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Research A-Z ~ Vital Records

For the month of April, we have highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, we will feature some courses that you were not aware of and pique your interest to explore further.


Vital Records are vital to our research! They are usually the first records we seek out. At the minimum, it would include birth, marriage and death records (BMDs), but also baptism, marriage and burial records, plus their related records. They may be called by various names: Vital records, Vital stats, Civil registration, etc. 

Religious records, Church records, Parish records, and Old Parish records (OPRs), as well as Cemetery and Mortuary records are also rich sources for revealing BMD information. The process of accessing these records may vary greatly in each country or region. Researchers must familiarize themselves with what is available and especially, special collections in local repositories. The following list of courses will give suggestions for researching specifically. 

Vital Records Courses  

Australian: Births, Deaths & Marriages 
Australian: Church Records 
Australian: Other Sources for Births, Deaths & Marriages 
Canadian: Religious Records 
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 1 
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 2 
Discover Your Family History 
English: Civil Registration Records Including Wales 
English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical 
German: Church Records 
German: Civil Registration Records 
Google for the Wise Genealogist  
Irish: Civil Registration 
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records 
Irish: Monumental (Gravestone) Inscriptions 
Life of Our Ancestors 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: The National Archives of England
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records 
Scottish: Beyond the OPRs (Not Scheduled)
Scottish: Old Parish Registers 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 
US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records 
US: Religious Records-Part 1 
US: Religious Records-Part 2

US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using the Records

Course Packages

You can customize your own package of courses. This is especially helpful if you have already completed some of the courses above. Register for the balance of the courses needed to complete your desired genealogy theme.

Course Package – 4 Courses 
Course Package – 7 Courses 
Course Package – 8 Courses 
Course Package – 10 Courses 
Course Package – 13 Courses

Research A-Z 

Vital Records are invaluable to all researchers no matter what genealogical focus you choose. After searching the common sources, go beyond and seek out unique collections for your research location.
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ courses to choose from. Some of our courses are topic/country-specific, or provide insight into research methodology, while others are skill-building courses to maximize your research time. The first Monday of a new month means another rotation of courses will start. Most courses feature 6 modules over an 8-week period, easily adapted to most busy schedules. Many courses have been bundled into packages to provide discount options. Take a look at our course calendar and see which courses will accomplish your genealogical education goals. Register today! 
Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of Packages available here.
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