Certificate & Post Graduate Programs

American School Programs

There are currently two programs in the American School of Genealogy

1. The Certificate of Genealogical Sciences (click) - Postnomials A.C.G. (Accredited Certificate in Genealogy)

2. The Post-Graduate Diploma of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences (graded as a Licentiate) - Postnomials – L.G

 Basics in the Applied Study of Genealogy


The College of Teachers - Accredited Course



The aim of the certificate program is to provide an introductory level of competence in genealogy, heraldry, documentary sciences, pedagogic studies and research methodology. Potential students must have a GED or High School Certificate to enroll in the Certificate program. The Certificate Program , titled the Basics in the Applied Study of Genealogy contains four modules. Each module consists of 16 weeks.

Certificate Course – Basics in the Applied Study of Genealogy – TEXTBOOKS

Module 1 – Basic Genealogy

This is a basic module to assist students in developing skills in using the resources available to trace genealogical lineage.  In using the resources available to trace family lineage the student will search records both on the World Wide Web, and in historical libraries and archives. Students will investigate death certificates, wills, Bible records, census records, birth certificates, and other primary records to teach students to identify ancestors in building a lineage line. (Instructors: John James Tunesi of Liongam – British Basic Genealogy or Dr. Donald Goff – American Basic Genealogy)

TEXT FOR TUNESI: Heber, M., Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History 2nd edition, Sutton Pub. Ltd/ The Society of Genealogists, 2005.

TEXT FOR GOFF: Eicholz, Alice, Ancestry’s Red Book, American, State, County, and Town, 3rd ed., Salt Lake City, Utah, Ancestry Press, 2005.

Module 2 – Family History

This module of the certificate defines the role of individuals and their European background, Methods of writing interesting family histories will be taught. Students will be expected to write a family history of a family line through three generations including historical context. A special focus will be placed on students visiting ancestral sites and archives and visiting ancestors to transcribe oral history.  (Instructor: Jane Tunesi)

TEXT: Litton, Pauline. Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History Research. Swansong, 2010.

Module 3 – Introduction to Heraldry

An important “cousin” to genealogy is the study of heraldry. The common coat of arms consists of many aspects including helm, wreath, motto, charges, shield and tinctures. This module attempts to provide the student with information on the history of arms (since the Age of Chivalry); crusader’s seals of conquests, collars and banners; degrees of British heraldry and the structure of royal genealogy. Students will write a research paper and complete exercises, which illustrate their learning from the course. (Instructor: John J. Tunesi of Liongam)

TEXT: Friar, Stephen, Heraldry, Sutton Publishing, Phoenix Mill, 1997.

Module 4 – Theory in Genealogy

This final certificate module is focused on the importance of theory in all courses in higher education. Students will study the Billingsley Kinship Theory and its significance in genealogy and how the power of kinship drove migration, settlement patterns, marriage, politics, economics, and religious. Students will also discuss other non-theoretical family studies, which focus on kinship and why they are not considered theoretical works. What theory is, and what it does for research and knowledge, with its explanatory, predictive and classificatory powers will be addressed.   (Instructor: Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount)

TEXT: Billingsley Carolyn Earle, Communities of Kinship; Antebellum Families and the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier, (University of Georgia Press, 2004.

 Post-Graduate Program

The Post Graduate Diploma, graded at the level of the  Licentiate by the College of Teachers, consists of  21 credits.

The modules  are arranged in clusters of  studies for selection by the student.

The undergirding organizing  theme of this program is “ Teaching and Learning about genealogy and heraldry in  related disciplines.”

The final modules are capstone modules in which the student reflects on his learning over the program and is taught methodologies in teaching and learning and operating a genealogical business.   All students will be required to be involved in a practical work situation.   Students who graduate from the Post Graduate Diploma Program will have  learned and practiced techniques in teaching genealogy to students; worked in a library or archival situation,  or developed or evaluated their genealogical business according to specific criteria. The Graduates of the Post Graduate Diploma will be leaders in genealogy; genealogical librarians, archivists,  teachers, and designers   and stewards of genealogical programs in higher education.

Students who have not had formal coursework in Genealogy will be required to enroll in The course  Basic Genealogy to establish a proficiency level  in genealogy prior to taking modules in the Program.

Qualified enrollees will be required to take the  introductory module  of

Teaching  History of Genealogy

Group I  – Learning and Teaching  the Technical Skills  and Using Resources in Genealogy    Select one module or  3 credits

  • Module 1 -Strategies for Using Land and  Property Records
  • Module 2 – Effective Practices In  Using U.S. Court and Immigration Records
  • Module 3-Methodology of  Understanding and Using the Genealogical Proof Standard

Group II   Learning and Teaching the Elements of Legal  and  Heraldic issues

Select one module or  3 credits

  • Module 4 -  Legal Issues and  Ethics
  • Module 5 – Nobiliary Law and Genealogy
  • Module 6 – Teaching the History and Use of Personal Heraldry
  • Module 7 – Teaching the Development and Use of Corporate Heraldry

Group III Learning and Teaching  the Science of Genealogy

Select  one  module or 3 credits  + 3 credits required. -6 credits

  • Module 8 -  Learning and Teaching Forensic Genealogy- (Required)
  • Module 9 -  Documents and Paleography
  • Module 10 -Teaching Genetics in Genealogy

Group IV Learning and Teaching Genealogy and Heraldry Through History

Select 1 Module  or  3 credits – 3 credits

  • Module  11  – Learning Family History I (American)
  • Module 12 –   Historical Foundations of Family History II  (  British)
  • Module 13 –  The Historical and Pedagogical Role of Certain Crusaders in Genealogy
  • Module 14 –   Archaeology in Biblical Context

V.  Final Project Modules – 6 credits required

Teaching methodologies and practical work procedures and processes

2 modules required by all students in which students are required to develop  practical projects in teaching or in developing a business or projects for  work situations.

Student selects two  of the following modules.

  • Module 15 – Contemporary Adult Learning Theories – Practical Applications
  • Module 16 – Creating an Online Classroom – For Teaching Genealogy
  • Module 17 – Curriculum Development for Genealogy
  • Module 18 – Operating Your Genealogy Business- Procedures and Processes
  • Module 19 –  Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology in Genealogy

There are a limited number of teaching assistantship scholarships available in the the Postgraduate Program.The student assistant will be supervised by a qualified mentor


Post-Graduate Diploma of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences, a professional diploma in Genealogical and Heraldic Studies is designed through its structures and processes to develop a higher level of skills, knowledge and attitudes among the participants in the areas of genealogical and heraldic studies in the fields of history, archeology, sociology and genealogical theory, research, writing, teaching, legalities and ethics of professions.

Many societies, associations and schools in the U.S. offer technical or mechanically inclined courses in genealogy. However, as excellent as these may be, a void exists in the educational and scientific knowledge, as there is no nexus between the aforementioned disciplines in scientific knowledge and writing. Thus, a student, regardless of how versed he/she is in the technical skills of genealogy is like an island in the South Pacific without a map.

The American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences offers courses that are individually tailored to a student’s adult professional goals. The genealogical program is consistent with the model of adult learning theory practices and processes.


The goal of the American School of Genealogy is to offer studies that are individualized to the professional goals and career interests of students.

Students work with their primary mentors and together they build the study plan, which outlines their route and requirements leading to the finalization of their program. Courses are taken through a distance-learning mode. In time, courses will be offered on-site. The School also has an annual conference and series of learning workshops which will be held at various university and royal society sites.

1. The one-on-one mentorship model helps students to customize their learning through working with individual mentors.

2. Students can proceed at their own pace by working with their mentor designing a study plan to complete a course within a 16 week period.

3. Students and their mentors work together to plan their communication schedule as they work through their courses in distance learning.

4. All of the students work under the mentorship of leading professional genealogists and educationalists in the field.

5. The genealogical study program is designed to meet the educational standards through the self-paced delivery mode that is meaningful and effective to the professional genealogist.

6. The program in genealogy takes into consideration the previous professional training and experience as well as other prior learning of the students.

7. Students work in their own academic areas of interests within their selected minor fields of academic study.

8. Students emphasize their own professional interests, through individualized and interdisciplinary programs, which may address local, regional or global concerns.

The American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences, in its commitment to implement a strong program has appointed a Vice President of Academic Studies who is committed to meet the demands of a broad research base and curriculum through the development of scope and sequence by integrating the program within the Billingsley kinship model and various European theories.


Students in the program will demonstrate a high degree of skills in finding, evaluating, and interpreting significant data from a wide variety of sources from genealogical and other scientific and historical data.

Students in the program will demonstrate a high level of ability to use the Internet, library, archival resources and the published literature of related scholarly disciplines and are able to knowledgeably evaluate a collected body of evidence bearing on kinship and other theories.

Students in the program will be able to design research projects and resolve problems to meet the high standard of proof required to determine genealogical relationships with a high level of confidence.

Students in the program will have a sound knowledge of a variety of research methodologies in the social, physical, and biological sciences, law and the humanities, and be able to design research projects appropriate to specific research objectives.

Students in the school  program will demonstrate competence in genealogical, heraldic and pedagogic writing in course papers and projects. Students in the program will demonstrate by applications in their teaching a sound background of principles and theories of pedagogic theory.

Additionally, students in the program will demonstrate a sound background in principles of course development in designing and evaluating their courses of study to teach in genealogy.


The American School of Genealogy, Heraldry, and Documentary Sciences is developed for librarians, teachers, genealogy professional researchers, business owners, archivists, society administrators,  DNA Project managers, forensic genealogists, writers, editors, journalists and the many other scholars in the wide-ranging field of research and business.


Applicants to the Certificate and Diploma programs should have an associates degree and have several years of experience working in the genealogical field. Certain exceptions may be made regarding career qualifications.

Applicants to the post graduate program should complete a baccalaureate degree from a DETC or a regionally accredited college or and have several years experience in a career field. They should also have several years of experience working in a genealogical field. Certain exceptions may be made regarding career qualifications.

All course transfer of credits must be from a United States or internationally accredited or approved school or university.

Applicants are expected to be proficient in the English language skills. A second language English applicant should submit records of TOEFL examination with scores of 550 minimums.

Students are expected to have access to a computer, email and the Internet as well as certain genealogical databases for their completion of the program.

E-mail us at Dr. LaWanna Blount, Vice President