Explore Your Family’s Unique Story
Next start date
October 6, 2016
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.
Applicants should have a strong commitment to complete a significant family history project.
To participate in this program, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
This certificate program does not qualify for F-1 visa status. For information on eligible programs, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
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.
Genealogy & Family History
Research Sources & Strategies
Research Seminar in Genealogy & Family History
Certificate in Genealogy & Family History
Approved by the UW Department of History.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
Janet O'Conor Camarata, Stepstone Genealogy
Martha Lee Collins, Genealogy Researcher, Multimedia Genealogy Center, Northwest African American Museum (NAAM)
Waverly Fitzgerald, Author and Writing Instructor, Certificate Program Alum
Ken House, Archivist, National Archives at Seattle
Luci J. Baker Johnson, Writer and Historian; Manager, Historic Seattle; Certificate Program Alum
Timothy B. Kane, Genealogy Researcher, Writer and Instructor; Certificate Program Alum
Chery Kinnick, Public Services Coordinator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries
John LaMont, Genealogy Librarian, Special Collections Department, The Seattle Public Library
Janice Lovelace, Genealogist, Psychologist and Retired College Faculty; Certificate Program Alum
Lisa Marker, Certificate Program Alum
Jill Morelli, Lecturer, Writer and Researcher
Patricia "Trish" Hackett Nicola, Certified Genealogist
Nancy Hall, Former UW Genealogy Instructor
Lisa Oberg, Head of Public Services/History of Science and Medicine Curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries
Linda-Rae Palmer, Washington State Genealogical Society Regional Representative, King and Pierce Counties; Certificate Program Alum
Roxanne Ray, Assistant Director, Academic Programs in the Arts, UW Professional & Continuing Education
William J. Rorabaugh, Professor of History, University of Washington
Michael S. Saunders, Regional Archivist, Washington State Archive
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online (enter "resume not required" in the resume field), or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
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.
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