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This certificate provides students with an advanced understanding of family history research principles and practices. Students will learn advanced techniques to define a research problem, develop a research plan, gather information from documents, analyze evidence, and write conclusions. Students will use recognized professional standards and a variety of tools to complete research projects. They will be prepared to apply these research skills to various geographic specialty areas.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

  • Define a research problem through critical analysis of information.
  • Develop a plan to effectively and efficiently solve a research problem.
  • Gather information from documents relevant to the research problem.
  • Analyze evidence to reach appropriate conclusions.
  • Record conclusions using recognized professional standards and a variety of tools.
  • Prepare for professional work in the genealogical field.
Certificate of Advanced Family History Research
Program Requirements
Certificates lead to associate and bachelor's degrees. For more information about which programs this certificate stacks into, visit the Programs List page.
This is an advanced certificate. Prior to working on this certificate, you must complete Family History Research .
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15 CREDITS
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60 CREDITS
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120 CREDITS
Certificate of Advanced Family History Research
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
FHGEN340
Genealogical Writing
3
FHGEN340 — 3 credits
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Genealogical Writing
This course teaches the principles of effective report writing for a variety of genealogical projects, including formatting, documentation, source citations, and presentation of genealogical data and evidence. Through case studies, students will learn how to prepare effective genealogical reports for clients.
FHGEN351
U.S. Geographic Specialization
3
FHGEN351 — 3 credits
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U.S. Geographic Specialization
This course focuses on how to conduct genealogical research in the New England, Gulf-South, and Mid-South U.S. Regions. Through case studies and assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical background and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of individual families and understand the development of demographic and family history studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an area-specific research problem.
FHGEN352
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
3
FHGEN352 — 3 credits
x
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of using DNA as a tool in genealogical research. They will learn about different companies that offer DNA testing. Additionally, they will learn how to use the Y chromosome, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA in their research and produce a research report.
FHGEN411
Research Methodology
3
FHGEN411 — 3 credits
x
Research Methodology
This course teaches principles of effective genealogical research methodology for solving difficult problems using U.S. and global record collections. Students will plan strategies to solve research problems. They will use a variety of genealogical record types and sources to complete research projects. Through assigned research projects, students will gain experience in describing a research problem, planning and executing a research strategy, compiling and analyzing evidence, assembling documents, citing sources, and producing professional and well-organized reports. This course will give students real-world research experience that they would encounter with professional client research.
FHGEN499R
Directed Geographic Specialty Research
3
FHGEN499R — 3 credits
x
Directed Geographic Specialty Research
In this course, students will apply the skills they have gained in the Family History Applied Associates Degree program as they learn about earning professional genealogical credentials. Students will practice evidentiary analysis and writing skills. Students will learn about real-world genealogical environments and adapt to new geographic research areas. Student will gain experience in completing a directed three or four-generation research project.
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This certificate prepares students for professional work in the genealogical field.

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Students who complete an associate degree in family history research may continue on and earn a bachelor's degree in Professional Studies.