Well, I’m to be congratulated! I’ve just completed the first module in the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program. It’s an on-line course (back to school???) with 5 modules scheduled to run about 14 weeks in all. The schedule is tight: get through every section and submit the work for grading on time. And there’s a very good reason….the modules disappears one at a time for good! If your not done, you’ve failed that section.
This first module is titled “Foundations of Genealogical Research”. It covers standards, processes, source citation (not easy!), finding information and what to do when you find it, manuscripts (any unpublished document—who knew?), repositories, on-line resources, planning and reporting. This is a great deal more disciplined and structured than I ever could have imagined.
But, here’s why I’m to be congratulated: Not because I finished…I snagged an “A”!! Good for me!!
Heads up, though. The upcoming modules are promised to ramp up in difficulty.
Now stop congratiulating me and wish me “good luck!”