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AAS in Family History Research

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Thomas E. Ricks

This degree is ideal for individuals who wish to increase their skills and knowledge in the expanding field of family history research.

Courses developed through a partnership with the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will teach students the fundamental skills they need to become capable family history researchers and establish a successful research business. Students will gain Internet and computer research skills and practical experience in research methodologies and client report writing.

This Online Degree program will offer students a wide variety of learning experiences to help them master the skills. Students will learn by completing readings and activities, viewing video presentations, and interacting with instructors and fellow students through discussion boards. They will demonstrate their learning by completing assignments and producing professional-quality research projects and client reports.

The coursework will provide students a solid foundation they can build upon, and completion of the degree will start them on the path to obtaining professional certification or accreditation.

Through practical experience students will learn:

  • Research methodology
  • Internet and computer skills
  • How to read old handwriting
  • Professional research skills
  • Genealogical report writing
  • Research in specific geographic areas
  • How to create and manage a small genealogy business

Degree Overview

The AAS in Family History Research degree courses are offered exclusively online; visit our application page for eligibility requirements. Students must complete the 17 required Foundations credits, 39 credits of major courses, plus 4 elective credits for a total of 60 credits. Students may also choose to do a minor or concentration in Family History Research. Check the University Catalog for specific degree requirements. You can check course availability and offerings or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.

Course Code

Course Name

Credits

Availability

FDREL 261

Introduction to Family History

2

Currently Available

FHGEN 111

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

3

Currently Available

FHGEN 112

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

3

*Spring 2014

FHGEN 120

Internet and Computer Skills

3

*Winter 
Semesters

FHGEN 130

Paleography

3

*Fall
Semesters

FHGEN 140

Genealogical Writing

3

*Winter 2015

FHGEN 160

The Family and Society

3

*Spring 2015

FHGEN 211

Research Methodology, Part One

3

*Fall 
Semesters

FHGEN212

Research Methodology, Part Two

3

*Spring 2014

FHGEN 270

Genealogy as a Business

3

*Winter 2015

Choice of:
FHGEN 251 A, B, C or D

Geographic Specialization Course 1: Part 1

3

*Winter 2015

FHGEN 299

Capstone: Professional Research

3

*Spring 2015

Choice of:
FHGEN252 A, B, C or D

Geographic Specialization Course One: Part 2

3

*Spring 2015

Note: Students must take the same course that coincides with the FHGEN 251 course that was taken in the third semester.

* When courses are anticipated to be available. Dates are subject to change. Talk with your academic advisor when planning your schedule. Not all courses become available when the degree is opened for higher courses. Check individual course availability to see when each course is expected to be open.

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How long will this program take?

Our Online Degree Program allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while balancing a busy life. Students can accelerate to graduation by taking courses year round, or take a semester off when needed. Students must complete the program within four years.

What are the courses like?

Online courses at BYU-Idaho follow a similar format and have the same learning objectives as campus-based courses. Students should expect to interact with each other and participate in the learning model. Learn more about BYU-Idaho courses online.

Where do I begin?

Students who meet the admission requirements can apply to be directly admitted into an online degree program. These students will start by taking the online orientation course, GS 111. This is a one-credit course offered every block that prepares students to succeed online and charts a course to graduation.  Pathway students who complete Academic Start do not need to take GS 111.

Need help?

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