Occasional Webinar Series Recordings

The following recordings of the Virtual Institute’s webinars, presented as part of our Occasional Webinar Series, are available for purchase at the cost of $19.99. This includes the video recording of the webinar and all supplementary syllabus material.


“Finding and Using Online Legal Resources” with Michael Hait, CG, CGL

Presented live from the 2016 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

Every aspect of our ancestors’ lives—and most of the records we use to discover their lives—were either directly affected or indirectly influenced by the laws in effect at the time. This presentation will show how to locate historical laws online to learn more about the world in which our ancestors lived and better understand the records we use.

Michael Hait, CG, CGL, 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. He also authored the National Genealogical Society course “American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation.” Michael currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2016–19), and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2012–13).

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“The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy” with Melanie D. Holtz, CG
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:00pm (EDT)

This lecture focuses on a common problem within Italian genealogical research, when your research encounters an ancestor who was abandoned by their natural parents. Does this mean an end to the family line? What records might reveal the situation around the abandonment? Have you exhausted all resources that might provide information on this ancestor, directly or indirectly? Information on abandoned ancestors can be found in several different types of records, including civil, parish, and notarial records. We’ll learn about the social and political policies surrounding these ancestors, adoptions, the foster care system, and recognitions.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is a Board-certified genealogist, writer, and lecturer, She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogical research and dual citizenship. Melanie is the author of multiple articles, lectures, and courses on Italian genealogy available through the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and FamilyTree University. In October, her latest book The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy will be published by FamilyTree Books. The book is available for preorder at: <bit.ly/FT-italian-genealogy-guide>. Save 10% by using the code FTITALIAN at checkout (coupon code expires 31 December 2017).

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“Luxembourg Genealogy: The Basics” with Bryna O’Sullivan
Friday, 1 December 2017, 8:00pm (EST)

Not quite French, not quite German, Luxembourgers have their own unique history and records. Learn the major sources used to trace your Luxembourger ancestor’s past from civil registrations to the census.

Bryna O’Sullivan is a Connecticut-based genealogist and French to English genealogical translator specializing in Luxembourg-American, Connecticut, and cross-border genealogy. Her love of Luxembourger research comes from a family that traveled from Luxembourg to Iowa in the middle of the American Civil War.

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