Genealogical Essentials Course


If you’re looking to improve your genealogical research skills, put genealogical best practices to work in the field, or take the Certificate Program in Genealogical Research, this course is for you. Join us for detailed instruction and hands-on practice where you will learn the following:

  • Defining specific genealogical concepts and terms
  • Effectively locating and searching public records
  • Optimizing your online research techniques

This course is ideal for:

  • Serious students new to the field of genealogy
  • Hobbyists and enthusiasts who would like more formal training
  • Those who are preparing for the Online Certificate Program in Genealogical Research
Tuition for the 4-week course is $775. button_enroll_now

Course Details

The 4-week Boston University Genealogical Essentials Online Course consists of the following four modules:

Laying the Foundation

  • Recognizing clues in current family information
  • Understanding best practices
  • Learning the Genealogical Proof Standard

Tools and Techniques

  • Using certain tools for efficiency and communication
  • Evaluating and documenting sources
  • Learning search techniques

Immigration and Evidence

  • Identifying clues to origins
  • Assessing information
  • Examining a complete case

Discovering Answers

  • Applying knowledge and skills
  • Correlating information
  • Identifying persons in a photo

Requirements and Materials

This is an online course, so you will need access to the Internet. (Click here for system requirements.)

Required texts:

  • Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 3rd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. 662pp. Hardbound. $39.95 ISBN: 978-0806319735
  • Powell, Kimberly. The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Trace your roots, share your history, and create your family tree, 3rd ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2014. 304pp. Softbound. $19.95. ISBN: 978-1440570681