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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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Introducing myself 4 Replies

My name is Laurel Brown and I live in Indian Trail, NC just outside of Charlotte. I started doing genealogy over 40 years ago, but have had many starts and stops along the way. Over the last few…Continue

Started by Laurel Page Brown. Last reply by Gaynol Fales PLCGS Sep 30.

Thank you for adding me. 5 Replies

Thank you for adding me. I am just learning about Genealogy Wise in the social media class. I am Mary Mitchell. I am 41. Between my husband and I we have eight girls. They are ages 21 to 10. I will…Continue

Started by Mary Jane Mitchell. Last reply by Sara N Martin Apr 13.

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Started by Patricia Desmond Biallas Jul 15, 2016.

Basic Level Courses 3 Replies

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

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Comment by Angela Harris on January 31, 2020 at 3:54pm

It's great that you're taking the Professional courses now! They were just rolling them out as I was nearing the end of my certificate program. I'm sure they're very helpful. :) 

Comment by Angela Harris on January 31, 2020 at 3:52pm

I have an interest in forensic genealogy, especially probate and dual citizenship, although I learned about a few other areas that interest me, too, after attending Catherine Desmarais' Forensics course at GRIP this past summer. I'm planning to go back this year for Part II - can't wait!

Since I live in NH, I also have been thinking about French-Canadian and Colonial/Mayflower research -- although it seems like there are a lot of folks already covering that ground. We'll see!

Comment by Gaynol Fales PLCGS on January 30, 2020 at 5:06pm

Yes, I'd been looking at the background of some BCGs and saw ProGen. That's included on my pre-business plan as continued training. Have you settled on a a niche? I've some ideas but haven't picked a starter.

Comment by Angela Harris on January 30, 2020 at 12:46pm

How exciting - the end is near! Finishing a certificate is a great accomplishment! I agree - there's much more to being a professional genealogist than I would have thought, too. I'm still working on getting my business started, actually - lol. I did ProGen this past year, and that was really helpful. If you're interested in becoming a professional, I would recommend it, especially if you're thinking of BCG certification. 

Comment by Gaynol Fales PLCGS on January 29, 2020 at 7:22pm

I have one more compulsory to complete my Am Rec cert. Have half the Professional courses finished. Hope to start a business but I'm thinking it might be better to hold off to take a year to solidify my skills. There’s so much involved in becoming a serious genealogist. I'd no idea when I started down this path. Talk about jumping into the deep end of the pool! I'm interested in Canadian too. I plan to take those courses bit by bit to keep learning.

Comment by Angela Harris on January 29, 2020 at 4:03pm

Hi Gaynol and Ginger! I'm in New Hampshire. I, too, would like to see this board be more active. I finished my American certificate a few years ago, but I'd like to do another one soon - maybe Canadian. :) 

Comment by Gaynol Fales PLCGS on January 28, 2020 at 11:08pm

Hi Ginger, not from WI but it's nice to see someone else here  :-) .

Comment by Ginger Muenster on January 28, 2020 at 2:48pm

Hi All, I have been working on my studies at Genealogical Studies for awhile now, almost done, just finishing up some electives. 

Anyone from Wisconsin? Appleton area. I know this is not an active group, but just checking.

Comment by Gaynol Fales PLCGS on January 26, 2020 at 9:08pm

Hi Donna and Steve. Glad to hear you are looking for participation. I joined, looking to be in a group that wasn't on Facebook. It's not as active as I'd like it to be. Maybe we can shake the tree a bit and find others who want to discuss.

Comment by Donna Baker on October 14, 2019 at 11:51am

Hello, I'm Donna Baker from Ventura, California.  I am currently taking Social Media for the Wise Genealogist along with U.S. Religious Records - 1 and Google for the Wise Genealogist. I plan to start a Genealogy Road Trip business (next year). I'm looking forward to interacting with this group. 


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