Registration is Open For the 2017 APG Professional Management Conference

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

The Association of Professional Genealogists is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 Professional Management Conference to be held 29 September through 1 October at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Here is the link:


The Professional Management Conference is the one conference dedicated to the needs of professional genealogists, providing education on business topics as well as advanced genealogical education on unique record sets, methodology, DNA, and more. The conference offers three tracks over three days with classes, workshops, poster sessions, and discussion groups–all conveniently located in the conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City, Arlington, VA.

Pennsylvania State Archives Training in June

The following announcement was written by the Pennsylvania State Archives:

The Pennsylvania State Archives (PSA), in partnership with Old Economy Village and the Lycoming County Historical Society, is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Archives Without Tears workshop schedule. The workshops will be held June 6–7 at Old Economy Village, Ambridge, PA and June 15–16 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, Williamsport, PA. These are the only sessions planned for 2017. Registration information is attached.

Announcing the Researching Family in Pennsylvania Summer Genealogy Course

The following announcement was written by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

Researching Family in Pennsylvania
Summer Genealogy Course
31 July – 4 August 2017
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Researching Family in Pennsylvania is an intensive, week-long course exploring the records and repositories available for family history research in the Keystone State. The curriculum brings together renowned scholars and genealogists well-versed in the formation and development of Pennsylvania from the colonial era to the modern age.

Announcing the 2017 British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah on 18-22 September 2017

The following announcement was written by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH):

Don’t miss out on this amazing educational experience!

Choose one of the four tracks by prominent genealogists focused on British Isles research.
The Institute strives to further your education about the records and locations that are important to your genealogical research. Classes are intentionally small so that you can experience individual instruction, both in class and in the Family History Library.

“DNA as a Genealogical Tool”

Understanding DNA is the cutting edge of genealogical education. Maurice Gleeson, MB, genetic genealogist, based in London, will delve into the world of DNA and explain the various scientific resources available to the family historian with specific focus on British Isles research. This course of instruction is suitable to all persons wishing to understand the complexities of DNA and how it is applied to family history research.

“English Genealogical Research Before 1837”

20% off the English/Welsh Family History Course from The Family History Researcher Academy

The following announcement was written by The Family History Researcher Academy:

The Family History Researcher Academy has posted a Black Friday offer on their English/Welsh Family History Course. Instead of the regular $14 per month you can now join up for just $11 a month AND have the first month for only $1.


Delivered by email, to your inbox, these modules lift the lid on the records and resources to use when searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors.

If you sign up between now and the 10th December, using the special link, then you can take advantage of a month’s trail for $1 and receive one module a week in the first four weeks, plus extra bonus reports to help you find your English or Welsh ancestors. If you like what you see, and decide to stay on, then you’ll be able to subscribe to the rest of the course for just $11 a month saving more than 20% on the regular subscription.

The Family History Researcher Academy Adds to Its English/Welsh Family History Course

The following announcement was written by Nick Thorne at The Family History Researcher Academy:

The Family History Researcher Academy’s English/Welsh family history course now includes:

Tracing your ancestors back to England or Wales from elsewhere.

Did your ancestors come from Europe – in particular England or Wales?

  • Many British people emigrated to start new lives in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world.
  • Now the course comes with added extra material, at the beginning, for those tracing their ancestors back to England or Wales from elsewhere.

The Family History Researcher Academy has a Special offer of a Free CD or MP3 Download

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

The Family History Researcher Academy is giving away a free CD or MP3 download to anyone who takes a trial of their English/Welsh family history course.

Complimentary Audio tutorial: “How to get back before 1837 in England & Wales” on CD or MP3 download


This hour long audio tutorial normally sells for $17 but you can have the How to Get Back Before 1837 CD mailed to you, or have the MP3 for immediate access, FREE and with their compliments for checking out their course!

Announcing the CAFG Forensic Genealogy Institute 2017

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

council-for-the-advancement-of-forensic-genealogyThe Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is proud to announce two first-time tracks–unique to CAFG–being offered at the 6th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute to be held March 7-9, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

The first track, Applying Genetic Genealogy to a Forensic Specialty, will be led by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, and offers a unique focus on genetic genealogy for forensic genealogists. This three-day workshop is based on Genetic Genealogy in Practice, with additional material customized for forensic genealogists. Genetic genealogy is a complex topic requiring practice and study to master. Each student will be required to purchase and have in-hand a print copy of the textbook that will be used in the course: Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogy Society, 2016); available online at

New SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees

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

SLIG_LogoThe Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is pleased to announce that applications for a new SLIG  Scholarship will be accepted beginning September 15, 2016.

New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Gap In Genealogy Industry

This looks interesting. You can now obtain personalized coaching for your genealogy searches. The following announcement was written by the folks at genealogyDOTcoach:

New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

genealogyDOTcoachCEDAR HILLS, Utah – August 29, 2016 – A new family history service launched today that will fill a critical gap in the multi-billion dollar genealogy industry. genealogyDOTcoach(SM) is a new online service that matches up professional genealogists (called Genealogy Coaches) with people who want to have all the fun of making family history discoveries for themselves but just need a little assistance from someone they can trust.

“With do-it-yourself sites like and it has become so easy for anyone to start climbing their family tree,” says co-founder, Janet Hovorka. “But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process. The traditional option at that point has been to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist. Many people can’t afford that kind of help. Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves. genealogyDOTcoach aims to fill that gap.”

NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

The following announcement was written by the (US) National Genealogical Society:

NGS_LogoARLINGTON, VA, 16 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of Branching Out, the newest online, cloud-based learning course in the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series. Branching Out is comprised of five modules on topics designed to enhance genealogical research skills of both family historians and those interested in pursuing careers as professional genealogists.

Short Course Videos Added to Ancestry Academy

Ancestry Academy has started something new: the first five videos in a new series written by the team of Academy experts and presented by outside talent. This is a different format from the previous long course structure.

The new courses are brief, but targeted, and more like the lessons within each of the full courses. The topics include:

  • Pre-1850 Censuses
  • 1850 Census: An Introduction
  • 1880 Census: An Overview
  • 1890 Census: Where is It?
  • Introduction to the 1940 Census

Details may be found in the Ancestry Academy web site at

FutureLearn Offers a Free Online Course – Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

A new online course from FutureLearn and the University of Strathclyde will start on 18 July 2016. Quoting from the Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree web site:

UofStrathclydeThis free online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. We’ll help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level.

Learn how to find and store information on your family tree

We’ll get you to define what you want to research, and consider the best ways to go about finding and storing information on your family tree. A key challenge of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania Offers a Course in Researching Family in Pennsylvania

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

Historical Society of PennsylvaniaTwo openings remain for new genealogy course:

Researching Family in Pennsylvania

Five-day genealogy course offered 1-5 August 2016

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists are sponsoring a weeklong program, Researching Family in Pennsylvania, to be held at HSP in Philadelphia.

SLIG Scholarship Winner Announced

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

Paula FurickThe Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is pleased to announce Paula Furick as the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship for 2017. Hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association, SLIG provides a week-long, in-depth learning experience for intermediate to advanced genealogists.

Many candidates submit applications for this scholarship annually. Their submissions include an essay, biographical information, and a letter of recommendation. Of the applications received this year, Ms. Furick’s was determined to most exemplify the culture of giving back to the genealogical community as demonstrated by the late Jimmy B. Parker.

DPLA Workshop: DPLA for Genealogy and Family History

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA):

DPLA_logoJuly 26, 2016 at 3:00pm EST

Following the recent announcement of our partnership with FamilySearch, we are pleased to invite our extended community to attend a free DPLA workshop webinar — DPLA for Genealogy and Family History, taking place on July 26, 2016 at 3:00pm EST.

In this hour-long workshop webinar, DPLA Community Reps and experienced genealogists Tamika Maddox Strong and Amy Johnson Crow will introduce DPLA as a resource for family historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning about new research skills and cool collections in DPLA. You will leave this workshop with new tips for searching for family names in DPLA and exploring resources in your family’s hometown or region. We’ll also take a peek at some of the collections that may prove invaluable for your family research: yearbooks, letters, newspapers, military records, family Bibles and more! With content from 2,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the country, DPLA also offers a unique opportunity to dig deeper and add context to the lives of our ancestors. The workshop is free and open to all so whether you are new to DPLA, new to genealogy, or highly experienced, the workshop will have something for you.

University of Strathclyde and FutureLearn to offer “Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree”

The folks at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland will soon be offering a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. The FREE online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. The course starts the 18th of July and runs for 6 weeks. The first course run attracted 26,000 students from around the world!

You can learn more and sign up at:

SLIG 2017 Opens Registration July 9th

WARNING: This is a VERY popular course. Openings at the Institute usually sell out within minutes after registration opens. If you would like to attend this first-class learning opportunity, I suggest you be prepared in advance by first checking out the catalog of available courses, then be ready to go with your finger on the mouse button at least a minute or two before registration opens.

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

Genealogists from across the nation and around the world travel to Salt Lake City, Utah each January to immerse themselves in a week-long educational experience called “SLIG.”


Going along with this tradition is the rush to get a seat in their course of choice when registration opens each summer. With limited seating to assure quality instruction time, one can imagine that some courses easily fill in a matter of minutes. This year that important date is July 9th – SLIG 2017 registration opens at precisely 9:00 am Mountain Daylight Time,  9 July 2016.

Ancestry Academy Adds Short Courses

Writing in the Ancestry Blog, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, a Senior Product Manager at, describes the latest additions to Ancestry Academy’s courses:

Ancestry Academy has added something new this month: Short Courses! This new offering will give you quick tips on one topic in 5 minutes or less. This month we start with some of the basics on the U.S. Federal Census:

  • Pre 1850-Censuses
  • 1850 Census: An Introduction
  • 1890 Census: Where is it?
  • 1880 Census: An Overview
  • Introduction to the 1940 Census

Announcing the 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 five 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.

The ASG Scholar Award provides financial assistance for a developing scholar to attend one of five academic programs in American genealogy: the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) in Washington, D.C., the Certificate Program in Genealogical Research at Boston University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), or the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). The recipient may register for the program of his or her choice.