FHGEN 252B: Geographic Specialization—England and Wales

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to records and methodologies used for genealogical research in Scotland and Ireland. In many respects, research in Scotland and Ireland is similar to research in England and Wales. The major record groups used for 19th and 20th century Scottish and Irish research are census, civil registration, church records, and probate records.

This course, in conjunction with the other courses in this program, will help prepare you to apply for a professional genealogy credential through ICAPGen or BCG. This course provides you with solid academic content and develops practical research skills which are critical for a professional genealogist across many research settings.


Before taking this course you must successfully complete FHGEN 251B.

Course Outcomes

During this course, you will do the following:

Learning Model Architecture

The course follows a weekly cycle of Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder & Prove activities.


You will prepare by setting goals and scheduling your time wisely. This will help you complete assignments, stay on task, and perform valuable work in the future. You will have little predefined structure and will be responsible establishing your own productive schedule.

Teach One Another

You will teach one another as you research specific individuals and their families. Your classmates will provide you with tips and assistance that can help you reach your goals. Likewise, you will have many opportunities to do the same.

Ponder & Prove

You will demonstrate your work each week by completing activities and quizzes.

Required Text

  1. Adolph, Anthony. Tracing Your Scottish Family History. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books (US) Inc., 2009
  2. Grenham, John. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 4th edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2012

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As part of this course, you will use some websites which require fees and registration. The websites are vital for effective research in Scotland and Ireland, so you will want to become very familiar with them. The following are the main websites for Scotland and Ireland:


ScotlandsPeople (

Records on this site include Scotland Civil Registration records (births, marriages, and deaths after 1855), Scotland Church records (Presbyterian Church), Catholic Church records, census records, and testaments. In addition, there are many research aids.

Ireland (

Records on this site include baptisms/births, marriages, and burials/deaths; census; Griffiths Valuation; gravestone inscriptions; passenger lists; and census substitutes. In addition, there is information about County Genealogy Centres.

Research Project

Two-Generation Research Project

You will trace a family of your choice in Scotland or a family of your choice in Ireland for two generations. (The first generation will consist of a husband, wife, and their children. The second generation will consist of the parents and siblings of either the husband or the wife of the first generation.)

At least one generation must have lived during the mid-1800s to early 1900s so that you may find the family members in the census and civil registration records. You will research as many members of your two-generation family as you can within the semester. You are expected to seek birth or christening, marriage, and death or burial information for family members in both families. Your research log should show that you have accessed the correct records in order to obtain the expected information. You may trace your family or the family of a friend, or you may pick a random family from a census record to research. Contact your instructor for help selecting a family to research.

During the weeks appropriate to your research project, we recommend that you search for at least 4 to 5 hours in the records you are learning about. If you do not have time to find every member of the family, that is fine. It is not mandatory that you find every single record for every single family members.

Record each source that you searched on your research log, update your database with any new information that you found, and then write a report about your findings to submit to the instructor for grading. The research from your weekly reports will be valuable resources when you write your final two-generation research project.

The two-generation research project must include the following items:


Grading in this course will be as follows:

Category Weight
Activities 30%
Assessments 25%
Assignments 40%
Discussions 5%

Writing Requirements

In this course, you will be required to write papers. Carefully follow the instructions to write a professional, college-level paper. Make sure that your paper is focused on the topic given by your instructor. Be concise and clear. Rambling is not accepted. Do not attempt to "pad" your responses by being wordy. Your papers should be well-organized, using paragraphs with correct spelling and punctuation standards.

To learn more about writing standards, visit the BYU-Idaho Writing Center website for tutorials and handouts. Tutoring sessions are also available to students in the Writing Center on-campus or online via Skype. If your schedule does not coincide with the Writing Center hours (9:00 AM–5:30 PM, Monday–Friday) you may email your paper to and receive written feedback for your paper within 48 hours. Visit the Help for Online Students page for more details on these resources.

Remember, it is your responsibility to understand and follow the instructions completely! If you have a question regarding an assignment, ask your instructor early for clarification. Last-minute questions cannot be expected to be answered immediately.


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Additional Information

University Policies

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

Policy on Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

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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 something disrespectful 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 re-read the BYU-I Honor Code and the "Principles of Personal Honor.""