NGS Announces Updated Cloud-Based Courses

Dr. Thomas H. Shawker’s Genetic Genealogy, The Basics
and Craig Roberts Scott’s Introduction to Civil War Research

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 AUGUST 2014: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the re-release of two courses in its Continuing Genealogical Studies series: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics, developed by Dr. Thomas H. Shawker, MD; and Introduction to Civil War Research, developed by Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm. The tuition for each course is $45.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members.

Thomas H. Shawker, MD, is a physician with the National Institutes of Health, a nationally recognized lecturer on genetics, and chairman of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee. In 2004 he authored the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic History.

Dr. Shawker shares his medical expertise in this self-paced six- module course. You learn about:
  • The DNA Molecule — the structure of the DNA molecule, how it is organized, how it replicates, and how it functions;
  • Chromosomes — human chromosomes and how the Y chromosome is inherited;
  • DNA Markers — the two types of DNA markers used in genetic genealogy; haplotypes and haplogroups;
  • A Y Chromosome Surname Project — evaluation of a Y chromosome surname project and a discussion on how to evaluate the test results of the participants; and
  • The Mitochondrial DNA Molecule — the structure of the mtDNA molecule
  • Inheritance of mtDNA — how mtDNA is inherited, and how it can be used in genealogy.
For more information on Genetic Genealogy, The Basics, please visit the course web page at

Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm, is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

In Mr. Scott’s self-paced seven-module course, you learn how to:
  • Identify an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s Civil War service;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s service unit;
  • Understand a Compiled Military Service Record;
  • Locate provost marshal records;
  • Locate prisoner of war records;
  • Understand the pension indexes and application files;
  • Compile a post-war record;
  • Locate information on death and burial; and
  • Locate information on participation in fraternal and lineage societies.
For more information on Introduction to Civil War Research, please visit the course web page at

Courses currently available in the NGS learning cloud include two courses in the American Genealogical Studies Series (which is replacing the NGS Home Study Course):
  • AGS: The Basics
  • AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies courses are designed for both beginners and established genealogists who want the convenience of continuing their genealogical studies independently, at their own pace and in their own home, or wherever they access the Internet. For further information, or to purchase one of our courses, visit the NGS website at and click on the Educational Courses tab.

The courses available in the NGS Continuing Genealogical Study series, include:
  • CGS: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics
  • CGS: Introduction to Civil War Research
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia–based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.