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American Records

This group is for students taking courses or working on the Certificate for American Records from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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Introducing myself

Started by Laurel Page Brown. Last reply by Gaynol Fales PLCGS Sep 30, 2021. 4 Replies

My name is Laurel Brown and I live in Indian Trail, NC just outside of Charlotte. I started doing genealogy over 40 years ago, but have had many starts and stops along the way. Over the last few…Continue

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Started by Mary Jane Mitchell. Last reply by Sara N Martin Apr 13, 2021. 5 Replies

Thank you for adding me. I am just learning about Genealogy Wise in the social media class. I am Mary Mitchell. I am 41. Between my husband and I we have eight girls. They are ages 21 to 10. I will…Continue

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Basic Level Courses

Started by Last reply by Cin Hawse Jan 16, 2012. 3 Replies

Feel free to ask questions or post comments here about the Basic  Level Courses you are taking.Continue

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Comment by Angela Harris on May 2, 2020 at 9:45am

Jessica, ProGen is a program for genealogists to hone their work product by going through the book Professional Genealogy chapter by chapter and doing assignments. It's geared toward those who are interested in professional credentials (BCG, ICAPGen, etc), but can be taken by anybody seeking to produce professional-quality work. It involves a yearlong time commitment and group feedback. It was a great experience, but could be quite intense!

Comment by Melissa Michele Edwards on May 2, 2020 at 9:29am

Hello Gaynol!  I know you will love browsing through them. The photos are amazing and reading all of the details about why they were arrested and their sentences really fascinates me. Many of them were just for petty larceny...likely just trying to survive. You can see the desperation in some of their eyes....

Comment by Jessica Burleson on May 2, 2020 at 9:10am

What is ProGen?

Comment by Gaynol Fales PLCGS on May 2, 2020 at 8:38am

Wasn't aware. Thanks for telling me about them. Imagine the stories in those!

Comment by Lynn CLOUD Teague on May 1, 2020 at 11:07pm
Melissa Michele Edwards, yes!
Comment by Melissa Michele Edwards on May 1, 2020 at 1:42pm

Is anyone else completely fascinated by the Sacramento Police Mug Books now available on I can't stop browsing!

Comment by Gaynol Fales PLCGS on March 11, 2020 at 7:58am

Hi Beverly, I know what you mean. I have one to finish for American Records and I'm about a third way through Professional.

I plan on taking ProGen at some point as precursor to trying for a CG but maybe enough is enough!

My personal work right now is tracing my father's line (because it's easier!). I have a brick wall of where a 3rdGgf went after NY in 1800. I find his kids but not him and no death records. Now I;ve uncovered evidence he'd land in the Western Reserve in late 1790s,. So maybe he was on his way to OH from ME through NY. And was it Rev War bounty land? So that's where my search is heading now.

What is your research interest?

Comment by Beverly Duncan on March 10, 2020 at 8:35pm

Hi, I'm Beverly Duncan and I started my studies with the National Institute in 2012 and finished both my American Certificate and my English Certificate in 2015. Since then I have taken various other classes just to update or to study some of the subjects I've never taken.  I really enjoy taking these courses.  I've also taken the Boston University course and the Excelsior College course. ProGen was another challenge that I loved taken. There is so much information out there for us if we just reach out for it.  I'm looking forward to learning some new things on here. You always learn something in a group like this..  

Comment by Angela Harris on January 31, 2020 at 3:54pm

It's great that you're taking the Professional courses now! They were just rolling them out as I was nearing the end of my certificate program. I'm sure they're very helpful. :) 

Comment by Angela Harris on January 31, 2020 at 3:52pm

I have an interest in forensic genealogy, especially probate and dual citizenship, although I learned about a few other areas that interest me, too, after attending Catherine Desmarais' Forensics course at GRIP this past summer. I'm planning to go back this year for Part II - can't wait!

Since I live in NH, I also have been thinking about French-Canadian and Colonial/Mayflower research -- although it seems like there are a lot of folks already covering that ground. We'll see!


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