Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this program is ideal for?
Boston University's Genealogical Research Program is ideal for:
  • Adults who seek to develop their genealogical skill set for personal or professional development
  • Professionals wishing to augment their job qualifications
  • Those with backgrounds in librarianship, archival management, teaching, historical research, law, medicine, biology, or other related fields
Are there any discounts for the Genealogical Research Program?

APG members receive a 10% tuition reduction for BU Genealogy Programs. Learn about how Association of Professional Genealogists members blend their diverse backgrounds to create a strong, competent genealogy industry.

NEHGS members receive a 10% tuition reduction for BU Genealogy Programs. Learn more about the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians.

NGS members receive a 10% tuition reduction for BU Genealogy Programs. Learn more about the National Genealogical Society.

SCGS Members receive a 10% tuition reduction for BU Genealogy Programs. Learn more about how Southern California Genealogical Society members collaborate, consult and build a sense of community with others who share our passion for family history and genealogy.

What computer tasks should I know how to do before registering for the online Genealogical Research Program?
At the minimum, you should be able to:
  • Create a document, name it, save it, and find it again on your computer
  • Attach a document to an email
  • Download a document or PDF, save it, and find it again on your computer
  • Locate a document on your computer and upload it to another site
  • Print a document
  • Edit a Word document with a .doc or .docx extension (assignments must be submitted in this format)
  • Listen to audio on your computer
  • Watch short video clips (two minutes long)
  • Navigate between multiple windows open simultaneously on your computer
  • Use an Internet browser
  • View a document with tracked changes embedded in it
How can I learn more about this program?

We invite you to attend one of our Information Sessions, held throughout the year. Information Sessions are a great way to learn more about the program field (including career opportunities). Meet the program director and faculty, hear details about the academic curriculum and certificate requirements, and ask any specific questions you may have.

Can't make an Information Session? Feel free to contact us.