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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 Angela Harris on April 20, 2012 at 10:55am

Hi all!  I'm currently enrolled in the American Records certificate program and just finished my first class (Methodology 1) -- I'm excited to be here!

Comment by Eowyn Langholf on April 4, 2012 at 4:15pm

Hi there! I'm taking classes through NIGS. Right now I'm enrolled in Social Media for the Wise Genealogist.  I thought I knew a lot about social media but this has opened my eyes to a few outlets I was previously unaware of.  I'm just about to start Methodology and Intro to German Records also.  Good stuff! 

Comment by Deborah Dale on March 17, 2012 at 5:26pm

Is anyone seeking a "research buddy?" I'm seeking one from within the American records program ~ someone who has the time and is certification bent and who normally works with U. S. records.  I'd like someone to bounce ideas off of and vice versa.  I live in Oregon, but we don't have to be in close proximity.  If anyone's interested, send me an email through my GW page.  This is not a call for someone to discuss NIGS classes with, but the certification process through BCG.  Thanks.

Comment by Kathy Holland on January 28, 2012 at 6:28pm

The NIGS also has a new course called "Google for the Wise Genealogist".  I've seen the materials, and it looks good.

Comment by EA Killoran on January 28, 2012 at 2:00pm

I am enrolled in the Social Media for the Wise Genealogist. This is the only NIGS course that I have worked on.

Comment by Cin Hawse on January 15, 2012 at 6:29pm

I enrolled in July 2011 at NIGS and am currently taking the Social Media for the Wise Genealogist course.  It's definitely been stuff outside my box but, I must say I have learned a lot, gained confidence in the field of social media and am having fun doing it.  I'm looking forward to chats with all my fellow genealogists.

Comment by Laressa Northrup on October 27, 2011 at 3:25pm
I am currently taking the Social Media class.  I already have the advanced certificate for American Studies and have completed the intermediate Canadian courses.
Comment by Gena Philibert Ortega on October 25, 2011 at 9:14am

Victoria, if you go to a href=">">>; and then click on Texas and then the county you are interested in, it will tell you what vital records exist and where to write or order them online. Birth records in Texas are usually later than 1878 (early 1900s). You may want to also go to the county website for information.

You can find some microfilmed marriage records from Galveston in the Family History Library Catalog a href=">">>;. You can order these microfilms at your local FamilySearchCenter.


There is also a Texas Birth, Death and Marriage collection on



Comment by victoria maria dykes on October 25, 2011 at 6:07am
Can anybody tell me how I can request a birth and marrage record from Galveston, Texas please. The marrage is from 1875 and the birth is from 1878. I have a basic transcription of the marrage but no parents names were documented on it and i have no record of the birth. I live in uk so cannot go to the texas office as much as i would love to. Many thanks
Comment by Liz Stratton on October 13, 2011 at 8:48pm

Hi all,

I am currently finishing up the Basic Level A&M and just starting the Intermediate course work.

In answer to Deborah's question about taking ProGen at the same time as completing NIGS courses, it is doable.  But, it is also a bit hectic at times.  I average a little less than one NIGS course per month.  I agree with Eileen that the two can be synergistic.

I look forward to using this GenealogyWise Group for sharing information on the programs.  I can't make the live meetings as often as I would like and look forward to the discussions here.



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