National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

Working With Deeds

Working with Deeds is a 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. The course consists of a downloadable PDF file that can be printed or read on a computer using the free Adobe Reader program. After you register and pay for the course, you’ll be able to log in and download the file.

What Will I Learn?

After completing this six-lesson online course, students will be able to

  • 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.

Requirements & Fees

You will need a computer and Internet connection to download the Working with Deeds 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 $70, but NGS members receive a discounted price of $45.  Join today to receive the member price.

Register online for the Working with Deeds course now.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of online courses are final. No refunds are allowed.

When Can I Start the Course?

When you register and pay for this NGS online course, access is instantaneous. Click here to download the PDF file.

Certificate of Completion

Because the Working with Deeds course is self-graded, no certificate of completion will be issued. The National Genealogical Society is not a licensing body, so no certification or accreditation is implied.


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