History & Mission


In 2009, the President of the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences and the Founder/President of the  School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences in Bologna, Italy were keenly aware that American genealogists would appreciate developing skills and understanding in European history and heraldry, chivalry, anthropology, ethics, genetics, documentary sciences, teaching skills and scientific application.

Thus, the future Chancellor, Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti, and the President of the American School Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren, discussed the building of this American branch of the School.

Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount, living in Texas, after formerly teaching in Australia, Libya, Venezuela, moved to Como to take over the activities of Vice President and  curriculum instruction design.

She worked with the President to develop its foundational curriculum and the school was born. A committed faculty has been formed to usher in this unique program in the United States. All faculty members possess accredited degrees (e.g. master degrees or doctorates) in history, pedagogic, curriculum and instruction, law and the social sciences (documentary sciences) as well as an extensive practical and theoretical background in genealogy, chivalry and heraldry.

Contact President or Vice President for enrollment.


We are currently engaged in writing several grant proposals and provide free services to individuals attempting to find professional genealogists, heralds and heraldic artists. The American School is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.


What We Do

  • Intl. Accredited Certificate
  • College of Teachers’ Member
  • Non-Profit Incorporated
  • Advanced Degree Faculty
  • Award-winning Service
  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Affiliated with Professional and Scholarly Schools and Societies

The American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences (ASGHDS) is an Institutional Member of the London College of Teachers. The ASGHDS, a branch of the School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences of Bologna, Italy (click) is a recently incorporated distance learning school and learned society situated in Como, Mississippi at the Taylor House (1880). It has been established as a non-profit educational corporation governed by a seven member Governing Board as specified in its Charter and 501 C (3) internal revenue code. It is concerned with the scientific and scholarly study of genealogy, heraldry and documentary sciences.




Our program, educational training and research is geared toward the American student, but is taken by students internationally.

Note our Center Accreditation website of the College of Teachers, UK.

As a nonprofit academic and educational corporation, we also conduct research in genealogy, family history, heraldry and documentary sciences.



The founding Mission of the American School is to provide the opportunity for genealogists, family historians, archivists, librarians and teachers and other professionals to develop further and higher level knowledge and skills in the foundational structures of genealogical research and underlying theoretical historical and anthropological kinship foundations in genealogy, history of heraldry, chivalry, ethnic culture, family, and in anthropological studies.

The School’s purpose is also to provide an array of certificates, diplomas and postgraduate diplomas relating to how pedagogy (the art, science, or profession of teaching) both practical and theory, relates to a better understanding of the aforementioned disciplines.

The underlying commitment of the founders is to provide an opportunity for the study of genealogy at a higher level of skills intended for increasing career opportunities in government, business, education and legal enterprises. It is understood that such will be a time consuming process as the field of professional genealogy has yet to secure the agreed upon professional standards which are necessary in any career profession.