Programs in Genealogical Research

Essentials Course

Enhance Your Research Skills and Build a Solid Foundation

The four-week Boston University Genealogical Essentials Course includes detailed instruction and hands-on practice to:

  • Improve genealogical research skills
  • Gain a solid understanding of genealogical concepts and terms
  • Locate and search public records
  • Learn to follow the Genealogical Proof Standard

Who Should Enroll?

Course Structure

The course includes the following four modules:

Laying the Foundation

  • Recognizing clues in current family information
  • Understanding best practices
  • Learning the Genealogical Proof Standard

Tools and Techniques

  • Using online tools for efficiency and communication
  • Evaluating and documenting sources
  • Learning search techniques

Immigration and Evidence

  • Identifying clues to origins
  • Assessing information
  • Examining a complete case

Discovering Answers

  • Applying knowledge and skills
  • Correlating information
  • Identifying photo subjects

Required Course Materials

The textbooks required for this course can be found on the Course Materials page.


To learn more, contact an Enrollment Advisor at 617-502-8822 or complete the form below.

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