Through the BYU
Department of Independent Study, twenty-six, non-credit, family history
courses are now available for free.
Anyone at anytime
can take these online courses from any computer with internet access.
made it possible for us to offer free courses. Our free courses are our
regular courses, but we can use the technology to offer those free to an
audience that is not requiring credit," said Dwight Laws, Director of
"Last year the
department had three family history courses for free, and had 30,000
people finish at least the first lesson. We have no idea what to expect
this year where we have many more free courses," mentioned Laws.
The courses cover
topics ranging from how to get started to include French, German,
Scandinavian and Huguenot research. Each research course is taught by a
well-known, accredited genealogist.
instructional materials are available free online.
There is no time
frame required to complete the course. A student could conceivably finish
the course in less than twenty-four hours due to a feature called
Speedback. Speedback assignments submitted on the course website receive
A person does not
need to register for a free course. Anyone can go to the department
website at <elearn.byu.edu>
and click on Special Offers to access the free courses.