“Back to School” Sale on Virtual Institute recordings!

back_to_school_3Celebrate the Back to School season with new course recordings from recent Virtual Institute courses!

From Friday, September 2, 2016, through Friday, September 30, 2016, you can save 10% on all purchases of course recordings. Just enter the coupon code “B2SCHOOL” (without the quotes) at checkout to apply the discount.

While you’re looking at our recordings, be sure to also take a look at our upcoming live courses. We have courses scheduled this fall focusing on Italian genealogy, copyright law, and online research.

We currently have recorded courses available from some of the best genealogical instructors working today:

Each recording package contains all six hours of instruction as well as all syllabus material and all practical assignments.

For more information and to purchase some of these recordings, visit http://vigrgenealogy.com/store

Registration open for Michael Hait’s “Working with Sources and Information”

MD State Papers Black Books 2(II)-18 bRegistration is now open for the next course from the Virtual Institute: “Working with Sources and Information” with Michael Hait, CG. The course will begin live on Saturday morning 4 June 2016 at 11:00am (U. S. Eastern).

This hands-on workshop will focus on the disciplined reading and evaluation of sources. Prior to each day of the course, students will be provided with a selection of records from around the world on which to exercise their analytical skills. These source selections will then be discussed in detail during the second session of each day.

Students who register for the Plus option will receive additional documents with which to practice the lessons. Those who submit their written source analyses will receive individual feedback from the instructor based on Genealogy Standards (Nashville, Tenn.: Ancestry.com, 2014). The separate Plus session will focus on source citations.

Click here for more information and to register.

Michael Hait, CG, is a full-time professional genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer. He has written case studies for several genealogical journals including the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. In 2012 Michael won 1st prize in the National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition for his article “In the Shadow of Rebellions,” exploring descendants of an enslaved woman living in 19th-century Maryland. Michael currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2013–2016), and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2012–2013). For more information, visit www.haitfamilyresearch.com.

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Virtual Institute announces summer and fall 2016 courses


Virtual Institute announces summer and fall 2016 courses.

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 22 May 2016. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research would like to announce several exciting new courses that will be offered during the summer and fall 2016. The schedule sees new courses from several of our popular past instructors as well as a few new instructors with their first Virtual Institute courses. We would also like to announce the beginning of a whole new endeavor to bring even more educational opportunities to the genealogical community.

Registration for all of the following courses are now open:

As usual, each of these courses costs $69.99 for six hours of instruction (including the recordings), syllabus material, and a practical exercise. All of the upcoming courses will be offered with the Plus option, which provides additional instruction, direct instructor feedback, and a certificate of completion.

The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research would also like to announce the beginning of our Occasional Lecture series. On Thursday, 21 July 2016, the Virtual Institutewill sponsor an evening session at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh: Michael Hait, CG, on “Finding and Using Online Legal Resources.” This lecture will be delivered simultaneously live in Pittsburgh at GRIP and broadcast as a free webinar. Webinar seating is limited to 100 seats. Click here for more information and to register.

The Occasional Lecture series will supplement our six-hour courses by bringing one-hour webinars from international genealogical educators. The series will host unique lectures as our instructors and special guest lecturers are available, rather than producing a regular schedule. Announcements for future webinars in the Occasional Lecture series will appear in the Virtual Institute newsletter. Seating will always be limited so be sure to subscribe to email newsletter so that you do not miss any of these upcoming lectures.


Visit us next week at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Ft. Lauderdale!

Are you attending the National Genealogical Society Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, next week?

Stop by Booth #111 in the Exhibit Hall to visit and learn more about the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research!

Daily Raffles

Every day we will hold a giveaway for one free standard course (live or recorded)! Just provide us with your name and email address. Winners will be drawn about a half hour before the Exhibit Hall closes each day, Wednesday through Saturday. Stop by the booth in the afternoon to watch the drawing. Winners will be notified by email. And of course, all entrants will be added to our mailing list so you will continue to receive news about the Virtual Institute, including upcoming courses, recordings, promotions, etc.

Meet our Instructors

The Virtual Institute offers courses from some of the top instructors in the country. So it should be no surprise that several of them will also be in Ft. Lauderdale. The following instructors will be at the booth throughout the week, to talk to you about their courses:

In addition to these, you just never know who else might show up throughout the week. Several of our other instructors will be at the conference, both as speakers and as attendees.

Do you have any other questions?

Do you have any other questions about the Virtual Institute? We will be at the booth to answer them.

We can’t wait to meet you all!

Register now for new DNA course with Blaine Bettinger!

Bettinger_B (3)Registration is now open for our latest course from “The Genetic Genealogist” Blaine Bettinger: “Third-Party Tools for Genetic Genealogists.” The course will begin live on Saturday morning 21 May 2016 at 11:00am (U. S. Eastern).

Receiving your results from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA is just the first step in your DNA journey. Understanding and applying the results of Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA tests can be extremely challenging. Although the testing companies provide a mix of various tools for analyzing test results, there remains an ever-growing demand for tools and applications that the testing companies don’t offer to genealogists. Several programmers have stepped up to fill that demand, creating excellent third-party tools that help us wring every bit of information from our DNA test results.

Together we will explore some of the third-party tools that are currently available to genealogists, including how to use them to advance your research. We’ll also cover some of the most advanced third-party tools, including phasing tools, the Tier 1 tools at GEDmatch (Matching Segment Search, Lazarus, and Triangulation), and the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA) tool at DNAGedcom.

Click here for more information and to register for the course.

Blaine has previously presented “(Finally!) Understanding Autosomal DNA” and “Genetic Genealogy for Professional Genealogists” for the Virtual Institute. Both courses have come close to selling out, so you will want to register early!

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., 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 NewsweekNew Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers. An update to the ebook is in the works.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees.

Click here for more information and to register for the course.

Recorded courses on Civil War, New England, World War I, and Professional Genealogy now available

Recordings are now available for the following courses, held live since December:

Each of these recording packages includes video recordings of the full course of four 90-minute lectures (6 hours of instruction!), syllabus material for all four sessions, and the practical exercise.

You can purchase these courses and all of our other past courses, from other nationally recognized genealogy instructors, in the Virtual Institute Store.

Powell’s “Professional Genealogy II” to begin next week!

Registration is still open for “Professional Genealogy II: Becoming a Better Professional Researcher,” with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, to be held 12 March and 19 March 2016. Both Standard and Plus registrations are available.

This course builds on Elissa’s “Professional Genealogy I: Your Plan for a Genealogical Business” held previously. Recordings for “Professional Genealogy I” are now available in the Virtual Institute Store.

Whether you take clients or work to a professional level on your own family, you will want to learn how to be an efficient researcher. Education is a key to your developing skills and creating your personal education plan will help you direct your educational time and dollars to the learning opportunities you need. Developing a coherent, succinct research plan for each project you undertake saves you time and your client, money. The report writing process should be a part of the research process, making it time efficient. Learning how to clearly communicate and display various types of data.

Registration for the Standard course is $69.99. Registration for the Plus course is $99.99.

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Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She is the Professional Genealogy instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate online program. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management.

She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President’s Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years; taught genealogy courses at the local community college for fourteen years; co-edited a cemetery book series and appeared on the PBS-TV show ANCESTORS2 cemetery episode and the Travel Channel’s Dead Files in “The Instigator” episode. She is Past-President and a former Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She is a past-President of two local Pittsburgh societies and a contributing author to many publications.