Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
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Modules of Course 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)
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: John J. 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 religious. 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)
TEXT FOR TUNESI: Heber, M., Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History 2nd edition, Sutton Pub. Ltd/ The Society of Genealogists, 2005.
TEXT FOR GOFF: Eicholz, Alice, Ancestry’s Red Book, American, State, County, and Town, 3rd ed., Salt Lake City, Utah, Ancestry Press, 2005.
TEXT: Litton, Pauline. Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History Research. Swansong, 2010.
TEXT: Friar, Stephen,Heraldry, Sutton Publishing, Phoenix Mill, 1997.
TEXT: Billingsley Carolyn Earle, Communities of Kinship; Antebellum Familiesand the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier, (University of Georgia Press, 2004.