Monday, April 26, 2010

TNIGS course offerings

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: If learning more about how to do research is a priority, the following announcement from our friends at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies will be of interest. Please address all inquiries to

Two new INTENSIVE SHORT TERM COURSES are starting on May 3rd. Registrations are accepted until May 9th.

For students who have been waiting for a long time for a new course on JEWISH research, we have a new INTENSIVE SHORT TERM course on this subject. Please welcome Micha Reisel, a new instructor for his course called: Research Jewish Genealogy on the Internet. Micha is from Isarel and helps genealogists publish their Jewsih family Histories. To learn more about Micha, please go to our site at, click on menu item INSTITUTE, click on FACULTY, & click on his name name.

Lisa Alzo has another new course for you --- it is an INTENSIVE SHORT TERM course called: Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Family Story. Her last course BRICKWALL Research, was very popular. Register early for the next offering of BrickWall Research, it will fill up quickly. The next start date is August 2nd.

Both of Linda Rakita's 'Investigate' courses are running again this month --- Investigate: Adoption Records & Investigate Lost Friends and Family Records.

Two courses that became compulsory courses for the Canadian Certificate program after the program started are Canadian Geography and Maps and Canadian Immigration Records. You may want to consider these two courses if you did not take them during your program.

Dr. Penny Christensen's English Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical course has gotten some very good reviews. Lots of valuable information which may be handy when you are hitting brickwalls in your English research.

The US: Military Records with Beverly Rice has also received some very good comments. Consider this course if you need tips researching in these records.

Here's a short description of the above courses. For a more detailed description go to our site, click on COURSES, click on COURSES again, click on INTENSIVE SHORT TERM & NON-CREDIT COURSES, & click on the name of the course.


RESEARCH: JEWISH GENEALOGY ON THE INTERNET: This course provides detailed information about search engines, general genealogy sites, Jewish genealogy sites, JewishGen, Holocaust research, archival research sites and many other resources accessible from the comfort of your home. You will learn how to go about searching these sites and what to expect from the searches.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO WRINTING YOUR FAMILY STORY: You don't have to be a prize-winning novelist to capture your familyʼs story on paper! This course will cover how to document your family's story in simple manageable steps. Learn how to conduct an oral history interview-including what questions to ask, when and how to record an interview, how to handle privacy issues, how to write from family photographs and documents, and how to blend genealogical and historical facts with family stories to produce a compelling and lasting narrative.

INVESTIGATE: ADOPTION RECORDS: Learn successful methods for gathering information from those who hold the keys. Once contact information is attained, you will be gently guided through your important first contact. This course provides not only instructions of how to search, but addresses the emotional aspects that affect such a deeply personal and poignant endeavor.

INVESTIGATE: LOST FRIENDS AND FAMILY RECORDS: Have you ever wanted to locate a lost love or missing relative? Reminisce with a military buddy or childhood friend? Tried and failed because those distant cousins you just discovered have appear to be impossible to find? Do not let another year pass without that special someone back in your life! Invaluable techniques and tricks of the investigative trade will help you turn that question mark into an exclamation point!


Remember, the registration fee for the Intensive Short Term courses is under $50!


CANADIAN: GEOGRAPHY AND MAPS: If you plan to be a successful family historian you must learn to look at maps and extract the basic, secondary, and even the third level of information they offer, and then evaluate that information. Some older maps show former political divisions and place names, where old roads, canals or railways once ran, perhaps ownership of land, or city plans that show every building, including the one where the emigrant ancestor was born. Is what it shows accurate, up to date or obsolete, misleading or intended to deceive? Maps can be many things and the more you know the fewer traps will catch you.


ENGLISH: COURT RECORDS-CRIMINAL, CIVIL & ECCLESIASTICAL: The former importance of ecclesiastical courts is emphasized. Civil ones comprising manor courts, petty, borough and quarter sessions as well as chancery and exchequer courts are covered. Criminal assizes and records of prisoners & convicts, gaols & transportation are discussed. The availability of original records and indexes to the researcher situated anywhere in the world and their relevance to genealogical investigations is explained.

US: MILITARY RECORDS: Discussions will include the various types of records created by military service, such as service records, muster rolls, pension records, and draft registration. The content of the records and their usefulness for genealogy and immigration research is described. Records of conflicts of the United States and colonial America from the early colonial wars of the seventeenth century to the Second World War are included. The Army, Navy, and other branches of service are detailed. History of military action in America as it relates to records is also included.


This message is also to let you know that 77 online courses are starting on Monday, May 3rd. Registrations are accepted until May 9th. Please see the list of courses below and instructions for registrations.


Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3 Electronic Resources: Using The Internet Genealogy and Copyright Guidelines Genetics and Genealogy Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice

Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents



Canadian: Census Records - Part 1

Canadian: Geography and Maps

Canadian: Immigration Records

Canadian: Land Records - Part 1

Canadian: Land Records - Part 2

Canadian: Local History & Special Collections

Canadian: Migration Patterns

Canadian: Vital Statistics - Part 1

Canadian: Vital Statistics - Part 2

Canadian: Wills and Estate Records - Part 1


English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical

English: Land & Property Records Including Manorial Documents & Maps

English: Occupations - Professions and Trades

English: Parish Registers

English: Probate Records

English: Understanding Names in Genealogy


German: Church Records

German: Civil Registration Records

German: Introduction to German Research for North Americans

German: Locating Places in Germany

German: Reading the Records

German: The Language


Irish: Archival Repositories

Irish: Census & Census Substitute Records

Irish: Civil Registration in Ireland

Irish: Conformist & Non-Conformist Church Records

Irish: Electoral & Taxation Records

Irish: Estate, Plantation & Settlement Records

Irish: Major Printed Sources

Irish: Monumental (Gravestone) Inscriptions

Irish: Understanding Ireland, History & Source Records


Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research


US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records

US: Census Records

US: Institutional Records

US: Land Records

US: Migration Patterns

US: Military Records

US: Religious Records - Part 1

US: Religious Records - Part 2

US: Vital Records, Understanding & Using The Records


Librarianship: Developing a Genealogy Web Site

Librarianship: Developing Successful Genealogy Collections

Librarianship: Genealogy Reference Interview

Librarianship: Handouts, Brochures & Online/Multi-Media Reference Tools

Librarianship: Programming and Marketing Your Services

Librarianship: Specialized Genealogy Sources

Librarianship: Twenty-First Century Genealogy Services



Electronic Resources: Family Tree Maker

Planning a Research Trip Including Preparing for Salt Lake City Protect Your Precious Documents

Research: Acadian Ancestors

Research: Canadian Ancestors

Research: French Canadian Ancestors

Research: Irish Ancestors

Research: Newfoundland and Labrador

Research: Polish Ancestors

Research: Slovak Ancestors-Part 1

Researching French Forts of New France

Writing Your Family History Book



Investigate: Adoption Records

Investigate: Lost Friends and Family Records

Research: Jewish Genealogy on the Internet Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Family Story


If you would like to register for any of the above courses, please do so by logging on to our site at

If this is the first time you are accessing your Private Student Briefcase and you have not entered your own password, click on Login, enter your e-mail address and the password: institute. Naturally, if you are receiving this e-mail, you have a Student Briefcase. Therefore, if you do not remember your password, click on PASSWORD FINDER found at the bottom of the LOGIN window. Your password will be sent to your e-mail program.

To continue the registration process:

Click on Course Calendar (please be patient: this page can take a few minutes to load, since courses are listed up to 2012) Click on Chronological View then Scroll down Click on Register (for more details about the course, click on the course name) Complete the registration

Keep in mind, you can register and pay online to save time. These courses are starting on May 3rd, 2010. Please register as soon as possible. If you are past the start date, you can still register for one of the above courses, but simply choose the next date available. If you are within 7 days of the start date, once your registration is processed, go to your Briefcase area, click on the future date of the course, change the date to the current date. If you have any difficulties or you are later than 7 days from the start date, simply send us an e-mail or call 1-800-580-0165 (North America) or 020 3239 3835 (United Kingdom).

PLEASE NOTE (For students with packages of courses): If you have courses remaining in a package of course, click on the link to View/Register Courses beside the name of your package found at the bottom of your briefcase area. Complete the registration process. (Note: Librarianship courses can only be taken from the Librarianship packages.)

PRINTED COURSE MATERIALS: If you have an elective binder kit and would like to receive the printed materials for a course, please go to our site, click on the menu item OUR STORE, Login (right hand top corner), click on INSTITUTE MATERIALS on left hand side, click on the appropriate department, click on Select Course for Elective Kit, click on the appropriate course. You will only be charged the shipping costs.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to either call us:

1-800-580-0165 toll free in North America 020 3239 3835 in the United Kingdom

416-861-0165 Toronto area

LouiseStD for a SKYPE call

or send us a message at:

Louise St Denis

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

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