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Newspapers Offer Insight

Valuable New Stories 

Newspapers give us insight into life as it was during our ancestor’s time. While still driven by advertising, the newspapers of old often held more personal information than we find in today’s equivalent.  



In addition to vital statistic type data you…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on September 20, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Your Ancestor's Locations

Your Ancestor’s Locations 

It is extremely important to learn about the location(s) our ancestors lived. We need to be aware of when certain jurisdictions were formed, what records were kept and when, which jurisdictions were responsible for keeping specific records, and what records are currently accessible.

Keep in…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on September 19, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

How do I get a Certificate in Genealogical Studies?

So you want a Certificate in Genealogical Studies

Upon successful completion of  40 courses in your Certificate Program and achieving a minimum grade of D, you will receive a Certificate in Genealogical Studies. …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on September 18, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Associations and Occupations

By Shannon Bennett, Student

Do you ever read something and feel your head getting full? That feeling of “oh no, this is a lot of stuff, how am I ever going to remember it all?” Well, that’s the feeling I have right now after finishing the next section of the English: Occupation-Professions and Trades course.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on September 17, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why did you Trace Your Ancestors?

Why would you want to trace your ancestors?

Well, there are a number of good reasons, but let’s face it, most people trace their ancestors for curiosity’s sake. Others trace their ancestors because they want to know about their different ethnic backgrounds. Others want to trace their roots simply for an increased understanding of just who they are and where they came from. Someone else may need proof of their heritage to gain special benefits from…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on September 16, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Basic Timelines

Building a Basic Timeline 

More often than not, you will want to create a basic timeline for your problem ancestor. Start with information about all of the events in their life, including their birth and death dates, any marriages, birth and death of any children, the death of a spouse, and death of parents. You might also want to incorporate relevant information about the locations you are working with, for example, boundary changes.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on September 15, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Virtual Genealogical Association Conference

Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on August 27, 2019 at 9:29am — No Comments

Searching for my grandfather's family in Poland

In 2018, I discovered and visited the town of Kraśnik in Eastern Poland where my maternal grandfather's family - his mother Maria Zagórska and two sisters of my grandfather with their husbands and children emigrated to in 1943. I visited the town cemetery and found a grave of my great-grandmother and of the sister of my grandfather (Maria Proficz nee Zagórska).

I left a note there, where I indicated my name and contacts. In a few days I received an e-mail... This is how I found my aunt…

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Added by Bohdana on August 24, 2019 at 1:30am — No Comments

I2a1a2 - I-S17250 - I-PH908

In 2017. Olga Utevska, a geneticist from Ukraine, wrote her dissertation paper in which she stated that the greatest diversity of I2a1a2 DYS448 = 19 (!!) haplotypes was in Ukraine and Belarus.

When I read the paper few days ago, at first I thought that she expressed herself imperfectly because it is a known fact that the greatest I-P37.2 (!!) haplotype diversity is in Ukraine, Belarus and southern Poland, but she was explicit: “the greatest diversity of DYS448 = 19 haplotypes”, which, in…

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Added by Željko Musović on August 21, 2019 at 7:44am — No Comments

Your Summer Surprise!!

A surprise gift just for you! For one day only (24 hours) you can save:

25% off 1 course package (maximum savings $862.50) with code: pk2019ss at checkout.

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50% off 1 course (maximum savings $80.00) with code: sc2019ss at…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on July 10, 2019 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Recording Your Information

Recording your information

The Pedigree Chart (or Ancestral Chart) will record your direct line ancestors’ information. In other words, you will record the dates and locations of births, marriages, deaths and burials from one father and mother to the next father and mother. While the potential is there for an endless number of ancestors, most of us in the beginning only have knowledge of two or three generations.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on July 6, 2019 at 9:21am — No Comments

2019 Ontario Genealogical Society Annual Conference

OGS Conference

Canada’s largest annual gathering of family historians, the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference, will be in London, Ontario from June 21st to the 23rd at the London Convention Center.

So many activities are planned… Opening Ceremonies begin Friday evening, followed by a jam-packed program with lecture streams for Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget about…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on June 9, 2019 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

June 2019 Virtual Meetings

Have questions about your courses or your research? Virtual Meetings are a way for you to communicate with an instructor. These meetings are NOT mandatory, but a fun & interactive way to ask questions about courses/research. Below are the June scheduled sessions. Join us!

Wednesday, June 12th at 8:00 PM EDT – Canadian courses with Kathryn Lake Hogan                                            Time zones:

Wednesday, June 12th –…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on June 8, 2019 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Southern California Genealogical Society - Jamboree 2019

The Southern California Genealogical Society – Jamboree 2019, “50th Birthday Bash”, will be taking place May 30th - June 2nd and we here at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are excited. Why are we excited? Because we will be attending! …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on May 29, 2019 at 9:13am — No Comments

2019 GRADUATION CEREMONY

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!!!

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies invites you to come celebrate with us, with our students, our graduates and our instructors. Anyone can attend. Graduates: invite your family – everyone is welcome! 

Join us for our 2019 graduation ceremony…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on May 22, 2019 at 1:04pm — No Comments

The Judds

When Matthias (sometimes spelled with one “t”) Judd joined the Union Army in the Civil War, it may have been motivated out of revenge for the killing of his brother Siles Judd by Confederate guerrillas. It must have weighed heavy on his heart. In truth, he probably had several reasons for volunteering. One of the reasons may have sprung out of pure patriotism-love for country. There might have been another factor: Matthias was thinking about his grandfather John Judd and his grandfather’s…

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Added by Joyce on May 14, 2019 at 8:49am — No Comments

Research and Collaboration

Collaboration and Brick Walls

Many of us tend to work on our genealogy research alone. It is an independent activity where we can lose ourselves for hours on end. In some cases, family members actually work together to solve a common research problem. It is these situations that can benefit us the most.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on May 1, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Ohio Genealogical Society Conference - "Building A Heritage"

The Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, “Building A Heritage”, will be taking place May 1st - 4th and we here at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are excited. Why are we excited? Because we will be attending! …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on April 30, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

2019 Alberta Conference Winner

Join us in a round of applause congratulating, Craig Newton.

Craig was the winner of our drawing for $1,000 worth of courses during the 2019 Alberta Genealogical Society Conference. Louise had a wonderful time speaking with all of you during the conference. Thank you for stopping by…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on April 29, 2019 at 11:22am — No Comments

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