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2013 - 2014

Certificate in Family History—Genealogy
(18 hours)



The certificate is administered by the History Department at the BYU-Provo campus; however, courses can also be taken at the Salt Lake Center or through Independent Study.

Certificate Requirements

  1. Complete the following:
      HIST 217 : The Family Historian's Craft. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 217 : The Family Historian's Craft. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Introduction to genealogical methods applicable in American and international research. Discussion of technology in genealogical research and introduction to censuses and vital records (US and international).

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 317 : The Family and the Law in American History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 317 : The Family and the Law in American History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: The interaction of families with law and government as illustrated in original American sources; individual family histories reconstructed in the broader perspective of history.

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      Note: Certificate candidates should consult with the family history coordinator soon after selecting the certificate program.

  2. Complete one course from the following:
  3. Complete two courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
      HIST 280 : Northern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 280 : Northern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of invididual families and development of family history studies in the northern states, including New England, the Midwest, and some Mid-Atlantic states in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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      HIST 281 : Southern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 281 : Southern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: 19th and 20th century records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in the southern states.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 282 : Colonial US Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 282 : Colonial US Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in colonial American studies.

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      HIST 350 : British Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 350 : British Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methods for reconstruction of individual families and development of demographic and family history studies in England, Scotland, and Wales.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 351 : Germanic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 351 : Germanic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter Odd Yrs.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in Germanic areas of Europe.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 352 : Scandinavian Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 352 : Scandinavian Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and/or Finland.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 353 : Southern European and Latin American Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 353 : Southern European and Latin American Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geo-historical background, paleography, and methods for reconstruction of individual families; development of demographic and family history studies which may include Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy and their colonies in the Americas.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 354 : Slavic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 354 : Slavic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families; development of family history studies in Slavic areas of Europe.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 390R : Special Topics in History. (.5-3:Arr:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 390R : Special Topics in History. (.5-3:Arr:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      DESCRIPTION:  Presented by visiting or regular faculty. Varied topics include oral history, demographics, psychohistory, Christianity in history, family history research, etc.

      Course Outcomes
                
      : Family History Research.
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      : Family History Research in Ireland. (.5-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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      : Family History Research in the Netherlands.
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      : Advanced Southern European Family History Research.
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      : Advanced British Family History Research.
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      : Native American Family History Research. (.5-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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      HIST 396 : Historical Narrative: A Writing Workshop. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 396 : Historical Narrative: A Writing Workshop. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter Even Yrs.
      RECOMMENDED: Hist 200, 220, 221.
      DESCRIPTION: Workshop in writing narrative history, emphasizing the problems of writing historical narrative. Theories and examples of narrative history.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 434 : Computers in Family Historical Research and Publication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 434 : Computers in Family Historical Research and Publication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall Odd Yrs.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Use of computer programs and the internet in researching family, local, and social history; including programs and techniques for publishing.

      Course Outcomes


  4. Complete one course from the following:

Note: The certificate program can help prepare for certification or accreditation but should not be confused with these two separate, private methods of credentialing professional genealogists.

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