U.S. Regions Research - Part 1


As a result of completing this course, students will be able to do the following:


In this course, you will begin to study how genealogical research differs in the Northeast, Midwest, and Great Plains regions of the United States. There are specific techniques that make research in these regions of the country easier. Through case studies and assignments, you will learn how to use region-specific records to find genealogical information and solve research problems, producing a genealogical client report. Through this process, family history information can be added to RootsMagic software.

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 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.

Learning Model Architecture

The Learning model is not only designed to enhance and enrich your learning experience at BYU-Idaho, but to help you become a disciple of Christ. The following guidelines have been created to help you understand the things that will improve your learning experience in this course:

Prepare: You will prepare by setting goals and scheduling your time wisely. These will help you to complete assignments, stay on task, and perform valuable work in the future. You will have little predefined structure and will be responsible for thinking ahead and establishing your own productive schedule. The readings and/or videos for each week constitute the preparation activities.

Teach One Another: You will teach one another as you research specific individuals and their families. Many others in your class will be able to provide you with tips and assistance that can help you reach your goals. You, likewise, will have much to offer them and will have many opportunities to do so throughout the semester. We will be using discussion boards to teach each other and to report on other teaching activities.

Ponder/Prove: You will demonstrate your work each week by turning in time logs or a research project. These projects sharpen your research skills as you spend time and effort completing them. Your accounting of them to your instructor will further help you to ponder and prove. Our activities that constitute the Ponder and Prove part of the Learning Model include interactive activities, assignments, research projects, reports, and assessments.

The course is not an independent study course. The group teaching and learning activities require students to cover material at the same time and at the same pace. For more information on the learning model, visit the following site: BYU-Idaho Learning Model.


Previous or concurrent enrollment in FHGEN 211.

Required Materials

Course Expectations

Writing Requirements

As you complete your assignments throughout the semester, you will be graded on grammar and spelling. As a professional genealogist, you will be expected to write professional type documents. Grammar and spelling errors reflect poorly on your business. Spend time to learn to become a good writer. There are many resources available to help you with this task. BYU-Idaho also offers its writing center services here.

While writing, make sure that all work is original. If you use other sources, make sure to cite them properly. Plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment and possibly the course. Read the following guidelines about plagiarism on BYU-Idaho’s academic honesty site.

Weekly Time Commitment

The online class policy is that for every credit hour, you should expect to spend 3 hours of work per week. For this class, you should plan on spending approximately 9 hours per week.

Grading Policies

Grading Scale
A 93%–100%
A- 90%–92%
B+ 87%–89%
B 83%–86%
B- 80%–82%
C+ 77%–79%
C 73%–76%
C- 70%–72%
D+ 67%–69%
D 63%–66%
D- 60–62%
F below 60%

Plagiarism (stealing/passing off the ideas of another as your own without giving credit) of any kind will not be tolerated. Any form of plagiarism, cheating, and attempt to deceive will result in a failing grade.


If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course contact the Online Support Center or the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.

It is strongly recommended that you use the Firefox browser for this course. Some images may not appear if you use Chrome.

Online Support Center

Phone: (208) 496-1411
Email: onlinelearning@byui.edu
Website: http://www.byui.edu/online/online-support-center
Text Messaging: (855) 808-7102
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM, Mountain Time
Skype: onlinesupportcenterbyui
Live Chat: Available on the Online Support Center Website.

Help Desk

Phone: (208) 496-1411
Email: helpdesk@byui.edu Website: http://www.byui.edu/help-desk
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 9 PM Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM


Materials on BYU-I I-Learn and related sites may be protected by US Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code). These materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.

Additional Information

University Policies

Please become familiar with the University Academic Honesty Policy. Pay particular attention to the links under the BYU-Idaho Standards Related to Academic Honesty.

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 gender based 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.

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.”

The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.