FHGEN 211 Syllabus


Course Description

Welcome to FHGEN 211, Research Methodology Part 1! This is an exciting, rigorous course in which you can apply your knowledge of family history research. In FHGEN 211 you will manage research projects researching several different families and global record collections. Treat this course as "your first family history job." You will need to think critically and solve problems. You will need to apply prior knowledge and skills that you gained through other family history courses and experiences. This is a practicum-type course. It is designed to give you supervised, practical application of previously studied material, real-world research experience, and prepare you to engage in professional client research. Your research will include research plans, reports that explain search results, research logs, family group records, and other research forms and best practices.

To succeed in this course, you will need to be a self-motivated researcher who works collaboratively with your classmates and learns from the mentoring your instructor will give you.

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.

Course Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a research plan.
  2. Conduct effective research.
  3. Write a research report.
  4. Use a research log.
  5. Analyze evidence.
  6. Understand proof statements.
  7. Write a proof argument.
  8. Format source citations.
  9. Conduct descendancy research.
  10. Assemble and present documents.
  11. Prepare a family group record.
  12. Use RootsMagic software.


You must successfully complete FHGEN 111, 112, 120, 130 and 140 prior to taking FHGEN 211.

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. 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.
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.
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.


Week 01 Course Introduction

Ice Breaker

Intro Discussion Board

"Spirit of Elijah" Discussion Board

Conducting Effective Research

Developing a Research Plan

Syllabus Quiz

Week 02 Skill Building

Writing an Effective Research Report

Using Research Logs

Assembling and Presenting Documents

Preparing Family Group Records

Week 03 - Week 05 Project 01 (Charles Veigel)

Formatting Source Citations

Project 01 Time Log and Research Plan

Project 01 Second Time Log

Project 01 Submission

Week 06 Skill Building

Charles Veigel Experience Discussion

Analyzing Evidence

Writing Genealogy Proofs

Proof Argument Practice

Week 07 - Week 09 Project 02 (Pierre Accarier)

Genealogy Skills

Project 02 Time Log and Research Plan

Project 02 Second Time Log

Project 02 Submission

Week 10 - Week 12 Project 03 (Benoit Chamberlain)

Pierre Accarier Experience Discussion

Peer Evaluation

Project 03 Time Log and Research Plan

Project 03 Second Time Log

Project 03 Submission

Week 13 - Week 14 Project 04 (Project Continuation)

Benoit Chamberlain Experience Discussion

Project 04 Time Log and Research Plan

Project 04 Submission


Course Expectations

This course is focused on projects. It will be very important for you to pace yourself and plan your use time wisely. Don't be mistaken by assuming that this class is flexible and can be completed all on just one day a week. This class requires you to keep up, set a schedule, and stick to it. Postponing or procrastination will only lead to partially completed projects and poor grades. Spend time everyday working on this course. You will usually have assignments due midweek and at the end of the week.

BE SURE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND ACTIVITIES. Many activities contain detailed instructions on what is required for assignments and projects. It is imperative that you read the instructions completely and carefully until you understand the assignment. Work that is not performed according to the instructions will receive a lower grade. Excuses will not be accepted. If you have questions on an assignment, ask your instructor well before the assignment is due.

Writing Requirements

In this course you will be required to write papers as part of certain assignments. You will need to follow the instructions carefully 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 will not be accepted for full credit. 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 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 (9:00AM - 5:30PM Monday - Friday) you may email your paper to writingcenter@byui.edu 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.

Tools and Resources

There are a lot of tools available for you. Check the "Resources" folder in the "Course" folder for the following tools:


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.


This course is comprised of class discussions, skill building activities, and projects. Late work will not be accepted unless otherwise arranged with your instructor.

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%


There are 4 projects in this course. Three of them are spanned over three weeks each and the fourth is spanned over two weeks because it is a continuation of a previous project. Plan to spend AT LEAST 20 hours on Projects 01-03, 4 hours the first week, 8 hours the second week, and the remaining during the final week. You will submit a time log and a research plan during the first week and submit a second time log during the second week. The entire project is due the third week. It requires your research material, research report, research log, documents, family group records, and proof of new skill implementation.

This course is designed to give you job experience. A research project manager is limited by the amount of time paid for by the client. Twenty research hours must be divided into time spent on your research plan, research, research report, research log, family group sheets, documents, and professional presentation. In this class you might have a learning curve to get up to speed on technology and research however, you should limit your project to basically twenty hours each for the three week projects. This course is about managing time, limitations, and resources in research project management. Spending countless hours on research does not make a better project. You will be graded on research methodology, research, writing, and proper use of family history technology.

Skill Building Activities

Each week, or twice every project, you will complete a skill building activity. These usually require that you read an article or watch a video, and answer some questions about a new skill being taught. These activities can be taken up to 3 times and the highest score will be recorded in the grade book. They are also completed in segments, so if you are low on time, you could complete a question or two at one time and the rest later whenever it is convenient.


After each project is completed, you will have the chance to discuss with other students what you learned from the project. This will also be a great chance to ask questions and learn from others. Often your peers will have tips that can help you and save a lot of time. Be sure to give any advice you have to your classmates as well. This aspect of Family History is important and you will do so throughout your entire career.


There are a few other assignments and surveys that will make up the rest of your final grade.


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