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Genealogy RESEARCH AND WRITING

Online Certificate Program

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER TERM IS NOW OPEN!

CALL the Registration office at 801-957-5200, option 1 to register and pay by phone.


Are you interested in finding your family roots and documenting your family history? Perhaps you have thought about Genealogy as a side gig. The not-for-credit, fully online Genealogy Certificate programs at Salt Lake Community College will introduce you to today’s high-tech world of genealogy with courses in computer systems, research, and analysis of evidence, how to properly use and cite U.S. or international genealogical records, write individual and family histories, and learn genetic genealogy research techniques. Additional elective courses are offered to prepare students for certification.

The US track or International Track Genealogy certificate courses are offered in 8-week term sessions, twice per semester. Students are encouraged to follow the course schedules below.

Register early! Registration closes three business days prior to the start of term or semester. Late registration will result in delays getting into the Canvas online classroom and must first be approved by calling the Program Coordinator, Mykel Severson at 801-957-5407.

NOTE!
Financial Aid and senior audits are no longer available.
REFUNDS ARE NOT PERMITTED AFTER A COURSE BEGINS. Students may transfer their paid course to a new course or to a future term or semester.

To earn a Certificate in Genealogy Research and Writing in a U.S. Track OR International Track discipline, complete the following courses:

Genealogy Research and Writing U.S. Track Certificate - 8 WEEK COURSES
WTGN 001 Introduction to High-Tech Genealogy
WTGN 090 Writing Life Stories (prerequisite to WTGN 0111)
WTGN 010 U.S. Research I
WTGN 011 U.S. Research II
WTGN 016 Tracing Immigrant Origins
WTGN 111 Genealogy and Family History Writing (requires completion of WTGN 0090)
WTGN 180 Genetic Genealogy

Genealogy Research and Writing International Track Certificate - 8 WEEK COURSES
WTGN 001 Introduction to High-Tech Genealogy
WTGN 090 Writing Life Stories (prerequisite to WTGN 0111)
WTGN 012 International Research I
WTGN 013 International Research II
WTGN 016 Tracing Immigrant Origins
WTGN 111 Genealogy and Family History Writing (requires completion of WTGN 0090)
WTGN 180 Genetic Genealogy


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Courses

Course
Title
Prerequisite
Course WTGN 0001
Title Intro to High-Tech Genealogy
Prerequisite
Description Introduction to genealogy computer programs and basic genealogy skills used to conduct research and document records with appropriate citations. Students will learn how to use internet tools for genealogy research in records from 1900 to present. A windows PC is required. A MAC computer cannot open the RootsMagic program properly.

You will need to purchase RootsMagic Genealogy Software. You can purchase the full product with a student discount by going to: RootsMagic Student.

You will also need to access one other genealogy computer program such as Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, Reunion, The Master Genealogist, Family Tree Maker or Mac Family Tree

No textbooks required

Course WTGN 0010
Title U.S. Research I
Prerequisite CEGN 0001 & CEGN 0090 w/ a grade of C or better
Description

Students explore record groups and repositories which contain  U.S. sources known to provide evidence linking families from students’ lifetime to 1850 and solve research problems by evaluating evidence.

Required Textbooks: 

  • The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy; 4th edition; by Val D. Greenwood; Genealogical Publishng Co; ISBN: 978-0-8063-2066-3. 
  • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program. By Karen Clifford. Genealogical Publishing Co; ISBN: 978-0-8063-1875-2
Course WTGN 0011
Title U.S. Research II
Prerequisite CEGN 0010 w/ a grade of C or better
Description

Course will provide an in-depth study of sources, records, and methodologies not covered in CEGN 0010 essential to documenting and verifying family history and genealogies within the U.S. and focusing on a time period prior to 1850. Course can be taken concurrently with CEGN 012 and/or CEGN 016.

Required Textbooks: 

  • Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy; 3rd Edition; by Val D. Greenwood;Genealogical Publishing Co,  ISBN 978-0-8063-1621-7.
  • Digging Deeper: Using Essential Pre-1850 Records; by Karen Clifford; ISBN 978-0-9832388-0-5.
Course WTGN 0012
Title International Research I
Prerequisite CEGN 0001 & CEGN 0090 w/ a grade of C or better
Description

Students examine and use major international record groups in genealogical research. Paleography, record recognition and usage, research strategies, and usage of the international collections at various repositories will be covered. Course can be taken concurrently with CEGN 001 and/or CEGN 016.

Required Textbooks:  

  • Genealogy Standards: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition; 2014; Board for Certification of Genealogists; ISBN 978-1630260187.

In addition to the required text listed, students will choose one additional required textbook based on his/her focus of research during the International Research I. Please select from the following list

 

Course WTGN 0013
Title International Research II
Prerequisite CEGN 0012
Description

Course provides in-depth study of genealogical records, history and language from an international country. Additionally, teaches how to conduct research and provide evidence for kinship linkages in an international country.

 

Course WTGN 0014
Title Making Money With Genealogy
Prerequisite
Description

Students explore professional opportunities in genealogy and prepare to successfully work in the industry.  Topics include: running a genealogy business, pricing, time management, marketing, social networking, and partnerships.

Required Textbook:

Course WTGN 0016
Title Tracing Immigrant Origins
Prerequisite CEGN 0011 or CEGN 0012 w/ a grade of C or better
Description

Introduction to methodologies and practices to extend family genealogies beyond the U.S. to other countries by finding evidence in unique U.S. records to link localities to International locations. Course can be taken concurrently with CEGN 011 and/or CEGN 012.

Required Textbooks:  

  • A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant and Ethnic Ancestors, 2nd edition, revised and updated by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Salt Lake City, Utah: Scattered Leaves Press, 2022). 160 pp., illus., bibs. $15.
    Email warrencarmack@gmail.com to order. This is an ebook (PDF) and will be emailed to you within 24 hours after purchase.
  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, revised edition, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2020), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you for $10. Order from www.scatteredleavespress.com.
    • Note: If you do not have the revised edition, you will need to order it for this class.
Course WTGN 0090
Title Writing Life Stories
Prerequisite
Description

This course is designed to enable students to develop competence in writing life stories by analyzing, organizing, and developing ideas; to locate and use library and online resources for supporting ideas; and to adapt one’s writing to various audiences. Instruction and practice in nonfiction writing styles and mechanics, documentation, and critical reading are the focus in this course.

Required Textbooks:

  • In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1996). Used and new copies are available on Amazon
  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, revised edition, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2020), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you for $10. Order from www.scatteredleavespress.com.
    • Note: If you do not have the revised edition, you will need to order it for this class.
  • Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief; 2nd edition 2019; by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Scattered Leaves Press; ISBN-978-0-9972076-0-6. This book is available only from Scattered Leaves Press You may purchase it using PayPal. 
Course WTGN 0111
Title Genealogy and Family History Writing
Prerequisite CEGN 0001 & CEGN 0090 w/ a grade of C or better
Description

This course introduces students to various forms of genealogical and family history writing, such as a two-generation compiled genealogy, research report, record resource guide/how-to-article, and family history narrative. It also introduces students to analytical reading, the writing process, analysis and evaluation of genealogical research.

Required Textbooks:  

  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, revised edition, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2020), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you for $10. Order from www.scatteredleavespress.com.
         Note: If you do not have the revised edition, you will need to order it for this class.
  • Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History; 3rd Edition, 2014; by Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff; New England Historic Genealogical Society; ISBN 978-0-88082-312-8. A print or ebook is available
  • Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers and Researchers; 2005; by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. ISBN - 978-0-80630-1758-8.
  • You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003). Available on Amazon or through Scattered Leaves Press.
  • Students will choose either of these books to read for the class:
    • "If We Can Winter This": Essays and Genealogies by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2021) OR
    • "Halfway Home": A Granddaughter's Biography by Mary Logue. (St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1996)
    • Both books are available on Amazon, but may be purchased for quicker delivery through www.scatteredleavespress.com.
Course WTGN 0150
Title Preparing for Accredited Genealogist
Prerequisite Completion of Genealogy Research and Writing Certificate or permission of instructor
Description
Students will prepare a 4-generation client research project that includes: written report that analyzes evidence used to link generations; a research log; digitized images of important documents consulted during research and well-documented family group sheets.  Students finish assembling their research portfolios and take a practice exam.
Course WTGN 0151
Title Preparing for Certified Genealogist I
Prerequisite Completion of Genealogy Research and Writing Certificate or permission of instructor
Description

This course will help prepare students for the application process to become a Certified Genealogist® by walking students through each requirement of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) portfolio. This course provides students with practice assignments that correlate to BCG requirements, so students will feel confident when they prepare and submit their BCG portfolio. A passing grade in this course, however, in no way guarantees that a student's portfolio submission to BCG will result in approval.


Required Textbooks:

  • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015). ISBN 978-0-8063-20175. [Students may use the 2nd edition if they already have it.]
  • Genealogy Standards, second edition (2019) ISBN-13: 978-1630260187. 

Additionally, the following should be downloaded from the BCG website: [Note: These are being revised and updated by the BCG and new versions will be available after March 2019]

 

Course WTGN 0152
Title Preparing for Certified Genealogist II
Prerequisite CEGN 0151
Description

This course follows Preparing for Certified Genealogist I® and continues to support and prepare students to submit their Certified Genealogist® portfolio. This course is offered only in Spring semester.

Required Textbooks: 

  • Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th edition by Christine Rose. (San Jose, Calif.: CR Publications, 2014). ISBN-13: 978-0929626215
  • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015). ISBN 978-0-8063-20175. [Students may use the 2nd edition if they already have it.]
  • Genealogy Standards, second edition (2019) ISBN-13: 978-1630260187.
  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, by Sharon DeBartolo MFA, CG, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2017), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you within 24 hours for $5. Order from Scattered Leaves Press

Additionally, the following should be downloaded from the BCG website:

[Note: These are being revised and updated by the BCG and new versions will be available after March 2019]

  • The BCG Application Guide, 2019 edition
  • Rubrics for Evaluating New Applications for BCG Certification, May 2019
Course WTGN 0180
Title Genetic Genealogy
Prerequisite CEGN 0001 or equivalent experience
Description
This course provides a thorough INTRODUCTION to the relatively young field of genetic research within a genealogical and ancestral context. Students will learn the basics of genetic genealogy and how it is used to resolve family history research cases. They will learn methodologies and best practices for Y chromosome (Ycs), mitochondrial (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (atDNA) test results and how to apply this knowledge in extending and verifying traditional genealogical research.

FAQs

Students that have taken similar courses elsewhere can talk to an instructor to determine if the instructor will accept their learning as prior credit. Please call Ms. Mykel Severson 801-957-5407 if you have questions.

A Bruinmail email account will be assigned once you register and Bruinmail is the primary mode of communication with your instructor. Consults via phone may be scheduled through email requests. All instructors notify students of their office hours and make themselves available at agreed upon times each week.

No, not-for-credit courses do not qualify for financial assistance or senior audits.

  • Abstractors of original records into publishable books for researchers.
  • Authors of genealogy textbooks or web sites.
  • Building databases of information for researchers.
  • Cataloging genealogy materials for major genealogy libraries and archives.
  • Designing genealogy collections for societies.
  • DNA tracking and recording.
  • Examining records for lawyers to use in their case files.
  • Filming or digitizing original family records for preservation or research.
  • Genealogy research for hire.
  • Helping senior citizens at nursing homes to record and preserve their family histories using the budget of the recreation center.
  • Indexing scanned genealogy materials for fee-based companies.
  • Instructor of paleography for a private manuscript collection repository.
  • Journal extractor at a private manuscript collection who extracts key names from old documents and enters them into the catalogue for the organization.
  • Keeping track and verifying membership of those who belong to an Indian tribe for government recognition.
  • Lineage society specialist who either does the research so someone can enter a lineage society or who studies applications for membership based on a person's lineage before they can join that society.
  • Manager of a genealogy collection; or over a group of genealogy researchers at Ancestry.com.
  • Missing heirs researchers for probate lawyers.
  • New Zealand research specialist working for the government to prove ownership of land.
  • Oral History expert who conducts, transcribes, and presents oral history information to clients and their relatives.
  • Preserving tombstone information by satellite and computer system tracking.
  • Publishing genealogical materials.
  • Researching materials from un-indexed, none scanned sources for university PhD candidates.
  • Software developer for genealogy software companies such as Legacy, RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest.
  • Teaching genealogy classes for a state genealogy library.
  • Translators and transcribers of genealogical materials into genealogy computer programs or Web sites for others.
  • University genealogy course instructor, advisor, and course developer.
  • VIP Project specialist over large genealogy projects such those projects given to a President of the United States, or to a foreign head of state who visits the United States.
  • Working for insurance companies to locate heirs for insurance claims.
  • Writing family histories for others from their research materials.
  • Zipping large files to send them in batches to various electronic resourcing companies.

No. Genealogy courses are not-for-credit and not eligible for auditing.

A full refund is issued if the course is dropped within 24 hours BEFORE the course start date. NO refunds are allowed after the course begins but student are allowed to transfer their paid course to another course, term, or semester.

  • Desktop PC or Laptop; Tablets and mobile devices are not compatible
    Internet access; Chrome or Firefox work best with Genealogy courses
  • Wi-Fi bandwidth to stream video instruction
  • Access to Canvas, SLCC’s web-based Learning Management System (given after you register)
  • Microsoft Word or other word processing software; as an SLCC student, you can receive free access to Microsoft applications through the SLCC’s AllAccess Virtual Computing Environment once you are registered
  • Roots Magic, a genealogy software; instructions on how to purchase it will be given after you register

Students need Internet browsing, basic computer, email, and word processing skills. Students are expected to upload assignments and participate in online discussions in Canvas (Learning Management System of SLCC).

Genealogy online courses are rigorous, college-level learning and require focus, discipline, and attention to details to complete assignments on time. A considerable amount of reading, both online and in printed textbooks, video viewing, and online research is involved. It is recommended that you take one course per term and plan on 12-16 hours of study time per week.

  • The skills, temperament and ability required of a genealogist include, but are not limited to:
  • Ability to dig deep into research of both primary and secondary documents and gather information that can be compiled in a prescribed format to client satisfaction.
  • Read, speak, and write about a wide variety of genealogical projects.
  • Willing to conform by organizing and presenting information orally and in writing according to professional genealogical standards.
  • Gather, organize, and analyze data using technology (computer and Internet), archives, and libraries
  • Analyze circumstantial evidence and build a case with collateral evidence to validate conclusions.
  • Collaborate with others, both clients and colleagues, to identify research needs and learn best genealogical practice.
  • Fascination with history and placing people and families in context.
  • Ability to spend long hours researching, reading, exploring dead ends, writing, and documenting research.
  • Patience to pivot ones’ focus when reaching a dead end and finding other avenues to research instead.
  • Ability to problem solving.
  • Attention to detail in following directions, conducting research, and writing.

Please click the button below, fill out the certificate information, and hit submit.

Genealogy Certificate Request Form

National Certification

The genealogical community is organized into two regulating bodies that protect consumer interests, support continuing education in genealogy, and license Genealogists with credentials. SLCC offers courses to prepare students to become certified with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. BCG provides mentoring services and peer reviews. Genealogy certification credentials are like a "seal of approval" which assures consumers they will receive quality family history research. Having a credential gives Genealogists access to potential clients.

 

Kelly Summers

Courses Taught: Intro to High-Tech Genealogy, International Research I and II

Kelly Summers is an Accredited Genealogist®. She received her Associates’ degree in Professional Genealogy and her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Community History both from Brigham Young University. Kelly received her Masters’ degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah. Kelly has three premier genealogical credentials through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (ICAPGen) demonstrating genealogical research expertise is in U.S. Midwestern & U.S. Pacific, Mexico and Spain. Kelly is also an experienced researcher in Latin American (including Brazil), Southwestern European (Spain, Portugal, Italy & France), Scandinavian countries and East Asia (China, Japan & Korea). Kelly's research interests lie in kinship research in primary source records and rural community reconstruction.

Kelly designs curriculum and teaches university level courses at Brigham Young University and online courses for Brigham Young Independent Study. She has taught genealogy courses for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced student in US Research topics, Spanish & Portuguese, French & Italian, Chinese, Japanese & Korean. Kelly has taught on a variety of genealogical topics at many local, regional and national conferences.

Kelly served as the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) President for more than six years. She served for more than ten years as the Testing Committee Chair for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Kelly is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Sharon Carmack

Courses Taught: Writing Life Stories, Tracing Immigrant Origins, Genealogy and Family History Writing, Preparing for Certified Genealogist I and II

Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Certified Genealogist® with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing, is a partner in the Salt Lake City-based research, writing, and publishing firm of Warren, Carmack & Associates. Along with specializing in Spiritualist ancestors and Irish and Italian genealogical research, Sharon offers consulting, mentoring, and editing services for nonfiction books, with an emphasis on memoirs, biographies, histories, and family histories.
Sharon has been certified by Board for Certification of Genealogists® for more than thirty years, and to her knowledge, she is the only person in the U.S. with credentials in both genealogy and mediumship. She holds a Certificate in Demonstrating Mediumship and an Advanced Academic Diploma through the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU) in the U.K.
She is the author of twenty-five books and hundreds of articles, essays, columns, and reviews that have appeared in nearly every major genealogical journal and publication. Her work has also appeared in writing and literary publications.

In addition, Sharon is the Executive Editor of Scattered Leaves Press and Warren & Carmack Publishing, and she serves on the editorial board of Steinbeck Review and is an assistant editor for Brevity.

Along with a BA (summa cum laude) in English from Regis University, Sharon holds a Diploma in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and she earned her MFA (with Distinction) in Creative Nonfiction Writing from National University.

 

Julia A. Anderson, MA, AG®

Courses Taught: U.S Research I & II

Julia received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in History with a Family History emphasis and University Honors from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in History with an Education emphasis from Grand Canyon University. She is an Accredited Genealogist® with a credential in the United States Gulf South region and is currently pursuing a second credential in African American research.

Julia works full-time as a United States and Canada Research Specialist for FamilySearch at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, is owner and managing member of Anderson Genealogical Research, LLC, in Orem, Utah. Julia currently serves as First Vice President of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and assists with test digitization for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).

Julia has been intrigued by the search for her ancestral roots since she was a child and has been actively researching for decades. She also has a passion for education and enjoys teaching youth and adults of all ages.

Dr. Ugo A. Perego

Courses Taught: Genetic Genealogy

Dr. Ugo A. Perego received a BS and a MS in Health Sciences from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) and a PhD in Genetics and Biomolecular Sciences from the University of Pavia (Pavia, Italy) under the mentorship of Professor Antonio Torroni. He has previously worked for twelve years as a Senior Researcher and the Director of Operations for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah and as adjunct faculty for both the Salt Lake Community College (Taylorsville, Utah) and Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah). During the past twenty years, Ugo has given nearly 200 international lectures on DNA topics related to population migrations, ancestry, forensics, and history. and authored and co-authored a number of publications on genetic genealogy.

 

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