Friday, July 21, 2017

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Are you looking for a way to increase and enhance your genealogical research knowledge? The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a genealogy course for you. Whether you are interested in increasing your knowledge of English records or the records of other countries, the National Institute has the courses at the right price.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has been providing courses for family historians and genealogists for over 20 years. 

Louise St Denis, Managing Director, explains “The National Institute for Genealogical Studies was established to assist all genealogists---from family historians to practicing professionals---by providing studies in a variety of genealogical topics. Education provides an important role in raising levels of personal and professional growth.”

Louise continues, “With this in mind, a group of professional genealogists came together to create courses and programs conforming to recognised genealogical standards, with several objectives: to assist the family historian research and record information regarding their ancestors in a responsible and professional manner; to help the serious amateur genealogist gain the skills required to apply for certification or accreditation; and to help the professional genealogist develop a part-time or full-time career in our chosen field.”

Currently, offers over 200 courses in a wide variety of genealogical subjects, so there is literally something for every researcher. Students of the program can take any number of courses that interest them or work towards a certificate in one of ten specific concentrations, including records from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland and the United States, as well as General Methodology,  Librarianship and a Professional Development Certificate.

One set of courses that are unique to The National Institute are the Analysis and Skills Mentoring courses. The Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program was created to encourage students to apply what they have learned, or already know. These courses provide students with information that they then analyze. Throughout the courses, students learn new evidence analysis skills that they practice. Students have one-on-one instructor access to discuss assignments and questions. courses are designed for researchers of all skill levels, from those who are just getting started right up to the professional genealogist. In addition to pursuing one of the certificate programs listed above, students can also take individual courses to enhance their knowledge or to meet their educational goals. Whether you are interested in exploring the records of the poor in the United Kingdom, gravestone inscriptions in Ireland, Canadian maps, old parish registers in Scotland, United States military records, developing a genealogical library collection, copyright, DNA, Australian convict records, Italian or German census records, has a course that will assist you in your research. Courses are delivered entirely online, including assingments, exercises, and exams,  allowing the student greater flexibility. Best of all, students have access to staff and instructors to answer questions

To read more of this article by Gena Philibert-Ortega, join the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. Membership allow you access to our members only publication, British Connections. This quarterly is full of resources to help you find your British Isles and Irish ancestors

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