For the past two years I’ve been teaching a Basic English Research genealogy course with GenClass. Every time this course runs, part of the preparation involves updating the course materials to incorporate new research sources as they come available and also checking the web links to make sure that they’re all still alive and kicking. This time it’s slightly different…..
As part of the new arrangement with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies I’m also having to change the format of the course material so that it fits in with their IT systems. I’ve had to learn how to use to Microsoft’s Live Meeting software which we’ll be using to run the class chats and I’ve still got to buy a webcam for the chats.
It’s all very exciting and the course material looks great! The only downside is the webcam – I’ve always hated having my photo taken.
Here’s the full press release:
NEWS RELEASE: GenClass instructors merge 24 courses with the 150 existing courses at National Institute for Genealogical Studies!
GREAT NEWS! Lots of new topics & new courses available through the National Institute… As of February, you will see a new ‘type’ of course offered at the Institute — INTENSIVE SHORT TERM courses.
* Intensive — packed with lots of very helpful information, research techniques & tips;* Short Term — most will be four (4) weeks in length;* Instructors — experts in their field of genealogical research;* Live Meetings (optional) — four (4) optional ‘real-time’ online meetings with your Instructor and fellow coursemates;* Direct Communication — consult directly with your instructor via e-mail;* Feedback — discuss specific topics through various online or offline threads;* Assignments (optional) — although there may be some personal assignments to enhance a technique, submitting them is completely optional;* Exam (none) — no final exam to be completed;* Inexpensive — under $50;* One-on-One Advice — Book an appointment with your instructor to discuss in-depth individual research problems (additional fee).(The above may vary by course; check the course description for details.)
Below is a list of the new courses, the instructor and their first anticipated start month. Check online for a full description of the course, actual dates courses are offered throughout the year and to complete your registration. (Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on menu item COURSES, click on COURSES again, click on INTENSIVE SHORT TERM view, click on name of course).
START DATE: February 15Research: African-American Ancestors; Michael Hait
START DATE: March 1Investigation: Adoption Records; Linda RakitaInvestigation: Lost Friends and Family; Linda RakitaResearch: English Ancestors-The Basics; Sheena Tait
START DATE: April 5Brick Wall Research; Lisa AlzoResearch: Australian and New Zealand Ancestors; Kerry FarmerResearch: Female Ancestors; Lisa AlzoResearch: Native American Ancestors; Barbara Benge
START DATE: May 3Research: Jewish Genealogy on the Internet; Micha ReiselStep-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Family Story
START DATE: June 7Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 1; Pat Ryan
START DATE: July 5Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 2; Pat RyanResearch: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 1; Pat RyanSTART DATE: August 2Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 3; Pat RyanResearch: Jewish Ancestors-Basic Introduction; Schelly Talalay DardashtiResearch: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 2; Pat Ryan
START DATE: Not Set YetElectronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-The Basics; Cindy RowzeeElectronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-Advanced; Cindy RowzeeJump Start your Genealogy; Lisa AlzoOrganizing Your Family History; Cindy RowzeeResearch: European Ancestors-Part 1; Lisa AlzoResearch: European Ancestors-Part 2; Lisa AlzoResearch: United States-Great Lakes States; Lisa AlzoResearch: United States-Northeastern US; Cindy Rowzee
GenClass was formed in 2007 by a group of instructors who formerly taught courses for MyFamily.com. They quickly earned the reputation of offering affordable intensive courses with lots of valuable information covering a variety of general and specialized topics. Students enjoyed the Instructor involvement throughout the process. Ten instructors, with a total of 24 courses, have recently moved their courses to the Institute’s training platform.
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, in affiliation with the Continuing Education unit of the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, offer Certificate Programs in Genealogical Studies in the records of Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, United States and a Librarianship Program. The Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary of Genealogical Education during 2009.
Louise St Denis, Managing DirectorThe National Institute for Genealogical Studies