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

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Basic Level Courses 5 Replies

Feel free to ask questions or post comments here about the Basic  Level Courses you are taking.Continue

Started by Last reply by Gena Philibert Ortega Mar 9, 2016.

Advanced Level Courses 2 Replies

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Started by Last reply by Gena Philibert Ortega Jun 4, 2012.

Intermediate Level Courses

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Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on February 8, 2020 at 12:04pm

You are invited to attend the monthly Canadian Records Virtual Meetings.
You do not need to be a student to attend.

Check the schedule on the National Institute for Genealogical Studies website
under "Information" > Virtual Learning Room" :

For a list of this month's chat sessions with time zones - see "Note" section on the top of the "Main" GenealogyWise homepage.

Comment by Julie Hayes on March 27, 2019 at 10:44am

I am a beginner in studying Canadian genealogy. I have taken a couple of courses and still learning a lot. I have heard the saying "you don't know what you don't know" and that is so true. I have been given my Mother and Aunts collection which has a lot of great information and photos, but not necessarily any proof. At the beginning they apparently decided that no one crossed the boarder into the United States and they were only going to follow the one line which is okay but they didn't list any siblings. I have been challenged in following their path and so I'm back in school.

Comment by Sharon Bristow on February 18, 2019 at 2:16pm

I've completed the basic and intermediate courses and am heading into the advanced.  I've already got my certificate in genealogical studies, with a focus on English records.  Right now I'm on a mission to confirm the parents of my great-great grandfather Peter Smith.  I know that he died in St. Catherines on 11 October 1904, but I haven't been able to locate his birth records.  I believe that he lived in that area his whole life.  Family members tell me his parents were William Smith and Mary Magdelin.  I can connect William to his parents:  Nicholas Smith and Catherine May, all of whom farmed in that area since the late 1700s.

Comment by Carolyn Black on January 13, 2019 at 1:43pm

Happy New Year.  I have re-enrolled in the National Institute for Genealogical Studies after many years.  On my father's side, ancestors came to and have lived  in Canada since the 1700s in both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  On my mother's side, arrival in Canada from England happened in the late 1880s to Ontario.  


Comment by Paul Caverly on November 4, 2017 at 12:21pm

For Brenda Smith.

Ancestry has some free online course under their ‘AncestryAcademy’ which are interesting and since they are free, why not. Note, not all the courses they have are free, double check.

FTM has a lot of learning tools.

NIGS has a couple of DNA courses.

DNA: Autosomal DNA (this is not a basic course).  

DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy(BASIC), interesting course,

DNA: Tracing Maternal & Paternal Lines (BASIC), I did not take this course.

Genetics & Medical Family History (ADVANCE), I took this course 10 years ago.

Comment by Brenda Smith on November 4, 2017 at 11:27am

I am new to GenealogyWise, I am currently working my way through the Basic Level Course in Canadian Records and have signed up for the Intermediate Level Course. I did not become aware of this site until I started working through the Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist course. I am interested in pursuing some of the DNA courses being offered after testing through Ancestry and FamilyTree DNA. My main area of interest is Ontario. I recently retired and hope this will give me more time to spend honing my research skills.

Comment by Paul Caverly on August 10, 2017 at 6:37am

I noticed several people taking Social Media courses. I found a good book by Debbie Kent, 2011: "DNA and Social Networking".

Comment by Malia Laughton on August 9, 2017 at 9:13pm

Hello All,  I am just checking out the various groups because of an assignment in the Social Media class encouraged it.  

I am curious if anyone knows if Canada has any records on shipwrecks that occurred around Newfoundland/Labrador area around 1795-1805?

Thanks :-) 

Comment by Sandra Blanchette on July 21, 2017 at 8:08am

My name is Sandra Blanchette. I am currently completing 3 certificates with NIGS: Canadian Records, American Records and Professional Development. I began in 2015 and only have 2 consultations in August left to do before having completed. I worked full time and over time since May 2016 (no cloning machine, although it would be very handy to have!). My experience has been quite amazing. The certificates with the NIGS not only provides knowledge, but also allows you to assess your own personal level of expertise and experience.
I specialize in the Gaspe Peninsula region (East Coast of Quebec) and have been intensely researching since 2010. From researching my family, I am now currently doing a One-Place Study for the Gaspe Basin and its surroundings.
Looking forward to making contact with other fellow researchers.

Comment by Donna MacIver on April 22, 2017 at 12:31pm

I am on my 4th Intermediate course and still loving every minute of it!  Finding it a little frustrating that my output has slowed with the harder courses, but I know that when I retire from my job (hopefully in a year or two) I will be able to fly through the program.


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