Saturday, April 7, 2012

Boston University Offers Two Online Genealogical Courses

Are you an amateur genealogist looking to take your skills to the next level, a professional genealogist seeking to enhance your existing skills, or are you in a related career field wanting to broaden your knowledge? If you are any of those you might want to consider enrolling in Boston University's program to earn a Certificate in Genealogical Research.

The Genealogical Research Program is a 15-week, non-credit course taught by experts in the field of genealogy who bring with them over seven decades of combined experience. It is headed by Melinde Lutz Byrne, FASG, a practicing genealogist since 1976 and author or editor of over forty books and articles.

During the 15 weeks, you will cover topics such as:
  • Foundations of Genealogical Research
  • Problem-Solving Techniques and Technology
  • Evidence Evaluation and Documentation
  • Forensic Genealogical Research
  • The Professional Genealogist
The Genealogical Research Program will also help you in your pursuit of a Certified Genealogist designation from the Board of Certification of Genealogists. You can learn more about the certification process at

Boston University also offers a new 4-week course titled "Genealogical Essentials." It is a great course for those who want to formalize their skills in genealogy or prepare for the 15-week certificate course.
To find out more about the online programs, go to Summer classes start May 8, 2012. Registration for the summer sessions of Boston University's genealogical programs is almost closed. Sign up by April 18 to attend. NGS, NEHGS, and APG members receive tuition discounts. If you can't make it for the summer, you can sign up for the fall session instead. The fall classes have a 5-installment payment plan to help spread out the cost of the course.

Boston University also offers the Genealogical Research Program on campus as well. If you live in the New York City area, BU will be offering the Certificate Program in the city soon. You can sign up for more information off of their main page,

Personally, I am signing up for the fall session of the online course. I can't wait to see what the program is like. If anyone has gone through the course please let me know how it is. I'd love to hear some feedback before enrolling.


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