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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…


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.…


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! …


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…


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

May 2019 Conferences

April is almost over and we at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are looking forward to May. Will we see you at one of the following conferences? Make sure to check out the exhibit hall, stop by our booth, and visit with us. We look forward to seeing you!

  1. May 1st -…

Added by Angela Rodesky on April 29, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Alberta Genealogical Society Conference - "Images Through Time"

The Alberta Genealogical Society Conference, “Images Through Time”, will be taking place April 26th – 28th and we here at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies are excited. Why are we excited? Because we will be…


Added by Angela Rodesky on April 27, 2019 at 9:16am — No Comments

Noble, Black, Harmon, Stevenson Northern Ireland

Searching for James Noble, born about 1805-1811, perhaps Co. Cavan, but uncertain, died 1900 in Walkerton, On. Canada. Emigrated to Canada approximately 1830-1840. Married Mary Harmon, born 1816, Ireland. Son David Allan Noble born 1850 in Gore Township, Peel County, Ontario, Canada. 

Also searching for Stephen Black, D.O.B. 1799 - possibly in Co. Armagh, N.I. and wife Mary Stevenson, also possibly born Armagh. Have marriage bond dated 1830 from Diocese of Armagh, Church of Ireland.…


Added by James Noble on April 17, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Old Dutch Names and the meanings

Daghuerder = Day laborer
Dagloner = Day laborer
Dekker = Roofer, slater or reed-thatcher
Diefleyer = Helper of the sheriff…

Added by Genealolgy4life on March 30, 2019 at 5:38am — No Comments

HAPLOGROUP I2a1 – L621 – CTS10228 – Y3120

Y-DNA haplogroup I2a1 is the most common paternal lineage in the western Balkans, Romania, and Sardinia. It is also present in most European countries. Its maximum frequencies are recorded in Bosnia (particularly Bosnian Croats), Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro (+30%). The percentages of I2a1a2 in other European countries available on the Internet should be taken with caution because they are, in many cases, definitely smaller. For example: up to 13% in Slovenia, max. 16% in Ukraine, less…


Added by Željko Musović on March 28, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments



SPRING, is it approaching, just slowly, slowly, slowly.  It is 77 Degrees and the change is so drastic  I feel out of sync.

Planted the 3 plants for the garden in pots, one will need moved to larger pot when I locate what I am going to toss that is no longer producing.  These plants are for the Butterflies and Hummingbirds we encourage in our yard. WE lost one of these 2 years ago. 

The Cherry tree is like my genealogy. It is budding on branches and…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on March 16, 2019 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Exposure to a Web Site You May Want to Follow.

     Having been following this blog for some time now and it is interesting.

     My Genealogy Hound a free service provided by Hearthstone Legacy Publications



Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on February 11, 2019 at 9:34pm — 2 Comments

DNA and a connection Unexpected.


   Jones researchers,  we had our line verified but was exciting to see DNA some how links us with a group of individuals that I am happy to learn.

    DNA wish I could grasp it better. I understand it 's workings not how to make it work.  

    We have an ancestor that is Indian and it shows.   Paper trail showed it 4 years ago now DNA somehow does.

   Teague Jones wife seems to be the link in some format.  



Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on February 8, 2019 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Do You Really Know Transcribing?

By Shannon Bennett, Student

Well, this course didn't dally around; it jumped straight into the nuts and bolts of creating a good transcription. While several of the courses I previously wrote about did touch on the basics of transcription, Modules 1 and 2 of Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting  provides an intense introduction to the process.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on February 8, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Finishing Up Demystifying Culture and Folklore

By Shannon Bennett, Student

Whoa, what a course. It made me think. It made me analyze my family connections. Most of all it showed me how great of a story my family narrative is! Amazing stuff, and I am so happy that I registered for it.

For those of you who are still not convinced, I am not sure there is much else I could say to sway you.  However, I will do my best.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on February 4, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Analyze Data

Your Data  

Based on your research log and evaluation log, you will want to take some time to analyze your findings.  Some of the important things to keep in mind while analyzing your data are: 

  • Is the record for the right person/family? 
  • Is the record original or derivative? 
  • Are there other records that need to be checked? 

Added by Angela Rodesky on February 3, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Your Ancestor the Hero

By Shannon Bennett, Student

Well I am almost done. Really digging into the meat and potatoes of the Demystifying Culture and Folklore course now. Plus, we discuss one of my favorite mythologists, Joseph Campbell. Ah, hero myths, we should all be familiar with that concept thanks to Star Wars and Harry Potter.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on February 2, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mortality Schedules

US Mortality Schedules  

The U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules are a supplemental schedule to the “every ten year” population schedules and are available for the census years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.  The census enumerators were required to gather the census information for the population schedules in addition to determining if any family member had died during the previous 12 months before the date the census was taken.…


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

Learning More About Family History and Culture

Wow!  This course, Demystifying Culture & Folklore started off with a bang.  Lots of information and a page turner to boot.  It’s hard to believe that I am even more excited now than I was before the first day started.  However, if you remember my introduction post to this course, I am a self-confessed myth and folklore geek.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on January 31, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments


Client Management 

When you first started your genealogy business, you perhaps did a few projects for family members to get some experience and work out the details of your offerings and fees.  At some point, you began actively marketing to obtain new clients.  Depending on how long you have been in business, you probably now have had some experience with actual, paying clients.  …


Added by Angela Rodesky on January 30, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Starting My Next Course: Demystifying Culture and Folklore

Shannon Bennett, Student

A good story can captivate the hearts and minds of listeners for years. Sometimes, when you have heard a story repeatedly, you can pick up the little embellishments and the differences that occur as a story develops and changes. Family stories are the same way. They captivated us as children, intrigued us as adults, and are information to be proved as genealogists.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on January 29, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

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