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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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Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on May 13, 2020 at 9:26am

May Virtual Meeting

American Virtual Meeting with Gena Philibert-Ortega
Tuesday, May 26th – 7:30 PM Eastern; 6:30 PM Central; 5:30 PM Mountain; 4:30 PM Pacific; 12:30 AM in London, England; 

Wednesday, May 27th– 9:30 AM in Sydney, Australia

These sessions are FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend.

Attendees: NO USER NAME or PASSWORD REQUIRED. Please type in your first and last name, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest”

Comment by Gaynol Fales on May 6, 2020 at 6:22am

Tamara, I'd try emailing   or calling   1-800-580-0165. They could connect you with the person who can help you start one. They've always been super helpful to me no matter the question. If you email it may take a day or so for them to reply depending on what event's going on in the genealogy world.

Comment by Tamara A Henschel on May 5, 2020 at 3:02pm

Hi, I'm Tamara Henschel and I'm just working on completing my advanced courses for the American certificate as well as my German certificate.  I started taking courses with NIGS in 2019 and will hopefully be finished with both certificates by spring of 2021.  Once I save up some money, I want to continue classes on my Professional certificate.  In addition to American genealogy research, I am planning on specializing in German research with a sub-specialty in the former Pommern region.  I am glad to meet all of you and enrich my knowledge with another group of people.  I wish there was a German records group on here as well!!!

Comment by Jessica Burleson on May 2, 2020 at 9:50am

Thanks Angela. Sounds great!

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 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!


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