What Are Some Different Genealogy Courses?


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Brigham Young University's Introduction to Family History Research, The National Genealogical Society's American Genealogical Studies: The Basics, and Samford University's Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis are some different genealogy courses. Many of the courses are free and based online.

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What Are Some Different Genealogy Courses?
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BYU's free online course Introduction to Family History Research consists of four lessons that teach the basics of family history research, with hands-on research assignments. Specific learning objectives include how to organize information, interpret data from forms, demonstrate basic research practices, choose sources and evaluate results.

The National Genealogical Society's courses are self-guided, online, PDF-based or CD-ROM-based. American Genealogical Studies: The Basics is one of several introductory courses the Society offers that cover essential, rudimentary genealogical principles. Experienced genealogists and genealogy enthusiasts can use this course as a quick refresher as well.

The NGS also hosts genealogical courses that are subject-specific, such as Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors. This independent-learning course combines links to online references, glossaries, video, articles and examples that arm researchers with the tools and wherewithal to evaluate records created during, after and for the Revolutionary War.

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University Library hosts annual week-long courses for more advanced genealogy enthusiasts. Professional genealogists and university faculty lead the courses, which vary from year to year. Military Records III: Post Civil War and Genetic Genealogy Tools & Techniques are two examples. Courses are open to the general public for a fee that does not include textbooks.

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