Genealogy Wise

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American Records

This group is for students taking courses or working on the Certificate for American Records from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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Comment by Kathy Holland on January 28, 2012 at 6:28pm

The NIGS also has a new course called "Google for the Wise Genealogist".  I've seen the materials, and it looks good.

Comment by EA Killoran on January 28, 2012 at 2:00pm

I am enrolled in the Social Media for the Wise Genealogist. This is the only NIGS course that I have worked on.

Comment by Cin Hawse on January 15, 2012 at 6:29pm

I enrolled in July 2011 at NIGS and am currently taking the Social Media for the Wise Genealogist course.  It's definitely been stuff outside my box but, I must say I have learned a lot, gained confidence in the field of social media and am having fun doing it.  I'm looking forward to chats with all my fellow genealogists.

Comment by Laressa Northrup on October 27, 2011 at 3:25pm
I am currently taking the Social Media class.  I already have the advanced certificate for American Studies and have completed the intermediate Canadian courses.
Comment by Gena Philibert Ortega on October 25, 2011 at 9:14am

Victoria, if you go to a href=">">>; and then click on Texas and then the county you are interested in, it will tell you what vital records exist and where to write or order them online. Birth records in Texas are usually later than 1878 (early 1900s). You may want to also go to the county website for information.

You can find some microfilmed marriage records from Galveston in the Family History Library Catalog a href=">">>;. You can order these microfilms at your local FamilySearchCenter.


There is also a Texas Birth, Death and Marriage collection on



Comment by victoria maria dykes on October 25, 2011 at 6:07am
Can anybody tell me how I can request a birth and marrage record from Galveston, Texas please. The marrage is from 1875 and the birth is from 1878. I have a basic transcription of the marrage but no parents names were documented on it and i have no record of the birth. I live in uk so cannot go to the texas office as much as i would love to. Many thanks
Comment by Liz Stratton on October 13, 2011 at 8:48pm

Hi all,

I am currently finishing up the Basic Level A&M and just starting the Intermediate course work.

In answer to Deborah's question about taking ProGen at the same time as completing NIGS courses, it is doable.  But, it is also a bit hectic at times.  I average a little less than one NIGS course per month.  I agree with Eileen that the two can be synergistic.

I look forward to using this GenealogyWise Group for sharing information on the programs.  I can't make the live meetings as often as I would like and look forward to the discussions here.


Comment by Gena Philibert Ortega on October 11, 2011 at 9:11pm

For anyone who is currently enrolled in the Social Media course. We have changed the Wiki assignment slightly to reflect an update and you can read more about that in  the Amendment file which is  under the Reading tab in Module 1 of the course.


If you have already completed this assignment, you do not need to redo it.


Thanks so much.

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Director, Genealogical Services

National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Comment by Sandy Fackler on September 10, 2011 at 6:18pm
I'm just starting Palaeography and wonder if anyone else is having, or had, difficulty reading the examples in the text. I have been doing genealogy for 38 years but am still working with 19th century records. I have transcribed plenty of 19th century records but am finding some of this difficult to read. I haven't completed the text for the first week yet, but am concerned I may be in over my head. Has anyone else had the same experience?
Comment by Cohen Hill Swiney on September 6, 2011 at 2:15pm
I recently enrolled and will be starting out with the Social Media class and Methodology Part 1.  I look forward to what's in store, this will be my first online class work.  I hope it's not too challenging, maneuvering the website, etc.

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