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From: "EILEEN SOUZA" <>
Subject: [TGF] Certificates in Genealogy
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 16:07:54 -0500
I have a BS in Information Technology, which is my full time job and I hold
a recognized certification in this field, which I have served for over 35
years. Genealogy has been my avocation for the past 12 years and I
wondered if I could make it a second career when I retired. To me this
meant back to school.
Since May 2008, I have participating in an online certificate program under
the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS) out of the University
of Toronto. I am enrolled in the Certificate in Genealogical
Studies-American Records. I have almost completed 8 of my 28 compulsory
credits and 1 of 12 electives. I have found the coursework well put
together and challenging; and whether I take on clients or not in the
future, my own research has reaped the benefits of this learning experience.
That said, when I applied for membership in the Association of Professional
Genealogists (APG), I noticed that the section of the application that asks
if your are studying for a certificate in genealogy does not list the NIGS
Certificate as an option. Nor does it offer a space to fill in other. I
guess my question is why is it not included? Can we discuss the relative
merits of these various programs? I think such a discussion would be useful
for us "newbies" and help us to make more informed choices.
Eldersburg, MD 21784