Academy Courses

Course Information

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Course 1: Writing and Documenting for Peer Review

Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Peer review is an essential element of every academic pursuit, including genealogy. The vetting of articles and other work products ensures that the author or applicant is conforming to standards dictated by that discipline. Within the field of genealogy, our scholarly journals present peer-reviewed written work adhering to best practices and genealogy standards. Peer reviewers/judges for our credentialing bodies—the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Genealogists (ICAPGen)—determine whether our knowledge, our analysis, and final products demonstrate consistent high-quality work. Study groups and writing groups present us with opportunities to act as peer reviewers ourselves. This course will examine the peer-review system from several angles, arming students with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve success.

Dates & Times

Thursdays, 10:00 am–2:00 pm MT, 11 February through 15 April 2021
Section B: Tuesdays, 10:00 am–2:00 pm MT, 9 February through 13 April 2021


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Course 2: Teaching Genealogy Classes in Your Community

Katherine R. Willson

This course will enable advanced genealogists to establish genealogical education classes in their communities by providing instruction and resources to assist them with course design, venue location, financial planning, marketing, and effective instruction and communication styles.

Dates & Times

Thursdays, 5:00–7:45 pm MT, 11 February through 8 April 2021.

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Course 3: The Path to Accreditation and Certification

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL

The Path to Accreditation and Certification will provide students with an in-depth look at the two genealogical credentials offered by U.S.-based organizations. Instruction will focus on the common skills needed to succeed in accreditation and certification but will also speak to the different testing approaches used by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. The course will include hands-on practical assignments meant to expose students to the types of tasks required for credentialing.

Dates & Times

Wednesdays, 11:00 am–2:00 pm MT, 10 February through 7 April 2021.

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Course 4: Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy

Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG

Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CGCome explore your potential role in the fast-growing field of forensic genealogy. The instructors—all experienced, practicing forensic genealogists—will introduce students to a broad spectrum of topics. The first class each week will be spent exploring business practices, work products and skill development, and the second class will delve into the types of work in which forensic genealogists engage. Homework and social media discussions between sessions will strengthen the learning. Students will learn the fundamental skills needed to establish or strengthen their own forensic genealogy practice.

Dates & Times

Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00 pm MT, 10 February through 7 April 2021.
Section B: Wednesdays, 12:00–3:00 pm MT, 10 February through 7 April 2021.

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