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Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to

  1. Identify and solve basic historical and genealogical problems through primary and secondary source research, using library, archival and technological resources.
  2. Produce genealogical research reports and narrative family histories and compiled lineages that are clear, precise, well written, and well documented.
  3. Demonstrate content knowledge and research methodologies of electronic and online sources (including census and vital records).
  4. Use a significant range of skills and abilities in critical genealogical evidentiary analysis and be able to distinguish that from historical analysis.
  5. Explain the role of various FamilySearch.org databases.

Course Materials

You will need these materials to successfully complete the course.

Internet Resources

Required Textbooks

Optional Textbooks

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You will complete several computer-graded assignments during this course, which reinforce the concepts that are taught to make sure you understand them. You will also complete a series of instructor-graded assignments for this course, all contributing to your final product: a compiled lineage and proof summary.

Here is the full list of what I expect to see from you:

  1. Research log template
  2. Preliminary family-research plan
  3. Family group record (FGR)
  4. Analyzed family group record
  5. Two-article list
  6. Jurisdiction chart
  7. Wadle research chart
  8. FamilySearch research report
  9. Updated family group record and research log
  10. Helpful research resources chart
  11. Census chart
  12. Vital records chart
  13. Elsie and Jacob Huber FGR
  14. Herbert White research chart
  15. Style Academy
  16. Historical articles
  17. Final compiled lineage and final proof summary, with FGR and logs

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The final exam covers all the material in the course. It includes multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, identification and evidence items, and a research question.

The exam has a 2.5-hour (150-minute) time limit, and you must pass the exam to earn credit for the course.

Note: You will need to actually conduct online research for the last portion of the exam, so the proctor you choose will need to supply a computer and Internet access.

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Your course grade will be calculated from scores on the assignments and the final exam.

Unit Assignment Points
1 Research Log Template 5
1 Preliminary Family Research Plan 10
2 Family Group Record 15
3 Analyzed Family Group Record 20
3 Evaluate Evidence Quiz 10
3 Resolve Conflicting Evidence Quiz 10
3 Analyzed Family Group Record 30
4 Identify the Correct Jurisdiction Quiz 10
4 Two-Article List 10
4 Jurisdiction Chart 25
5 Find Information on a Web Page Quiz 10
5 Wadle Research Chart 30
5 Research on FamilySearch.org 10
5 Updated Family Group Record and Research Log 20
6 Find and Use Original Records Online Quiz 10
6 Helpful Repositories 20
7 FamilySearch Indexing Practice 10
8 Census Chart 60
9 Locate US Vital Records Online Quiz 10
9 Vital Records Chart 60
10 Elsie and Jacob Huber FGR 40
11 Herbert White Research Chart 20
12 Style Academy and Historical Articles 30
13 Final Compiled Lineage and Final Proof Summary, with FGR and Logs 150
  Final Exam 75
  Total points 695

Grade Scale

Your letter grade will be determined according to these percentages:

A 100–93%
A− 92–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–83%
B− 82–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–73%
C− 72–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–63%
D− 62–60%
E (fail) 59–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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