Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
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A. Certificate Course – Basics in the Applied Study of Genealogy Postnomials A.C.G. (Accredited Certificate) in Genealogy)
ACCREDITED BY THE COLLEGE OF TEACHERS - see Accreditation section)
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: Asst Prof John James Tunesi of Liongam – British Basic Genealogy or Assoc 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 (who are they, what did they do, where did they live, accomplishments and community connections). This is not required in other schools of genealogy!! 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. These in part relate to noble genealogy. You can read a coat of arms and tell a lot about the individual and his family genealogy.
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: Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren or John 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 religion. 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)
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THE POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA IS ACCREDITED BY THE COLLEGE OF TEACHERS ACCREDITATION/EXAMINATION BOARD
Post Graduate Diploma 21 credits
Teaching History of Genealogy – 0 credits
Required for all enrollees A Short Introductory Module to the Post Graduate Diploma
When genealogy first came into existence its main purpose was to determine whether or not an individual was genuinely descended from aristocracy and thus entitled to the power and privilege that went along with it. Coat of arms, which are official symbols of a family emblazoned on a shield, were created and signified ancestry and eminence. Genealogy has been in practice for thousands of years. Ancestry was initially passed along by word-of-mouth until people learned how to write. The people of ancient Greece and Rome often professed divine ancestry while others frequently said their ascendants were members of the animal kingdom. Genealogy prospered from A.D. 476 to 1453 due to the evolution of the social system that emerged in Europe during the 8th century, which made social standing and inheritance subject to lineage. This practice is still evident today in countries such as England. In some cases, genealogy is also used to trace the lineage of individuals seeking to gain membership into certain organizations and religious fellowships. (Instructor: Jane Tunesi)
An important aspect of genealogy is its development from the necessary recitation of lineage in the days before writing via its importance in the determination of succession to land ownership and titles through the lamentable excesses of “pedigree mongers” in the late Victorian period to its renewed vitality in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. Genealogy is once again becoming accepted as an academic and scholarly discipline in schools and colleges.
Students will write short, reflective papers on readings assigned and discovered, and complete exercises which illustrate their learning from the course.
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Group I. Learning and Teaching the Technical Skills and Using Resources in Genealogy - Select one module or 3 credits
Module I Strategies for Using Land and Property Records – 3 credits
This course assists the student to develop the necessary skills to locate land and property records and to effectively utilize these records. Students will become acquainted with different sources of records of American historical land resources. Different types of records will be analyzed. Students will discuss issues encountered in their research on the utilization of land records and write a paper illustrating the use of land and property resources. (Instructor: Jennifer W. Eklund)
Module II Effective Practices in Using U.S. Court and Immigration Records – 3 credits
This course will provide the student with Immigration and Migration laws for becoming a US citizen, a source of data for the genealogist The student will develop skills in using immigration records to conduct their genealogical research and obtain knowledge and skills in transcribing court records and reading wills for genealogical research. (Instructor: Jennifer W. Eklund)
Module III Methodology of Understanding and Using the Genealogical Proof Standard. - 3 credits
This module is for all genealogists to understand how to reconstruct a family history, which is as close as possible to the truth Participants will conduct an exhaustive search of information related to the situation in question. They will learn how to include an accurate citation to the source (s) of each item of information that is used. They will learn how to analyze and correlate the citation information to evaluate its quality of evidence and resolve any conflicts caused by conflicting items of evidence. They will learn how to arrive at a well researched, documented and sound conclusion. (Professor: Dr. Donald E. Goff)
Group II Learning and Teaching the Elements of Legal and Heraldic Issues
Module IV Legal Issues and Ethics in Genealogy – 3 credits
This module provides the basics of the Nature of Law and legal concepts with terminology in order that a student can recognize the genealogical significance in legal documents in deeds, wills, indentures, contracts, course actions and other legal records, in in order to use them to revolve problems of kinship or identify. The course also focus on ethical issues arising in genealogy and heraldry. (Professors: Stephen P. Kerr, JD and Donald E. Goff. Ph.D.)
Module V Nobility, Royalty and Chivalric Claims: Important Legal Principles for Genealogists and Heralds - 3 credits
This module focuses on international and nobiliary law, because regrettably, there are literally thousands of people with phony titles of nobility, and who claim royal or noble descent, all of whom are masquerading as genuine and authentic. Some forty or more foul organizations are pumping out hundreds of counterfeit title holders and knights. Most of the victims are innocent, unsuspecting people, who believe they obtained something real. A professional genealogist and/or heraldic expert must be able to discern what is valid from what is wishful thinking or fraudulent to protect his or her reputation by being deceived and giving honor or recognition where it is not due. (Professor: Dr. Donald E. Goff)
Module VI Heraldry I - Teaching the History and Use of Personal Heraldry - 3 credits
The development of heraldry from its inception in the late twelfth century, through the medieval period to the present day, with an emphases upon its uses of such heraldry in relation to a monomark to identify an individual’s or family’s rank and status; the application of such heraldry in relation to genealogy; heraldry as an artistic and decorative medium and heraldry as depicted in literature and the arts. (Professor: John J. Tunesi of Liongam)
Module VII Heraldry II Teaching the Development and Use of Corporate Heraldry (English ) – 3 credits
The use of Heraldry by corporations, both civic and commercial, primarily from the English perspective, from the oldest known English grant of arms to the Drapers’ Company of the City of London in 1419 through to the grants made to modern multinational companies, as well as other civic, professional and governmental bodies. The course will also look at the use of armorial bearings by corporations on buildings, advertising and other media, both traditional and contemporary. (Professor: John J. Tunesi of Liongam)
Group III Learning and Teaching the Science of Genealogy - Select one module or 3 credits +3 credits required 6 credits
Module VIII Learning and Teaching Forensic Genealogy – 3 credits – REQUIRED Topics to Include:
The nature of evidence and proof. What can you trust? Absence of evidence vs. evidence of absence. Hidden clues in documents. Using and interpreting photographs. Using and interpreting maps. Unorthodox research sources. Directories and databases. Creating useful databases. Probate research. DNA – Molecular Biology for the faint-hearted. Evolution in action. DNA testing and interpretation. Haplogroups and migration patterns. Ethnicity, heritage and nationality. Y-DNA exercise. Mitochondrial DNA exercise. Autosomal DNA exercise. Interpreting your own DNA test. (Professor: Dr. John or Jane Tunesi)
Module IX Documents and Paleography - 3 credits Topics to Include:
Introduction to concepts in codicology, orthography and palaeography. Why was it written – the nature and purpose of documents? Older terms (legal, occupational etc.). Documents of record (BMD, Census etc.). Documents of executry and probate (wills, testaments, inventories). Deeds, bonds and land documents. Older American documents. Older Scottish documents. Older English documents. Palaeography – reading and understanding. Legal and ecclesiastical Latin. Codicology – older books and manuscripts. (Professor: John Tunesi)
Module X Teaching Genetics in Genealogy – 3 credits
This course presents some basic genetic concepts and how they can be used as part of the teaching of genealogical research. Topics covered include basic DNA concepts, basic genetic concepts, how DNA testing is done, and how genes are mapped. Also discussed are the Human Genome Project and its significance and how genetic information can be used in teaching genealogical research. (Prof. Dr. Henry Zaiden)
Group IV Learning and Teaching Genealogy and Heraldry Through History -Select one Module or 3 credits – 3 credits
Module XI Teaching British and American History (American) -- 3 credits
The British people from 1620 settled America and many of our laws and traditions were firmly imbedded in these roots.The American Colonies in 1620 were chartered by the Virginia Company of London to settle in Virginia. The Pilgrims settled on the coast of Cape Cod at Plymouth, Massachusetts after a three-month voyage on the Mayflower from England (Urdang, 1996). What may have prompted British families to make this hard journey to America? What was family life like in Britain from the sixteenth Century?
Module XII Historical Foundations of Family History II ( British) – 3 credits
The purpose of this course will be taught on the history of a British family and its evolution through the years. We will explore family life in England, written from research material, artifacts, wills, census, parish registers and county records. We will look at the evolution of family life over the centuries, looking at narrative, pictorial, photographic, literary and oral accounts. The family looked at in depth will be one that can trace its origins in rural and maritime Suffolk from the sixteenth century to the present day, using examples from parish registers. Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths). Census , gravestones, Wills, county records, photographs. Heraldic Visitation pedigrees. (Instructor: Jane Tunesi of Liongam.)
Module XIII Historical and Pedagogical Role of Certain Crusaders in Genealogy and Heraldry – 3 credits
The Crusades is one of the most important periods of human existence. This course will provide the reader with a history of the Crusades from 1095-1261 from the viewpoint of both the Crusaders and the Arabs. It is through reading this history that one is made aware of the true meanings of Arabian and European heraldry and chivalry. (Professor: Dr. Carl Lindgren)
Module XIV Archaeology Taught in Biblical Context- 3 credits
This course is intended for students who have no or little knowledge and experience in Biblical and Near Eastern history. Through this course students will have the opportunity to study and interpret from a historical and archaeological perspective various extracts from Biblical texts both from the Old and the New Testaments. It is not required that students have any prior knowledge of either Hebrew or Greek, although this would be an asset. It is very important that students show an aptitude to study Biblical texts from a critical perspective, especially those extracts that deal specifically with genealogical information. Although the Bible will be the basis for this course, students will have the opportunity to delve into other Near Eastern texts. Students will focus on Phoenician and Punic inscriptions, which are the only historical records that the Phoenicians have ever written. (Professor: George said-Zammit)
Group V Final Project Modules – 6 credits required
Teaching Methodologies and Practical Work Procedures and Processes.
Two modules are selected by all students in which students are required to develop a practical project in teaching or in developing a business or project for a genealogical work situation.
Module XV Contemporary Adult Learning Theories- Practical Applications - 3 credits
This course will explore contemporary adult learning theories that can be applied to the participants teaching genealogy in the changing world of our information society. The emphasis of the course will be an analysis of the contemporary learning theories, models and strategies. Participants will explore the philosophical, historical, and legislative bases of these theories. Participants will learn a wide variety of accepted principles, techniques and theories they can apply to their teaching and presentations in genealogy. Adult learning theories related to past techniques of learning will be investigated for opinions, interest, and thinking about successful teaching presentations in professional genealogical work. ( Professor: Dr. Ruth Huffman-Hine)
Module XVI Creating an Online Classroom – For Teaching Genealogy
This course explores the role of distance learning in today’s education and training environments. Topics will include, but are not limited to, structural differences in distance learning programs, benefits of online learning ,startup factors, marketing issues, technological issues, future trends, and international education considerations. Principles for effective distance learning will also be examined. Students will be required to develop a project applicable to the field of genealogy. (Instructor: Antonio Cardona).
Module XVII Curriculum Development for Genealogy – 3 credits
This course will initiate the field of curriculum development in genealogical studies. The student will analyze classic and post modern models of the curriculum development process and learn how to develop a situational analysis, write objectives, explore various modes of organizing the content of a curriculum, identify and apply criteria in selection of methods and develop a curriculum evaluation. Students will be required to write a curriculum for a beginning genealogy program in continuing education for a community college. (Professor: : Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount)
Module XVIII Operating Your Genealogy Business: Methods and Procedures – 3 credits
This course assists the student in learning the methodology and procedures involved in operating a genealogy business. A variety of genealogy services and businesses will be explored. The course will inform the student on business ethics and legalities, how to manage their business, and help define the type of business the student is interested in operating. Students will also learn how to develop a mission statement and business plan, bookkeeping, and record keeping. (Instructor: Jennifer W. Ekland)
Module XIX Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology in Genealogy – 3 credits
This course is designed to assist the student to carry out research for the final thesis in the licentiate program. Students will study types of research methodologies, parts of a research project, how to frame a problem statement and the design of questionnaires, and interviews. The levels of learning in Bloom’ s Taxonomy will be addressed.A section will be devoted to Grounded Theory as a generic qualitative methodology and its usefulness in genealogy. (Professors: Dr. Carl Lindgren and Dr. LaWanna Blount)
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