National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course

NGS is revising, updating and moving this course to the cloud. For further information please see American Genealogical Studies. If you are currently enrolled, please continue working through your lessons. Both CDs 2 and 3 are available to only current students for purchase from Susan Yockey at when you need them.

To learn more about the Home Study Course, see the course syllabus or watch the video.


The HSC is available only on PC- or MAC-compatible CDs, so you will need a computer with a CD drive.

An Internet connection is also recommended so students can participate in the online mail list for research help and advice. Some students choose to submit their lessons by e-mail rather than postal service.


The Home Study Course on CDs contain five to six lessons each. Since the course is moving to the cloud, only current students should/may purchase the CDs.

NGS Home Study Course Option



CD 2



CD 3



Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds are issued.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate is awarded to each person who successfully completes the NGS Home Study Course. Although The National Genealogical Society has a variety of courses available to help you learn about the methods, skills, and standards for certification, NGS is not a licensing body. Therefore, no formal genealogical credential or accreditation is implied. Please refer to the websites of The Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) or International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) for their policies or standards for certification or accreditation.


Contact the NGS Course Administrator at


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