The iSchool Institute: Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Professional Learning Certificates in
Genealogical Studies

The PLC, in partnership with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, offers the world’s oldest comprehensive web-based certificate programs in genealogical studies. Join the thousands of students from every province of Canada, from every state in the USA, and from around the world in learning this rewarding pastime.

Courses have been designed so that everyone can participate: individuals with a personal interest in family history; those who aspire to become professional genealogists; and reference librarians who provide genealogical service to users.

Certificates in Genealogical Studies are available in the records of six countries:

  • Canada
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Germany
  • United States
Each certificate is divided into three levels – Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Family historians will complete the Basic Level Certificate which consists of 8 six-week courses and a Mentoring course which is variable in length and includes individual consultations with an instructor.

Individuals aspiring to become professional genealogists will also complete the Intermediate and Advanced Level Certificates. To receive the Certificate in Genealogical Studies, students must complete 40 courses.

Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Librarianship
In addition to the country specialist programs, the National Institute has designed a program directed specifically at librarians who assist genealogists with their research. Each course contains reading materials, case studies, assignments, a final exam and the opportunity to interact online with the instructor.

The courses in this program are:

  • The Reference Interview
  • Identifying and Developing Services
  • Helping Patrons with Specialized Genealogy Sources
  • Developing, Organizing and Supporting a Core Collection
  • Finding Aids, Brochures, Online and Multimedia Instructional Tools
  • Assisting Users with Internet Genealogy Searches
  • Genealogy Record Types
  • Cooperative Ventures and Referrals
  • Developing a Genealogy Home Page for Your Library
  • Programming and Marketing Your Services

Detailed course descriptions, schedules, and information on instructors, can be found on The National Institute for Genealogical Studies website.

The Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies is Louise St. Denis.


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