ProGen Study Groups maintains a waiting list and organizes new groups of 16-24 students, three times a year, usually in February, June, and September. If you would like to participate, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page and the Lesson Samples then complete the questionnaire below. A fee of $90 is required for participation to cover the cost of managing the program, platforms, and website.

    We are dedicated to continuing education and success for future professional-level genealogists. We find, however, that participants who have the most success and least struggle with the assignments and program’s rigorous pace are those who have already participated in at least one concentrated educational program. The ProGen Study Program does not teach basic genealogy research or writing skills. It assumes that participants have already participated in a multi-class course in genealogy or have the equivalent experience researching in a wide variety of original records and repositories. The ProGen Study Groups are for those who already have strong research skills and experience in communicating their findings in writing, and are now looking to further develop their professional business, writing, and analysis skills.

    Please use this questionnaire to determine if you are ready to participate in a ProGen Study Group. While not every question need be answered with a yes, an educational background in at least one educational program is a prerequisite. If you are not accepted the first time you apply, please do not despair! We encourage you to spend some time enhancing your education and genealogical habits—read the scholarly journals; attend a genealogical institute; and then apply again.

    We recognize that genealogy is also a process of self-education. If you feel ready for the rigors of the ProGen program without formal education, you may send a sample of a written project report you have done to the administrator, Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGLSM at rwk.genealogy@gmail.com

    Applicant Information

    First Name

    Last Name




    Zip Code

    Phone Number

    Preferred Email Address

    Have you previously participated in a ProGen Group?
    Select one: yesno
    If yes, which group?

    Genealogical Experience

    Please answer the following questions about your genealogical experience.

    Have you conducted offline research in at least four separate repositories such as courthouses, state archives, genealogical libraries, or federal archives?
    Select one: yesno

    Have you written reports or detailed narratives of your research findings for yourself or others with documented source citations?
    Select one: yesno

    Do you understand terminology such as primary and secondary information, original and derivative sources, and direct and indirect evidence?
    Select one: yesno

    Have you completed a genealogy research course such as the NGS American Genealogy course (all 16 lessons), NGS American Genealogical Studies (all 4 courses online), the Boston University (BU) Genealogical Research Program (online), the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS) certificate courses, or similar program.
    Select one: yesno
    NGS American GenealogyNGS American Genealogical StudiesBU Genealogical Research ProgramNIGS certificate
    Other (please enter the name of other courses)

    Have you attended a genealogical institute (such as NIGR, IGHR, SLIG, or GRIP)?
    Select one: yesno

    Please describe.

    Thank you for your interest. Your experience does not currently meet the course prerequisites. We invite you to apply when your education is more complete.

    If you feel that your self-education has been sufficient, you may opt to send a work sample to the Program Administrator along with a list of the books you have studied and other educational opportunities you have taken advantage of.

    Any other significant genealogical or historical educational background? Describe.

    Do you read and study articles from scholarly journals such as the NGS Quarterly, The American Genealogist, The Genealogist, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record or The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.
    Select one: yesno

    Are you currently taking genealogy clients?
    Select one: yesno

    Will you commit to a minimum of 20 hours per month for ProGen assignments and peer review?
    Select one: yesno

    Barring any emergency situations, will you commit to complete ALL assignments and peer review and to do so ON TIME to the best of your ability to qualify for graduation?
    Select one: yesno

    Will you commit to working with your peers in a polite and professional manner regardless of personality differences?
    Select one: yesno

    Do you understand that missing assignments, unprofessional behavior, or incomplete peer review may result in dismissal from the program?
    Select one: yesno

    Please be patient as we are volunteer-run organization. The average wait time to be invited into a group is 6 months. Do not submit more than once.

    Click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button to request to be added to the waiting list for an upcoming ProGen Study Group.