BYU’s Family History/Genealogy program is unique; it offers the only bachelor’s in family history in North America and its international scope is unrivaled. It offers intensive training and prepares students for a variety of professions and community service. The combination of evidence analysis, technology, and paleography skills makes family history/genealogy a gateway discipline for multiple historical, genealogical, archival, library, and research professions.

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Why Study Family History?

Becoming a Family History/Genealogy major was one of the best decisions I ever made. My degree has afforded me the chance to develop and strengthen interests in business, culture, history, language, public speaking, and research.

- BYU Family History Graduate

Degrees offered at BYU

  • Bachelor in Family History/Genealogy
  • Minor in Family History/Genealogy
  • Bachelor of General Studies - History/Family History Emphasis

Career Paths in Family History

The Family History/Genealogy major offers undergraduates an unparalleled opportunity to hone their skills outside of the classroom. In addition to internships, many students are employed as research assistants to history faculty, many work in the Religion 261 lab, and many are employed by the Center for Family History and Genealogy. Because the major is relatively small, majors and minors build friendships and working relationships with other students that benefit not only their college careers, but also their post-graduation pursuits.


  • Genealogical Research Company
  • Libraries/Archives
  • Historical Societies
  • Museums
  • Technology Companies