Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Occasional Webinar Series



Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Occasional Webinar Series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RALEIGH, North Carolina, 27 September 2017. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research is pleased to announce the commencement of its new Occasional Webinar Series. The Series will supplement the Institute’s standard six-hour courses and bring further diversity to its educational offerings.
In its short three-year history, the Virtual Institute has hosted 30 individual six-hour courses from 19 different instructors. Through the Occasional Webinar Series, the Virtual Institute will periodically invite speakers to present shorter one-hour webinars featuring unique content. The Series will support the Virtual Institute’s mission to provide high-quality, low-cost genealogical and historical education on a wide variety of topics from leading subject-matter experts.
Live attendance in future webinars requires prior registration. The cost for registration is $9.99 which includes the syllabus material and a video recording of the lecture. Attendance is limited to 100 students. After the live session, recording packages with the syllabus will be available for purchase and immediate download at a cost of $19.99.
“Some topics are so specialized that a six-hour course may not be the most appropriate format,” co-founder Michael Hait, CG, CGL, stated. “The Occasional Webinar Series will allow instructors to explore some of these other topics without the need to fit them into the standard course format. Conversely, the one-hour webinar format requires less of a time commitment from our dedicated students while still providing them with access to a unique educational opportunity.”
Four webinars will be presented over the coming months:
  • Melanie D. Holtz, CG, “The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy,” Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:00pm (EDT)
  • Bryna O’Sullivan, “Luxembourg Genealogy: The Basics,” Friday, 1 December 2017, 8:00pm (EST)
  • Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., “How Are We Related? Using the Shared cM Project to Explore Your DNA Matches,” Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 8:00pm (EST)
  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, “Researching Enslaved Ancestors in South Carolina,” Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 8:00pm (EDT)
Additional lectures in the Webinar Series continue to be negotiated and will be announced through the Virtual Institute News mailing list.
For more information on the Occasional Webinar Series visit http://vigrgenealogy.com/live-webinars.
 
About the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research offers year-round online education on a wide variety of genealogical subjects. Each course consists of six hours of live instruction, extensive syllabus material, and practical exercises. Limited class sizes and a Plus course option allow for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered remotely. For more information visit www.vigrgenealogy.com or email vigrgenealogy@gmail.com.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research

Findmypast Friday-New Records Available


New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday
There are over 1.3 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858 

Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858 is an index of more than 229,000 Lancashire records that will enable you to determine whether your ancestor’s probate papers have survived through the centuries. Until 1857, the Church of England was responsible for administering wills and probate cases. These wills would have been proved in ecclesiastic courts. The collection covers the Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal, and Lonsdale deaneries and has been created by both Findmypast, which transcribed original records from the Lancashire Record Office, and the Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, which provided index work. Records consist of both transcripts and scanned image of original documents that will provide you details about the type of material available, the probate year, your ancestor’s occupation and residence. A number of images also include additional notes.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

Browse through more than 1000 volumes of Roman Catholic sacramental registers of baptisms, marriages and burials spanning the years 1736 to 1942. This extensive collection contains records from all eight Scottish dioceses: Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, St Andrews & Edinburgh, and Paisley.

Leicestershire Baptisms

Over 54,000 new records have been added to Leicestershire Baptisms. The new additions consist of Bishops transcripts from around the county that date back as far as 1538. Bishop’s transcripts were abbreviated copies of the parish records sent to the Diocesan Bishop several times a year. They can be an invaluable source of genealogical information when the original record has not survived. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal your ancestor’s birth year, baptism date, baptism place, denomination & parent’s names

Leicestershire Marriages

More than 22,000 Bishops transcripts of Leicestershire parish marriages registers have been added to our collection of Leicestershire Marriages. The collection spans the years 1537 to 1931 and covers more 300 parishes across the county. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal the couple’s birth years, age, residence, fathers’ names, marriage date & place

Leicestershire Burials

Over 39,000 Bishop’s transcripts of parish burial records have been added this week. The collection spans more than 400 years from 1538 to 1991 and covers 279 parishes. These records will allow you discover when your ancestor died, their age at death, place of burial, date of burial and parent’s names.

Leicestershire Parish Records Browse

13,000 volumes of Leicestershire parish baptisms, marriages and burials have been added to this collection. Spanning from 1538 to 1916, these records cover more than 300 parishes.

British Newspapers

More than 993,000 new articles and 12 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. New titles now available to search and explore include;
·        Illustrated War News
·        Exmouth Journal
·        Saffron Walden Weekly News
·        Lowestoft Journal
·        Woolwich Gazette and Greenwich and Deptford Chronicle
·        Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
·        Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail
·        Eastbourne Herald
·        Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser
·        Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News
·        Morecambe Guardian
·        Clitheroe Advertiser and Times
 

Polish Genealogy Conference 2017 to be Held in October



Polish Genealogy Conference 2017

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and The S. A. Blejwas
Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University cordially invite you to attend the 2017 GENEALOGY CONFERENCE to learn the strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.

It will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, and Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Institute of Technology, Business, and Development, Downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT.

The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.  The speakers are well known in Polish genealogy circles and their discussions will enable attendees to fill in the missing pieces of their family history.  Speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields and have been featured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Featured speakers will be Matthew Bielawa, (Vice-President, PGSCTNE), Dr. Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, (Endowed Chair, Polish and Polish-American Studies, CCSU), Michelle Chubenko, (New Jersey), David Ouimette, (Utah), Tadeusz H. Piłat (Tarnobrzeg, Poland), Thomas Sadauskas (Virginia), Jonathan Shea, A.G., President, PGSCTNE).and Julie Szczepankiewicz (Massachusetts).

A two-part seminar will be presented on “Finding the Missing Pieces of Your Polish and Ukrainian Family History.” 

Many lectures are scheduled including:
1.  “Did Pilsudski Raise a Polish Army in America?”
2.  “Jersey Roots: Touring the Garden State”
3.  “Genealogy in Ukraine:  Discover Online Resources,”
4.  “The Story of Polish Immigrant Millworkers,”
5. “Overcoming Spelling Problems and Unlocking the Power of Names”
6.  “Europe’s World War II Displaced Persons: Their Little Known Story,” and
7.  “The Ins and Outs of Geneteka:  How it Works and How to Use it Most Effectively.” 

8.  Tadeusz Pilat will speak on “Greek Catholics in Poland and Family Research” and “Military
     Conscription Lists in the Kingdom of Poland and Genealogical Research.” 

For more information, please see our website at http://www.pgsctne.org/Conference%202017/List%20of%20hyperlinks.aspx which includes our conference schedule, speakers’ biographies, and lecture summaries.   Information and forms about our one-on-one consultation appointments with the speakers (a limited number are available), registration and lecture selections are also available.

Throughout the day, a collection of books, maps, and other materials will be available to all attendees for consultation.  Officers of the Society will be present to answer questions.

For more information, please email Diane Szepanski at Szepanski3@cox.net.   

Germans Outside of Germany Course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Germans Outside of Germany is Latest Course Offering in the German Certificate Program from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Explores German Immigration and Ancestry Worldwide




For Immediate Release

29 August 2017


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce the release of the latest advanced course in the German Certificate program. German: Germans Outside of Germany explores researching German immigrants worldwide.


GERMANS OUTSIDE OF GERMANY COURSE

The latest offering from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, authored by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA is an advanced level course in the German Certificate program.


Since the 19th century (or earlier), Germans have migrated to other countries to make their home. Whether they were evacuating for the sake of safety, moving into countries where other family members resided, or simply emigrating to remove themselves from the homeland, researching these individuals means considering various types of records found in the country they called home. This course explores the German migration out of Germany as late as the mid-20th century and includes settlements in some locations as early as pre-15th century. The countries addressed are those where significant populations of Germans have been or are still found, include the UK and Ireland; Oceania (Australia and New Zealand); North America (US, Canada, and Mexico); European countries where German is not an official language; Latin American countries (Central and South America and the Dominican Republic); Africa, Asia, and India. The course explores why Germans left Germany and where they went.


Germans Outside of Germany joins another new course in the certificate program, German: Compiled Sources. You can read more about these courses and the German Certificate at The National Institute website, http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/. The first offering of German: Germans Outside of Germany begins September 4, 2017.


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies currently offers 9 certificates for students looking to specialize in or gain comprehensive knowledge in their genealogical pursuits. Certificates are a comprehensive 40-course program that provides students with a breadth and depth of genealogical education not found anywhere else. Over 200 courses authored by experts in their field are available from The National Institute.


ABOUT THE GERMAN CERTIFICATE

Students enrolled in the German Certificate program build their expertise in genealogical research methodologies and the records of Germany. Courses that focus on researching German heritage include: German: Introduction to Research, German: Church Records,  German: Civil Registration Records, German: Emigration Records, German: Locating Places in Germany, German: Reading the Records and German: Record Repositories. Methodology and Analysis courses provide the student with instruction in proper genealogical methodology and analysis of records and evidence.   


ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES

Heritage Productions and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, have offered genealogical and history materials for 25 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.


For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.


For more information:

Louise St Denis

1-800-580-0165 (North American)

416-861-0165 (International)

Skype: louisestd

ISFHWE 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Winners Announced

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
(ISFHWE)
Website: ISFHWE.org Email Address:  competition@isfhwe.org
For Immediate Release – August 30, 2017
ISFHWE EXCELLENCE-IN-WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2018 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email competition@isfhwe.org.

Category 1 – Columns
1st Place – Elaine Thomas: “For the Love of Dinah”
2nd Place – Carolyn Schott: “Welcome Back to Osthofen”
3rd Place – Maureen Wlodarczyk: “More Than (Immediately) Meets the Eye”
HM – Valerie LaRobardier: “Do You Have an ‘Indian Princess’?”

Category 2 – Articles
1st Place – Martin Fischer: “How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney Family of St. Louis, Missouri”
2nd Place – Joseph F. Martin: “Apolonia Lewicka and the Priest”
3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD: “Unintended Family History: Thomas Scholfield’s Letter to His Brother”
HM – Fred Delcomyn: “A Danish Lad in America”
HM – Karen Brattesani: “A Soldier’s Stories of World War II as Told to his Daughter”
HM – Sherri Panchaud Onorati: “Lucky to Be Here”

Category 3 – Newsletters
1st Place – Michelle D. Novak: “Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ –  The Archivist”
2nd Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan: “Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum”

Category 4 – Unpublished Material, Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Joan F. Vitale: “The Messenger”
2nd Place – Bonnie Dodge: “Getting to Know Grandmother, A Step Back in Time”
3rd Place – Robbin M. Smith: “I Have an Aunt Alice?”
HM – Linda D. Fritz-Langston: “Grandpa & His Puzzle”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material – Published Authors
1st Place – Dave Strausfeld: “Gus Cloepfil and his Migration Westward”
2nd Place – Wevonneda Minis: “DNA Decision”
3rd Place – Elaine Thomas: “Boyhood Tales from the Great Depression”
HM – Wendy Wilson Spooner, Lic . G, LCoT: “The Relevance of Genetic Knowledge to Genealogical Research
HM – Andrea Butler Ramsey: “The Nickel Man”
HM – Emilee Marks: “The Tale of Two Wilhelmina Gogollas”

Category 6 – Poetry & Song
1st Place – Kavya Srikanth: “An Ode to Time Lost”
2nd Place – Lori Lynn Price: “Virden, New Mexico”
3rd Place – John Newmark: “Cause of Death”
HM – Anthony Proctor – “The Great Wave”

Submitted by Tina Sansone, Competition Coordinator