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LAST CALL REMINDER! International Institute of Genealogical Studies is pleased to share the exclusive offer for a 50% discount off MyHeritage membership for new subscribers, but don’t delay! Offer expires on January 19th, 2023. 

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Be sure to check out this generous offer before it expires on January 19, 2023.

Happy researching! 
International Institute of Genealogical Studies 
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MyHeritage Discount Offer

International Institute of Genealogical Studies is pleased to share an exclusive offer for a 50% discount off MyHeritagemembership for new subscribers: 

Be sure to check out this generous offer TODAY.
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Offer expires on January 19, 2023.

Happy researching! 
International Institute of Genealogical Studies 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by International Institute of Genealogical StudiesCheck out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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Happy New Year 2023

Wishing all of our students and followers – a very Happy New Year and Success in all of your Genealogy Endeavours this coming year!

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Happy Holidays 2022

Tis the season for celebrations. 
Whatever the holiday you are celebrating in December,

Whether you are celebrating the season with sleigh bells through the snow, 
or a picnic on the beach, or somewhere in between,

From all of us at the International Institute of Genealogical Studies, 
we would like to wish one and all – 
a Happy and Safe Holiday Season, 
and all the best for the coming year of 2023!
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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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Christmas Traditions

How Did Your Ancestors Celebrate the Holidays?

Our holiday celebrations today may be rooted in family traditions of yesteryear. For instance, did you know during the late 19th century into the 20th that towns would order train cars of citrus for Christmas?

Crates of oranges were sent on trains each Christmas season

My grandparents lived in snowy Minnesota. Parents in their village collaborated to order crates of oranges sent on trains each Christmas season. Children would get so excited to find a single orange in their stocking. Sometimes the only present they would get during tough years. 

Through the generations, this tradition has continued. I found an orange each Christmas in my stocking, too! My Swedish grandmother would tell me how joyful they were to get something so precious. I felt her joy and loved my annual orange just as much. The citrus also helped avoid rickets and illness until fresh foods could be available again. So, the tradition was about more than a yummy piece of fruit. It was also part of survival. But the light in her eyes shone each time as if she were living it for the first time. I basked in the exuberance and warmth of her emotion. My grandpa would nod and smile at the memory, too. 

Family photo is of my great grandmother, Amalia, and her parents and siblings. These are the people who would be excited to give an orange to a child. This tradition could be many generations deep by now. These people spoke Swedish.

The above woman is my grandmother, Maybelle, first born Swedish-American after her family emigrated. She sparkled with joy over the memory of a single orange as her Christmas gift for many Christmases. Born in 1904, she lived well into her 90s. 

Fast forward to my children and grandchildren now. A few Christmases ago, my son asked why we get oranges when they are so basic and not everyone likes them. I realized my error. I had passed on the tradition without the social story surrounding it. So, I now tell the story of how precious oranges came on trains so parents could give them to children who had so little; no fresh foods because there was not a way to get them, and how the whole town would meet those trains with utter celebration, passing oranges to each other to surprise their children. How a juicy orange was a deeply hoped for and appreciated gift. 

Our oranges morphed to chocolate oranges a few years back, too. But I am making sure the next two generations know why we give oranges at Christmas. Why do we light Advent candles? This tradition comes from my Swedish ancestors and the faith they displayed. It is all about the stories!

Do you know the social stories of your ancestors? Do you know why certain traditions exist? They are not just lost to you. The International Institute of Genealogical Studies has courses like Research: Social HistoryDNA: Historical Studies, and more that can help you learn your family history and traditions. 

The best gift you have to give is not the next best video game. Give a sense of belonging and understanding, and celebrate those traditions that connect you and your family through the centuries. Genealogy is not just finding a name and the record proof. It is about connecting, belonging, learning both heroic and cautionary tales, and giving those to future generations. Genealogy is a bridge to relationships using the art of storytelling. The facts you discover along the way prove the stories to preserve the memories, actions and experiences of those who made it possible for you and your children to exist today. 

If you or your family are feeling disconnected, or maybe need a deeper bond, learning and sharing your family stories can help reconnect and engage all ages. 

Fully lit Advent candles set in an antique bronze Advent candelabra passed down from my husband’s father. Combining both family traditions for our children and grandchildren today. 

TIP: As you prepare your festivities, think about each meal, activity, or even specific decorations. Why do you eat those foods? Why do you do certain activities (like lighting Advent or Menorah candles)? Who taught you the recipe, or gave you the ornament? What stories did your parents and grandparents tell you that you can pass on? Is there a story in how those traditions have evolved like our oranges?

As you intentionally think through your holiday actions and memories, tell those traditions to your family around the table or the tree, and invite others to tell theirs. Your family and you will have a season of significance, belonging, and joy. 

We have quite a variety of courses to help you connect to ancestral stories at GenealogicalStudies.com. If you need help choosing, you can contact me at angie@genealogicalstudies.com

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Angie Breidenbach, PLCGS
Executive Director
International Institute of Genealogical Studies

Angie is a professional author, genealogist, and grandmother of 10, who shares traditions of Advent, storytelling, and oranges with her family. Her personal website can be found at AngelaBreidenbach.com, and you can follow her on social media with @AngBreidenbach.
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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 Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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MyHeritage Black Friday Offer Expires Soon!

REMINDER! The Black Friday Offer from MyHeritage will expire on November 25, 2022. 60% OFF! Don’t miss MyHeritage DNA for the lowest price EVER! At just $36 USD each, MyHeritage DNA kits make the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays, whether for your loved ones or yourself. Explore your origins from across 2,114 geographic regions and find new relatives. You’ll even get a 30-day trial of MyHeritage Complete and enjoy access to 18.7 billion historical records, advanced matching and DNA tools, and much more — absolutely free!

Hurry and purchase your DNA kit before this deal expires!

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Offer expires on November 25, 2022

Happy shopping! 
International Institute of Genealogical Studies 
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We have several DNA courses and packages encouraging our students to research their genetic family connections, including our DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by International Institute of Genealogical StudiesCheck out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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MyHeritage Black Friday Offer

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies is pleased to share an Early Black Friday Offer from MyHeritage

Don’t miss out on this Black Friday deal: MyHeritage DNA for the lowest price EVER! At just $36 USD (or 36 Euro) each, MyHeritage DNA kits make the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays, whether for your loved ones or yourself. Explore your origins from across 2,114 geographic regions and find new relatives. You’ll even get a 30-day trial of MyHeritage Complete and enjoy access to 18.7 billion historical records, advanced matching and DNA tools, and much more — absolutely free!

Hurry and purchase your DNA kit before this deal expires!

ORDER HERE

Offer expires on November 25, 2022.

Happy shopping! 
International Institute of Genealogical Studies 
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We have several DNA courses and packages encouraging our students to research their genetic family connections, including our DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by International Institute of Genealogical StudiesCheck out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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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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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Graduation – November 2022

Today, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies celebrated our students, who have completed their programs between May 1st and October 31st of 2022 to receive their certificates. What an impressive achievement! It took a lot of hard work, patience, and determination to reach their goals and work towards making their genealogical dreams come true. 

CONGRATULATIONS to our GRADUATES! 
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NOTE: Visit our YouTube channel to view a Recording of our Graduation for November 18, 2022.
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ROLL CALL of GRADUATES

Students who have earned their PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) in the following programs: 

American Records Certificate 
Vera Battle, PLCGS
Claire Gene Esker, PLCGS
Laurie Kolstead, PLCGS
Susan Marvos, PLCGS
Barb Proctor, PLCGS
Michael Stout, PLCGS
Linda Vaise, PLCGS

Australian Records Certificate 
Kathleen Hawley, PLCGS

Canadian Records Certificate 
Ruth Campbell, PLCGS
Michelle Gélinas, PLCGS
Cathy Greig, PLCGS 
Lori Herman, PLCGS
Cathie McCabe, PLCGS 
Kathleen Rae, PLCGS
Louise Tremblay Etter, PLCGS
Drew von Hasselbach, PLCGS 
Debbie Watt, PLCGS
Debra Wickham, PLCGS

Eastern European Records Certificate 
Leah Sevigny, PLCGS

English Records Certificate 
Linda Vaise, PLCGS

German Records Certificate 
Ariana Cieslak, PLCGS
Christina Rainer, PLCGS
Kevin Spire, PLCGS

Irish Records Certificate 
Albert Baines, PLCGS
Lori Herman, PLCGS
Leah Sevigny, PLCGS

Librarianship Certificate 
Bobbie Fox, PLCGS 
Kaye Prince-Hollenberg, PLCGS 
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ROLL CALL of GRADUATES

Students who have completed the full program for the DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate.   

Nadine Ashcroft 
Margaret Baker
Vanessa Akridge Dorminey  
Janice Fritsch, PLCGS
Cheri Green, PLCGS
Cathy Greig, PLCGS   
Jennifer Johnson
Lynda Keenan
Joy Kestenbaum   
Rosemary Kopittke, PLCGS
Diann Lawton, PLCGS
Sarah J. Lee
Mariann Littell, PLCGS
Nancy Mackenzie  
Brian Maclachlan, PLCGS
Lilian Magill, PLCGS
David Nicholas
Lori Lee Sauber
Helen V. Smith, PLCGS   
Kevin Spire, PLCGS
Norman Wenger, PLCGS
Daphne Wetmore, PLCGS
Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS
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We are so very proud of all of our graduating students. We know you will continue to pursue your genealogical goals. Great research results will come to you for all the hard work you put into your studies to reach this worthwhile goal. We wish you every success in fulfilling your future genealogical endeavours and dreams! 

Angela Breidenbach, Executive Director, 
and our team at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies
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Please NOTE: Our next Graduation will be held in June 2023 for our students who have completed their certificate programs between November 1st and May 31st of 2023. 
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To recognize all of our Graduates throughout the years, please go to our website at www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on the menu item INSTITUTE, and then GRADUATES. Be patient, the list is long and therefore takes time to display. 
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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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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Fall 2022 Graduation

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies have been making preparations to celebrate our next round of Graduates! We are very proud to congratulate our hard-working students who have successfully completed their full programs between May 1st and October 31st of 2022. 

Our Fall 2022 Graduation is scheduled to be held online via Zoom on Friday, November 18th at 4:30 pm Eastern. Check Time Zone for your location. Mark your calendars now and plan to show your support for our students! 

Please Note: Our Graduation ceremony is for students who have earned their PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) in the following programs:
American Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses 
Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses 
Canadian Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses 
Eastern European Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses 
English Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses 
German Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses 
Librarianship Certificate – 12 courses

and as well, for those who have completed the full program for the following: 
Professional Development Certificate – 40 courses 
DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate – 15 courses 

Join our Executive Director and host, Angela Breidenbach, PLCGS as we honour our graduates’ accomplishments, and encourage them to pursue their genealogical goals, whether for personal research, or launching into their genealogical business or career.

If you would like to attend, please send an email to admin@GenealogicalStudies.com to obtain the ZOOM link to our Graduation Ceremony.
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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 Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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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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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Save the Date!

Just a quick note to our followers. We are making preparations to celebrate our next round of Graduates! Our Fall 2022 Graduation is scheduled to be held online via Zoom on Friday, November 18th at 4:30 pm Eastern. Mark your calendars now! Watch for more details coming soon. 

Please Note: Our Graduation ceremony is for students who have earned their PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) in the following programs:
American Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses
Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses
Canadian Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses
Eastern European Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses
English Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses
German Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 courses
Librarianship Certificate – 12 courses

and as well, for those who have completed the full program for the following: 
Professional Development Certificate – 40 courses
DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate – 15 courses
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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 Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
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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. 

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

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