NGS Announces Two New Online Courses: African American Roots: A Historical Perspective and Federal Land Records

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 28 APRIL 2018—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its two newest Continuing Genealogical Studies courses, African American Roots: A Historical Perspective and Federal Land Records.

African American Roots: A Historical Perspective is a cloud-based, self-paced course that introduces you to the uniqueness of searching for African American ancestors.  A mixture of history and genealogy, it discusses the role Africans and African Americans played in the birth and growth of the United Sates from as early as the fifteenth century. Armed with this historical perspective, family historians learn where they might find information about African Americans in general and their own ancestors in particular.

SLIG Scholarship Opportunities

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

SLIG is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the following SLIG scholarships.

SLIG Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship: Named in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, this scholarship recognizes those who have “demonstrated commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement”. Parker’s legacy of more than 50 years of service serves as the guideline for the application essay detailing how attending SLIG will help the applicant enhance their ability to serve or prepare them to give back to the genealogical community.

SLIG Calls for Proposals

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

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) continues to reach out to advanced, experienced teaching professionals in the genealogical community for new course content, presentation, and publication proposals.

The following Calls for Proposals are now open:

SLIG 2020 Course Proposals: SLIG offers courses on local, state, regional, and international topics taught at an intermediate level or above; specific record types, skills, methodology, and related technologies or strategies are preferred at a high-intermediate to advanced level. Courses with hands-on learning opportunities are encouraged as well as those that fill educational needs not addressed elsewhere. The deadline for course proposals is August 1, 2018; inquiries are accepted at any time.

WWII Writing Course Announced

This is different! The following announcement was written by the World War II Research and Writing Center:

The World War II Research and Writing Center is pleased to announce the release of a new educational website. WWII Education, which will provide users to online courses, webinars, and more! We are excited to announce the release of our first course, Finding the Answers Through WWII Writing.

Course Description:
Stories have the power to transform us. Throughout our lives, the stories we have heard may shape our identity. They may shape the perspective we have on life, the past, present, and future, ourselves, and those we love. Stories may raise questions about the war, family secrets, those who were lost, and things we discover through our research.

IDG Introduces Their Newest IDG Academy Class: Beginning Genealogy – Starting Off Right

The following announcement was written by the folks at the IDG Academy:

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to announce the launch of the IDG Academy ( class “Beginning Genealogy – Starting off Right” in April 2017. The IDG Academy is an online learning experience to expand skills in Genealogy. Classes are taught by In-Depth Genealogist writers, past and present, as well as recognized professional genealogists. The online classroom incorporates best practices in the field using the Moodle classroom. Moodle is an intuitive learning management system which allows for easy navigation and community building. The online class environment will be a combination of interaction with the instructor and fellow students via discussion boards and synchronous activities. Classes are 4 weeks in length and the schedule can be found at Classes will cost $99 each.

Spring Offer from The Family History Researcher Academy: 20% off their English/Welsh Family History Course

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

The Family History Researcher Academy has launched a special 20% off ‘Spring Offer’ on their popular English/Welsh Family History Course and its available only until April 2nd.

Instead of the regular $14 per month subscription you can now join up for just $11 a month. PLUS you get the first month for only $1.00 for you to take it for a test run!

Delivered weekly inside a membership area for 12 months, these modules will reveal the best records and resources that you can use when searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors.

Student Genealogy Grant Invites Applications

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

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree are pleased to announce the 2018 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award and full registration scholarship to the 2018 SCGS Jamboree to be held in Burbank, California June 1-2, 2018.

The Student Grant was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. The 2018 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society will provide 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.

A new ‘In-brief’ Concise Report has been Released for English & Welsh Ancestor Research

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

The Family History Researcher Academy has added a new In-brief crib-sheet report to its website, to compliment its more in-depth online English & Welsh family history course.

The In-brief report shows researchers where to find the on and offline resources, for discovering ancestors in England and Wales, and looks at which top records to use.

The succinct 6 page document reveals which websites can be useful for finding ancestors, in this part of the world, and covers the free sites as well as the commercial ones along with those of The National Archives, The National Library of Wales, County Record Offices, the Society of Genealogists and more.

This In-brief introduces:

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces a New Eastern European Records Certificate Featuring Courses Written by Lisa Alzo, MFA

The following announcement was written by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies:

27 February 2018 – The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce a new addition to our Certificate Programs. The Eastern European Records Certificate features courses in researching various records and repositories in Eastern Europe.

Course author and genealogy professional, Lisa Alzo, MFA says of researching Eastern European ancestors, “A vast number of immigrants came to the United States and Canada from various areas in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, in the past, those with Eastern European roots have been reticent to begin research on their immigrant ancestors due to perceived barriers of language, geography, and difficulty with accessing and understanding the records. With the popularity of DNA testing, more people are discovering they have Eastern European ancestry and have a desire to know more. As more records become accessible with each passing year, it has never been easier to consolidate known facts with newly discovered information.”

Courses in this new certificate program include:

Historical Society of Pennsylvania Announces Two Summer Genealogy Courses in Philadelphia

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

Researching Family in Pennsylvania
30 July – 3 August 2018

Now in its 3rd year, Researching Family in Pennsylvania is an intensive five-day course exploring the records and repositories available for research in the Keystone State. This course offers a complete “How to” curriculum, training you to use the resources available at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) as well as record sources for all 67 counties. During the course week, HSP’s library and archive will remain open two evenings to accommodate researchers who want to apply their new-found knowledge base to the society’s unique holdings.

Researching Family in the British Isles
13 August – 16 August 2018

Early-bird pricing available until February 1st!

Recorded MyHeritage Genealogy Seminar Webinars Are Now Available Online for Free

In an article I published a couple of weeks ago (and still visible to all at, I mentioned that MyHeritage would be holding free online webinars featuring the participation of experts in DNA, Jewish genealogy, general research techniques, and technology trends for genealogy. That webinar was held on October 19.
The webinars did take place and they were also recorded. If you missed the original events, you can still listen to them today. Details may be found at

The Family History Researcher Academy is Now Offering a FREE English & Welsh Family History Mini-Course

The following announcement was written by Nick Thorne:

Nick Thorne, from The Family History Researcher Academy has just added a FREE video mini-course for those searching for English or Welsh ancestors to his site at
The short video tutorials deal with some of the mistakes that researchers sometimes make when they are looking for their English or Welsh ancestors in census and birth records. The mini-course also sets out some of the places that you could research for your elusive ancestors in and also sets out how to best begin the search of these British records. While the videos encourage viewers to go on to the more detailed written course, the mini-course stands alone in offering some very useful information.

Research Your Roots Using JewishGen begins November 1

The following announcement was written by the folks who manage JewishGen:

This course is designed for those researchers relatively new to JewishGen who wish to use all the databases and communication facilities to explore a family branch.

It’s a mentored course, thus students have an instructor who will personally respond to questions, make suggestions and assist in researching the branch you choose…24/7.

The course is designed to match JewishGen resources to your family knowledge; we will begin with your goals and objectives and a descendant tree of the branch you select, then gather the information about your town via JewishGen’s rich databases and web pages; then we will investigate JewishGen’s other resources: JGFF, FTJP, Country databases, Holocaust databases, Discussion Lists and Special Interest Groups. Please note: this course is limited to JewishGen databases and facilities; after using these, the instructor will give suggestions in the last week for alternative resources.

MyHeritage’s One-Day Genealogy Seminar October 29 in Israel to be Broadcast Online

The following was written by the folks at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, now a division of MyHeritage:

October 17, 2017 – MyHeritage is proud to announce its first One-Day Genealogy Seminar, to be held on October 29, 2017 from 7am to 3pm EST. It will feature the participation of experts in the fields of DNA, Jewish genealogy, general research techniques, and technology trends for genealogy. The lectures will be broadcast from the MyHeritage headquarters in Israel. The public is invited to join the lectures via Legacy Family Tree Webinars from anywhere in the world for FREE. Later, the recordings will be available to view for free on demand. To register, click here.

Times, topics, and speakers:

In-Depth Genealogist Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guide

The following announcement was written by the folks at the In-Depth Genealogist:

IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guide: “Researching in School Records” by Melissa Barker

The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Melissa Barker, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to Researching in School Records.” Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. Her Professional Genealogy expertise is in Tennessee records and she takes research clients. She has been researching her own family history for the past 27 years.

Family History Researcher Academy English & Welsh Family History Course One-Time Payment Offers Expanded

In July of this year the Family History Researcher Academy trialled a One-Time Payment offer for those wishing to pay in US Dollars or British Pounds. This gave students a deep saving of US$88 on the regular price of the 52 lesson English/Welsh Family History Course.

The results were amazing and the trial was a great success – so for a short while more it is being extended and opened up to other currencies as well.

In response to customer demand from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, the One-Time Payment option is being rolled out to those who would like to pay in Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars or New Zealand Dollars as well as keeping the US Dollar and British Pounds, offers open.

The British Institute Still Has a Few Openings for 18-22 September 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks who manage the British Institute, a project designed to further your education about the records and the locations that are important to your genealogical research within the British Isles:

Early registration ends on August 31st.
Don’t miss out on this incredible educational opportunity.

Choose one of the four courses by prominent genealogists focused on British Isles research:

“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”

SLIG Announces New Dates and Format

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

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is pleased to announce they have recently signed contracts with the Hilton Salt Lake City Center for years 2019 through 2023. And with that, they reveal a new two-week format.

It was just two years ago that changes in the Salt Lake City meeting landscape facilitated a SLIG move to more preferred dates. Recent changes in that same landscape opened a new window of opportunity, one that more fully supports the ongoing growth and expansion of SLIG in meeting the advanced educational needs of the genealogical community.

Beginning in 2019, SLIG will utilize a new two-week format as follows:

New York Jewish Genealogy Course begins August 4

The following announcement was written by the folks at JewishGen:

Did your family live in New York? There are many interesting research possibilities in the Big Apple! JewishGen’s Intermediate Course, Breaking Brick Walls in the United States, will focus on New York Resources. This course will be especially useful to those who visit NY; we’ll have suggestions on where to research, where to wander and how to get there.

If, despite basic online research (census from FamilySearch & Ancestry, vital records from ItalianGen) you have not yet found the Hebrew names, birth year or town for your U.S. immigrant ancestors consider this course as it focuses on the more esoteric documents our ancestors generated, including naturalization, military and governmental records, death records (probate, obituaries, cemeteries), and local archival research.

Family History Researcher Academy Announces a Discount on the English/Welsh Family History Course

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

Save $88 on English/Welsh Family History Course

The Family History Researcher Academy guides people with English or Welsh ancestors to best find their past family in the records… and now there is $88 off the price!

Drawn together by Nick Thorne, from his experience of researching ancestors for private clients and of working on various projects for one of the leading British genealogical research websites. Nick regularly has articles published in several of the U.K. family history magazines and he writes a blog called “Help Me With My Family Tree” under the pen name of The Nosey Genealogist.