Education

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.

Webinar: Women Who Lost Citizenship through Marriage: Naturalization and Repatriation Records, 1922-1956

The Expatriation Act of 1907 mandated that all women acquired their husband’s nationality upon marriage. As a result, between 1907 and 1922, countless women lost their U.S. citizenship through marriage to non-citizens. This month’s “Records Found” webinar examines citizenship records documenting these women’s resumption of U.S. citizenship, first through naturalization under the Married Women’s Act of 1922 and then through an expedited repatriation program inaugurated in 1936.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of the Department of Homeland Security will hold an online “webinar” on July 24 at 1:00 PM Eastern time. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/TqcZwP.

Registration is Now Open for the 2014 British Institute

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 2014 British Institute:

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History announces the courses for the 14th annual British Institute, to be held 20-24 October in Salt Lake City at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, located next door to the LDS Family History Library.

“David Rencher’s Irish Land Records course was one of the very best courses I have ever attended. The material was more advanced than available anywhere else, and I find myself referring to the syllabus notebook regularly. Having the class at the Family History Library, where we could immediately apply what we learned in the afternoons, was especially helpful. I made many new discoveries about my Irish ancestors that week. David is an excellent instructor! I highly recommend anyone researching Irish ancestors to take his courses.” – Catherine Desmarais, CG, 2013 attendee.

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Association of Professional Genealogists:

APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 June 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in August 2014 for attendance at the APG PMC 2015, which will take place in Salt Lake City on 8–9 January 2015.

Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2015 Scholarship

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

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce we are now accepting essays for the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship. Full tuition to SLIG 2015 will be awarded to the student whose essay and application exemplify the culture of giving back to community, lived by Jimmy B. Parker. The scholarship will be awarded by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to luanadarby@gmail.com:

2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute Dates and Courses

The following was written by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy:

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy to Hold Fourth Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute on March 26-28, 2015

The 2015 FGI Offers Two Brand-New, Cutting-Edge Courses for Forensic Genealogists

Dallas, Texas – June 12, 2014 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) announced today that the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The 2015 FGI features two brand-new, concurrent, 20-hour courses: “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” and “Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases.”

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Registration Opens Saturday

The following was written by the folks at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG):

Registration for SLIG 2015 opens on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM Mountain Time! Pick your course, so that you are ready to enroll when registration opens as there are limited seats and ​the ​courses fill fast. The following ​tracks are being offered:

  • The Family History Law Library (Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
  • Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
  • Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
  • Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)
  • Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
  • Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)
  • Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)
  • Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore, Angie Bush)
  • Diving Deeper into New England (Advanced) (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie)

Utah Genetics Student Awarded Genealogy Grant

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

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that Paul Woodbury, a Brigham Young University senior from Provo, Utah will receive $500 from the Freeman Memorial Grant program and 3-day registration to the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California from SCGS.

Paul Woodbury will attend the SCGS Jamboree June 6-8, 2014 and use the grant funds toward genealogy research and education. This is the fourth year that the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program and SCGS have partnered to offer a student genealogy award.
“We are delighted to recognize young genealogists with the grant program and encourage their future in family history,” notes Denise Levenick, Grant Chair. “It is exciting to see ‘The Next Generation of Genealogists’ is already here!”

Free Online Webinars in Spanish: Sharing the Expertise of the Family History Library

Have you ever wanted to attend a class at the Family History Library but you couldn’t afford the gas or the plane tickets to get here? Are you researching Spanish-speaking ancestors? Are you also fluent in Spanish? If so, you might want to know that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has begun online webinars as a way to share their expertise with the world.

For Spanish speakers, online webinars are a regular occurrence. These presentations are designed specifically for Spanish speaking researchers in Spain and Latin America. The themes include topics for beginners and intermediate researchers and are taught by the research specialists from the Family History Library Latin America team. The first Saturday class has been designated as a class for beginners while the third Saturday class is for intermediates to advanced researchers. The most recent class held on May 3 drew 88 attendees from 12 countries around the world.

You can learn more in the FamilySearch Blog at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/free-online-webinars-spanish-sharing-expertise-family-history-library/.

GRIP Announces 2015 Plans for Two Institute Weeks

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

April 25, 2014 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announces their summer 2015 plans. In order to accommodate many different interests and a high demand for popular courses, two weeks of six courses each will be offered next summer, both at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first week will be June 28 to July 3, 2015 and the second week will be July 19 to 24, 2015. According to Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Deborah Lichtner Deal, co-directors of GRIP, “the demand for in-depth genealogical education is so high that week-long courses sell out shortly after registration opens, disappointing many potential students. At the same time genealogists who have taken many courses want new content.” GRIP seeks to satisfy this growing need for high quality genealogy education through its week-long courses with internationally recognized instructors.

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