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.

Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Receives Grants to Create Genealogy and Genetics Summer Camp for both Middle School Students and for College-Level Courses

HenryLouisGatesHarvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. hopes to trigger a love for science, technology and math among American students by turning them on to searching for their family roots. Gates, the Harvard University scholar and host of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” on PBS, and fellow researchers from Spelman College and Pennsylvania State University recently received a $355,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a genealogy and genetics summer camp for middle school children, as well as a $304,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for college-level courses.

The summer camps will start at Penn State University and the University of South Carolina this summer, and at the American Museum of Natural History in 2017. The college courses, in biology with a genetics and genealogy-centered approach, will be held at Spelman College and Morehouse College in Atlanta, and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

You can read more in an article by Jesse J. Holland at Unveils Next Generation of Online Genealogy Education

Millennia Corporation, best known as the producers of Legacy Family Tree software, has now introduced a new web site for online genealogy education. Here is an excerpt from the announcement:

New mobile-responsive site with new playlist, searching, browsing, and indexed jump-to features now available for all 275 genealogy courses

SURPRISE, Arizona; October 27, 2015—Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced the release of a brand new responsive, mobile-friendly website for, the leading source for online genealogy education. The new site makes it easy to find topics of interest among the now-275 courses in the library. Genealogists will now be able to watch courses on their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.

NGS Announces a New Course in the American Genealogical Studies Series: Beyond the Basics

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

NGS_LogoARLINGTON, VA, August 17, 2015: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogical Studies course, Beyond the Basics. This course joins The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation in the series of online courses developed by NGS to help those interested in discovering their roots.

Beyond the Basics offers advanced genealogical training. During the course, you will learn how to conduct a more systematic genealogical investigation as you build your family tree. Its modules are designed to challenge you as you learn how to read, write, decipher, and cite numerous genealogical documents. You will expand your proficiency by collecting, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating genealogical information. You also will hone your skills as you write genealogical reports.

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. 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

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 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:

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:

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.