Sunday, February 21, 2016

Meet our Sponsor: The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Most everyone experiences it. You get excited about genealogy and start tracing your family tree. Pretty soon, after you have exhausted government records and popular genealogy websites, you hit the proverbial brick wall. So what’s a family historian to do? While it’s easy to get frustrated, genealogy is like most pursuits, it requires a commitment to continuing education.  Luckily for us, the Internet provides opportunities we can take advantage of from the comfort of our own homes. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ( provides Internet based education for genealogists and family historians to help break down the brick walls that hamper their research and broaden their research skills.

A Leader in Genealogical Education for Over 17 Years

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has been providing courses for family historians and genealogists for over 17 years. 

Louise St Denis, Managing Director says “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 recognized 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 those appropriate if working on a certificate in one of nine specific concentrations, including records from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland and the United States, General Methodology, Professional Development, and a Librarianship Certificate. 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 United States military records, Canadian maps, developing a genealogical library collection, exploring the records of the poor in the United Kingdom, copyright, DNA, Australian convict records, Google or social media, The National Institute has a course that will assist you in your research. Courses are done entirely online allowing the student greater flexibility with their schedule. Course materials and readings are available online or as a paper copy mailed to the student. As part of some courses, students have the opportunity to consult with the instructor and receive feedback about assignments and exams. All students may take advantage of an instructor consultation to ask questions.

More Than Just Courses – Virtual Meetings

Students enrolled in courses with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies  can take part in more than just the course itself. Virtual Meetings, held throughout the month, are online webinars that provide the student with the opportunity to ask questions and listen to presentations. Virtual Meeting discussions are led by instructors allowing students to ask questions of specialists relevant to wherever their brick walls occur. These free Virtual  Meetings are  held around the clock to accommodate our diverse student population from Australia, Europe, North America and around the world.

Start Your Genealogical Education Today

Getting started with is easy. Peruse the course calendar and certificate programs listed under the Courses tab on the website at Courses are inexpensive and special interest-free package pricing is also available.

“New courses are continuously being developed. We are always interested in hearing from either individuals with new course ideas or genealogists who can teach a topic we are not currently offering” adds Louise.

You can register online at or for more information, please email

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