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Genealogical research is a satisfying pastime for the family historian and a rewarding occupation for the professional genealogist. To support the needs of both amateur family historians and aspiring professional genealogists for reliable and comprehensive education we have designed a series of courses (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Electives) leading to various Certificates in Genealogical Studies with specialization in various countries.

The International Institute for Genealogical Studies provides web-based courses for both family historians and professional genealogists.

Students should understand that the use of the term 'professional' is not narrowly related to those genealogists who offer research services for hire. The term professional is being used to describe professionalism in all aspects of genealogy. Professional genealogists must ensure the application of recognized standards to any and all endeavours. Your project may include:
  • a small booklet for your own relatives on a portion of their ancestry;
  • a newsletter you produce for a family association;
  • a (volunteer) answer to a query letter for your society;
  • a (work-related) response to a query coming to your library or archives;
  • a paragraph for your own or family benefit where you describe a process by which you reached a genealogical conclusion from conflicting or difficult sources (this is a proof argument);
  • a full fledged descending or ascending genealogy;
  • a direct-line pedigree study;
  • an article you want to write for a peer journal;
  • any projects involving software, making allowance for proper citations;
  • preparing a talk or lecture for a public forum;
  • creating a genealogical workshop or ongoing instructional program.
A professional genealogist strives for the application of recognized standards in all of these.
A complete description of the program and of each course, is provided on this site.

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