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      St Denis, PLCGS - Director Emeritus, Louise
Louise St Denis, PLCGS - Director Emeritus

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Louise is the course material author for the following courses:

Methodology- Part 1: Getting Started
Methodology- Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding
Planning a Fabulous Family Reunion
Producing Your Family Video
Protecting Your Precious Documents
Research: French Canadian Ancestors

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, University 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.

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