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Majoring in Family History

Does BYU still offer long-distance courses for Genealogy Certificate? What did we use to call it.... oh yes, correspondence classes. I took some courses but did not make enough headway to get the certificate.

Indeed Brigham Young University does offer several family history learning tracks:

  • on campus in Provo, Utah
  • independent study
  • free online classes


This link provides explanation for obtaining the following status in Family History studies through on campus studies at Brigham Young University:

  • Major 45 hours
  • Minor 24 hours
  • Certificate 18 hours

The Center for Family History and Genealogy is located in 1031 of the new Joseph F. Smith building.

Center for Family History and Genealogy
1031 JFSB
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602
801-422-0928 FAX

Director: George Ryskamp <
Associate Director: Kip Sperry <>
Administrative Services Supervisor: Lula Knudson <
Questions?: <

Teachers include: Shauna Anderson, Donna Breckenridge, Jill Crandell, Kathryn Daynes, Cynthia Doxey, Thomas Edlund, Roger Flick, Gerald Haslam, Amy Oaks Long, Paola Manfredi, Marilyn Markham, Kory L. Meyerink, Roger Minert, Paul Pixton, George Ryskamp, Kip Sperry and Basil Yang. From time to time you will see their names on the internet. Now you know what they are talking about when it comes to family history!


There is also a family history certificate program through the Independent Study Program:

"The Certificate Program in Family History (Genealogy) is designed for those persons not desiring to complete all of the requirements for a degree or who can't return to campus to do so. The certificate program provides a solid background in fundamental family history research principles coupled with specialized genealogical training in a particular geographical area."

"The certificate requires 18 hours of course work: HIST 400, The Family and the Law in American History (3 hours); HIST 421, English Language Handwriting and Documents (3 hours); HIST 481R*, Directed Research in Family History (13 hours); two source courses (6 hours); one elective course (3 hours)."

The website explains: "The certificate program should not be confused with certification. The certificate program can help prepare you, but is not required, for certification or accreditation, two separate, private forms of qualifying professional genealogists. For information regarding certification or accreditation, you may write to:

-- Board for Certification of Genealogists, P.O. Box 14291, Washington, DC 20044

-- ICAPGen, P.O. Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110. Call 1-888-463-6842 or check online at Email for information regarding accreditation."

Ol' Myrt might add that the website for the Board for Certification of Genealogists is:


Family History/Genealogy - Introductory
FHGEN 68 Finding Your Ancestors
FHGEN 69 Providing Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors
FHGEN 70 Introduction to Family History Research
FHGEN 80 Helping Children Love Your Family History 

Family History/Genealogy - Record Type
FHREC 71 Family Records
FHREC 73 Vital Records
FHREC 76 Military Records

Family History/Genealogy - Regional and Ethnic
FHFRA 71 France: Immigrant Origins
FHFRA 72 France: Vital Records
FHFRA 73 France: Reading French Handwriting
FHFRA 74 France: Genealogical Organizations and Periodicals
FHFRA 75 France: The Internet and French Genealogy
FHFRA 76 French Research: Paris
FHFRA 77 French Research: Alsace-Lorraine
FHGER 71 Germany: Immigrant Origins
FHGER 72 Germany: U.S. Sources and Surname Changes
FHGER 73 Germany: Jurisdictions, Gazetteers, and Maps
FHGER 74 Germany: Reading German Handwriting
FHGER 75 Germany: Calendars and Feast Days
FHGER 76 Germany: Vital Records
FHHUG 71 Huguenot Research
FHSCA 73 Scandinavia: Jurisdictions, Gazetteers, and Maps
FHSCA 74 Scandinavia: Reading Gothic Script
FHSCA 75 Scandinavia: Church Records and Feast Days
FHSCA 76 Scandinavia: Census Records
FHSCA 77 Scandinavia: Probate and Other Records

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

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