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.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces New Courses

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

Virtual Institute announces summer and fall 2016 courses.

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 22 May 2016. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research would like to announce several exciting new courses that will be offered during the summer and fall 2016. The schedule sees new courses from several of our popular past instructors as well as a few new instructors with their first Virtual Institute courses. We would also like to announce the beginning of a whole new endeavor to bring even more educational opportunities to the genealogical community.


Registration for all of the following courses are now open:

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship Opportunities

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

First Deadline coming up: June 1st


Planning to attend the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2017? SLIG is pleased to announce that there are several scholarship opportunities available for SLIG students.

SLIG Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship – Deadline June 1, 2016

Announcing A New Adventure in Genealogy Education: Genealogy Professor

I was pleased to learn of a new announcement today from Michael J. Leclerc, CGSM. Michael has been a friend of mine for years and we were co-workers for a few years as well. I have long admired his genealogy expertise and am pleased to see him embark on a new venture. Michael will be teaching some of these courses himself while others will be taught by partners that join in the effort:


May 4, 2016 – Boston, MA. Founder Michael J. Leclerc, CGSM is excited to announce the launch of a new opportunity for genealogy education. Genealogy Professor developed from a passion to provide high-quality independent education to those who want to find their ancestors. Major websites often focus on getting subscribers in the door without considering that most genealogists need a variety of resources to identify the members of their family tree. Our focus is high-quality education to give researchers the tools they need, no matter where those tools are to be found. This includes the incredible resources that are not yet available online that can make the difference between success and failure.

Announcing 2017 GRIP Courses

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

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh [GRIP] holds week-long courses at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, each summer in two separate weeks, each with different courses. The 2017 dates are June 25-30, 2017 and July 16-21, 2017. The following courses will be held (schedule to be determined):

Researching Family in Pennsylvania: a Five-day Genealogy Course

The following announcement was written by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists:

Researching Family in Pennsylvania
Five-day genealogy course offered this summer

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the week-long program Researching Family in Pennsylvania. The program will be presented at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from August 1st through August 5th, 2016. It is an expansion of the continuing genealogical education series promoted by HSP and offers total immersion in the resources and records available to Pennsylvania family history researchers. Many of those records can be found on-site in the HSP collections – the largest genealogical repository in Pennsylvania.

Program highlights:

Pennsylvania State Archives Announces the 2016 Archives Without Tears Workshop Schedule

Archives Without Tears is a two-day workshop for those who work with historical records. It will be held May 24 and 25 in Ulysses, Pennsylvania, then repeated again in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania on June 16 and 17. The workshop will be presented by the Pennsylvania State Archives in partnership with Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and with the Blair County Genealogical Society

The schedule for both events will be:

“Ancestors, Family, and Associates in the War of 1812 Records“ is now available on Ancestry Academy FREE of Charge

This is a great video and should appeal to anyone with an interest in one of the lesser-known wars of the United States. Today’s announcement from the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions team states:

“The War of 1812 was America’s ‘Second Revolution’ – little understood by many in America how precarious the survival of the new nation was. This segment enlarges the student’s understanding of the causes of the war and how the Napoleonic War on Europe’s continent distracting the British military may very well have saved the nation. Ending in 1815 with the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent, the war directly led to the penning of our nation’s national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner and propelled Battle of New Orleans’ famous General Andrew Jackson to the Presidency of the United States, serving as its seventh president. To place an ancestor in the context of history, this segment paints the landscape of the social climate during the War’s four year course – 1812 to 1815.”

Ancestors, Family, and Associates in the War of 1812 Records is available at

The Preserve the Pensions Blog at also states:

2016 Student Genealogy Grant Applications Invited for the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant

The following announcement was written by Denise May Levenick and Paul Woodbury:

February 10, 2016 – The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree are pleased to announce the 2016 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 for the 2016 SCGS Jamboree to be held in Burbank, California June 3-5, 2016.

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 2016 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.

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

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

Arlington, VA, 01/27/2016 —The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Researching Your World War I Ancestors. In this cloud-based, nine-module, self-paced course, genealogists obtain an introduction to WWI research. Modules cover topics such as “Locate and Understand Records of Units,” “Serial Numbers and Unit Identification,” and “Obtaining Copies of World War I Personnel Records.” Also included are examples, citations, references, self-graded quizzes, and a comprehensive glossary.


Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, FUGA, developed Researching Your World War I Ancestors for NGS. A nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher, he has more than thirty years’ experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

The Family History Researcher Academy is Offering an End of Year Discount

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


The Family History Researcher Academy has an offer on their family history course: Beginning English/Welsh family history. Delivered by email to your inbox, these modules lift the lid on the records and resources to use when searching for English/Welsh ancestors.

If you sign up between now and the 20th 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 aimed at finding elusive ancestors in the English/Welsh records. 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 $11 a month, a 20% saving on the regular subscription rate.

The course is packed with a year’s worth of material on the many different resources and records that family history researchers can use to tackle ancestors from England and Wales. Subscribers, however, are not locked into completing the full training and can cancel at any time.

CAFG Announces Scholarship for 2016 Institute

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

AFG Announces Scholarship Covering 50% of Tuition to the 2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute

Hand-on Forensic Genealogy Event More than 65% Filled; Seats at FGI Expected to Sell Out Soon

Dallas, Texas – November 4, 2015 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is now accepting applications for a $225 scholarship to the 5th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI), to be held March 10-12, 2016, at The Menger Hotel at the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is now open at Tuition for each course is $445, and the scholarship covers more than 50% of that fee.


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