National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics 

American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics is a cloud-based course that teaches you a systematic method of investigating your family history using a wide variety of genealogical materials.

American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics offers you an exciting and satisfying experience as you advance your genealogical research step by step. You develop your skills through reading, deciphering, and citing numerous genealogical documents. You become proficient in collecting, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating genealogical information. You learn to write genealogical reports.

As you work through this course, you will improve your genealogical skills as well as expand your family knowledge. NGS uses Canvas by Instructure cloud-based learning management system.

What Will I Learn?

American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics is a cloud-based course. Each module contains information, videos, examples, self-correcting quizzes, a glossary, a topic reference list, and a final written assignment, which is graded by a professional genealogist. The modules are:

  • Module 1 – Evidence Analysis
  • Module 2 – The Library: A Research Repository
  • Module 3 – The Federal Population Schedules
  • Module 4 – FamilySearch.org
  • Module 5 – Civil Registration Records Research

Upon completion a student can:

  • determine the type of sources, information, or evidence are contained in genealogical records;
  • understand evidence analysis;
  • ability to find different types of materials in genealogical collections;
  • ability to use and evaluate all the information in federal population schedules;
  • ability to use all aspects of FamilySearch.org;
  • ability to use different types of civil registration records; and
  • ability to use and evaluate various genealogical information with different documents.

To learn more about American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics see the course syllabus.

Requirements

Since the American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics is a cloud-based course, you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access the lessons, examples, exercises, and quizzes. No software or material is loaded onto your computer or tablet.

To optimize your online learning experience, the Canvas system uses the current version of a number of different browsers. To check for your browser compatibility, please see https://guides.instructure.com/m/4214/l/41056-which-browsers-does-canvas-support for further information and details.

All students work independently.

Do I Need Anything Further?

NGS strongly recommends the book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills.1

When Can I Start the Course?

Please Note:

You must successfully complete both AGS: The Basics and AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation before registering for AGS: Beyond the Basics.

Please allow three business days to receive an e-mail from NGS confirming registration and providing log in instructions. It is followed by a second e-mail from Education Department <notifications@instructure.com> linking you to the registration page.

Fees

American Genealogical Studies series

Members

Non-members

Beyond the Basics

$175

$200


Note: Upon successfully completing both The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, we set your NGS profile to allow you to register for AGS: Beyond the Basics at the online NGS Store. You have up to one year after completing both AGS: The Basics and AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation to enroll in AGS: Beyond the Basics.

Term of Course

NGS gives a student access to American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics for twelve months from the date of registration. For those who need extra time, a one-time extension of six months is granted by contacting the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org prior to the course expiration date.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds or credits are available.

Certificate of Completion

Each person who successfully completes American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics receives a certificate of completion. Certificates are mailed out once per month. If you complete the course by the 20th of the month, we mail your certificate out at the end of that month. Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Questions?

Before you register for the course, please read the AGS: Beyond the Basics FAQs. If you have further questions, please contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.

 


1 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, rev. ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012).

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