Resources > Academic Institutions

There are currently few academic institutions in the United States which offer degrees, certificates, or any well-established curriculum in genealogical research. Among them are:

  • The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), Baltimore, MD. Formerly NIGR (National Institute on Genealogical Records), Gen-Fed is the nation’s oldest institute for genealogical education, founded in 1950. Gen-Fed provides a unique program of advanced instruction in the use of National Archives records.
  • The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) was founded in 1964 to provide a structured program of genealogical study at an academic level. Based through 2016 at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, it moved to Athens Georgia in 2017, and is affiliated with the Georgia Genealogical Society. IGHR offers instructional sessions each year with tracks of study ranging from beginning to advanced research methodology, professional genealogy, and other specialized topics.
  • Genealogical Research Certificate Program, Center for Professional Education, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. A certificate program based on Saturday sessions, covering Foundations, Technology, Evidence, Forensic, and Ethnic and Geographic Specialties.
  • Center for Family History and Genealogy, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. This center, based in the Department of History, offers undergraduate majors and minors, as well as an independent certificate program, in Family History and Genealogy. The Center also sponsors several ongoing research projects.
  • The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) , sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is an annual five-day educational program available to the public.
  • The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) consists of week-long educational workshops held both in Pittsburgh and in other locations varying annually, also available to the public.

Programs which offer accreditation for those intending to practice genealogy professionally are found under the ‘Resources > Accreditation’ submenu.