I was very pleased to be able to attend the Who Do You Think You Are? Live family history event in London last month as president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. The best part was meeting so many genealogists from countries around the world, and exchanging ideas and perspectives on genealogy as a professional discipline. In the UK, family history has finally started to make inroads into the hallowed halls of academia, but not without a lot of hard work on the part of many dedicated genealogists. For more on this topic, see QuickLesson 18: Genealogy? In the Academic World? Seriously? by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Leveraging Genealogy as an Academic Discipline by Arnon Hershkovitz.
For genealogists worldwide looking for the authority that an academic program can bring to their family history education, online postgraduate programs at Dundee University in Scotland and Strathclyde University in England offer the opportunity for a achieving a certificate or Postgraduate diploma in Family and Local History from the comfort of home:
- Strathclyde University's Center for LifeLong Learning offers a variety of different part-time online postgraduate learning opportunities in Palaeographic And Heraldic Studies, including a 1-year Postgraduate Certificate program, a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma program, and a 3-year Masters Degree program.
- The University of Dundee's Center for Archive and Information Studies offers a full Masters degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Local History, as well as several different Masters degrees in Archives and Records Management, and Postgraduate Certificates in Digital Recordkeeping and in Archival Studies. Individual courses/modules are also available for continuing professional development.
Additional online certificate programs in genealogy include:
- Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Certificate Program -- This 15-week online program includes five modules focused on genealogical methodology and professional practices. Successful graduates are eligible to receive 3 semester hours of graduate credit from the American Council on Education (ACE Credit).
- Pharos Tutors -- An online program of courses in family history taught by experienced professionals, most from the UK. Pharos courses can be taken individually, or as part of a structured Family History Skills & Strategies (Intermediate) Certificate program, run in partnership with the Society of Genealogists.
- The University of Toronto's Certificate in Genealogical Studies Program -- A number of different genealogical certificate programs are available, each based in the records of a different country (American Records, Australian Records, Canadian Records, English Records, German Records, Irish Records and Scottish Records). Certificate programs in Librarianship, Methodology, and Professional Development are also available.
I have not personally participated in or evaluated most of the programs discussed in this blog, so please consider the inclusion of such programs as informational only, not an endorsement. Evaluate their offerings, ask for references, and read the blog posts of others who have attended each program to determine which might best fit your educational goals.