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Do you use Pinterest? It is a free social media website where you can create a collection of visual bookmarks on whatever topic you are interested in. This quickly became very popular, but…. Did you know that it is NOT just for Recipes and Crafts? You can actually use it for Genealogy! It can become a useful online tool. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a Pinterest account and you can follow us HERE.

As you are researching online, you visit many websites while working on your research projects – how can you organize and keep track of them? Where can you keep them all in one place and have access to them wherever you are? In our Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist course, you will learn that Pinterest is a visual bookmarking website. It allows you to create “Boards” for various topics, which are like Bulletin Boards. You can “Pin” various website bookmarks to the appropriate topical board to be referenced later. These pins capture an image from that webpage and display it inside the board, along with a short description. The URL is linked so that when the image is clicked, that website will open. Boards are created with a title, which reflects your research topics and are usually displayed alphabetically. Inside your board, choose one of the pins with an image that best expresses what that board is about and save it to be displayed as the “cover” of that board. This provides a quick visual prompt as to what each board is about and builds a virtual library of your bookmarks.

Pinterest Research Tips

1. When you pin all the websites you used for a specific genealogy project to one designated board, it is a great way to check back for all of the URL sources for your bibliography or reference materials. 

2. When discussing a genealogy topic and you want to share a great resource site or database, you can quickly access it through the Pinterest app and share it on the spot.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has created boards with links to many of our courses, packages and programs. For those who are visual learners, this is a way to quickly get an overview of what is being offered. New Boards and Pins will continue to be added until all of our courses are covered. Click on the course pins to access their course description.

The second way we are using our Pinterest account is to access our National Institute for Genealogical Studies Blog posts. We have many articles that have been written in reference to our course materials, but it can sometimes be a challenge to find a specific topic quickly. Our Blog Posts have been pinned to our Pinterest Boards under the appropriate course topics for easy access. Are you thinking about the next course you will choose? Check the Pinterest Board to see if there has been a blog post about it, and read a summary or highlights of other students’ experiences. Then click the course pin to read the course description on our website.

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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165


Graduation Ceremony 2019-2020

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies’
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 — From: 7 pm to 9 pm EDT

Mark your Calendar and Save the DATE for our Annual Graduation Ceremony

We are pleased to feature our 2019-2020 Graduation as the finale to our all-day Special Event on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Plan to join us to honor our hard-working students and celebrate their accomplishments! We will post more specific details about this year’s graduation as we approach the date.

Graduation Ceremony – Help us Honor our Hard-Working Students
June 27, 2020 – 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PM Mountain; 4 PM Pacific; Midnight in London, England; June 28, 2020 – 9 AM in Sydney, Australia
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There will be a Special Draw just for the Graduates. You MUST be present to win this prize.

Don’t Forget: There will be DRAWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR $10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES
You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by email. BUT… There will be ‘on-the-spot’ prizes too. Be alert!

To enter the draw, send an email to: answering this question: HOW MANY ONLINE COURSES DOES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OFFER?

Hint: All online courses are listed on our website.
Deadline to submit your answer for the main draws is on June 27th.

For more information about our 2019-2020 Graduation and all of the activities for our all-day Special Event, check back to our blog and watch for social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. @GeneaStudies

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses and Professional Learning Certificate programs offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165

Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

The Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, “Building A Heritage”, will be taking place May 1st – 4th and we here at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are excited. Why are we excited? Because we will be attending! 

Image courtesy of Angela Rodesky

We enjoy meeting with our current students, those who have graduated, and new students. No matter where you are at in your genealogy education, we have courses for you. I’m sure you have questions for us so please stop by our booth and visit with Angela Rodesky she will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.  

Plus, while there don’t forget to register for your FREE complimentary course just for attending the conference. 

May 2019 Conferences

April is almost over and we at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are looking forward to May. Will we see you at one of the following conferences? Make sure to check out the exhibit hall, stop by our booth, and visit with us. We look forward to seeing you!


  1. May 1st – 4th  Ohio Genealogical Society Conference – “Building A Heritage” at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH
  2. May 7th – 11th  National Genealogical Society Conference – “Journey of Discovery”  at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO
  3. May 30th – June 2nd  Southern California Genealogical Society – “Jamboree 2019 – 50th Birthday Bash” at the Los Angeles Marriot, Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, CA
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