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Online Postgraduate Degree & Certificate Programs in Family History

By March 4, 2014

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Photo: Getty Images / Blake LittleI 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:

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.

May 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm
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