Course Detail

Certificate in Genealogical Research GEN200

Course Description

The Certificate in Genealogical Research Program consists of the following five modules:

Foundations of Genealogical Research

This module is an overview of general genealogical principles, goals, ethics, and professional end products. It covers the research principles needed for successful results. It focuses on primary skill-building areas (problem-solving, organization, research design, and report writing). The module introduces and establishes the “Genealogical Proof Standard®” as the basic framework for all research assignments to be covered in this program. Finally, the module explores the role, resources, and opportunities for becoming a professional genealogist.

Problem Solving Techniques and Technology

This module walks through multiple examples to impart the skills necessary to design and follow the most direct path to a supportable conclusion. The use of technological tools, particularly the internet, is placed in perspective and explored.

Evidence Evaluation and Citation

This module presents the key elements necessary for determining the credibility and authenticity of evidence. It will prepare the student to recognize unreliable evidence and its origin.

Forensic Genealogical Research

This module provides practical examples, live cases, and in-class problem solving that define the parameters of ethical forensic work. Generally the most lucrative of the genealogical specialties, forensic research is done for the legal community, often at the direction of an attorney. Techniques for opening cases, uncovering assets, collaborating with attorneys, and interviewing informants will be presented.

The Genealogy Profession

After learning the skills and competencies necessary to perform genealogical research according to set standards, this module explores the business opportunities, specialties, and trends for genealogists. It covers ethics, client relations, contracts, additional educational venues, BCG certification requirements, and many other resources that will launch you into an exciting and fascinating profession.

Scheduling Details

  • Currently offered online only starting in January, May, and September.

Textbooks and Class Materials

  • Evidence Explained, 2nd Ed. 2009, Shown, Genealogy Publishing, ISBN: 9780806318066 required

    The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual, 2000,, ISBN: 9780916489922 required

    Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001, ISBN-13: 978-0-8063-16482. required

    Mastering Genealogical Proof, 1st Ed. 2013, Jones, Thomas W., National Genealogical Society, ISBN: 1935815075 required

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