Boston University Launches New Certificate Program in Genealogical Research

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Outstanding faculty at Boston University teaches the Genealogical Proof Standard in the new Ancestral Research and Genealogy Certificate Program. Classes will be held on Saturdays over a 14-week period starting January 17, 2009. To learn more about the Genealogical Research Certificate Program at Boston University, visit

Boston University's Metropolitan College has announced the January 17 launch of its new Certificate in Genealogical Research, offered by the University's Center for Professional Education.

The question of ancestry can have high stakes in the library science, legal, and historical fields--to name a few. When genealogical and ancestral research is relied upon to solve medical mysteries, trace property ownership, locate adopted children, find lost friends, or write historical discourses, the results--and how they were obtained--must be irrefutable.

Take the issue of Misha Defonseca, whose bestselling 1997 autobiography, Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, described her extraordinary experiences as a Jewish hidden child--including claims that she was sheltered by wolves. When suspicions were raised about the tale's veracity, genealogist Sharon Sargeant was asked to investigate. By applying the research techniques of the Genealogical Proof Standard, Sargeant uncovered indisputable biographical evidence proving that Defonseca's elaborate story was a hoax.

In January 2009, Sargeant will bring her expertise to Boston University's ancestral research and genealogy certificate program, joining a faculty comprising some of the nation's premier genealogists--including three of only 50 lifelong fellows of the American Society of Genealogists. Collectively, the faculty boasts more than seven decades of international forensic genealogical experience, and represents countless millions of dollars returned to rightful heirs.

Designed by author, editor, and genealogist Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG, and reviewed by best-selling author and educator Elizabeth Shown Mills, FASG, the Certificate in Genealogical Research will build on the principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard. By providing hands-on training in basic genealogical principles and techniques--such as how to identify and evaluate evidence, design research strategies, and write quality reports--the curriculum will help students develop the knowledge and skills essential to conducting quality genealogical assignments. Successful completion of the program leads to a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and imparts the skills necessary to prepare a portfolio for the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

The Certificate in Genealogical Research is open to adults who seek to enhance their genealogical and ancestral research skill-set for professional or personal development; professionals wishing to augment their job qualifications; and those with backgrounds in librarianship, archival management, law, teaching, historical research, medicine, biology, or other related fields.

For more information about the Certificate in Genealogical Research, please call 1-866-633-9370 or 617-353-4497, or visit Boston University's Center for Professional Education online at

About Boston University's Center for Professional Education
As part of Boston University's Metropolitan College, the Center for Professional Education (CPE) offers comprehensive classroom and online training to meet the professional education needs of industries such as commercial real estate, financial services, law, and publishing, among others. To learn more, visit

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University's research and teaching mission.

One of BU's 17 degree-granting bodies, Metropolitan College (MET) offers over 60 part-time undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma, and certificate programs, providing a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. Along with convenient evening classes, Metropolitan College also offers a variety of high-quality online and blended-format programs. For more information, visit

Ruth Ann Murray
Director, Center for Professional Education, Boston University
Phone: 617 358-2197

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