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ProGen Study Groups
ProGen Study Groups
Over 780 Genealogists Educated
ProGen Study Groups Are . . .
Key Elements of the ProGen Study Program...
- Quality textbooks (Professional Genealogy & Genealogy Standards) written by experts in the field.
- Monthly assignments crafted to maximize learning.
- Written peer feedback.
- Live monthly video chats discussing specific topics and assignments.
- Guidance from a Certified Genealogist® or an Accredited Genealogist®.
- 15-month study program.
Is ProGen Right for Me?
- You want to become a professional genealogist researching for others.
- You already research professionally and want to learn more about managing your business or presenting your written work.
- Improving your research skills is important to you.
- You are considering becoming certified or accredited. See more details HERE.
- You want to take your research skills to the next level.
Am I Ready for ProGen?
- You have practiced genealogy research for several years.
- You have successfully participated and completed courses such as the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research, the NGS American Genealogical Studies Course, or intermediate level courses at institutes such as GRIP, IGHR or SLIG.
- You demonstrate strong research skills in your daily work.
What ProGen Alumni Are Saying…
Lititz, PA - ProGen 40
The more effort you put into it, the more you will get out of it. This universal principle is oh so true. If you go the extra mile and give each assignment your very best, you will reap dividends. Your writing will improve. Your research skills will improve. Your confidence as a small business owner and operator will improve.
Rebecca Hockaday, CG®
Boise, ID - ProGen 31
I wouldn’t be a CG® and where I am today professionally without the ProGen program. I am grateful!
Chula Vista, CA - ProGen 43
I took a hobby I had for years in genealogy and took it to the next level! After completing the Boston University Genealogical Certificate Program, I continued on to yet another intensive one-year program with the ProGen Study Groups.
Melissa LeMaster Barker
Dickson, TN - ProGen 1
Well, you can add Certified Archives Manager to the list, that’s me! I was in the very first ProGen! I have always thought this was one of the best decisions I ever made and it actually was part of my journey to become an Archivist!
Minneapolis, MN - ProGen 38
I am SO proud to have been a ProGen participant.
Rochester, MN - ProGen 6
One of the best things I ever did for my genealogy business was to participate in ProGen 6. I had already been taking clients for twelve years, but when I started my business, there was no training available for the professional genealogist. I learned so much from each assignment and so much more from the feedback given by fellow classmates.
Los Angeles, CA - ProGen 36
Leslie Watson Tomlinson
Helotes, TX - ProGen 11
Getting and giving peer review on homework assignments was so valuable. Our mentor, Claire Bettag, was instrumental in keeping me focused on my path to certification even though it took a few years longer than I intended.
Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA - ProGen 43
ProGen introduced me to many new writing aspects; provoked good conversation within our monthly meetings; and compared my learnt skills against the BCG rubrics. It was well worth my time, and I would strongly suggest ProGen to any genealogist wanting to advance their skills in a peer-to-peer virtual environment. If you put the effort into ProGen, you will certainly get a lot out of it!
Atkinson, NH - ProGen 47
ProGen exceeded my expectations! I knew I was ready to take the next step in my education plan. I’m thankful my class took time to read my assignments and comment.
Cameron Park, CA - ProGen 46
ProGen was an amazing experience! There is no better way to learn and fully understand the principles of professional genealogy. The caliber of mentorship, solid and supportive peer feedback, and breadth of practical exercises are unsurpassed. I highly recommend ProGen to any genealogist genuinely seeking to become a professional in this discipline.
Chicago, IL - ProGen 46
The 14 months of ProGen has helped me realize that 25 years of casual research cannot equal the process that delivers a well-researched, well-documented, standards-based final report. I am now light-years ahead of where I was and am humbled by the experience of getting there. It was truly a rewarding experience
Cincinnati, OH - ProGen 46
With feedback from my study group peers, outstanding mentors, and a rigorous program I was able to significantly improve my skills and prepare for the next phase of my learning and development. I highly recommend ProGen study groups for anyone who wants to take their skills to the next level.
Orlando, FL - ProGen 48
Before the study group I felt unsure of my writing skills. After 14 months of practice and review from my peers and mentor I am more confident in my methods and approach to Professional Genealogy. I am going to use what I learned and start preparing my portfolio for the CG. Exciting times because of the talents shared by others.
Davis, CA - ProGen 49
The ProGen program helped me develop my genealogy research and writing to a professional level. My prior education began the transition from a hobbyist to a serious genealogist. With ProGen, I was able to take the final steps to be a professional. I discovered my weaknesses and how to strengthen them. ProGen built a genealogy support net that will carry on after the program concludes. Our ProGen mentor and coordinator were truly outstanding!
Eagle Point, OR - ProGen 43
Certification has been my goal since 2016 when I finished my classes at SLCC. ProGen 43 was my educational “bridge” between SLCC and certification.
Firestone, CO - ProGen 48
Time invested in ProGen was the most valuable way I could have used my limited time. Genealogy friendships made through our group will endure because they are grounded in a common growth experience that made us all better genealogists, researchers, and writers. Make time to fully immerse yourself in the assignments – you will not regret it!
San Diego, CA - ProGen 52
ProGen was a challenging, humbling, and incredibly awarding experience. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their genealogical skills and experience.
Herriman, UT - ProGen 50
ProGen was instrumental in my development as a genealogist. Receiving and giving feedback from my study group helped me to refine my methods and writing. I really appreciated the help I got from my group and from Elissa Scalise Powell as our mentor.
Alison Watson Maston
Bolton, CT - ProGen 53
Collaborating with other genealogists and working to improve professionally was a wonderful experience. ProGen taught me so much and allowed for the exchange of ideas with others who were working toward the same goal. Getting and giving peer review starts out as a daunting idea, but as time goes on, you improve, and the feedback is invaluable. Huge thank you to Cinda, Katie, and my peers in ProGen53 for all their hard work.
Atlanta, GA - ProGen 52
The ProGen journey didn’t just grow my skills, but also my confidence. My peers, mentor and coordinator were supportive while also pushing me to dig deeper. Looking back at my first assignment and my last, you can see the massive leap in my abilities and understanding. As a bonus, I met people who I know I will be connected with throughout my adventure into genealogy.
Portland, ME - ProGen 53
The best part of ProGen is the people! I met so many fantastic genealogists through this program.
Harrisburg, NC - ProGen 54
ProGen helped me immensely in my business, as well as my personal genealogy. I built a good foundation in citations. I feel confident in writing reports on my findings. The peer-review aspect is hands down the best way to become a better genealogist. Spending 14 months with the same group of people, builds a bond of trust and comradery than any other program I have attended. This educational opportunity should not be missed.
Cape Canaveral, FL - ProGen 58
ProGen was a meaningful adventure. Having Francine and Heather as our mentor and coordinator was such a blessing. They really helped stick everything and everyone together. A great experience al the way around, and a host of new genealogical contacts.
Wesley Chapel, FL - ProGen 58
I found the ProGen experience topnotch – would do it again in a heartbeat. The course design is solid, engaging, and challenging. I feel like I’ve a better understanding about what it will take for me to get certified, and at this point, feel more confident that I can achieve it. My group seemed to have the “right” personality and experience mix that optimized learning. I think we grew together and honestly enjoy each other’s company. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it.
Claire Gene Esker
Thank you for the work everyone put into ProGen 56 and for what a wonderful program it is. I got so much out of the program and have so many new and exciting ideas for next year – most of which were inspired by my cohort. ProGen is an amazing opportunity and my writing, research, and general genealogical skills are so much stronger. I feel infinitely more confident going out into this field.
Pensacola, FL - ProGen 61
Going through ProGen has provided a confidence boost and sharpened my skills as a researcher. The multi-month format allowed the time to learn the subject matter and execute the projects.
Long Beach, CA - ProGen 61
ProGen helped me sharpen my genealogical skills, especially in writing. I learned better ways of correlating data and how to present it. The sharing of tips (tools, blogs, sources, etc.) that happens in the monthly meeting was invaluable. The bonus was making some lifelong friends.
South Portland, ME - ProGen 61
My aspirations of becoming a professional genealogist have come true thanks to the ProGen Study Group. During the 15-month program, I learned to write a research report, proof argument, and family narrative…all firsts for me. The business lessons were invaluable as I recently opened my genealogy business and have started taking clients. But I think the best aspect of ProGen is the feedback and friendship from peers and mentors. I will miss seeing them on a monthly basis and can’t wait to see what they do with their ProGen education in the future. It’s definitely worth the time and effort!