Welcome to FHGEN 140: Genealogical Writing


  • Compile and present genealogical information in a clear and professional manner.
  • Assemble and organize copies of documents.
  • Learn about citing sources according to professional genealogical standards.
  • Produce high-quality, and well-organized genealogical reports that incorporate sound methodological practices.


This online course teaches principles of effective report writing for genealogical projects, including formatting, documentation, source citations, and presentation of genealogical data. Through case studies, students will learn how to prepare effective genealogical reports for clients.

This course, in conjunction with the other courses in this program, will help prepare you to apply for a professional genealogy credential through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) or the Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG). This course has been designed to provide you with solid academic content and develop practical research skills which are critical for a professional genealogist across many research settings.

This class is not an independent study course. You will be required to participate in group activities and work at the same pace as the rest of the class. For online courses, students should spend three to four hours a week per credit on classwork; therefore, you are expected to spend nine to twelve hours each week completing the work for this course.

Learning Model Architecture


Students will prepare by completing readings and coursework.


Students will demonstrate their skills by completing interactive activities, assignments, research projects, reports, and assessments.

Teach One Another

Students will teach one another through discussion board interactions focused on case studies.

This course will include the following activities:

  • Readings
  • Interactive activities (These can be completed up to three times.)
  • Discussion boards (Note: Using discussion boards to vent is not acceptable or professional for this course.)
  • Case studies
  • Assignments
  • Research projects
  • Report writing
  • Quizzes/assessments
  • Tests/portfolio project


At present, FHGEN 140 has no prerequisites. Courses that would provide a good basis for this one are listed below:

  • FDREL 261: Introduction to Temple and Family History Work.
  • FHGEN 111: Introduction to Family History Research, Part One: Record Groups and Methodology.
  • FHGEN 112: Introduction to Family History Research, Part Two: Analysis of Research Evidence.
  • FHGEN 120: Internet and Computer Skills.
  • FHGEN 130: Paleography.

Required Materials

RootsMagic software is required.

There are no required texts for this course. Readings will be provided.

Grading Policies

This online course teaches principles of effective report writing for genealogical projects, including formatting, documentation, source citations, and presentation of genealogical data. Through case studies, students will learn how to prepare effective genealogical reports for clients.

Late work is not accepted.

Grade Distribution

The standard BYU-Idaho grading scale applies to this class and is as follows:

A 94–100%
A- 90–93%
B+ 87–89%
B 84–86%
B- 80–83%
C+ 77–79%
C 74–76%
C- 70–73%
D+ 67–69%
D 64–66%
D- 60–63%
F 0–59%

Student Help Guides

I-Learn is a very robust learning system, and you may encounter technical difficulties when working in your class. To help you resolve these issues, student help guides have been created to answer some of the most common questions and problems that arise. Please refer to them to find help and guidance when you have a question regarding I-Learn.

If you experience technical difficulties any time during the course and can't find a solution in the student help guides, please contact the BYU-Idaho Online Support Center (OSC)&nbsp before contacting your professor. The OSC information can be found below.

Online Support Center

Phone: (208) 496-1411 Email: onlinelearning@byui.edu

Website:  Online Support Center Text Messaging: (855) 808-7102

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. MT; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. MT

Skype: onlinesupportcenterbyui (byappointment only)

Live Chat: Available on the Online Support Center website.


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University Policies

Academic honesty is required. Any violation with be dealt with according to the  University Academic Honesty Policy.

Policy on Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an education program or activity that receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or genderbased discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities:

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, (208) 496-1158. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance, or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

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Personal Conduct

All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing disrespectful things or “venting” is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho, and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to reread the BYU-I “Principles of Personal Honor" in the  Honor Code.