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September Student Lounge

Calling all students! Just a reminder, we have our September Student Lounge virtual meeting coming up this week. It is a time set aside each month to pull up a chair and connect with fellow students, while listening to a short presentation by our special guest. This month, our guest will be Denise I. Griggs

Denise Griggs is an author of books for children and young adults about genealogy, diversity, and theology. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from a Christian university and has worked in both Education and Ministry. Ms. Griggs volunteered for over 30+ years in children’s ministry, family genealogy research, and teaching African American Genealogy. She has researched the Griggs and Hunt families for over 40 years and for the Hunt family back to eighth century England and Ireland. She has connected with DNA cousins in Ireland, Canada, England, Mississippi, and across the United States. Denise is a 2021 Phyllis Wheatley award recipient from the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, and a 2022 Finalist Award recipient from the Next Generation Indie Book award in the category of African American History & Culture. She volunteers for the subcommittees of History and Research, part of the PR/Marketing Team for the Natchez U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) Monument Committee – Natchez, MS, a volunteer for the National Park Service, and she has an ancestor who was a homesteader listed on their Black Homesteader webpage. 

Denise’s latest book is:  A Mulatto Slave. The Events in the Life of Peter Hunt 1844-1915 

You can watch a recording of this Student Lounge presentation on our new YouTube Channel!
Researching Mulatto Ancestors with Denise Griggs

See the full bio for Denise I. Griggs here:

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To see The National Institute for Genealogical Studies calendar of Virtual Meeting sessions, go to the top menu; choose INFORMATION; then choose VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu. 
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

American Colonial Courses

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers online genealogical education for family history enthusiasts, genealogists and historians. Our courses are offered in Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced levels. You can register for courses individually, or receive a discount by choosing from a variety of packages. These are bundled either by specific theme or can be customized to your own interests. Check out our full list of Packages.

Courses are usually scheduled to begin on the first Monday of the month, however, not all courses are available monthly. Be sure to check under the Register tab in the course description for the dates when the courses of your choice are scheduled to open again. You can check our current Course Calendar here to see which courses are scheduled to begin next.

In our list of online courses, there are four courses covering the colonial period of the Eastern United States, focusing on the original Thirteen Colonies. These are valuable resources for anyone researching in this region and timeframe. 

Research: Mayflower Ancestors 
This course studies some of the very first settlers of Massachusetts. Learn how to properly document a descendant line by utilizing New England original and derivative records, as well as sources specific to Mayflower research. Following their story, and tracing each consecutive generation, is a great way to recognize the 400+ years since their arrival in North America.
Course Description for Research: Mayflower Ancestors 

Research: US Colonial New England Ancestors 
This course explores strategies for finding Colonial New England records while incorporating colonial town records, colonial census records, colonial land records and maps, the colonial wars, religious records, and court documents. Note: This is an Intermediate course. Experience with transcribing Colonial Handwriting will be a benefit. 
Course Description for Research: US Colonial New England Ancestors

The American Revolutionary War was a major historical event which impacted many Colonial families. It is hard to imagine that any family was left unaffected. Many families were divided, with multiple factors leading to which side they eventually chose to pledge their loyalty to. If you reach a brick wall in your research during this time period, be sure to check both Loyalist and Patriot resources. Sometimes you will find family members on both sides as they navigated through this turbulent time in their lives. This was also a time of major migrations and relocations. 

Fortunately, there have been numerous records created and preserved during the colonial period. Thankfully, various organizations have worked to digitize as many of the surviving records as possible. We just need to know how to access them to document our family’s stories and discover the part they played in these historical events.

Research: United Empire Loyalist Ancestors 
This course describes what it meant to be a United Empire Loyalist in the context of the American Revolutionary War and how it affected their ensuing lives. This course will also discuss the membership and lineage requirements of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada (UELAC.org). Records include: military service, petitions, claims, land, and other records that will assist with documenting your UEL ancestor. The British North American colonies where the Loyalists went for resettlement include Upper Canada (Ontario)—where the original U.E. (Unity of Empire) tradition really took hold—the Maritime provinces, and Lower Canada (Quebec).
Course Description for Research: United Empire Loyalist Ancestors 

US: Military Records (includes Revolutionary War)
This course includes records of conflicts in the United States and colonial America from the early colonial wars of the seventeenth century to the Revolutionary War, as well as the records of later conflicts to WW2. What is required for Military and Lineage Societies may be of particular interest as there is discussion of the various types of records created by military service, such as service records, muster rolls, pension records, and draft registration. Note: This is an advanced course.
Course Description for US: Military Records

American Colonial Ancestors
Registration for these four courses could be submitted at a discount by choosing: 
Course Package – 4 Courses 
Have you already taken one or more of these courses? No problem! Just choose any four courses of your choice to take advantage of the bundled package discount.  

***NEW*** Just announced in June! We have added another Virtual Meeting to our monthly chats. The US Colonial & Mayflower Records Virtual Meeting will be hosted by Shannon Combs – Bennett, MSc, QG, PLCGS beginning in July. Check out our schedule of FREE Virtual Meetings and add the meetings of interest to your 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. List of Packages available 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:
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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Virtual Meetings for Mid-June

Just a reminder that The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a couple of virtual events and a regular virtual meeting scheduled. Hope you can join us! Details are outlined below. 

Enhance your learning experience by joining a virtual meeting regarding your studies and asking questions. Even if you don’t have questions, you are welcome to just listen, lurk, and learn! We don’t mind. 

Remember, these Virtual Meetings are NOT mandatory. They are a fun and interactive way to ask questions about the courses and/or research at a relevant session. 

Below are the remaining scheduled sessions for the month of June. 

***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 www.genealogicalstudies.com
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. 
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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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GRADUATION CEREMONIES 
Everyone is welcome to join and celebrate our graduates! 
Saturday, June 18th at 4:30 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/graduation/

United Kingdom & Ireland (English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish) Records courses with Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS 
Sunday, June 19th at 7 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/english/ 

Lecturing Skills – Student Presentation with Kathy Holland 
“Correlation of Mined Evidence to Advance Research Objectives” 
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. 
Monday, June 20th at 8:00 PM Eastern 
LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/  
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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. 
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LISTEN ON THE GO 
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). 
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See the calendar of future Virtual Meetings sessions at www.genealogicalstudies.com; top menu > INFORMATION > VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu. 

Send questions regarding Virtual Meetings or the schedule to degroot@genealogicalstudies.com

Sue de Groot, PLCGS 
National Institute for Genealogical Studies 
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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. List of packages available 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 since 1997 

Genealogy in a Package

Father’s Day is almost here! Some packages may already be arriving at your door or from the mall; while others are safely hidden away until it’s time to present them to Dad on his special day. We all love to receive packages. However, some package contents are better than others. Ties and joke T-shirts are fun (usually), and a gift card is fun to spend, but how much better if your package was genealogy-related? 

Father’s Day is a great time to gather with family members and reminisce about childhood memories and great vacations. If you are gathering with siblings, aunts and uncles, or grandparents, ask questions about your family history and watch them share their memories to the next generation. 

Do you have family members who are asking you what is on your Wish List? Have you been thinking about creating your genealogy wish list? How are you doing with your research goals? It may be that you have dropped several hints, but what will you receive? If they need some suggestions, we have a solution! The National Institute for Genealogical Studies can make sure your package has just the right online courses for your 2022 genealogy education plan.

You can choose any of our 225+ courses individually, or one of our specific Course Packages listed below, but did you know that you can also create your own unique package? Choose 4, 7, 8, 10 or 13 courses and make your package with the exact courses needed for your own distinctive research project. See details for all Course Packages here.

Special Genealogy Course Packages

Business Skills Package 
This package includes all the courses needed to give students a good understanding of how to start and manage a genealogical business, and what niche business opportunities are available to genealogists.
Business Skills Package: 18 Courses

Skill-Building Package 
The four courses included in this package will help you expand your research skills. 
Skill-Building Package: 4 Courses

Professional Learning Certificates 
At the heart of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies online education is our Certificate in Genealogical Studies program. Each certificate includes the study of specific topics and record groups relevant to certification. For most certificates, students are required to complete 40 courses, which includes specific compulsory courses and a choice of electives. 

The Methodology Certificate is at the core of our certificates. 

The Librarianship Certificate only requires 12 courses. There is an option to combine the Librarianship Certificate with a country-specific certificate as the elective portion. 

The DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate is our newest certificate, which includes 15 courses relevant to your understanding of DNA and how it can be used in your genealogical research. 

The Professional Development Certificate program will benefit those who wish to pursue a career in genealogy, create a genealogy business or to augment their income potential by adding niche areas to their business plan. Skill-building courses are of high importance in this certificate to ensure quality results as a professional researcher. 

American Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
Canadian Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
Eastern European Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
English Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
German Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
Irish Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
Italian Certificate in Genealogical Studies 
Scottish Certificate in Genealogical Studies 

Packages for Specific Countries 
If you are interested in just a few of the country-specific courses, but not a full certificate, you can choose a smaller All Countries Package of courses for the country of your choice, or a package for the records for these countries. 

American Records Packages 
Australian Records Packages
Canadian Records Packages 
Eastern European Records Packages
English Records Packages 
German Records Packages 
Irish Records Packages 
Italian Records Packages 
Scottish Records Packages 

Lastly, be sure to check the Complete List of Courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, as there are several courses not included in the descriptions above that are eligible for packages. We hope that you will find the perfect package for your Genealogy Wish List… to sharpen your research skills, complete your family history projects, and accomplish your 2022 Genealogy Research Goals. 
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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. List of Packages available 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 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For some, it is just another long weekend. As family historians, we need to dig deeper to learn the history behind it. Why does it merit a federal holiday and how does it relate to your family? If you have any connection to military personnel, you fully understand the significance of this day. It is to remember and honor those who have fallen while serving their country. 

But did you know that it is not a modern holiday? It was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 and was originally known as Decoration Day. Here are a few resources to explore:

Why is Memorial Day Important? – FamilySearch
Memorial Day: A Commemoration – National Archives (NARA)
Memorial Day – Public Domain Archive (NARA)
First Memorial Day 1868 – Library of Congress
Memorial Day – Wikipedia 
Memorial Day – National Day Calendar

Several of our courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies explore resources relevant to military service. Here are a few courses that may help you in your research of American military records.

Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records 
Research: U.S. Colonial New England Ancestors 
Research: U.S. Fraternal Organizations 
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies 
Research: U.S. World War II Ancestors – Part 1 
Research: U.S. World War II Ancestors – Part 2  
US: Military Records 

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The National Institute for 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 first Monday 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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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.
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 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Student Presentation: Family Legends

This is just a reminder we have a Student presentation scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st. Please join us to show your fellow student support! 

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 our student: Sheila Tully. Her 30-minute lecture will be followed by a 10-minute Question & Answer period, and a short poll to provide feedback on her skills.

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. 
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“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. 

MEETING LOCATION: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/lecturing/ 
(Note: “Enter as a Guest”)  
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We would like to thank Kathy Holland for hosting this student presentation. 
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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 on the name of the session in the list of scheduled virtual meetings. (a new window will open). 
Under When, click on Check Time and you will be provided with the time for the National Institute in Eastern Time as well as your local time. 
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***IMPORTANT*** New Adobe Connect information and instructions 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 www.genealogicalstudies.com
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. 
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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. 
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LISTEN ON THE GO 
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). 
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See the calendar of future Virtual Meetings sessions at www.genealogicalstudies.com; top menu > INFORMATION > VIRTUAL LEARNING ROOM in the drop-down menu. If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read these INSTRUCTIONS

If you have any questions regarding the Virtual Meetings and/or the schedule, please send an email to degroot@genealogicalstudies.com

Sue de Groot, PLCGS 
National Institute for Genealogical Studies 
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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.
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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. List of Packages available 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 since 1997 

Happy Mothers’ Day 2022

It is time once again to honour Mothers and celebrate this special day. Where would we be without all of the Moms on our Pedigree Charts? 

Tracing the women in our family tree may be relatively easy now, but the farther back we go, the more challenging it is to find their day-to-day activities being recorded. The valued records that were preserved tend to be about the legal issues within the family rather than the social aspects of their daily routines. Yet, her role was so important.

Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters

Our female ancestors not only played significant roles in our lives; they played their part in historical events as well. Researching at times can be a challenge, but we need to ensure that we persevere and tell their stories. Their voice must be heard. 

Start with home resources, family heirlooms, and treasured mementoes connected to milestone events. Such items remind us of the connections we have to the past generations, and they provide great clues to pursue in our research. What were her interests? Did she belong to a volunteer organization? What were her accomplishments?

If you have hit a brick wall in the quest to find information about your female ancestors, consider registering for our Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters – Tracing Women course, which is just one of the online genealogy courses from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

This course is designed to guide you through the process of researching your family’s history by covering strategies and key sources you will need to access in order to overcome common challenges when tracing female ancestors. It will show you how to document “her” story and reveal the often-hidden aspects of their lives.

The Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters – Tracing Women course draws our attention to the material covered in this course. Check out course highlights in the following blog posts:

Part 1: Researching HER Story
Part 2: What’s in a Name?
Part 3: Digging Deeper into HER Story
Part 4: Timelines for the Ladies in our Tree

Check the Course Calendar schedule below to find the next start date and register today!
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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. List of Packages available 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 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997 

Research A-Z ~ INDEX

In the month of April 2022, we highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, some of the courses we featured included ones that you were not aware of and we has piqued your interest to explore further.

Research A-Z ~ INDEX to Blog Posts

A ~ Archives 
B ~ Business Skills 
C ~ Certificates (packages)
D ~ DNA (courses, packages, certificates) 
E ~ European

F ~ Family
G ~ German
H ~ Heritage
I ~ Italian

J ~ Journey
K ~ Kinship
L ~ Librarianship
M ~ Military
N ~ Niche
O ~ Origins
P ~ Professional
Q ~ Questions
R ~ Research
S ~ Social History
T ~ Timelines
U ~ United States
V ~ Vital Records
W ~ Women
X ~ X Marks (Signatures)
Y ~ Young Gen (Next Generation)
Z ~ Z not the End (Names)
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The list of research topics is endless. Glean all you can from every source to build your Research Toolbox. We hope that you found some courses of interest for your genealogy research projects, and have added them to your Genealogical Online Education Plan. Please contact us if you have any questions, or we can assist you further.
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The National Institute for 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 first Monday 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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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.
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 since 1997 

Research A-Z ~ Z not the End

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

Z is… NOT THE END

Z may be at the end of the alphabet, but it’s not the end! Our research will never be finished. There are always more leads to follow and another generation up or down the tree to seek out and document. There aren’t many names starting with Z: Zoey, Zachary, Zachariah, Zenas are a few forenames, and for surnames: Zinck, Zwicker, Zimmerman will be at the end of the line or the end of the index.

The study of Names in genealogy is interesting and can provide many clues when facing a brick wall in your research. Naming Patterns are extremely useful when families followed this tradition. German Rufnamen have thrown off more than a few researchers until it was understood. Some surnames were derived from occupations or geographic locations. Names can have several spelling variations, be shortened to specific nicknames, be found in abbreviated forms in documents, or look totally different when translated into another language. Knowing what to look for is important when researching, especially if you are identifying multiple people with the same name.

There are several Courses dealing with understanding the use of names and their origins. 

Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 
Eastern European: Languages & Alphabets 
Electronic Resources: Using the Internet 
English: Understanding Names in Genealogy
German: Naming Practices 
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Organizing a One-Name Study  
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents 
Research: Danish Ancestors 
Research: Dutch Ancestors in the Netherlands 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: Scandinavian Ancestors 
Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 

Course Packages

You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some courses and want to register for the balance of the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy theme.

Course Package – 4 Courses 
Course Package – 7 Courses 
Course Package – 8 Courses 
Course Package – 10 Courses 
Course Package – 13 Courses

Research A-Z 

Names are a major part of our research. When we understand their origins and the traditional naming patterns that may be used, we can recognize clues to their proper identity. A brick wall may seem like the end of your research, but there are always clues to take us further. Investigating all leads and following known practices will help you to analyze any conflicts you may discover.
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The National Institute for 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 first Monday 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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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.
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:
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Research A-Z ~ Young Gen

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

Y is for YOUNG GEN

There was a time when it was thought that genealogy was only interesting to seniors! This is truly a myth. Family History is appealing to researchers of ALL ages. The younger they are when they begin, the more likely they will have opportunity to interview grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as many elderly extended family members. It is especially important to start asking them personal questions while their memories are sharp. Too many family historians have regrets – missing the opportunity to ask about their childhood memories, or intimate details about family experiences connected to historical events, because they were never written down. So many pioneer or immigrant ancestor stories were not passed down through the generations. 

There are always young people who are interested, the ones who want to hear the stories, and love to browse through the old vintage photo albums. They will remember, because they love the stories that have taken root in their imaginations. They will quickly blossom under the mentorship of more experienced researchers – they just need direction and encouragement. The Young Genealogists are extremely valuable to the genealogy community. They bring fresh ideas and genuine enthusiasm. They can see how to use modern technology to organize and display those Heritage stories in exciting new ways. They just need a place to participate, and we must take the time to make opportunities to share with them and pass it on.

The following Courses may help you to discover ways to share your passion for family history with the Younger Generation, and it includes topics that may appeal to enthusiastic Young Genealogists to explore:

Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 1
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 2

Connecting Family: Online and Virtually 
Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation 
Demystifying Culture & Folklore 
Discover Your Family History 
Electronic Resources: Using the Internet 
Forensic Genealogy  
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Life of Our Ancestors 
Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started 
Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building 
Personal Historian 
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects 
Planning a Fabulous Family Reunion 
Preserve Your Family History Documents & Heirlooms 
Producing Your Family Video 
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
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records 
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 
Writing Your Family History Book

Course Packages

You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some of the courses above. Register for the balance of the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy theme.

Course Package – 4 Courses 
Course Package – 7 Courses 
Course Package – 8 Courses 
Course Package – 10 Courses 
Course Package – 13 Courses

Research A-Z 

The future of our genealogy communities lies with the younger generation, to preserve the research gathered by this generation and pass it on. They need to understand the value of the work we have done in order to appreciate the significance of discovered family history and the stories that bring it alive. Invest in the young family historians and the future genealogists. The next generation will be glad you did!
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The National Institute for 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 first Monday 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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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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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
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