Certificate in Genealogy & Family History

Explore Your Family’s Unique Story


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $2,481

Next start date

September 2017

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About this Program

Interest in genealogy has risen dramatically in recent years, with more and more people seeking to understand their family history. This growth has been fueled in part by the large expansion in ancestry information available on the Internet. But online sources will only get you so far. How do you take the next step in your quest for accurate information? And once you’ve tracked down the details, how do you shape that story?

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll discover a range of powerful research tools to help illuminate your family’s historical journey. We’ll also show you how to assemble the information you uncover into a compelling narrative. By the end of the program, you’ll have produced a substantial, one-of-a-kind family chronicle.


Individuals who want to investigate and preserve their family history.

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  • Methods for conducting interviews and developing oral histories
  • Tips for getting the most out of genealogical software and online resources
  • Techniques for exploring cemetery, military and naturalization records
  • Ways to interpret photos and mine historical and demographical sources
  • How to contextualize your family’s story with research in social, cultural and immigration history

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Complete a personal family history project
  • Access specialized databases and library records available at UW libraries


Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this program


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program