The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is an organisation that runs hundreds of online genealogy courses every year. You can do the odd course here or there on something specific, or you can go further and study for a certificate on a particular genealogy related topic or country. So if you want to expand your knowledge studying through them is a great way to learn.

Anyway news just out is that the National Institute for Genealogical Studies have just added a brand new course to their Australian Records Certificate program.

Australian: Education Records is written by well-known genealogy author and speaker, Shauna Hicks and it explores the various kinds of education records available to the family history researcher.

“Education records can be a fascinating resource to add more detail and interest to our ancestor’s lives. The records may not always give us biographical information to take our family lines further back in time, but the records will tell us more about the lives they lived. Today’s education arrangements are quite different from those in the 18th and 19th centuries.

For the purposes of this course, we will mostly be looking at educational records from 1788 through to 1950. We will explore education records which can include archival records, memorabilia, photographs, building plans, newspaper reports, published school histories and local histories. Archival records are those created by the school such as administrative files, correspondence files, building files, pupil admission registers, corporal punishment registers of teachers, photographs of buildings and pupils, building plans, sporting memorabilia and other records. Records explored will span primary school to adult education and will include students as well as staff.”

This advanced course begins on 6 March 2017 and is an eight week course, so if you’re interested don’t delay in registering. But if it’s too soon, don’t despair, as it will be rerun every two months. The cost is US$89.

To register today, or for more information on the course, CLICK HERE.