National Genealogical Society

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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 a currently enrolled Home Study Course student, please continue working through your lessons. If you need to purchase the next CD, a replacement CD, or you have questions, please contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org

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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.

American Genealogical Studies

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

The American Genealogical Studies series is a multi component track that covers different types of genealogical topics and research skills.

Within each course are chapters providing instruction, examples, web links, self-correcting quizzes, bibliographies, glossaries, and written graded assignments. Upon satisfactory completion of the components, students receive a certificate. See the American Genealogical Studies web page for further information.

Currently there are three courses available.

American Genealogical Studies: The Basics is an independent learning course for anyone just starting out or who wants a quick refresher on genealogical principles.

American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation is an independent learning course for anyone who wants to understand the principles of citation for common sources such as books, periodicals, and a variety of filmed and digitized records.

After successfully completing both the AGS: Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, you can enroll in Beyond the Basics. Each person who successfully completes an American Genealogical Studies series course receives a certificate of completion. Certificates are mailed out once per month. For example, 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 FAQs for further information or contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.

American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics is the next offering in the cloud-based series. Within this course, students submit assignments as the develop their skill in collecting, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating genealogical information.

Each person who successfully completes one of the components of theAmerican Genealogical Studies series 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.

Continuing Genealogical Studies

NGS offers Continuing Genealogical Studies. Each of these independent learning courses covers a specific subject. The Continuing Genealogical Studies courses focus on subjects that help you further your research. Within each self-graded course are chapters providing instruction, examples, web links, assignments, self-correcting quizzes, bibliographies, and glossaries. Students do not receive a certificate for courses in this series.

Each course has a combination of examples, articles, videos, glossaries, and URL links to valuable websites as well as additional references. Students do not receive a certificate for courses in this series.

In Continuing Genealogical Studies: Genetic Genealogy, the Basics, you are introduced to genetic genealogy. You receive an introduction to the DNA molecule, chromosomes, DNA Markers, and the Mitochondrial DNA molecule. It has six modules, each providing instruction, examples, self-correcting quizzes, a glossary, and a bibliography for future reference.

In Continuing Genealogical Studies: Introduction to Civil War Research, you are introduced to numerous records created for, during, and after the war. You receive strategies to identify and locate information on an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War.

In Continuing Genealogical Studies: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors, you are introduced to numerous records created for, during, and after the war. You receive strategies to identify and locate information on an ancestor living at the time of the Revolutionary War.

 

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