Course recordings now available on cemeteries and lecturing

Three courses have been recently added to the Virtual Institute Store:

LaDonna Garner, M.A., R.V.T., “Where Thou May Rest: Researching Cemeteries for Genealogy, Part I

LaDonna Garner, M.A., R.V.T., “Where Thou May Rest: Researching Cemeteries for Genealogy, Part II

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, “The Fine Points of Making Your Point: Honing Your Lecturing Skills

All of our past courses can be purchased in the Virtual Institute Store for $69.99. The recording packages include all four 90-minute sessions, as well as all of the syllabus material and practical assignments.

Take time to visit our Store—and while you’re there, take a look at all of the past courses we have available!

Last chance to register for Elissa Scalise Powell’s “The Fine Points of Making Your Point”

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a familiar face in front of genealogy audiences around the country. For years, she has lectured for local and state genealogical societies, at regional conferences around the country, at national conferences for the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and at week-long institutes where she has coordinated courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She is also co-owner and administrator of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and, of course, has presented two courses for the Virtual Institute (Professional Genealogy I and Professional Genealogy II).

With all of this experience under her belt, Elissa has converted her skills into attaining and maintaining the Certified Genealogical Lecturer credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Now she wants to share her breadth of knowledge with Virtual Institute students. Topics discussed include evaluating your readiness, developing topics, creating PowerPoint slides and handouts, marketing your lectures and courses, and doing webinars.

“The Fine Points of Making Your Point: Honing Your Lecturing Skills” will begin this Saturday, September 9, 2017. Registration will remain open until Friday, September 8.

For full details and to register, visit this page.

 

Register now for Garner’s Cemetery Research I & II

In just two weeks, LaDonna Garner, M.A., R.V.T., will present the first part of her two-part course “Where Thou May Rest: Researching Cemeteries for Genealogy.”

Cemeteries—the resting places of many of our ancestors—hold a special place in the hearts of many genealogists. LaDonna Garner has a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation with a focus on forgotten communities and cemetery preservation. With this unique perspective, she will offer insight into the evolution of burial traditions, gravestones, and cemeteries, allowing genealogists to glean as much information as possible from these special places.

Part I runs 17 June–24 June 2017. For more details and to register, click here.

Part II will continue with more advanced information, running 8 July–15 July 2017. For more details and to register, click here.

Bettinger’s “Visual Phasing” recording now available!

The recording package is now available for “Visual Phasing: Mapping DNA to Your Grandparents” with Blaine Bettinger. If you weren’t able to attend the course live, you can purchase all four 90-minute lectures (six total hours!) and all syllabus material for just $69.99.

Visit the Virtual Institute Store to purchase this and our other courses.

Visual Phasing is one of the hottest new tools in genealogy. It allows you to map the DNA of two or more siblings to the four grandparents, WITHOUT having tested either the parents or grandparents. As we’ll see, with enough siblings, it allows you to recreate almost the entire genomes of your four grandparents. You’ll also be able to quickly determine which of the four grandparents’ lines each of your matches share!

Understanding the people leads to connection to—and enthusiasm for—Family History

Guest post by Jean Wilcox Hibben, M.A., Ph.D

For the past year, Gena Philibert-Ortega and I have been providing information on the social history that should accompany any research of one’s people. These can be accessed from http://genaandjean.blogspot.com. It is not enough to know the names, dates, and places; understanding why those place and those dates were of importance, and maybe even why those names were selected, can provide clues to genealogical research.

An example of this is what is called a “naming day.” When most genealogists look for their family members, they hope to find a birth certificate (though, in some cases, it is listing nothing more than “baby girl Smith” or “unnamed boy Jones” and the only clarification that the child is the “right” one is the listing of the parents and the birth date and place). A secondary option, though still usually considered a primary source, is a baptismal certificate. When a child is baptized, his or her name is entered into the officiator’s book and/or on a certificate that may or may not be filed with the church in question. Now the child’s name is known and it is expected that this baby will retain that name throughout his/her life (though, if a girl, may likely add a married surname). We all know that doesn’t happen, of course. People who don’t like their names might have them legally changed (as we see in the entertainment field) or a person might adopt a nickname to use even on legal documents. (A friend of mine always referred to her mother-in-law as “Betty,” yet on the census and other records, including her tombstone, her name is “Minnie.” When I asked for clarification I learned she was christened Minnie Myrtus Morgan and hated the name so had everyone call her Betty.)

But in some cultures, there is another day of celebration and it can happen nearly any time after the child’s birth: the naming day. Here is when the official name by which the person will be called is determined and set. The problem: it is not a civil ceremony that would garner a document filed in a court or government office and it is not a religious ceremony that would be recorded in a church record. But this name is the one the child will most likely use throughout life and that can create a major confusion. In an entire family in my line, the names with which the children were christened are different (in some cases, entirely different, except for the surname) from those given in the church baptismal ceremony and related record. Were it not for a series of letters from the family members and the repeated reference to one person’s “naming day” anniversary (some celebrate that anniversary instead of birthdays), I would still be in a quandary about this strange anomaly in my family.

Understanding the traditions and culture of a person’s roots may lead to previously unknown records. For more discussion on the importance of culture and folkways in one’s genealogy, the course “Learning About Your Ancestor Through Culture and Folkways,” goes into much more detail of how to use this tool and where to find information.

Bettinger’s “Visual Phasing” course has sold out!!

We regret to announce that Blaine Bettinger’s upcoming course “Visual Phasing: Mapping DNA to Your Grandparents” has completely filled and no further registrations will be possible.

Don’t worry though! Shortly after the conclusion of the course on May 27, we will make the recording package available for sale in the Virtual Institute Store. As soon as it is available, we will also announce it here.

While you are there, please feel free to explore our other available course recordings from some of the field’s best teachers.

Thanks!

Last chance to register for “Visual Phasing,” the new DNA course with Blaine Bettinger

Registration will be closing this Friday, 19 May 2017, for the next course being offered by the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research: “Visual Phasing: Mapping DNA to Your Grandparents” with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

For more details and to register, click here.

Visual Phasing is one of the hottest new tools in genealogy. It allows you to map the DNA of two or more siblings to the four grandparents, WITHOUT having tested either the parents or grandparents. As we’ll see, with enough siblings, it allows you to recreate almost the entire genomes of your four grandparents. You’ll also be able to quickly determine which of the four grandparents’ lines each of your matches share!

Blaine is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. For the past eight years, it has been his mission to bridge the gap between traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy. He has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He recently authored The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy and co-authored Genetic Genealogy in Practice with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG.

For more details and to register, click here.