Course Detail

Genealogical Essentials - Online OGEN100

Course Description

Boston University’s four-week, online course in Genealogical Essentials is designed specifically for genealogy enthusiasts who seek to improve their research skills and develop a better understanding of best practices in the field. Students will learn how to define specific genealogical concepts and terms; how to effectively locate and search public records; and how to optimize their search techniques for online research.
Genealogical Essentials serves as excellent preparation for BU’s Certificate Program in Genealogical Research.

Who Should Attend

* Hobbyists and enthusiasts who are currently conducting genealogical research, but who seek more formal training
* Serious students new to the field of genealogy


Students should be computer literate; have access to broadband or high-speed Internet; and be comfortable with:

* MS Word
* Digital file saving and retrieving
* Citing sources and creating footnotes using Word

While we do not require a bachelor's degree, we recommend at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

Textbooks and Class Materials

  • 1. Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, 3rd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. ISBN: 978-08006316215

    2. Powell, Kimberly. The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2014. ISBN:978-1440511684

For more information, please call 1-866-633-9370.