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
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.
Last summer our instructor Rich Venezia appeared onstage at TedxPittsburgh, an event using the popular TED format but independently organized. Rich’s talk, “How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots,” puts his engaging speaking style on full display. Just take a look below!
It’s your last chance to register for the next course with the Virtual Institute, “Pensions: Did You Stop Too Soon?,” taught by Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA. Registration will close this coming Friday night, and the course will begin Saturday morning, February 24, 2018, at 11am (EST).
Most researchers seem to believe that pension research is examining the pension application files. There is much more than that. There are other areas that will contribute to a search in military pensions. Some people have pensions, but you would not know it because they are not in the pension indexes. Pension law, a requirement for a pension, might explain why a person’s pension was denied. Pension ledgers and payment vouchers add to our understanding of the service and where the pensioner is located in later life. Final payments provide insight into the heirs of a pensioner.
The instructor for this course, Craig Scott, is a nationally recognized expert on U.S. military matters. He has taught on military records at national conferences and institutes, including several courses for the Virtual Institute.
It’s your last chance to register for the next course with the Virtual Institute, “The Essential Copyright Guide for Genealogists ,” taught by Blaine T. Bettinger. Registration will close Friday night, and the course will begin Saturday morning, February 10, 2018, at 11am (EST).
This course will cover many of the copyright issues encountered by both amateur and professional genealogists on a daily basis. The instructor, Blaine Bettinger, is an intellectual property attorney, though better known as “The Genetic Genealogist.” His engaging teaching style has made him one of the most popular teachers, for both the Virtual Institute and other conferences and institutes around the country.
This February, two of the Virtual Institute’s most popular instructors will be offering new courses.
First, to be held on February 10 and 17, Blaine T. Bettinger will return to present “The Essential Copyright Guide for Genealogists.” Many know Blaine from his blog The Genetic Genealogist and several DNA-related courses, but did you also know that he works as an intellectual property attorney? Issues surrounding copyright are central to much of a genealogist’s work: how can we use the work of others and how can others use our work? Blaine will tackle these questions and many others in his course.
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Next, to be held on February 24 and March 3, Craig Roberts Scott will teach “Pensions: Did You Stop Too Soon?” Craig has taught several U.S. military courses for the Virtual Institute over they years. This time around, he will focus on U.S. military pensions, beginning with pension laws and pension applications, and examining the other records created such as pension ledgers and payment vouchers.
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!
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.
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