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Irish Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post

For our Irish Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 14 compulsory Irish Records courses, and 12 elective courses of your choice. The Irish Records courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 5 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level.

Irish Certificate Package = 40 courses

Basic Level 
Irish: Understanding Ireland, History and Source Records 
This course will provide a brief history of Ireland for understanding record sources, examine the administrative (civil and ecclesiastical) divisions, and discuss Irish place names and family names. The course will conclude with the types of records available for research in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Eire), the importance of understanding maps for the region, and migration patterns.
Irish: Census and Census Substitute Records 
This course touches on the importance of the census record and its availability or lack of availability depending upon period and locality in Ireland, as well as a discussion on the various forms of census and census substitutes (1630-present) that exist for the combined territories of what is now referred to as Northern Ireland and the separate Republic of Eire.
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records 
The course examines various forms of church (parish) records in Ireland and in particular between the conformist records of the Church of Ireland and those ecclesiastical institutions which did not conform to the standards of the day. We will discuss time periods, historical backgrounds, contents of records, availability of records, access to these important record collections, and effective research procedures. 
Irish: Archival Repositories 
This course presents an overview of the archival and repository centres throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Eire) for conducting Irish research.

Intermediate Level 
Irish: Civil Registration 
The course will discuss civil registered record types of birth, marriage and death in post-1863 Ireland and Protestant marriage records which begin from 1845, the contents of these records, their availability, how the information documented has changed over time, the limitations and advantages of civil vital records, and effective research strategies for using this record type.
Irish: Monumental (Gravestone) Inscriptions 
The course will discuss the value of transcriptions of tombstones (also known as ”monumental inscriptions” or ”memorials of the dead”), the time periods of their existence and use, the contents, and their availability or access to these records.
Irish: Major Printed Sources 
This course will discuss printed source collections, focussing on the various forms of printed sources available, what information they contain and their value, the challenges in accessing or using these records, locating these source records and discussing any available bibliographies, indexes, and abstracts that might exist.
Irish: Land Administration Records 
This course will discuss land and deed records and the value of using this record group; the historical background of land tenure in Ireland; the general contents of these records and their availability; as well as strategies for effectively researching and accessing this record collection.
Irish: Testamentary Source Records 
This course will address the record group of wills and estate administrations, both pre-1858 before the system of administration changed, and post-1858 which is consistent to the present date. We will discuss the value of these records during both these time periods, develop some historical background to their development, examine the contents and availability of the records in both periods, as well as comment on some research strategies for using these collections.

Advanced Level 
Irish: Immigration, Naturalization and Emigration Records 
Sadly, there are no complete records of emigration, immigration or naturalization for Ireland. There are some collections available from Irish record sources, however the bulk of meaningful source material will more likely come from the receiving country or sending country than from Irish sources. We will examine the available materials involving the Irish, the time periods, and their accessibility. 
Irish: Electoral & Taxation Records 
The course will discuss the value of electoral, poll, and tithe records and their challenges, a description of their contents, including the dates of coverage and types of persons included in their details, as well as a discussion on their availability, access to them in, and outside of, Ireland as well as brief lists of bibliographic and indexed sources to these collections.
Irish: Estate, Plantation and Settlement Records 
This course will provide you with an understanding of the importance of estate records, plantation documents and settlement papers when undertaking your genealogical research.
Irish: Military, Naval and Pension Records 
This course will discuss military records, their value, historical background, and availability of these collections. These include ancient manuscripts, printed source materials providing valuable lists of officers and soldiers in local forces, accounts of military activity including officer personnel, local incidents and names of rebellious persons, the various records often accompanied with biographical and genealogical notes. Pension records, and the Irish and Royal Irish Constabulary records will also be discussed.
Irish: Court Records, State Papers, Parliamentary Documents 
This course explores court records, state papers and parliamentary documents, which cover Irish history from the 12th century to the present. These record collections can supply, particularly for pre-1850 Ireland, some of the best pointers on periods of presence and locality, as well as indications of social strata, details on occupations, residences, physical descriptions, and family relationships or family structures.

We offer several courses, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the Irish Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills.

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory Irish Records, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Courses as they form the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates

Irish and DNA Certificate – 40 Courses 
Irish and Librarianship Certificate – 40 Courses 
Irish and Professional Development Certificate – 49 Courses 

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below. 
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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!  
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Eastern European Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post

For our Eastern European Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 11 compulsory Eastern European Record courses, and 15 elective courses of your choice. The Eastern European courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 2 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

Eastern European Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 Courses 

Basic Level 
Eastern European: Introduction to Research for North Americans 
A vast number of immigrants came to North America from various areas in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The purpose of this course is to begin the teaching of genealogical concepts pertinent to Eastern European research. 
Eastern European: Languages & Alphabets 
This course introduces the key information needed about the various languages so researchers can be successful in reading and interpreting documents and records, and in communicating with relatives and archivists in Europe. Understanding Eastern European languages and alphabets commonly found in records is a valuable tool for assisting with translation and transcription.
Eastern European: Locating Places 
Our ancestors lived in specific places, and the records about them were usually created on a local level, in the town or parish where they resided. The purpose of this course is to learn how to successfully determine ancestral locations in Eastern Europe in order to learn where to find the key records you need to correctly identify your ancestor. 
Eastern European: Understanding Migration Patterns 
This course provides an extensive overview of migration patterns of various ethnic groups from Central and Eastern Europe to the United States, Canada, South America, and other countries. The study of migration does not just involve one movement but recognizes that for a number of reasons, it is natural for peoples to move and settle from one place to another. 

Intermediate Level 
Eastern European: Austrian-Hungarian, German & Russian Empires: Chronology
This course explores the contrasts that lead to differentiations within ethnic Eastern European research, depending upon the time period and geographic place. Studying the Austrian, German, and Russian Empires, you will gain a better understanding of how these three Empires shaped Eastern Europe, and impacted the lives and decisions of your ancestors. 
Eastern European: Civil Registration Records 
In this course, you will learn the value of civil registration records, what types of records are available, how to access them, the nature and extent of access and privacy restrictions. In addition, you will learn about key terminology, how to deal with foreign language challenges, and other obstacles and key tips on reading and interpreting birth, marriage, and death records.
Eastern European: Church Records 
Church parish registers are the most popular and useful source for tracing ancestors in Eastern Europe. In this course, you will learn the value of church records (both Christian and Jewish), what types of records are available, how to access them, limitations and privacy restrictions. 
Eastern European: Other Records…Including Census, Land, Military & Tax 
This course provides a brief review of “other” records for researching your ancestors in Eastern Europe. It will also explore some of the best websites for finding Eastern European records online, how to work around common obstacles such as privacy laws, translating records, and more. 
Eastern European: Record Repositories 
To be effective in using a variety of repositories in Central and Eastern Europe, it is important to learn about them, including their differences, and how to access them. This course will introduce the major kinds of repositories and a basic overview of how they operate.

Advanced Level 
Eastern European: Problem Solving
Researching Eastern European ancestors can be a challenging process. This course focuses on six of the most common Eastern European genealogy research problems and the methods to solve them.
Eastern European: Onsite Research in the Ancestral Homeland
In this course, you will learn about “immersion genealogy”—the process of discovering where and how our ancestors lived, worked, and worshiped, and experiencing first-hand those customs and traditions they passed down through the generations. 

We offer several additional courses, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the Eastern European Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory Eastern European Records courses, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates.

Eastern European and DNA Certificate 
Eastern European and Professional Development Certificate

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
The International Institute of 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 beginning 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 International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

DNA Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Courses.

If you are considering our DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate – 15 Courses, you must successfully complete the 12 courses below, plus the Methodology Parts 1-3 courses. Our DNA and Genetic Genealogy – 12 Courses package includes 3 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 3 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 6 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

DNA and Genetic Genealogy – 12 Courses 

Basic Level
DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy 
This course is a comprehensive introduction to genetic genealogy. The basics of DNA and genetic inheritance are explained in detail. The three main test types, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosome DNA (YDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) are explored as they relate to genealogy.
DNA: Autosomal DNA – Testing for Everyone 
This course examines what atDNA is, how it is passed down to you, and what a genetic genealogy test will tell you. You will discover that atDNA is a wonderful tool for unlocking your hidden past when combined with traditional paper genealogy.
DNA: Tracing Maternal & Paternal Lines 
This course focuses on two types of DNA testing for genealogy: Y-Chromosome DNA (yDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing.

Intermediate Level
Organizing a One-Name Study 
According to the Guild of One-Name Studies, the aim of the study “is to research the genealogy and family history of all persons with a given surname and its linked variants.” This course will begin by examining the art of a one-name study and elaborating on the many different elements you should consider.
Organizing a One-Place Study 
One-place studies are the study of the people in a community within the context of the place they live. Because a one-place study brings family and local history together, various analysis methods can be used to reconstruct the community and gain an insight into the lives of the people who have walked the streets, ploughed the fields, worked and worshipped in a place. This course will examine the sources of information available to researchers, how to access them (online and offline), and the fascinating details which can be uncovered.
Forensic Genealogy 
This course is designed to help forensic researchers identify and contact living people. It will also take students through genealogical sources and documents, but with a focus on identifying living people.

Advanced Level
Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards 
Genealogists are faced with diverse ethical decisions in their research including black sheep ancestors, adoption, non-paternal events, and revealing family secrets. This course begins by looking at what is ethics in genealogy, the history of genealogical ethics, and continues by exploring ethical considerations when sharing your genealogy.
Genetics & Medical Family History 
This course is designed to introduce the genealogist to a different way of seeing family tree research—as a source of genetic information. Upon completing this course, the student should be able to gather and evaluate basic genealogical sources, have some knowledge of what traits are and how they are inherited, and draw a simple medical pedigree to show a physician.
DNA: Special Circumstances – Adoptees & Unknown Parentage 
This course explores how to use genealogy and genetics to uncover genealogical roots, connect with biological family, and better understand medical history. The emphasis is on adoptees and those helping adoptees with their DNA and genealogy.
DNA: Methodology and Analysis 
This course covers advanced techniques associated with DNA methodology, analysis and strategies. Students should have a firm grasp of the understanding of autosomal, Y-chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA.
DNA: Reading & Understanding Articles for Genetic Genealogy 
DNA is an everchanging field with new tools and discoveries being made rapidly. This course will present ways to better understand what you read about genetic genealogy and provide examples of various writings on the subject.
DNA: Historical Studies
Learning more about DNA as it relates to genealogical cases and non-genealogical cases helps to expand and enhance our DNA knowledge and provides insights as we solve research problems. Students are encouraged to explore these cases presented in this course further by seeking out scientific journals and popular media articles.

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use the DNA and Genetic Genealogy courses to complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized combo certificate could include the DNA courses as electives along with the compulsory courses for the Professional Development Certificate or our country-themed certificates. 

DNA and American Certificate – 40 Courses 
DNA and Australian Certificate – 40 Courses 
DNA and Canadian Certificate – 41 Courses 
DNA and Eastern European Certificate – 40 Courses 
DNA and English Certificate – 40 Courses 
DNA and German Certificate – 40 Courses 
DNA and Irish Certificate – 40 Courses 
DNA and Professional Development Certificate – 41 Courses

Building your DNA and Genetic Genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future DNA Research Projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
The International Institute of 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 beginning 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 International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Australian Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post

For our Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 11 compulsory Australian Record courses, and 15 elective courses of your choice. The Australian courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 2 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies – 40 Courses 

Basic Level 
Australian: Births, Deaths & Marriages 
This course will concentrate on the birth, death, and marriage information gathered by the various churches as parish records, as well as the civil records gathered by colonial, state, and territory governments. 
Australian: Other Sources for Births, Deaths & Marriages 
This course focuses on addition sources to obtain BMD information beyond records covered in the Australian: Birth, Death, & Marriages course. 
Australian: Immigration Records-Free Settlers 
This course will discuss the migration of free settlers. An understanding of some Australian history (as well as major events in other places of the world) is necessary to comprehend why large numbers of people chose to leave the places they were living and take the arduous and often dangerous journey to the other side of the world. 
Australian: Convict Records 
A study of convict records includes some discussion of the British legal system and the conditions that led to convicts being transported to the colonies of Australia. Governments kept copious records at all stages of their control of the convicts and these provide more information about the convicts in Australia than for free settlers of the same period. 

Intermediate Level 
Australian: Newspapers and Biographies 
Newspapers are a wonderful research tool as they can provide background information on our ancestors that may not be found in official documents. This course focuses on using both historical and current newspapers to flesh out our knowledge of our ancestors and the communities in which they lived. 
Australian: Church Records 
This course examines religious resources that are available in Australia. Parish records such as baptisms, marriages and burials and other lesser known church records are examined.
Australian: Local History and Regional Sources 
A study of local history informs us about how our ancestors lived as part of a community as well as where they lived. This course first examines the records that can identify those locations, and then proceeds to the regional sources that allow us to see ancestors in the context of where they lived and who lived near them and what that can tell us about their lives.
Australian: Military Records 
This course discusses available documents and the information included about those who served in British regiments in Australia as well as Australians who served in military forces in Australia and overseas. Military records from the earliest days of the colonies through various twentieth century conflicts are included.
Australian: Occupational Records 
This course focuses on occupations and how someone’s occupation could change over time, have a significant role in a community and even impact on a family’s lifestyle. Tracing them can be difficult but occupation records may provide clues. 

Advanced Level 
Australian: Education Records  
This course explores educational records from 1788 through to 1950. Records explored will span primary school to adult education and will include students as well as staff.
Australian: Health Records 
This course looks at how health records can help with family history research. In addition, it looks at selected epidemics and medical treatments that our ancestors might have been familiar with.

We offer several additional courses relevant to Australian research, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the Australian Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory Australian Records courses, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates

Australian and DNA Certificate  
Australian and Librarianship Certificate  
Australian and Professional Development Certificate  

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
The International Institute of 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 beginning 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 International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

American Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post

For our American Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 14 compulsory American courses, and 12 elective courses of your choice. The American courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 5 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

American Certificate Package = 40 courses

Basic Level
US: Census Records 
This course is designed to give you a better understanding of the history, content, and uses of census records and related material.
US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using the Records
Examining Birth, Marriage, & Death records in the United States, the history of when they began to be recorded in various places and the depth of the information in them.
US: Religious Records-Part 1 
This course focuses on religions which had a significant presence in the developing new land in America, prior to 1800, including the culture and beliefs of the immigrants who settled in America.
US: Land Records 
This course will provide a brief overview of the history and types of land documents in the United States, such as Colonial Records (English, French, Mexican, Spanish), land grants, homestead records, the development bounty lands, as well as deeds and maps.

Intermediate Level
US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records 
This course will explore the history of cemeteries, the symbolism used, the types of cemeteries, the records created, how to locate a gravesite, and a summary of records published in books and online.
US: Religious Records-Part 2
This course discusses American religions in the United States primarily after 1800, exploring types of religious records available, how to use them, and where they can be accessed. 
US: Immigration & Naturalization Records 
This course discusses how to trace your immigrant ancestors to the United States, including the various immigration and naturalization sources, such as passenger arrival lists.
US: Probate Records 
This course discusses legal records created by the courts when an ancestor died.
US: Migration Patterns 
This course will discuss the history of migration across the United States, including particular routes westward; the time period of settlement of areas; and specifics about the common patterns of movement of people between areas and states through the decades.

Advanced Level
US: Newspaper Records 
This course will introduce you to newspapers as a genealogical resource; from an introductory overview of newspapers, and a look at the history of American newspapers to accessing newspapers online.
US: Military Records 
This course discusses the various types of records created by military service, such as service records, muster rolls, pension records, and draft registration. Records of conflicts of the United States and colonial America from the early colonial wars of the seventeenth century to the Second World War are included.
US: Occupational Records 
This course will focus on occupational records and what they can reveal about our ancestor’s lives.
US: Institutional Records 
This course will introduce the student to records of institutions such as orphanages, prisons, poor houses, asylums, and schools.
US: Court Records 
This course provides an overview of United States court records, selected finding aids to United States court records and strategies for gleaning the records of the courts.

We offer several additional American-themed courses, or courses relevant to American research, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the American Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory American Records courses, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates

American Records and DNA Certificate
American Records and Librarianship Certificate
American Records and Professional Development Certificate

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
The International Institute of 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 beginning 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 International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Canadian Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate.

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post

For our Canadian Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 16 compulsory Canadian courses, and 10 elective courses of your choice. The Canadian courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 7 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

Canadian Certificate Package = 40 courses

Basic Level
Canadian: Census Records-Part 1  
This course will instruct the student in how to access Canadian census records and how to analyze the information provided.
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 1 
This course will concentrate on the Vital Statistics gathered by the provincial governments and the various churches. A short lesson in the history and geography of each province is included.
Canadian: Wills and Estate Records-Part 1
Whether the deceased was testate or intestate, this course will show where to search for wills and estates keeping in mind the historical era and the geographical location in Canada, showing what kind of genealogical information you will find.
Canadian: Land Records-Part 1 
This course provides an overview of both early Crown land records and private property registrations in Canada.

Intermediate Level
Canadian: Census Records-Part 2 
This course will build on the basic skills developed in Part 1, with emphasis on interpreting the information found in census records, analyzing the information and formulating a research plan to prove or disprove the hypothesis formed in your analysis. 
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 2 
Part 2 will continue to describe available records at Government Archives, Offices and Court Houses, as well as present day registrations for Birth, Marriages and Deaths; Adoption Records from Government Offices and Divorce Records from both. 
Canadian: Religious Records 
This course will cover where to look for registers and other religious records in Canada, what type of data you should expect to find, and how to evaluate what you have found. This information can also provide stories that can be added to the family history.
Canadian: Wills and Estate Records-Part 2
This course will reinforce a variety of sources which should not be overlooked when researching for wills and estate records. Exploring several case studies will give opportunity to examine the documents and become accustom to their wording, their look, their feel, and, most importantly, the wealth of information they hold.
Canadian: Land Records-Part 2 
When land was “granted” from the Crown to individuals or companies specific records were created to document the change in ownership. Groups such as Military Grants, Township Papers, the Canada Company Papers, the Peter Robinson Papers, Correspondence to the Surveyor General and Commissions as well as various other land companies are reviewed with the goal of determining where these records are today and how they may be of benefit to a genealogist.

Advanced Level
Canadian: Geography and Maps 
Genealogy, geography and maps are inextricably entwined, particularly in a country like Canada. The primary text for this course, an outstanding book on this subject, authored by Althea Douglas, Genealogy, Geography, and Maps: Using Atlases and Gazetteers to Find Your Family (Ontario Genealogical Society: Toronto, 2006).
Canadian: Archival Centres 
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to using archives in genealogical research, to examine the kinds of records which you will encounter, and to see what kinds of archives there are in Canada which can provide venues for genealogical researchers.
Canadian: Immigration Records 
The course will emphasize the “push-pull” principle underlying two centuries of population growth, including significant emigrant groups, travel routes, government policies, sponsored and assisted settlement plans, ports of arrival, ships” passenger lists, North American border crossings, naturalization and citizenship.
Canadian: Newspaper Records 
Newspapers are an important source of genealogical information, not only hard date and place information, but also background material which will add to the interest of your family history.
Canadian: Military Records 
Military records constitute a major source of genealogical material in Canada. Emphasis will be on the correlation between personnel records, land transactions and nominal roles from the period of New France to the Korean Conflict.
Canadian: Migration Patterns 
This course provides an extensive overview of migration in Canada. In the study of migration, it is vital it remember that while we speak in general of peoples, each individual has a story, waiting to be explored.
Canadian: Local History & Special Collections 
This course is designed to go beyond the basic genealogical sources by introducing students to other collections that could enhance their research. Emphasis will be on the variety of sources held at Library and Archives Canada, company and professional archives, and local archives.

We offer several additional Canadian-themed courses, or courses relevant to Canadian research, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the Canadian Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory Canadian Records, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates

Canadian Records and DNA Certificate
Canadian Records and Librarianship Certificate
Canadian Records and Professional Development Certificate

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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! 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

English Certificate Course Order

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with the foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate.

If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs. To find out more about our Methodology Certificate and the suggested course order, check out our blog post.

For our English Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete 40 courses, which includes the 14 required courses of the Methodology Certificate, 13 compulsory English courses, and 13 elective courses of your choice. The English courses include 4 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 5 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 4 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. 

English Certificate Package = 40 courses

Basic Level
English: Census Records Including Wales 
An examination of the history, structure and genealogical research possibilities of the 1801-1911 censuses, as well as the 1939 National Register of England and Wales. Strategies for research, location the records, reading and recording methodology and documentation discussed.
English: Civil Registration Records Including Wales 
This course will provide practical details needed to understand the system of civil registration; how to use indexes, both in microform and online, and how to interpret certificates.
English: Parish Registers 
This course provides a significant overview of what is involved when researching English Parish Records.
English: Probate Records
This course will examine probate documents, such as wills, inventories, administrations, guardianships, and Death Duty Registers.

Intermediate Level
English/Scottish: Occupations – Military and Services 
This course explores army, militia, navy, merchant marine, and many other services records, including police, customs and excise, railways, and post office employees. 
English: Non-Anglican Church Records 
This course deals with the other Judaeo-Christian denominations in England referring to Protestants, and examines the records of Non-conformists, Catholics, Jews, or other faiths.
English: Occupations – Professions and Trades 
This course looks at the many ways of finding out what your ancestors did, followed by a study of the classification of occupations. 
English: Poor Law and Parish Chest Records 
This course examines the parish administration or early ‘welfare system’ records, recipients or donors of charity, or serving their turn administering parish affairs. Equally important were those who did not need assistance but provided aid, were contracted to work or supply the church or workhouse and thus be mentioned as their accounts are rendered to the church.
English: Understanding Names in Genealogy
Genealogical research is largely based on names—but what is the origin of names—surnames, first names and place names. A knowledge of their derivation and how they are connected affords an increased understanding of the genealogical research process.

Advanced Level
English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical 
This course deals with canon law, feudal law, customary law, common law and equity; the importance of ecclesiastical courts; civil courts comprising of manor courts, petty, borough and quarter sessions as well as chancery and exchequer courts; criminal assizes and records of prisoners & convicts, gaols & transportation are discussed.
English: Education, Health & Contemporary Documents 
This course covers Britons abroad, county books, death records, diaries, directories, education, health, local histories, old magazines, newspapers, pictures, record societies and archives, titled families and visitations.
English: Land and Property Records Including Manorial Documents and Maps 
In this course, maps and gazetteers are the foundation leading to title deeds and property, land tax, ancient and modern ”Domesday” books, tithes, enclosure, manorial records, private charters and quit claims, estate papers, Land Registry and Valuation Office records.
English: Taxes, Lists, Business, Electoral and Insurance Records 
This course includes discussions on how tax & electoral records, religious & loyalty lists, annuities, tontines, insurance, friendly society, & business records can assist family history research.

We offer several additional English-themed courses, or courses relevant to English research, which could be chosen to fulfill the elective portion of the English Certificate. These courses can be added to your certificate package, and will supplement your genealogical knowledge for your specific area or family history topic. You are sure to find several relevant courses to build your research skills. 

Combination Certificates 
Alternatively, you can use courses from other certificates as your electives and complete TWO certificates for the cost of one. Your customized certificate could include the compulsory English Records, plus the compulsory courses from any other topic or country-themed certificate. Both include the Methodology Certificate courses as they form the basis for all of our our Professional Learning Certificates

English Records and DNA Certificate
English Records and Librarianship Certificate
English Records and Professional Development Certificate

Building your genealogical research skills with these essential courses is for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan for your future research projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. See contact information below.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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! 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Genealogy in a Package

Tis the season for packages! We all love to receive packages and we open them with enthusiasm. However, some package contents are better than others. Have you been thinking about your genealogy wish list? Have you already drafted some 2023 research goals? You made your genealogy wish list and dropped several hints, but what did you receive? Slippers and socks are fun (usually), but how much better if your packages were genealogy-related? The International Institute of Genealogical Studies can make sure you have the best package with just the right courses for your 2023 Genealogy Education Plan. Turn your Christmas cash into valuable, skill-building opportunities with our online genealogy courses. 

You can choose any of our 225+ courses individually, or register for one of our specific course Packages listed below, but did you know that you can also create your own unique package specifically geared to your 2023 education goals? Choose 4, 7, 8, 10 or 13 courses and make your customized package with the exact courses needed for your own distinctive research project. Check out the details for all of our course Packages.

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

Special Genealogy Course Packages

DNA Research Packages
Our DNA and Genetic Genealogy program includes courses relevant to your understanding of DNA testing and how it can be used in your genealogical research. 
DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate – 15 Courses 

Skill-Building Package
The four courses included in this package will expand your research skills. The Skill-Building Package includes these 4 courses:
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 of 18 courses includes all the courses needed to give you a good understanding of how to start and manage a genealogical business, and examples of niche business opportunities available to genealogists.
Business Skills Package 

Professional Learning Certificates
At the heart of the International Institute of 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 Package is at the core of all of the certificates. 

The Librarianship Certificate requires 12 compulsory 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. 

Country-Themed Certificates
American Records Certificate
Australian Records Certificate
Canadian Records Certificate 
Eastern European Records Certificate
English Records Certificate
German Records Certificate
Irish Records Certificate
Italian Records Certificate  
Scottish Records Certificate

Packages for Specific Themes
If you are interested in just a few of the country-specific courses, but not a full certificate, you can choose a smaller Packages of courses for the country of your choice, or a package for the records for these countries.

Lastly, be sure to check the complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies, as there are several courses not included in the descriptions above that are eligible for custom 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 2023 Genealogy Research Goals.
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The International Institute of 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 beginning 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! 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Graduation – November 2022

Today, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies celebrated our students, who have completed their programs between May 1st and October 31st of 2022 to receive their certificates. What an impressive achievement! It took a lot of hard work, patience, and determination to reach their goals and work towards making their genealogical dreams come true. 

CONGRATULATIONS to our GRADUATES! 
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NOTE: Visit our YouTube channel to view a Recording of our Graduation for November 18, 2022.
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ROLL CALL of GRADUATES

Students who have earned their PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) in the following programs: 

American Records Certificate 
Vera Battle, PLCGS
Claire Gene Esker, PLCGS
Laurie Kolstead, PLCGS
Susan Marvos, PLCGS
Barb Proctor, PLCGS
Michael Stout, PLCGS
Linda Vaise, PLCGS

Australian Records Certificate 
Kathleen Hawley, PLCGS

Canadian Records Certificate 
Ruth Campbell, PLCGS
Michelle Gélinas, PLCGS
Cathy Greig, PLCGS 
Lori Herman, PLCGS
Cathie McCabe, PLCGS 
Kathleen Rae, PLCGS
Louise Tremblay Etter, PLCGS
Drew von Hasselbach, PLCGS 
Debbie Watt, PLCGS
Debra Wickham, PLCGS

Eastern European Records Certificate 
Leah Sevigny, PLCGS

English Records Certificate 
Linda Vaise, PLCGS

German Records Certificate 
Ariana Cieslak, PLCGS
Christina Rainer, PLCGS
Kevin Spire, PLCGS

Irish Records Certificate 
Albert Baines, PLCGS
Lori Herman, PLCGS
Leah Sevigny, PLCGS

Librarianship Certificate 
Bobbie Fox, PLCGS 
Kaye Prince-Hollenberg, PLCGS 
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ROLL CALL of GRADUATES

Students who have completed the full program for the DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate.   

Nadine Ashcroft 
Margaret Baker
Vanessa Akridge Dorminey  
Janice Fritsch, PLCGS
Cheri Green, PLCGS
Cathy Greig, PLCGS   
Jennifer Johnson
Lynda Keenan
Joy Kestenbaum   
Rosemary Kopittke, PLCGS
Diann Lawton, PLCGS
Sarah J. Lee
Mariann Littell, PLCGS
Nancy Mackenzie  
Brian Maclachlan, PLCGS
Lilian Magill, PLCGS
David Nicholas
Lori Lee Sauber
Helen V. Smith, PLCGS   
Kevin Spire, PLCGS
Norman Wenger, PLCGS
Daphne Wetmore, PLCGS
Brenda Wheeler, PLCGS
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We are so very proud of all of our graduating students. We know you will continue to pursue your genealogical goals. Great research results will come to you for all the hard work you put into your studies to reach this worthwhile goal. We wish you every success in fulfilling your future genealogical endeavours and dreams! 

Angela Breidenbach, Executive Director, 
and our team at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical Studies
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Please NOTE: Our next Graduation will be held in June 2023 for our students who have completed their certificate programs between November 1st and May 31st of 2023. 
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To recognize all of our Graduates throughout the years, please go to our website at www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on the menu item INSTITUTE, and then GRADUATES. Be patient, the list is long and therefore takes time to display. 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies / International Institute of Genealogical StudiesCheck out our Course Calendar. List of Packages available.  
Follow us on Social Media: 
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*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
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Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
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LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

Foundations: Methodology Certificate

Our students are enthusiastic about our online genealogical courses. However, many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should they take first? Just as in planning to build a house, your genealogy education plan must begin with a strong foundation. Whether you are just beginning to research your family history, or you are an experienced researcher, it is recommended for all students to begin with understanding the methodology guidelines and standards used in all genealogy research. This is accomplished through our Methodology Certificate.

To receive your Methodology Certificate in Genealogical Studies, you must successfully complete the required 14 courses, which includes 5 compulsory courses at the Basic Level, 4 compulsory courses at the Intermediate Level, and 5 compulsory courses at the Advanced Level. You can take these courses individually, or along with your specific country-themed certificate courses at the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels. If you are considering any certificate, these are the first courses to work on as the Methodology Certificate courses are COMPULSORY for all of our Certificate Programs.

Methodology Certificate Package

Basic Level
Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started 
This course includes: basic charts & definitions, Home resources; types of sources; records & where to find them; and useful forms. 
Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building 
This course includes: file storage; definitions for Transcribe/Abstract/Extract; using forms; citing your sources; Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS); Proof Arguments; and creating Research Plans. 
Electronic Resources: Using the Internet 
This course includes: computers/Internet basics; databases online; searching surnames; archives and libraries; Internet search tools; maps; and using social media. 
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting 
This course includes: definitions; word processing features; and exercises. 
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 
The AS courses provide an overview of all of the material covered at each level. They include exercises, and the study of a peer-reviewed article with analysis discussions online in our virtual meetings. There will be two compulsory Consultation appointments with an instructor. These are the most interactive courses and must be completed for the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced certificates. This course should be completed before proceeding to the Intermediate level courses.

Intermediate Level
Methodology – Part 3: More Strategies 
This course includes: goals and objectives; organizing research; repositories; using Original Sources; and Strategies. 
Methodology – Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording 
This course includes: recording research; calendars and dates; charts; preserving your work; and Ethics.
Methodology – Part 5: How to Prove It 
This course includes: Proof and the GPS; linkages; Sources/Information/Evidence; pedigree analysis; and problem solving & pitfalls. 
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2 
This AS course provides an overview of all of the material covered at the Intermediate level. It includes exercises, and the study of another peer-reviewed article with analysis discussions online in our virtual meetings. There will be two compulsory Consultation appointments with an instructor. This course should be completed before proceeding to the Advanced level courses.

Advanced Level
Methodology – Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice 
This course includes: Professional requirements; business considerations; clients; Research Reports; and career options. 
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents 
This course includes: scripts; handwriting; grammar; currency; calendars; weights and measures; Church/Manor/social life; surnames; occupations; Latin terminology. This course also includes a comprehensive workbook with many practical exercises.
Genealogy and Copyright Guidelines 
This course includes: copyright basics; fair use, Public Domain and seeking permission; work for hire; and contracts. Textbook is required: Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers & Researchers by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.
Genetics & Medical Family History 
This course includes: DNA and Genetics; Inheritance; Ethical pedigree; medical considerations; consent; and record clues. 
Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3  
This AS course provides an overview of all of the material covered at the Advanced level. It includes exercises, and the study of an additional peer-reviewed article with analysis discussions online in our virtual meetings. There will be two final compulsory Consultation appointments with an instructor. This should be the final course to complete after the Advanced level courses.

Our Methodology Certificate forms the basis for all of our Professional Learning Certificates. Build your genealogical research skills with these essential courses, recommended for both serious family historians and professional researchers. We can assist you in building your genealogical education plan. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options to successfully reach your research goals. (See contact information below.)
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The International Institute of 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. Another rotation of courses will start monthly. 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! 
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Visit our website for a complete list of online courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Check our Course Calendar here. List of Packages available here. 
Follow us on Social Media: 
BlogFacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube
*Note: Please be aware our social media accounts are monitored regularly, but NOT 24/7. If you have any questions, please contact the office directly. 

Contact information:
1 (800) 580-0165 ext. 1
Email: admin@GenealogicalStudies.com 
Website: www.GenealogicalStudies.com
Blog: blog.GenealogicalStudies.com

LEADERS IN ONLINE GENEALOGY EDUCATION since 1997

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