Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Professional Development Certificate Program from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

From The National Institute for Genealogical Studies:
To help their students meet the expectations of a growing genealogical consumer community, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies announced today their new certificate program in Professional Development.
"This certificate fills an important niche for the genealogy community" says Louise St Denis, Managing Director of the National Institute. Louise adds, "After 15 years of providing genealogical education we felt it was time to expand our offerings to include an eleventh certificate especially designed for those working in the field of genealogy."
Of the certificate program, National Institute instructor and professional genealogist Melanie D. Holtz, CG stated "Having a solid foundation in professional genealogy is key to your success, whether you are just beginning your business or seeking ways to expand your knowledge and experience.  The National Institute for Genealogical Studies' new Professional Development Certificate is unique in that you reap the benefits of the knowledge and experiences of multiple genealogists who have walked this road before you.  The new Professional Development certificate with numerous in-depth skill-building courses, will bring strength to the learning experience."
Professional Development Certificate
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers eleven Certificate Programs including the Professional Development Program.  Courses in this new program include, Transcribing, Abstracting, & Extracting - Career Development: Choosing a Niche - Creating Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation - Organizing a One Name Study - Lecturing - Forensic Genealogy - Genealogy and Copyright - Palaeography - Document Analysis - DNA - Marketing - House and Farm Histories - One Place Studies - Analysis and Skills Mentoring - Methodology
To learn more about The National Institute's Certificate Programs, see their website at
The director of this new program is Gena Philibert-Ortega, who holds two Master's degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She has made presentations in person and online on various subjects including genealogy, women's studies and social history. She is also the author of hundreds of articles in genealogy newsletters and magazines, as well as the blogs Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera
St Denis commented "We are excited to have Gena Philibert-Ortega's involvement in our Professional Development program.  Gena has had a successful full-time  genealogy career for over 12 years and her experience will assist others as they transition to professional work or continue in their careers."
Gena said "I'm excited about this opportunity to bring courses designed for those interested in professional genealogy. I'm looking forward to continuing to grow the program to meet the needs of the genealogy community."
She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012),  Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together.  Gena is currently the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal Crossroads. An instructor for the The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women's social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women's lives using material artifacts.
Everyone at The National Institute welcomes Gena Philibert-Ortega to her new position and looks forward to the growth of the Professional Development Certificate.
Enroll Now for a Special Offer
Enroll now in the Professional Development Certificate and receive 10% off your course package. Use code FGS2013 or call 1-800-580-0165.
I plan to complete my General Methodology Certificate by the end of this year or early next year, and I will definitely look into this program after that. It seems like a good opportunity to learn more about how to build a career in genealogy, which is my long-term goal. Congrats to Gena Philibert-Ortega on her new position!