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 checklist below.

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.

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.

Participants are expected to:

Have conducted research in at least four repositories such as courthouses, archives, and libraries.
Select one: yesno

Document their research findings with proper source citations.
Select one: yesno

Have experience with seven of the following record types including a good understanding of them, knowing where to access them, and what information can be obtained from them.
Select one: yesno

Completed a genealogy research course such as the NGS American Genealogy course (16 lessons), NGS American Genealogical Studies course (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 the desire and ability to produce professional level work.
Select one: yesno

Have 20 hours per month to dedicate to the ProGen Study Program for the next nineteen months.
Select one: yesno

Be willing to complete ALL assignments on including assignments on business development such as business plans, marketing plans and mission statements
Select one: yesno

If you have answered YES to all of the above questions please continue with the checklist. If you have not answered yes to all of the questions above, you are probably not yet ready for the ProGen Study Group.

Advanced Experience

Many ProGen Study Group participants have also done the following. Check each box that applies to 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

Understand terminology such as primary and secondary information, original and derivative sources, and direct and indirect evidence.
Select one: yesno

Attended national genealogy conferences (such as NGS, FGS, RootsTech, etc.)
Select one: yesno

Attended genealogical institutes (such as NIGR, IGHR, SLIG, or GRIP).
Select one: yesno

Have experience writing up their research findings in research reports or narrative form.
Select one: yesno

While you do not need to have checked Yes to every box in the section above, it is helpful for you to see your experience level. If you determine that you are prepared to participate in a professional genealogy study group then complete the rest of the application below.

If you are ready to participate in a ProGen Study Group please complete the rest of this form, then click the "Submit Application" button.

ProGen Study Group Application

Are you currently taking genealogy clients?
Select one: yesno

Brief summary of your genealogical experience

Experience researching in original records (including deeds, probates, etc.)

Experience researching in repositories such as courthouses, archives, and libraries

Genealogical education (including self-study, conferences, courses, etc. not already checked above)

Professional genealogy goals

Areas of genealogical and/or business expertise

Reasons I would like to participate in a ProGen Study Group

Number of hours each month you can commit to completing the reading assignments, practical assignments, reviewing your colleagues work while providing meaningful feedback, and participating in online discussion

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