University of Washington Genealogy Class

The University of Washington offers a nine-month evening certificate program in Genealogy and Family History that prepares students to conduct their own genealogical research into family history with an understanding and appreciation of the social and historical context within which their ancestors found themselves.


The program starts each fall, meets one evening a week for three quarters, and culminates in a family history writing project in the spring.  The next program starts in Autumn 2015.


We would like to ask your help in spreading the word about the program to all those who might be interested:



Learn to do professional-level genealogical research into your family history. Work with an array of resources – including cemetery, military and naturalization records – to help you uncover fascinating stories about your ancestors. Conduct research that illuminates the political, economic and social context of your family’s past. Interpret historical documents and photographs. Develop interviewing techniques. Gain problem-solving strategies to overcome investigative roadblocks. Produce a substantial narrative of your family’s unique story.

Key Outcome

You will learn to use a range of research tools and techniques in both genealogy and history to explore and preserve your family’s past.


Program Features

  • Development and completion of a personal research project
  • One-on-one consultation with instructors and written feedback on projects
  • Access to databases and interlibrary loan at UW libraries

Who Should Apply

  • Individuals interested in investigating and preserving their family history
  • Teachers, librarians and others involved in genealogy and historical research


Autumn 2015  Details UW Seattle 5134
Course Dates Days Instructor
Genealogy & Family History Oct 8 – Dec 17, 2015 Th Little
Research Sources & Strategies Jan 7 – Mar 10, 2016 Th Little
Research Seminar in Genealogy & Family History Mar 31 – Jun 2, 2016 Th Little



Full information about the program can be found online at We would be very pleased if you would like to post a link to this program on your association website and/or include our information in your newsletter.  Please contact me if you need assistance in doing this.


The program instructors, Sarah Thorson Little, and I would also be very happy to answer any questions your members might have about the program.


Best regards,



Roxanne Ray, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Academic Programs in the Arts

University of Washington

(206) 685-6325