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Virtual Institute for Genealogical Research

   If you haven’t checked out this site yet, take a look.   Genealogy research is a lifelong pursuit, and one that requires us to constantly learn and upgrade our skills.  I’ve written before about the various Institutes that happen across the country:  IGHR at Samford in Alabama; the Salt Lake Institute; NIGR in Washington, DC; and GRIP in Pittsburgh.  Here’s an article from the In-Depth Genealogist about the benefits of attending an Institute.  But there is a downside…time and cost.  These excellent programs last a week and in addition to the registration fee, require travel and hotel expenses.  I would not discourage anyone from attending these, but if your time or budget doesn’t currently allow for it, there is now another opportunity; The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.  This is not a replacement for a weeklong Institute which provides twenty or more modules on a specific topic, but offers four 90 minute lectures, along with reading and practical exercises on a specific topic along with extensive syllabus material: more than a one hour webinar.  Registrants will also receive a copy of the course recording in case you miss anything.

   On March 7th and 14th, I’ll be offering a class on Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors.

7 March 2015

  • 11:00am “Beginning Your Irish Research”: Using North American records to identify the place of origin of your ancestor.
  • 1:00pm “Identifying Your Ancestor in Irish Land and Tax Records”: Although never intended as a census substitute, The Primary Valuation of Ireland managed by Richard Griffith has become a key resource for locating Irish ancestors.

14 March 2015

  • 11:00am “Unpuzzling Ireland’s Church Records”: Prior to the start of civil registration in 1864 (1845 for Protestant marriages), the only source for family information may be church records.
  • 1:00pm “Research Your Irish Ancestor Online”: Not all of the records burned in the 1922 fire. Collections that have been inaccessible in the past are being digitized and indexed providing additional resources for experienced researchers.

   If you’re considering a research trip to Ireland, but are still looking for the elusive information about the place of origin of your Irish ancestor, this class will help you identify resources to assist you in your search.  I hope you’ll consider registering for this class.  

   Happy Hunting!


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