Professional Genealogy Educational Opportunities (National Institute)
The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
For those interested in a post-secondary degree, there is presently only one university which offers a degree in family history (see Brigham Young University, below). Genealogy has not yet been recognized as a stand-alone field of academic study. A degree in the associated field of history is often the closest option. However, there is a growing number of universities and colleges which offer individual courses or affiliated diploma/certificate programs. Leaders in genealogy have been very active in promoting educational standards to encourage scholarly publishing and academic acceptance. You should check the course offerings, particularly in continuing or adult education departments, of colleges and universities near you.
|That while the following institutions have a specific geographical address, many of them offer specialized courses or programs worldwide. Some of them have continuous course offerings, and some are annual week-long personal attendance locales. Following are samples of the best-known.|
- The National Institute, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses since 1997. We now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher’s skills. Although courses were initially provided ‘in-classroom’ now all courses are online. With well over 100,000 course registrations, students can be found all over the world!
- For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, a Professional Development and a Librarianship Certificate Program.
- Please see the website for full details on individual courses, certificate programs, faculty and other services.
- Online program working with noted Boston University faculty, including Certified Genealogists and members of the American Society of Genealogists.
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah, USA 84602
- BYU offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Family History. In addition, they offer a variety of free introductory Web courses and are leaders in satellite television broadcasting.
- For 50 years the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, also known as Gen-Fed, has been a leader in American genealogical education. Formerly known as the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), its program delivers an in-depth study of U.S. federal records of genealogical value, with emphasis on the National Archives as the Institute is located in the Washington, D.C. area. It operates for a week of intensive studies in the summer. They stress that the Institute’s program is aimed at experienced researchers and is not an introductory level.
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
P.O. Box 44
Wexford, PA 15090
- Genealogists of all levels will find our week-long courses of interest from novice to advanced and professional. GRIP typically is held at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA, the last week of June and the third or fourth week of July each year. Each week has a different set of courses they offer.
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)
3710 Barnett Shoals Rd
Athens, GA 30605-4712
- The IGHR is also one of America’s oldest week-long Institutes, featuring top genealogical instructors, on the University of Georgia campus. This is a very popular summer destination for all levels of genealogists and family historians, with perhaps more emphasis on intermediate and advanced learning. Their methodology stream is unequaled.
British Institute (BI)
International Society for British Genealogy and Family History(ISBGFH)
P.O. Box 3345
Centennial, CO 80161
- The British Institute strives to further education about the British Isles. This yearly Institute takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah and classes are intentionally small in order for the participants to experience individual instruction.
Mid-west African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI)
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
- MAAGI is the only African American focused event offering a total of 48 classes over 3 days with evening lectures, and guided personalized instruction by nationally recognized instructors.
- Sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, this Institute generally takes place once a year in January. Students choose one course of several offered, and follow it through the week. Besides experienced instructors, you have all the rich resources of the Family History Library on which to draw.
- Virtual Institute offers online courses on a wide variety of genealogical subjects, providing vigorous year-round education for the genealogical community using a virtual platform. It provides in-depth genealogical education without the expense of travel and lodging associated with other institutes.
Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom CT1 1BA
- This is an Institute with residential facilities as well as home study courses. Studies apply only to British research. Certificate and diploma programs are available. Some universities in the UK.—as in the U.S.—have a few courses related to genealogy, as continuing education offerings and/or online studies. For example Oxford University has an advanced diploma in Local History and University of Central Lancaster has a program in Local and Family History.
- Offer a Postgraduate Certificate, a Diploma and MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies which can be completed by distance learning.
University of New England
Armidale, New South Wales 2351
- Offers undergraduate and post graduate diplomas in Local, Family and Applied History―study is done by distance education.
- Offers a Certificate in Genealogical Research and a Diploma in Family Historical Studies.
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