Course Detail

Genealogy Principles OGEN150

To inquire about Boston University’s Genealogical Principles online course, including upcoming course schedule and registration, please contact our educational partners at MindMax, Inc. by calling 617-502-8822 or by visiting their website at http://genealogyonline.bu.edu

Course Description

Genealogy Principles online consists of the following topics:

Week One
How is your identity defined with information, sources, and evidence? Define genealogy and study elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).

Week Two

What data from popular websites should you trust? Recognize and analyze conflicting information. Learn how to identify people in a photograph.

Week Three
Work with a published document and test it – does it meet the GPS? Correlate information to resolve identity problems.

Week Four
What elements make up a good proof argument? Examine a well-cited article that meets all standards.

Week Five
What can you learn from free and pay websites? Discuss an identity problem and its solution with records created by newly freed people after the Civil War.

Week Six
Develop timelines, design a research plan, and evaluate a written report to see if it meets standards.

Week Seven
Develop timelines, design a research plan, and evaluate a written report to see if it meets standards.

Who Should Attend

Serious students who are new to the field of genealogy

Hobbyists and enthusiasts who would like more formal training

Those preparing to take Boston University’s Certificate Program in Genealogical Research

Scheduling Details

  • Genealogy Principles is offered online three times per year

Textbooks and Class Materials

  • For current text requirements please visit https://genealogyonline.bu.edu/course-materials.

For more information, please call 617-502-8822.