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National Institute for Genealogical Studies

* Just starting your family tree? We’ve got courses for you!

Researching for a while? Hitting a brick wall? We’ve got courses for you!

* Working towards becoming a professional genealogist? We’ve got courses for you too!



The World’s Longest Running Comprehensive Web-Based Certificate Program in Genealogical Studies

More than sixty-five thousand registrations from around the world since 1999!


Enhance Your Knowledge: Take one or two courses. Choose from over 200 courses — for all levels of researchers — from beginners to experts... 

Formal Education: Several Certificate Programs in records of many countries, Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, the United States and a Certificate in Librarianship, in affiliation with Continuation Education, University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto. 



The Certificate in Genealogical Studies program is delivered entirely over the Internet. There is no need to interrupt your busy schedule to attend classes -- you participate on your own time, at your own pace. A message each Monday morning introduces the topic for the week. Students work with the lessons and then submit their assignments to the National Institute’s WebBoard for sharing with the instructor and other students. There are also interactive scheduled optional live-chat sessions.

An Analysis & Skills Mentoring Program provides one-on-one individual consultations with an instructor.

Allow between 5 to 8 hours each week to comfortably cover the material and complete the assignments. An online exam will conclude each course.

The courses may also be taken on a stand-alone basis by those who do not wish to complete the full certificate. Completion of the assignments and the exam is required for the Certificate in Genealogical Studies. This is optional for those registering simply to enhance their knowledge.

Short Term Intensive courses are also available. No assignments or exam. Several Live (online) Meetings included.