Course Description

Boston University’s newest course allows genealogists to learn fundamental skills while also gaining practical experience working on actual research problems. Students will learn best practices for how to develop key genealogical work products: research plans, research logs, compiled genealogies, proof discussions, and research reports. Through work on five unique cases and research problems, students will put their skills into practice and develop work products to showcase their findings for each case. Boston University’s instructional team will teach the course content, introduce cases for students to work on, assist students with their research paths, and present the conclusions to the cases. Cases range in dates, locations, and ethnicities.

Students should plan on spending about 1-2 hours each day to learn the course material, work on the cases, and develop their work product for each case. Students must submit a work product for each case in order to successfully complete the course. The course will be graded as pass/fail. Students will receive written feedback on their research paths and work products from their teaching team. This newest course in Boston University’s lineup of genealogical studies programs allows students to refresh and refine their skills, while learning from Boston University Genealogy Studies teaching staff.


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