Education

Hands on with Ancestry Academy

The following article was written by Pam Cerutti.

NOTE: Pam Cerutti is the editor of this newsletter, but her professional background suits this review well. After teaching high school English, she went on to a career in computer education, where she developed many courses on software applications. In particular, she spent much of her time creating self-paced instruction and managing online learning. In all, she has over 30 years of assessing educational best practices and a pretty good understanding of how people learn.

Ancestry.com launched a new offering called Ancestry Academy in April, and I finally had a chance to try out some of its courses this week. I have a career in computer education, and my interest in e-learning goes back to the infancy of the internet. Having followed the development of online courses ever since, I thought other EOGN readers might be interested in this review.

To access Ancestry Academy, you need either a free login or a subscription. A free login will get you access to some of the courses, but you will be able to see all the titles available. Subscription detail appears at the end of this article.

Online Course in Heraldry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The following announcement was written by the folks at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland:

From October 2015, the University of Strathclyde will be offering an 8-week on line course entitled “INTRODUCTION TO HERALDRY”. It will run twice in each academic year, or more depending on demand.

First classes – from Monday 5 October 2015 & Monday 18 April 2016 – Cost – £153 (ILA eligible). See http://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/yourfamilyhistory/#d.en.975313

This class is “welcomed and encouraged” by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland, Canon Dr Joe Morrow.

The tutor for the class is Dr Bruce Durie.

Society of Genealogists and Pharos Tutors and Tutoring announce a New Joint Programme of Education

The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists:

Friday 26th June, 2015:

The Society of Genealogists & Pharos Teaching & Tutoring today announced a new joint programme of education, the distance learning Certificate of Family History Skills and Strategies (Advanced).

The Society of Genealogists, in conjunction with Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd has been running its popular Intermediate distance learning programme since September 2010. The Advanced Certificate builds on this. It brings a two-year programme of assessed education online starting on 1 October 2015, consisting of taught modules and special stand-alone tutorial sessions. Pharos and the Society are working with the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) to enable students to reach the standards necessary for membership application should they wish to work as professional genealogists in the future.

Taught modules are:

Update: the Free, Week-Long Seminar for Beginning and Intermediate Genealogists is Full for In-Person Attendees but the Webinars are Still Available

Five days ago, I published Free, Week-Long Seminar for Beginning and Intermediate Genealogists at http://goo.gl/12VIXC. The clases are now full for anyone planning to attend in person. However, for those who cannot attend the seminar, fifteen of the thirty classes will be broadcast via webinar. For more information please see the following: https://familysearch.org/blog/en/united-states-research-seminar

Free, Week-Long Seminar for Beginning and Intermediate Genealogists

The Family History Library and the Research Specialists of the United States and Canada Reference team are offering a free, never before offered, week-long seminar in October of 2015 in Salt Lake City. The focus will be exclusively U.S. research. The classes will be ideal for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about U.S. records, FamilySearch resources, and Family History Library collections. Many of the classes will also be offered as webinars for those who can’t make it to Salt Lake City.

For more information and to register for the course, see the United States Research Seminar wiki page at: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Research_Seminar.

Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research to Relocate in 2017

The following announcement was written by Samford University:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Samford University has announced that the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) will relocate after the June 2016 institute. The university is working with the IGHR advisory board and other organizations to find a suitable host.

The growth in Samford’s academic programming has resulted in demands on necessary resources that exceed the university’s ability to meet both programs’ requirements for a quality experience for all parties, according to Kimmetha Herndon, dean of Samford University’s Library. The Institute traditionally has been held in June, and that date did not compete with other workshops and conferences held across the U.S. throughout the year. Alternative dates to host the Institute were not available because of the university’s expanded year-round academic programming. This year’s IGHR workshop is June 7-12.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Upcoming Courses and Offers Memorial Day Drawing for Free Course

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

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 22 May 2015. Registration is currently open for six upcoming courses offered by the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

“We are very excited about these new courses, covering genetic genealogy; English, German and Native American research; and U.S. federal land and Revolutionary War records,” said co-administrator Michael Hait, CG. “The response to our courses has been outstanding! The Virtual Institute is an excellent option for in-depth genealogical education, especially for those with limited travel options.”

In celebration of Memorial Day, the Virtual Institute is also offering a drawing for everyone who registers for a course between Friday, 22 May 2015 and Monday, 25 May 2015 at midnight (U.S. Eastern). Each registrant will be entered into the drawing to win a free additional course ($69.99 value). Those registering for multiple courses will receive multiple entries. Three winners will be drawn. The prizes can be applied to any standard course prior to 31 December 2016, not including the original course registration.

Registration for the following courses is currently open:

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

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

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is pleased to announce that essay entries for the Jimmy B. Parker Essay Scholarship are now being accepted.

The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to the individual whose essay and application reflect a commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement. Past winners are Debra Hoffman of New Windsor, Maryland​;​ Susan LeBlanc of Gladstone, Oregon​;​ and Patti Gillespie of Decatur, Texas.

The Family History Researcher Academy is 2 Years Old

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Family History Researcher Academy:

Having first launched its English/Welsh family history course online back in May 2013, it has gained many satisfied customers who have completed their studies and learned where to search further for their elusive forebears.

Complied by Nick Thorne, who has experience of researching ancestors for private clients and of working on various projects for one of the leading British genealogical research websites, this course has had tremendous feedback from those who bought the training. Nick has contributed articles for publication, in various U.K. family history magazines, on genealogy websites and he also writes a blog called “Help Me With My Family Tree” under the pen name of The Nosey Genealogist.

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:

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