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Louise St Denis

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Over 50 lectures or workshops available for presentation. Travel expenses too high --- consider the Internet! ONLINE LIVE MEETING presentations are also available.

I lecture on many areas of genealogy and have been the Key Note Speaker for various conferences. I've been invited to present lectures during the 2010 Roadshow in Australia and New Zealand. Lectures can be heard in both French and English.

For two years I led an in-classroom program in Genealogical Research at the University of Toronto, Professional Learning Centre. In 1999, I established a partnership with this faculty to offer the a comprehensive Certificate program in Genealogical Studies offered entirely online. To date over 65,000 course registrations have been received. (www.genealogicalstudies.com)  I am the Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Genealogy became a fascinating and fast growing hobby for me in 1984. I researched my ancestors back to the 1600s.

Some of my time is also spent helping in the non-profit sector --- I am the founding president of the Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie - Toronto Branch, Past-president of its' provincial organization, treasurer of the Association of Professional Genealogists-Ontario Chapter, as well as a member of several genealogical organizations both in Canada and in the United States.

I produced the first instructional video tape on how to research your roots called 'Your HERITAGE, to discover, to share...'. I also started Heritage Productions publishers of 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. (www.genealogystore.com) I am the author of 10 of these books. Many new titles are in various stages of production.

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