"The program is ideal for:
* Adults who seek to develop their genealogical skill set for personal or professional development
* Professionals wishing to augment their job qualifications
* Those with backgrounds in librarianship, archival management, teaching, historical research, law, medicine, biology, or other related fields"
Certificate in Genealogical Research
The Certificate in Genealogical Research consists of five modules, offered on Saturdays in seven-hour sessions.
1. Foundations of Genealogical Research (14 hours) Module 1 is an overview of general genealogical principles, goals, ethics, and end products. It covers the meaning of kinship, the role of genealogy in legal and historical research, and research principles needed for successful results. The module will introduce and establish the “Genealogical Proof Standard” as the basic framework for all research assignments to be covered in the BU program. As the foundation for the certificate program, it emphasizes three primary skill-building areas— problem-solving, research design, and report writing—and previews the higher-level modules.
2. Problem-Solving Techniques and Technology (21 hours) This module utilizes multiple examples to impart the skills necessary to design and follow the most direct path to a supportable conclusion. The use of technological tools, particularly the Internet, is placed in perspective and explored. Students create and execute a research plan, with particular attention to organizing, documenting, and presenting the findings in a report for a client.
3. Evidence Evaluation and Citation (21 hours) Module 3 presents the key elements necessary for determining the credibility and authenticity of evidence, while preparing students to recognize unreliable evidence and its origin. Once the evidence is evaluated, students learn complete citation formats and construction principles.
4. Forensic Genealogical Research (21 hours) Generally the most lucrative of the genealogical specialties, forensic research is done for the legal community, often at the direction of an attorney. Practical examples, famous cases, and in-class problem-solving will define the parameters of ethical forensic work. Techniques for opening cases, uncovering assets, collaborating with attorneys, and interviewing informants will be presented.
5. Genealogical Research Ethnic and Geographic Specialties (21 hours) Specific areas, timeframes, and cultural or ethnic origins may define the most effective research strategies. Overviews of approximately five different geographic locations or ethnicities (including Irish and Jewish) will be presented. Students will learn how to tailor research to unique problems.
The initial 98 class hour winter semester (14 weeks of 7 hour Saturdays
classes) and the accelerated summer program now running (14 weekdays of
7 class hours) indicate very significant trends.