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Genealogy news on the web

From: M. Diane R.
Sent on: Monday, February 8, 2010 8:42 AM
I just posted a list of my January genealogy web 'finds and favourites' on my blog.
You might like to know that Lost Cousins has added the 1911 Irish census to
its matching system. And, you can still join for free.

Also there is a new web service called Backupify - this will back up your
data on a # of sites - Backupify has a free offer till February 15th.
If you're interested, the link is on my blog post.

And, I just saw a notice that the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS) is offering short term courses, at under $50. NIGS has some great courses already, but longer term. You might like to look at what they're offering. NIGS is a Canadian genealogy success story.

Diane R

Here are the details for the new shorter courses:

GREAT NEWS! Lots of new topics & new courses available through the
National Institute... As of February, you will see a new 'type' of course
offered at the Institute --- INTENSIVE SHORT TERM courses.

* Intensive --- packed with lots of very helpful information, research
techniques & tips;
* Short Term --- most will be four (4) weeks in length;
* Instructors --- experts in their field of genealogical research;
* Live Meetings (optional) --- four (4) optional 'real-time' online
meetings with your Instructor and fellow coursemates;
* Direct Communication --- consult directly with your instructor via
* Feedback --- discuss specific topics through various online or offline
* Assignments (optional) --- although there may be some personal
assignments to enhance a technique, submitting them is completely
* Exam (none) --- no final exam to be completed;
* Inexpensive --- under $50;
* One-on-One Advice --- Book an appointment with your instructor to
discuss in-depth individual research problems (additional fee).
(The above may vary by course; check the course description for details.)

Below is a list of the new courses, the instructor and their first
anticipated start month. Check online for a full description of the
course, actual dates courses are offered throughout the year and to
complete your registration. (Go to - click on
menu item COURSES, click on COURSES again, click on INTENSIVE SHORT TERM
view, click on name of course).

START DATE: February 15
Research: African-American Ancestors; Michael Hait

Investigation: Adoption Records; Linda Rakita
Investigation: Lost Friends and Family; Linda Rakita
Research: English Ancestors-The Basics; Sheena Tait

Brick Wall Research; Lisa Alzo
Research: Australian and New Zealand Ancestors; Kerry Farmer
Research: Female Ancestors; Lisa Alzo
Research: Native American Ancestors; Barbara Benge

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

Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 1; Pat Ryan

Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 2; Pat Ryan
Research: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 1; Pat

START DATE: August 2
Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 3; Pat Ryan
Research: Jewish Ancestors-Basic Introduction; Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Research: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 2; Pat

Electronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-The Basics; Cindy Rowzee
Electronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-Advanced; Cindy Rowzee
Jump Start your Genealogy; Lisa Alzo
Organizing Your Family History; Cindy Rowzee
Research: European Ancestors-Part 1; Lisa Alzo
Research: European Ancestors-Part 2; Lisa Alzo
Research: United States-Great Lakes States; Lisa Alzo
Research: United States-Northeastern US; Cindy Rowzee

GenClass was formed in 2007 by a group of instructors who formerly taught
courses for They quickly earned the reputation of offering
affordable intensive courses with lots of valuable information covering a
variety of general and specialized topics. Students enjoyed the Instructor
involvement throughout the process. Ten instructors, with a total of 24
courses, have recently moved their courses to the Institute's training

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, in affiliation with the
Continuing Education unit of the University of St. Michael's College in
the University of Toronto, offer Certificate Programs in Genealogical
Studies in the records of Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, United States
and a Librarianship Program. The Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary
of Genealogical Education during 2009.

Louise St Denis, Managing Director
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

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