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Genealogy in a Package

What’s on Your 2021 Wish List?

Tis the season for packages! We all love to receive them and to open them. However, some package contents are better than others. We have made our genealogy wish lists and dropped several hints, but what will we receive? Slippers and socks are fun (usually), but how much better if your package was genealogy-related? The National Institute for Genealogical Studies can make sure your package has just the right courses for your 2021 genealogy education plan.

You can choose any of our 230+ courses individually, or one of our specific Course Packages listed below, but did you know that you can also create your own unique package? Choose 4, 7, 8, 10 or 13 courses and make your package with the exact courses needed for your own distinctive research project. See details for all Course Packages here.

Special Genealogy Course Packages

DNA Packages
These packages include courses relevant to your understanding of DNA and how it can be used in your genealogical research.
DNA and Relevant Topics: 8 Courses
DNA – Understanding Testing and Research Strategies: 4 Courses

Skill-Building Package
The four courses included in this package will help you expand your research skills.
Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards
Skill-Building: Breaking Down Brick Walls
Skill-Building: Evidence Analysis and Evaluation Using Case Studies
Skill-Building: Nuts & Bolts of Reporting Research

Business Skills Package
This package includes all the courses needed to give students a good understanding of how to start and manage a genealogical business, and what niche business opportunities are available to genealogists.
Business Skills Package: 18 Courses

Professional Learning Certificates

At the heart of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies online education is our Certificate in Genealogical Studies Program. Each certificate includes the study of specific topics and record groups relevant to certification. For all certificates, students are required to complete 40 courses, which includes specific compulsory courses and a choice of electives.

The Methodology Certificate is at the core of all of the certificates.

The exception is the Librarianship Certificate, which includes only 12 courses. There is an option to combine the Librarianship Certificate with a country-specific certificate as the elective portion.

The Professional Development Certificate program will benefit those who wish to pursue a career in genealogy, create a genealogy business or to augment their income potential by adding niche areas to their business plan. Skill-building courses are of high importance in this certificate to ensure quality results as a professional researcher.

American Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Canadian Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Eastern European Certificate in Genealogical Studies

English Certificate in Genealogical Studies
German Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Irish Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Italian Certificate in Genealogical Studies
Scottish Certificate in Genealogical Studies

Packages for Specific Countries

If you are interested in just a few of the country-specific courses, but not a full certificate, you can choose a smaller All Countries Package of courses for the country of your choice, or a package for the records for these countries.
American Records Packages
Australian Records Packages
Canadian Records Packages
Eastern European Records Packages
English Records Packages
German Records Packages
Irish Records Packages
Italian Records Packages
Scottish Records Packages

Lastly, be sure to check the Complete List of Courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, as there are several courses not included in the descriptions above that are eligible for packages. We hope that you will find the perfect package for your Genealogy Wish List… to sharpen your research skills, complete your family history projects, and accomplish your 2021 Genealogy Research Goals.

Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here.
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Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165


Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulations to all our National Institute for Genealogical Studies graduates. We have issued and mailed approximately 200 completion certificates for students who have successfully finished the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced levels of our various Certificate Programs.

A special Congratulations to our Graduates of the Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Country Streams programs (40 courses). Celebrate the dedication you’ve shown on the way to this achievement. Great research results will come to you for all the hard work you put into your studies to reach this worthwhile goal.

Louise St Denis, Managing Director,
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Certificate In Genealogical Studies 

John Boeren, PLCGS: English Records
Anna Dalea, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Julie Eaklor, PLCGS: American Records
Gaynol Fales, PLCGS: American Records
Laura Hall, PLCGS: American Records
James Hill, PLCGS: English Records
James Hill, PLCGS: Australian Records
Carol Mackay, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Brian Maclachlan, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Ginger Muenster, PLCGS: American Records
Maria Murphy, PLCGS: Irish Records
Maria Murphy, PLCGS: Australian Records
Dahlia Petgrave, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Kathryn Potter, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Jeannie Waters, PLCGS: Canadian Records
Justina Vickerman, PLCGS: German Records

See a complete list of all Graduates:
Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165

Happy DNA Day!

April 25th has been named as DNA DAY under such names as: National DNA Day, International DNA Day, or World DNA Day. It commemorates the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure in 1953 and the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. DNA is currently a very popular topic. Many have taken DNA tests from various companies. Now what? How do we make sense of our results and analyze what that means for ourselves and our genealogy research? There are many resources available. First, make sure to read ALL information provided by your DNA-testing organization.

The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual is one resource that is strongly recommended to explore genealogy standards and guidelines when dealing with the DNA results we reveal.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers two specific DNA packages, which include several courses relating to DNA and genetics available to be taken individually. If you are interested in increasing your understanding of DNA, or want to learn ways to analyze your data, or how to implement strategies to organize your matches, please check out the following course descriptions more closely. Registration fees and dates are available under the Register tab for each course.

DNA – Understanding DNA Testing and Research Strategies
– 3 Course Package

DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy (BASIC)

DNA: Autosomal DNA – Testing for Everyone (BASIC)

DNA: Tracing Maternal & Paternal Lines (BASIC)

DNA and Relevant Topics – 6 Course Package (The above 3 courses plus 3 more courses)

Organizing a One-Name Study (INTERMEDIATE)

Organizing a One-Place Study (INTERMEDIATE)

Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards (ADVANCED)

Additional Courses with DNA elements

Forensic Genealogy (INTERMEDIATE)

Genetics & Medical Family History (ADVANCED)

Complete List of Courses here

List of Certificate Programs here

Need More Courses – Package Discount

Our world sure has changed in just a couple of weeks! We all hope you and your families are all staying healthy during this challenging time.

We have been receiving a large number of emails and phone calls at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies regarding adding courses to the current student’s briefcase. Some emails are interesting, like this one received yesterday: ‘I need more courses or I’ll strangle my husband!’ Listening to the experts and staying home can be ‘stressful’!

If you have packages with remaining courses, or you have courses in the future course area, and you would like a course added to your current briefcase, please send us an email at: letting us know which course you want added. NEED MORE COURSES? Until Tuesday, March 31st, we are making ALL PACKAGES available at a 10% discount. That could be a savings of up to $300! To receive your discount, use the code 27cv20 at the registration check-out. If you have any problems, call us at 1-800-580-0165 ext 1. We will be here all weekend.

Are your finances tight at the moment? No problem, call our office and we will set up a payment plan with NO interest and NO service fees.
Call: 1-800-580-0165 ext 1.

And naturally, if you are not well, or you are someone’s caregiver and need more time to complete a course already in your current course area, please also send an email letting us know which course requires an extension, and for how long. If you want us to re-start the course in a future month, that’s OK too. Just let us know which month you wish. Don’t worry, any assignments previously completed will move with the course.

Stay safe, stay healthy…
Louise St Denis. Managing Director

How do I get a Certificate in Genealogical Studies?

So you want a Certificate in Genealogical Studies

Upon successful completion of  40 courses in your Certificate Program and achieving a minimum grade of D, you will receive a Certificate in Genealogical Studies. 


 Students who complete a 40 course Certificate are awarded the postnomials PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies). Students must complete a 40 course certificate program to receive these postnomials. 

2019 Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations Graduates!!!

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies invites you to come celebrate with us, with our students, our graduates and our instructors. Anyone can attend. Graduates: invite your family – everyone is welcome!

Join us for our 2019 graduation ceremony on Friday the 21st of June as we honor GRADUATES of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies’ Certificate in Genealogical Studies program. This year, it will be late in the afternoon (4:00pm), in London Ontario, at the start of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual conference.

Our students and graduates are from all around the world. Naturally, because of the far away distances, many graduates cannot attend in person. For the last many years, through the use of a Virtual Meeting Room, we were able to reach a much greater number of students and graduates. Again, this year, we will use a ‘virtual’ meeting room for those who cannot attend locally, and let’s hope, once again, the technology will co-operate! We will give you more details later as to how to connect.

ALL GRADUATES (in-person and virtually): it is very important that you let us know if you will be attending. Please send an e-mail to: with a copy to indicating your intention to attend either in-person or virtually. You will receive a confirmation message indicating that we’ve received your email. Further information will be included. If you DO NOT receive this confirmation message from Sue, please call 1-800-580-0165 ext. 1 or 2 to let us know. If you cannot attend, please also let us know.

When you arrive, ask at the OGS registration desk for the room location.

If you would like to attend ‘virtually’ please watch our blog for detail to come later:

If you plan on attending in person or virtually, please let us know at and We will send you by email the final details.

Hope to see you, online or in-person, on Friday, June 21st…

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces a New Eastern European Records Certificate

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces a New Eastern European Records Certificate

Features Courses Written by Lisa Alzo, MFA


For Immediate Release

27 February 2018

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce a new addition to our Certificate Programs. The Eastern European Records Certificate features courses in researching various records and repositories in Eastern Europe.

Course author and genealogy professional, Lisa Alzo, MFA says of researching Eastern European ancestors, “A vast number of immigrants came to the United States and Canada from various areas in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, in the past, those with Eastern European roots have been reticent to begin research on their immigrant ancestors due to perceived barriers of language, geography, and difficulty with accessing and understanding the records. With the popularity of DNA testing, more people are discovering they have Eastern European ancestry and have a desire to know more. As more records become accessible with each passing year, it has never been easier to consolidate known facts with newly discovered information.”

Courses in this new certificate program include:

  • Eastern European: Locating Places in Eastern Europe
  • Eastern European: Understanding Migration Patterns
  • Eastern European: The Languages and Alphabets
  • Eastern European: Chronological Considerations: The Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Eastern European: Civil Registration Records
  • Eastern European: Church Records
  • Eastern European: Other Records (Tax, Military, Land, Census)
  • Eastern European: Record Repositories
  • Eastern European: Onsite Research in the Ancestral Homeland
  • Eastern European: Problem Solving

Other courses offered include research, records, and repositories in individual Eastern European countries and regions.

The certificate in Eastern European Records will provide in-depth instruction for genealogists with roots in many countries where research was difficult, if not impossible, just a decade ago.

“We are excited to announce the creation of this new certificate program focusing on Eastern Europe. Researchers will find these courses to be an important addition to expanding their knowledge about the region and records,” remarked National Institute’s Managing Director Louise St Denis.

The Eastern European Records Certificate description and links to courses can be found on The National Institute’s website at  Courses are continually being added to this certificate program.

In conjunction with the RootsTech conference, The National Institute is offering a 20% discount off any Eastern European course package. To register for a course package, use code 20RT18EE at checkout. Eastern European course packages can be viewed on The National Institute’s website at


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for 20 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Eastern Europe and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at

For more information:

Louise St Denis

1-800-580-0165 (North American)

416-861-0165 (International)

Skype: louisestd


Holiday Sale 2016


Image courtesy of naito8 at freedigitalphotos-net.

Image courtesy of naito8 at freedigitalphotos-net.

Did Santa bring you everything you had hoped for? Ready to buy yourself a gift? How about 40% off one course and 20% off a course package?
Use the following codes when purchasing your course/s:

  • 2016Holiday40 for 40% off one course
  • 2016Holiday20 for 20% off a course package

Hurry, this sale ends on December 31, 2016 at midnight. See our website now. Have questions? Give us a call at  1-800-580-0165 ext 1.

Genealogy Black Friday Starting NOW!

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Have you ate some turkey, green bean casserole, and pie ? Done with the dishes and clean-up? Wondering to yourself, “what’s next?”

How about a genealogy sale?

It’s Black Friday at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies and that means a sale on the courses you need. 30% off all course packages (save up to $800) and 50% off your choice of one course (save up to $80).

To take advantage of this sale use the following  codes at checkout:

30% off any course package = 16Holiday30

50% off any one course = 16Holiday50


Like any Black Friday sale this sale ends soon. Take advantage of these savings by Monday, November 28th at midnight EST.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Changes Effective February 1

In 1997, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies started offering a basic genealogy classroom program at The University of Toronto. Two years later, we expanded to offer online courses. Since then courses have been offered to students worldwide and our programs has grown. The National Institute is the leader in genealogy education offering over 200 courses, 7 Country Specific Certificate Programs (Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, United States) and 3 Specialist Certificate Programs (Librarianship, Methodology and Professional Development). 2016 will bring new exciting courses and Certificate Programs.

We have been committed from the beginning to keep our courses and Certificate Programs affordable. We’ve done this by keeping our registration fees low and offering convenient payment plans.

When the US economy dropped a few years ago, we made the decision to help our students by freezing fees. For 8 years our registration fees have remained the same, despite rising operating costs.

As we start a new year, it’s time to adjust fees to keep in line with expenses. Registration fees will increase 10-15% effective February 1, 2016.

In order to prepare for this increase, we want to give you the opportunity to lock-in current fees for courses and packages. Here are a few things you can do today:

  1. Pre-register for the courses you’re planning on taking.
  2. Call us to see if we can convert your existing package or courses to a package that would be more economical.
  3. Is money tight? Ask about our Payment Plan options. We do NOT charge interest or service fees and you can spread payments over several months.
  4. Discount. For one week (to January 22), we are offering a 10% discount on all package registrations, or conversion to packages. Use coupon code 2016PKG10 at the registration checkout. For conversions, we will need to process the discount for you.

If you would like to discuss your educational objectives and how to best achieve them, please let us know. You will be surprised how sometimes what you think can’t happen, does!

Contact us by email at: In your email, let us know your objectives, your telephone number, where you live and when we can reach you. If you don’t get a response within 2 days, please call us. We will make ourselves available to speak with you regardless of where you are in the world.You can also call us toll free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 ext 1. All others or local calls 416-861-0165 ext 1.

We look forward to speaking with you…

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