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Welcome to the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, an independent charitable trust dedicated to family history and heraldry education and research.

Affordable, Accessible and Accredited courses for all levels.

The Institute runs a range of courses including the successful 24-module Correspondence Course in Genealogy with qualifications including the industry recognised Diploma in Genealogy. Day courses on a range of family history and heraldry themes are held at our base in Canterbury, Kent or at our hub in Petersfield.

Upcoming Course Dates

IHGS offices in Canterbury are now open, however some restrictions remain in place. Visiting IHGS is by appointment only, this is to ensure the safety of both staff and visitors.

The library will remain closed but a full research service is available.

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Family History Courses

Family History Courses

An extensive range of courses for all levels, provided by our expert tutors.

Awaken Your Ancestors

Awaken Your Ancestors

An all new correspondence course provides an excellent introduction to genealogy research.



Our stock includes family history books as well as our world-renowned registration district maps.


Family History Research

Our professional researchers undertake family history and heraldry research commissions.

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