National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

Working With Deeds

NGS offers Working With Deeds, a six-lesson self-paced course designed for genealogists who want to learn about various types of deeds and how information contained in them can help solve research problems.

What Will I Learn?

Upon completion this six-lesson course students:

  • locate a deed;
  • explain what can be found in deeds;
  • transcribe a deed;
  • abstract a deed;
  • evaluate the evidence in a deed; and
  • write a citation for a deed.

To learn more about Working with Deeds, see the course syllabus here.

Requirements & Fees

You will need a computer and Internet connection to download the course PDF file from the NGS website. You’ll also need the free Adobe Reader to open, view, and print the course on your own computer.

The course tuition is $45.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members.  Join today to receive the member price for courses.

Register online for the Working with Deeds course now.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

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

Certificate of Completion

This is an independent learning course and not eligible for a certificate of completion.

Please note: The National Genealogical Society is not a licensing body, so no certification or accreditation is implied. For more information about certification or accreditation, please see Becoming a Professional Genealogist.


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