Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

online educationDo you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.

So why am I suddently talking about genealogy education? Well, we often get people asking us where they can learn more about family history and researching. So if you are wanting something more than attending the talks at your local genealogy group or library (which are very good by the way), or reading everything you can get you hands on, or watching/particpating in webinars or Google Hangouts, you should have a look at what the National Institute of Genealogical Studies offers.

Catering to genealogists worldwide, they offer online and correspondence courses, and they have literally hundreds to choose from and they will help you take your genealogy education to the next level. Offering topics on indepth research for various countries as well an numerous general genealogy-related topics, so there is something for everyone.

Various types of courses are available at the Institute. Single courses are available to enhance your knowledge, or a formal education program can be registered. Some courses are credit courses towards Certificate Programs, whereas others are non-credit courses. Some courses have required assignments and exams, others don’t. So there’s lots of choice…

logo - NIGSSelect Intensive Short Term courses are available and are usually 4 weeks in length. Instructor involvement by email and where submitting assignments is optional. To see the scheduled commencement date for individual courses, or a detailed description of the content of a specific course, click on the name of the course on the website [sorry I couldn’t put a direct link to this page]. And If you’re interested in doing a few courses, check the “Packages” for reduced pricing.

The courses listed below are all ones that are due to start on 1 September 2014, so if you’re interested check out their website for the course outline, pricing, instructor details and registering.

Australia: Births, Deaths & Marriages    (BASIC)
Australia: Other Sources for Births, Deaths & Marriages    (BASIC)
Australia: Immigration Records-Free Settlers    (BASIC)
Australia: Convict Records    (BASIC)

Canadian: Vital Statistics Records – Part 1    (BASIC)
Canadian: Land Records – Part 1    (BASIC)
Canadian: Census Records – Part 1    (BASIC)
Canadian: Wills and Estate Records – Part 1    (BASIC)
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records – Part 2    (INTERMEDIATE)
Canadian: Land Records – Part 2    (INTERMEDIATE)
Canadian: Local History and Special Collections    (ADVANCED)
Canadian: Migration Patterns    (ADVANCED)
Canadian: Geography and Maps    (ADVANCED)
Canadian: Immigration Records    (ADVANCED)

English: Census Records Including Wales    (BASIC)
English: Civil Registration Records Including Wales    (BASIC)
English: Parish Registers    (BASIC)
English: Probate Records    (BASIC)
English: Understanding Names in Genealogy    (INTERMEDIATE)
English: Occupations – Professions and Trades    (INTERMEDIATE)
English: Land and Property Records Including Manorial Documents and Maps    (ADVANCED)
English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical    (ADVANCED)

German: Introduction to German Research for North Americans    (BASIC)
German: The Language    (BASIC)
German: Locating Places in Germany    (BASIC)
German: Church Records    (BASIC)
German: Reading the Records    (INTERMEDIATE)
German: Civil Registration Records    (INTERMEDIATE)

Irish: Understanding Ireland, History and Source Records    (BASIC)
Irish: Archival Repositories    (BASIC)
Irish: Census and Census Substitute Records    (BASIC)
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records    (BASIC)
Irish: Civil Registration in Ireland    (INTERMEDIATE)
Irish: Monumental (Gravestone) Inscriptions    (INTERMEDIATE)
Irish: Major Printed Sources    (INTERMEDIATE)
Irish: Electoral and Taxation Records    (ADVANCED)
Irish: Estate, Plantation and Settlement Records    (ADVANCED)

Scottish: Statutory Registration    (BASIC)
Scottish: Census Records    (BASIC)
Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research    (BASIC)
Scottish: Wills and Testaments    (BASIC)

US: Land Records    (BASIC)
US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using The Records    (BASIC)
US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records    (INTERMEDIATE)
US: Religious Records – Part 1    (BASIC)
US: Religious Records – Part 2    (INTERMEDIATE)
US: Migration Patterns    (INTERMEDIATE)
US: Institutional Records    (ADVANCED)
US: Military Records    (ADVANCED)
US: Census Records    (BASIC)

Research: German Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: Irish Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: Quebec Non-Francophone Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: Alberta Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: Scandinavian Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: Manitoba Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: New Brunswick Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: Ontario Ancestors    (INTERMEDIATE)
Research: American World War II Ancestors – Part 1    (INTERMEDIATE)

Electronic Resources: Using The Internet    (BASIC)
Electronic Resources: RootsMagic    (BASIC)
Producing Your Family Video    (BASIC)
Planning a Fabulous Family Reunion    (BASIC)
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents    (ADVANCED)
Genealogy and Copyright Guidelines    (ADVANCED)
Genetics and Genealogy    (ADVANCED)
Heraldry for the Family Historian    (INTERMEDIATE)
Skill-Building: Evidence Analysis and Evaluation including Case Studies    (INTERMEDIATE)
Investigate: Adoption Records    (BASIC)
Investigate: Lost Friends and Family Records    (BASIC)
Google for the Wise Genealogist    (INTERMEDIATE)
Connecting Family: Online and Virtually    (INTERMEDIATE)
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist    (INTERMEDIATE)
Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation    (INTERMEDIATE)
Demystifying Culture & Folklore    (INTERMEDIATE)
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting    (BASIC)
Lecturing Skills Including Preparation    (INTERMEDIATE)
Personal Historian: Telling the Stories    (INTERMEDIATE)
Writing Your Family History Book    (BASIC)
Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Report and so much more    (INTERMEDIATE)

Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started    (BASIC)
Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building    (BASIC)
Methodology – Part 3: More Strategies    (INTERMEDIATE)
Methodology – Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording    (INTERMEDIATE)
Methodology – Part 5: How To Prove It    (INTERMEDIATE)
Methodology – Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice    (ADVANCED)

Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1    (BASIC)
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2    (INTERMEDIATE)
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3    (ADVANCED)

Librarianship: Genealogy Reference Interview    (BASIC)
Librarianship: Twenty-First Century Genealogy Services    (BASIC)
Librarianship: Specialized Genealogy Sources    (BASIC)
Librarianship: Developing Successful Genealogy Collections    (BASIC)
Librarianship: Programming and Marketing Your Services    (INTERMEDIATE)
Librarianship: Developing a Genealogy Website    (ADVANCED)
Librarianship: Handouts, Brochures and Online/Multi-Media Reference Tools    (INTERMEDIATE)

Business Skills: Creating a Genealogy Business    (BASIC)
Business Skills: Business Administration    (BASIC)
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche-Part 1    (BASIC)
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche-Part 2    (BASIC)


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6 thoughts on “Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

  1. Ohh, I don’t have to ask you about these now! Thanks, Alona!

  2. 🙂 I’d been working on a National Institute of Genealogivcal Studies post for a while. But you did prompt me (and the looming date of when the next courses start) to get it finished. So thank you. If you go to their website click on COURSES > there’s a NEXT MONTH button, and you can also see what courses start the following months after that.

  3. Shauna Hicks says:

    As part of National Family History Month there is an offer of a free course (choice of 3) so why not enrol? See the Sponsors page of National Family History Month website and follow the instructions to try out an online genealogy course for yourself.

  4. I am currently about half-way through the Australian Course, am hoping to finish around mid 2015. It’s been great so far and I have learnt way more than I expected.

  5. Thankyou for your feedback Les – always great to get comments from someone who has done (or is doing) the NIGS courses.

  6. Thanks Shauna – yes, it is a great offer from the National Institute offering those courses for free for NFHM.

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