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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, August 26, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 32

Friday, August 26, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
9-10:30pm Central US
8-9:30pm Mountain US
7-8:30pm Pacific US
3am London UK
12pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Genealogy Back to School Special

This week our show is entitled Genealogy Back to School Special. Our special guests will include: Louise St. Denis of the National Institute of Genealogical StudiesAngela McGhie of the ProGen Study Group; and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL℠ of the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course. We’ll be discussing educational programs for genealogists and family historians.


Louise St. Denis
Louise St. Denis

Louise St Denis was born in Timmins Ontario Canada to a bilingual family who moved to Windsor when she was 10 years old. She studied Mathematics and Business at the University of Windsor.

Louise became the controller of a large insurance and real estate firm in Ottawa. After the installation of a computer, the fascination of this new technology took over. She then assisted in Toronto, in the start up and continuing operation of what was to become Canada’s largest firm specializing in the marketing of software and hardware to the insurance industry.

Genealogy became a fascinating and fast growing hobby for her in 1984. Louise researched her ancestors back to the 1600s.

Some of Louise’s time is also spent helping in the non-profit sector — she is the founding president of the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie – Toronto Branch, Past-president of its’ provincial organization, Past-treasurer of the Association of Professional Genealogists-Ontario Chapter, a member of several genealogical organizations both in Canada and in the United States. Louise also served on the Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada as well as the French genealogical representative for the Ontario Heritage Alliance, a group with representatives from provincial organizations concerned with the preservation of our heritage.

The first instructional video tape on how to research your roots called ‘Your HERITAGE, to discover, to share…’ was produced by Louise. She also publishes the HERITAGE BOOK SERIES as well as the Genealogical Diary, a workbook to record and organize all your findings. The Heritage Series now consist of over 100 books. ( She is the author of 10 of these books. Many new titles are in various stages of production.

Louise lectures internationally on many areas of genealogy and has been the Key Note Speaker for various conferences as far away as in Australia and New Zealand. Lectures can be heard in both French and English.

For two years Louise lead an in-classroom program at the University of Toronto, Continuing Education in Genealogical Research. In 1999, Louise established a partnership with the University of Toronto, Univeristy of St Michael’s College, to offer the first and only comprehensive Certificate program in Genealogical Studies offered entirely online. To date over 75,000 course registrations have been received. ( Louise has been instrumental in the development of not only the program development but also the course delivery software. Louise is the Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.



Angela McGhie
Angela McGhie

Angela Packer McGhie is a genealogical researcher, lecturer and instructor. She serves as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program, president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and assistant director of the Columbia Maryland Family History Center.  She is the coordinator for the 2012 Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and a genealogy instructor for Howard Community College. Angela has completed the NGS American Genealogy course and attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (2008), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (2009-2011) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2009 & 2011). She is a regular researcher at the National Archives and writes a blog on genealogy education at



Pat Stamm
Patricia Walls Stamm

Pat Stamm has an extensive background as an instructor at the St. Louis Community College, the St. Louis Genealogical Society, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. She has served as conference program coordinator and education director for the St. Louis Genealogical Society. Stamm is a life member of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the St. Louis Genealogical Society. She received the St. Louis Genealogical Society President’s Award in May 2009 for work that led to an expanded educational program for the society.
Stamm holds a tested concentration of genealogical instruction from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has lectured both locally and nationally. She is a published author with articles appearing in the NGS NewsMagazine, APG Quarterly, and Genealogical Computing. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and NGS, she currently chairs the NGS’ Rubincam Youth Award Committee.
The NGS American Genealogy Studies is designed for both the beginner and the established genealogist. These busy individuals want to learn about a specific topic and put the ensuing knowledge to work quickly. NGS courses offer the convenience of completing a genealogy study at their own pace at home.

The current course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Civil War Records
  • Introduction to Religious Records
  • Social Security Sleuthing
  • Special Federal Census Schedules
  • Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting in Genealogical Records
  • Working with Deeds


After Party at!

That’s right – we’ll be having another fun “after party” over at the genealogy room at ( where the theme will be: School Daze. This means we’ll be spinning tunes having to do with schools, teachers, learning and even those teen years! So grab your MP3 copy of Rock and Roll High School and come join us!  Not only can you listen to what others upload to,  but there is an interactive chat room where you can extend the discussion on education or whatever genealogy topic you want!

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