Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
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TEXTBOOKS FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Module 1 – Basic Genealogy
This is a basic module to assist students in developing skills in using the resources available to trace genealogical lineage. In using the resources available to trace family lineage the student will search records both on the World Wide Web, and in historical libraries and archives. Students will investigate death certificates, wills, Bible records, census records, birth certificates, and other primary records to teach students to identify ancestors in building a lineage line. (Instructors: John James Tunesi of Liongam – British Basic Genealogy or Dr. Donald Goff American Basic Genealogy)
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Module 2 – Family History
This module of the certificate defines the role of individuals and their European background, Methods of writing interesting family histories will be taught. Students will be expected to write a family history of a family line through three generations including historical context. A special focus will be placed on students visiting ancestral sites and archives and visiting ancestors to transcribe oral history. (Instructor: Jane Tunesi)
Module 3 – Introduction to Heraldry
An important “cousin” to genealogy is the study of heraldry. The common coat of arms consists of many aspects including helm, wreath, motto, charges, shield and tinctures. This module attempts to provide the student with information on the history of arms (since the Age of Chivalry); crusader’s seals of conquests, collars and banners; degrees of British heraldry and the structure of royal genealogy. Students will write a research paper and complete exercises, which illustrate their learning from the course. (Instructor: Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren or John Tunesi of Liongam )
Module 4 – Theory in Genealogy
This final certificate module is focused on the importance of theory in all courses in higher education. Students will study the Billingsley Kinship Theory and its significance in genealogy and how the power of kinship drove migration, settlement patterns, marriage, politics, economics, and religion. Students will also discuss other non-theoretical family studies, which focus on kinship and why they are not considered theoretical works. What theory is, and what it does for research and knowledge, with its explanatory, predictive and classificatory powers will be addressed. (Instructor: Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount)
Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount at FGS Conference
PROFICIENCY EXERCISE PROGRAM FOR ENTRY INTO POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM
Professor: Dr. Don E. Goff
INTRODUCTION MODULE TEXTS - The History of Genealogy - 5 weeks course
Professor: Dr. Bruce Durie
This module is a self-study and faculty-mentored module. Students are encouraged to speak with the Instructor using email and/or Skype and send in assignments on a weekly basis. Skype is available from www.skype.com Download and install, and obtain earphones and a microphone if necessary - in some computers, these are built in. Skype will allow the Student and Instructor to communicate free of charge and discuss many issues as they work together through the course.
Students will also need:
REQUIRED STUDY MATERIALS
Acquire these early, as they may take time to arrive. Remember to check Amazon.com and other online book sites, as these are often quicker to arrive and cheaper than from the publisher, and may have second-hand issues and local vendors.
You will also need, for the courses as a whole:
Genealogical.com, parent of the Genealogical Publishing Company and its affiliate, Clearfield Company, is the leading publisher of books and CDs on genealogy and family history. Over a period of more than fifty years the GPC/Clearfield genealogy collection has grown to 2,000 titles featuring a wide range of topics such as genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, and county history. Our genealogy books are authoritative and timeless, found in every library in the country with a genealogy and family history collection, and are widely respected by amateur and professional genealogy researchers alike.
Our books and CDs cover the entire range of American genealogy, but one of our principal areas of strength is found in our collections of individual family histories. Typical of such collections, and among the best known in American genealogy, is Donald Lines Jacobus' Families of Ancient New Haven, a three-volume work that covers every family in pre-Revolutionary New Haven, Connecticut. Similarly, Robert Barnes's British Roots of Maryland Families, establishes the origins of hundreds of pre-eighteenth-century Maryland families, much like our comprehensive collection of magazine articles printed in the three volumes of Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families.
Most recently we have added Frederick Dorman's acclaimed Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5 (3 vols.) to this dynamic list of family history compendia. The Dorman work documents six generations of the founding families of Virginia and is considered the most important work ever to appear on Virginia genealogy.
In addition, we publish hundreds of volumes of genealogy source records, most of which go all the way back to the colonial period of American history. These books save researchers the trouble of traveling to faraway repositories in search of materials on specialized topics such as immigration and royal and noble ancestry, while also supplying information on the more conventional records of birth, marriage, and death, will and probate records, land records, and census records. Relying on skilled researchers to transcribe and index these records, we then publish them in book form and on CD, making millions of records readily available. Many of these publications are the pre-eminent works in their field. Books such as Clarence A. Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700 and Bobby Moss's Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution are prime examples of the quality of our published source records; while our latest CDs, including Jacqueline Ricker's Ricker Compilation of Vital Records of Early Connecticut and John W. Pritchett's Southside Virginia Genealogies, offer unprecedented opportunities to search in vast collections of source records and family histories.
You'll find still other types of books on our Genealogy Essentials page as well as our Genealogy for Beginners page, notably our guidebooks on German, English, Irish, Scottish, Italian, Polish, and Hispanic genealogy, as well as manuals and textbooks featuring both traditional instruction in genealogy methodology and contemporary instruction in the use of the Internet for genealogical research. For those seeking instruction in genealogy on an academic or professional level, we offer the works of the accomplished genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills: Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian; Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians; and the definitive source citation guide Evidence Explained. Finally, recent "how-to" books in our list include the elementary school-level teaching guide Roots for Kids, by Susan Beller, the aptly named Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program, by Karen Clifford, and William Dollarhide's brief but brilliant tutorial Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE.