Education

Ancestry Launches Ancestry Academy, Educational Video Courses for Family History Researchers

The following announcement was written by the folks at Ancestry:

New resource will feature high-quality video courses spanning a variety of family history topics; Expert guidance to help experts and novices alike

(PROVO, Utah) – April 22, 2015 – Ancestry, the world’s leading family history service, has launched Ancestry Academy, a new educational resource that offers high-quality video instruction from family history and genealogy experts. Covering a wide range of topics of interest in family history research, including Native American ancestry, online US census research, and DNA testing, this new educational content will help anyone, no matter their knowledge, better research and understand their family’s unique history.

“Whether you are just beginning your family history research or an expert genealogist, nearly anyone can learn something new from the terrific lineup of expert instructors featured on Ancestry Academy,” said Laura Prescott, Director of Ancestry Academy. “Our goal is to deliver the best online video instruction library of family history courses to as many people as possible to provide an educational and rewarding experience while researching their family history.”

JewishGen Education will offer a new Online Forum – The Jewish in Jewish Genealogy May 1 – May 29

The following information was written by the folks at JewishGen Education:

Genealogy is more than statistics and facts. This class will give you a chance to understand the Jewish immigration experience and we’ll discover tricks and tips to successfully search for Jewish ancestry.

With each passing generation, the torch passes to children whose lifestyle is further from the immigrant experience. Now we have to dig deep in order to bring up images and voices from the past, to understand and recreate their lives.

Announcing the 2016 ASG Scholar Award

The following announcement was written by the American Society of Genealogists:

Established in 1996, the ASG Scholar Award is an annual scholarship now providing an increased stipend of $1,000 toward tuition and expenses at one of three major academic genealogical programs in the United States. Candidacy for the award is open to all genealogists, genealogical librarians, and researchers working in related fields. Applicants submit a published work or a manuscript of work in progress, to be judged by a panel of three Fellows. The goal of the award is to recognize talent and build genealogical expertise by providing promising genealogists the opportunity to receive advanced academic training in genealogy.

Student Genealogy Grant Applications Invited

The following announcement was written by the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee:

March 17, 2015 – The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Student Genealogy award. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society will provide a full conference registration to the SCGS Jamboree in June where the award will be presented. This is a unique opportunity for a young genealogist to attend a premiere regional conference and meet genealogists from throughout the nation.

BCG Offers Free Webinar

The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

“Elementary, My Dear Watson! Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles with Clues You Already Have”

What can a genealogist do when key direct evidence is missing or inadequate? The Board for Certification of Genealogists will present a webinar on this question free to the public at 8pm EDT 17 March 2015. James M. Baker, CG, will offer step-by-step approaches for using inferential and analytic thinking to solve these challenging genealogy problems – including the use of naming patterns, birth/marriage witness data, inheritance data, sibling research, timelines, and family migrations.

British Institute 2015 to Feature Instructors from the British Isles

The following was written by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 15th Annual British Institute. The Institute will be held September 21-25, 2015, at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, conveniently located in the center of historic downtown Salt Lake City and next door to the Family History Library (FHL).

This year’s Institute features four renowned genealogists from the British Isles — Else Churchill and Alec Tritton from England, Fiona Fitzsimons from Ireland, and Bruce Durie from Scotland. They will be joined by board-certified genealogist Melissa Johnson, who specializes in writing and publishing. The instructional format includes plenty of time to research in the nearby FHL.

The amazing course line-up includes:

Online Course, RootsMOOC: Intro to Genealogy and Family Research is Now Open for Enrollment

This sounds like a great offering. RootsMOOC is open to the first 5,000 learners and  enrollment is well on its way. “MOOC” is an abbreviation for “massive open online course.” The following is a description from the RootsMOOC web site:

RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging.

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you.

GRIP has a New Registration Procedure

The following announcement was written by the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP):

GRIP is Utilizing a New Technological Registration Procedure

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is a very popular “summer camp for genealogists” that is held on the campus of La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last year 205 students from 40 states and 3 countries attended six courses in Pittsburgh. Having fun while learning about genealogy in the company of friends and like-minded classmates is why students return year after year. Not to mention the course coordinators and instructors who are tops in the field! GRIP is happy to provide two separate weeks for learning opportunities this summer, each with its own opening registration date.

Virtual Genealogy Conference Debuts a New DNA Track

Family Tree University has announced an online conference and has even included a special early bird offer for readers of this newsletter. The following was written by the folks at F+W Media, Inc., sponsors of Family Tree University:

Family Tree University’s Winter 2015 Virtual Conference adds Genetic Genealogy sessions to presentation lineup

For a fraction of the cost it takes to travel to—and attend—a live event, Family Tree University’s Winter 2015 Virtual Conference provides attendees with an all-access pass to 15 half-hour video sessions, allowing you to learn from popular genealogy speakers from the comfort of home. And now, FTU is excited to announce the debut of a Genetic Genealogy track.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Offers New Interactive Option for Courses

The following announcement was written by the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research:

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 17 December 2014:

The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research is evolving!

Student responses to our first course have reinforced our plans concerning the need for additional instructor interaction and feedback. Beginning in 2015 we will offer instructors and students this option.

Previously our courses came in a single format: four 90-minute lecture sessions with Q&A, extensive syllabus material, and at least one practical exercise.

Plus courses will consist of:

Heritage Books to Sponsor the 11th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise

Genealogy Cruises seem to be popping up everywhere! The newest announcement comes from Heritage Books. The 11th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise is to be the successor to the earlier Wholly Genes Software cruises. Now under the leadership of professional genealogist Craig R. Scott, the Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruises have always been very popular. I suspect the 2015 edition will be the same.

The 11th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise will occur October 18–October 28, 2015. Quoting from the announcement:

Join us for an educational and fun-filled voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Aruba then on to Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal and Colon, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and back to Ft. Lauderdale, while we learn about DNA from some of the foremost experts in those fields.

The same announcement also states:

NGS Introduces Revolutionary War Course

The following announcement was written by the folks at the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 DECEMBER 2014: The National Genealogical Society announced today the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies (CGS) course: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors. Developed by military records expert Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, the new course expands on NGS

In addition to his role as CEO and President of Heritage Books, Inc., Craig Scott has spent decades honing his military research expertise and teaching these skills within the genealogical community. He has coordinated military courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. His books include Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872 and Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent, and The “Lost” Pensions: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838.

Unlock the Past Cruises Schedule 2015–16

Want to take a genealogy cruise? Unlock the Past Cruises has many available to choose from. The following was written by Unlock the Past Cruises:

Adelaide, South Australia, 1 December 2014 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces its 2015-16 program of seven history and genealogy cruises – all now booking. Discover more about your family history in great company while visiting great destinations. All who book a cruise during the remainder of 2014 and 2015 are in a draw for $6000 worth of prizes. In addition there are more great prize opportunities on each cruise!

From Fremantle, Western Australia on the Astor, 19-24 January 2015, a cruise commemorating the departure of the convoys carrying the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and New Zealand Expeditionary Force (later to be known collectively as the ANZACs) in late 1914. Noted Irish and military historian, Richard Reid, will be the lead presenter.

Baltic cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse, 11-25 July 2015, visiting northern Europe, St Petersburg and Scandinavia – departing Southampton and visiting Bruges (Belgium), Berlin (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), and Copenhagen (Denmark). Apart from fantastic ports of call learn from a great team of presenters including Cyndi Ingle and Paul Milner (United States), Chris Paton and Janet Few (UK), Shauna Hicks and Carol Baxter (Australia) and many more.

Scottish Institute 2015: October 18 – 25

The Scottish Institute provides a unique learning opportunity for professional and semi–professional genealogists who may or may not conduct research for clients with Scottish Ancestry. It will be held in Edinburgh on October 18 through 25.

This Institute is a small group experience, limited to 15 registrants. The Institute is for Professional and Semi-Professional genealogists who may or may not conduct research for clients with Scottish ancestry.

The week will offer speakers on several topics including the holdings of the GRO, NAS (combined as the NRS), palaeography, National Health archives, maps, newspapers, the holdings of the NLS, court records and the efforts of the Maxwells at Scottish Indexes, ancestral tourism and the Scottish Genealogy Network. The full agenda may be found at http://www.scottishinstitute.ca/institute-schedule.html.

Tennessee Partnership with Ancestry.com Allows Students to Search for Ancestors and for State History

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is launching a new partnership with the popular genealogy site, Ancestry.com. The two have collaborated for several years, digitizing many of Tennessee’s historical records. A new agreement provides access to the digitized records to every public school classroom in the state. Ancestry.com is offering access to the records free of charge.

Students will have free access to 14 billion records across the 30,000 databases on Ancestry Institution, such as U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1940, as well as military records and Newspapers.com, another Ancestry-owned website.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Early-Bird Registration ends on October 31, 2014

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy:

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research to Offer Unique Opportunities in Genealogical Education

I am not yet familiar with this new organization but the announcement looks very interesting. The following was written by the folks at the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research:

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 9 September 2014. Professional genealogists Catherine W. Desmarais, CG, Michael Hait, CG, and Melanie D. Holtz, CG, are pleased to announce the formation of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). VIGR is a unique educational opportunity for genealogists of all skill levels.

The Institute will offer courses on a wide variety of genealogical subjects, providing “Vigorous” year-round education for the genealogical community using a virtual platform. Each course will consist of a total of four 90-minute lectures, two each presented on consecutive Saturdays, extensive syllabus material, and practical exercises. Limited class sizes of only one hundred registrants per course allows for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered by genealogy webinars.

Announcing the 2015 CSI-Genealogy (Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy, CSIG)

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy:

GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 3 September 2015:

From 28 May through 1 June 2015 the first Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy will be held at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Four tracks of study over 4.5 days are scheduled. Nationally-known genealogical-research experts will present the following tracks:

  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle of CyndisList)
  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill of Genealogy Tip of the Day), The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Records (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CGSM),
  • Germanic Research Sources and Methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CGSM).

Symposium in Glasgow – The Future of Professional Genealogy

As the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! expo in Glasgow was winding down, the professional genealogists and a number of other interested persons and organizations were invited to attend a presentation and discussion concerning the potential need for a framework for genealogical education, licensing, and/or regulation in the British Isles. While I certainly am not a professional genealogist, I was lucky enough to be invited as well. I think that was because I was able to be the “genealogy journalist” who would report on the proceedings.

Many of the issues discussed in the symposium are similar to issues in other countries but a number of the issues, especially in dealing with governmental bodies, appear to be unique to the U.K. Here are my notes from the Symposium:

Online Webinars in Spanish with Daniel Horowitz

On Saturday, August 2, beginning at 1 pm Mountain Daylight Time, the Family History Library will hold two online webinars in Spanish with Daniel Horowitz, the Chief Genealogist of MyHeritage. The first class which begins at 1 will be Saque el máximo provecho de MyHeritage (Getting the Most out of MyHeritage) followed at 3 pm by ¿Cómo involucrar a los niños en la investigación familiar? (How to Get Kids Involved in Family History).

In the 1 pm class Saque el máximo provecho de MyHeritage or “Getting the Most out of MyHeritage” you will learn how to build a family tree on MyHeritage.com. He will also talk about how to enter details, upload images, use facial recognition technology to tag people, and how to invite and share information with family members. MyHeritage has functions that will benefit your research including SmartMatching and RecordMatching. Join us online or in the Family History Library and learn how to use these two powerful tools to help you discover your family information and collaborate with others around the world.

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