical education for family history enthusiasts, genealogists and historians. These courses are rated in Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced levels. You can register for courses individually, or save by choosing from a variety of available packages.

See Full List of Packages here.

The Start Dates for courses are scheduled for the first Monday of the month, however, not all courses are available monthly. Be sure to check our Current Course Calendar for when the course of your choice is scheduled to be open again.

Many courses will begin on Monday, April 5th. If you are ready to start, Register TODAY! Do you need more time? Browse through the Course Calendar to see which courses will begin on Monday, May 3rd. Remember, you can save by bundling courses together and registering for a Package. Start with a simple 4 Course Package; or Register for different package, such as our DNA 4-course Package or DNA 8-course Package;

or Register for our Business Skills Package;

or take the plunge and Register for one of our 12 Certificate Programs in the theme of your choice.

Full List of Packages  
Complete List of Courses  
Current Course Calendar  

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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.
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Contact information:
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Lecturing Skills Course

Are you interested in developing your genealogy Lecturing Skills? With the current restrictions for in-person meetings, many societies and organizations have taken the plunge to host virtual meetings, many for the first time. This has created an increased need for lectures and speakers ready to present online. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers many courses on specific topics, including Lecturing Skills.

The Lecturing Skills Including Preparation 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. The step-by-step course material will guide you all the way, creating templates to use over and over, no matter what your topic may be.

Note: In order to complete this course, the student must develop and give a 30-minute lecture to an audience of students and/or genealogical society members virtually via the National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ Virtual Learning Room. This very practical application of skills learned will launch them with confidence into becoming a valuable asset to any genealogical society or organization, or add an additional income stream to their genealogical business plan.

This 14-week course is currently only offered three times per year. The next scheduled course will begin on April 5, 2021. Check the Lecturing Skills Including Preparation course page under the “Register” tab to see when this course will be offered again.

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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.
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*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.

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Working with Italian State of the Souls Records

Our Religious Records courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are compulsory for every country-specific certificate program. They provide unique insight into our ancestors lives and produce valuable clues for continuing our research, especially when the next generation can be seen through the recording of parent’s names or extended family members.

In our previous post for Italian Catholic Church records, we saw just how valuable these records are. See blog post here. As we continue to explore the State of the Souls Records in the course Italian: Catholic Church Records-Part 2, we have the opportunity to make significant discoveries using these church records.

Working with the Documents – Balduzzi & Petrogalli

1768 State of the Souls Record – Family of Antonio Balduzzi & Maria Francesca Petrogalli
Clusone, Bergamo Province, Italy, “Status Animarum, Parrochie Cluxonis [Parish Census for the Parishes of Clusone] 1768”, record kept progressively, page 104 State of the Souls record, family of Antonio Balduzzi “Cumini Caretti”; Basilicata di Santa Maria Assunta, Via Brasi, no. 11, 24023 Clusone, Italy.

Translation – 1768 State of the Souls Record – Family of Antonio Balduzzi & Maria Francesca Petrogalli
Clusone, Bergamo Province, Italy, “Status Animarum, Parrochie Cluxonis [Parish Census for the Parishes of Clusone] 1768”, record kept progressively, page 104 State of the Souls record, family of Antonio Balduzzi “Cumini Caretti”; Basilicata di Santa Maria Assunta, Via Brasi, no. 11, 24023 Clusone, Italy.

  • Cumini was this family’s nickname.
  • When a child’s age is left blank on a parish censusrecord, it usually means they were less than two years old.
  • Francesco was likely the brother of Antonio Balduzzi. Both of their fathers were noted to be the deceased Giacomo Balduzzi.
  • CC denotes Confession and Communion; a single C denotes Communion only. On most status animarum, deaths are notated by a cross before or after the name and age of the ancestor.

Working with the Documents – Petrogalli & Boccassini
On the following image, the surnames of Giovanni and Giovanni Antonio are not indicated on the document, although it is presumed to be the same as the head of household, Petrogalli.

The relationship of Giovanni and Giovanni Antonio to the rest of the family is not indicated. However, they are of the appropriate age to be sons of Francesco Petrogalli (the elder, there were several direct line Francesco Petrogalli’s in this family) and his wife, Felicia.

1729 State of the Souls Record – Family of Francesco Petrogalli & Maria Agnese Boccassini
Clusone, Bergamo Province, Italy, “Status Animarum, Parrochie Cluxonis [Parish Census for the Parishes of Clusone] 1729”, record kept progressively, State of the Souls record, family of Francesco Petrogalli; Basilicata di Santa Maria Assunta, Via Brasi, no. 11, 24023 Clusone, Italy.

The relationship of Giovanni and Giovanni Antonio to the rest of the family is not indicated. However, they are of the appropriate age to be sons of Francesco Petrogalli (the elder, there were several direct line Francesco Petrogalli’s in this family) and his wife, Felicia.

1729 State of the Souls Record – Family of Francesco Petrogalli & Maria Agnese Boccassini
Clusone, Bergamo Province, Italy, “Status Animarum, Parrochie Cluxonis [Parish Census for the Parishes of Clusone] 1729”, record kept progressively, State of the Souls record, family of Francesco Petrogalli; Basilicata di Santa Maria Assunta, Via Brasi, no. 11, 24023 Clusone, Italy.

Are you researching your Italian Catholic ancestors?

Learn more about researching your Italian ancestors in the course Italian: Catholic Church Records-Part 2 through their records. Check the Course Calendar for the next time this course will be offered.
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Personal Historian Courses

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers over 230 online courses, but did you know that many of our courses are not country specific. The genealogy world has certainly grown over the past few years. We have seen many changes that have led to the emergence of new opportunities for genealogists and family historians. One of those areas is for a Personal Historian.

You can take all four of our Personal Historian courses individually, or bundle them together as a 4 Course Package.
Check the Course Calendar for the next time these courses will be offered.

Personal Historian: Beginning Genealogy
This is the first of the four courses is a Basic level course and is offered every month. It explores how you can add genealogical research as an income stream to your Personal Historian business, whether you conduct the research yourself, or you hire a specific researcher. Family history information enhances any personal history project by providing more in-depth family details. This introductory course will address the process involved, some tips on what to look for when hiring a researcher, and how to do the basic genealogical research yourself.

Personal Historian: Oral History & Interviewing Techniques
The second of the four courses is offered every second month. This Intermediate course examines how a personal historian uses oral history interview techniques to interview individuals about their lives or those of their family. Combining the interview, research, and additional items like photographs and documents, a personal historian can create a beautiful story for a client. The course material will discuss the things you need to know before specializing in oral histories, how to prepare for and conduct an interview, and what can be done with all of the materials collected. The goal is to learn how to put everything together and preserve the priceless histories that are uncovered.

Personal Historian: Video Techniques
The third course is also offered every second month. This Intermediate course is designed to introduce the basics of audio-video production for personal historians and genealogists. This will appeal to people who want to use current digital audio and video tools to record, edit and share life stories. Audio-video productions encompass four phases of work: pre-production, production, post-production and delivery. This practical course is structured along these four phases. Students with any level of audio-video experience, including those who are beginners, will benefit from this course material. There is great depth and variety to the practice of video biography. Let this course help you to build your skills and video savvy.

Personal Historian: Telling the Stories
The fourth and final of these courses is an Intermediate course, which gives an overview of the within this package. It is also offered every second month. It reminds us that telling the stories of our ancestors must go beyond the basics of names, dates, and places. We can use those pieces as a basic foundation, but we must, as a home builder does, add layers and real-life stories to that foundation. This course will help you to confidently implement the Personal Historian component to your business as it demonstrates the many layers available to incorporate. These various layers will add depth to both personal and client projects, and additional revenue streams to a serious genealogy business.

Are you interested in pursuing a business as a Personal Historian? The opportunities available are as varied as the incredible stories that you will discover. Learn more about bundling these 4 courses into a Course Package here.
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*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.

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Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
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Keeping in Touch – March 2021

Do you have a question about your courses or your research? Communication is so important in genealogy in order to keep abreast of constantly evolving information. The same is true within The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. As a student of The National Institute, there are various ways you can communicate with us and your fellow students (see below).

We want all of our students to enjoy their learning experience. Please do not worry or fret over your courses by yourself. We are here to help you!

**** NOTE: Our social media accounts are NOT monitored regularly. If you need an answer quickly, please do the old-fashion thing, pick up the phone. We can be reached at 1-800-580-0165, ext. #1 (North America) or 416-861-0165. Please leave a message if no one answers. We will call back.

#1 By email to The National Institute 
**** NOTE: When contacting us, please INCLUDE your FIRST & LAST NAME, and the full COURSE TITLE including the COUNTRY, if it is a records course. It is also helpful if you include the module number and section title you are referring to. ****
i) admin@genealogicalstudies.com –  for general questions;
ii) alert@genealogicalstudies.com – to advise us of broken links in your course materials and assignments–Please GIVE SPECIFIC DETAILS; i.e., provide the COURSE NAME, MODULE NUMBER, WEBSITE NAME, and URL;
iii) exam@genealogicalstudies.com – questions pertaining to your course exam.

#2 By email to a fellow student 
When you view a fellow student’s public assignment SUBMISSION/ANSWER and you would like to contact them about something in their posting, simply click on the envelope icon to the right of the student’s name. A new window will open where you can type your message. For privacy reasons, you will not see the recipient’s email address and they have the option to reply or not.

#3 Attend a Virtual Meeting 
VIRTUAL MEETINGS ARE THE BEST PLACE TO COMMUNICATE with an instructor and fellow students. Anyone can participate! You do not have to be registered in the course to attend. When attending virtual meetings, please bring questions applicable to the topic being discussed.

Watch for our emails outlining upcoming virtual meetings dates and times. Or visit our website at www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on Information in the top menu bar, and then Virtual Learning Room for the full schedule.

#4 Follow The National Institute’s Blog 
Go to http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/ and scroll down. On the right-hand side of the page, you will see Subscribe to Blog via Email. In the text box, enter your email address and click on the Subscribe button. Once subscribed, you will receive an email each time we post an article. Each blog article includes a link to write a comment or share via social media. Look for these options at the end of each blog post.

#5 Follow us on Twitter 
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#6 Follow The National Institute on Facebook 
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To follow us on Pinterest, you must be a member. To join Pinterest, go to www.pinterest.ca and sign up. Find us on Pinterest at www.pinterest.ca/GeneaStudies/boards/. Click on the Follow button to view our various boards.

#8 Join a GenealogyWise group to communicate with your fellow students 
Go to www.genealogywise.com/ and Sign Up. There are groups set up for each of The National Institute’s country streams; i.e., American, Australian, Canadian, Eastern European, English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish, as well as Methodology, DNA, Librarianship, Alumni, and First Timer FAQs.

#9 Follow GenealogyWise on Facebook 
To follow us on Facebook, you must be a member. To join Facebook, go to www.facebook.com and sign up. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GenealogyWise and click on the Like button on the top right of our page.

#10 Follow GenealogyWise on Twitter 
Once signed into your Twitter account, search for GenealogyWise on Twitter by our Twitter name @GenealogyWise. On our Twitter page, click on the Follow button to subscribe to our tweets. Not a member of Twitter? No problem, just go to Twitter www.twitter.com and join. Membership is free.

#11 Consultation with an instructor ($) 
If you want to have a one-on-one consultation with an instructor, this can be arranged. Please email admin@genealogicalstudies.com to request an appointment. When emailing, please provide some information as to what course and some background details you would like to discuss so we can recommend a consultation with an appropriate instructor. The consultation with an instructor is available for a modest fee.

#11 Join your fellow students in the STUDENT LOUNGE Virtual Meeting 
We have made a Virtual Meeting room available to our students once a month.
Pop into the “Student Lounge” for a genealogy coffee break and talk family history with your fellow students. The time is yours to chat, ask questions, or just listen.

Watch for our emails outlining upcoming virtual meetings dates and times. Or visit our website at www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on Information in the top menu bar, and then Virtual Learning Room for the full schedule.

Good luck with your studies and research!

Sincerely,
Sue de Groot, PLCGS
National Institute for Genealogical Studies
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This message is especially for our students at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in genealogy education since 1997.
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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

Virtual Meetings March 2021

Do you have any questions about your courses or research? Attend an applicable virtual meeting for answers. Virtual Meetings provide a way to communicate with an instructor & your fellow students. They are NOT mandatory, but a fun and interactive way to connect.

Below are the scheduled sessions for the month of March 2021.
Note: To join a virtual meeting, simply enter the URL provided in your browser. When joining a session, NO USER NAME or PASSWORD required. Please type in your first name & surname initial, along with your geographical location; then click Enter as a Guest.

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For Time Zone Convertor (see below)
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DNA courses with Shannon Combs-Bennett, MSc, QG, PLCGS
Sunday, March 14th at 4 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/dna/

American Records courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Sunday, March 14th at 7 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/american/

Internet Tools with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Sunday, March 14th at 8:30 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/internettools/

Canadian Records
courses with Cheryl Levy, PLCGS
Monday, March 15th at 7 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/canadian/

STUDENT LOUNGE
Pop into the Student Lounge for a genealogy coffee break with your fellow students.
Tuesday, March 16th at 4 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lounge/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program Part 1 – ARTICLE REVIEW
with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
This Virtual Meeting is more appropriate for students registered in this course. Please read the article “Heritage Books and Family Lore: A Jackson Test in Missouri and Idaho” by Connie Lenzen (NGSQ Vol. 86, No. 1, March, 1998). Follow the directions found in your course material.
Tuesday, March 16th at 6 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle1/

United Kingdom & Ireland Records (English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish) Records
courses with Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS
Sunday, March 21st
at 7 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program Part 2 – ARTICLE REVIEW with Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS.
This Virtual Meeting is more appropriate for students registered in this course. Please follow the directions found in your course material and read the article “Organizing Meager Evidence to Reveal Lineages: An Irish Example—Geddes of Tyrone” by Thomas W. Jones (NGSQ Vol. 89, No.2, June, 2001).
Monday, March 22nd at 7 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asarticle2/

Eastern European Records
courses with Lisa Alzo, MFA
Wednesday, March 24th
at 7:30 PM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/easteuro/

Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program – GENERAL DISCUSSION: Navigate Analysis & Skills Courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
This Virtual Meeting is more appropriate for students registered in this course. The instructor will be available to provide guidance and answer questions regarding any aspect of the course.
Saturday, March 27th
at 10:30 AM EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/asgeneral/

Methodology: The “How To” Courses with Gena Philibert-Ortega MA, MAR
Saturday, March 27th at 12 Noon EDT
MEETING LOCATION:
https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/  
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Have a question about your course/research you want answered at a virtual meeting? Email us your question at least 4 days in advance of the session so the instructor can prepare.

Guidelines for submitting questions:
1. Email: degroot@genealogicalstudies.com
2. SUBJECT LINE: Virtual Meeting Question
3. In the email body:
a) State the question. Be specific & short!
b) If the question pertains to a course, give full title. If specific to course content, include module number & section name (this helps to understand what you are asking).
c) If the question pertains to a record group, include location (i.e. country, state/province, county, town/city) & time period.
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Send questions regarding Virtual Meetings or the schedule to:
Sue de Groot, PLCGS
National Institute for Genealogical Studies
degroot@genealogicalstudies.com
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If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read the Instructions at www.genealogicalstudies.com/instructions.pdf.
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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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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

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