National Genealogical Society

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Continuing Genealogical Studies

These two Continuing Genealogical Studies courses are available in the pdf format.

These courses help genealogists get the most from the population census schedules or the family’s religion. Within the course, you learn such things as

  • Where do I begin my search for religious records or family deeds?
  • How do I find my family in the federal population schedules?
  • What type of information is found in religious records or the federal population schedules?
  • How do I analyze or evaluate these records?

If you are curious about your family history, these courses teach you about resources that answer the above questions and more. You can work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. After learning about the records, you can venture out to your local library to discover additional records.

What’s Available?

Introduction to Religious Records

Researchers often find answers to numerous family history questions in records kept by religious institutions. This course presents instruction on how to find and use these valuable records.

Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research

Long considered a basic building block for most family historians, federal population schedules provide a wealth of personal information about the family. This course covers individual censuses back to 1790.

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.

The newest offerings in the Continuing Genealogy Special Studies consist of lessons, examples, exercises, and self-graded exams. The course is downloaded as a PDF file that can be viewed or printed on a home computer. Students work independently and check their work with an answer key that immediately follows each self-test. Because these downloadable courses are self-graded, no certificate of completion is awarded.

For more information

Look at the detailed course description and downloadable syllabus for each online course or e-mail

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