National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces Acquisition of GenealogyWise

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[Editor’s Note: the following press release was posted by Gena Philbert Ortega, Genealogy Community Director of GenealogyWise at the GenealogyWise website this evening]

National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces Acquisition of GenealogyWise

(Toronto, February 7, 2011)

Louise St. Denis, Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, has announced that the Institute has acquired the website, GenealogyWise ( The Genealogy Community Director of GenealogyWise, Gena Philibert Ortega, has also officially joined the Institute. She can be reached at

Gena Philibert Ortega of GenealogyWise “I would say that GenealogyWise is a great fit with the National Institute’s goals. GenealogyWise is a place to connect with new found cousins, share resources, and learn more about genealogy. As part of the National Institute, GenealogyWise members will benefit from the opportunities that the National Institute provides,” said Gena.

GenealogyWise is the social network for genealogists. This is the place to network with other researchers, and make discoveries about your family history.You can join or create surname, locality, or topic groups. The Group feature allows you to collaborate, share, and ask questions of other members.

You can also join the Chat Room for a quick question about research, a chat with fellow genealogists, or attend one of our educational presentations. As well, you can post a blog entry or a forum question from the GenealogyWise homepage. This is a great way to share your knowledge on a genealogy topic or to ask a question.

To date, there are over 23,000 members online.

A new feature will be added – the Live Meeting. GenealogyWise members will be able to access Live Meetings onsite, and this will open up more education opportunities to members that the Institute has to offer.

For the month of March, the Institute is offering a number of US courses as well as courses on Methodology, Electronic Records, and in Analysis and Skill Mentoring.

To read a detailed description about a specific course, please go to our website at, click on the menu item “COURSES”, and click on “COURSES” again. Then click on “ALPHABETICAL LISTING” to make searching through over 60 courses given in March a little easier!

And to learn more about our instructors, please go to our site at, click on menu item “INSTITUTE”, then click on “FACULTY”, and click again on the instructor’s name.

If you need more information, please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165, or send us a message at
You can enroll in these or other courses by simply going to the Institute’s website at, choosing the ones which interest you, and registering online.

About The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

About the National Institute for Genealogical Studies: The Institute now offers over 150 courses in genealogical studies, including courses in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, and the United States.

If you are looking for a more formal educational training, the Institute offers-in affiliation with the Continuing Education Unit of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto-Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland and the United States, as well as a Librarianship Certificate.

Louise St. Denis
Managing Director
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Toll-free in North America – 1.800.580.0165

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

NGS Conference Adds Social Media Policy

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I’m happy to announce that the National Genealogical Society has developed a social media policy for the upcoming NGS Family History Conference to be held May 11-14, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina.

When the new NGS conference blog appeared recently, I sent an inquiry to the conference planning staff at NGS to see if a policy had been developed and would be in force during the conference.  Here is the wording of the policy:

NGS does not permit the recording of presentations at the NGS Family History Conference under any circumstances or in any form or media, including but not limited to audio recordings, video recordings, or literal transcripts, except by specific written permission. JAMB, Inc. contracts with NGS to audio record the lectures of speakers who provide their written consent to be recorded. CD’s may be purchased at the conference or ordered after the conference for $12 per CD.

NGS does permit and encourage the use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogging at the conference as a way to summarize, highlight, excerpt, review, critique, and/or promote the presented materials, syllabus materials, or the conference in general, provided that (1) the material is not shared in full and (2) the author/speaker is referenced and cited appropriately in each case.  Please keep in mind that our presenters have invested many hours into the development of this material and copyright laws apply.

It appears that the NGS social media policy is in line with similar policies currently used at various genealogy conferences including the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree as well as Family History Expos.

If you have questions or comments, contact the NGS Conference Manager at or refer to FAQs.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Facebook Profile – More Questions


And hopefully some answers as well! As stated yesterday here at GeneaBloggers, Facebook is rolling out a new profile format to its users. And naturally when there are changes to almost anything, there are lots of questions.

First, as a resource, check out Facebook’s Top Ten Questions about the new profile. Most of what folks want to know, such as “Can I switch back to the old profile once I turn on the new profile?” are contained on this page.  And, unfortunately the answers is no on the switch back.

Second, be aware that, at least according to Facebook, none of your privacy settings have changed with the rollout of the new profile.  I double-checked my own privacy settings this morning and I can confirm that none of mine have changed.

Third, I do have some concerns about the new Family feature discussed in yesterday’s post. Right now, when I designate someone who is already a friend as a relative, and I select the type of relationship (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, etc.), it displays the person in the Family section of my profile. There does seem to be  a confirmation process (this is why the profile pictures won’t appear until the family member confirms their relationship with you) but, wouldn’t it be better not to display anything until the relationship is confirmed?

Also, for those who don’t want to display the Family section, you can customize the settings for who can and can’t see this section of your profile. Click here for more information.

Finally, I encourage you to give feedback on the new profile to Facebook using this form.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee