Course Descriptions

FHGEN 111 Introduction to Family History Research, Part One: Record Groups and Methodology

An introduction to basic genealogical research principles and record groups. Students will learn how to:

• Use United States records to solve basic research problems

• Identify original sources to answer genealogical questions

• Record genealogical information using professional standards

• Use key record sources to identify ancestors

• Organize family history information

 

FHGEN 112 Introduction to Family History Research, Part Two: Analysis of Research Evidence

Prerequisites: FHGEN 111

An introduction to genealogical evidence analysis and research methodology. Students

will learn how to do the following:

• Use facts, proofs, evidence, and sources to build a case for accurate genealogical

conclusions

• Analyze and weigh evidence to meet genealogical proof standards

• Cite courses using professional standards

• Place their ancestors in historical context

 

FHGEN 120 Internet and Computer Skills

An introduction to genealogical software, key genealogical resources on the Internet,

and the computer search skills essential for genealogical research. This course does not

provide instruction in how to use a computer.

 

FHGEN 130 Paleography

An introduction to paleography in early United States genealogical records. Students will

learn how to do the following:

• Identify key genealogical record types from the Colonial era and 19th century

• Ready and interpret key genealogical information, including terms and phrases written in

English and Latin

 

FHGEN 140 Genealogical Writing

Principles of effective report writing for genealogical projects, including formatting, documentation,

source citations, and presentation of genealogical data. Through case studies,

students will learn how to prepare effective genealogical reports for clients.

 

FHGEN 160 The Family and Society

This course teaches (1) how families interact with the law and government as illustrated

in original United States sources and (2) how these interactions produce records that

help researchers discover genealogical information.

Students will become familiar with the origins of and purpose for United States record

sources used to answer genealogical research questions. They will learn more in-depth

information about sources introduced in the first year of study. Students will add family

history information to the RootsMagic software.

 

FHGEN 211 Research Methodology, Part 1

Teaches principles of effective genealogical research methodology. Students will plan

strategies to solve research problems. They will use various types of genealogical records

and sources to complete research assignments. Through assigned research projects,

students will gain experience in describing a research problem, planning and executing

a research strategy, compiling and analyzing evidence, assembling documents, citing

sources, and producing a professional and well-organized report.

 

FHGEN 212 Research Methodology, Part 2

Prerequisites: FGHEN 211

Provides further practice in effective genealogical research methodology. It is a continuation

of Research Methodology Part One. Through assigned and self-selected research

projects, students will gain experience in using various records and sources to solve

genealogical problems and write professional-quality research reports.

 

FHGEN 251A Geographic Specialization Course 1: U.S. Regions Research, Part 1

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in FHGEN 130 and 211

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in the U.S. Regions. Through case studies

and assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families, and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 251B Geographic Specialization Course 1: British Isles Research, Part 1

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in FHGEN 130 and 211

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in the British Isles. Through case studies and

assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families, and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 251C Geographic Specialization Course 1: German Research Part 1

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in FHGEN 130 and 211

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in Germany. Through case studies and

assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families, and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 251D Geographic Specialization Course 1: Scandinavian Research Part 1

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in FHGEN 130 and 211

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in Scandinavia. Through case studies and

assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families, and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 252A Geographic Specialization Course 2: U.S. Regions Research, Part 2

Prerequisites: FHGEN 251A

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in the U. S. Regions. Through case studies

and assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 252B Geographic Specialization Course 2: British Isles Research, Part 2

Prerequisites: FHGEN 251B

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in the British Isles. Through case studies and

assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 252C Geographic Specialization Course 2: German Research, Part 2

Prerequisites: FHGEN 251C

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in Germany. Through case studies and

assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 252D Geographic Specialization Course 2: Scandinavian Research, Part 2

Prerequisites: FHGEN 251D

Focuses on how to do genealogical research in Scandinavia. Through case studies and

assignments, students will learn about records, including their geographical-historical

background, and principles of paleography. They will learn methods for reconstruction of

individual families and understand the development of demographic and family history

studies. Students will learn key record types for the area and how to use them to find

genealogical information. Students will produce a research report on how they solved an

area-specific research problem.

 

FHGEN 270 Genealogy as a Business

Teaches students how to apply their genealogical skills to conduct paid genealogical

research for clients. Students will learn how to establish and manage a research business.

Students will also learn about other job opportunities for genealogists. Students will learn

how genealogists conduct a successful research business. They will prepare a business

plan, including a marketing plan that uses various media, including print and electronic.

They will create a resume and learn how to conduct a successful job interview.

 

FHGEN 299 Capstone: Professional Research

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in FHGEN 212

Practical application of all the skills students have gained in the Family History Applied

Associates Degree program Students will practice evidentiary analysis and writing skills in

preparing different types of reports and exploring professional credentialing options in the

field of genealogy. Students will learn about real-world environments by interacting with

online guest speakers. Students will gain experience in completing research projects for

clients. They will choose a client (fellow student, family member, or friend) and conduct

research. They will prepare a well-organized client report. Students will add family history

information to RootsMagic software.