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American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

Michael Grant Hait Jr., cgsm, is a full-time professional genealogical researcher, author, publisher, and lecturer. He is a current instructor at the Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR); the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG); and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

What Will I Learn?

Genealogical researchers are often confused by the best way to cite and notate the sources where they located family records and information. Knowing where we located our family information and keeping accurate notes, or citations, is the backbone of reliable genealogy. In the three-module NGS course, American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, Michael Hait helps genealogists understand the principles of citation for common sources such as books, periodicals, and a variety of filmed and digitized records. The principles taught in this course are based on Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 1

The American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation is an online cloud-based course consisting of three modules containing lessons, examples, and graded exams. After taking this course, students will be able to answer the following questions:

  • Why are citations necessary?
  • Why use a consistent citation style?
  • Which citation style is most appropriate for genealogical research?
  • What is the difference between the formats of reference notes and source lists?
  • What are the common elements of all source citations?
  • What is the method for recording various records?

To see the course syllabus and the various modules within American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, visit the course page on the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/guide_documentation_sourcecitation.

Requirements & Fees

Since the American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation 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. All students work independently.

The course tuition is $30.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members. Register online for the American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citationcourse now. Join NGS today and receive the member’s price.

Course registration occurs within two business days (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET). After which, you will then receive a separate e-mail from Canvas by Instructure. This e-mail provides you with login instructions.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All course purchases are final.

Term of the Course

NGS gives the participant access to American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation for six months from the date of registration.

If you need an extension contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org

Certificate of Completion

A certificate is awarded to each person who successfully completes this course. However because the National Genealogical Society is not a licensing body, no certification or accreditation is implied.

Want Something More?

NGS offers genealogists quality training and education. They include:

  • The American Genealogical Studies Courses (AGS) are cloud-based courses.
    The Basics
  • Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
  • More coming soon

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

Questions?

Contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.


 

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