Thursday, October 15, 2009

National Institutes for Genealogical Studies: 10th Anniversary

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Please address all inquiries to

A very large number of phone calls and e-mails have been received requesting information regarding the '10% discount' for registration fees in celebration of our 10th Anniversary of providing Genealogy Education Online. This was announced on October 4 and was to end tonight, October 14th. We are extending the registration fee discount of 10% until end of day on Wednesday(October 21) to enable us to complete all requests, to speak with those who could not reach us during the holiday weekend, or any other situation. Again, if you wish, you may call us toll free at 1-800-580-0165, or send an e-mail to:

Below, you will find a copy of the e-mail sent out last week... If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us...

Louise St Denis

National Institute for Genealogical Studies


Today, Sunday October 4th we are celebrating! It's our 10th anniversary... 10 years ago today on Monday, October 4th, 1999 we started our first online course, 'Methodology-Part 1: Getting Started', for the first time. Tomorrow, it will start for the 121st time! WOW! How time flies...

We now offer approximately 150 online courses prepared by over 50 instructors. Over 50,000 registrations have been received from all over the world.

We would like to thank all our Program Directors, our Instructors and our Consultants for preparing such valuable and informative educational materials; thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

Thank you to our staff and volunteers, both present and past. Many from 10 years ago are still with us! Your hard work and your commitment has made our course delivery systems and our student support services the best they could be.

Thank you to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, Professional Learning Centre who, years ago, had the confidence to partner with us in providing this program. For its second decade, our program has now moved to a a different faculty within the U of T: our affiliation is now with the Continuing Education department of the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto.

And finally, thanks to all our students and our supporters --- you have made all the hard work worthwhile. You have been there through the good times and through the growing pains (terrible spam and e-mail problems is the first that comes to mind!). Meeting you in person at conferences and at graduations has been terrific. Your commitment to your studies has always given us the encouragement and the confidence to continue finding new topics to offer...



All registrations received from today, October 4th for 10 days through October 14th will receive 10% off. This includes all packages of courses as well as single courses. Remember, for all registrations, single courses or packages, you choose the date you will start the course(s).

To received this 10% discount, process your registration online at for the regular registration fee. You will receive a receipt from MiraPay for your payment. Please forward the e-mail to us requesting your 10% discount ( We will refund your credit card for the 10%.

If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail or prefer to register by telephone, please call us toll free at 1-800-580-0165.

If you were considering completing your Certificate program, this would be a great time to call our office to see what would be the most economical combination of packages to achieve your objectives. For those who are finding their financial situation a little tight these days, speak to us about our 'No Interest, No Service Charge', payment plan.


Throughout the year, we will have numerous promotions for products and draws.

DRAW OCTOBER 31 for a free course (for past or current students):

From all e-mails received. Let us know how the courses have helped you in your research. Your comments will be added to our 10th Anniversary Memories Book.

DRAW OCTOBER 31 for a free course (for someone who has not taken a course):

From all e-mails received. Let us know how you believe our program has helped provide genealogy education OR let us know which course you believe would be the most useful for you in your research and why.

MONTHLY DRAWS for a package of 6 courses (Value $500) From all registrations received each month a lucky winner will received a package of 6 courses. If you register a package of courses, your name will be entered in the draw for each course in that package (a package of 9 courses gives you 9 chances to win).

OCTOBER 4, 2010 DRAW for a Certificate package of 40 course (value approximate $4,000) From all registrations received from October 4, 2009 to October 4, 2010. If during this period you register a package of courses, your name will be entered in the draw for each course in that package. If you have registered more than 10 courses during this period, you will receive the cash value towards previously registered courses.


Are you a member of a society? Work or volunteer in a library? Write an article for your Society or Library's newsletter about the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (or ask us to provide the article!). Send the published newsletter to us at The National Institute, 92 Ashbury Blvd, Ajax Ontario L1Z 1N1. We will send your Society or Library a Gift Certificate for a package of 6 courses (Value $500) to use as they wish. We would suggest it be used as a fund raiser --- sell tickets for draw overlapping several monthly meetings or events and hold the draw at a special function!

Offer to give a 45 minutes to an hour presentation for your Society members or Library patrons. We will even provide the PowerPoint presentation. Each attendee will receive a free Methodology-Part 1: Getting Started course!


As indicated earlier, we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary throughout this year. We will also have special promotions on other products. To start this off, we have packaged 3 products that genealogists should carry with them to properly cite their sources:

From now to October 14th (now 21st) we are packaging three items together for $25.95US or $29.95Cnd (a savings of 20% if purchased individually):


Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian

QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources

QuickSheet: Citing Databases & Images all by Elizabeth Shown Mills


Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace for $39.95US or $45.95Cnd (also a savings of 20%).

These four items are excellent tools to ensure you are citing all your sources properly

To order these items, go to our store (, under the menu Other Products, click on INSTITUTE MATERIALS, click on ELECTIVE COURSES, click on SUPPLIES: OPTIONAL. Next choose the appropriate product above and complete the order. If you have any difficulties call us, toll free, at 1-800-580-0165.



Thank you to all those who have responded to our request of interest in our guided research trips. We will shortly be letting you know the schedule for next year's Research Academies. If someone has not responded yet, here is the message sent out earlier. You still have time to have your voice heard.

In the last several years, we have had Research Academy Programs in various cities. To ensure quality time with our instructor(s) during the Research Academy, a small group of individuals is required, therefore space is limited. We are planning our activities for the for 2010. If you are interested in joining our instructors on a guided research trip, please let us know where you would like to go. This could be to Salt Lake City, Washington, Ottawa, Toronto, Fort Wayne or any other city where important repositories are found, or it could be to another country such as Ireland, England, Germany, etc. Simply send us an e-mail to to let us know where you would like a guided research program. If we have a sufficient number of students, your suggestion may find itself on the schedule! (No obligations naturally on your part.)



Many new courses are planned to start in 2009/2010. We are concentrating on very specialized courses to help you with the Analysis and SkillBuilding aspects of your research. Look for announcements as we get closer to offering these courses.

If you have an interest in a topic we do not offer, please let us know. If you are an instructor with a specific area of expertise we do not covered, please contact us. Our toll free number is 1-800-580-0165.


Louise St Denis

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

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