Genealogy Gifts of Knowledge

It’s December and that means Happy Holidays and that means gift-giving and why not ask for something you truly want…more genealogy knowledge!

In our latest podcast, Episode #48, we talk about continuing our pursuit of knowledge in the genealogical field with new books for our shelves and educational opportunities either in person or online. There is no better time to ask for these items or get them for yourselves. All the books we recommend are on our Amazon storefront which makes it easy to purchase and helps support our podcast which we greatly appreciate!

Let’s get to it! Here are our top 20 in no particular order:

  1. Red Book edited by Alice Eichholz
  2. Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  3. Genealogical Standards
  4. Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  5. Numbering Your Genealogy by the National Genealogical Society
  6. Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas Jones
  7. Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas Jones
  8. Black’s Lw Dictionary 3rd or 4th edition
  9. NGS Researcher Guides for the States
  10. Guide to Genealogical Writing by Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff CG, FASG
  11. A to ZAX Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians by Barbara Jean Evans
  12. Elements of Genealogical Analysis by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
  13. Guide to NDA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger
  14. Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker
  15. The Source A Guide Book to American Genealogy Edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Leubking
  16. How to Use Evernote for Everything by Kerry Scott
  17. Genealogical Proof Standard by Christine Rose
  18. The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy by Kimberly Powell
  19. Creating Family Archives by Margot Note
  20. Genealogy Fiction of any kind

In-person week-long educational opportunities we recommend are:

Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR)

July 26-31, 2020 Registration opens February 1st, 2020, the University of Georgia in Athens, GA

Courses include:

Course One – Methods & Sources
Course Coordinator: Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGL

Course Two – Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies
Course Coordinator: Angela Packer McGhie, CG®

Course Three – Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis
Course Coordinator: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL

Course Four – Writing & Publishing for Genealogists
Course Coordinator: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG®, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Course Five – Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA
Course Coordinator: Patti Lee Hobbs, CG®

Course Six – Military Records III: Advanced Research and Methodology
Course Coordinator: Michael L. Strauss, AG

Course Seven – Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond
Course Coordinator: Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA

Course Eight – For Land’s Sake! Advanced Analysis and Platting
Course Coordinator: Gerald H. ‘Jerry’ Smith, CG®

Course Nine – Research in the South: Cessions & Territories
Course Coordinator: J. Mark Lowe, CG®, FUGA

Course Ten – Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents
Course Coordinators: Benjamin B. Spratling III, JD and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG®, CGL

Course Eleven – Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents & Advanced Tools
Course Coordinator: Deborah A. Abbott, PhD

Course Twelve – Intermediate DNA: Planning for and Conducting Research using DNA and Documentary Sources
Course Coordinator: Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®

Course Thirteen – Researching New York: Resources and Strategies
Course Coordinator: Karen Mauer Jones, CG®, FGBS, FUGA

Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy (SLIG)

Registration opens in June so be on the lookout for the 2021 class opportunities

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPP)

From their website:

21-26 June 2020 offers seven concurrent courses: (UPDATE in progress)

  • Practical Genetic Genealogy with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
  • Chromosome Mapping with Karen Stanbary, CG and Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
  • Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-on Forensic Genealogy with Catherine Desmarais, CG, Kelvin Meyers, Michael Ramage, J.D., CG
  • Exploring American Quaker Records with Steven W. Morrison and Annette Burke Lyttle
  • Irish Research Part IIwith David Rencher, AG, CG
  • Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG
  • Women and Children First!: Research Methods for the Hidden Half of the Family with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

6-10 July 2020 offers six concurrent courses: (UPDATE in progress)

  • Advanced DNA Evidence with Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
  • Who’s Your Daddy?: Using DNA to Resolve Recent Unknown Identity with Angie Bush and Eva Goodwin
  • Documentation for Lineage Societies with Sandra Rumble
  • Foundations of German Research with F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research with Melissa A. Johnson, CG
  • Tools and Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems with Kimberly Powell

19-24 July 2020 offers seven concurrent courses: 

  • Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills with Paula Stuart‐Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Get Your Hands Dirty! A Workshop in Land and Property Records with Kimberly Powell
  • Family Archiving: Heirlooms in the Digital Age with Denise May Levenick
  • Walking in Penn’s Woods: Pennsylvania Research with Amy E. K. Arner
  • Introduction to Jewish Genealogy with Emily Garber
  • Beyond the Golden Door: Immigrants to the U.S.A. after 1890 with Rich Venezia
  • Reading, Transcribing, and Abstracting Old Documents with Carla Cegielski


Genealogical Institue on Federal Records (GEN-FED)

July 12-17, 2020 online registration opens February 22, 2020


ONLINE Learning Opportunities

Boston University Certificate Program

Two programs: Genealogical Principals 7 weeks and Certificate in Genealogical Research the next course beginning on January 21. They run throughout the year.

ProGen Study Group

This is for those who are interested in furthering their skills and becoming a professional genealogist. 

National Institute of Genealogical Studies University of Toronto 

This is the link for the American Certificate in Genealogical Studies-40 Courses-Complete but you can take any of the courses offered individually and there are many to choose from.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research

Offers a wide variety of courses check often to see what is being offered.

National Genealogical Society NGS Genealogy Courses

They offer American Genealogical Studies AGS a four-course study and Continuing Genealogical Studies CGS which is nin stand-alone courses.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

New videos are added each month and if you join you will have access to all the videos in the library. 


Society and Conference Opportunities

NGS Conference 2020 in Salt Lake City Utah May 20-23, 2020

 RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City Utah February 26-29, 2020

Check your local state and area genealogical and historical societies for day and weekend events.

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