Occasional Webinar Series

To supplement our long-form courses, the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research will periodically invite speakers to present shorter webinars featuring unique content.

Live attendance at the following 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.

Our current schedule of upcoming webinars includes:


“How Are We Related? Using the Shared cM Project to Explore Your DNA Matches” with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 8:00pm (EST)

The Shared cM Project is a collaborative citizen science project that contains total shared DNA data from more than 25,000 relationships. This data helps test-takers determine what relationships might be responsible for the DNA they share with a genetic match.

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a DNA specialist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

Registration for live attendance (includes syllabus and recording): $9.99


“Researching Enslaved Ancestors in South Carolina” with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG
Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 8:00pm (EDT)

In addition to information about available record collections, this webinar will provide an overview of the historical and legal backdrops that inform genealogical research of enslaved ancestors in South Carolina. The presenter will also share research strategies and “best practices” for conducting genealogical research to produce the most accurate results possible.

Board-certified genealogist, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG(SM) focuses on African American families with roots in the South, primarily the Carolinas. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, an award-winning writer, and a lecturer. In 2016 she published A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina, and Selected Finding Aids, a book that was hailed in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution as a model for researching in other SC counties and other states.

Registration for live attendance (includes syllabus and recording): $9.99

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