Welcome to the Virtual Institute!

The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research offers courses on a wide variety of genealogical subjects, providing vigorous year-round education for the genealogical community using a virtual platform.

The Virtual Institute provides the perfect opportunity for in-depth genealogical education without the expense of travel and lodging associated with other institutes.

Each institute course consists of:

  • six hours of instruction from a nationally recognized expert
  • extensive syllabus material
  • practical exercises

Courses will be presented in the form of four 90-minute lectures, two each on consecutive Saturday mornings. All paid registrants will receive a complimentary course recording, just in case you have to miss a lecture.

Limited class sizes of only 100 registrants per course allows for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered by genealogy webinars.

Click here to see the schedule of upcoming courses

Recording for Bettinger’s Shared cM Project webinar now available!

For those who were unable to register for “How Are We Related? Using the Shared cM Project to Explore Your DNA Matches” with Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., the recording is now available for sale on the Virtual Institute website.

Visit the Occasional Webinar Recordings page to purchase this and other webinars for just $19.99. Each recording package includes the full audio and video from the webinar and all syllabus and supplementary material.

While you’re there, don’t forget to take a look at our upcoming courses and webinars as well as recordings for all of our past courses and webinars!

Shared cM Project webinar sold out!

Unfortunately, live attendance at this Wednesday’s webinar with Blaine Bettinger has sold out.

Recordings will be placed on sale as soon as possible after the webinar ends, so please check back Thursday if you were unable to register.

We will also be announcing the availability of the recording package here in our newsletter. If you haven’t done so already, enter your email address in the Subscribe box so you don’t miss the announcement (as well as announcements for our future webinars and courses on DNA and other genealogical subjects).