BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Introduction to Family History

REL C 261


$ 386.00

Instructor: Kelly Renee Summers
Credits: 2.00

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Doctrinal significance, necessary skills, and available resources dealing with family history and genealogy.

Course Content:

1. Introduction to Family History Research
2. Family History and the Plan of Salvation
3. Introduction to FamilySearch and newFamilySearch
4. Genealogical Software and Source Documentation
5. US Census Records
6. Compiled Sources
7. Surname and Locality Targets and Internet Research
8. History of Temples, Temple Work, and Indexing
9. Personal and Family Histories
10. Probate, Civil, Church, and Cemetery Records
11. Land, Military, Immigration and Naturalization Records
12. Family History for Life, Where Do I Go From Here?

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.


Do not be intimidated by 38 assignment submissions. Many assignments are two-minute responses to a question, or a copy of an Internet search result. You will be actually doing family history work as you go through the 12 lessons, and if you submit that work to me I can help you move forward in your research. Students taking this course must have access to RootsMagic, a computer with an Internet connection, ability to search (or a subscription to) Ancestry.com, and scriptures. RootsMagic has a free version which can be downloaded. Ancestry.com is available on BYU campus or in selected Family History Centers and libraries at no charge. Ancestry.com also offers a free trial. The scriptures are available online at lds.org. No lesson resubmissions are allowed in this course.
Optional Materials Cost
   Printed Course Readings    $ 20.00
   Rel C 261 - DVD     Included in tuition