Programs in Genealogical Research

Principles Course

BU is at the forefront of innovation, offering the most up-to-date and cutting-edge curriculum for students. Continuing this mission, we are excited to launch a new online program, Genealogical Principles.

Enhance Your Research Skills and Build a Solid Foundation

The newly developed seven-week Boston University Genealogical Principles Course includes detailed instruction and hands-on practice to:

  • Improve genealogical research skills
  • Gain a solid understanding of genealogical concepts and terms
  • Master the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • Locate and search public records to resolve identity problems
  • Introduction to DNA and ethnicity

Who Should Enroll?

Curriculum

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

Introduction to DNA and ethnicity. Compare the major genetic genealogy testing companies to choose the one with results that correspond to your research.

 

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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