National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course

Students interested in the CD-based Home Study Course should follow this link to the course that has replaced it American Genealogical Studies.

If you are a currently enrolled Home Study Course student, please continue working through your lessons. If you need to purchase the next CD, a replacement CD, or you have questions, please contact the NGS Course Administrator at

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds or transfers are available.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate is awarded to each person who successfully completes the NGS Home Study Course. Although The National Genealogical Society has a variety of courses available to help you learn about the methods, skills, and standards for certification, NGS is not a licensing body. Therefore, no formal genealogical credential or accreditation is implied. For more information about certification or accreditation, please see Becoming a Professional Genealogist.


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10% Tuition Discount on the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research Program

Boston University’s Center for Professional Education is offering a 10% tuition discount to NGS members who enroll in the new Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research program. To learn more about the program click here.

For information about the new online program, click here.

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