Building Blocks for Writing Up Your Research Summer/Fall 2017

Cost: $500
Length: Five months.

NEW SESSION Meets live at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on 18 July, 22 August, 19 September, 17 October, and 14 November.

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Many genealogists spend incredible amounts of time researching their family history, but forget the next step, which is sharing our findings and making sure they are preserved for future generations. This course will get you started writing up your research so you can share your family’s story with others.

By the end of the course, students will have the tools necessary to write up their research findings in a variety of ways.

Led by Michael J. Leclerc, CG, students will get practical experience, using their own research as the material for writing and sharing family history. Starting with basic building blocks, students will move to progressively more complex writing.

By the end of the course, students will learn how to do the following:

  • Write proof statements, discussions, and arguments
  • Properly create and use footnotes and source citations
  • Write a small Ahnentafel genealogy
  • Create an index

This introductory course lasts for five months. The class gathers once a month for a 2–3 hour online video classroom where students interact with the instructor just like a live class. Everyone can see each other and talk with each other. Each session begins by reviewing the assignment from the previous month, then focus on new topics.

  • Live video classrooms with student participation
  • Limited class size for maximum interaction
  • Assignments include reading, writing, and videos
  • Personalized feedback on assignments

Those who complete the entire course, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course Outline

Month One

  • Grammar and Spelling for Genealogists
  • Foundations for writing
  • Genealogical Numbering Systems

Assignment: writing an individual profile

Month Two

  • Writing Proof Statements, Discussions, and Arguments

Assignment: Write a proof statement, discussion, and argument

Month Three

  • Creation and Use of Citations
  • Sources
  • Bibliography

Assignment: Create a variety of citations.

Month Four

  • Writing an Ahnentafel Genealogy
  • Discursive writing
  • Indexing for Genealogists

Assignment: Write and Index a Multi-Generation
Ahnentafel Family History

Month Five

  • Review Ahnentafels and Indexes
  • Wrap up and final review of course concepts
  • Next steps


The Live Classrooms for this session will be held on five Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Eastern time:18 July, 22 August, 19 September, 17 October, and 14 November. Live Classrooms will be recorded for later review in the event a student must miss a session. Because of the participatory and interactive nature of this class, those who miss more than one Live Classroom may not be eligible for the Certificate of Completion.

Students should be Intermediate to Advanced researchers, as they will use their own research for the assignments. Students taking the course to prepare for certification or accreditation should not that any work done as part of the class cannot be used for their applications. They should have conducted a significant amount of research on a single family, and on a direct line for at least three or more generations (starting with the student’s parents or grandparents) in order to have enough source material to work with. It would be helpful to have copies of original source materials available to work with, especially for the citations section.