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How Do I Subscribe? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
If you would you like to be made aware of new courses, or simply what's new at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, you should subscribe to our automated information network. An e-mail message will automatically be sent to you when changes and new information is available.

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What Courses Are Offered? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
You may be choosing courses for your own enjoyment or to enhance your knowledge in specific topics; or your choice of courses may be for credits towards a Certificate in Genealogical Studies from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To help you plan your learning schedule, we provide a description of all courses offered.

If you click on Courses you will find a description of each course, including prerequisites, credits to be received, author of our materials, fees, etc.

We will continue to add courses of interest to you and your fellow genealogists. Should you have a new topic to recommend, send us an email to: admin@genealogicalstudies.com. You may feel you have the knowledge to assist in that particular course or you may simply want to suggest a topic you feel you need more knowledge in.

Please make us aware of any course or topic you would like to see added to our course selection. Who knows, the next group of courses may include your suggestion!
 
Who Can Attend Courses? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
The courses have been designed so that everyone can participate. You may want to become your family's historian, or you may aspire to become a Professional Genealogist. You may be a librarian who would like to assist patrons in a more complete way or you may want to follow a career in an archive.

A passionate hobby or a fulfilling career, whatever your reasons, a variety of courses are included to help guide you along.
 
When Do Courses Begin? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Click Course Calendar to see the date that each course is offered. There are various lists available to view the calendar.?

Many courses start every month. These are the very popular courses. Other courses start every two month, some every three months, and some (very few) once a year.

If you click on Course Calendar you will see various lists. The first list indicates Compulsory Courses. You can choose the level you wish. There are also Elective Courses. These are general interest courses. This list will be important to you if you would like to receive a Certificate in Genealogical Studies.

If you want to see the list in date order, select from the list Chronological Order. This list should help you decide on the time frame you will choose to complete your courses.

If you want to see when a specific course is offered, click on Courses
, select your course, click on the Register (Fees/Dates) tab, Click on the dropdown arrow in the Start Dates box.
 
How Long Are Courses? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Courses vary in length, but most will last 6 to 8 weeks. Click Courses and then click on the specific course you would like to take to see the length in weeks required to complete that particular course. When at the course description page, click on the MORE INFO tab.
 
How Much Do Courses Cost? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
The fees for courses vary. Click Courses and then click on the specific course you would like to take to see the cost for that course. Click on the Register (Fees/Dates) tab.

If you register for a package of courses, discounts will apply, some as high as $1,000 savings! Click Packages for available packages and registration fees.

If books or supplies are required, they will also be shown.

Course fees are indicated in both Canadian Dollars and US Dollars. Login to your student briefcase to see the registration fees in Canadian dollars.

Payment may be made by credit cards or PayPal. If a different method of payment is preferred, please call our office at 1-800-580-0165 or send an email to admin@genealogialstudies.com for instructions. Credit card payments are highly secured transactions through PayPal.

When we receive your registration fees, your course or package will be immediately be activated.
 
What About Homework or Assignments? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Most courses will have homework or assignments included in the course material. This is provided with the course material. If you are registered a course to enhance your knowledge on that topic, coompleting the homework or assignments is not compulsory, but it will help you understand the topic.

Naturally, if your purpose in taking the courses is to receive a Certificate in Genealogical Studies, homework and assignments will be mandatory for evaluation purposes.
 
How Do I Get My Grades? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Within six weeks of the deadline date for the Final Exam or Assignment, your grade will appear in your Student's Briefcase. Your grade will form part of your student file. Click My Briefcase to access your grades for all the courses you have taken.

A standard scale is used to grade exams and assignments:
  • A+  (95-100%)
  • A    (91-94%)
  • A-   (87-90%)
  • B+  (83-86%)
  • B    (79-82%)
  • B-   (75-78%)
  • C+  (70-74%)
  • C    (65-69%)
  • C-   (60-64%)
  • D+  (55-59%)
  • D    (50-54%)
  • F    (less than 50%)
If you would like a paper confirmation of your grade and credits, please request this at the time of your final exam or assignment. A $25.00 fee will be required for all Hard Copy Transcripts. This should be remitted directly to the National Institute for Genealogical Studies at the time the final exam or assignment is submitted. If a paper copy is required, please send an email to admin@genealogicalstudies.com for instructions.
 
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Many individuals taking these courses will do so for personal enjoyment or additional knowledge. For these people, credits will not be important.

Others may wish to receive a Certificate in Genealogical Studies. Naturally, in this case, credits are required.

Each course will be worth a specific number of credits, most will be one credit per course. To receive a credit for a course you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be properly enrolled in the course.
  • Submit all homework and assignments posted in the course materials.
  • Submit the Final Exam or Assignment by the due date.
  • Receive a grade of no less than D on the Final Exam or Assignment. A standard scale to grade exams and assignments as outlined above is used.
  • Within six weeks of the deadline or due date for the Final Exam or Assignment, your grade will appear in your Student's Briefcase. Your grade will form part of your student file. Click My Briefcase to access your grades for all the courses you have taken.
  • If you would like a paper confirmation of your grade, please request this at the time of your final exam or assignment. A $25.00 fee will be required for all Hard Copy Transcripts. Please send an email to admin@genealogicalstudies.com for more information.
How Do I Get a Certificate in Genealogical Studies? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
You will receive a Certificate in Genealogical Studies after successfully achieving a minimum grade of D and appropriate credits for all compulsory courses and additional elective courses for a specific certificate.

You will also be awarded the postnomials PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies).
 
How Do I Register For a Course? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Registration is easy. Simply choose the course or package you wish. For courses, click on the Register tab, choose a start date and click the Register button. Review the registration form to make sure all information is accurate and complete the registration. For packages, click on the package you wish, click on the Register button. Review the registration form to make sure all information is accurate and complete the registration.

When your fee is received, your course or package will immediately be activated.

You may register for as many courses as you wish. Your e-mail address and your password will control your student file. So make sure this information is accurate and always entered exactly the same way. This will ensure that your complete student file is kept together. You will then be able to verify your student file by clicking My Briefcase.

If you have registered for several courses but did not enter the e-mail or password in exactly the same manner, your student file will not contain all your information. For administration purposes, a $50.00 fee will be charged if a student's files need to be merged.
 
How Do I Remit the Fees? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Course fees are indicated in both Canadian Dollars and US Dollars. Login to your student briefcase to see the registration fees in Canadian dollars.

Payment may be made by credit cards or PayPal. If a differet method of payment is preferred, please call our office at 1-800-580-0165 or send an email to admin@genealogicalstudies.com for instructions Credit card payments are highly secured transactions through PayPal.

When we receive your registration fees, your course or package will be immediately be activated.
 
How Do I Access a Registered Course? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Your registered courses will be in your student briefcase. On the start date, click My Briefcase, to access the course material. Every week thereafter, for the specified number of weeks, homework, assignments and course material will be posted. If you would like to receive a grade or a credit for this course, homework and assignments must be submitted as directed.

To login into your student briefcase, click My Briefcase, click Student Login. Naturally, your email and password will need to be entered accurately to access your file.

Once you are in the course material page, links will be provided for various functions.
 
How Can I Communicate with Classmates? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Public Assignments provide you the opportunity to read what other students submit. If there is something of interest, you can communicate with your course-mate through our assignment area.

Virtual Meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions of our consultants in a live setting. You can also communicate with other students through Virtual Meetings. Once a month a Student Lounge can be accessed through our Virtual Meetings to simply chit-chat with other students.

GenealogyWise-The Institute's social network also has groups setup where students can interact.
 
How Do I Drop a Course? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Personal circumstances may require that you drop a course. If this is necessary no action is required. If the final exam or assignment is not submitted, no grade or credit will be assigned. This will not show negatively on your student file.

Course fees are non-refundable. Students can re-schedule their courses into the future up to one week after the start date of a course. If the students wants to re-register for a course later than 1 week after the start of the course, your fee will be 50% of the new course fee.
 
Can a Course Be Cancelled? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Should a course attract an insufficient number of students one week prior to its scheduled date, it will be cancelled. Registrants will be notified and fees will be refunded in full. This has rarely happened!
 
How Do I Add Another Course? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
You may register for as many courses as you wish. Simply follow the instructions for registration, for each course.

Your e-mail address and your password will control your student file. So make sure this information is accurate and always entered in the same manner. This will ensure that your complete student file is kept together. You will then be able to access and verify your student file by clicking My Briefcase. If you have registered for several courses but did not enter the e-mail or password in exactly the same manner, your student file will not contain all your information. For administration purposes, at the student's request, a $50.00 fee will be charged if a student's files need to be merged.
 
How Do I Choose My Password? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Your password will give you access to your student file as well as to the course material. As usual, choose a password that is unique and one that you will not forget. Your password can be numbers or letters from 6 to 15 characters.

Keep in mind that your password is confidential, it should not be posted in any electronic message or in your homework or assignments. Your password should not be made available to anyone.

Should you forget your password, click on Password Finder in in Login window. To change your password, login to your student briefcase, click on the Profile tab, and click Cahnge Main Profile. Type in your new password twice, and click submit.
 
How Do I Change My E-mail or Other Information? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
It is essential to keep your email address always up-to-date. The process is simple, simply enter your student briefcase, click on the tab Profile, click Change Main Profile Type your new email address, and click Submit.

Other information, such as your address, can also be changed in this manner.
 
How Do I Check My Student File? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
You may want to check what grade you received for a specific course, or you might want to know exactly which courses you have taken to compare to what other compulsory courses are still required to be taken for a Certificate in Genealogical Studies. Or you may simply want to see if the information in your file is accurate.

Click on My Briefcase, this will give you access to your file. To access your file, you will require both your e-mail address and your password.

If changes are required, to your personal information, click the tab Profile, the Change Main Profile. Make your changes and click Submit. If there is an error in your courses or packages, please contact the office at 1-800-580-0165 or send an email to admin@genealogicalstudies.com.
 
What Books or Supplies Will I Need? Previous  Next  Top of Page 
Most courses will not require additional books or supplies. Those courses that do have a compulsory book are well indicated. A note is indicated in the Description page of the individual course. Books that are recommended reading are available from Our Store. Other recommended or suggested products will also be available from Our Store. Profits from Our Store help keep our course registration fees reasonable.

Click Our Store to see what is available. If you are looking for a specific item and it is not listed, please send us a message at admin@GenealogicalStudies.com.
 
A Final Word Previous    Top of Page 
We are sure that as you are browsing through our site and our courses, you will have questions. Please feel comfortable calling to have a voice-to-voice conversation about your objectives and how best to reach them. We can be reached at 1-800-580-0165 ext 1.

We would like to thank you for participating in Learning Genealogy on the Internet. We hope you will enjoy the experience and we would appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Please e-mail your comments to admin@GenealogicalStudies.com or click Contact Us; we would like to hear from you...
 
 

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