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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 Denise Baker on June 21, 2016 at 2:52pm

Hello,  I am taking the Social Media course which I won when I attended the last Alberta Genealogical Society conference.  I am midway through the Methodology Certificate training with the NIGS.  Although I live in Canada the majority of my research is in US record as many of my ancestors on my maternal and paternal lines lived in the United States.

I am currently searching through New York, Michigan, and Kansas, and have a keen interest in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, and Virginia, to name the states I find myself researching the most.

Comment by Janice Kistler on June 8, 2016 at 10:21am


I, too, am taking the Social Media course from NIGS.  I am a genealogy librarian but in this ever-changing world there is always more to learn.  To be honest, I have only been at this for about three years, so it is still somewhat new to me.  In the past I did research my own family tree.  Happily the Stauffer and Pfaltzgraff lines were pretty much completed (as far as anyone can go) by cousins.  Let's hear it for cousins!

Comment by Nancy Fiore on February 14, 2016 at 8:50pm

Hello! I am taking the Social Media course. I have also taken the Google course and most of the Basic Level courses for the American Studies program. There is always more to learn!

Comment by Gena Philibert Ortega on December 29, 2015 at 12:17pm


The National Institute also has a Professional Development Virtual Meeting that you might be interested. We discuss those courses in that meeting. The schedule can be found at

Comment by Gary Ball-Kilbourne, PLCGS on December 28, 2015 at 11:59pm
I am preparing to take several of the Institute Business Skills courses, beginning with "Creating a Genealogy Business" in January 2016. Is anyone interested in discussing the coursework or related concerns with me, either as a study partner or in a group?
Comment by Linda LaFrancois Christensen on October 2, 2015 at 8:26pm

Hi,  My name is Linda and I am also taking the Social Media course.  I got it free after attending a conference in Providence.   I have finished the Basic Level courses and have really enjoyed them and learned a great deal.   I am the president of the local historical society here in Preston, CT, and I do a good deal of research using colonial records.   

Comment by Paula Furick on April 22, 2015 at 9:44pm

Hello, My name is Paula, and I am taking the Social Media course.  I've also taken the Google course, and have enjoyed them both.  I have been researching my families for about 10 years, and am considering whether to begin the path to certification. I am the registrar for a local DAR chapter, so am getting a chance to use my newly acquired research skills almost daily.

Comment by Mary Kathryn Kozy on January 7, 2015 at 11:39pm

Hello! My name is Mary and I'm working on the NIGS American Records Certificate and have about 10 elective courses left to complete. I've learned a lot while completing this course and hope to be able to complete the English Records Certificate and the Methodology Certificate as well. I'm from the Seattle area, volunteer on the board of the Jewish Genealogical Society of WA State, lecture in the area, have 3 children and just became a grandmother! I'm currently enrolled in the ProGen program and working toward becoming a professional genealogist when I grow up. :)

Comment by Patricia Taylor on November 20, 2014 at 9:42pm

Hi, my name is Patricia and I have been working on my families for many years. I'm interested in the American Certificate as a way to improve my skills as I search for answers. 

Comment by Phyllis M. Miranda on October 26, 2014 at 2:17pm

Hello. My name is Phyllis and I have begun the first of the courses in the American Certificate- Basic Level course package. I have been researching my ancestors for many years, and I am interested in becoming a certified genealogist and this seemed the best way to start on that road.


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