Saturday, October 8, 2011

Reader Poll - Genealogy Education

In an upcoming post, I am going to talk about major genealogy education providers. In particular, I'd like to compare and contrast aspects of each of them which may be important to prospective students, such as cost, degree or certificate received, available class topics, etc. 

In this vein, I'd like to ask for your help. It would be great to hear many different perspectives on this question: 

When choosing a genealogy education program, what factors are most important to you?

I would really appreciate any feedback that will help me make meaningful and helpful comparisons between programs. Please answer in the comments section here, on Facebook or Tweet me.

1 comment:

  1. The program should have a breadth of topics. It should be a planned program where you first cover the basics then build on those with intermediate subjects then advanced subjects. All the subjects should be written by people experienced in those topics.

    The subjects should have the theory but it is important that each topic gives you the opportunity to apply that theory as the information will make much more sense that way. Ideally there should be opportunities for interactions with the instructor and other students. You can learn so much from the other students who will have different research experiences and life backgrounds.
    It would be expected that a program will take a while to complete and this information should be stated upfront as to the commitment required.
    A minimum of twelve months and upwards for most full programs.

    There should be core subjects and then electives where you can personalise your study to particular topics of interest to you.

    All subjects should promote professionalism in the research and recording using genealogical community accepted standards. I think working toward qualification does give extra incentive to most people