Family History Research AAS

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Genealogy is a rapidly growing industry as countless people around the world seek to learn about their ancestors and family roots. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been a world leader in genealogical research for years and BYU-Idaho is excited to have partnered with The Church in developing the courses for this program.

This degree is ideal for those seeking to increase their skills and knowledge in the expanding field of family history research. Students will gain internet and computer research skills and practical experience in research methodologies and client report writing and will learn the fundamental skills needed to become capable family history researchers and to even establish a successful research business.

The coursework in this degree program will give students a solid foundation in family history research and the completion of this degree will start them on the path to obtaining a professional certification or accreditation.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

STUDENTS WITH THIS DEGREE ARE SUITED FOR CAREERS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Genealogy Companies
  • Small Businesses
  • Professional Researcher
  • Educational Institution
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
TAKE THESE COURSES:
FDREL 261 Introduction to Family History 2
FHGEN 111 Introduction to Family History Research, Part 1: Record Groups and Methodology 3
FHGEN 112 Introduction to Family HIstory Research, Part 2: Analysis of Research Evidence 3
FHGEN 120 Internet and Computer Skills 3
FHGEN 130 Paleography 3
FHGEN 140 Genealogical Writing 3
FHGEN 160 The Family and Society 3
FHGEN 211 Research Methodology, Part 1 3
FHGEN 212 Research Methodology, Part 2 3
FHGEN 270 Genealogy as a Business 3
FHGEN 399 Capstone: Professional Research 3
COMPLETE ONE EMPHASIS:
U.S. REGIONAL RESEARCH:
FHGEN 251 (A, B, C, or D) Geographic Specialization Course 1: Part 1 3
FHGEN 252 (A, B, C, or D) Geographic Specialization Course 1: Part 2 3
BRITISH ISLES RESEARCH:
FHGEN 251B  GSC 1: British Isles Research, Part One 3
FHGEN 252B GSC 2: British Isles Research, Part Two 3
GERMAN RESEARCH:
FHGEN 251C GSC 1: German Research, Part One 3
FHGEN 252C GSC 2: German Research, Part Two 3
SCANDINAVIAN RESEARCH:
FHGEN 251D GSC 1: Scandinavian Research, Part 1 3
FHGEN 252D GSC 2: Scandinavian Research, Part 2 3

DEGREE OVERVIEW

The AAS in Family History Research degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete 17 credits of required Foundations courses, 38 credits of major courses (listed below) plus 5 additional elective credits to reach a total of 60 credits. Students may also choose to do a minor or concentration in Family History Research. Review the course list below or check the University Catalog for specific degree requirements. Check course availability and offerings or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.

The time it takes to complete a BYU-Idaho online program depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. Most courses are worth two or three credits each. A certificate is comprised of 15-19 credits. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits. And a bachelor's degree is 120 credits.

BYU-Idaho online courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

Students who meet admission requirements can apply to begin the next available semester. Visit our Online Admissions page for information about qualifications, application deadlines, and how to apply.