National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

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 modules providing instruction, examples, web links, self-correcting quizzes, bibliographies, glossaries, and written graded assignments. Upon satisfactory completion of the components, students receive a certificate.

The courses available are:

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

American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation is a 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.

American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics is a course that you learn about various genealogical records and research techniques while developing skills in collecting, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating genealogical information. Each lesson has a written assignment.

American Genealogical Studies: Branching Out is the fourth component to the AGS series in this course you continue to expand your family knowledge and hone your skills in writing genealogical reports and citing numerous genealogical documents.

Note: Before enrolling in American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics and Branching Out, you must successfully complete both AGS: The Basics and AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation.

Certificate of Completion

Each person who successfully completes one components of the American 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.


Before you register for the course, please read these Frequently Asked Questions. These are broken down into four categories:

For further questions, please contact the NGS Course Administrator at [email protected].

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