National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

Learning Opportunities

Confused by snippets of information you've found in online databases? Our educational courses help you understand the various records so you can expand your family tree in a more systematic method.

You'll learn a variety of skills like how to:

  • interpret the information;
  • incorporate the new information with previous research to draw a valid conclusion;
  • cite the information, so you know from where it came;
  • move forward in a logical way to find additional information.

NGS offers an array of educational courses for everyone from a beginner just starting out to more advanced genealogist who wants to refresh, hone, or increase their skills. Membership discounts apply.

Family History Skills

As a member benefit, we offer this free online self-paced, self-graded course. Take advantage of this course if you want to learn a bit about genealogy or need a quick refresher. Learn More.

American Genealogical Studies

With the release of the American Genealogical Studies series, NGS is revamping, revising, and moving its renown Home Study training to the cloud. Learn More.

Continuing Genealogical Studies

Each of the Continuing Genealogical Studies courses covers a specific subject. These courses are topic specific. They help one improve their genealogical skills at your own pace since they are independent learning courses. Learn More.

PDF Courses

These courses help genealogists get the most from the population census schedules, a family deed, or the family's religion. Learn More.

NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course

This course is no longer being offered. It is only open to those students who are currently enrolled. Additional information.


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