Programs in Genealogical Research

Course Books and Materials

Below is a list of required texts for each program.

Genealogical Essentials Course


Kimberly Powell. The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Use the Web to trace your roots, share your history, and create a family tree 3rd Edition. ISBN-13: 978-1440570681

Val D. Greenwood. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0806319735.

Certificate in Genealogical Research


Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual, 50th anniversary edition.
Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-63026-018-7.

Elizabeth Shown Mills. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3rd edition revised. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017. ISBN: 9780806320403.

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

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

Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM, CGLSM. Genetic Genealogy in Practice. 2016. Paperback National Genealogical Society. ISBN: 978-1-935815-22-8.

Note: For both programs, reading assignments correlate with the page number on physical textbooks. If you purchase an ebook, the page number may be different, but the content will be the same.