logo-gsAre you looking to increase your genealogy knowledge without leaving home? Why not try an online genealogy course.

There has been two major places offering online genealogy courses, GenClass and the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. As of January 1st 2010, they have now merged. The GenClass instructors have merged their 24 courses with the 150 existing courses at National Institute for Genealogical Studies!

Here is the announcement from Louise St Denis, Managing Director of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies …

GREAT NEWS! Lots of new topics & new courses available through the National Institute… As of February, you will see a new ‘type’ of course offered at the Institute — INTENSIVE SHORT TERM courses.

* Intensive — packed with lots of very helpful information, research techniques & tips;
* Short Term — most will be four (4) weeks in length;
* Instructors — experts in their field of genealogical research;
* Live Meetings (optional) — four (4) optional ‘real-time’ online meetings with your Instructor and fellow coursemates;
* Direct Communication — consult directly with your instructor via e-mail;
* Feedback — discuss specific topics through various online or offline threads;
* Assignments (optional) — although there may be some personal assignments to enhance a technique, submitting them is completely optional;
* Exam (none) — no final exam to be completed;
* Inexpensive — under $50;
* One-on-One Advice — Book an appointment with your instructor to discuss in-depth individual research problems (additional fee).
(The above may vary by course; check the course description for details.)

Below is a list of the new courses, the instructor and their first anticipated start month. Check online for a full description of the course, actual dates courses are offered throughout the year and to complete your registration. (Go to www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on menu item COURSES, click on COURSES again, click on INTENSIVE SHORT TERM view, click on name of course).

Brick Wall Research; Lisa Alzo
Research: Australian and New Zealand Ancestors; Kerry Farmer
Research: Female Ancestors; Lisa Alzo
Research: Native American Ancestors; Barbara Benge

Research: Jewish Genealogy on the Internet; Micha Reisel
Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Family Story

Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 1; Pat Ryan

Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 2; Pat Ryan
Research: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 1; Pat Ryan

START DATE: August 2
Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 3; Pat Ryan
Research: Jewish Ancestors-Basic Introduction; Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Research: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 2; Pat Ryan

Electronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-The Basics; Cindy Rowzee
Electronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-Advanced; Cindy Rowzee
Jump Start your Genealogy; Lisa Alzo
Organizing Your Family History; Cindy Rowzee
Research: European Ancestors-Part 1; Lisa Alzo
Research: European Ancestors-Part 2; Lisa Alzo
Research: United States-Great Lakes States; Lisa Alzo
Research: United States-Northeastern US; Cindy Rowzee

GenClass was formed in 2007 by a group of instructors who formerly taught courses for MyFamily.com. They quickly earned the reputation of offering affordable intensive courses with lots of valuable information covering a variety of general and specialized topics. Students enjoyed the Instructor involvement throughout the process. Ten instructors, with a total of 24 courses, have recently moved their courses to the Institute’s training platform.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, in affiliation with the Continuing Education unit of the University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, offer Certificate Programs in Genealogical Studies in the records of Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, United States and a Librarianship Program. The Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary of Genealogical Education during 2009.

So if you find it hard to make it to your local genealogy society meetings, or those at the nearby library or adult education centre, doing an online course might be an option for you.

Please note, the course prices are shown in US dollars, and the Australian courses are conducted by well-known genealogist and speaker Kerry Farmer.