Want to Become a Professional Genealogist?
If you're interested in turning your hobby into a little more, or just learn how the professionals do it, check out the program at the National Institute of Genealogy Research:
The National Institute on Genealogical Research has been a leader in the field of genealogical education for more than fifty years. The institute was founded in 1950 under the sponsorship of The American University, The American Society of Genealogists, the National Archives, and the Maryland Hall of Records. In 1989, the institute was incorporated as an independent, non-profit corporation. Its board of trustees consists of representatives of the American Society of Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the institute's Alumni Association. The National Archives, a non-voting member of the corporation, provides strong support. The institute's program takes an in-depth look at federal records of genealogical value located primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. The program is geared to experienced researchers (genealogists, historians, librarians, archivists). It is not an introductory course in genealogy. The institute maintains a non-discriminatory policy toward enrollments. Applications are accepted without regard to sex, race, creed, color, and national or ethnic origin.